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    The Rules Character Enrichment subforums are designed for people to post their trackers, shippers, whatever else they might need to flesh out their characters. The rules are pretty simple. With the exception of the occasional sorting thread for adults, these are not roleplay forums. This allows the Unsorted Member group to post in them so unapped characters can plan things out. But as such we require that no RPs be done in these subforums. That would defeat the purpose of our application process. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in the removal of your subforum and a permanent warning placed on your account. Please only use your own subforum for development. Replying to shippers/etc. is fine, but don't start threads in forums of other members to develop your characters. You may only post in your own subforum for character development (i.e. Don't post in this forum for it either) Pretty simple, right? So if you would like a subforum of your very own, just fill out the following form and reply here. Alias: And then tag either @★Admin or @★Global Moderator and we'll come running!
  2. The Sorting Process Sometimes when making a first year character, we don't have a clear idea which house our character should belong to when we make them. Or maybe there's a plan for exactly what house you want to be in. On WWN we try to be flexible enough to accommodate everyone. Below are the various options for how someone can be sorted. First Years When making a first year you can either tell us exactly what year they are in your application, or allow the sorting hat to do the work for you! If you'd like for our staff to sort you using our sorting hat (we review your application and decide where their personality fits)then all you have to do is post with your character in whatever the current school year's Sorting Ceremony is within the Great Hall and tag @ Maeve Johnson in your post. She'll take care of the rest! Second Years to Seventh Years Unfortunately, this time period requires reservation of a spot on the claim, so you will have to choose your house on your own. However, if you're trying to decide on a house feel free to PM @ ★Lilythe and she'll be willing to help you out based on the personality/availability. Adults Alumni from Hogwarts have the freedom of not requiring a claim reserve. This means that you are free to choose wherever you graduated from as long as it complies with canon (i.e. no Hufflepuff Dark Wizards, etc.). But if you would much rather have staff help in sorting your character based on their personality, we can arrange that! Your application will need to have your alumni house in it for approval though, so you have 2 options. You can PM @ ★Lilythe for a quick PM decision. Or, if you're feeling like you'd rather enjoy having the "sorting experience" you can create a Character Enrichment thread to go through their sorting ceremony and tag @ ★Lilythe in your post. You will need to sign up for a Subforum if you don't already have your own though! This process is longer, but can be very rewarding. As you can see there are many options for how we can sort your character for you. So please pick whatever works best for you!
  3. The school is abuzz with the chatter of the older students as the doors swing open, allowing the first years their first glimpse of the Great Hall. For some, it will be among their first wizarding experiences, while others will consider the floating candles to be rather normal. However all students will likely be impressed by the ceiling, bewitched to look like the skies outside. At the end of the path between tables, sits a stool and a hat. The hat looks worn and rumpled, as if it had been worn by countless individuals over the years. But as the First Years are brought to a stop before it, it begins to chant. "I sit and sort and think of rhymes, To tell the children how and why Their sorted into houses four Shall I start with Gryffindor? In this house they're brave and bold Their banners colored red and gold Some noted for their chivalry Knights would find them good company Next I'll talk of Hufflepuff For them labor is not so tough They are among the most loyal friends Yellow and black unto the end Now Ravenclaws are quite clever Without an answer they are never Stunning individuals it's true They decorate in bronze and blue Finally, I bring you Slytherin The house of utmost ambition They go all out for their dream House colors are silver and green As you put me on I'll see In which house you ought to be I never get a placement wrong So come on down and try me on." With its song finished, @ Maeve Johnson stands ready with a list of names. She begins to read them off in a seemingly random order.
  4. Using the Members Store The Member's Store was created to allow our members alternative paths to the careers they wanted without having to go through classes and attend school. Some people don't enjoy writing student characters, and we get that. However, there are a few rules that must be followed when using this store. Purchasing OWLs An OWL is always available for purchase on a character, but you must purchase it with the character you want it on. Funds may be donated to accounts, so you can send Galleons over from an account with more Galleons to the desired account if you so choose. Do not purchase the same OWL twice on the same character. There is no purpose to doing so, and it would deprive you of Galleons you may wish to use elsewhere. Purchasing NEWTs You must already have the OWL in the subject you wish to purchase the NEWT for. For example if you want the Charms NEWT, you must first purchase the Charms OWL. If an account is seen with a NEWT and no OWL, without the "Started as a 6th Year" award, we will be forced to refund the Galleons to the account and strip you of the NEWT you purchased. So please follow the rule! Purchasing Specialty Certificates Each certificate has unique rules listed below: Alchemy You must purchase the OWL in Potions first. Animagus You must purchase the OWL in Transfiguration first. Apparation Can be purchased at any time. Wandlore Can be purchased at any time. Patronus Studies You must purchase the OWL in Charms first. If an account is seen with a certificate and no appropriate OWL we will be forced to refund the Galleons to the account and strip you of the certificate you purchased. So please follow the rule!
  5. Regarding Personal Plots Personal Plots are things that occur on a character level. They are things that do not have an impact on the wizarding world as a whole, but certainly impact your character's life. These can be things like: Relationship Drama A singular incident of crime Discipline for an action at school Minor prophecies that only impact 1 character or a family etc. These are just a few examples but there are many different types of personal plots out there. What Isn't Appropriate There are many things out there that you can do for your personal plots. However there are definitely just as many things that wouldn't be considered appropriate. These are things that wouldn't impact just you, but the entire community as a whole. Some examples of this include: Serial killers Major Prophecies that impact the whole community, anything with a "Chosen One" Attacks on major places in Harry Potter canon (i.e. Hogwarts, Ollivanders, Flourish and Blotts, etc.) etc. Again, these are just some examples, and not all the possibilities that exist. A good rule of thumb to figure out whether it's appropriate or not is: "Does this impact just my character and those I'm writing with directly?", "Would this make major headlines or otherwise ensue panic or happiness on a massive scale?". If the answer to either of those is yes--or if staff feels it is "yes"--then it's probably not something that is appropriate to do on an individual scale. You could, however, talk to staff about working it into the site plot so that you could participate in it down the road. Why It's Like This We are trying to create a highly interactive site where you and your ideas can shape what happens. However, we can't please everyone at once and have 12 "Chosen Ones" at any given time. That would be very inconsistent. We like to be consistent in our site content. This means that if something major is occurring, like a massive crime spree or "chosen one" type scenario, that would impact all of our writers, not just you. Because that would be in the headlines. That would be something that caused ripples and waves and would change how characters interact with one another; the same way that the active site plot will impact all of them. By joining our site, our members agree to the plot and the setting of our world. However, they have not agreed to the ideas of other writers necessarily. In order to maintain a setting that everyone agrees to, we cannot allow members to have major plots that impact the site as a whole because members may not agree with any plot proposed by other members and then staff is left with the terrible job of choosing a side. Should I Ask the Staff? The questions mentioned in the earlier section should help you keep yourself from needing to talk to staff. However, if you're still uncertain you're welcome to ask @ ★Lilythe if it would be appropriate. As canon coordinator and loremaster for the site, this is her area of site responsibility. We ask that you accept her answer, with the understanding that she will do her best to figure out a way to accommodate any request that is reasonable.
  6. How Students Get Invited to Schools Each of the wizarding world schools has their own unique way of letting their students know that they will be attending. We are all familiar with Harry getting his letter from Hogwarts, but students in other countries--and indeed even of different blood status--are introduced to their school very differently. Hogwarts Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Hogwarts informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Hogwarts informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Ilvermorny Ilvermorny's recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Ilvermorny informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Ilvermorny informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Beauxbatons Beauxbatons' recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Beauxbatons informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Beauxbatons informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Durmstrang Durmstrang's recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Durmstrang informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Durmstrang informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Castelobruxo Castelobruxo's recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Castelobruxo informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Castelobruxo informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Uagadou All Students Receive their notification of admittanced through dream messengers sent by the headmaster of the day. It appears as they sleep and leaves a token, usually an inscribed stone, found in the child's hand upon waking. Koldovstoretz Koldovstoretz's recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Koldovstoretz informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Koldovstoretz informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on. Mahoutokoro Mahoutokoro's recruitment is currently unknown in canon, so the following is a site canon that we intend to use until such time that JK Rowling creates it. Purebloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Mahoutokoro informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. Unless orphaned and without other family to live with, in which case they will receive a visit at the orphanage. Halfbloods Letter from the Deputy Headmaster of Mahoutokoro informing them of their acceptance and school supplies. In cases where the magical parent has passed on and the muggle (or orphanage) the student lives with will receive an in-home visit. Muggleborns Receive an in-home visit from the headmaster so that they can explain to parents what is going on.

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