Date of birth: October 27th, 1978
Blood status: Unsure. The only thing Verity’s mother, Cecilia Vance, told her older sister, Emmeline (Verity’s aunt who has raised her since practically infancy,) about the girl’s father is that his last name was Jenkins. The Vance family are purebloods, so she is at least a halfblood.
Physical characteristics: Verity is on the tallish side of average at 5’6 1/2. She’s slim in a natural “I eat and eat and eat and my metabolism just won’t have it” kind of way. Her breasts-- much to her chagrin-- appeared during puberty just like they do on other girls. They’re not huge and look lovely with her figure but she’d really rather they weren’t there at all especially when the less evolved males at Hogwarts stare at them. She’ll learn to appreciate them eventually. She has exceedingly small feet for her height and enjoys borrowing shoes from her younger house mates.
Tee is not at all narcissistic though people who don’t know her well might think she is. She does tend to say things about how ‘adorable’ or ‘undeniably cute’ she is, not because she’s enamored of her looks but because it entertains her to say outrageous things. She’s not terribly interested in what she looks like or spending much time getting pretty. She might put on a bit of lip gloss or some mascara in the morning if she has an extra few minutes. She values her sleep and her quality time with that first cup of coffee too much to set aside time for such things on a regular basis. This is not to say she dresses badly or is incapable of doing makeup. And she does take good care of her pretty blonde hair and twists it around her finger often.
”Curiosity killed the cat; satisfaction brought it back. If ever a wizard exhibited a danger of self destruction from too much knowledge, surely it was a Ravenclaw Scorpio. It doesn't matter whether the pet obsession this week is botany, Muggle pop music, or the history of the Necronomicon, if a Ravenclaw Scorpio wants to know about it, then he will, and damn the consequences: full speed ahead. Indeed, just mention that a subject is "forbidden" and you'll see a peculiar light shine in their eyes. They sneak into locked rooms after dark, and forge passes to the restricted library sections. The lust for arcane knowledge is both the greatest strength of these wizards, and the Achilles heel. It's best to indulge them whenever possible and let the obsession burn itself out; and, when this is not possible, to explain in great detail and absolutely *no* patronizing why the subject must not be explored....”
Blurb taken from: Harry Potter Astrology
Cecilia Vance was a wild child. Three days after finishing Hogwarts she left the United Kingdom and headed to America for several months of fun and partying. Her older, more pragmatic sister, Emmeline, stayed in England to fight Lord Voldemort as a member of the original Order of the Pheonix. When Cecilia returned to England she was pregnant and still only 18 years old. Emmeline moved her younger sister into her London flat and cared for her while still continuing to aid the Order in any way she could.
When Cecilia gave birth to to her daughter on October 27th, 1978 she was in the middle of a book of Greek myths. Emmeline just barely managed to convince Cecilia that naming her daughter “Mnemosyne” would result in estrangement. They settled on Verity Mnemosyne which satisfied Cecilia’s need for the mystical and Emmeline’s need for some practicality. Verity Mnemosyne Jenkins. Cecilia would never tell her sister anything about the man she’d met in America who had fathered her child except his surname.
For the first 8 months of Verity’s life the sisters raised the little girl together. But Cecilia grew restless and Emmeline was disheartened, but not surprised, when she awoke one morning to find her sister gone. She continued to raise her niece without complaint as the weeks and months ticked away without a single word from Cecilia. Though she doesn’t remember it Verity spent many a night in her first two years being cared for by Molly Weasley while Emmeline and other Order members went on missions.
Cecilia did not resurface in her daughter’s life until after the first war had ended. Emmeline had been doing her best to pick up the pieces of her life after losing so many friends. She was devastated but trying to make a good life for the blonde ringletted toddler who hurled herself at Emmeline’s legs everyday when she returned from work. She was doing all right... and then Cecilia came back.
She was so glad to see them again.... She’d missed them terribly.... She never should have left.... Didn’t Verity recognize her Mummy?.... She’d run out of money on her latest adventure.... Could Emma lend her some just so she could pay off some people? And then, as quickly as she had come, she was gone again.
This became Cecilia’s MO. Once every six or eight months she would show up on their doorstep acting like she’d never been gone. She’d make an effort to be part of the family for a few days. She’d play with Verity and help do the dishes. But soon enough it would come out what she really needed, Emmeline would figure out how to get it for her and Cecilia would disappear again. Verity would cry when she left, sometimes for days.
When Verity was 7 and 1/2 she did not jump to her feet and grin when Emmeline opened the door and there stood Cecilia. There was no cry of “Mummy!” Instead she just said a quiet, empty, “Hello Cecilia,” and left the room. This time when Cecilia left Verity did not cry.
Her mother never came back for another one of her visits. Verity doesn’t know where she is or if Emmeline asked her not to return. She does not talk about her mother and if she did she would say she doesn’t miss her. She considers herself lucky to have had her Aunt Emma care for and love her all these years (Emmeline really does do her best even though she’s not a very happy woman since most of her friends were killed in the first war.) That’s all she needs. Really.
It’s because of her mother that Verity is both attracted too and wary of people with a wilder nature. She grew up to become quite wild herself. She’s a born prankster with a knack for coming up with new and creative ways to trick people. But she’s also in possession of her fair share of Ravenclaw logic which helps her to be slightly more sensible when it comes to pranks than
When Verity went to Hogwarts she did not Sort into Gryffindor, the house that both her aunt and mother had belonged too. Instead she was sorted into Ravenclaw and has been happily studying, drinking and pranking people there ever since. She’s friendly with her house mates, especially Roger Davies (who fills the rolls of big brother and teddy bear.) The two can sometimes be found in the Ravenclaw Common Room with a 5-pound bag of chocolate covered espresso beans between them. Pity on the poor fool who tries to grab a handful, there are JUST enough there for the two of them.
She adores Hogwarts resident terrible twosome, Fred and George Weasley. She especially adores attempting to pull pranks on them. She doesn’t try too frequently because pranking the twins requires months of thought and preparation, that’s what makes it so fun. She also likes to nick their products and try and work out how she could improve them. Frequently she can’t think of anything to change because the twins have prefected the product. She has great appreciation for their genius. When she does make changes they don’t usually turn out quite they way she planned. She lacks the twins art for making her ideas reality. As much as she loves the twins she does admit that they can sometimes be fairly gitty and will call them out on it. She feels there is a clear line between pranking and cruelty and it must be adhered to.
She also has an unusual friendship with Solan Montague who she met when she asked him to the Yule Ball. Though their friendship had a slightly unconventional beginning (Verity: Do YOU want to take me to the ball? Montague: Uh, who are you?) the two get on well. A possible reason for this is that neither of them has a mother. Admittedly, they deal with this fact in completely opposite manners but it is a bond nonetheless. She’s the chirpy, cuddly, optimistic blonde to his taciturn, brooding, “baby sacrificing,” Slytherin and they wouldn’t have it any other way. She is also friendly with Gryffindor Katie Bell. And just about everyone.
Verity is terrified of heights. She managed to fly an entire yard up in the air during first year flying classes, but only with another student on either side of her and her eyes clamped shut. Madame Hooch gave up on her after that. She will not attend Quidditch matches because the stands are far to high up (though the official reason is that she wouldn’t know who to root for: Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Gryffindor.) Nor will she sit near the windows in Ravenclaw tower when they’re open.
Her favourite class is Muggle Studies because it gives her lots of ideas to bounce off Fred and George. She receives an “O” in the class and can often be found reading ahead in her textbook and grilling her Muggleborn friends about things she’s read. She also takes Arithmancy, Charms and DADA where she receives mostly “E’s” (and she contends she’d have a “T” in DADA if her weren’t for her constantly bothering Roger to explain things to her.) Her worst class is Transfiguration where she receives “A’s” and the occasional “E.” There is a reason Verity is addicted to coffee, she spends a lot of hours that should be spent sleeping either studying or plotting.
Just like her Aunt Emma, Verity believes Harry Potter’s claim that the Dark Lord has returned. She thinks anyone who doesn’t see that isn’t paying enough attention. She does not like Professor Umbridge in the slightest and her number of detentions per year will escalate dramatically under the Pink Regime.
Ideas for the character's involvement/contribution to the game: Verity believes Harry and at first will be outspoken about it only when questioned. As the situation at the school becomes worse she will speak out more and more. It will be interesting to watch how her personal relationships develop since she is friends with both DA members and a member of the IS. Being friends with Fred, George AND Montague will make the Vanishing Cabinet incident particularly messy.