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Posted: Jul 12 2018, 04:41 PM
Artiel is Offline
14 years old
4th Year Student
Hayner Jonah Atwood
14 years old. Student. Hogwarts. Slytherin. Levi Miller.
Artiel. 23. CST. PM for Discord.
Keller J. Atwood was born in 1970 to Henry J. and Margorie C. Atwood, and quickly followed in her mother's footsteps of becoming a matriarch-like figure to the family. Wise and willing to fight for everything she got, she married in 1995 to an American pureblood named Rorke Fontaine, who she promptly convinced to take her last name. The courtship was brief, the marriage less than lovely, but their relationship was strong.
Keller Atwood was a proud member of the MACUSA, prominent in her position, and well respected among her companions. Despite this, she did bear her quirks; she was fiercely protective of her family, reclusive, and prone to bouts of hermitage. Her husband was much the same.
Her children, twins, were born in the late 2000s.
Hayner J. Atwood was one such child, sibling to his twin sister Hayden H. Atwood. Hayden proved herself bookish and quick-witted, while Hayner found pleasure in few literary pursuits. Reading wasn't quite his thing, and he hated the stories his mother would tell him. More than that, he hated the judgement that came down upon him from on high, insistences that he should be more like his sister, or that he should show more respect to those above him.
Truth be told, Hayner found more than a little difficulty with that idea.
Not content to send their children to Ilvermorny, which they saw as a "bright but shoddy knockoff," the Atwoods sent their children to Hogwarts. To watch over them, the family purchases the services of a housekeeper and temporary guardian, a Miss Karen Sharpe. Hayner, in particular, found himself (continually) unhappy with the arrangement.
Both children were promptly sorted into Slytherin. Hayden quickly established herself academically, proving her skill and ambitions were in the right place. Meanwhile, Hayner struggled. Study didn't come easy to him, and though he was skillful with a wand, he found little to love in the boring task of writing essays or scribbling out complex explanations about the difference between some stupid thing and a different stupid thing.
Hayner's first two years at Hogwarts were relatively underwhelming. He achieved no outstanding grades, earned no achievements of particular note. His sister, however, continued to earn plenty of pleasant attention. To their parents, she was the golden child, capable of doing anything that someone thought her even remotely capable of.
At the start of his third year, Hayner found himself in a strange place. He had few friends, little reason to study, and found that he didn't much enjoy his time at the school in general. However, early on in the first term, he was placed right in the middle of a crossroads — he overheard a fellow student speaking of something particularly embarrassing, revealing details in confidence to a friend that were capable of ruining her academic career.
Hayner could have sat on the information with integrity, quietly keeping it to himself.
Instead, he did what anyone with a brain would do, and promptly used that information to blackmail the girl in question. In exchange for allowing him to copy her work, he would keep the information to himself.
His grades immediately improved, earning him a bump in reputation that brought him closer to his sister in the eyes of his parents. People came to him for guidance and help, pleased by the impression that he was a quieter, almost as intelligent version of his know-it-all sister. Hayner happily provided advice, insisting all the while that he would keep the confidences of those who found need to confide in him. In truth, however, he was merely collecting secrets, hearts to place in jars in the event that he might one day need them.
It wasn't hard to keep up the facade. Forcing people into doing what he wanted through extortion was an easy task for him. It came naturally. A mere nod, a reminder of what he had done for those who "needed him," was all that he ever required. To those who didn't get the hint, he found other ways to earn their obedience.
By the midpoint of his third year, Hayner had become an insider. He happily used the year to trade secrets and information, spilling the confidences of others like paint if it would buy him something more interesting. Though some trade offs were inefficient, he ended the year with a stockpile of secrets on over two dozen of his peers and underclassmen.
Of course, his sister eventually confronted him on his actions.
To his surprise, however, she wasn't disappointed in him or even remotely furious. Instead, she wanted to utilize what he'd gained to her own benefit, allowing her to rise higher, faster, to a better academic position. Her ambition was matched only by the breadth of his burgeoning cunning.
Hayner agreed to help her with whatever it was that she needed, aware that his involvement in whatever activity she wanted of him would be blackmail enough if it ever came down to it. Most of the time, he found himself helping her by subtly sabotaging those she disliked; textbooks would go missing just days before a test, or students would wind up surprisingly sick when it came time to sit for a potions examination. Few ever knew of his involvement, barring those who already owed him.
By the end of the year, he had confidently found his place among his peers, a trusted confidante to many, a dastardly ass to few.
Hayner isn't outright cruel, but he's the furthest thing from considerate. The problems that don't burden him have no place in his mind, and he's willing to ignore those suffering if it means he'll get something out of it. Despite this, he's not unwilling to help his underlings.
To Hayner, a secret is of no use if everybody knows it. He'll often hold confidences until he finds a reason to break them, making him a decent person to confide in if one doesn't know that a price will eventually be paid. Some older students are likely vaguely aware of the fact that Hayner is duplicitous, and his peers are likely suspicious that he has so many younger kids doing his bidding for him.
Never one to study, Hayner dislikes academics and academic types. He isn't fond of Ravenclaws, though he finds little objectionable about Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors. The latter two houses are far easier to manipulate than witty birds and crafty snakes.
Yes, at his core, Hayner is a manipulator — he deals in secrets, after all, and finds little problem with manipulating those who fall under his control. If they were smart, if they were really so confident in themselves, they would have no need to fear something as paltry as a secret. To that end, he readily rationalizes whatever guilt he may have once felt over blackmailing his fellow students. To him, it's not cruel, it's deserved.
When considering potential friends, Hayner typically acts like a normal human being. People don't confide in monsters, after all.
Hayner is most willing to befriend the rich and well off, or other people who have something to offer him. While he doesn't outright hate the poor or the underprivileged, they lack his sympathies. He's also susceptible to those he thinks may be like him: blank on the inside.
Despite the fact that he doesn't like being touched, is often fairly affectionate to those he wants to "befriend." Warm hands on the shoulder, careful smiles — those pieces are all part of a role he's more than willing to play if it gets him what he wants.
Still, Hayner is not a consummate professional. He often lets his facade slip in the face of those who irk him. A quick way to get on his nerves and crack the mask is to insult him or his sister directly. He does not hold offenses well, and finds little reason to hold back when threatened.
His most prominent personality trait is the overwhelming amount of pride that dwells within him. It drives him to compete, to overwhelm, to be better — without his pride, he is nothing, and attacking that pride will often earn a person his ire. Those who he thinks assume they're better than him often get the cold shoulder.
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His typical attire is semi-formal at its most casual. Rarely, Hayner will dip into something others find more comfortable, but he hates the feel of wearing things that're below him. His family is made of money; failing to flaunt that money would feel like an affront.
Posted: Jul 13 2018, 07:30 PM
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