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Tallygarunga | The Australian Potterverse

Setting

Date:
April, 2019
Season:
Summer
School Status:
Tallygarunga: Term One, VMU: Semester One

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Sturt
290
Flinders
90
Spencer
185
Bourke
110
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An AU non-canon Harry Potter-inspired forum roleplay set in Australia.
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Derrick Ackers

Professor Head of Spencer
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About Derrick Ackers

  • Birthday 02/10/1992

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    http://www.tallygarunga.com/characters/tally_staff/derrick-sparky-ackers-r83/

Short Answer

  • Full Name
    Derrick "Sparky" Ackers
  • Birthdate - Day
    10
  • Birthdate - Month
    2
  • Exact Age?
    No
  • Birthday - Year
    1992
  • Birthplace
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Job Title
    Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer
  • Species
    Human
  • Blood Status
    Halfblood
  • Pronouns
    HE/HIM
  • Played By
    Chris Evans

Optional Character Items

  • Wand
    9" Spruce with Sphinx Nail
  • Patronus
    Phoenix

Member Items

  • Time Zone
    GMT -5 (EST)
  • Pronouns
    He/Him

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Profile Data

  • Status Counter 7
  • IC Post Count 72
  • Playerx Kaitore
  • Plot Wants
  • Birthdate Day 2
  • Birthdate Month 10
  • Birthdate Year 1992
  • Manual Age 0
  • Unknown Age
  • Pronouns HE/HIM
  • Occupation Professor of Elemental Magic at Tally
  • School Superstar 14
  • Holy Ship 5
  1. I'm not even going to go the route of asking, 'How', I know 'HOW' I want to know -WHY-?! Not why she's pregnant, why would some twisted fate think it would be every remotely a good idea that I would end up as a father? Okay, yea, I'm probably the coolest guy around, hands down, no competition. But there'd been nothing shown in me, nothing in my mind or my heart or even my very personality that would ever suggest that I could be considered a viable father. Maybe once upon a time, when I was less insan- Well, I don't think I've ever been truly sane, let me be completely transparent here. I'm far more 'Man-Boy' than I ever want to acknowledge and now placed in the position that I somehow, in some twisted way, need to be a 'Man-Man'. It's fine, no one else needs to get that, it's my own words and my own head after all. It's not something to miss either, I know Arti is scared. She's probably thinking the same thing about herself that I think about myself just the more broken and messed up angle than the actual, 'I'm just bad because I'm mentally a terrible fit' road that I'm on. Though, if I were her? I'd doubt me entirely up and down. The fact I'm even a Professor still manages to blow my mind each and everyday, most of the times not even sure if things are retaining in the kids heads. Most of them don't even want to learn they want to goof off more than anything which makes them think my class has nothing to offer. How do I know my own kid won't think the very same thing? If it hadn't been the fact that I have too high of an opinion on responsibility that a person creates well. . . I'd have probably packed up and left, really. I know how cowardly that sounds but running, that's what I know. For all my bravado, all my posturing, the one thing I've always done from my problems had been to run. No solution ever truly reached, no completion of things that could make me satisfied. I ran from Australia, from my friends and family, I ran from the pain that happened to Eleza which I have yet to actively confront. That could be part of it too, I did have this plan once upon a time, to relax and settle down, to actually build some kind of family with someone I cared for deeply. Now it isn't so different, I do care for Arti greatly, vastly, I could even argue it runs deeper than Eleza's own flare and she'd been a full Veela with those addictive hormones of hers. But messing up sometimes seems to be the angle I end up twisting towards. No idea what to do, how to do it, as much as I have people around me I'm not even sure if most of them are actual supports I lean on. Hell. . . What even is leaning on someone when you've always had to push ahead and try to make a difference for yourself? For those that relied on you? My sister keeps giving me the 'Talk' that it's time to get more serious, to think about actively settling roots for the child and for the mother so she doesn't run all crazy and amok in her own mind or guesses. I hate when she's actually right about something. . . I guess I'll have to grow up sometime and actually consider that I'm in this situation and it isn't just my own problem, my own issue, it's a couples issue and problem that would need to be confront by myself and Arti.
  2. Penalized by a Prefector -20 - Breaking Curfew -10 - Lack of Respect to Authority
  3. 1. - +15 Attended Class 2. - +5 Answered Question 3. - +10 Conjured Full Patronus
  4. 1. - +15 Attended Class 2. - +10 Conjured Full Patronus
  5. 1. - +15 Attended Class
  6. 1. - -15 Did not attend class
  7. 1. - +15 Attended Class
Derrick "Sparky" Ackers
Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer 0
27* year old Halfblood Human HE/HIM
Age:  27*
Date of Birth: February 10th, 1992
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Year Level: 0
Occupation: Professor of Elemental Magic, Head of Spencer
Blood Status: Halfblood
Species: Human
Player:  ✩ Kaitore
Pronouns: HE/HIM
Patronus: Phoenix
Wand: 9" Spruce with Sphinx Nail
Play-by: Chris Evans
Education: 

2003 - 2010 - Tallygarunga: Spencer

2011 - 2014 - VMU, Magical Education

Secrets

- Plays Piano exceptionally well as a trained and constant musician

- Actually started to travel the with a significant other who had tragically died, doesn't speak of this detail.

- Is estranged from his Oldest sibling

- Only himself and his youngest Sister gained any Magical Talent

- Comes from a Semi-Broken home, had been constantly bullied and beaten up by Oldest sibling due to the gift of Magic. He always protected the younger sister.

- Humor has always been a defensive mechanism to deal with all of his problems and almost every aspect of his life

General Knowledge

- Is a known practical jokester

- Holds an exceptional affinity towards spells that circulate around Fire. 

- Classes are vastly different than most others, often involving actual activity versus lectures.

- Has a younger sister that he's close with that often visits Tallygarunga to hang out. 

- Is openly known as Professor Sparky

- Can often be seen hanging with Auds as if they were two criminals hatching a plot.

Personality

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 the usual 'same old, same old'. There is rarely a time that he's out doing something that he doesn't try to find the humor in the moment, trying to change the circumstances that seem overly mundane to being something just a bit more fun and exciting. This can range from either suddenly pulling a joke on some poor nearby victim or even just changing up the plans last minute just to add a bit of a surprise and offer up a better time due to the unpredictability of the shift. Above all else he tries to enjoy the life before him taking it a step at a time versus thinking too far ahead and this kind of mentality shows not only in how he operates his classrooms but how he engages with people on a social level. 

He's a friendly individual whose first step in almost any situation whether it's with someone new or an old friend is to break the ice in some way shape or form. If the atmosphere is too tense then there has to be a way around it to suck out just enough tension to make a person more pliable to the idea of just relaxing and enjoying themselves rather than letting the weight of the world in their mind worsen. This had been a trait he had picked up due to his own past histories involving people. 

The more hidden presence, however, is his protective nature that has formed which at first had only been towards his sister. As time went on and he had grown closer to other people that nature started to expand, albeit, to a select few in a small circle. Due to a history of having a bully at home he's often more likely seen taking a hit for those under his protection before striking back if it is a possibility. For all of his joking, smiling, and general constant humor a foot there is deeper sadness and broken nature from what he had to deal with that developed those particular traits as a coping mechanism. 

Even though he is aware of this fact it has now become more apart of who he is as a person to showcase a constant humor rather than dim it down simply from how it had been formed. 

Appearance

Derrick stands tall at the wonderful height of six feet sporting dark brown hair and a well maintained beard that stretches across his face and connects without a break. His eyes are a form of Hazel and his body is well built through a modest exercise regiment that isn't too intense but just enough to keep a tight shape. His hair holds a soft and bouncy countenance to it using very little hair products to achieve much of its shape and continuity in how it flows and weaves back into place. Hygiene is clearly important to the man as he often seems to have a scent of a gentle clean breeze, if one could call it that. 

He's almost always decked from shoulders to the point of his toes in casual wear giving off the air of someone that is often more relaxed than tense or uptight. Usually can be found wearing jeans, some form of sneakers, and alternation between a long t-shirt or a Short sleeved one based on the weather and at times just based on how he's feeling in the moment. He seems to carry a bag around with him that certainly has seen better days yet various things are kept inside from sentimental value to actually useful. A necklace hangs from his neck that seems somewhat more feminine in design of the chain, a locket hangs along the center of it with two pictures on the inside. One seems to be of a younger woman with similar features to Derrick's smiling in some kind of field, the other seemed to be a slightly older woman whose clung to Derrick's arm in a more intimate manner with flowing blonde hair.

History

Born to two Muggles, Conrad Ackers and Regina Ackers, Derrick is one of three children that made up the typical muggle family. Being Muggles with no exposure to the magical realm the idea of 'Magic' was a fantasy book to them for quite sometime. Derrick, being the middle child, had exhibited the signs of magic early on in his lifetime in the way of occasionally setting things on fire. At first it'd be accidental until the connection within his mind made it clear that the triggers always aligned with how his emotions had flared up. The accidental started to become the intentional and nearly any inanimate object was pure fodder for the sudden fire that sparked from his untrained magic. Curtains, Sofa's, even his Mother's unwanted fruitcake - though everyone was glad THAT got set on fire, surely. While the unexplained seemed to occur for several years without any peep from the young man the day finally came when he turned eleven that an unexpected visitor walked into their lives and changed it irrevocably. 

It was an invitation and a messenger, which both had a lot of things to talk about and say. The letter was an acceptance into Tallygarunga while the Messenger was sent to give the family a breakdown of the Magical Community as well as the intense need for secrecy, perhaps even a bit of what would happen should said secrecy ever be broken. No doubt it was then mentioned that the young sister of Derrick, Janet, also possessed the potential and it'd only be a few more years until she was accepted into the school herself. Many feelings swarmed across the feeling with shock and disbelief clinging to at least everyone else except Derrick. This is when thing started to rapidly go down hill, aside from the fact that his parents now knew the random fires were due to his own inability to control his magic but it also began the horrible beatings and bullying that came from Janet and Derrick's oldest sibling, Xavier. 

Xaiver's jealousy of being the isolated sibling grew into an anger that just wouldn't be satisfied as he lashed out in his everyday life at school and at home but the worse of it was when the ire drew towards his own brother and sister. In an effort to spare Janet from the more physical beatings from their brother, Derrick, chose to be a red herring. The distraction that would earn all of the attention through the use of sarcasm and badly placed humor, one of the few things that would irritate a bully enough to close out other targets and tunnel vision to a single one that they felt was worth every inch of a beating. Bruises, sprains, even a black eye or two had been Derrick's daily life until he left for his first year at Tallygarunga. His recently developed attitude towards being a humorous clown linked with his natural propensity towards being a jokester landed him in House Spencer. There he had managed to meet a few people and even picked a couple of neat tricks to really get under his brother's skin. 

Yet, in all that while, their Sister had been catching the brunt of the more esteem tearing ad vocal retort from Xaiver without the oldest boys favorite punching bag around until breaks or holidays. Every holiday, every break, Derrick would always go back to the school with some new bruise hidden under his clothing making sure that he took every bit of the pent of anger and beatings so that Janet never had to feel the force of a fist against her body. Never able to truly fight back and always having to remember to keep his emotions in check to avoid a sudden uncontrolled fit of a magical surge, it left him defenseless unable to truly do much else. Eventually, Janet had made it to eleven years of age and her wizarding letter came to inform her of being accepted into Tallygarunga and that her year would be starting up soon. This was the moment that Derrick had been waiting for as a form of preemptive strike, armed with the proof on his body he petitioned for himself and Janet to be held at the school Campus until they finished out their years largely based on the idea that their lives were endangered at home. 

Without alerting the parents to the full scope of the cause or reasoning it was considered a new change of policy in order to better regulate the use of magic in young witches and wizards. For the time being the two of them were safe from the horrible home conditions but it meant a new strain had been pressed onto Derrick. He needed to not only manage his school subjects but reach out to jobs to build up funds so that he could provide for an actual place that he and his sister could stay after school. Due to the education being paid for them that was one less burden they had to worry about until the graduation bell tolled for them both. He was the first one to graduate and instead of going straight into VMU he took up a job that briefly allowed for him to travel across the world working for a company as a form of liaison where he had met a wonderful woman on the job, A pure-bred Veela.

It was no wonder why he was smitten with her and yet she hadn't used the full force of her nature to attract him, it had all happened fluidly without hormonal suggestion. Her name was Eliza and the two of them had spent quite some time together to the point it looked like an engagement had been on the horizon. At least until tragedy struck and she had been killed while they were touring Europe by a group of anti-non-humans. A spark of tragedy in the young man's heart chased him back towards Australia where he had decided to work towards a better future much like He and Eliza had talked about before as a possibility for him to get involved with other than just moving from place to place. A year after the incident he enrolled in VMU under Magical Education hoping to be able to impact the younger generation enough to avoid the bigotry that often was costly for others.

During his time in VMU he met an extraordinary woman both in beauty and let's face it, the same amount of audacious party spirit as himself, Audrey.  While he was a year ahead of her they were in the same Major which made a good mentorship process - more so she was mentoring him even though he was the upperclassman. There were more times goofing off and tossing paper ball wads at one another during their study breaks. Of course, she was the one who dubbed him Sparky, for the major reason that anytime they would have a party he'd have a gimmick going. Being known as a well accomplished pyromancer in terms of fire magic he tended to use it to light up a series of fireworks that would be placed outside and jettisoned towards the sky as if it were a christening of proof that the party had 'Sparky's approval of explosions'. This, of course, was next to the occasional fruitcake burnings as well as this one crazy night where people kept throwing in random things to be set on fire. 

After graduating VMU he took to travelling the world again but with a purpose, to explore the magical and natural wonders of how the various Elements shaped and worked on their own and in reference towards one another for a better understanding of the topic. Both as 'Elements' on their own and in combination of 'Elemental Magic'. At times he'd visit Australia again and drop off a gift or two for Auds before heading back out to get a better idea of how he could potentially bring understanding to students in not only understanding the fundamental of how Elements worked but engage them in an activity that put them to use. 

It wasn't until the new school year of Tallygarunga that he had reappeared this time to actually settle down ready and prepared to try and put to use all the knowledge he had accumulated both in VMU as well as through his various travels. Recently employed as the Professor for the Elemental Magic course he's looking to make a 'Spark' in the students lives by delivering to them a classroom experience they won't believe they actually witnessed. 

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