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    11.21 A glimpse at post-move changes.
    11.13 This news is not at all big. Do not bother with it.
    11.10 Election update!
    11.07 We have Posting Wizards!
    11.06 A big announcement...
    11.04 Happy AC day!
    11.03 Banner time!
    11.03 Welcome to November!
    10.29 October is waning...
    10.17 Election 1887 campaign ledgers are up!
    10.16 Kayte's changed her (Charming) face!
    10.10 Congrats to September's PW winners Olive and Miri!
    10.03 An update on the Hogwarts ban...
    10.01 It's now October~
    09.30 The AC Approaches
    09.24 We have new Wenches!
    November 1887
    Terpsichore Van Helsing
    In Character
    Full Name: Terpsichore Rae Van Helsing
    Nicknames: Cora
    Birthdate: August 30, 1869
    Current Age: 17
    Occupation: Seventh Year
    Reputation: 4
    Residence: Morgana Crescent, Wellingtonshire, Hogsmeade
    Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
    Wand: dogwood/yew, 13 1/8", firm, dragon heartstring 
    Blood Status: Halfblood
    Social Class: Upper-class
    Godfried Van Helsing, Paternal Grandfather (b. 1811)

    Annika Van Helsing (née Bjoergen), Paternal Grandmother (b. 1813)

    Abraham Van Helsing, Father (b. 1837)
    She values her father well enough, the same as any other girl however her relationship with the man on her part revolves around the family business and her gratefulness that he allows her to fight. Honestly, she had no opinion beyond that, other than his choice in a second wife was a horrible one.

    Mina Van Helsing (née Brown), Mother (1841-1871); deceased at 30
    Cora was never able to form much of an opinion on her mother as she died when Cora was only two, most of her opinions of the woman are based on her legacy. While she does wish she had been able to grow up with her mother, she knows her father would have never allowed the girls to learn to fight had it not been for their mother's death, so in a way, she is grateful to her mother, though she is still bitter to have this woman who was supposed to be an important role in her life stolen from her and therefore hates vampires for what they have done.

    ---- SOPHRONIA VAN HELSING, Sister (b. 1860)

    ---- Corinne Van Helsing, Sister (b. 1863)

    ---- Roxanne Van Helsing, Sister (b. 1866)

    ---- Valentine Van Helsing, Sister (b. 1867)

    ---- PERSEPHONE VAN HELSING, Sister (b. 1868)
    Persephone, or Sephey as she calls her, is the sister that Cora is closest to - an understandable fact considering the close age, and that they virtually have done everything together from schooling years to society. While she is close to her sister, like any other siblings and friends they do tend to fight occasionally though nothing yet major. She has always been jealous of her elder sister for her intelligence and marks and general magic control and abilities.

    Artemis Van Helsing, Sister (b. 1865); estranged as of 1882
    Cora is unsure of how exactly she feels about her middle sister. When she was younger, she had looked up to her sister but after she fell pregnant without being married, her opinion has shifted and she still hasn't made up her mind just how she feels about her. She does, however, respect her sister for how she handled the mess and choosing to follow her heart as Cora cannot lay claim to being 'normal'.

    Broderick "Brody" Van Helsing, Nephew (b. 1882); illegitimate

    Sadie Van Helsing (née -------), Stepmother (b. 1846)
    Cora didn't mind that her father wanted to remarry, however, she didn't really approve of the who. She sees Sadie as too intense and tends to avoid her as much as possible. When she is caught with her and no way out, she tends to be short in her answers, finding her stepmother's insistence in securing their marriage quite annoy. Nor is she to thrilled that she is requiring a year at PSYR - none of her other sisters did it, what does she and Sephey? She already knows she wouldn't be prime marriage material. The likelihood is she would have to marry in the order and they all already know how she is, or at least the girls of her family.

    ---- Adrianus Van Helsing, Half-brother (1882-1882); stillborn

    Various aunts, uncles, and cousins, though the most notable of her extended family is her first cousin, IMOGEN.
    A rather small in height girl, standing only at five foot one, Cora would easily be passed over as someone who could hold her own - if it wasn't for the thin layer of well-defined muscle on her body and her distinct lack of fat. She moves comfortably in her own body, comfortable in herself and her abilities and it gives her what could only be described as a power walk. Her fair skin is marred only noticeable by a fairly deep scar on her arm that while it has faded over the years, still stands out. On closer inspection, she does have other scars; nicks and bumps from the years of physical training. Still, in all honesty, it suits her and she wears them like battles scars - with pride.

    The stereotypical blonde hair of the troop of her siblings share appears in Cora as well, a slightly darker shade than hay blonde but still light. Her roots, however, are dark and it hints towards her hair actually be a darker shade, much like her father's but with how much time she had spent out in the sun from birth to now makes it impossible to tell which actually happens to be the truth. She tends to wear her hair in forms of braids to keep it out of her face and out of her way. With the blonde hair resides a pair of eyes that occasional look like a light blue but tend to favor a light, but dull gray and she considers her eyes her least attractive feature. 

    She favors loose clothing made of lightweight fabrics that are easier to move in. She tends to wear her corsets slightly looser than she should, unless someone catches her, not liking how the boning restricts her fighting abilities. As for colors, she favors bright, bold colors after the two morning periods she has observed and tends to dress in vibrant shades that seem far too risky to pull off, though she seems to make them work with the way she carries herself and the matching boldness of her personality. 

    Underneath her skirts and sleeves, she tends to wear knife sheaves, to the frequency that she has had a set made especially for her. While she tends to not wear it at school, she can be found wearing it fairly often outside of. While she barely remembers her mother and didn't witness her death the idea of being caught off guard haunts her, prompting her to this action. She tends to carry her wand in her left hand, and can often be found with it in her hand rather than tucked away and occasionally even spinning it between her fingers - though she has been scolded for that habit and its possible dangers far more than once.
    AUTUMN OF 1869In the later half of the year, at the end of August, Terpsichore Rae is born as the seventh and youngest child of Abraham and Mina Van Helsing, completing the batch of daughters. She was a troublesome child off the bat, always wondering off as soon as she can crawl and she showed a tendency to be quite vocal, even if she cannot yet talk, making her fair share of noises and being quite hard to ignore when she cries, though that was rare.

    SUMMER OF 1871At the ripe age of two, the young girl's family takes a vacation to the Americas. She has quite a fair bit of fun, spending most of her time with her sister Persephone, who isn't even a full year older than her, but the only thing she now really remembers of the trip is of being very confused when her mother did not come home with them. She would later learn that during the trip, her mother and a few of her older sisters had been out to see a play when her mother had been brutally murdered by a vampire, a fact that would only fuel her later aggression towards the species.

    AUTUMN OF 1871 | The family slowly starts to move on from the death of her mother and the day after her third birthday, her eldest sister is off to Hogwarts, where she is sorted into Ravenclaw.

    WINTER OF 1873 | During her sister's holiday break, Cora watches her elder sisters train, bitter that she isn't allowed to partake as well and in one of her first, but nowhere near last, idiotic decisions, she decided to sneak into the training and partake in her first lesson. As imaginable, it turns out not to be a good idea as she gets caught in the crossfire of a spell shot off by an unaware relative. Panicked, she was able to cast a weak shield charm by throwing her hands out as she screamed. While it was not enough to totally block the spell, it did weaken it, leaving only a shallow gash in her arm that scared. Frankly, she got more excited about the magic and seemed not to care too much about her injury.

    AUTUMN OF 1874 | Following days after her sixth birthday, both Sophronia and Corinne - who becomes a Slytherin - are off to Hogwarts, leaving the house for quiet, leaving the house with five children rather than seven. Just as the eldest two start their Hogwarts education, Both Persephone and herself are allowed to start their pre-Hogwarts schooling, joining their remaining two sisters for lessons, though in a much more basic level. Cora is allowed to start early due to she would lose a year if not with how close her birthday is to the start of school.
    Etiquette Lessons
    Music -- flute
    Foreign Languages -- french and german
    -basic vamp stuff

    AUTUMN OF 1876 | A third sister is off to school this year, Artemis who is sorted into Slytherin. A fair bit of Cora's recklessness seems to be curbed, though she gets in minor trouble and while she does well in etiquette lesson, her habit of sticking her foot in her mouth remains. 

    AUTUMN OF 1877 | Roxanne is off to Hogwarts and is sorted into Gryffindor, leaving only three left and an eerily quiet house.

    SPRING OF 1878| At the end of the year, Sophronia graduates from school and debuted in English society, even though she had debuted before in the Dutch Society. From there she joins the Order of the Dawn, the family's vampire hunters and follows their father, leaving Cora jealous and she begs her sister for stories and training every time she comes home, even if she is only eight.

    AUTUMN OF 1878 | Off to Hogwarts Valentine goes and joins the ranks of Van Helsing Ravenclaws, leaving only the youngest two in the care of their governess as their father and eldest sister is off hunting. While nine-year-old Cora seeks comfort in her weapons and in the training rooms, Sephey favors her violin, a choice that has Cora avoiding their room unless necessary. Her sister isn't a bad player, rather Cora thinks she is quite good, but there is only so much violin one can take and remain sane. 

    WINTER/SPRING/SUMMER OF 1880 | Nearly nine years after his wife's death, Abraham decides to remarry. While Cora doesn't mind that, after all, she is about to go off to school for seven years and she doesn't very much remember her mother [something that has made her rather bitter of vampires as they took away her chance to know her mother, a fact that makes her quite okay with the family busniess]. Rather than the fact he is remarried that she dislikes, it is the woman she dislikes. A woman far near in age to what is old wife would have been, the woman is persistent to marry the girls off, something none of them was that happy with for the most part. 

    Near the middle of the summer, Cora and Sephey both finally receive their own Hogwarts letter and Cora is excited to be away from the empty house and the stepmother.

    AUTUMN OF 1880 | On the day of her eleventh birthday the girl is permitted to go out and acquire her first wand, the next day, the day after her eleventh birthday, she and her sister are off to Hogwarts. Cora favorite part is easily the boat ride to the castle as she loves the view of the castle at night. Being her name starts with a letter before her own, her sister goes first and Sephey is sorted into Slytherin. As much as Cora wish to be with her sister the hat barely has to touch her head before it declares her a Gryffindor much to no one's surprise though she is bitter about being separated from her sister for the first time.

    SEPTEMBER 1880 - MAY 1881 | Her first year turns out to be anything but smooth. Right off the bat, she has an issue controlling her magic and even though when they went to buy her wand it seemed like a good fit, she has issued controlling her magic and it, her spell often coming out far too strong or another spell entirely and she even had a few issues of her wand randomly firing whenever her emotions tip off the balance in one way or another. With the help of a few older students and the professors, she is able to gain enough control not to be expelled and even the dueling club. At the end of the year, Cornnie graduated.

    SEPTEMBER 1881 - 1882 | Her issue with magic follows her into her second year, though now it tends to at least always be the right spell simply too strong occasionally. At this point, it has become a source of embarrassment for her as such lack of control is reserved for first years and muggleborns, who are still adjusting to such a world. Still, she progresses over the year to the point where she can control her magic except in any point in which she is emotional.

    Near halfway through the year, there is news that their stepmother is expecting, a fact that honestly displeased the girl as she would now actually be related to her through this child. Still, that is not the biggest shock they are to revive as news is soon delivered that her second oldest sister is expecting as well - except she isn't married and still in school. Artemis is then moved to Amsterdam and the public story is that she has been disowned and cut off.

    SUMMER OF 1882 | Cora finds herself disliking her stepmother and the unborn child even more during the summer when she is informed that they will not be going to their summer retreat due to the pregnancy and that she is to spend her summer in Hogsmeade. When her Sadie gives birth to a stillborn son she finds herself satisfied and with the though, she got what she deserved. Something she feels immediately guilty for - though more for the fact the boy didn't choose his mother. They dub the dead baby by the name Adrianus and host a small family funeral for him and while she dislikes the morning clothing, she partakes halfheartedly. After the death of her only blood child, Sadie's mental health deteriorates, something the family really doesn't do anything about.

    Soon after, her sister gives birth as well and they are informed that it is a boy to be named Broderick, though most already called him Brody. She was to live now with her son and the father on the continent, but away from English society. It is a well-known fact within the family that Abraham provides them with money due to him being unable to see his grandson suffer.

    SEPTEMBER 1882 - MAY 1883 | This year, she is almost as excited to go back to school as she had been her first year. While she missed her training at school - Hogwarts had proven not to be that okay with a eleven year old girl twirling a pair of knives around, she had been quick to discover, even with her family name - she quite okay with escaping the drama of her home life and spent far more time on her grades this year, bringing up to a somewhat respectable level. It might have helped she was able to choose a class or two; comc and ghoul studies.

    SEPTEMBER 1883 - MAY 1884 | Her fourth year is likely the quietest one she ever had and it goes in relative ease.

    SUMMER OF 1884 | It almost seems like she can't get a break. As summer arrived, so did a nasty plague in the wizarding world, one that sent the Van Helsings packing their bags to retreat and wait out the bout in their Bavarian headquarters. Good as it turns out soon after they left a batch of fiendfyre was let loose on the city. She much enjoyed being home and took advantage of her liberties and spent most of the summer training again and was quite often found twirling a pair of knives. And she also took advantage of the space to avoid her stepmother.

    Even with the disasters of the outside would, she had a nice, realized summer of which in of the prime lights was her uncle's kneazle who had just had kittens. This was a fact that she delighted in greatly and spent much of her non-training playing with the kittens once they were old enough. A surprise came at the end of the summer when she was allowed to pick on the keep as her own. Her choice ended up being a small tomcat who she called Pike for no real reason. 

    SEPTEMBER 1884 - MAY 1885 | As her sister spend her time on h studies, she comes to realize that she wants to follow after her father and oldest sister and join the family business. After all, if she wasn't too good at academics, why Chase after it? Fight in was something she could do and could do well. Still, her school work starts to slack again as she devotes more time to training something her owl grades suffered for the choice. She also has a flair of times where her wand would cast margin in response to her emotions rather than words.
    Care of Magical Creatures — O
    Charms — A
    Defense Against the Dark Arts — E
    Ghoul Studies — A
    Herbology — P
    History of Magic — A
    Potions — E
    Transfiguration — A

    SUMMER OF 1885 | Terpsichore comes home very much excited for the idea of her first ball and she almost feels bad that her friends have to wait two more years to go to their first ball. A week or so after her homecoming she had her coming out ball into Danish society and while it was fun, she was disappointed by the realization that most of the order simply expected women to marry off and would never right. She felt bad for them but for once is grateful for her family. At least if they are complicated they let her do as she wished.

    SEPTEMBER 1885 - MAY 1886 | Cora starts her sixth year in a quite happy state, though her contentment is dulled by the fact after her debut, her stepmother had finally set her eyes upon the youngest child, though, thankfully, school spares her of the worst of the attention, which is still with her elder sisters none of which Sadie had yet to seen married off, something Cora found a joy in, though she did worry about her sisters as Roni is officially a spinster and  Corinne only had a few more years until she two became a spinster as well. Just like every other year, her grades leave something to be desired however she actively excels in her Dueling Club and the DADA club.

    SEPTEMBER 1886 - MAY 1887 | The day after her seventeen birthday, Cora faces down the school one last time as this is to be her seventh year and she will not be coming back. The realization that something she spent eleven years waiting for and working towards for six years makes her more flighty than normal, cause her magic control issues flare up once more, making the year difficult, though her grades do, in fact, get better this year once she realized that this was it. Still, she is unsatisfied with her improvements due to the comparisons between her's and those of her various sisters, Sephey especially whom she is most commonly compared to due to being in the same year. At some point during the year, she is informed that after the school year end herself and Sephey are to go, for a year, to PSYR and then to have two years in season at least, a plan that Cora isn't too thrilled with as she can no longer go straight into the order and has to wait at least three more years, unless she can juggle order and season or simply do order work in the offseason. 
    Ambisious. Reckless. Bold. Careless. Passionate. Impulsive. Protective. Hot Headed. Brave. Blunt. Open. Talkative. Judgemental. Biassed. Determined. Peppy. Friendly to family and those she knows and trust. Alert. Not a maternal bone in her body. Stubborn. Cheerful. Loyal. Confident. Daring. Earnest. Decisive. Determined. Rough. Unforgiving. Fun Loving. Playful. Perfectionist. Absentminded. Aggressive. Dominating. High-spirited. Moralistic. Competitive. Physical. Proud. Abrasive. Childish. Critical. Dissonant. Extreme. Foolish. Hateful. Impractical. Strong-willed. Thoughtless.
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