|Mill "into the wild" Bagnold (faircop) wrote,|
@ 2018-04-04 03:38:00
• Name: Millicent Elspeth Bagnold (referred to as "the Lady Guvnor", "the Old Lady" or "Baggage" though never in her hearing; answers to "Ma'am" or "Bagnold" at work, "Mrs Bagnold" in social settings unless invited to address her as "Mill")
• Birthdate: January 5th, 1933
• Citizenship: British, primarily English but with a touch of Scottish descent
• Current residence: The Bagnold seat is Arkfith Park ("the Park") in Dorset, but for ease during the working week Mill has kept an apartment in Foxglove Flats for many years now
• Blood status: Fullblood
• Height/weight: 5'6"/never you mind!
• Hair/eyes: red (dull copper/dark strawberry blonde) / grey
• Manner of speech: Efficient to the point of accentless - there are traces of Devon, Dorset and London in her accent, and a faint Scottish burr still gilds her Rs. She is almost always calm and measured.
• Manner of dress: Strong, simple and elegant, with a touch of country gentility. She's very aware of physical effect, and dresses to impress when it's useful.
• Physical description: Magnificent, in a slightly homely way, Millicent usually manages to cut a figure larger than her physical one by the sheer force of her personality. Viewed objectively, she seems quite fragile: average height, quite slender and with pale, almost translucent skin lightly dusted with freckles. The structure of her face is pleasant but plain at rest; energised by emotion her eyes are bright, her cheekbones strong and her smile engaging, if crooked. Her hair, perhaps her one vanity, is generally loose, falling around her shoulders in soft copper waves. Millicent wears her years with grace (good breeding, you know; it will out) but her age can be made out in the fine lines beside her eyes and mouth, in the womanliness of her figure (two children; no, her stomach is not as flat nor her breasts as firm as they were) and especially in the hardness, or sympathy, of her eyes. On the job she can be stern and daunting, but amongst "her boys" or socialising she's rarely without a smile. In either setting, she carries herself with such self-possession, assurance and capability that it sometimes comes as a surprise to realise just how slight she really is.
• First impression: She's got everything under effortless control.
• PB: Miranda Otto
• General personality: Most people would consider Millicent a creature of organisation and determination, one who establishes what needs to be done and who sees it done properly. While this is correct, to a certain extent, her life has been rather more defined by her strong sense of independence. True, she has always used a systematic and rational approach to problem-solving and been thorough and disciplined in the attaining of her goals. However, she has also always used an outside-the-box, don't-care-what-society-thinks flair in choosing which problems to attack, and which goals to aspire to. She has little patience with "because that's the way it is", and even less with "because I say so". She has always had, in fact, a wide streak of anarchy that her children would absolutely not recognise in her - if she doesn't agree with the reasons behind the denial, people telling her no will just make her more determined to do something.
It might seem strange that such a woman has devoted her life to upholding, enforcing and defending the law. But despite her independence, Millicent has a strong respect for the systems that create societal order and enable people to live together in harmony - she recognises that they are necessary, else there'd be chaos, and nothing would ever get done. Her commitment to enforcing the law is primarily to order, to maintaining a cohesive society in which creative and independent thought can exist. This is necessary, and Millicent is certainly someone who believes that if you think a thing should be done, then there's no excuse for not doing it. She never hesitates about launching upon something once she's decided it should be done, whether it be the washing up or the restraining of a criminal. Despite this, she would firmly maintain that she is not brave; she's not a hero and she's not out to serve good, she just does what needs to be done.
Never doubt that Millicent is a Hufflepuff; she's a woman of strong and abiding loyalties. To the law and her work; to "her boys" in the MLE sqaud; to her family, especially her daughter. She has a fierce and ferocious protectiveness for these things, and will fight like a she-devil for them. (The female of the species, after all...) And she expects that loyalty to run both ways; betrayal from something or someone she trusts makes her see red. She's much less good at the nurturing aspects of mothering, speaking her mind without censorship or euphemism, and tends in general to be, though pleasant and friendly, brusque, business-like and one of the lads.
• Strengths and weaknesses: Millicent in pursuit of her object isn't a force of nature, she's a force of immaculate, implacable organisation that will deal quickly and efficiently with any alterations, obstructions and chance occurrences that get in her way. She can overrun things and people in her push to get something done, and is not always gracious in apology after the fact. Not to mention that she's not the most thoughtful person in the world, and there are frequently things she's overlooked. This, along with her tendency to speak her mind and her short patience with prevarication or blinkered conservative thinking, has made her a number of enemies throughout the Ministry. (Millicent has never thought that mattered; when time comes to run for Minister, it certainly will.)
She's a strong, hard and committed woman, and she tends to hold others to her own exacting standards. For all that she professes to admire independence of ambition, she tends to be dismissive of those who don't want it all, who aren't grasping for it, and who - as she says - let others walk over them. She can occasionally be a bit of a bully about it. She is, in general, a bit lacking in compassion; having always smothered her own sorrows, she expects others to do so too, pick up their own socks and get a bloody move on.
And she's really not very good at doing what other people say, or at not being in control in general. She's very good at delegating to people more suited to a task than she is, but she's not at all good about leaving them to get on with it.
• Mental health: Millicent has her anxieties and issues - about her son, about being effectively alone, about the pressures of her work - but it's not helpful to dwell upon them and anyway, she's far too busy. She knows how to blow off steam when she needs to, and is generally pretty stable and strong.
Father - Cuthbert Macmillan
Mother - Aileas Macfusty (deceased 1954)
Brother (older) - Rupert - married with two daughters
Sister (younger) - Margaret (Peggie) - married with one son
• Relationship with family: Slightly distanced, though still utterly cordial. Millicent's very independent and extremely busy, and only has time to owl her siblings (Cuthbert lives with Peggie's family these days) once every few months. They tend to get together only at births, deaths and marriages, though they try to make Epiphany a family occasion every year, and mostly fail.
• Sexuality: Heterosexual
• Significant other: Gulliver Harrance Bagnold - Guppy to his friends - former Ravenclaw of the class of '41, former Professor of Ancient Runes at Hogwarts, now specialist and author in the field.
Kiernan Cuthbert - 24 years old, Ravenclaw; trained as a hitwizard before realising answering to his mother was not his cup of tea. He took a liaison position with the Australian DMLE and transferred properly after a year. They hear he's married with a child on the way.
Tabitha Esmerelda - 19 years old, Gryffindor; engaged to her second cousin once removed Ioan Macfusty, living and working with the clan in the Hebrides.
• School: Hogwarts
• Years: 1944-1951
• House: Hufflepuff
• Achievements: Prefect, Quidditch chaser and captain
• NEWTS: Transfiguration (A), Charms (A), Herbology (E), Runes (O), DADA (A)
• Occupation: Head Hit-Wizard (since 1973)
• Previous jobs, if any:
1951-1952 - Secretary in the general DMLE pool
1952-1954 - Secretary to Beaumaris (head hit-wizard)
1955 - Trainee hit-wizard
1955-1973 - Hit-wizard
• How is your character involved in the war? She doesn't want to comment on this "war" business; it's not her concern. Her concern is law, order and those who breach either, creating dangers to the safety of the wizarding population and impediments to the smooth operation of society. She will see all those who do so punished, up to and including Albus Dumbledore or this Voldemort character, if it becomes necessary.
• Will your character die during the next year? No
• If yes, please give some details on how/when you'd like this to occur: Though I'm not actually averse to it should it become appropriate when things go AU.
• Family/childhood: Cuthbert Macmillan and Aileas Macfusty met when he, a young Ministry clerk, carried out a routine inspection of the Macfusty dragon-handling facilities. Aileas took a liking to the nervous young man, and behaving with a forthrightness entirely improper in places that aren't the Hebrides, was married to him in five months time. Which may not have actually been such a good idea, because her health didn't react well to the indoors life of a Ministry wife, or to the smog of London. The family relocated to a spacious home in Devon, but it was too late; Aileas had developed a weakness of the lungs that would plague her for life.
Millicent was the middle child, neither oldest nor youngest, and not the only girl. Rupert was the son and heir, and Peggie was Daddy's darling little angel, leaving odd, bossy Millicent somewhat by herself, when she wasn't detailed off to "help Mother". She grew much closer to quiet, thoughtful, outwardly weak Aileas than either of her siblings did, coming to recognise her mother's inner strength and determination, not to mention her wilfullness and mischief. Aileas encouraged her daughter's independence, her strengths, and taught her the practicalities of running a house and a family.
• School/work: Millicent didn't much like being away from her mother at Hogwarts, and wrote to her weekly. In Hufflepuff, Millicent didn't precisely make friends quickly, as the other girls weren't entirely sure what to make of her. On the one hand, she could be unpleasantly bossy, almost mean, but she could be a good laugh on occasion, and certainly knew how to get things done. As the years passed, they all became used to each other - Millicent softened a little, became used to people her age and to being included.
In later years, she thoroughly enjoyed herself at school. She became more active and involved, branched out with her sense of fun and can-do attitude. She joined the Quidditch team, making up for lack of talent and experience by always committing herself 100%. She was made Captain in her seventh year primarily for her organisational skills, and though Hufflepuff didn't win the cup that year, she built such a strong, disciplined team that they were a solid threat for a number of years. She was made Prefect in her fifth year, surprising no one (but was never surprised at not making Head Girl, because she was still known to get in trouble for her less orthodox activities and thumping people who deserved it outside of her Prefectly sphere of influence, as well as being less than fantastic academically). And she discovered boys, indulging in some flirtations and a faint relationship or two with her peers, but also conceiving of a crush for the Ancient Runes professor that in anyone else would be considered ridiculous. For Millicent, it was a very serious project, and for Gulliver Bagnold, aforesaid professor, it was a very serious headache. At least she got her only Outstanding NEWT out of her dedication.
Upon graduation, Mill got herself a job in the Ministry as a secretary, bringing her forthright brand of organisation to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. After working in the general pool for eight months, she was snaffled by the then head hit-wizard, Maurice Beaumaris (gruff, brilliant and notoriously disorganised) to be his personal secretary. Over the next two years she became a vital part of the operations of the squad, amidst jokes about her really running the place, and her knowing more about the job than half the hit-wizards did.
She dated a few men - some appropriate, some not - and realised what a pain she must have been for poor Gulliver. She wrote a letter to him in apology, and he responded. The correspondence turned into coffee dates, which turned into lunch and then dinner and then a full-blown fling. When they announced their engagement reactions were varied. It was certainly a nice match for both of them, but there were whispers about the age difference, his having been her professor, and the likelihood of it being a shotgun wedding (it wasn't). The wedding, in 1953, was impeccably organised and beautiful. Gossip consensus was that it wouldn't last.
The year 1954 was a big one for Millicent. Her mother died two months before Mill gave birth to Kiernan. It all really shook her up (and contributed to Kiernan being premature). Her mother had always been the only one (Millicent felt) who cared about Mill's happiness and fulfilment. Now, clearly, it was up to her. When she returned to work (Kiernan in the care of a governness) she requested to be allowed to train as a hit-witch. It caused a bit of a ruckus - Beaumaris didn't want to lose his very useful secretary and she wasn't quite the usual trainee - but she prevailed in her usual calm, insistant way. Because what Mill sets out to do, Mill achieves, she excelled at the training, and took her place as a hit-witch (though she couldn't resist advising her replacement in the Old Man's office when the girl was doing it wrong).
Her commitment to this new career course had not been without problems in her personal life; her marriage was cooling. Determined to save it, Millicent put as much time as she could spare from her work into it, and Tabitha, born in 1959, was the result. Mill absolutely adored her daughter from the very first moment she set eyes on her (not that she didn't love Kiernan, but this was different). Though she went back to work as soon as feasible, Tab was a new and very strong link holding her to her family. Over the subsequent years, Gulliver and Mill grew to know each other again properly as the people they were now, and the marriage eased from the bumpy thing it had been into something comfortable and loving, though perhaps more as friends than as lovers. Once Tabitha went off to Hogwarts as well, Millicent spent a lot more time at work, and soon after got herself a city apartment for convenience. Both have indulged in extra-marital relations - Millicent keeps in touch with Guppy's mistress, Winifred, to keep him organised, but she absolutely hasn't got the time for a second relationship herself. Instead, she's had a steady succession of flings, though she has strict rules about who she gets involved with: no superiors and, since she became head hit-wizard, none of the squad.
• Recent history: When the previous head hit-wizard retired in 1973, Millicent was promoted to the position. Not everyone within the Ministry, nor even the department, was happy with this, but Mill has been capable, organised, hard but fair in the role, unafraid of getting her hands dirty and very loyal to "her boys". Her squad is cohesive and disciplined. In squad tradition, she's referred to commonly as "the Old Lady".
When Kiernan graduated from Hogwarts in 1972, he joined the squad in an effort to get a little more of his mother's attention. It didn't quite work out that way, and once she became head it got even worse, Kiernan being just one more hit-wizard getting an equal share of her regard, and even sharper telling-off when he messed up. Harsh words were exchanged, the whole family getting involved as Kiernan declared Tabitha the favourite and even Guppy suggested Mill hadn't been fair; Kiernan broke with the family, took a position in Australia, and hasn't exchanged a word with his mother since 1974, though Millicent suspects he may be in sporadic contact with Guppy. She has heard second-hand that he's married, and expecting his first child this year.
[IC] - Samples
1. Please provide links to two journal entries and two rpg threads you have completed in the past (any character)
I suspect you may know what I'm capable of...
2. Journal sample.
Did anyone catch the end of the Pride-Arrows match? The 'gamot message arrived just as Jessup earned that penalty throw, of course, because no one picks the worst possible moment like a third-time offender deciding to change his plea on the eve of his trial. I would apologise to everyone whose weekends I ruined subsequently, but Merlin only knows the next time I'm going to be able to spend time with my family all in the one spot again without someone mentioning the wedding, and I still don't know if Pride got up because the Prophet either hasn't arrived yet or has gone missing. Again. If someone's pinched it to do the crossword, my advice is to get your own copy and return mine to Henrietta before morning briefing.
3. RP sample.