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Legilimency is the act of 'traversing the layers of one's mind'. It is not mind reading, it's much deeper than that, and involves actually navigating through a person's mind to get to the information one is looking for. It is usually very invasive, but those that have mastered the ability may be able to glean some information from their target without being detected.
The most advanced legilimens can look through someone's mind efficiently enough to read surface thoughts and feelings, but it's not the literal words they are thinking, just the feeling of what they're thinking about. They can also create dreams in their target, and the most skilled practitioner can briefly possess their target too though this is very painful for the target. A weak or learning legilimens will be able to detect simple things, like whether their target is lying. They can also delve into memories but this is a very invasive process that the target will be easily able to detect.
This is a very difficult and somewhat illegal ability that takes a long time to master. Very few practitioners ever master the art, and the Ministry carefully monitor those they know are learning as the ability represents a serious breach of privacy.
This is a learned skill that can broadly be thought of as 'closing one's mind'. It prevents a legilimens from accessing your mind in any way, and it can also help a person resist the effects of potions such as veritaserum.
In order to master this ability, one must have a very tight control of their emotions and their mental state. Someone very in touch with their emotions would really struggle with this skill, whereas someone who is skilled at shutting down their emotions would find the skill much easierto learn.
Advanced occlumency can be used to hide specific things in a way so subtle even a trained legilimens wouldn't know they were doing it. However most of the time, an occlumens presents only a 'blank slate' when probed.
Seers have the ability to predict the future in the form of prophecies. These are often vague statements that will come true at some point in the future, and they are stored in the Ministry within the Department of Mysteries whenever a new one is stated.
They are naturally talented at divination, which covers all the other areas usually associated with Seers, e.g. reading tea leaves and crystal balls. This does not mean they are always correct with their predictions from these methods, but it does mean they're more accurate than most.
Most Seers can't force their prophecies, they just come to them at random. And some don't remember saying them at all, they simply 'black out' for the duration.
Pretty simple, they can talk to serpents of any variety, and can understand what the serpent is saying back.
The language is called Parseltongue, and though one is born with the ability to speak it, it is possible to imitate it - though a snake is likely to judge you for your accent if you try.
Since most known Parselmouths can trace their heritage back to Salazar Slytherin, it has a reputation for being associated with dark wizards which brings with it a certain stigma of course.
These are humanoid creatures who take the shape of beautiful women. Their looks and their dancing is magically seductive to those who view it.
All full Veela are female, but a half-Veela (Veela mother, human father) can be born male or female. They are still known for their allure and their charm, though it's not quite as strong as their full Veela brethren of course.
When a full Veela is angered, they transform into a harpy-like form with sharp beaks and scaly wings. Half-Veelas do not have this ability, but are known for having violent tempers.
A squib is a non-magical person born to at least one magical parent (since the magic 'gene' is dominant) - so basically the inverse of a muggleborn. They cannot perform magic of any kind, but due to being brought up in the magical world (in most cases of course) they are more in tune to magical things. For example, they cannot see dementors but they can recognise their presence, where a muggle would just feel a shift in emotion.
Thanks to the integration, squibs can now take classes at all three of the schools - however they cannot take wand classes (e.g. charms, transfiguration), they can only take wandless classes (e.g. potions, history of magic).
Even now, squibs are seen as an 'embarrassment' to most wizarding families, though they are slowly growing more accepted over time.
This is a skill a witch or wizard can learn, which will allow them to transform into one specific animal. This animal often matches their patronus but not always, and will have some kind of connection to the person even if they don't know what that is. They have no control over the animal they become, and the age/injuries etc of the animal matches the age/injuries etc of the person. It cannot be a magical creature, for example a unicorn or a dragon.
It takes a lot of time and effort to master this skill, and it has been known to go horribly wrong for people. The process involves holding a mandrake leaf in one's mouth for a whole month, creating a potion, and chanting a spell every day. As such, it's very unlikely for anyone school age to master this ability but it is possible. Students at Uagadou however, are taught this skill before the age of fourteen.
All animagus forms have a distinct marking relating to the person themselves, and these are recorded on the Ministry register. It is a criminal offence not to be registered, but of course, some people do skirt that law and risk being sentenced to Azkaban.
These witches or wizards have the ability to change anything about their external physical appearance, from age to sex to hair style. They can make themselves look like any other person, or like someone entirely new. They can also do some small gimmicky things like turning their mouth into a beak, but nothing ore than that (i.e. they can perhaps make one animal part at a time but they cannot transform into an animal unless they are also an animagus).
This is not a skill one can learn: metamorphmagi are born and begin exhibiting their ability (a little uncontrollably at first) from very soon after their birth.
This ability is very strongly affected by the person's emotional state. The appearance of a metamorphmagi will often reflect their emotional state (for example, a sudden change in hair colour), and they will struggle to use their abilities at all when they are depressed or grieving or feeling some other strong negative emotion.
A werewolf is created when an existing werewolf in wolf form bites a human. From that point on, the person will transform into a humanoid wolf on a full moon, during which time they will not be in control of their actions, though they will remember all they've done when they change back.
By drinking Wolfsbane potion, a werewolf can retain their mind during their transformation. They will still turn, but they will still be thinking like a human for the whole duration. This is a difficult potion to brew, but the Ministry will provide it to registered werewolves as a way to encourage them to register. The transformation is a very painful process, even with Wolfsbane potion.
Werewolves are still very shunned by society, often viewed as dangerous even in their human form. As such, they find it hard to keep jobs and so on, so many would prefer to remain unregistered and hide their condition instead.
As lycanthropy is a disease one gets during their life, it is not hereditary and so is not passed to offspring.
with thanks to Data!
Ghosts are incorporeal, but can be seen as a transparent image by wizards although they cannot be seen by muggles.
Ghosts cannot be hit by physical objects, and can float through walls. They can also float through people, but it leaves the living feeling cold and clammy.
Ghosts typically stay at the same stage physically, mentally and emotionally as when they died. They typically choose to haunt one location, often where they died, but they aren’t bound to that location and can move around.
Ghosts can be affected by some magic, though it doesn’t always work correctly. For example, ghosts can’t die (obviously), but they can be petrified. They can no longer use their own magic anymore though.
with thanks to Kyros!
A vampire’s bite is lethal and incurable, and humans die as a result of being bitten and drained of blood completely. If only bitten, the human will return to life as a bitten vampire through a process called ‘reanimation’. If the human was a witch or wizard before being bitten, they are still able to perform magic but to a lesser degree. Talent-based skills do not change; wand-based magic abilities are halved.
Bitten vampires live upwards of 2000 years or more. Dhampirs live upwards of around 1500 years.
Bitten vampires are only able to successfully reproduce two or three times in their entire lives. Female bitten vampires have a gestational period of fourteen months. Female humans carrying vampire offspring have a gestational period of nine months. A bitten vampire mating with a human creates a dhampir. The mating of two bitten vampires creates the equivalent of a bitten vampire.
Vampires drink blood, but due to the taboo that surrounds drinking human blood, law-abiding vampires feed on animal blood. Dhampir require both food and blood to survive.
Vampires and dhampirs have aversions to garlic and holy water, and a fear of fire. If vampires stay out in the sun too long, the burns will kill them. If it is overcast, vampires can move around in the daytime by taking appropriate precautions. Dhampirs are able to move around in the daytime, but not for long periods of time
The resident Brit of Bombarda, Sigyn lives in the U.K. where she’s just graduated as a chemist/mad scientist. She has been endowed with the names Sig the Sweet (awwww) but also Sig the Slayer due to an unfortunate habit of truly torturing the characters she claims to love so much. As of November 2016 she has gained the titles 'Queen of Suffering' and 'Pain Mom'. And she is very proud of them.
If you’re looking for juicy drama of grand proportions for any of your characters then she’s the girl you want, but if you’re looking for something cosy and nice... well, maybe give her a wider berth.
Originally from the Great Plains of the USA, Kyros (or Ky) recently returned to the plains after two years spent in the Last Frontier where she taught in a coastal fishing village. She is adjusting to living in civilisation again and her main coping mechanism is, you guessed it, writing and hoarding all them characters.
Speaking of, she's got a great slew of characters and really enjoys plotting with them. While she's already got a small army, don't be surprised if a few more under her alias pop up... she's a hoarder.
Site layout, contents and premise belong jointly to Sigyn & M (an old admin) who worked very hard on all of this thank you very much.
Credit for codes can be found at the bottom of posts, and credit for the site skin can be found at the bottom of the page.
All writing belongs to its respective authors, as do the specific adaptations of characters.
The Harry Potter universe belongs to the wonderful J. K. Rowling, while the animated fandoms and their canons belong to their own respective sources as well.
The internships have begun For the month of January, sixth and seventh year students at the three wizarding schools will be taking part in internships in the wizarding world's workplaces. As always, details can be found in our current event board, here, but members have free range to thread anything they like about their internships here. How was the first day? Last day? How did they find the work? Their colleagues? If you want to just post a drabble about their experience that's great too! And keep an eye out for our next 'challenge' style event coming in February!
SPOTLIGHT FEMALE // Rayne Soquili played by Ace! "She's a lovely teacher and I completely love her dynamic with my boy Bruce. She cares a lot about her students and she's very helpful while also plagued by her own demons."
SPOTLIGHT MALE // Jim Hawkins played by Eranda! "I'm just really thoroughly impressed with how fantastic this personification is, and of one of my favorite Disney characters of all time to boot! Eranda really took Jim's concept and depicted him in a way that I had not ever thought of seeing, and I think it's just really great."
SPOTLIGHT DUO // Raeya Roth and Elliott Hamato played by Tay and Kyros "I love these two darlings. Their threads are very dynamic and they have amazing chemistry, the prefect and the rebel. it works and I love them honestly so much. I have no other words to describe how much I love them. "
SPOTLIGHT THREAD // Just a Perfect Day with edward nygma and oswald cobblepot, played by Sigyn and Dannie! In a universe where Edward Nygma has put the entire isle of Britain under a dome of puzzles and technomagic oddities, there are plenty of plots to thwart his reign. He never would have expected the person who takes him down to be none other than his lover, Oswald Cobblepot. -- "I hadn't seen this thread until Kit came running into my DMs on Disc asking me about it, and I don't regret it at all. Pretty much all of us in the resistance and otherwise waited on baited breath for tags in this thread to uncover the mystery,a nd now we just have a lot of Angst:tm: which is always fun too!"
SPOTLIGHT MEMBER // Eranda plays Jim Hawkins and Bruce Wayne "One of our newest members, Eranda already feels like an integral part of Bombarda! I get so excited to see her pop into the cbox and she is fantastic at plotting and threading with everyone. Her plots are fantastic too from super cute to horrible angst and everything in between and I love her characters so much. Also we finished a whole thread together in two days which has to be some sort of record!"
- Charles Hase 40s. Durmstrang/Hogwarts. Caterpillar/Mad Hatter/Other. Suggested FC Richard Armitage.
- Blanche Couture 70s. Boarding House owner. Animated spirit similar to live-action White Queen. Suggested FC Judi Dench.
TOTAL CHARACTERS: 95
we strongly encourage staff for all schools, students for beauxbatons, ghosts, & school-related ministry!
we strongly discourage 23-29 y/o professors, metamorphmagi, animagi & aurors!
14 Jan The big news this time around is of course that M is sadly leaving us as a staff member on Bombarda. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best for the future. Our latest UPDATE covers what changes this may mean for Bomb, but in general after a little restructuring of the staff team, not much should change for our members. We have an update to the ongoing MoE event in there too, as well as details on the upcoming Activity Check and OTSs. Happy new year to you all, and we wish you an awesome 2018!
01 Dec It's officially winter! That means new skin and new event, and after how well the Winter Markets were received last year, we decided to bring them back for you all! There's a twist this year though - they're all about celebrating muggle culture. You can find out the rest of the details HERE so go take a look (and start planning your outfits for the themed December Dance)!
15 Nov The villain takeover event is being extended through the month of November so you've still got loads of time to wrap those exciting AU threads up. And once that board closes, as with most other events, it will be moved to the "Past" board as a subforum so you can still continue the threads~ We've also added Vampires to the list of playable beings onsite so if you've been itching to try your hand at a vamp now's your chance! Sign-ups have gone up for our OOC holiday events - Secret Santa and the Advent Drabble. Details about the IC event for the holidays will go up on December 1st so keep an eye out for that! We're also rolling out donor frogs and updating snitch levels!
1 Oct The site wide event for October has gone up - A Villain Takeover just in time for Halloween! Get your spoop on and see what the world would be like in these Villain-run AUs! Everything from big brother TV screens in every major city in the UK to something akin to a zombie apocalypse from an underground wizarding civilization! It can all be found in this event board! Have fun and wreak some havoc - or save the day!
15 Sep A new announcement has gone up and we're rolling on into Autumn with a new spoopy skin to ring it in right! Everyone give a warm welcome and round of congratulations to Dannie and Kyros our first full time moderators! They'll be helping out on the staff team with the day-to-day tasks on the site from updating claims to linking back to ads. Bigger issues like site canon questions or concerns should still be brought to admin, however! We've also opened up the Student Internships sign up which can be found here. Also, if you play a villain please contact Sigyn ASAP!