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Advanced Skill Certifications

The following advanced skills are available to characters that have already obtained 2 or more prerequisite skills.

★ Defensive Magic
★ Dragonology
★ Healing
★ Lycanthropology
★ Vampirology
★ Wandless Magic

Requirements

Adept
Roleplay 5 threads focusing on and/or using your character’s intended skill certification that must be at least 15 posts long and using at least 1 of the prompts within that specific skill certification’s guidelines.

Expert
Must already have the Adept level of the skill you would like to be an Expert in. Roleplay 10 threads focusing on and/or using your character’s intended skill certification that must be at least 15 posts long and using at least 2 of the prompts within that specific skill certification’s guidelines. You must also include an essay of explanation of why they are an expert within your submission form.

Master
Must already have the Expert level of the skill you would like to be a Master in. Roleplay 25 focusing on and/or using your character’s intended skill certification that must be at least 15 posts long and using at least 3 of the prompts within that specific skill certification’s guidelines. Your character must also create a contribution to their field (“I discovered x wandwood”, “I was able to discover this new form of tea leaf reading”, etc.).

While defensive magic is primarily useful for those wishing to work in law enforcement, many dark witches and wizards also choose to study these tactics so that they can be more skilled at duels and defending themselves in combat. Many defensive spells are also learned by witches and wizards working for the Wizarding Expedition Society or employers that require direct contact with dangerous creatures or curses while on the job.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
★ This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Charms Adept skill AND the Magizoology Adept or Transfiguration Adept skill.
★ An existing character must at least be an adept in Defensive Magic before becoming a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at any school.

 

Thread Prompts
★ Attend a Defense Against the Dark Arts class
★ Successfully defend yourself from an attacker
★ Take a hit from an offensive spell or attack
★ Use magic to de-escalate a situation before it turns to violence
★ Successfully use a blocking spell
★ Cast a patronus to ward off a dementor
★ Defend yourself from a magical creature in the wild
★ Use defensive magic while performing your job
★ Transfigure a weapon or attacking object into something else
★ Remove the curse from an object or relic

For those with an interest in dragons and related species, a certification in Dragonology can help lead to a career path for the government, the Wizarding Expedition Society, nature reserves, and more. Persons with skill in Dragonology are able to recognize dragons in the wild, identify tracks and other signs of the large creatures, and may have experience either working directly in the field or through research.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
★ This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Defensive Magic Adept skill AND the Magizoology Adept skill.
★ An existing character must at least be an adept in Dragonology before becoming a certified Dragonologist at any employer.

 

Thread Prompts
★ Take a tour of a dragon reservation
★ Identify tracks or other signs of dragons in the wild
★ Give or attend a lecture about dragons
★ Participate in or witness a protest related to dragon treatment
★ Discuss or propose a law related to dragon treatment
★ Research a particular breed of dragon
★ Defend yourself from a dragon in the wild
★ Diagnose the illness or injury of a dragon
★ Confront poachers or black market dragon product sellers
★ Attempt to train a dragon to exhibit a particular behavior

Healing is a skill primarily learned by those wishing to become healers themselves, but it is also frequently used by those working in education or childcare or who work with dangerous creatures. Many professions are eager to have employees who are skilled healers, too, in case something goes awry on the job, even if the job isn’t typically considered dangerous or difficult.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
★ This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Charms Adept skill AND the Herbology Adept or Potions Adept skill.
★ An existing character must at least be an adept in Healing Magic before becoming a Healing teacher at any school.

 

Thread Prompts
★ Observe healers at work in a hospital
★ Heal a minor wound such as a cut or scrape
★ Brew a healing potion
★ Diagnose someone’s illness
★ Locate a medicinal herb in the wild
★ Reattach an appendage or regrow bones using magic
★ Defend yourself from a magical creature in the wild
★ Assist someone during an emergency
★ Research a mysterious or uncommon ailment
★ Deal with an illness or spell damage you cannot heal on your own

Also known as the study of werewolves, this controversial subject is used in many fields to help better understand this affliction that plagues witches and wizards. Though some choose to study lycanthropy through the lens of a healer, others choose to study from the perspective that these beasts need to be kept under control. Lycanthropologists are experts at tracking werewolves in the field, knowing the effects of the cycles of the moon, and understanding just how the transformation works. They may use this skill either to help those suffering from lycanthropy or to help those who may feel under threat of lycanthropy, and some suffering from the affliction even choose to study this field themselves.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
★ This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Transfiguration Adept skill AND the Defensive Magic Adept or Healing Adept skill
★ An existing character must at least be an adept in Lycanthropologist before becoming a certified Lycanthropologist at any employer.

 

Thread Prompts
★ Take a tour of a lycanthropy healing facility at a hospital
★ Identify tracks or other signs of werewolves in the wild
★ Give or attend a lecture about werewolves
★ Participate in or witness a protest related to werewolf treatment
★ Discuss or propose a law related to werewolf treatment
★ Research the historical struggles of werewolves
★ Defend yourself from a werewolf in the wild
★ Diagnose someone as being afflicted with lycanthropy
★ Address a rumor that someone you know is a werewolf
★ Attempt to brew a batch of wolfsbane potion

As long as there have been witches and wizards, there have been vampires to torment them and non-magical persons alike. While some attempt to live their lives free of mortal distractions, others wish to participate in mortal culture, causing conflict. Vampirologists study these behaviors for the sake of education or for the ability to track or hunt vampires—some obviously have more noble goals than others! Vampirologists often work for the government, where they can assist in monitoring vampire movement, establishing or fighting laws regarding vampires, and preventing vampires from committing the often-illegal act of creating new vampires.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
 This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Magical History Adept skill AND the Defensive Magic Adept or Healing Adept skill
★ An existing character must at least be an adept in Vampirology before becoming a certified Vampirologist at any employer.

 

Thread Prompts
★ Assist someone who has been the victim of a vampire attack
★ Assist a vampire in registering with the local government
★ Give or attend a lecture about vampires
★ Participate in or witness a protest related to vampire treatment
★ Discuss or propose a law related to vampire treatment
★ Research the historical struggles or movements of vampires
★ Defend yourself from a vampire
★ Diagnose someone as being afflicted with lycanthropy
★ Address a rumor that someone you know is a vampire
★ Attempt to brew a batch of wolfsbane potion
★ Interview a vampire for a publication or personal research

Only the most skilled of magic users are able to cast spells without the use of a channeling device such as a wand or staff, allowing them to perform simple spells such as unlocking locks and levitating objects with ease, eventually graduating to more complicated spells. Though many dark witches and wizards employ wandless magic for ill gotten gains, performing magic without a wand can be very useful for even the most average of magic users as they utilize the skill in their daily routine.

Prerequisites & Related Abilities
★ This is an Advanced Skill that requires the Charms Expert, Transfiguration Expert, and Apparation Adept skills

Thread Prompts
★ Levitate an object without using a wand
★ Perform a simple spell without using a wand
★ Deal with the consequences of a wandless spell gone wrong
★ Practice a difficult spell that is not immediately successful
★ Conceal wandless magic use in front of non-magical characters
★ Use a wandless spell to perform a random act of kindness
★ Use a wandless spell to perform a daily chore
★ Deal with the consequences of being unable to perform a spell wandlessly
★ Survive an afternoon at work or school without having a wand
★ Attempt to teach a friend how to perform a wandless spell
★ Attempt to commit a theft or other minor crime without a wand (and without getting caught)