I heard the school break's coming up. What are some places where all the cool kids gather? My newbie self is looking to meet some locals.
Anyone out there available to show me around town? Arrived last week so I don't know where's what right now. Don't wanna end up in a random ditch for as much as my sister would love for it to happen, so yeah, somebody show me some of that good old hospitality. Whoever takes the bait gets treated for... uh... whatever's the most common snack around here, I guess.
Always the irreverent troublemaker with no filter, Gwen inadvertently finds it quite easy to get under someone's skin without even trying. Socialization, knowledge, fiction and adventure make her happy and as such she relentlessly pursues the four with a reckless disregard for those who get caught in the blast (oftentimes literally). Known to be a chatterbox, she does have a hard time shutting up as her mouth runs faster than her brain and an unwavering sense of curiosity makes her ask too many questions so to sate it, regardless of how inappropriate they may be perceived.
Having the genes of a prankster, she's always verbally poking at people to get a reaction out of them or is otherwise playing pranks on various victims that could most likely get her expelled. It's not uncommon for her to drag people whom she perceives as friends along in these 'adventures' to spend time with them, relying on peer pressure to convince them that the disastrous plans she comes up with are a good idea. At least she's not the type to snitch when caught, vowing to bring their (mostly unwilling) involvement to her grave out of sheer loyalty for their services.
For as many red flags as one can perceive her personality to have, she proves to be very friendly and personable if someone gives her the time of day, if a bit judging. While trigger happy in terms of jumping to conclusions, she catches on quick when a logical explanation to things are presented to her and moves on from her own mental blunders seamlessly.
Having an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Gwen is the type of person that knows a bit about everything - truly a Jack of all trades, master of none. She doesn't have a clue about what she wants to do with her life for the time being, although the word 'adventure' surfaces in her mind whenever she considers such a thing more often than not. She's yet to figure out what that truly means to her. In the meantime, she buries herself in all sorts of books to feed her unrelenting addiction.
Gwendoline has been cursed with a short stature (or so she sees it that way half the time; the other half she'd say it's cute), standing at a short 157 cm, being the exact same height as her sister - of course, she uses that as ammunition to rail against the girl's ego, failing miserably whenever she tries. She possesses a slim build, not being the most sporty individual in the world, but her Veela physiology helps her stay in a greater shape than a regular girl her age would more easily.
Her hazel eyes are always adorned by dark brown frame, full-rimmed glasses that she doesn't actually need at all times - it's more of a vain choice on her part to wear them constantly as she quite likes how they look even though she only requires them for reading purposes, and it's quite rare to see her without them. Her wavy blonde hair is either let loose or caught in a ponytail, depending on whether she feels like putting in the work to make it look good in a given day or not.
While her Veela heritage would tell someone otherwise, she actually doesn't put that much stock in her appearance past little details she might perceive as cute - while occasionally fashionable, it's more common to catch her with jeans, pop culture T-shirts and hoodies/simple jackets rather than anything else. Not that she's against dressing up on occasion, of course.
She is thoroughly inexperienced in friendships due to the hard time she's had in Durmstrang - outside of her own sister and Laurie, nobody really gave her the time of day out of deeming her to be too rambunctious. The trip to Australia is a fresh new start from her, one she intends to latch on to with everything she's got.
She's very friendly to people unless given a reason to antagonize them (which, unfortunately, can be based off purely from assumptions). She very much enjoys spending time with people and has the tendency of dragging people she enjoys spending time with out on adventures, pranks, and general hangouts with little warning. She's also actively looking to sharpen her social skills, being very aware of her shortcomings.
Despite her boisterous demeanor, Gwen maintains a positive, if fairly unremarkable, relationship with her parents. The one relationship of note at first glance would be the one she shares with her sister Colette and baffles many people.
To the outside world, they hate each other. Always bickering, it's rare to spot the two in the same room at a time in which they're not slinging verbal insults at each other, or when Gwen isn't trying to prank Colette and get under her skin (and likely failing miserably). They come across as each other's worst enemies and their verbal back and forth can go on for hours if left unchecked.
Behind closed doors, however, it's another story. While they do still snipe scathing comments back and forth on occasion, one can observe that the bond between them is strong - they're comfortable with each other, help one another out and spend a surprisingly large amount of time together. And, contrary to popular belief, they place the other above most other things on this Earth.
Due to her Veela heritage, Gwen can't help the fact she's exceedingly popular in the more physical/romantic realm of relationships; although, while one would have you believe that equals extensive experience in the matter, it couldn't be further from the truth. Having found the vast majority of people in Durmstrang painfully boring to deal with, Gwen has never gone through the experience of having a crush or being minimally curious about such matters pertaining anyone in specific, instead settling for shutting down potential suitors because they couldn't grab her attention.
She's considered that, in Australia, things could be very different - with such a wide variety of people to deal with around her age range where she resides, Gwen has drawn the conclusion that it will be a thing in her life sooner rather than later. While she is a hopeless romantic by nature and likely prone to grand gestures should she eventually hold feelings for someone, for the time being she's not at all against the idea of casually dating people; the bigger issue being whether they manage to catch her attention or not. If they do, she's the type to pursue them head on, as her natural Veela charm skewed her perception to expect to have an easier time with that sort of thing than most others.
Back in the day she had plenty; nowadays it's debatable. Given her propensity to play pranks on anyone and everyone however, it's likely that she's earned the ire of more than a few individuals ever since her arrival in town. Though, much like in the past, Gwen doesn't care much for people who may dislike her; if anything, she might take it as an extra incentive to deliberately provoke them and face them head on.
Gwendoline Auclair was born in Rennes, France. She was the second child to Heide, a Bulgarian Veela (legally German) whom was a freelance archaeologist, and Arséne, a local Healer. She succeeded Colette, her older sister, by roughly a year and was the last child of the couple. It seemed that the pair drew a cursed hand with the children, as they couldn't have turned out to be more different than they did.
Eventually, Arséne found himself a job in Berlin - he was motivated to find one over the additional layer of protection the German Ministry provided over his very unregistered wife due to the services she'd provided them over the years, and, in an era of anti-halfbreed hunts, it felt like a safe move for his family. Gwen was five years old, and, fortunately, already dominated her second language enough to take on the transition without much trouble.
Under a deal their mother had struck with the ministry, her family didn't have to register so not to face persecution; instead, the Auclairs were seen as purebloods, much like Heide's fake ID and Arsène's ancestry. Due to this carefully crafted lie, the pair got to be sent to the Durmstrang Institute without much suspicion - nobody would be looking for them in an institution that didn't allow in Muggleborn and Halfbreed students to begin with, so long as they played their part and passed for humans.
Gwen detested the school. She found that most people were too stuck up or boring for her to get along with, and her antics only served to ostracize her from most people. It somewhat stunted her social growth (even if she remains as spirited as ever) and she grew starved for adventure. Given the nature of the location, the only thing that could feed this itch was knowledge and fiction - at this point she could swear she read through the entire Durmstrang library twice over, even if she didn't fully understand a sizable portion of its contents.
Relief came upon her return home from the dreadful fourth year in the school - her parents informed the sisters that they would be moving to Australia, as Heide found a place that better suited their kind's needs. Packing their bags after not having much to do for several months, the Auclair family reached Narragyambie, ready to start a new life...