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    Squiggy Lux

    01. First Year
    11 year old Pureblood Fae ☆ Ze/Zim/Zir
    Full Name: Squiggy Lux
    Age:  11
    (Legacy Field) Date of Birth : September 16, 2006
    Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
    Year Level: 01. First Year
    Blood Status: Pureblood
    Species: Fae
    Pronouns: Ze/Zim/Zir
    Wand: 11" Ash with Phoenix Feather
    Play-by: N/A
    Education: Optional. Here you can track what education your character has completed, and what institutions they attended. For characters applying for high-level positions, it is assumed they will have some form of additional education listed here.

    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 ask questions in rapid-fire succession, determined to somehow acquire all the knowledge of school, though so far it’s been difficult. Ze is enthusiastic about zir studies but struggles hugely with the material. Ze never learned to read and has been trying to teach zirself in secret, afraid that if the adults of the school realize just how much ze is struggling, they will use it as an excuse to expel zir. Because ze knows how much zir father fought to get zir into school--and because ze has two younger siblings also hoping to attend one day--it’s imperative that ze does well, though without proper resources, it’s an uphill battle.


    As a result, Squiggy spends the majority of zir time in the library attempting to study zir material. It’s been enough to keep zem from failing out of zir year, but only just. Away from the classroom, Squiggy’s tendency is to keep zir head down. Ze doesn’t want to stir the pot, seeing it as zir obligation to make a good name for educating house-elves so that zir younger siblings can have the same opportunity ze was given. Thus, though in actuality zir maturity level is not the same as others in zir year at school, ze has been forced to pretend to be more mature than ze really is.


    Most nights, ze retires early, pulls the blankets around zir head, and secretly cuddles a cloth doll zir mother made for zim when ze was a baby.


    Though the great sock rebellion happened years before Squiggy was born, Squiggy’s Head Family openly defied new Australian laws and retained control of Squiggy’s parents--and Squiggy--for years afterwards. Squiggy’s parents, Jumbo and Quinty, hadn’t wanted to bring any children into the world until their freedom was obtained, and Squiggy’s birth was accidental, and kept secret from the magical family that controlled them, though Quinty had to punish herself many times for keeping her pregnancy a secret from her masters.


    When Quinty again became pregnant three years after Squiggy was born, the anxiety of hiding another pregnancy--and another child--was too much for her. It was already proving difficult to keep Squiggy under wraps. At three--late infancy by house elf standards--zey were just beginning to walk and desperate to explore. Quinty knew it wouldn’t be long before Squiggy’s presence was discovered by the masters, and a second child would not be so easy to hide.


    As a result, Quinty defied a direct order from her masters and called magical law enforcement. It was an act that led to a great deal of self-punishment, and half of Quinty’s face had been badly burned by an iron before law-enforcement showed up. The wizarding family that had so long held the house-elves under their control was finally forced to relinquish that control, and Jumbo and Quinty took to the streets with Squiggy in their care.


    It was a difficult childhood. Jumbo and Quinty had no resources to speak of and precious little in the way of skills, and, pregnant, Quinty couldn’t find a job that first year. Jumbo got a job as a housekeeper in an inn, and the family was given a room to stay in as part of Jumbo’s payment, which meant that the actual check he brought home each month was minimal. Jumbo and Quinty welcomed a second child, Innocence, just after Squiggy’s fourth birthday, and a third child, Freedom, when Squiggy was six. Though Quinty eventually took up a job as a seamstress, money was always tight with the family, and opportunities for betterment were slim.


    Squiggy’s father was convinced that it would not be the case for his children. After working so hard just to keep them fed and housed, Jumbo was determined to ensure Squiggy, Innocence, and Freedom were given the opportunities he’d never had. He went to bat for his children, and just before Squiggy’s eleventh birthday had success in the name of Tallygarunga agreeing that Squiggy could attend their school at the age of eleven.


    Squiggy is proud of zir heritage and proud of zir parents, but terrified to be among wizards, who have never treated zim or zir family well. It doesn’t help that Tallygarunga, as an institution, was not designed with house-elves in mind. Though wizards have traditionally not paid much attention to house-elf development, the truth is that elves develop more slowly than witches and wizards, and though ze has been on the planet for eleven years, Squiggy’s mental and emotional maturity is more akin to that of a seven-year-old human. It’s a fact that all House Elves have had to contend with since the Legislation for Sentient Rights was passed: They are treated by human rights and human standards, and are considered “adults” at seventeen, though a 17-year-old elf has the maturity of an 11-year-old human. It’s this fact, combined with the lack of education available for house elves, which has led to the perception of elves as not as smart as humans--a perception Squiggy feels strongly every day of school when zey don’t do as well as zir “peers.”


    At eleven, Squiggy maintains the pale-blue skin tone of house-elf youth, which will not make its change to pale pink until ze reaches puberty, between 15-20 years of age. Like all house elves, ze is also “sexless” until that age, when stages of puberty will classify zim as either female or male. Until then, ze maintains the house-elf tradition of living outside of gender and gendered pronouns. Zir parents bought one masculine uniform and one feminine uniform, and ze tends to wear the pants when it is cool outside and the skirt when it is hot.


    Due to financial constraints and the values zir parents were raised with, Squiggy has never had access to a lot of clothes. Zir mother is a seamstress, and most of zir casual clothing is home-made from scraps of extra fabric from the shop, most of it in the style of simple dresses which, in style, are not much more involved than the pillow cases of years past. Outside of zir school shoes, ze owns one pair of shoes: plain black flip-flops found in the one-dollar bin of a muggle gas station.


    As a young house-elf, Squiggy currently stands at a whopping 2’ 1”--small enough to hide well, and small enough to be barely noticed.


    Because most humans are not educated on elven development, it’s a secret to those around Squiggy that zir emotional maturity is closer to that of a 7-year-old human than an 11-year-old, which can make zir innocence on certain matters and utter fear of the world around zir baffling to those not in the know. So far, Squiggy has also managed to hide--or at least avoid talking about--the fact that ze never properly learned to read. Ze has been trying to teach zimself with some limited success, and teachers might be excused for simply believing ze has no study skills and a general lack of care about zir schoolwork--an assumption, if made, that could not be further from the truth.

    General Knowledge:

    What people do know is that Squiggy is a house elf (obvious) and clearly comes from poverty (also obvious). Zir detached, stuttering manner of speech is common among zir kind, especially among those who have never been educated, and though ze tries to “speak correctly,” zir language skills are equivalent to that of a human child in late toddlerhood. It’s also clear to anyone who has been in zir dorm room that, though a house elf, cleaning skills were never high on Squiggy’s priority list. Zir trunk is usually a right mess, and the school work that manages to get done is often wrinkled, stained, and covered in doodles that may, if you squint, have something to do with the class material.

    Connections:Optional. As your character meets and collects new friends and foes, you can note down the connections here -- or list existing ones if they already have them!
    Significant Dates:Optional. Remembering dates is hard, so if there are particular dates you want to list that are important to your character, here is a nice field to put them in!
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