Create a new topic in this folder (Character Workshop) with your character. Use their name as the topic title. It will be subject to critiques in its own topic. When I am satisfied with your character, I will ask you to post them in the CHARACTERS topic, at which point your critique topic will be deleted.
Use the character profile provided below. If you are confused, I would encourage you to use the characters in the (not yet available) topic as examples.To achieve the correct formatting, delete the periods before the letter in between the '<' and '>'.Anything NOT in parenthesis needs to be replaced by your text. The words in parenthesis are just extra details/directions/information meant for you.A maximum of two pictures per profile. One picture per "Appearance" section.Replace X's with numbers. Not spelled out, not written as "1st" or "2nd" or anything like that. Those would both be "1" and "2" respectively.As far as wands are concerned, this is the information needed. Use no other sources.As far as spelling is concerned...NO SPOILERS.Don't make the profile too long. No one will read it, including me, which defeats the purpose of even making it. (Hint: If you have to split it into more than one post, it is too long.)I am picky about capitalization. If a word is capitalized below, capitalize it in your profile. If you don't, we'll correct you.Use the little "»" symbols, but don't italicize them.
Rowan wood has always been much-favored for wands, because it is reputed to be more protective than any other, and in my experience renders all manner of defensive charms especially strong and difficult to break. It is commonly stated that no Dark witch or wizard ever owned a rowan wand, and I cannot recall a single instance where one of my own rowan wands has gone on to do evil in the world. Rowan is most happily placed with the clear-headed and the pure-hearted, but this reputation for virtue ought not to fool anyone—these wands are the equal of any, often the better, and frequently out-perform others in duels.
Although Chimera Scales are magically powerful, they are extremely rare in modern wand craft. This is not out of any concern for safety, as they are generally considered no more stubborn than Hippogriff Feathers, and are more stable than Erumpent Hide. The fact of the matter is that there are more recorded Basilisk slayings in the past fifty years than there are Chimera slayings in all of recorded history. This one slaying occurred in Greece over two millennia ago, so what Scales were harvested at that time have been degraded, broken, and dispersed. Today, they are only found as parts of heirloom cores, and even then, all such cores are a more common core (often Dragon Heartstring) with a tiny fragment of scale embedded. Chimera wands are most common in Greece and the Balkans, although as they were circulated through the Mediterranean and former Roman Empire they are found throughout Europe. These wands are prized for their raw power, although they are difficult to control.
As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.
Many wandmakers simply match wand length to the size of the witch or wizard who will use it, but this is a crude measure, and fails to take into account many other, important considerations. In my experience, longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic. Neater wands favor more elegant and refined spell-casting. However, no single aspect of wand composition should be considered in isolation of all the others, and the type of woods, the core, and the flexibility may either counterbalance or enhance the attributes of the wand's length.Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While I have sold extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).
Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair—although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core, and length, nor the owner's life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.
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