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Welcome Kai, our new Connections mod!
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Lions and Tigers and Bears... oh my!
A couple of farmers have been talking about sightings of a large wild cat of some kind, but when the try to chase after it to get a better...
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Music to your Ears
Bet you didn't know that the latest news is the performer on the net who goes by 'BlueEyed' is taking up schooling in Tallygarunga! Even s...
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No longer "AT", but we saw THAT coming.
It's official. Papers have been filed, and the unexpectedly long marriage of @Adele DeVylissea is over. Dear oh dear. At least the Drunk...
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Using Tally Gossip
Posting Gossip Small towns are notorious for gossip. The wizarding community that inhabits Narragyambie and Tallygarunga is no exception. B...
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Plotting
Shio's Folks
Ignatius LarueAge: 16Gender: MaleHouse: Bourke Iggy is of the quiet sort, often keeping to the edge of social gatherings even though he r...
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Cait Doesn't Know What the S in Splotting Means
Brinley Abraham Grisham 11 | Transfer Student | 1st Year | Profile Link   ABOUT: Sent to live with his uncles in Austra...
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Welcome to the Black Parade
Blacky's Characters Always up for plots and new things, so feel free to toss in ideas!   Amanda (Amy) Lee7 | Description ...
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Vil's wildlings
Plots! Splots! Spots! Lots! Socks! ... okay I'll stop now As a general rule I'm pretty much down for anything. I don't hugely enjoy f...
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Highlights
Unflushable...
Rachel was like that floater that just refused to flush... And it was Audrey's self-designated job to be there for him and the kids whenev...
Miss Piggy Del
"What a delightfully ugly snort there, Adele! Don't tell me the pink cheeks are spreading and affecting your brain, I'm not sure how I'll ...
Blood to Blood, Shade to Shade
"...The other part owner is basically dead, and his wife is a swamp donkey. She let the place go and refused to do anything to save it, so...
Unwavering Faith
"Mamiere will cook." Caleb interjected, before looking squarely at Zane. "And then you will die." ...
Adoptables
Timothy Blair
Co-CEO of PartyBox, Chef One of Stu's infamous 'Blair Triplets' Was a prankster in Spencer with his siblings Co-CEO of a successful party business w...
Lily Quinland
Bilby Student...
Liam Burdett
Public Relations Representative Youngest of the Burdett brothers Of his siblings, is closest to Liz Works for the Australian Federal Ministry of Magic as a ...
Emily Burdett
Single Mother Youngest sister of Alan Burdett Former Flinders, class of 2001 Protective baby of the family Has a daughter from a sca...
Adam Longhurst
Interior Designer Is the twin brother of Matthew Belmont Currently has custody of his half-siblings, Aiden and Valerie Longhurst Has been in a...
Elizabeth Burdett
Waitress - Melbourne Eldest of the Burdett sisters Struggling actress Among her siblings, closest to Liam Does not enjoy country life ...
Petros Karras
Job up to you...
Thomas Blair
Co-CEO of PartyBox, Events Manager One of Stu's infamous 'Blair Triplets' Was a prankster in Spencer with his siblings Co-CEO of a successful party business w...
Tamarah Blair
Star Quidditch Chaser One of the infamous Blair Triplets Has a love for all sports, but always especially for Quidditch Was picked up to play for...
Alison (Surname)
Main occupation up to player | Base guitarist in Franklin Struck Gold squib born to wizard parents, though was still placed in wizarding school in the hopes that she might prove to just be a late bloomer (...
Kora Karras
Up to you...
Lilah Karras
Bilby...
Kristen James
Author...
Kalea Taylor
Fifth-Sixth Year Is either in her fifth, or sixth year. Age dependent on what year she's in, and time of year born [hence the range] Excellent came...
Morgan Richter
Seventh Year Parents: Mason Richter & Carlotta (Last) Raised solely by her mother Mother is at least half Brazilian, father is parti...
Awards
Kaitore
Kaitore achieved Welcome Level Two
Brinley Grisham
Brinley Grisham achieved Prolific Poster Level Two
Boli
Boli achieved Welcome Level One
Shio
Shio achieved Plotter Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Rambunctious Reactor Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Explosive Level One
Teddy Davis
Teddy Davis achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Ignatius Larue
Ignatius Larue achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Shio
Shio achieved Listed in Member Directory
Brinley Grisham
Brinley Grisham achieved Status Star Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Plotter Level One
Squiggy Lux
Squiggy Lux achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Brinley Grisham
Brinley Grisham achieved Rambunctious Reactor Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Listed in Member Directory
Cait
Cait achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Cait
Cait achieved Welcome Level One
Tyson McKennis
Tyson McKennis achieved Explosive Level Two
Jonathan Azai
Jonathan Azai achieved Explosive Level Two
Athelney
Athelney achieved Prolific Poster Level One
Maksim Valentin
Maksim Valentin achieved Explosive Level Two
Characters
Marcus Carsen
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Dhampir To narrow it down to a 'playful sort' would do Marcus a grand discredit. Being in the business of news and socially active there is a cert...
Rosmunda Townsend
32 ☆ pb ☆ vt Though she may appear stoic, practical and professional much of the time, Rosmunda is far from unkind or lacking in compassion. In fact, i...
Stuart Blair
51 ☆ pb ☆ hu Considering he's the father of five Blair kids who were all Spencers (and a secret other one who ended up in Sturt), it would be fairly ac...
Sean Rhodes
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Sean is a serious soul, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t stand up for himself or others. He’s incredibly loyal and you can always...
Michael Grant-Jones
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Michael is a complicated man, who has two distinct personalities; that when he is in public company and that when he is with his loved on...
Adele DeVylissea
35* ☆ Halfblood ☆ Sorceraic There are two very distinct sides to Adele. One, is the happy, carefree, laid back person she would like to be all the time. During these ...
Siwan Llewellyn
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Organized and studious, but erring on the aloof and dreamy side of it. Siwan spend so much time traveling, that it was difficult for her t...
Keith Anderson
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Keith is a shy person when he is in a new place. However, once you get to know him, you realize he is a fun loving, down-to-earth kind of ...
Jason Miller
38 ☆ pb ☆ hu Jason is a very colorful guy. A fun-loving individual, he loves to be around a crowd of people, having fun and cutting up when it's accept...
Lilith Evenstar
24 ☆ pb ☆ hu Lilith becomes known to any community she joins very quickly, owing to her outgoing nature. She is fair and frank, preferring to be honest...
Penny Quinland
27 ☆ pb ☆ hu Stubborn, willful and determined to accomplish her goals, Penny has proven that even if there were some detours along the way, you can rea...
Brinley
12 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Human Brinley is a quiet boy with a stiff demeanor. He fancies himself older than his years, and as a result, rarely lets his guard down enough...
Naoki Nakamura
17 ☆ pb ☆ hu Player Friendly Fake Outgoing Fashionista Polite Casual ...
Gemini Demetra
22 ☆ hbr ☆ vt A good egg for the most part, Gem has always been free-spirited. Always eager to use her knowledge to basically turn whatever she can into...
Stanley Pike
17 ☆ mb ☆ hu Pike struggles to take most things seriously when it comes to his education, magical or otherwise. While not outright disruptive, his eff...
Igor Drakov
30 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Vampire Igor did have a fairly pleasant disposition, but through trauma inflicted upon him by his father, his attitudes and personality changed, ...
Thomas Sollozzo
53 ☆ pb ☆ hu Thomas is a dangerous individual who enjoys nothing more in life than money, murder, and torture. Sociopathic by nature, he shows very li...
Gerry Richter
16 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Gerry has always been very strong-willed. She knows what she likes, what she doesn't, and she seldom bends to any who aren't in her closes...
Josie Wilson
22 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Josie is, for the most part, an optimistic young woman. She loves life as it is, and wants to explore it--but one day at a time. She deals...
Daria Bishop
28 ☆ pb ☆ hu Many would say that Daria is the very definition of stubborn. The traits she has are almost a shock when you get to know her, she is outsp...
Audrey Adagathguarde
25 ☆ pb ☆ hu Happy, hyperactive, and peppy -- if there was a cheer squad then Audrey would be it. She can be almost childlike in her natural bubbliness...
Teddy
14 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human When Teddy thinks of her personality, the term “prickly” comes to mind. She pictures herself like a rose, thorns used to protect the ...
Kate Belmont
48 ☆ pb ☆ hu Kate is Daddy's little princess all grown up. She's never had much of an interest in romance, beyond creating the odd scandal here and the...
Violet Kalifa
28 ☆ hb ☆ hu Violet is incredibly tactile, but also very calculated and self conscious. While at first she may appear amiable she is very socially awar...
Evony Wynter
16/17 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Centaur Evony is by default, a happy person. She enjoys the chance she has been given to attend schooling within the magical world and strives to...
Hine Parata
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu While she likes to define herself as strong and athletic, her strength is in persistence. She has a tendancy to complete what she starts, ...
Salt Morgan
28 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Salt is shy, anxious and has little confidence. She is nervous and insecure. She is kind and although awkward, she is welcoming and will o...
Liam Somersfield
32 ☆ pb ☆ hu Liam is a very quirky soul. He's extremely depressed from previous life experiences but he hides it well by constantly joking around and b...
Jonathan Azai
25 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Fae Jonathan is an enigma of switching phases and no one personality or image he shows is entirely true only a fragment of what he wants to b...
Alic Eron
24 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Alic is a very mercurial person; he can be your worst enemy one minute, and your best friend the next. How he treats you depends on how he...
Caldwell Hughes
24 ☆ mb ☆ ww Clever - Stickler - Kind of a hard ass toward students - Can loosen up around the right people ...
Rue Delaney
28 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Rue is odd. She’s always been odd. There’s just something mildly unsettling about her. It could be her eyes, that startling shade of ...
Iggy
16 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Fae Ignatius is a bit dreamy, easily distracted by a book or something new, which can make conversation with him difficult at times. He’s o...
Leander Hue
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human While Leander is generally fair in grading, he dislikes untidy workspaces and is strict on his students in this area.  Lee loves organiz...
Samhain Eros
16 ☆ hb ☆ hu Samhain is very quiet, and prefers to be on her own. She views people as untrustworthy, and tends to avoid them. However, she desperately ...
Dylan Connell
38 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Human Dylan Connell can be considered a very grim sort of man on the surface, more of actions than words. Often when he -does- speak it is short...
Cassandra Sullivan
18 ☆ pb ☆ fr Wildcat, pocket rocket, little bundle of constant energy and amusement, there's a reason she needed to take up dancing to burn some of tha...
Tyson McKennis
17 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human Driven and Ambitious, Tyson's major noticeable traits is that he always finds something to work hard towards living under the shadow of h...
Lot Karras
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu ven when he appears self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. Lot is like a vo...
Scarlett Fate
11 ☆ hb ☆ hu She is eccentric and very creative. She paints a lot and her favourite style of painting is abstract. She favours loud colours and messy ...
Ikedi Azikiwe
43 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ikedi is the type of person you want in your corner. He is compassionate and caring, and incredibly driven. Because he was the eldest of t...
Holly Bennett
17 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Holly is a little bit like marmite. People tend to either love her or hate her, well, a less extreme version of that. She is self confess...
Bryan Hawthorne
45 ☆ hb ☆ hu Bryan Hawthorne is a down-to-Earth kinda guy. He enjoys the simple things in life such as the great outdoors with camping and hiking. He l...
Albertine Bellerose
Sixteen ☆ pb ☆ hu Albertine is an extroverted girl who due to feeling out of place in her current situation has become more introverted. She answers in cla...
Grant Thomas
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Grant is a shy but smart guy, incredibly loyal to his friends. ...
Vladimir Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Vladimir is one of the quietest people a person could ever meet. The man hates intruding upon the affairs of others. He respects everyone ...
Derrick Ackers
26 ☆ Muggleborn ☆ Human A man who seems to always be looking for the next big thing in his life in the way of fun or simply an activity to do just to shake up th...
Stella King
20 ☆ mb ☆ hu Stella is rather reserved and guarded.  Her family was close knit and traveled a lot.  She never had an actual home as a kid as the fami...
Susan Summers
22 ☆ mb ☆ hu Frank and serious with little regard for easing the blow of opinions and facts. It’s not that she doesn’t care about people's feeling...
Artemisia Bellerose
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Having moved from one country to the next and then the next, Arti often had a problem making, or keeping, friends when she was younger and...
Mary Ohara
29 ☆ mb ☆ hu Mary is a rather ordinarily happy woman, though she might choose to express it a little more vehemently than others. Always talkative, Mar...
Zane Nedvidek
25 ☆ hb ☆ hu Serious. Sociopathic. Distant. These are just some words to describe Zane. He isn't much of a talker, but when he chooses to speak to you...
Tory Pierce
22 ☆ pb ☆ hu Tory has always been a tomboy who loved getting into scrapes. She is more courageous than is good for her, and particularly susceptible to...
Vladimir Valentin
527 ☆ pb ☆ hu Vladimir is a bit of a mix in terms of his personality, however the most noticeable feature of his is the fact that he is extremely calc...
Elektra Devereux
31 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ely takes most of her life's problems on the chin. Most. For the rest, she usually hides it behind a mask of dry humour and sarcastic rem...
Amy Lee
7 ☆ hb ☆ hu Amy is a very quiet, sweet little girl. She will go out of her way to comfort someone else, and tends to be always grinning and happy. She...
Alan Burdett
50 ☆ pb ☆ hu As a general rule, Alan is open, honest and likes to have a joke around. He was a Spencer student in school, and well known for his pranks...
Boaz Izem
30 ☆ mb ☆ hu Boaz would tell you he has led a fate filled life, full of dramatic personal relationships. This has led him to believe that he has all th...
Alexander Winfield
19 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Sorceraic Alexander is an extremely friendly young man and enjoys the better side of life. He has already dealt with what it felt like and even now ...
Sage Morgan
28 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Sage is very academic and very creative. She is sharp-minded but gets obsessed with one thing or the other. She is a good friend and she h...
Sturn Haviland
26 ☆ Halfbreed ☆ Veela The surface of Sturn Haviland can be very misleading, looking at the way she holds herself, speaks and moves one would think that the res...
Savannah Ryan
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human You will find that Ava is bright and intelligent for her age. She has a playful kind of personality and an easy laugh. Ava enjoys being h...
Ashkar Gastrell
44 ☆ mb ☆ hu Ash is a man that seems to exude confidence. He wears this along with arrogance as a shield. Showing the world a Wizard who has little re...
Amea Nedvidek
25 ☆ hbr ☆ sc She's not easy to understand. She is for the most part, a cool calculating woman with a very serious look on life. She takes things person...
Ethan King
24 ☆ mb ☆ hu Energetic | Hyperactive | Friendly | Focused | Spastic | Inquisitive ...
Iris Glauert
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Iris is the type of girl that can easily overload herself. She likes to start projects, but not necessarily finish them, and her dreams ar...
Tony Wolfe
38 ☆ hb ☆ hu Srengths: Compassion- regardless of what others may think of him Tony has a rather large heart. He keeps it hidden as much as possible, th...
Eudoxia Miller
33 ☆ hb ☆ hu Eudoxia comes across to most people as cool and collected. She prides herself with always being in control of emotions, though she does no...
Maks Valentin
9 ☆ pb ☆ hu Maks is a cheeky little boy with a honey badger attitude to go along with it. Always cheerful, and willing to do whatever he wants and nee...
Morgan Ohara
13 ☆ hb ☆ hu Despite her situation, Morgan is a very sweet girl. She is rather shy, and introverted, but isn't afraid to make friends. She just needs s...
Jezebel Blair
25 ☆ hbr ☆ sc Jezebel is generally a friendly and understanding person in most aspects, this is because through her life growing up she herself has had ...
Squiggy
11 ☆ Pureblood ☆ Fae Squiggy is an extremely shy child, and rarely speaks unless spoken to. The one exception to this is in the classroom, when ze tends to as...
Viktor Valentin
27 ☆ hbr ☆ dh Viktor is a fairly quiet man, but is more than comfortable with engaging in conversation with others, even those he has not met before. No...
Maddison Harris
16 ☆ mb ☆ hu Maddie is like a rose, a delicate flower who can prick you with thorns if mishandled. She is a bit shy but a complete goofball around her ...
Lucy Fischer
27 ☆ hb ☆ hu Headstrong | Stubborn | Spontaneous | Loyal | Adventurous | Strong in her convictions ...
Eugenia Holtzer
16 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human Eugenia has always liked to take the lead, it's not so much that she desires leadership as much as it's the simple fact that she naturall...
Lorelei Valentin-Blair
15 ☆ Halfblood ☆ Human To say Lorelei's personality is complex would be an understatement. She holds a deep intelligence that is clearly abnormal for a young ch...
Matt Belmont
51 ☆ hb ☆ hu Matt’s obsession with neatness and cleanliness is a defining part of who he is. He keeps detailed records of everything, organises his m...
Caitlin Sullivan
36 ☆ hbr ☆ fr Cate would be considered a no-nonsense woman, which may sound strange when someone is told about her personal gifts and the fact that she ...
Aiden Longhurst
15 ☆ hb ☆ hu Aiden is ridiculously protective of his younger sister Valerie, and treats all new people with caution - especially men. When he first cam...
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SanctusX
Music plots for Vladimir Crazy students being crazy for Big V (aka Vlad II) to deal with Fellow kidlets wanting to be friends wit...
Mousie
Always looking for: Awkward situations Family drama Best friendship goals Non-romantic mentor/mentee relationship...
Cait
Family plots, mostly ...
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Friends - All the friends, good, bad, mentors, mentees, old, young, who cares! Family - Everyone needs family An evil future boyf...
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I just wanna feel such a beautiful sound. Enemies / Frenemies [particularly for Gerry, she needs people to get into actual fights with!] Friends [most of my roster desperat...
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“I want to feel beautiful, for a little longer.” - Romance, from healthy to toxic to mediocre to deliriously Fairy Tale! - Friendship - good friends, bad friends, frenemies, etc. - Fa...
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But first, coffee. Comfy plots that build character relationships.  Penny is in need of friends. Work friends, acquaintances and close friends. No rom...
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“The moon shone in the rocking horse's eye, and in the mouse's eye, too, when Tolly fetched it out from under his pillow to see. The clock went tick-tock, and in the stillness he heard little bare feet running across the floor, then laughter and whisperin Any cute ships you like. Any sort of complicated relationships between characters, antagonistic or otherwise. ...
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I am Awesome, that is All All the awkwards All the confused All the silliness All the family dramas All the action/adventure All the...
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Thou art I. . . Awkward Stuffles Drama of well designed nature is always fun! Fun-Fun times, random jokes and pranks depending on character ...
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Allllll the plots.  Have something in mind then come talk, I'm open to basically everything.  ...
The Australian Home of Magic Tallygarunga is an 18+ post-Potter non-canon forum RPG, featuring Australia's only public wizarding school Tallygarunga.
Setting
Location: Rural Victoria, Australia
Current time: May 2018
Term Two: April 18th-June 30th
House Points
Flinders: 155
Sturt: 162
Bourke: 215
Spencer: 205
THE AUSTRALIAN HOME OF MAGIC

Brinley Grisham

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    Brinley Abraham Grisham
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  1. Brinley had noticed the note in his first--botched--potions class. Advanced potions and potions theory, Sundays at 8pm. To a boy who had been obsessed with potions since before he could properly form sentences, it was a dream come true. His only fear was that the professor--or other prestigious students who attended advanced potions--wouldn’t give him a chance. He was only a first year, after all, even if the title rankled--he’d completed his first year at Hogwarts, and in his mind he ought to be a second year. And since he’d only made it to one potions class so far--a test, at that, which he couldn’t have hoped to pass after not being at this school the previous term-he wouldn’t blame them for writing him off. He would just have to prove himself. He completed his schoolwork for the week on Saturday to ensure that his Sunday evening was free. He dressed carefully prior to dinner, choosing a long-sleeve polo--tight fitting and unlikely to drape into his cauldron--and a pair of sensible black trousers. He even forewent his robes, though he felt half-naked without them, knowing that in the lab they tended to only get into trouble. After dinner, he packed his shoulder satchel carefully, including not only his potions kit and first year textbook but also his most recent potions quarterlies. In the time between dinner and eight, he reviewed the newest quarterlies to ensure that his mind was as sharp as it could be. And then, at five of eight, he walked through the door of the potions classroom. Well, not through it, exactly. He stepped in, and then froze just inside the doorway, his dark eyes taking in the emptiness. Only the professor was in the room, and he looked to be… grading papers or somesuch. Brinley tugged uncertainly on the hem of his shirt, observing in silence for a moment until the professor himself addressed him. ”Apologies,” Brinley said, ducking his head slightly. ”Only… Perhaps I was confused. I thought I’d read that Advanced Potions and Potions Theory was offered at this time slot. Has that been disbanded?”
  2. Brinley frowned slightly at Alex’s analysis of Sturt house--the people even weirder than the house itself. It wasn’t exactly a comfort to a boy who prided himself on being above average in everything he set his mind to. He didn’t want to be associated with the weird house. At Hogwarts, being in Ravenclaw had been an honor, its name lending Brinley an air of prestige--similar to Slytherin, without any of the negative connotations. He had hoped Sturt would lend him the same credibility here in Australia. It sounded like he was perhaps not to be so lucky. When Alex showed that he actually knew what a bostrichidae was, Brinley smiled slightly--a little more on one side than the other--and inclined his head. ”Pretty, and versatile. Did you know that bostrichidae shells have 156 common uses--not mentioning the uncommon or experimental ones?” As Brinley followed Alex deeper into the grounds of Tallygarunga, he bristled slightly at the mention of Greyheme, though as he was a step or two behind the older boy, he doubted it was noticed. It seemed that not only had his dearest mother chosen to send him to school on the other side of the world, but she hadn’t even bothered to send him to the good school. What hope did he have of ingratiating himself into this society if she wasn’t sending him to the school with the creme de la creme? Merlin only knew that money wasn’t a concern there. It was as if she were doing it on purpose--as if, in trying to humble him, she had decided to butcher any societal dreams and goals he may have had. It wasn’t fair. She shouldn’t be allowed to ruin his future like that. He was distracted enough about it that he missed the beginning of Alex’s answer about house elves. What he caught of it made something twist in his stomach. He hadn’t though, before, about the fact that freed house elves might have the option of staying employed at their previous place of business. Just because Mother freed Stumpy and Diddy didn’t mean they’d had to leave the manor. They’d chosen that. They’d chosen to leave him. Brinley’s left hand tightened, his fingernails digging into his palm. He sucked in a deep breath of air and reminded himself that the hurt he was feeling was a useless emotion, unbefitting a man of his stature. Decorum, Brinley, he reminded himself, and he forced himself to unclench his hand and let out the breath he’d sucked in. ”Do they?” Brinley forced himself to ask. His voice cracked a little, and he cleared his throat before trying again. ”The younger generation of elves, I mean. Do they try to break the norms?” Brinley had spent his entire life trying to live up to the legacy his father had left behind. He couldn’t imagine actively working against his family’s traditions.
  3. Brinley’s lips twisted slightly in surprise when Alex knew what Ravenclaw was, but he merely nodded. When Alex clarified that the platypus belonged to Sturt house, Brinley frowned slightly in recognition. Sturt he repeated silently, determined to keep it in his head this time. Like the word “sturdy” if the speaker were hanged halfway through saying it. In reality, he supposed it was a last name, though not of a family he immediately recognized. He wondered if that were due to breeding—were Sturts muggleborns, or had they died out since the founding of the school?—or if it were simply due to a lack of familiarity with the Great Families of Australia. At the term bookworm, Brinley made a face. In a dry voice—the closest Brinley came to joking—he said, ”I liked the term studious better. I’m no bostrichidae.” It was a little-known fact that bookworms weren’t worms at all, but the larvae of a certain species of beetle. Little-known, that is, unless you needed crushed bookworms for potions-making. Brinley straightened at Alex’s interpretation of his name. Dignity and intellect. He liked that analysis. He blinked in surprise when Alex admitted being new to the school. ”Oh? I wouldn’t have guessed. Where did you begin your education?” The term rustic was a bit of an understatement, but Brinley nodded anyway. At least he wasn’t the only one wholly unimpressed by the institution’s exterior. He found himself adjusting his view of Alex ever so slightly. Maybe the older boy wasn’t entirely ill-bred. ”I can get my trunk,” Brinley said. ”Thank you.” He carried it to the front of the school as Alex had indicated even as his mind swirled with the new information. ”I thought—at least, my uncles had said—that house elves were emancipated in this country years ago. Is that untrue?”
  4. As the person he’d approached turned to face him, Brinley began to make observations. He’d read once that in the first seven seconds of meeting someone, eleven assumptions were made. Sure enough, as his eyes scanned the older student, his brain began working rapid-fire. 1.) Long hair – Hippie? 2.) Guitar case as well; definitely a hippie. 3.) Casual Language—Probably ill bred 4.) Maybe even a muggleborn The older boy continued to speak. Brinley wrinkled his nose at the term little man—5.) Agist—and then forced himself to smile when offered assistance, even as his mind connected to 6.) Goody-Goody. “Ravenclaw,” Brinley said automatically when he was asked for his house assignment. Immediately his ears and the back of his neck burned with embarrassment. He shook his head slightly. “Apologies. Habits. Um… Platypus?” He couldn’t remember the name of it, except that it had sounded like someone had been AK’d before they finished saying whatever word they were working on. 7.) Alexander was at least a proper name. Score one for breeding? 8.) But then he went by Alex, which was a slap in the face to those who named him. One against breeding. 9.) Said the word “casual” as if it were something to be proud of. Definitely muggleborn. 10.) And agist. 11.) And ill-bred. Who taught their children to introduce themselves without surnames? “Brinley Grisham.” Brinley dropped his hand away from the handle of his luggage so that he could offer it to the older boy. Decorum, after all. “First year.” The word again rose to his lips, but he swallowed it down, not allowing himself the luxury of complaint. Instead, he offered a stiff, “It’s a pleasure to meet your acquaintance… Alex.”
  5. First potions class since transferring was a test on something everyone else learned last term. So the professor's first interaction with me had me looking like I don't know a cauldron from a cooking pot. #ThanksMom

  6. The one good thing about coming to Australia was the new variety of flora and fauna available as potions ingredients. There was a veritable ton of potions Brinley had always been eager to try that had been impractical due to the ingredients necessary. Now, those same potions were suddenly available to him, and while it meant that other potions were now off of his plate, he was trying to look at the bright side for once. So the first Saturday he was on campus he loped a satchel over his shoulders and began scouring the grounds for ingredients. He’d gotten a pretty good haul by the time he was ready to turn back for lunch. He figured he’d make one final lope by the beach—shells were high in calcium and could be useful—before heading in for his noon meal. As he crossed the beach, his dress shoes shifting awkwardly on the sand, he spotted a blanket laid out with food. Weird, he thought. After all, it was winter by Australia standards, and though the weather was certainly warm enough to him, having come from England, he’d figured the locals would be past their beachcombing days. He shrugged it off, continuing down towards the water, his eyes for the most part on the sand. And then he looked up, and caught an eye full of soooo much more than he had bargained for. Instinctively, Brinley’s hand rose to cover his eyes. ”Merciful Merlin!” he said, the words rising unbidden from his lips without his sayso. ”Is this an Australia thing? Because my uncles left me wholly unprepared for naked women.” His face, he was sure, was as red as a tomato. He took a few steps back from the water, stumbling a bit in the sand as he continued to try to keep his eyes averted.
  7. I could use some images for Brinley (Allen Alvarado). Not particular about the picture, but looking for some of his younger photo shoots like this or this ... Would love something that shows a little flair -- dark around the edges and light in the middle or something like that. Or just something that doesn't look like I chopped it up terribly.
  8. Name: Brinley Grisham House: Sturt Year Level: 1st Year Position: Beater (Preferred) Secondary Position: Chaser (If Beater not available) Interest in Interschool team? Yes
  9. Waylon and Edmund had offered to drive Brinley to school--all the way from Melbourne, which would have been a hell of a feat even if it hadn’t involved them closing their shop for a full day. Brinley assured them that he was fine to go alone--he wouldn’t run off, and he wasn’t so violent that he couldn’t be trusted in a cab by himself. In the end they’d agreed, though Waylon had seemed reluctant as he packed Brinley’s trunk into the boot of the cab. He’d handed Brinley a few coins--for lunch, he’d said--as if Brinley didn’t already have a sizeable pursefull on his person--and then he’d given Brinley what had to be the most awkward half-hug on the planet before finally letting him leave. Brinley spent the cab ride reading the potions quarterly that had arrived the evening prior, and barely noticed the distance until he felt the distinct rumbling of gravel beneath the vehicle. He sat up then, peering out the window at the trees that flicked past as they made their way up the dirt road. This couldn’t be right. This was his new school? His distaste only grew when the cabbie finally stopped in front of a weather-worn building that looked more like a farmhouse than a proper educational establishment. Brinley’s nose wrinkled slightly in distaste. Having spent the past nine months in a proper castle, he couldn’t imagine that this was what his life had fallen to--a shabby collection of mismatched buildings. Even as he thought it, he forced himself to lean forward and hand the cabbie a tip through the partition before pushing open the side door and stepping outside. It was cool outside--not cold, exactly, but cooler than it would have been in England this time of year--and he was grateful he’d chosen his thick outer robe in lieu of his thinner school uniform. There would be plenty of time to change. He hauled his trunk out of the boot and waved the cabbie off. Only when the cabbie had left did Brinley allow himself to wonder what he was supposed to do. Was he supposed to meet someone? Go somewhere specific? His hand went automatically to the pocket-knife he kept sequestered in his robes, and his skin began to crawl with a familiar itch, but he pushed the sensation away. Later, perhaps, when he learned the location of his dormitories and had a bit of privacy. He spotted someone walking by, and as much as it pained him to admit his ignorance he stepped towards them. “Pardon? My apologies for the interruption. I’m a transfer student, and I haven’t received entirely clear instructions as to where I’m supposed to go first. Any ideas?”
  10. Brinley loved potions class. The chance to be given guidance in his brewing was not to be taken for granted--even if he did have to share the attention with a room full of blithering idiots who didn’t know the difference between a cauldron and a tea kettle. At least at this school they weren’t separated by years. It meant that even as a first year (only halfway through a year he’d graduated from once!) he had the opportunity to try his hand at some more complicated brews. He’d arrived early, as always, and settled himself towards the front of the classroom, parchment out and quill poised. When the professor said they were going to have a quiz, however, Brinley’s heart sank. The Draught of LinsLann was decidedly not something they’d worked on at Hogwarts. He wracked his brain, trying to think if he’d read of it in any of his recent potions journals, but came up empty--he’d never even heard of the thing. LinsLann sounded like someone’s name, too, which was no help. If it had been Draught of Living Death or something, he might have been able to discern some of its make by the properties of the potions ingredients he was offered. He tightened his jaw in silent protest, but he wasn’t about to actually complain. Instead, he tucked his quill and parchment obediently away and stepped to the front of the room, chin high and back ramrod straight though at his sides his hands were shaking. Potions weren’t something one should guess at--consequences could be dire if you mixed the wrong ingredients together. He hated that he didn’t know what to do--potions was his subject, after all--but as he eyed the chardonnay and octopus ink, he decided that he could at least keep things from exploding or creating noxious fumes. He settled on the octopus ink--the less volatile of the two, more base than acid--and made his way back to his work station, his mind racing for a solution. He had two choices. Well, three, technically, but he didn’t see taking a partner as a choice--not when he knew no one in the class and, as a new transfer who’d never heard of the potion, could bring nothing to the table. That left guessing at what he was supposed to be doing--maybe eyeing the classmates and trying to emulate their actions--or making a potion that he was more familiar with. The first option left him with a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. Every instinct he had was against guessing at potions-making, especially when he had so little to work with, contextually. He’d rather make the wrong potion and be sure that it was made correctly. It wasn’t like he’d get full marks on the assignment anyway--or any marks, if he was being honest with himself. It would be the first time in history Brinley would fail a potions assignment. And the last, he promised himself, even if it meant he had to ask someone for their notes from the previous term and a half and memorize them before next class. He clearly hadn’t been studying hard enough. For now… He stared at the octopus ink in hand, and then carefully put five drops of it into his cauldron and heated it low. Octopus ink was highly concentrated melanin. You could make a halfway decent sunblock out of it--babyfood, nothing exciting, but at least he wasn’t likely to muck it up. He flicked through his potions kit, finally pulling out eleven pumpkin seeds and beginning the process of crushing them with the butt of his knife. ”Zinc…” he muttered to himself, concentrating on crushing them into a fine powder. ”Zinc helps the body create proteins…” And despite the fact that he was certainly failing the test, he found himself relaxing slightly into the work. At least he had this--the sweet space between himself and the cauldron. That was worth something.
  11. Brinley Grisham

    Brinley

    (TW for spousal abuse and self-injury) Brinley was born into a highly wealthy, pureblood family in England, the only son and heir of Abraham and Carlotta Grisham. Abraham was an unspeakable at the ministry of magic, a dark and mysterious career that Brinley was always intrigued by. Carlotta, on the other hand, was a socialite, away from the home more often than she was there, leaving Brinley to be raised, for the most-part, by the family’s pair of elderly house-elves, Stumpy and Diddy. As a young child, Brinley was unaware of the politics that lay the foundation for his home life. He was unaware, for example, that his parents’ marriage was an arranged one, deemed necessary by Carlotta’s supremacist parents, who would not have included her in the family inheritance if she had married anyone else. He was equally unaware of the fact that his father was an abusive sort, a male chauvinist who saw it as his given right to beat his wife if she didn’t perform as expected, or that the reason Carlotta spent more time away from home than in it was out of fear of her husband. What Brinley was aware of was that his mum was rarely home, and when she was home it was with a class of sherry in hand and a vacant expression on her face. He grew up certain that his mother neither loved nor cared for him, and that his father--distant, but smart and prestigious and brave--was the type of man he should aspire to be. As a result, Brinley threw himself into his studies, determined to be just as intelligent and prestigious as his father. He had an especial fondness for potions, and by the age of five was a regular subscriber to three different quarterly potions journals. Brinley was ten years old when his father passed away--an accident at work, the details never fully disclosed to the family. Brinley was distraught. His mother was relieved, and perhaps as a result--or perhaps because she never had gotten to know Brinley well--she offered him little in the way of comfort. By that time her parents were dead and she, already the heiress to the Castellano fortune, was finally free to live her life as she wanted to. She spent no more time home than she had before Abraham’s death, and if, in the time she was home, she was happier than before, it was no comfort to her son. Brinley turned inward in his grief, and he turned angry. He began self-injuring, marks he hid with long-sleeves and bitterness. By the time he started at Hogwarts at eleven, he was master of keeping to himself. He avoided friendships, instead throwing himself into his studies. When the letter came from his mother informing him that he had a new stepfather and two new sisters, he didn’t bother to reply. Instead, he set fire to his four-poster and spent a week in detention--a childish lark, the professors thought, and nothing worth writing home about. And then Brinley was sent home for the summer, except it wasn’t his home. His mother and stepfather had purchased a new manor together. He suddenly had two step-sisters to contend with, neither of whom he connected with. And his mother had dismissed the house-elves--freed them, at her new husband’s request. She couldn’t understand Brinley’s upset at that, but in Brinley’s mind it was just one more loss in a list of losses--the only friends he’d ever had, and the only creatures who had ever actually seemed to care for him, no longer around. The incident occured one day while Brinley’s mother and stepfather were out of the house. Adelle, fourteen, had been left in charge of Brinley and Fiona. Brinley was in his bedroom, in the attic. He had just started self-injuring when the door burst open and Fiona skipped in. She didn’t mean to impeach on his privacy--and, in truth, at seven, she didn’t entirely understand what she saw. But Brinley, embarrassed and scared and angry, lashed out, screaming for her to get out of the room and pushing her. He didn’t mean to push her down the stairs. He didn’t even think about it. And when he saw her flying backwards, he regretted things instantly, dropping his knife at his feet in favor of rushing towards her. She broke an arm in the fall--nothing life-threatening, but enough of an injury for a hospital visit. Brinley hated himself for it. He apologized to her, and he apologized to her dad. But all Carlotta saw when she looked at her son was her late husband--angry, abusive, and only sorry when it was too late. It didn’t help that he wouldn’t explain why he’d shoved Fiona. Left to draw her own conclusions about it, Carlotta determined that he thought himself better than a halfblood female, as his father would have. She determined that she’d already failed him--that he was a carbon copy of his father before him--and that he was a danger to the household. As a result, she sent him to live with his uncle--her brother--in Melbourne. Waylon was a squib, and had moved to Australia as a teenager to escape bigoted parents to whom his lack of magic was one shame, and his sexuality another. He married young, and he and his husband lived in an apartment above a clothing shop they ran together where they sold items of both muggle and wizarding fashion. It was more than a bit of a change for Brinley. Though his mother sent a substantial stipend to Waylon and Edmund as recompense for taking Brinley in--and though both men were plenty kind to Brinley--he found himself living in a two bedroom flat above a store, a far cry from the manor life he’d grown up on. Worse than that, for the eleven-year-old, was the time change, which meant that, though in England summer vacation had just begun, in Australia they were only halfway through the school year. He had precisely a week to meet his uncles and settle into his room, and then he was sent to school, to complete the second half of first year again. It was like being held back, or sent to summer school, and it was all but unbearable.
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