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1959 / in the eye of the beholder || open
« on: 04/22/2020 at 18:10 »
There were too many sights to see at Camp Loki this summer, and once again, Spencer found himself wishing he had a camera. With so much happening and changing drastically over the past three years, he no longer trusted his memory to properly capture every wonder. He'd go from gawking at a goblin sitting behind the marble counters of a bank on one day, to forgetting whether its long ears pointed upwards or outwards, whether its nose had been long or stubby, its eyes blue or black or red, the next.

At least here, he had the luxury of time to help take it all in. Time, and paper, and his many pencils and crayons.

He'd thought the Taj Mahal would be his favourite place; it certainly was one of the only places he'd heard of before coming here, apart from the more obvious Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon which, being in the United States, had basically been a stone's throw away from his old home in Vermont, even though he'd never before seen them with his own eyes. Instead, though, Spencer found himself most drawn to the Alhambra. It was flatter than he expected a castle to be, but seen from up close, its walls, arches and thin pillars laced with intricate details, the still pools reflecting clouds that danced above the courtyards -- the sight of it was arresting.

Today, Spencer sat in one such courtyard, just a short walk away from the main dining hall, on the steps of the fountain at its center. On his crossed legs lay his thick sketchbook. Guided by practiced hands, a yellow ochre pencil darted wildly across the page. Now matter how much care he gave to each stroke, however, he couldn't seem to get the stone archways' intricate lattice quite right. He sighed and shifted his attention to the details at the base of a pillar at the very same moment someone stepped right in front of it. Of course this pillar had to be different from the rest.

"Um, 'scuse me," Spencer called out, embarrassed to have to ask this, and even more embarrassed that it might call attention to his underwhelming drawing. "But, um, could you move? I'm trying to draw that." He aimed his pencil to point at the column, though it might just as easily look as though it was pointed at the other person.

1959 / chillin' we be
« on: 04/15/2020 at 17:41 »


Hi, friends, it's me! Ari! You may know me better, here as Rina, the admin who always seems to be lurking in chat, or as Merryl, the Gryffindor house head, or as Spencer, the Ravenclaw SuperNerd, or as any of my other characters, too. We'll get to them later.

As for me, I'm a games programmer from Canada, currently still working, albeit from home, despite the world crashing and burning. I know I'm one of the lucky ones, but still, it's been hard juggling that and this whole "staying sane" thing, but I've recently started doing origami to calm my nerves, and it seems to be working well enough so far! The two Yodas pictured above are my proudest creations so far, but I'm working on a Princess Leia currently (it's a long, complicated project but I'm getting there) who might be able to dethrone them, if she turns out right.

I tend to like all the things when it comes to reading, watching, playing and the like, so instead of offering up endless lists the way I usually do, I'll shorten them down to the things I'm currently enjoying or have recently finished. I'm a multi-tasker, so the lists will be longer than they should be, anyway.

So without further ado, let there be lists!

  • Killing Eve
  • The Magicians
  • Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere
  • Survivor: Winners at War
  • Community (rewatching)
  • Buffy (rewatching)

  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (rewatched with live orchestra, yes it was amazing)
  • The Addams Family Values (rewatch)
  • Spy Kids

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  • Final Fantasy XIV (currently on Stormborn)
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  • Currently Reading: Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
  • Just Finished: The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
  • Current Audiobook: Mythos - Stephen Fry
  • Last Audiobook: The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

  • Origami
  • Hamilton (I was supposed to see it last weekend T_T)
  • Board Games

SPENCER Callander has always wanted to be a superhero, just like the ones in his treasured comic books. However, his father, a pious pastor deathly allergic to any form of blasphemy, did everything in his power to thwart those ambitions. So when a letter came announcing that his son was a wizard, he did the only reasonable thing: move across the ocean to London, where these heathens couldn't reach them. Luckily for Spencer, a more subtle heathen was sent to whisk Spencer away to school, and unbeknownst to Daddy Callander, this one was magical, too.

Merryl Midthunder is Hogwarts' current Gryffindor House Head. Her austere and solitary nature haven't done much to quell the cruel rumours that swirl about her, from being part hag to having a dementor for a lover. The truth is, she's a military woman who came to Hogwarts in search of a more tranquil life as she nears retirement. Apparently, it never occurred to her that being responsible for a bunch of adolescent Gryffindors is most certainly not a tranquil job.

NASHIRA Nettlebed used to believe she had her whole life (and most other things) figured out. She was going to be the youngest ever gobstone maker with a perfectly pristine reputation to set her right on track to becoming Minister of Magic. But she's been learning the hard way that she can't fit into the perfect mould society wants for a girl like her, and worse yet, that things don't always go according to her meticulous plans. Even so, she's giving it her best shot, following in her absentee father's footsteps by becoming a lawyer.

MARINA has been doing a lot better since graduation, living with her best friend Mia Green and working to research and rehabilitate magical creatures with several more of her old school friends. On a good day, Marina is curious, vivacious and impulsive, searching out new discoveries with a smile. On a bad day, she's an anxious mess overripe with worry and self-doubt.

LEONA arrived in London as a refugee a few years ago, fleeing South Africa with her family. She's been working at St-Mungo's since graduation, hoping to heal and teach young souls. She also frequently visits the British Ministry, urging them to send help to dismantle apartheid in her native country. Despite the many horrors she’s witnessed in South Africa, Leona holds true to the belief that most of the world’s problems can be solved with hard work, a smile and a song.

WIT is a full-grown adult with the maturity of a teenage boy. Even though he was in Ravenclaw, he graduated with poor grades and failed to get the glamorous job he’d always hoped for. His intelligence reigns in the realm of the imagination, where he conjures up heroic tales to tell as truth to anyone gullible enough to listen. He served two terms as Magical Drama Professor at Hogwarts, but that was just way too much responsibility for him to handle, so now he's flexing his creative muscles inside real theatres.

JOSHUA was once a beater and co-captain for the Swedish national team and was once a semi-famous Jazz musician. Next in his string of ambitious endeavours came his position on the SRC's new board of directors. Unfortunately, his plans for power haven't been as successful as he'd once hoped, and the emergence of a bastard son gives him additional distraction.

1958 / Bang Bang !! Mimi
« on: 12/06/2019 at 14:34 »
Though his eyes spoke of horrendous disappointment, the little craftwork in his hands was nowhere near as terrible as Spencer made it out to be. At the very least, anyone who looked at it could tell it was meant to be a gun, with a thick branch he'd hacked at until it somewhat resembled a handle strapped to his wand and another perfectly shaped bramble strapped to that in lieu of a trigger. He'd used tape -- though the person who'd leant it to him had called it spellotape -- to hold it all together.

Spencer was frowning still when someone walked by. He kept on frowning as he looked up at the vaguely familiar girl and showed her his handiwork -- regardless of whether she actually cared to see it.

"It's ugly, isn't it?"

1958 / Excelsior !! Spencer Callander
« on: 12/02/2019 at 04:04 »
spencer callander
Ravenclaw ☀ Firstie ☀ Muggleborn
Spencer Callander was born on an island in Vermont, USA, called South Hero and all his life he dreamed of becoming the Southern Hero worthy of living in a place like that. On his eleventh birthday, that dream came true! He got a letter -- a flurry of them actually -- inviting him to a place called Ilvermorny that promised to teach him magic! And if he was magical, then that made him a SUPERHERO just like Superman or Captain America or the Human Torch.

Unfortunately, his father, the local pastor, had different ideas. to escape the heresy of witchcraft, he packed up everything they owned, barring Spencer's beloved Comic books. Lucky for Spencer, there was a wizarding school in Britain that also wanted to teach him magic: Hogwarts!

His first year wasn't all he'd hoped. It turned out, he wasn't as great and powerful as he'd always dreamed he would be. But Spencer Callander is not easily discouraged. Plus, he's a huge fan of cowboys, so he'll be back to having his usual wide grin on his face in no time!

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