Evelyn Marliese Appleby
September 17th, 1856
Carnie - Elephant and Horse Trainer
12 ¼”, Vinewood, hippogriff talon core, pliant
father, unknown Englishman
With almost unnaturally bright blonde waves and piercing blue eyes, it’s hard to focus on anything but Evie’s face. Her lashes are long, teased with makeup to be fuller and darker. She has naturally pale skin across a heart-shaped face that she carefully accents with rouge. Evie has curves in all of the right places, accentuated by her costumes. Standing at a petite 5’2”, she looks quite proportionate and pleasing to the eye, but that’s because she takes care of her appearance; it’s her livelihood. Her costumes are elaborate and bright, not to mention skimpy, but she doesn’t mind
Born into a family with deep roots in the United States, Evelyn was born the second child to Robert and Mary Moreau in Salem, Massachusetts, over a decade after their first son was born. They were a solid, middle class family who were quite happy and very content with their lives. Evie’s older brother, Jefferson, chose to fight in the Civil War when Evie was just six. He fought for the Union and by the time the war was over, even though he had survived, was never the same. It was about this time that Evie started showing signs of magic. Her parents chose to ignore it, citing different reasons for levitating objects or exploding teapots. Living in Salem left them with a wariness of magic, considering the history of the town and witchcraft. The occurrences became sporadic and as they diminished, we left untouched as a topic by the Moreau family. Evie always felt a little detached from her family, she was the only one with blonde hair, though her mother always brushed it off when asked, saying that some of her relatives, generations back had blonde hair. Still, she felt out of place, though chose not to comment on it.
When Evie turned eleven however and a mysterious letter arrived, delivered by a large tawny owl, her life started to unravel. She had been invited to study at an American school for witchcraft and wizardy. Shocked and in disbelief, the Moreaus chose to ignore the letter. They thought that it would just disappear if they chose to do that. However, as more letters arrived on several different occasions, it was increasingly difficult to just brush under the carpet. Evie’s parents started fighting more and more often. Her mother terrified about what could happen to her and her father furious to find his daughter was a witch. Surely something was wrong with her, that nobody else in their family had ever heard of this. Jefferson, still too damaged by the war, was of little help to his sister, though he tried to comprehend what his family was going through, he was still dealing with his own demons.
Then it came out. Mary, desperate to have more children, had an affair with an English immigrant a year before Evelyn was born. Once she found out she was pregnant, she ended the affair, making sure that the timeline was correct and ensuring she could pass the pregnancy off as still being legitimate. It turns out that the English immigrant, by the last name Appleby, had been in town to study American views on witchcraft, was indeed a wizard, but Mary did not know that, though she blames her affair for Evie’s magical abilities.
Evie meanwhile, astonished, hurt and desperate for approval, but curious to know about her magical abilities is lost for what to do. She knows she cannot change what has happened, nor can she change the fact that she has magic, struggles to regain her parents’ affections. Her father however, now knowing that she is the product of an affair and that she is different, can no longer stand the site of her and her mother, trying to save her marriage comes up with the only solution she can; Evie must go to this school and never come back. The only one who raises any objections is her brother, who afraid to lose anybody else in his life, tries to reason with his parents. No agreement can be reached however, and poor Jefferson, still to war-battered and weak, cannot continue to argue with his parents.
With a broken heart and a small suitcase full of her only belongings, a ragged teddy bear, some dresses and a blanket woven by her grandmother, Evie is sent off to school with a heavy heart and a curious light in her eyes. She is no longer wanted a home and so she is hoping that at least going to a school with other people like her will give her a sense of belonging.
She enrolls in school after changing her name to take her unknown father’s last name. School is indeed everything she thought it would be, though it is not easy until she gets to care of magical creatures and she finally finds something she excels at. Enthralled by the different creatures, she delves into books and lore about different magical creatures. She planned on graduating and traveling the world. However, with a distinct lack of parenting and a poor model in her life, Evie finds herself pregnant at sixteen and subsequently gets kicked out of school. Again, at a crossroads in her life, Evie must make the choice this time. With no school and no family she has very few options in life. She could go to work in the mills or head west in hopes of better luck. Living on the streets, she makes her way to southern New Hampshire where she encounters a traveling circus. With her knowledge of animals and limited magic, Evie makes a good enough case to get herself into the caravan. Carnie life is not exactly what she imagines, but it is much better than living on the street. Lack of nutrition and hard work causes her to miscarry the baby, but Evie is relieved; she wanted to keep the baby, but felt bad bringing a newborn into this kind of world, especially as unprepared as she was.
She spends the next ten years of her life hopping between different traveling circuses, until she can gather up enough money to take a ship across the Atlantic to England. There had always been a curiosity, some kind of longing to find her father, though she has nothing to go on, other than the fact that he is a wizard. She easily finds a new carnival to join and traveled around, inquiring here and there about a wizard who spent some time in America. She has yet to find anything, but now, as the carnival heads to Hogsmeade, she is highly intrigued with the possibilities of an all-wizarding town.
Personality: independent, guarded, confident (sometimes overly so), divided, responsible, brave, sassy, quick-witted, sharp-tongued, motherly, stubborn, forgiving. Evie has not had an easy life, so she is slow to trust, but very genial anyway. She forgives easily, but may not always forget the past. She has trouble trusting people, having been abandoned by them her entire life, but she is fiercely independent, can take care of herself and is unafraid of telling people where to go and how to get there. She enjoys the spotlight of the carnival, but still dreams of traveling the world to study magical creatures.
Sample Roleplay Post: See Elsie :]