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Tallygarunga
a non-canon au potterverse roleplay
September, 2019 :: Spring

Mark Sandoval

VMU Students
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About Mark Sandoval

  • Birthday 03/21/1997

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    https://www.tallygarunga.com/characters/victoria_magical_university/mark-sandoval-r187/

Short Answer

  • Full Name
    Mark Andrew Sandoval
  • Birthdate - Day
    21
  • Birthdate - Month
    3
  • Exact Age?
    No
  • Birthday - Year
    1997
  • Birthplace
    Unknown, Australia
  • Job Title
    VMU Student, Teacher's Aide
  • Species
    Human
  • Blood Status
    Halfblood
  • Pronouns
    He/Him
  • Played By
    Andrew Garfield

Optional Character Items

  • Wand
    Juniper Wood, 8 1/2'', Centaur Tail Hair Core
  • Patronus
    Cricket

Member Items

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    GMT

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  • Status Counter 13
  • Playerx Kirupachi
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  • Birthdate Day 21
  • Birthdate Month 3
  • Birthdate Year 1997
  • Manual Age 0
  • Unknown Age
  • Pronouns
  • Occupation
  • Melbourne Mogul 11
  1. Open Saturate

    Mark Sandoval
    Moving back to Narragyambie was possibly one of the better decisions Mark had made in his life. He could have travelled back and forth easily with the help of Apparition but the convenience of proximity put things in perspective - now he was far more likely to explore the bushland than he had been in the past, and lately he had gone nearly every day to the area. At that point, he could argue he knew every nook and cranny of it much like he knew the back of his hand. That late afternoon was one such day. He had decided to do some underwater exploration and brought along with him a backpack, headed to Korrowi Creek. He had initially considered doing so over at the Narrie Lakes, but given how they're frequently visited by Muggles Mark quickly realized it was a bad idea. As he reached the shore of the creek, he put his bag down and proceeded to strip down to his boxer shorts. "Chilly..." The man muttered under his breath as he rubbed his hands on his bare arms in an attempt to temporarily warm them up. He proceeded to retrieve a wetsuit from his very much full bag, quickly slipping into it and zipping it up. Once properly insulated, the man retrieved a camera with a large strap, placing it around his neck; after an easy enchantment, it became fully water proof. Finally, he retrieved a small portion of slimy Gillyweed which he quickly gobbled up. Leaving his belongings out in the open, the man quickly dove in to accomplish the daunting task of taking a picture of a group of Plimpies so he could draw them later on. It didn't take him too long to get it done, although it was a bit of a kerfuffle - when he finally managed to resurface (just in time for his Gillyweed's effects to run out, no less) the man was absolutely covered from head to toe in freshwater algae. He didn't seem to mind his new decorations as he re-approached the shore, the recently set moon's light menacingly shining upon the plants, inadvertently making him look like some sort of beast climbing out of the creek...
  2. That's twice in a month that the Ministry came knocking. Is there a shortage of Aurors...?

  3. I've had this one Clabbert chase me around all day ever since I stepped foot into the bush to search for supplies. I think he wants to adopt me.

    1. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      You can bring him home if you want. I don't mind 😊  Not sure @Natasha Robertsand @Cole Lin

    2. Natasha Roberts

      Natasha Roberts

      @Bella MayfieldAny more animals and this place will start looking like a zoo...

      We should focus on leaving this place in one piece, since it's a rental.

    3. Mark Sandoval

      Mark Sandoval

      @Bella MayfieldI know your heart is in the right place, but I don't think it's a good idea to remove a wild animal from their natural habitat.

  4. I wish the Ministry knew how to take a 'no' for an answer...

    1. Cole Lin

      Cole Lin

      'No' is a word I think they want to remove from the dictionaries of the world. 

  5. Ashwinder infestations aren't very fun to deal with, but credit where it's due, they're fascinating.

  6. Came home to @Natasha Robertssnoozing on the couch with Carl pawing at her face. It was adorable! Though now I don't think I should wake her up... I don't think which one would be the most upset at me.

  7. Classes are hurting a bit nowadays with all the moving... Got a lot to catch up on.

    1. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      If you need a quiet studying buddy, I like to study with some silent company ☺️

    2. Mark Sandoval

      Mark Sandoval

      Yes, please :)

  8. I wish the temperature would go up just a little bit for a nice camping trip. Narrie is perfect for it, but right now it's just too humid.

  9. Took my time settling down here. I forgot how much I missed Narrie, to be honest. I really like this town.

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    2. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      This place is really nice. Far more welcoming than Melbourne ever was. The lake is still amazing. 

    3. Mark Sandoval

      Mark Sandoval

      We should go fishing sometime :) 

    4. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      Spring is just around the corner too, we can do it then. 

  10. Might've found a nice place already! Here's hoping we won't have to look for much longer :) 

    1. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      That's great. 

  11. Sometimes the breaks feel like they're way too long... I should probably get a second part time job.

  12. No one can make it alone in here

    "Jester?" Mark repeated, remembering the serpentine fellow that Bella kept in her room. Interacting with him was a double-edged sword - on the one hand, they were good friends, but on the other hand, it was very difficult not to do so while the owner of the snake was in the room. He didn't want her finding out about his gift anytime soon. If he could help it, not ever. "Hm... How about both?" He decided to offer. "There's more than just one page. I'll do one thing at a time and then you'll get to keep them both. How does that sound?" It felt like a fine way to 'celebrate' his birthday, if only for his friend's sake. He gave her a smile prior to reaching to the little gift bag again, taking it with a hand and motioning her to follow. "Good a time as any to get to work, don't you think? Maybe we'll catch him sleeping." Hopefully. It would make for one cute sketch, he thought.
  13. Finally found a second rabbit to adopt! Carl doesn't have to be alone anymore. About time too :) 

    Should I name her Charlotte?

    1. Bella Mayfield

      Bella Mayfield

      Oh my god! I can't wait to see her ♥ ♥

  14. No one can make it alone in here

    As quickly as the hug had been initiated, it had been broken. Mark didn't seem to mind it much at all - in fact, he was rather surprised Bella had done such a thing to begin with, knowing her not to be the most touchy of folks. Despite his general social awkwardness and absurd ignorance of social constructs and intricacies, the man was able to understand and take great value in the little interaction. It made him cherish his friend more, and it made him proud that she'd gone out of her way to do such a thing to begin with. Even if she wasn't looking at him, Mark's lips stretched far and wide in a grin that dwarfed hers. Even if he didn't celebrate his birthday, that moment was the best possible gift he could have gotten, or so he decided. Nobody was taking it away from him, and he'd make sure Bella knew her friendship was deeply treasured. "Good, because you're not gonna." He joked, trying to make things easier on her. "I'm gonna stick to you like glue until you get tired of me. How does that sound?" Mark let out a gentle chuckle before calming himself down, consciously angling his body just a bit away from her so to give her more breathing room. "In all seriousness, though, thank you again. Really. Maybe I should test these supplies out by drawing something for you. Is there anything you'd like done?"
  15. No one can make it alone in here

    His eyes were greeted by a number of items within the bag. An assortment of art supplies, an eye catching sketchbook; and, as he lightly prodded at and rummaged through the bag, he spotted a pair of yellow and white gold mittens, the color combination all too familiar - it was the same for the Flinders House in Tallygarunga, the same one they both had inhabited during their education in the institution. The sense of familiarity and nostalgia brought a small smile to his face: while it was rare to have a feeling of belonging, it was still the House he spent seven years of his life in. Sometimes he wished he could go back. Mark never had the time to actually retrieve the gifts from their container, however, as Bella spoke up, catching him off guard. His eyes widened slightly with the embrace that followed. For a moment, he didn't know what to say or do; after a few seconds of silence, the man set the bag down on a nearby surface to free his hand and reciprocated the hold, as gentle and loose as he could make it - he didn't want to make his friend uncomfortable, after all. "...Thank you." He said once managing to gather his thoughts, a small smile fitting his lips to let Bella know he was quite happy with the turn of events. "Right back at you, though. You won't get rid of me so easily." He injected a bit of levity into the situation reflexively, trying to cheer the woman up through the emotional exchange.
Mark Andrew Sandoval
VMU Student, Teacher's Aide 0
22* year old Halfblood Human He/Him
Age  22*
Date of Birth March 21st, 1997
Birthplace Unknown, Australia
Year Level 0
Occupation VMU Student, Teacher's Aide
Player  Kirupachi
Blood Status Halfblood
Species Human
Pronouns He/Him
Patronus Cricket
Wand Juniper Wood, 8 1/2'', Centaur Tail Hair Core
Play-by Andrew Garfield
Education 
  • Prep to 5th Grade - Whitlam Bilby
  • 1st to 7th Year - Tallygarunga, Flinders House
  • Magizoology Degree - VMU
  • Herbology Degree - VMU (Current, First Year)
Knowledge
Secrets
  • His ancestry is unknown even to him, so nobody can pinpoint his blood status with accuracy;
  • Has never been intimate in any way with anyone before;
  • Parselmouth;
  • Afraid to leave Narrie/Melbourne behind;
  • Struggles financially quite a bit;
  • Wishes to feel grounded, and to have a truly unbreakable bond with someone of any kind.
General Knowledge
  • Registered Animagus: Tiger Snake;
  • Orphan;
  • Seems to sometimes lack common sense;
  • Considered for Auror training, but had no interest;
  • Keeps to himself and seems to be in his own little world most of the time;
  • Draws really well;
  • Knows a bit too much about fauna and flora.
Personal
Personality

Mark is, first and foremost, someone with a deeply peaceful and gentle mindset. He enjoys nature and serenity, doesn't know the meaning to the word 'confrontation', and takes the time to find the inner beauty in all things. He has a fondness for drawing things as he sees them in his sketchbook, regardless of what they are - from blades of grass to Muggle lawnmowers - and strives to make them look beautiful in his own definition of the word.

He can be seen as quite quirky, as his attention is easily caught by a variety of things - he can't sit still for too long, various outer stimuli striking his fancy, and as such he needs to investigate them. A curious person by nature, this makes it so he knows a whole lot about not much at all, and he's a treasure trove of useless trivia. It's commonly said that, even if he doesn't know what the hell is doing, he knows a thing or two about the activity that most others present don't.

The man is quite naive, having been brought up in an environment where everyone cared for him - he's very permissive of other people's faults, sometimes to his own detriment. He doesn't seem to care about where people came from or what they did in the past, opting to judge them on their actions rather than hearsay. He feels like he's compelled to do so due to his own social awkwardness - the more permissive he is, the more permissive others will be of him, hopefully.

While not wishing any harm upon anyone, he can certainly stand up for himself and others. He can't stand prejudiced people, and will actively become a roadblock for them should he spot them. If it means drawing out his wand, then so be it.

He actually rather enjoys social gatherings, despite his awkwardness - he enjoys to watch people talk and see how to behave around each other, both due to simple curiosity and to know how to improve his own mannerisms. He also finds humans (and fellow sentient beings) fascinating creatures, and wishes to know more about them in general - sometimes, this curiosity can be perceived as a bit creepy.

Appearance

Mark was always a bit tall for his age, eventually capping off at 179 cm. He isn't particularly buff, actually going more towards the skinny side of the spectrum, and can be described as slender. He has a somewhat pronounced Adam's apple and keeps a light scruff beard on most of the time out of self consciousness of it.

His hair is forever unkempt and dark brown in color, just like his eyes. His expression is relaxed and inviting most of the time despite him not having many friends, and he seems to always have a well mannered disposition regardless of who approaches him.

He wears mostly neutral/dark colors, not caring to draw attention to himself and preferring to enjoy the beauty in the world instead. That's not to say he doesn't have a fashion sense, of course, and he makes sure to never be under-dressed for a given occasion.

Relationships
Friends

Mark's never had a whole lot of these with his odd antics, but those he's managed to secure know better than to judge him and are aware of how loyal he is as a friend; however, due to how he is, it's likely that these few friends are from all walks of life rather than being limited by social circles around him. Young, and old, and anything in between, Mark is always friendly to people and enjoys seeing life perspectives from all sides.

Family

Being an orphan whom was never adopted, he has no family - that he knows of, that is. It remains to be seen how he would react if he were to ever encounter someone with whom he shares a blood relation, though for the time being he consciously avoids figuring out his true heritage.

Lovers

Mark has no experience in this field, and one could argue he's extraordinarily picky - even with the weirdness that's associated with him, he's had a couple admirers in the past whom he's rejected. It remains a mystery as to what makes this man tick when it comes to romance, and he doesn't seem awfully interested in flings and one night stands either.

Haters

It's not uncommon for Mark to rub people off the wrong way. Awkward and intensely curious, it makes for a destructive combination and people often rule him out as 'that one weirdo'. He doesn't mind his reputation much at all; in actuality that only feeds his curiosity as he wishes to know what makes people think and act the way they do, but he rarely holds anything against them over it, if ever.

The story so far
History

Nobody knows where he was born or where he came from - as a small toddler, he was found at the doorstep of an orphanage in Melbourne, and that's the earliest memory he possesses. He only possessed his first name and the clothes on his body. Taken in by the caring staff, he grew up among the other orphans with no worry of not knowing his original parents. As such, his middle and last names were given to him by the orphanage, and his birth date is referring to the day that he was found.

He was never adopted, but he soon displayed magical capabilities. He was sent to Whitlam Bilby and Tallygarunga as the years progressed - instead of returning to the orphanage during breaks, he just lived in these institutions despite being under the legal guardianship of the government. He took to the situation like fish to water, as he was all too used to having no place to call his own.

Given his delicate situation he was always very well protected by those whom looked after him. It made him feel like his true parents were the staff from school, no matter how many they were; Tallygarunga was his family, and it helped giving him a sense of stability. When his parseltongue ability surfaced, however, in fear of it being traced to someone he didn't know, he decided not to reveal it so not to be uprooted from those he did deem his family.

As he graduated, he went on to VMU to study magizoology. Not being too ready to leave the area he's grown so fond of, however, he decided to take on a second degree as his current one is about to end - herbology. Could it be he does struggle with loneliness on an unconscious level?

---

As he enrolled in Herbology, a few things started to happen in his life that shifted his focus from it partially. Firstly, his long time friend and fellow apartment sharer, Bella Mayfield, decided to adopt a couple of bunnies alongside him - Charlotte and Carl - on top of the snake she already possessed; not wanting to have the apartment turn into a zoo, the landlord told them they should either get rid of the pets or leave. The pair ultimately opted to leave.

After a rather rushed search, they joined forces with Cole Lin and Natasha Roberts and returned to Narragyambie, renting out a considerably bigger apartment in the small town. Being in that small town made Mark very comfortable with where his life is at, and in a way, he started hoping things wouldn't change much further anytime soon.

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