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Astrid Kragen
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:19:41 AM »

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    Basics
    Name: Astrid Kragen
    Gender: Female
    Sexuality: Queer (primarily attracted to women)
    Nationality: Danish
    Race: White
    Species: Human--Witch
    Age: 26
    Date of Birth: February 18th

    Current Residence: Parlour in Purgatory temporarily until she can get her own place.

    Magical Items:
    [ www.roleplaycity.com/forum/index.php?topic=7301 ] Fox Jaw Necklace
    [ www.roleplaycity.com/forum/index.php?topic=7303 ] Black Moon Blade
    [ www.roleplaycity.com/forum/index.php?topic=7332 ] The Hammers

    Appearance:
    Hair: Dyed black, short, very short on the sides.  She has been known to do other colors but it’s black for now.  Sometimes she spikes up but mostly she lets it do what it wants.  She’ll never let it grow past her shoulders.
    Eyes: Piercing, medium-sized, round, and dark.  Wears eyeliner when going out.
    Skin: White, very obvious when blushing.  Various scars from cuts or burns here-and-there from carelessness while working on some project or another.
    Shape of Face: Square with strong features
    Nose: Long and narrow.
    Mouth: Wide, generally frowning (resting bitch face)
    Frame: 5’8” and lean with surprisingly muscular arms.  Square hips, broad(ish) shoulders, and small bust--can be wrapped to appear flat-chested if she wanted to.
    Hands: Square with medium-to-short fingers, deep lines in the palms.  Nails kept trimmed short.
    Piercings: Ears and septum

    Tattoos:
    Face: Two small tattoos on either temple in red ink made with the ashes of her dead familiar (cat), that activate with Astrid’s blood. (see below for effects) The right side is a circle enclosing an open eye with three dots above, and the left side is a circle enclosing a closed eye with three dots below. (see end of profile for image)
    Right Hand: These were her first tattoos and show the most fade: Each finger of the right hand has a different elemental symbol that she did herself in stick & poke fashion (see end of profile for image). Earth on the pointer finger, fire on the middle finger, water on the ring finger, and air on the pinky.  These have been used as magical conduits for spellwork involving elements but she hasn’t been using them lately.
    Left Hand: Three solid bands on the left ring finger.  Also a stick & poke she did herself.
    Arms / Back: Two ravens on the backs of her shoulders/arms.  These were done by Saint Sabrina and enhance Astrid's abilities.  (see end of profile for image)
    Chest / Neck: A solid black line that runs from below her lower lip ending at the base of the breastbone with an abstraction of the hilt of a sword.

    Distinguishing Marks: There is a decent scar on her left eyebrow, so some hair won’t grow there. Other various scars on her forearms from metalworking accidents--nothing too intense.

    Clothing
    Around the house: Loose-fitting tank top (black, forest green, etc) with faded, ripped jeans or some sort of yoga pants.
    Doing errands: Generally the same as above, but she’ll throw on a super loose sweatshirt with a large hood [like this: https://tinyurl.com/yxj88ajy]. 
    To bed: Sleeps naked.
    Out: Black skinny jeans with black leather lace-up boots, loose plunging low-cut tank top (black, dark red, and forest green are go-to colors) layered with some sort of loose-fitting shawl/poncho type of thing, a leather jacket, or a dark denim jacket. 
    On a date: Dress slacks, a button up, and a blazer.  All black.

    Daily Accessories:
    • Septum ring made of dark hammered metal
    • A talon ring on her left thumb (similar to this except silver with a sharpened onyx tip. She made this for easier blood-letting to activate some of her powers. Or to stab someone in the fucking jugular if necessary.
    • A silver midi ring on her right thumb--it is also a spinner ring.
    • Some plain silver bangles that have embroidery floss wrapped around them (knot magic probably)
    • The Fox Jaw Necklace.  It hangs on a long thin piece of leather and is mostly obscured under her clothing.
    Special Accessories:  Smallish earrings of intricately wire-wrapped stones (hematite, amethyst, etc) when she’s dressing up.

    Resume:

    Current Occupation: Teaches two classes at the Kerr Galvin Academy:  Ethics of Cursecasting and Crafting of Magical Objects (intro)

    Talents/Skills:
    • DIY pro: has picked up many skills and hobbies and always seems to be trying something new.
    • She has a good level of skill with various divination methods, especially Tarot.  But what she will see is largely dependant on the tools themselves, who tend to be finicky things with minds of their own.
    • Excellent sigil crafter.
    • Misc artistic skills.  She usually keeps a small Moleskine notebook for sketching any ideas that come to her.

    Abilities:
    • Can craft various magical items with a great deal of time, energy, and concentration.  The more powerful the effect, the rarer ingredients, more time and energy needed to craft it. 
    • Curse-caster: using various methods she can inflict misfortune, pain, and paranoia (to name a few).  Curses require a tag-lock (an object connecting the spell to the target), this can range from a name (yields weaker results) to a hair sample (strongest results).  The stronger the desired effect the more complicated the spell will be, requiring more time, ingredients, energy, etc.
    • Astral projection/travel with great effort.
    • Strong Clairvoyant ability--her family is comprised of a long, long line of seers.


    About the eye tattoos on her face: The effects last only so long as the blood remains wet (which will vary depending on the conditions of the air), only one can be active at a time, and they need to be “recharged” by grounding with the earth and connecting to it energy source (so entering a meditative state). The stronger the effect the more physically draining it will be on her.  She tries to do this as inconspicuously as possible, appearing to rub her temple in a casual way if you aren’t paying too close attention to it. 
    • The right open-eyed tattoo allows her to see through efforts to conceal people, objects, thoughts or intentions. 
    • The left closed-eye tattoo on her face allows her to hide (well, make herself less noticeable as opposed to outright invisible), or mask her thoughts and intentions.
    Weaknesses:
    • The usual human weaknesses.
    • Healing magic is completely beyond her skills.  She has basic knowledge of herbs and how to use them and has made herself some herbal remedies when sick but that’s about it.
    • She hasn’t been trained in any fighting magic, but things happen with emotional outbursts that she can’t control.  Most of her skills are what one would consider “folk magic” and take her time to create.  Largely they are reliant on putting together many ingredients.
    Education: Associates degree in general studies.  Was in the process of completing her Bachelor's in Anthropology (with an art minor) but was unable to complete it after the death of her fiance.
    Intelligence Level: Sharp, creative, eager learner. 

    Services Offered: (once she has a place to settle and set up shop)
    • Divination -- Tarot, bonecasting (using a misc collection of bones, stones, bits and bobs)
    • Curse Casting -- She will only perform this service if the target deserves it--not for any petty shit.  She will know if you are lying about the situation.  Duration and potency vary greatly as there are many variables to consider.
    • Crafting of a Magical Object -- She will only do this for those she has a working relationship with and who can also pay handsomely (some exceptions may be made depending on the situation).  The object itself can range from a piece of jewelry to a sword.
    Lifestyle
    Hobbies: jewelry making, forging swords, sketching
    Pastimes: Trying to make new things, teaching herself various crafts, hiking

    Vices: Jealousy, wrath, vengeance
    Health: Smokes.

    Observable Behavior:
    Speech Patterns: (soon to be determined)
    Words/Slang/Jargon: (soon to be determined)
    Eye Contact: Steady, can be challenging.
    Gait: Brisk, long stride.
    Posture: Slouched, usually over something working.
    Gestures, Quirks or Eccentricities: Paces when on the phone, hums while working (though this helps with calling and directing energy while doing magical working)
    Mannerisms: She plays with the spinner ring on her right thumb while concentrating, anxious, or fidgety.

    Commonly Seen Holding:  Cellphone, Moleskine notebook and a pen, a cigarette.

    Common Stance 1: Leaning against a wall, eyes low, smoking and people-watching.
    Common Stance 2: Sitting cross-legged on the ground, engrossed in sketching something.
    Common Stance 3: (soon to be determined)

    Likes & Dislikes
    Favorites...
    Food & Drinks: herbal teas, lemon flavored things, honey, snacks
    Music: Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks, Florence & The Machine, Eivør
    Movies & TV shows: Historical fiction/dramas, anything about witches (this is a guilty pleasure)
    Books & Magazines: Articles about archeological findings, any sort of art or DIY magazines

    Pet Peeves: Being interrupted while working, people who try to touch her things without asking permission, people who try to touch her tattoos.
    Fears/Phobias: Driving (riding in a car is fine, being in control of one is panic-inducing)

    Beliefs and Religion
    Religion: She communes with various Norse deities.  She is very private about these things.

    Morality/Ethics: She has her own sense of morality: don’t hurt or kill people...unless they deserve it; don’t steal from the poor
    Stand Up Citizen or Law Breaker: She is of the opinion that most laws are meant for the ruling class to keep control over the lower class.

    Awareness of Supernaturals:
    Knows of vampires, shifters, werewolves, and fae.  Has a general sense of non-human creatures, though she won’t be able to identify what they are.

    Personality:
    Astrid generally comes off as reserved around people who are unfamiliar to her, until she is sure they can be trusted.  She is very perceptive with a sharp intuition and can usually deduce one's character upon first meeting.  If she feels like she clicks with someone, she becomes very warm and friendly--she doesn’t want to keep walls up but has learned to be cautious.

    Strongest positive personality trait: Determination and focus
    Strongest negative personality trait: Secrecy

    Character Strengths: Street smart.  Fiercely independent, perceptive, and intuitive.  Caring and reliable to those close to her.
    Flaws:
    • Because she is trying to save up for a place somewhere to herself, she has a weakness for money.  If the price is high enough (and it doesn’t go too much against her morals) she will buckle.
    • Tunnel vision while working on projects. Tends to overwork herself and doesn’t know when to stop.
    • Falls in love fast and hard in the right circumstances, pouring all of herself into her partner and when things go wrong she will be utterly crushed. 
    Emotion or Logic?: A blend of the both, honestly. It’s highly situational.
    Introvert or Extrovert?: Introvert
    Generous or Stingy?: Prefers the term frugal, but she will help those close to her if she can.
    Polite or Rude?: Polite, but won’t take shit.

    Quirks: (soon to be determined)
    Sense of humor: Dry
    Temper: Cold and harsh.

    History and Relationships
    Relationship status: Tragically single--she won’t talk about it much but her last girlfriend (fiance) was killed in a car accident.

    Hometown: Lejre, Denmark
    Family background: Astrid comes from a long, long line of witches and seers on her mother’s side that can be traced back to pagan Danes in the 9th century.  They are a well-known family with a long magical tradition and many in the town called upon them for various services.  How the family managed to escape from harm during the witch hunts none can say, but they are something to be feared, and most know not to cross them.
    Mother: Not as close with her mother as she is with her grandmother, but that doesn’t mean the two don’t have a good relationship. 
    Father: Disappeared into the night without warning when Astrid was seven years old.  The family whispered rumors about him being taken by faeries and other such things.  Astrid believes that he simply left.
    Birth Order: First
    Siblings: Younger half-sister.  Born in America when Astrid was fifteen, she is now estranged from the family.
    Maternal Grandparents: Her grandmother was largely responsible for teaching Astrid from a very young age much of the skill she has now. 
    Paternal Grandparents: Unknown
    Other Relatives: Astrid was very close to the women in her extended family. 

    History in Brief: (subject to minor changes, research dependent)

    Born into a very close-knit family, Astrid was never left wanting for familial support.  Her childhood was steeped in magic, much of the family life revolved around performing magical services and divination for the townsfolk.  She was always encouraged to pursue any fleeting interest that crossed her, and this fostered a strong sense of independence and creativity.  Astrid was always drawn to creating things--whether that be art or magical objects (though, the two overlap in her mind).

    After her father disappeared her mother lost the desire to continue with this tradition and floundered about helplessly for some time before deciding to leave for America--leaving Astrid with the family to develop her skills.  Astrid’s mother eventually remarried and had another daughter. 

    When Astrid turned eighteen, she joined her mother in America.  There was a strange distance between the two, and she never clicked with her half-sister or step-father.  Astrid set off on her own, intent on going to college.  The time in the small town had made her restless and she was eager for a new adventure.  She studied anthropology and loaded her free time up with art classes.  All the while, she maintained contact with her family overseas, mostly through letters but sometimes she would call.

    During her time in college, she fell in love with a charming woman in one of her art classes.  The two eventually moved in together while continuing their studies.  Quickly the two became engaged.  A car accident claimed her life well before their marriage--and Astrid was unable to complete her studies as a result.  She tried to pick up the pieces but was unable to exist (alone) around what they had built together.  Eventually, she abandoned everything and made the long, difficult trek across the country--walking and hitchhiking where she could, earning money through Tarot readings and other small spellcasting services.  She met a great many interesting people and a few very bad ones.  Through the grapevine, she heard rumors of a powerful witch in this city and decided that it might be a good place for a fresh start.

    Permissions Given in Reasonable Roleplay:
    (Yes = you don't have to ask before acting in RP, No = you ask first)
    Feeding: Yes
    Wounding/Cursing: Yes
    Killing: No


    Extras!:
    [ https://fangsfledgeflight.tumblr.com/tagged/ak ] Aesthetic


    image credit.  Note: spiked hair is only a sometimes-look

    Tattoos:

    Eye tattoos:
    [image credit: Me]


    Finger tattoos:
    [image credit: Me]


    Back tattoos:
    [image credit: Me]



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    Re: Astrid Kragen
    « Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 02:44:54 AM »
    Threads with Astrid:

    [ https://tinyurl.com/frstfrink ] Fresh Start, Fresh Ink (Parlour in Purgatory)
    [ https://tinyurl.com/trialotc ] A Trial for the Centuries - The CW Districts vs. Lazarus (Zingari Theater)
    [ http://tinyurl.com/svnsktchs ] Seven Sketches (Municipal Library)
    [ http://tinyurl.com/plngallngtr ] Pulling an All-Nighter (Sanctuary)
    [ http://tinyurl.com/y2pwqdey ] The Academy's Opening Fete (Kerr Galvin Academy)
    [ https://tinyurl.com/y5dm7v2y ] Seek, and ye shall find (Parlour in Purgatory)

    [ https://tinyurl.com/yytcakmj ] The Haunted House (13 Broomfield Crossing)
    [ https://tinyurl.com/y5et7bv8 ] The Jar (13 Broomfield Crossing)