04.18 @ 2:38pm
We have new system for figuring out how busy your student is. This will not be in affect until September, but some of you may need to update records before then.
04.17 @ 10:56am
With three admins out of commission on the usual date (Kayte is finishing up an internship and then moving, Olive is trying not to crack under the pressure of school, and Lola is, you know, having a baby), the May Activity Check is being rescheduled to May 5th, as has the close for April's PW.
04.11 @ 10:08pm
Let's give a huge congrats to Bex, who was selected out of the many applicants to be the newest Gossipmongering Hag! Good luck and happy article writing! Thank you to everyone who applied — it was a very tough decision!
04.07 @ 6:57pm
We now have a guide to Hogwarts for your viewing pleasure! It also explains the location and purpose of the Headmaster's barrier: while all threads started prior to today may be finished, please note that adult characters can no longer interact with students in the Forbidden Forest in new threads.
04.04 @ 9:26am
Congratulations to Beanie and Jenny for winning Posting Wizard for March with 117 and 181 posts, respectively!
04.02 @ 9:02am
Activity checks are completed. If you need a character reactivated, post in maintenance. Lola is currently in the process of updating the board to the month of April. Posting Wizard winners for March will be up by the end of the day. Also, the Gossipmongering Hags are hiring!
03.30 @ 11:30pm
Just a reminder that Tuesday is your last chance to sign up candidates for Election '84. You'll have until the end of the day to fill out your forms. A second reminder that Tuesday is also the Activity Check. Please remember that all application links changed during the move, so if yours aren't up-to-date on the CML, you'll be deactivated! Finally, Monday is your last chance to submit events (campaign or otherwise!) for the month of April!
03.24 @ 8:38am Posting Wizard of the Month signups for April are open. Don't forget that activity checks are coming up on the 1st — make sure your CML entries and mini profiles are all up to date!
03.17 @ 8:49pm We've reopened! This is the official go ahead to begin logging in and posting. For information on the move and what things you should know, see here. Please read the thread before asking for assistance. A huge thanks to everyone for being patient with Lola during the move and fresh warm cookies go to the entire staff team for their assistance and hard work in helping make it happen!
Any topics regarding character development can be found inside. If you need to claim and/or reserve something, the lists can be found inside. Any list or registry that could enhance and be helpful to game play will be located here. PRE-MADE CHARACTERSHISTORY RECORDSPLAYBYS
A forum where you can post specific plot ideas to get feedback, find interested members and create all sorts of awesome plottage! Networking type of requests that are meant to create/establish relationships with other characters should be posted in the Networking forum. NETWORKINGLONELY THREADSPlottage Preferences
Does your character need to write down their thoughts? Perhaps they need to write a letter to a friend? Maybe they want to post a community bulletin? Journals, letters and the in character community bulletin can be found inside. JOURNALSCOMMUNITY BULLETINHomework Assignments
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Daily Prophet is a staff run newspaper with members submitting articles to be published. The Daily Prophet covers all IC happenings that are worth mentioning to the rest of the wizarding society. Any article published can (and probably will) be read by the other characters in the game. THE RUMOR MILLARTICLE DIRECTORYABOUT
The only train station that travels to and from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogsmeade Station is your one-stop-shop for all transportation needs. Almost kitschy in atmosphere, the station is made of big, melodramatic archways and high, vaulted ceilings that serve little purpose. The colors tend to be equally gaudy, and artwork, upholstery, trains, and floor tiles range in color from royal purple to neon orange. A handful of restaurants and gift shops can also be found within.
A cut above all of the rest, Wellingtonshire is the residential lane for those of considerable means. Though the houses are tightly compacted and built somewhat like miner's homes, the outer facades are deceiving. Enchanted to hold more than they ought, the homes of Wellingtonshire are exceptionally and intimidatingly grand on the inside, and few pedestrians litter the immaculately kept streets for fear of being thought of as potential thieves. WELLINGTONSHIRE AREA CLUBS
A beautiful and colorful garden has been carefully cultivated over the spring and is now ready for summer use. It is large but still manages to be cozy. The green leafage is spread all around with bright and colorful flowers sprinkled thickly throughout. Among the sprawling grass and a shady copse of twisted trees are paved paths, perfect for walking or bicycling. Different benches are scattered about, some shaded some in the sun, for those who merely want to rest. The lawn is open enough to offer a game of croquet or lawn tennis, or even play host to a picnic. A large pond can be found off to one side of the garden, an inlet from the Black Lake. Several charmingly decorated boats are enchanted to give lazy and gentle rides around the pond, though the spells are not strong enough to resist the tampering from troublemakers. As far as anyone knows, there aren't any creatures that live in the lake aside from a couple of gentle giant goldfish. Several families of ducks have decided to make the place their home, as have dozens of songbirds. In the evenings, the park is lit up by golden orbs that levitate above the walking paths. They have been known to become attached to a person and to try to follow them home, so keep an eye out. A person of any class is welcome here, though most stick to their own social circles and ignore the rest.
Home of the middle class, the Bartonburg District is a modest but extremely dense bit of Hogsmeade, holding more than half of its inhabitants in a series of townhouses that all interconnect in various, confusing ways. Homes are known to be stacked aslant on top of one another, though naturally the magic ingrained into the architecture makes the homes of the Bartonburg District sturdy, cozy, and just big enough for your average family. BARTONBURG AREA CLUBS
The Slums are just as glamorous as they sound. Built amidst a din of less than savory people and street purveyors, The Slums are where the lowest class dwells. Small, squat, shack-lack buildings line the streets, which are littered with garbage and muck. Though during the day The Slums are unpleasant, it's the night which really gives the area a bad name — even those who live here are rarely seen outdoors after nightfall, as the shadiest of characters can be found in every nook and cranny.
Named for the asphodel flowers that grow wild around the tombstones, Asphodel Cemetery is a quiet and mysterious place when the sun is shining. In the evening, it's been rumored to be haunted by the most terrifying ghosts who howl and whine throughout the late hours. Those who visit at night have been said to have never been the same - some say cursed, some say terrified into craziness and others say it's unexplainable. It is tucked away on a hill that overlooks the village of Hogsmeade. The only way to reach it is by following winding paths through the village that lead out to the slums and slightly through the Forbidden Forest. The graves are new, with the oldest being only a few years old.
Locked for most of the school year, the great iron great rises upwards as far as the eye can see. It can only be opened by the Headmaster himself and separates the grounds of the school from the city of Hogsmeade.
Cold and mysterious, the Black Lake is exactly the way it sounds - the depths in the middle of the lake are so deep that the water takes on a blackish hue. However, the closer to shore it becomes the bluer the water appears. It is rumored that a mercolony has been established underneath the depths.
Thick and dark, the Forbidden Forest offers many dangers for those adventurous enough to breech its borders. Magical creatures of all kinds call the forest home, though not all are friendly. Please note that Hogwarts students are strictly forbidden from entering the forest, and risk punishment from the Headmaster. Enter the forest at your own risk.
As wide and varied as the rooms of the school itself, the school grounds extend for what seems like eternity. However, there are certain landmarks students learn to identify as the brink of permissible exploration. Overall, the grounds are beautiful, even with its occasionally violently vile quirks. QUIDDITCH PITCH
When not being used for meals — The Great Hall is full around breakfast, lunch, and dinner, during which lavish meals are provided for students and staff alike — the hall is a common place for students to meet in order to talk, study, and generally mingle, especially during the colder, soggier months. The room is amorphous in appearance: the ceiling is alternately starlit, filled by floating candles, garnished with garishly opulent colors, or decorated for the holidays. The tapestries on the walls likewise change depending on the headmaster's mood. The only solid features are the four tables for the four houses, the staff table at the front of the room, and the headmaster's podium.
The classrooms of Hogwarts come in all shapes and sizes, generally dependent upon the Professor's preference. Large and spartan; small and cozy; midsized and eccentric — like most things at the school, every aspect of every room is exceptionally protean, and given to change at any moment. The Headmaster and Professors' offices, respectively, can also be located here.
Set on the second floor of the castle, there are several large floor-to-ceiling windows that give a serene view of the lake and forest below. There tens of thousands of books on tens and thousands of shelves that cover every subject imaginable. Near the back of the library is the Restricted Section, which is roped off in order to discourage wanderers. A student must have a note from a teacher in order to be given permission to enter. There are intricately carved wooden tables scattered about the large room that are perfect for studying.
The corridors of Hogwarts are just as varied as the classrooms - some are wide, some narrow, some tall, some you have to duck in order to pass through and some seem to shift direction as you pass by. They lead to the different rooms in the castle, whilst some lead to nothing at all. HOSPITAL WING
Located on the seventh floor, Gryffindor tower is a tall and imposing section of the castle. The entrance is hidden behind a painting of the Fat Lady, who often entertains herself by forcing students to listen to her sing horribly off-key before admitting them. Once she does decide to swing open, a round opening in the wall is revealed. The room is decorated with comfortable arm chairs, sofas, tables and a fireplace. It is a common hang out place for Gryffindors. Two staircases lead in opposite directions on one end of the room, with one leading to the girls' dormitory and the other leading to the boys'. Should a boy decide to try and climb the girls' staircase, it will set off a wailing klaxon charm and transfigure into a staircase - sending the boy down to the bottom with a noisy and embarrassing fanfare.
The Hufflepuff Common Room can be found by entering a door to the right of the main staircase in the entrance hall and descending a flight of stairs. It is located near the kitchens and is hidden behind a still life painting. Hufflepuff pride is evident in the cheery shades of yellow strewn about in different hangings and furniture. The chairs are squashy and comfortable with tables and sofas scattered about. A fireplace is located to one side of the room. On either side of the fireplace are two tunnels that end in perfectly rounded doors - one leads to the girls' dormitory while the other leads to the boys'.
Ravenclaw tower is located on the west side of the castle. The entrance is reached by climbing a tightly winding spiral staircase that starts on the fifth floor. The door is guarded by a bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. Rather than ask a password like the other common room guardians, the eagle asks a question. Once answered correctly, he will allow entrance and swing the door open. The common room is decorated in shades of navy and bronze, with armchairs and sofas as well as tables and bookcases neatly placed about. The room is wide and airy. A starry cushy rug is set near the fireplace while the ceiling of the room is painted with matching stars. The windows are arched and give a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. On the other side of the entrance is a door that leads to the dormitories. Next to it is a white marble life-sized statue of Rowena Ravenclaw, complete with her diadem.
Accessed through a tunnel that leads to underneath the Black Lake, the Slytherin common room is dark and cold. It is dungeon like in appearance, with low ceilings, greenish lamps and furniture and skulls everywhere. Candles sit on almost every surface, their wax having dripped into piles underneath them. The fireplace is lit with a blue-green flame, though it doesn't offer much warmth. A small iced over pool is located to one side of the room. If a student is lucky, they could catch a glimpse of a mermaid. A bit farther from the pond is a pair of tunnels that lead to the girls' and boys' dormitories.
The area around Irvingly is filled with a lush forest where much wildlife dwells. Set about a mile from the edge of the city is Lake Greer, a lake nearly the same size as the town itself. As far as anyone knows, it holds freshwater fish of the non magical variety. The hollow offers room to hunt, forage and explore. Meadows are woven in and out of it at random. The northwest section possesses steep hills and small mountains that are accompanied by valleys and creeks throughout. IVANA MEMORIAL ASYLUMChurch of St. Fergus
The north side of Irvingly is decidedly different than the south. While the muggles had solid homes built for them, the magical residents were left to their own devices when it came to shelter. Homes of different styles and skill levels have been erected. Magic is not allowed on the streets even in the north side, so wizards have to be careful to keep such things inside the privacy of their homes.
Originally made of poorly built ramshackle huts, the south side of Irvingly has since been remade into neat and organized red brick and stone two story homes that are identical in appearance. The muggles tend to stick to this side of the town in order to avoid running into the magic folk.
Threads that take place around the British Isles are located inside. With London predominantly consisting of muggles, wizarding families must be sure to keep themselves hidden. The only place safe from prying eyes is Diagon Alley, the wizard shopping center. Most stores however, have picked up and moved to Hogsmeade to get better business. The alley is quiet and dark, with most shops boarded up.
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