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Out of school for the summer! Woot!
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Going dark for a few days. I have a major project for Paleontology due Tuesday morning, and I'm nowhere near done with it, so I'll be away until I get that done. See y'all in a few days.

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I'm interested. I also think 5th/6th year would be good, or have a mix.
Name: James Dalton
Appearance: James is on the short side of average height, measuring approximately 5'6" with a slim, runner-like build, but don't let his size fool you; he is surprisingly strong for his small build. He keeps his brown hair short and out of his face, which is round and fair-skinned and devoid of facial hair. His eyes are leaf-green and alight with kindness and intelligence.
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Blood Status: somewhere on the order of half-blood, muggles and wizards of varying blood statuses throughout his ancestry without discrimination, purity of blood is unknown, and nether he nor his family really cares
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor, but borderline with Ravenclaw
Professor of: Transfiguration
Biography: James was born to an accomplished wizard who had gone from a clerk at Flourish and Blott's to Undersecretary to the Head of Magical Law Enforcement in five short years, and a muggle professor of chemistry at a college in a small town in western England near the Welsh border. He grew up in a small house in the country where his favorite pastimes included reading everything he could get his hands on and going on adventures in the vast woods and fields outside his home. He discovered his talent for magic on one of his adventures when he was deep in the woods and ran into a large cat. James was not an expert on the local fauna, but he was pretty sure there weren't any big cats native to his particular part of the country. None of that mattered, though, as he was there, and the cat didn't look friendly. James wasn't sure what to do. He knew he couldn't outrun the cat, and he couldn't take the cat on, and the cat didn't seem to be the least bit scared of James. James was rooted to the spot in a mix of fear and uncertainty, and suddenly the cat came forward. James could never truly say what happened next, but one moment he was facing a large cat approaching him, and the next there was a harmless kitten scampering away from him. He returned home to tell his parents about what had happened. When his dad heard about this adventure, he swelled with pride and explained that he knew his boy would be a great wizard. Like any young boy, James was naturally excited at the prospect of being a wizard, and from that moment, he would read anything he could about magic and Hogwarts and the Wizarding World. He found his dad's old Hogwarts textbooks and began reading them, trying to memorize as many spells and potions from the books as possible. During his outdoor adventures, he would often take a stick and pretend it was his wand and that he could perform great magic with it, even though he could hardly even control the outcome of the magic he did most of the time. He finally got his letter from Hogwarts and all but begged his dad to take him to Diagon Alley right away so that he could get his stuff. He had to settle with waiting until the weekend to go, but once he did, he got his robes, his textbooks, his wand (sycamore and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches, slightly bendy), and a pet (a barn owl named Jareth). James was willing and excited to begin his education at Hogwarts.
On his arrival at Hogwarts, James proved to be a hatstall. The sorting hat could not decide whether James's bravery or intelligence was his more important trait and waffled between sorting him into Gryffindor or Ravenclaw for a good ten minutes (his kindness and fierce loyalty also gained a brief consideration for Hufflepuff, but this was quickly rejected as his bravery and cleverness eclipsed his kindness and loyalty). In the end, bravery won over intelligence and James was sorted into Gryffindor, but the hat admitted during the process that James could just as easily fit into Ravenclaw. During his time at Hogwarts, James continued to pursue his passions of adventuring and learning and would be frequently found, outside of class times, either in the library or exploring the grounds, sometimes in places where he shouldn't have been, due to his thirst for adventure. James worked hard and earned good marks in all his classes, but he showed a special talent for Transfiguration and Care of Magical Creatures, even writing an unassigned essay on phoenixes for the latter, to the jealousy of one of his Ravenclaw classmates. In his fifth year he was made Prefect for Gryffindor House (despite a slight tendency to break the rules) as well as Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, for which he played as a Chaser. That year he achieved a full set of OWLs and went on to NEWT levels of all his classes, and while this made James busier than ever, he still found time to indulge in his other interests outside of classes and even become an animagus.
Upon finishing his education at Hogwarts, James spent some time traveling, having no clue what he really wanted to do with his life. After a year of traveling, James decided he wanted to follow in the footsteps of New Scamander and other illustrious magizoologists and study the magical creatures of the world. His work took him further afield than his travels after graduating Hogwarts, and he explored some of the most remote, uninhabited parts of the world. He expanded on the work of his predecessors and discovered five new species of magical beasts and rediscovered a hidden enclave of a creature that had been believed to be extinct for nearly a century, and was even still endangered. After nearly seven years of exploration, discovery, and reports far too long for most people to care about, James received an owl from the new headmaster of Hogwarts, requesting he come and teach Transfiguration (Care of Magical Creatures was currently taken). While James loved the work he did, he figured a change of pace to a more sedentary life for a few years might do him good, and so he accepted.
Favorite Hogwarts Memory: Winning the Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor in his fifth year.
It was the final Quidditch match of the year, and Gryffindor and Ravenclaw were all but tied for the Quidditch Cup, meaning whoever won this game would win the cup for their house. Both teams knew how much was on the line and were prepared to do whatever they had to in order to win the game. The teams kicked off as the balls were released. James dodged a bludger sent at him by one of the Ravenclaw beaters and caught the quaffle just as one of his teammates passed it to him. He and his fellow chasers ran the quaffle down the field, and James launched it through the center goalpost on the Ravenclaw side, the keeper barely missing the ball. Gryffindor was ahead, but it wouldn't last for long as the Ravenclaw team knocked Gryffindor's keeper off his broom with a well-aimed bludger, leaving Gryffindor's goalposts undefended. Ravenclaw was able to score three times before Gryffindor's keeper recovered and returned to defending the goalposts, putting Ravenclaw in the lead by 20 points. The game was fierce, and both teams remained neck and neck for the next two hours. The snitch had been sighted twice, but both times it had eluded the two seekers and vanished again. Finally, James had to call a time-out to give his team some rest since they were all tired, and to discuss strategy. His plan was bold, aggressive, a little crazy, somewhat dangerous, and totally brilliant. The beaters were to do everything in their power to keep Ravenclaw's keeper too occupied with the bludgers to defend the goalposts, allowing the chasers, flying in tight, well-protected formations, to more easily score. In the meantime, the keeper would hang out near the middle of the pitch, attempting to intercept the quaffle, should Ravenclaw acquire it, before they could even get near the goalposts. The plan worked brilliantly, and over the course of the next two hours, Gryffindor gained a commanding lead over Ravenclaw. In the end, the game lasted nearly 8 hours before Gryffindor's seeker caught the Snitch, ending the game and securing the Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor in a win by more than 300 points!
Extra: James is an animagus. His animal form is a phoenix.
Before I switched to Linux, I was at the point where I had to actually reinstall Windows every one or two years. It was infuriating.
Whoops. Forgot to tag @World Traveler. My character sheet is in the above post.
And here's my character.


Valanx had expected something along the lines of a more formal meeting when Raymond arrived. What happened was more of a memorial for Anderson, which actually seemed more appropriate to Valanx. Anderson had been a good man, and it was more than fitting that the crew take the time to honor him, now that they were out of danger for a short while. That would surely change when they returned to the Council, but for now they had some down time to gather themselves and remember their fallen comrade.

Valanx rose and joined the captain and the demolitions expert at the table. He wasn't above a few hands of poker, though he wouldn't take part in the drinking. One of the side-effects of the Bereans' diminutive size was a notorious inability to handle liquor. He smiled a bit at Dev's joke and fired back quickly. "I'd say that means you're in her debt, Dev," he said. "And Lady Luck always collects." He finished the comment with an uncharacteristic smirk. Valanx was not a shark by any means, but he was a clever player and had been known to bluff his way to a win on more than one occasion.
Present and accounted for. Just waiting for [[@JonesSparrow]] to start the meeting.
Laying claim to Transfiguration. I should have a character sheet up soon-ish.
Thanks for the tips. I've looked over your suggestions, and I think I'm gonna go with a newer version of the Acer Nitro 5 that has a 1 TB SSD plus an additional 1 TB HDD. It's a bit more expensive than the ones you mentioned, but I have enough money in my savings account to justify the expenditure, I think. Once it shows up and I've seen how it works, maybe I'll post here again and let you know what I think, but for now, thank you for the help.
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