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Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy?
Sirius is 5'7", about 150lbs, slim with good shoulders, and not yet fully grown.

2. How old is he?
15

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch?
Sirius could slouch professionally, but most of that is in his hips, not his shoulders.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities?
He doesn't so much exercise as run around like a madman constantly, and is thus pretty fit. No physical problems to speak of.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid?
Sirius has a sort of unconscious...grace isn't quite the word for it, he's not a ballerina or anything, but he's got a sick amount of charisma and just tends to look good at any given moment that you might be looking at him.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror?
Aside from the time he was just out of Azkaban and a fugitive, Sirius is universally described as handsome, with aristocratic features and great hair. He is well aware of this fact and milks it for all its worth.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred?
Sirius has the fair skin of many pureblood families, though he is capable of tanning and quite happy to do so.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style.
Black, thick, shiny and currently approaching shoulder length. It's a bit shaggy, and he sometimes pulls it back.

9. What color are his eyes?
Grey, another common marker of purebloods, and "depthless".

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features?
He's got a rather distinctive barking laugh.

11. What are his chief tension centers?
His shoulders. He tends to chew on his lips and fingers.

12. What is the character's wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit?
Sirius has an eclectic mix of "normal" and wizardly clothes. He likes jeans, t-shirts and his motorcycle jacket most days, but there are plenty of formal robes, starched shirts and over-shined shoes in his closet that he avoids wearing if at all possible.

He has quite a fondness for shoes which he REFUSES TO ADMIT OR SPEAK ABOUT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them?
Sirius could wear a potato sack and look good in it, and would probably call it good fun. All of his formal attire is bespoke and tailored for him specifically, but he's more comfortable in second-hand jeans and t-shirts.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences?
He has a uniform for when he's at school, which he wears...at school, though the sweater vest sometimes makes its way into his daily wardrobe. (The red and gold border makes his mother's eye twitch.) Otherwise he wears jeans if he can get away with it, and dishevels the shit out of his formal clothes when he can't. Left completely to his own devices, he would wear old jeans and t-shirts continually, no matter how stained and torn up, until someone gets embarassed enough on his behalf to throw them away for him. If he's just staying in, he might keep his pyjama pants, wife beater and dressing gown on all day

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando?
Black or navy briefs, and some hideous gag boxer shorts.


Speech
1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse?
Sirius's voice is smooth and comfortably male, though on the higher end of the spectrum.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate?
He and James can get quite loud, but most of the time he speaks in a normal tone, slightly fast, and babbles like he gets paid by the word. He is most definitely an easy talker, very playful and charming in conversation.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics?
On top of the typical quirky wizarding turns of phrase (Merlin's beard!) he's adopted a few slang terms that don't at all hide a posh London accent. There aren't enough "wotcher"s in the world, kid.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency?
Sirius actually speaks quite a number of languages, having been tutored through his childhood. He's fluent in English (obviously) and French, can hold a conversation without embarrassing himself in Russian and German, reads Latin and ancient Greek and knows some basic phrases in modern Greek and Spanish, and could probably figure out what someone was saying in Italian as long as they didn't speak too quickly.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations?
Nope, he sticks with English unless he's specifically talking to someone in another language for some purpose.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words?
He's an excellent conversational improviser, and doesn't think about what he's saying even in circumstances when it would be REALLY QUITE WISE to do so.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change?
El-o-quent! Obviously if he's very flustered, surprised or angry, that will change.


Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart?
Sirius often surprises people with how smart he is, under all that talk. He's very clever, well-read, and has an excellent memory, but most of his education is highly specific: while other kids went to movies and read comics, Sirius was stuck in a room reciting his ancestry back to Roman times, and was in fact actively sheltered from "modern" culture to prevent him from being corrupted by muggle ideas. His exposure to modern culture and media didn't begin until his early teens (in the 70s mind you) and is still largely reliant on other people exposing him to movies and TV shows. These "other people" being James and Remus, mostly.

His street-smarts rely almost entirely on his charisma, his ability to just roll with things and a knack for getting other people to find his oddities endearing. He is also fulling willing to get into a scrap if necessary.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate?
Sirius is extremely quick-witted and rarely takes time to deliberate (even when he really ought to).

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical?
Very intuitive and idealistic. Sirius believes that he will find a way out of almost any problem or situation that he comes across, and in his short life thus far, this has almost always proven true.

4. What kind of education has the character had?
He had tutors basically from the time he was three onward. Tutors for languages and etiquette, for history and literature, for maths, for riding, for flying, for spells (he was allowed to practice with his grandfather's wand), and for fencing: all the things a good little lordling is supposed to know. This certainly gave him a leg-up once he got to Hogwarts, where he learned Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, Ancient Runes, Astronomy, Herbology, more History (of magic), Care of Magical Creatures, a very small amount of Divination, and how to actually be a decent human being.

As far as mechanics goes, he's entirely self-taught. The fact that he is actually good at it is proof that he's a very intelligent and diligent learner when he bothers to be.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about?
Sirius is instinctively good at magic the way Harry was instinctively good at flying. He just gets it, and has excellent instincts when it comes to sensing magic going on around him (though he's so used to magic going on around him that he doesn't really think about this). His particular strengths are Transfiguration and Runes, and he's quite clever at crafting enchanted items. (And vehicles.)

He certainly wants to learn more about engineering and mechanics, as applies to motorcycles.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert?
EX-TRO-VERRRRT.

7. Describe the character's temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven?
Sirius is moody, cheerful and laid-back. He's the sort of fellow who occasionally needs to get into a fistfight with his friends, but God help the outsider who takes a swing at one of them.

Like any good dog, Sirius's mood is heavily influenced by the people around him. He craves attention, and will do just about anything to lift his friends' spirits, and get them up and doing stuff and happy.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic?
Sirius is relaxed and enthusiastic. He's pro-active about getting to know the people and places around him and he expects to be liked by everyone he meets, to the point that he can be oblivious to social cues indicating that this might not be the case. If someone doesn't like him, there must be something wrong with them, and once Sirius has decided that, he can get nasty.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react?
This depends heavily on his mood and company.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight?
FIGHT.

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks?
Sirius loves to laugh. He adores pranks, considers a truly artful pun to be a prank of its own particular kind, still snickers when James says "titties", and has quite a collection of dirty jokes and riddles. Sarcasm and gallows humor will be met with teasing.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them?
Sirius doesn't have anything (yet) that needs particular medicating or therapy, but he's certainly narcissistic, has anger management issues and a degree of separation anxiety. If he didn't have such good friends, he would have needed therapy to deal with his family issues.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person?
1) Getting told off for befriending neighborhood muggle children,
2) Meeting James Potter. (And Remus and Peter.)
3) Discovering Remus's problem and deciding to help.
4) ...more to come.

14. What does he fear?
That he actually is doomed to be rotten because of his birth.

15. What are his hopes or aspirations?
Sirius isn't a long-term planner. He hopes to be around his family of friends forever, and possibly keep doing things with making flying motorcycles.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him?
That he is a big stupid asshole who no one should be around. How much he idolized Bellatrix as a kid.


Relationships
1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents.
Hahaha, horrible. He hated his mother, who made it clear that he wasn't good enough, not grateful our proud or refined enough, to be worthy of the family. He loved her in a vague, defeated sort of way until he met Mrs. Potter and saw what an actual parent was like. His father wasn't as actively horrible, but he was distant and uninterested in domestic matters. He had more emotional attachment to some of the moving portraits.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like?
He has one younger brother, Regulus. I think he liked Regulus, in a rough, selfish way when they were just boys in the house - Regulus was an introvert, though, much quieter than Sirius, and this translated to more obedient and therefore more desireable in the eyes of his mother. Regulus soon became The Good Son, spoiling any desire Sirius might have had to spend more time around Little Prince Perfect than necessary. The relationship might have mended had they been in the same House at Hogwarts, but Regulus went into Slytherin, following the larger family's footsteps, and Sirius just went on to ignore the kid as much as possible, effectively abandoning him to his parents.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand?
His favorite relatives are others who ended up getting disowned by the family: his cousin Andromeda who ran off with a muggle, and his quirky uncle Alphard.

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them?
Sirius considers the Maruaders his true family. James is the brother he always wanted, and the Potters a family he would have given anything to be a part of in truth as well as in spirit. Peter was the younger brother he always wanted (even though they're technically the same age), someone who looked up to him who he could help out and be a hero to. Remus is a best friend, the only one he didn't unconsciously file into a 'brother' role. Remus is his barometer of what a good, wise person is supposed to do, and ever a challenge to draw out and cheer up.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet?
James Potter! They met on the train in to Hogwarts, exchanged some insults, punches and food. When they both got sorted into Gryffindor and Sirius earned his first detention by mooning the Slytherin table, James joined him and they have been inseparable since.

6. Does he have other close friends?
Peter started following James and Sirius around almost immediately, and they included him out of a sense of good-natured camaraderie that eventually grew into friendship. The general consensus is that Pete is a good, dependable lad but should not be expected (or encouraged) to participate in the planning stages of any endeavor. Or the stages that involve quick-witted improvisation. Or complicated spell work. Or accurate spelling.

Remus was a mystery from the beginning. Sirius initially disliked him a little, even, since Remus was so standoffish and seemed to actively try to avoid doing anything fun or interesting or friendly. All the same, there was a nose pressed up against the glass behind Remus's eyes, and a kind of helpless terror that the other lads might NOT like him, and these mysterious illnesses and relatives that pulled him out of the dorm with great frequency. James and Sirius eventually decided to figure out what was going on with that, and Sirius was amazed at how angry and frightened and proud and utterly outraged Remus was when they figured it out and confronted him. How he simply could not believe that anyone would want to be near him, how he inspired immediate contrition in Sirius, and a desire to wrap him up in a hug that could not be denied.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people?
Sirius is very quick to make friends and enemies, and is unshakeably loyal once he's decided he likes you, and unrepentantly antagonistic once he doesn't. He also adopts the friendships and enemies of those he considers his friends, particularly James.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends?
Friends.

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once?
He's currently dating inadvisably.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse?
Octopus skirt.

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest?
His first crush was a little brown-haired girl who he met at a park near Grimmauld in London when he was still in short pants. She let him kiss her, and then his parents stopped letting him visit the park. He doesn't remember this at all. His latest is Vriska.

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner?
Boobs, smile, bottom, laugh. ...In about that order, yes.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any?
NO. NO NO NO NEVER. NOOOOOO.

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies?
SNAPE. Bellatrix. Any and all Slytherins. Currently he strongly dislikes Shelly.

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale?
He's about a 1 until Remus is in the room.

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him?
Loves it. It feels good and boosts his confidence. He's actually quite content to make out for hours, but other things happening is also a most welcome development.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits?
Girls: Boobs, laugh, smile, bottom, confidence, sense of humor. He dislikes girls with bad breath, crooked faces, shrill voices, and the expectation that he is going to spend all his time with them.
Boys: ...Introverted, bookish werewolf rocks. Moony's smell. Moony's hands.
Weird bedroom habits: He has a general oral fixation, and really likes kissing. He also thinks its fun when his partner takes charge - Sirius responds well to orders and trains readily.

Beliefs
1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type?
I randomly decided he was a Saggitarius, and aside from being way too headstrong and rebellious to do well in higher education, it fits him pretty well.

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life?
The Harry Potter books actively eschew discussing religion in any way (aside from celebrating Christmas) so I'm torn here. I feel like most British wizards would follow an old-fashioned way of doing things and be at least baptized Anglican, going to mass once a year to keep up appearances. It's really not a thing for Sirius.

3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it?
He certainly does! Sirius values kindness, loyalty and bravery, and hates cruelty and lying. (And has no idea what a big fat hypocrite he is about this.) He supports fighting for one's beliefs and in defense of loved ones, but not murder. This has been shaped almost entirely by the Potters and James, with a little extra compassion sprinkled in by Remus. Sirius didn't have much of a moral education, and rejected what his parents tried to instill in him anyway, so he's easier to compromise than others, especially with his temper. He can be horrifically cruel and deceitful if you get him angry enough or threaten his friends.

4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent?
He's pretty indiferrent to other people's religion, as long as it doesn't involve sacrificing babies and that sort of stuff.

5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them?
He absolutely irrationally hates Slytherins and has an aversion to people who put on airs. He'll never respect anyone based on title or inheritence and anyone who implies that he should is in for a rough time. The second group he has very good reasons for, the first, not so much.

Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt?
Sirius is used to having money, and to spending without thinking. He's gotten a little better since being disowned, but he's never gone hungry or experienced actual poverty.

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him?
Sirius is a member of an old, elite family, one that certainly thinks of itself as wizarding royalty. That he's spent basically every second of his life since he was 11 living in active defiance of his status and the structures that support it, he's gotten reckless, rebellious and rowdy.

3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others?
Hogwarts castle will always be the true home of his heart. Grimmauld Place, his parent's townhouse in London, is more a prison than a home, and the fact that it's come with him into the Medium is not his favorite thing. While it's still in fairly good repair, it's dark and full of grimdark stuff and Hagsprite. He spends as little time there as possible.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on?
Presents for other people, more food, quidditch magazines, motorbike magazines.

5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else?
Sirius gets in trouble for a living, is absolutely excellent at it, enjoys the hell out of it, and couldn't do anything else if he tried.

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time?
Fussing with Miranda, fighting monsters, pestering EVERYONE, and eating. It's a tough life. Sometimes he broods.

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods?
He'll eat anything. (They proved it, 3rd year.) Since the game messes around with ideas like "time" it's not really a matter of skipping meals so much as realizing that he's hungry, or having someone around to eat something with.


Associations
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:

1. Color? Dark blue
2. Smell? ....Moony PIE. It's pie. :|
3. Time of day? Evening
4. Season? Fall
5. Book? Anna Karenina
6. Music? the Sex Pistols
7. Place? Hogwarts
8. Substance? Hahaha what? BOOZE. He'd cross it out and write pudding, though, and then cross that out and put BOOZE PUDDING.
9. Plant? I do not associate Sirius with a plant.
10. Animal? HERE IS A HINT: IT IS NOT A HAMSTER.

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