|hellovtkt (hellovtkt) wrote,|
@ 2014-03-25 21:43:00
|OOC INFO +|
Player Name: veetee
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferred method of contact: Either AIM or email is fine
|THE BASICS +|
Character Name: Sirius Orion Black
Canon Point: 1984
Played By: Aidan Turner
Fandom: Harry Potter
Housing: Camelot Motel
Plans for the character in-game: Sirius is coming from an emotionally fraught time in his life. He's been in Azkaban for several years after being framed for the murder of his best friends. He's going to need a lot to time to psychologically, socially, and physically adjust. He hasn't been around normal people for a long time and is quite accustomed to being a dog, so any sort of human interaction is going to be very difficult for him for awhile.
As someone who was generally a very person-orientated individual, being on his own so often has done very strange things to Sirius. That alone, honestly, would have been enough to unhinge him. The added pressure of knowing his best friend is dead -- and that his name has been tacked onto the crime has driven Sirius to madness. He is perpetually on edge right now, often springing from one emotion or mood to the next. It takes little to set him off, and it's incredibly difficult to predict how he will react to something.
Sirius used to be a fairly easy person to get along with. He still does typically exude a laid back, lazy air. Very rarely does he seem to take anything with an air of gravity. This trait has become exacerbated by his isolation, however. It results in a certain air of arrogance that bleeds into cruelty. In addition, he comes off seeming a bit of out of touch with the world around him; he's almost incapable of dealing and connecting with the reality that's around him. Instead, he becomes obsessed and fixated on certain points of the past.
While he used to be extremely extroverted, he's now become fairly introverted. He's content to remain mostly in his own company and rarely seeks out anyone else. He can now be on his own for days on end, really, before even realizing that he hasn't seen another human being. He's taken to talking to himself -- constantly trying to figure out ways to exact his revenge, forcing himself to remember what he needs to. In short, he's fashioned himself to need as few people as possible, unwilling to formulate any attachments that can either be used in betrayal, or be used to hurt him. He's distrustful and suspicious nearly all the time, especially of strangers.
His rebellious nature is still quite pervasive. This indulgence tends to lead to him being brash. As the hat saw in him when he was younger, Sirius has little mind for being cunning. He prefers to take all problems, all things, head on. When he was younger, he had little patience, and in that regard, he's a bit better. He can plan things out long term now, but still has the tendency to act on impulse. He's a man of action rather than a man of thought, still.
One part of Sirius that he can't ever seem to get rid of, and which, stems directly from his family's "darkness" is his temper. He can be nearly explosive when he's angry, with a definite tendency towards some violence. He's stubborn when he becomes like this and nearly refuses to see reason – there are very few people that can actually have a logical discussion with him when he's immensely angry. Due to this fact, Sirius also tends to hold immense grudges. It becomes very difficult for him to even consider forgiveness when he feels betrayed, but also has little problem with stereotyping an entire group of people merely to facilitate his own anger or discriminations. This side of him is one that he often has little control over. It would be fair to say that he's developed a side to him that has the propensity to be quite cruel and does desire bloodshed.
He still has the propensity to find his old self, but it's hidden quite deep and he won't be able to do it on his own.
Sirius was not only the first child of Orion and Walburga Black, he was also the much anticipated first male of that generation. He was a relatively good baby – good enough, at least, that his parents were comfortable having a child soon after him. Even then, Sirius enjoyed lots of attention, which, as the first male child, he was apt to receive. However, Regulus was born soon enough after him that he doesn't really remember a time without his brother. It's as if they were simply always together. A younger brother, Sirius also learned, was a useful tool and companion. Sirius felt the need to teach his younger brother as much as he could, frequently using him in his games and his pranks against their mother. He was also an exceedingly useful scapegoat when the need for one arose, although very rarely did that actually work.
While he was certainly in trouble a great deal while he was growing up, he doesn't remember being actively unhappy; he didn't realize he had an untraditional childhood until much later. His imagination (and his younger brother) gave him enough entertainment.
As Sirius grew up, he was perhaps closest with Andromeda and Bellatrix out of his cousins, both of whom he listened to very closely, perhaps because they were so close in age and spent so much time together. Really, for Sirius, it was almost like he had three sisters in addition to a brother. Admittedly, he was always a little confused by Narcissa's behavior. He needed siblings who could keep up with him.
However, his entrance into Hogwarts changed his relationship with nearly every member of his family. His admittance into Gryffindor was a surprise. At first, Sirius struggled to deal with it, not exactly sure how to behave in a house that had distinctly different morals and lessons than his own family and the house that correlated with it. In truth, it took him a bit of time to fit in. It was only with the help of the other boys in his year, especially James, that he began to fit in and truly feel comfortable and happy in Gryffindor.
With this acclimation came the realization that his family and the way things were done within it weren't really typical. It was something he had perhaps been distantly aware, but he had never seen as a bad thing before – now, he was able to learn, for the first time, how other people grew up. This distanced him greatly from his parents – he began questioning them which was exacerbated by the fact that he enjoyed being in Gryffindor.
As he became frustrated with his parents and his inability to see eye to eye with them, it affected his relationship with Regulus. While he endeavored to stay close to his younger brother, he didn't really know how to any longer. It seemed to Sirius as though Regulus was all too ready to side with their parents' version of the world. He still tried writing to Regulus, trying to show him that Hogwarts was more than he could have ever hoped for and that being sorted into Gryffindor hadn't turned out to be a bad thing at all.
At the same time, Sirius started to realize that Bella was even worse than his parents; he began to hold her and what she was doing with a certain disdain. As they moved through Hogwarts together, their paths seemed to continue to drastically diverge. It was perhaps in Andromeda that he finally found the ally that he needed and that was partially because she seemed to be the only member of the family who didn't ostracize him for being in Gryffindor.
While tensions within his family were growing, Sirius was beginning to learn how Hogwarts could really be a home to him. It was a strange juxtaposition. He wasn't getting along with his family at all, but he had never been more happy in his life. He had never felt more free. He and James grew close almost immediately. In the other boy, he found an intriguing counterpart, someone who could think on the same level as him, who could feed off his ideas and who had the same thirst for adventure and mischief. It helped him become drastically more outgoing. He also opened up a lot, as he found that there was very little that he couldn't tell James. School also came easily for Sirius – he found that he didn't need to apply himself too much to receive good marks. It left plenty of time for pranks, which he was certain chagrined Remus a decent amount.
When Regulus arrived at Hogwarts, Sirius had hoped that his brother would join him in Gryffindor – but watched as he too fell into Slytherin. It was something of a hard blow for Sirius to take as it seemed that his parents' influence on his brother won out over his own.
After that, more than ever, Sirius turned to James for things, beginning to see him as even more of a brother. He also got the opportunity to spend part of his summer with James's family, and instantly felt welcomed there – which touched him more than he would really say. He saw how James's family functioned, how loving his parents were, and how they interacted with James – hey treated him like a human being rather than something to be systematically programmed. James had choices, an opportunity to choose his own future, and develop his own morals.
The ideas that were planted in his head during his early years of Hogwarts only seemed to flourish as he grew older. Of course, there were those who seemed quite adamant at ruining his enjoyment of Hogwarts, that were constant reminders of where he had come from. Severus Snape was the perfect example of that. He seemed to always know how to get underneath Sirius's skin. Whenever he was around, there was little Sirius could do but almost instantly lose his temper. As a result, he became the perfect target for Sirius's aggression. It was only exacerbated by the fact that James didn't care for him either. James's own disgust for Severus allowed Sirius to be more open in his own disdain, allowed him to carry his spells perhaps a bit further than he really should have.
However, when he learned that Remus was a werewolf, it only seemed to underline the fact that his family was perhaps wrong in everything they had ever taught him. At the same time, he became rather obsessed with trying to find some way to help Remus through the full moon. It was something of an exhilarating challenge as well.For the first time, there was something that he actually had to apply himself for; it wasn't just another exam to study for or a charm he could learn within a few minutes. This was something he actually had to work at – and something for which he could actually see the benefits.
Of course, it took quite a while, until their fifth year, for the Animagus spell to actually be perfected, but it was entirely worth it. He hadn't expected to be able to enjoy transforming so much. The first time he changed into Padfoot, it was liberating. Everything seemed simpler, more enjoyable. The first moon he spent with Moony, it never occurred to Padfoot to be scared of the wolf. He was simply his friend. He couldn't really describe how much he enjoyed spending the full moons romping through the forest, being able to share such a close, intimate secret with his friends. Their transformations, to him, became a personification of everything their friendships were really about.
The Map also helped to prove that they were a group of friends that were meant to be together; Sirius loved working on the map – every part of it; being stupidly reckless with James when they wandering about and finding hidden passages with Peter. And even the parts when he was stuck in the library looking up boring spellwork with Moony. He thought it combined all of the best of their traits and also helped to leave their permanent mark on Hogwarts.
While Sirius might have had to deal with his family, he always dwelled more heavily on the good times with his friends. He wasn't one to obsess over any of the bad things in his life. He had fun, made sure to laugh a lot, and was always plotting some ridiculous prank.
As Sirius became older and more outspoken about the differences that had developed between his viewpoint and his family's, arguments had increased between himself and his parents – in particular, his mother. During the summer between his fifth and sixth year, they tried to reestablish some measure of control over him; his mother endeavored to try to get him to drop out of Hogwarts and to start taking his responsibilities as the Black heir seriously, going so far as to suggest that an arranged marriage soon wouldn't be out of the question. After an explosive and nearly violent fight over the matter, Sirius came to the realization that he would never be able to really live his own life as long as he also lived under their roof – that they would always try to control him. He wanted nothing to do with them or their plans. There was only one thing left for him to do, and he realized that it was a decision he had made long ago. He packed relatively little up and left his parents' house. The one regret he had was leaving Regulus behind, but he knew that he couldn't stay in that house any longer, not even for his brother.
It was, in his opinion, the best decision he ever made. Essentially, he had no money and no way to support himself now, but James's parents were everything he had always really needed. They never begrudged him, never acted as if he had shown up in the middle of the night with just a few robes and what was on his back. They supported him and encouraged him. Sirius only become closer to James after living with him. He had, in a theoretical sort of way, known that James would be there for whatever he needed. He would consider James a brother after that and could only hope to prove himself in the same way to James one day.
That summer was one of the best of his life. The tension that had loomed over him was finally gone. He was able to spend the entire summer daydreaming up a future motorbike, swimming, and chasing after birds.
While the summer was wonderful, Hogwarts was different in many ways in the fall. The Slytherins, most of them having heard that he had left, made life harder than ever for him and Sirius reacted more violent, more harshly than ever before. He was almost scared of seeing his brother again, could only react by pretending that nothing had happened between them, which often led to the need to ignore his brother's existence. He seemed to be on edge a great deal even though he was immensely enjoying spending his sixth year with his friends. However, it was Severus Snape who once again tipped the scales for Sirius. During an argument, Sirius shared too much information about where Remus was. It was out before he could take it back and there was little he could to fix it then.
That night drastically changed Sirius. He was aware of how badly he had betrayed Remus and struggled to make it up to him, to show that he was really better than how he had behaved that night. It made him mature somewhat. It made him realize that there were lines that could not be crossed and that he was old enough to know the difference by now – and perhaps, being aware of that was the only way he could end up setting himself apart from his birth family. He also saw something of a change in James as well – a maturation, but maybe in a different light. He didn't exactly understand, but he knew that they had been ushered into something resembling adulthood that night.
As it was, he did work on having fun and making a lot of memories their seventh year -- and there is no denying that it was one of the best years of his life. But at the same time, he was already looking forward, accepting of the fact that he was going to need to fight in the war. He was prepared to protect his friends and now had the maturity he needed. He readily joined the Order after graduation, moving in with the rest of the Marauders and Lily.
It took him a bit of time to get used to Lily, strange as it was to suddenly have to share his brother with somebody else. But the time after graduation, between living together and working for the Order, really helped Sirius appreciate Lily for her innate strength. He suddenly could understand what it was that James saw in her. He came to accept her, and even came to care for her. Even if it was still a whole lot of fun to tease her when he got the opportunity. There was no greater game than seeing her get angry.
By the time James and Lily decided to get married, Sirius was already comfortable with the idea. It was obvious that it was going to happen, and Sirius now saw Lily as one of them. The separation wasn't as difficult as he thought it would be when James and Lily moved onto their own place, and he and Remus moved into theirs.
He had his own personal trial during this time, as he found out that his brother had been killed. While Sirius had spent years pretending that Regulus didn't exist, it was hard on him to learn that Regulus had been killed during the war. Worse yet was not knowing what happened. He channeled too much of his anger into his work, and perhaps caused too many people to be wary of Sirius Black's temper. But, in an odd way, his own self-destructive tendencies were the only thing that got him through that time.
And the worst was yet to come. What ended up being far more difficult was when a prophecy rose up, threatening Lily and James. His entire world was swiftly upended; for the first time, Sirius knew pure desperation, because he didn't know how to save Lily and James. He refused to lose either of them -- or their child. His godson. He agreed to be their Secret Keeper. Yet, with mounting pressure within the Order and growing suspicion of just who the spy was, Sirius convinced James to switch -- to Peter. He assumed that no one would think to go after their friend, surely a safe choice. Yet, Peter betrayed them all: He delivered James and Lily to the Dark Lord. Sirius was framed for the murders while Harry survived by, what Sirius thought at the time, was only chance.
Fraught with grief, Sirius couldn't think to clearing his name. Taking revenge on Peter consumed him. He managed to corner Peter in the street, but the rat lived up to his name again. He faked his own death while Sirius was captured right there in the street, hysterically laughing -- because couldn't they see.
He was sent to Azkaban -- no trial -- finally living up to his infamous name. He's been there ever since.
|SPECIAL ABILITIES +|
Sirius is incredibly talented and innovative when it comes to magic. He has the basic skills of anyone who comes from his world, which means he can perform a variety of spells with the assistance of a magic wand. In particular, he is good at Defense Against the Dark Arts and Transfiguration. Brought up in an old wizarding family, he had early access to magic and by the time he arrived at Hogwarts, a certain ease with learning nearly anything that came his way. (Coming from his family, he does know some more basic Dark Magic than most people would find acceptable.) There were few things in the lessons that arrived him any real challenge -- and Sirius Black enjoyed a challenge. Through the Marauders, he learned to do plenty of things that many wizards probably would have thought were impossible for someone his age, such as creating the Marauder's Map, or becoming Animagi (Sirius can transform into a dog), or mixing a Muggle bike with magic. As a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Sirius has participated in actual battles, which have honed his instincts, allow him to think clearly while under pressure, and expanded his knowledge of defensive magic.
|WRITING SAMPLE +|
Link one for an AU version of Sirius
Link two for an AU version of Sirius
And Sirius fighting zombies:
"James!" Sirius screamed, tearing away from the clumsy defensive line the Order had tried to construe against the undead that relentlessly streamed toward them. They were worse than Inferi, Sirius thought. Inferi were bad enough, but at least they had some kind of purpose; they were driven by the madness of whatever master controlled them. These things that had risen up -- they were some twisted version of Inferi, barely affected by magic and driven by some base, grotesque need.
Sirius had sworn that he had seen a familiar glimpse of tousled black hair though, and that was all he needed. He had lost James somewhere along in their retreat -- a mistake that he kept playing over and over again in his head, because it didn't make any sense. He knew that James had been right behind him. His hand had been resting on his shoulder -- and then when they'd finally reached the other members of the Order, James had been gone.
So he didn't need much more to prompt him to fling himself into the writhing mass of teeth and rotting flesh. He heard someone shout his name, and a hand grabbed briefly at his right arm, but it was enough to fling them off. He tore through the crowd, flinging out hex after hex, anything to create a wide enough path for him to squeeze through. His hexes were so quick, aim so haphazard, that he could feel his magic burning down his arm, flooding through his blood, before it exploded out the end of his wand in a colorful display.
"James!" Sirius screamed again, aware that he was easily heard over the crowd even as he attracted more attention to himself. His body was pounding with adrenaline, sweat streaming down the back of his neck. He couldn't even begin to process how they were going to get back to the relatively safe ranks of the Order --
He twisted about, realizing he was surrounded. His stomach jolted sharply.
But then, he caught sight more clearly of what he had been chasing through this mess -- James. He froze openly when he finally got a clear look at him. His shirt was ripped along one shoulder, glasses askew. There was a blank expression on his face that Sirius had never seen before. He was --
Sirius stumbled forward, trying to reach for him. Hands tore over the back of his leather jacket, and he strained. He said James' name once more through gritted teeth. Decaying fingers wrapped around his throat from behind as teeth sunk into his forearm.