Otherworlde: Cressida, Year 5 Picture
Name: Cressida Hawthorn
Height: approximately 5’5”, but she tries to appear taller
Species: Human (witch)
Current Classes: PTS 402
Passed Classes: PTS 102, PTS 103, PTS 201, PTS 202, PTS 203, PTS 301, PTS 303, PTS 304,
PTS 401, PTS 403, PTS 404
Experience: Over 2861, I assume?
-Learning, research, and experimentation. Academic curiosity is one of Cressida’s driving forces.
-Children (and cute things in general). Cressida is very protective of “the little ones”, although she does not like to admit it.
-Flying. Cressida can fly on a broomstick.
-Classical music and folk music
-Poisonous and medicinal plants
-“Creepy” animals, which she thinks are cute
-Very strong tea
-Classic literature and poetry (well, most of it).
-People who are lazy, unintelligent, and/or insincere
-Romance. Cressida generally finds it either stupid or difficult to understand.
-Flirting and innuendo, an extension of her dislike of romance.
-Practical jokes, although Cressida does actually have a sense of humor.
-The beach, and hot weather in general.
-Losing, failing, or looking stupid, even if no one is watching.
-Sugary foods and spicy foods
-Noisy loud rock music
-Never being accepted and never having friends. She will NEVER admit this.
-Not being respected
-Protectiveness, more so than she would care to admit.
-Secretly very insecure about her abilities
-Vengefulness and unwillingness to forgive, even when it is not justified.
-Not very tactful
-Control over plants. As Cressida increases in strength and experience, she will be able to further control this ability. She can completely control the thorny vines on her hat and sleeve, and she uses them as a weapon. It's very powerful now. It does not and will never extend to fungi.
- Magical Photosynthesis. Cressida can, with concentration, absorb solar energy via photosynthesis. This turns her skin green. Due to this ability, she doesn’t need to eat as much as a normal person (as it's constantly active at a very minor level even without concentration/adrenaline). However, she cannot use other magic effectively while she is doing this, unless fueled by a significant amount of adrenaline.
-Flight. Well, on a broomstick, anyway. She has a lot more control over it than she used to. She's actually very good at flying now.
Goals: To learn and study as much as possible, to find people who will accept her, and to further control her magical abilities. To find lots of uses for her memory-copying potion, and artificially create magical creatures. To teach at Otherworlde eventually. Additionally, she wants to get revenge on her father, if she ever meets him again…
Personality: Cressida is clever and analytical, and usually keeps her emotions hidden. However, she becomes very enthusiastic while learning and studying, as well as in the presence of cute things. She also tends to show anger and irritability instead of hiding it. She finds it difficult to trust people until she knows them very well, and can be quite cynical. She is very studious, and usually serious (and rather uptight as well). However, she does have a hidden sense of humor, and she is not shy. Cressida is much better at dealing with things than with people, so she tries to think of people as things. However, she finds this quite difficult, and is actually much more protective and caring than she lets on. She certainly isn't a bad witch… she just isn’t usually a very nice witch.
History: Cressida was always a bit strange as a child, even before her parents discovered her magical abilities. Not only was Cressida surprisingly mature and completely unfazed by death and “scary” things, she was also a living magnet for strange occurrences. Freak storms, ghost sightings and similar unexplained phenomena occurred around Cressida, who was never bothered by any of it at all. Although Cressida’s mother simply accepted this, her father and her friends became increasingly unnerved by her latent supernatural abilities.
When Cressida was twelve, her plant-magic abilities fully manifested. Her father, who was very afraid of the supernatural, couldn’t stand being around Cressida and her powers any longer, and left her and her mother. This event made Cressida become distrustful of people and of romantic relationships, and she became rather isolated from society. Although Cressida never considered her father’s actions to be her fault, she is surprisingly insecure, worrying that she will never be accepted and that she will never be “good enough”.
When Cressida turned 18, she left home and decided to search for other people with similar abilities. She found the OtherWorlde Academy, as magic-users often do. She enrolled as a student, seeing the academy as not only an opportunity to learn magic and learn about her own powers, but also a place where she can finally be accepted.
After her first year at OtherWorlde, Cressida became a bit more social, making friends with a few other students (most notably Talia Flourish). Now that she was among magical beings, some much stranger than Cressida herself, she was no longer the “odd one” and found it much easier both to be accepted and to accept and tolerate others. She hasn’t lost her defensive nature or her almost obsessive desire to prove herself, but she has become a bit more secure. Now that she’s begun to study magic academically instead of just practicing her powers, she has become absolutely fascinated with the nature of magic itself. She wants to find out why some humans are gifted with magical abilities, as well as possibly manipulate those factors to grant magical powers to non-magical individuals.
After her second year at OtherWorlde, Cressida continued to open up more to other people, realizing that her friendships kept her moral and allowed her to keep caring about other people. She now tries purposely to reach out to other people, although she frequently doesn't understand people's reactions to the things she says. She understands her emotions now, but not other people's. As Cressida studies the complex world of magic, she fills her mind with new ideas and possibilities, thinking of all the things she could do with her skills, all the things she could explore and create. She's very interested in the possibility of creating artificial magical life. Her innate powers have become stronger, and she still studies them and their effects. She's generally a happier person now, although she still despises her father and what he has done. She has also become less insecure, but more arrogant.
After her third year at Otherworlde, Cressida learned that she can adapt well as well as plan, and as such is not quite as obsessed with planning everything beforehand. In addition, she has learned that people will still respect her even if she's not THE best at everything, though she has still kept her general perfectionism. She became a bit more reclusive during the tournament as she developed her arsenal of plants and weapons, but she's opening up again. She even went to the graduation dance, although she never actually danced, didn't have a date, and ran out at the end to work on her studies. She's still interested in her goal of creating magical beings artificially, as well as the concept of taking on other people's memories and experience.
After her fourth year at OtherWorlde, Cressida has become still more secure in herself, though she still has a few major insecurities, and also has become more arrogant as well. She appears to have made an enemy in the form of Virgil Valerian, after she slipped him a chilling potion for an assignment. However, having been appointed the leader of the Otherworlde Coven, she has made many new friends as well. She's happier than she has been for a long time. She's immensely proud of herself for developing the Memory-Copying Potion, as well as for being the first person to graduate from the Potionmaking department since Helmy himself. Now, she's back to take one more class before she tries to get a job as an assistant professor.
-Cressida speaks with a Received Pronunciation English accent.
-Cressida’s broomstick was originally an ordinary old-fashioned broomstick that she could only fly because of her powers. It is, however, developing its own magical properties. If she flies it for too long, it starts sprouting leaves and little branches, and she has to prune it occasionally.
-Despite her affinity for plants and interest in potions, Cressida is a horrible cook.
-She swears using Greek mythological references (oh, Styx. Oh, bloody Acheron) and Latin words (stercus!).
-The font used as her “handwriting” is Mistral.
-Her outfit is actually a costume that she bought in a costume shop.
-Sometimes (but not always), she uses a large bag instead of those multiple belts to carry her potions and notes.
-She has a large burn scar on her upper left arm, going up to her shoulder. It's from her tournament battle with Quinlan. She has other burn scars as well, considering all the fire users she's encountered in the tournament.
-She also stole a doll of herself from Quinlan during the battle, and she keeps it in her dorm room.
-She now has a creepy rag doll teleporting around and stalking her, thanks to entering the Hexing building without protective measures.
-Out-of-universe fun fact: She's actually loosely based on an old recycled Harry Potter OC who was in turn loosely based on me and partially inspired by this picture: fav.me/d5uiw21
Chatroom Availability: Not very frequent. I will try to be there for anything important if I am informed ahead of time. I do have college, though, so it might be difficult. I prefer note roleplaying.
IM Availability: I don’t have Skype. I do like roleplaying in notes and comments, though, and non-real-time roleplaying will be much easier for me during college.
How did you find OtherWorlde?: Via dAhub. I just watched the group for a while, and then decided it was awesome and that I wanted to join.
Cressida: *closes a large book with a snap* So, mandrakes and deadly nightshade are actually in the same taxonomic family as tomatoes, then… I like that. Right, I need to get-- *is knocked over by another student, running to get to class* Ack! You idiot… Watch where you’re running! You’re going to pay for that! *flings the briar on her sleeve down the corridor at the running student*
Cressida swooped down towards the ground on her broomstick and alighted on the cobblestones. “Ha-HA! Didn’t crash!” she shouted triumphantly, to no one in particular. She didn’t travel with anyone. She didn’t have anyone to travel with. “The book was certainly right about the ‘fog and ice’ bit,” she murmured under her breath. “I’m glad I brought a coat and scarf.” The young witch critically surveyed the buildings of the academy, determining if her effort was worth it. “Oh, that’s fantastic,” she breathed, grinning. Enthusiasm began to creep into her voice. “Oh, I’m going to learn so much! I’m going to be brilliant here!” Cressida laughed, sounding a bit more evil than she had intended. Not that it mattered. The campus certainly looked evil, too, but this is the place she chose. This is where she, Cressida Jocasta Hawthorn, had wanted to go. And she had finally arrived. As the witch walked towards the central building of the academy, she looked at her broomstick. Leafy twigs had sprung up all over the handle, and they had started to curl around the bags attached to it. “Oh, stercus. I definitely have to prune this thing again…”
Talia Flourish: One of the few people at the academy that Cressida considers a true friend. Although Talia’s naïveté and silliness can be a bit irritating to Cressida, and she isn’t afraid to let Talia know, she likes Talia a lot and doesn’t feel that she has to keep her guard up around her. Talia appears to have gone missing, and Cressida misses her but doesn't show it.
Ruffian Lockhurst: Cressida considers him more of a “business partner” than anything else. She thinks his name is stupid.
Pet: She likes Pet, but thinks he’s very mysterious. Although she has seen his hopes and dreams, she would like to find out more about him. She would also like to help him achieve his goal of restoring the Dream Trees. She's taken to helping him understand the human world -- at least, through her own view of it. She hasn't seen him for a while.
Ruby Voclain: Although Cressida doesn’t know Ruby very well, she does like her. She’d be quite happy to get to know her better.
Mirage: He was "nice to her from the start". She likes him a lot and respects his academic skills, and is happy to help him if he needs it. She still thinks his name is stupid.
Quinlan: Is one heck of a fighter for someone so tiny. She likes him, although her arrogance gets in the way a bit when she talks to him, and she can't understand how he eats so much candy.
Thane: Definitely doesn't like him. He is an arrogant jerk and she is... also kind of an arrogant jerk. She considers him something of a rival, though this lessened somewhat after she defeated him in the tournament and he dropped out. She doesn't know why he appears to have gone missing.
Chrono: Has a grudging respect for him after her loss to him in the tournament. She is impressed by his abilities and secretly wants to "surpass and replace" him.
Lilin: Is one of the few people Cressida truly respects. After drinking a potion that contained Lilin's blood, which almost turned her evil, she understands what Lilin has to deal with as a devil. She still doesn't completely understand why it would be difficult to fight a friend in the tournament, though.
Pandora: She's a LIVING STATUE and her FOOT COMES OFF and Cressida basically thinks this is the COOLEST THING EVER.
Stephiros: Another student who Cressida considers a good friend, although she also thinks that he is very strange. However, she thinks his personality helps her grow, and she feels that she doesn't have as much to prove around him. She hasn't seen him for a while.
Kyte Sekito: Infected Cressida with a very nasty virus, so clearly she despises him. But he's gone too, and Cressida has no idea what happened to him.
The other Coven members (Tishna, Lucy, Brunhilde, Cathrine, Babette): YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL GREAT OKAY. Especially Lucy. Cressida hopes to take her on as a sort of apprentice even though they're in different departments.
Cressida's mother (Elizabeth Hawthorn, formerly Elizabeth Smith): Cressida loves her mother, the one person who has always accepted her. However, she also can be very impatient with her, as she thinks her mother is pretentious, naive, and overly emotional.
Cressida's father (Duncan Hawthorn): Cressida absolutely despises her father for breaking her family apart, and considers him untrustworthy, blindly traditionalistic, disgusting and cruel.