ASA ZANE JOSIAH WOLFF
A spirited young muggle child who often finds himself in a colourful variety of situations and adventures because he has thirst for knowledge and adventure whilst he tends to believe in just about everything from aliens to magic. His family does not initially know that magic is real, my intent is that they will find out and that a witch or a wizard will introduce the hidden society/world to them. I don't plan to write him as an adult, so he won't have a job and he's active in the 1980s and early/mid 1990s.
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Feb 28th 1980
Pisces and Monkey
Muggle / french-english
Evelyn Grove, Ealing. (London, England)
(floorplan & info)
Dark brown with natural curls, in some lighting they seem golden brown.
Small, red-ish heart-shaped birthmark on his right shoulder blade.
* New-born: 50 cm / 3,5 kg
age 5 – 113 cm / 22 kg
age 7 – 123 cm / 26 kg
age 10 – 138 cm / 34kg
age 13 – 153cm / 48 kg
Shana Arleen Wolff | 4.3.1939, age 40-52
Grandmother: Reena Chenya Wolff | * 1910 - † 1972
Asa Zane Wolff | * 1910 - † 1944
Scott Oliver Wolff, (neé. Adams) | 15.5.1938, age 41-53
Daniel Matthew Adams | * 1900 - † 1989
Charlotte Beth Adams | * 1900 - † 11/05/1941
William Josiah Carter | * 1880 - † 1975
From his parents he's inherited an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, but unlike them he believes or at least wants to believe in most things mythical and supernatural from magic to aliens. Although his faith is strong, he's also very much interested in the evolution of Earth as his family combines that with the Christian God. Still this young boy has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up – his artistic soul draws him to one direction, whereas fascination with everything new and mythical draws him to adventuring and science, while also tempted to follow in his father's footsteps to study dinosaurs and other ancient creatures of Earth.
Even so, he's not much into doing school work, because he feels that you can only learn so much from books – much less than from adventures and real life experiences. His daring/reckless nature is almost as strong as his thirst for knowledge, so there's very few things that would stop him if he feels it ”necessary” to so-to-say stick his nose into something. Muggle-repelling charms and the police being a couple of such things. And his parents, of course. This little guy is resourceful and determined, as well as patient when it comes to his goals.
If all else fails, he may try to lie his way into or out of something and is relatively good at it. He doesn't really like lying so it indeed is mainly the last thing he tries when trying to get into something. It's more worth the effort when trying to get out of trouble, though. To strangers he can lie much more convincingly than to his loved ones.
If you claim something's impossible and it interests him at all, he'll do everything in his power to prove you wrong. In this he lacks self-control and his exceptional stubbornness comes out in more negative way than usual, requiring someone to look after him so he doesn't get himself killed. Although, if there's enough proof of the matter's impossibility he lets it be.
Generally Asa respects other people's property and privacy, but if something's in the way of something ”important” or important he throws that respect out of the window.
And you shouldn't let him roam unsupervised anywhere where lie extremely valuable or unique things that interest or fascinate him, because he can not keep his hands off of them and from studying them. Although he tries to be careful, he can't at such young age always realise how fragile some things are. Even in his search for knowledge he's incredibly spirited and if he really concentrates, also able to move as silently as a hobbit.
Although he can enjoy reading, movies, discussions, family nights etc. he most enjoys seeing and experiencing the world outside. He's very physical person also socially. It's important to him to be at least a little bit in physical contact or nearby his family members every day, and is not bothered by public shows of affection. He doesn't desperately need it and can go a day or two without any hugs or kisses or anything, but in such case he's especially elevated by a reunion. In his early childhood he would easily embrace even strangers if he was for some reason especially happy about something because of the person – but as he gains age and experience he learns to keep an appropriate distance, better acknowledging people's personal space.
He loves play-fights, but his somewhat fiery temper often leads him to real fights despite of being generally laid-back and tolerant.
Regardless of his endless pursuit of the real world's depths and passionately artistic soul, he's basically your average little boy when it comes to interests and attitudes – also enjoying make-belief games where he's in example a pirate, Peter Pan, or Robin Hood.
From most children he differs perhaps most notably by not caring about children's songs after reaching school age. Since age five he much rather listens to music from Elton John, Aerosmith, and Sting. Not that he dislikes children's songs at all, they're just not enough to entertain him. Of course he doesn't always understand everything in these artists' songs or their meanings, but it doesn't bother him. For this his vocabulary is much wider than the average peer's – not only picked from the songs he hears but they've trained his ears and mind to remember some other big words. Surely the boy may use them wrong, but is fine with it unless the mistake was embarrassing, as generally mistakes are just a good way to learn. Of course his parents try their best to control what kind of topics the boy gets introduced to, and thus regulate a bit also what artists he listens to.
Apart from his three favourite travel methods and two ballgames, he's not into sports and often skips P.E. class if not given permission to take a walk instead. The world and interests often tempt him to skip classes and homework in general, but he will give his all to essays and other such homework that allows him to research and adventure. He's got enough intelligence to gain high grades, but most of them are average. Maybe he might care more if he knew what kind of job he wants, but he's too busy living in the moment as children do.
Because of his mother's habit to overindulgence him and his family's wealth he's grown to be quite dependent on modern day comforts, and his temper may sometimes cause unpleasant situations – yet he's not one of those spoiled rich brats as he's father's made sure he doesn't get everything he wants, especially not for free.
In early childhood, apart from those happy moments, he's socially somewhat timid, although genuinely curious and happy. It's only after registering to a state school at age 8 when he began to truly find his strengths and courage to approach even those his mother didn't necessarily consider ”safe”. The boy developed a habit to speak his mind perhaps too eagerly, as well as a sharp tongue. For as much as he loves his mother, he started to realise she'd been overprotective and controlling. In the presence of his parents or grandfather he usually remains more discreet and polite than he bothers to at other times. He loves spending time with his family – especially when grandpa can join them.
Sports (football and baseball with ftiends), collecting (Matchbox cars, Star Wars cards, stickers, and seashells), remote-control toys, video games, board games, monster movies, Halloween, most kinds of documentaries, adventuring, and much more.
Asa was born and raised in London, although his family travelled a lot. His mother had left her Jewish roots mostly behind but there was no question about what to call him, he was named after his parents' loved ones, those who had especially strong impact on their lives. His first and middle names after his mother's father who was an excellent, kind man and died in Nazi Germany, imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp. And third name after his father's grandpa who looked after his grandchild in the shadows of World War II, after his mother was killed in the London Blitz during its worst night, and while the father served in the war.
All the way from infancy he was raised familiar with all the cultures of his roots – mainly english, but also french, and Jewish culture and history. Although, the Holocaust they intended for the school to introduce. Even though anti-semitism still exists,and they've had to come across it occasionally through the years which has confused and frightened him. His parents simply wished to focus on cultures' and religions' positive sides and strengths rather than needlessly soon introduce the darkness and sufferings. The family's travelled a lot, especially often to his mother's homeland France.
Demanded by his overprotective mother, Asa was home-schooled half of his primary school years, until finally in 1987 his father managed to convnce her that the boy would be just fine in a state school.
Some time in the late '80s the family learns about magic's existence for sure, due to Asa's adventurous nature and beliefs increasingly often leading him to something magical. That's when they also learn that the boy's godfather is a wizard but hadn't remembered it even himself until a couple of years earlier. In the early '90s they find out that he'd been abducted from a wizarding family as a young child and raised as a muggle. These are strange and troubling times for the family. As such huge revelations makes Asa even more impossible with his adventures, while his mother - upon learning about Voldemort and Death Eaters who are basically the wizarding equivalence of Hitler and the Nazis while muggle-borns and muggles that of Jews and disabled people – would like nothing more than her family to stay far away from that society, and his father caught somewhere in between. Yet they're not willing to cut ties with a good friend they've known for countless years and named their child's godfather.
- Understands french effortlessly and speaks it relatively well, especially around age ten. Of course only mundane discussions and not complicated adult topics filled with big words.
- Suffers from astraphobia. (Intense fear of lightning storms / lightnings.)
He can barely function, or at least concentrate on anything, during a lightning storm – depending on how bad, long and close it is, and if not alone, how much he trusts whoever he's with. He wants to go indoors immediately if it seems like there might be more than rain coming down. No one knows where this sources from for him.
- Loves Christmas and Christmas time more than any other festive season of the year. Focusing more on its earthly aspects than his parents' would like him to.
- With his family he attends church every Sunday, Easter and Christmas. (Ev.lut.)
Their faith is strong, but they don't believe in the Bible blindly – acknowledging its self-contradictions and that it was written by mortal men and not God, and how some 2000 years of various translations has more than likely changed its contents significantly from the original texts. They believe in Jesus, that he is the Son of God, the Messiah – and adapt the Bible's positive guidelines and lessons into their life, holding the Ten Commandments in especially high importance as they are the ones that supposedly were given by God himself. The Creation they hold as only a fictional story imagined by ancient people. They themselves combine evolution and the higher power – as did the man who introduced the evolution theory to the world, later scientifically proven to be more than a theory.
None of them is a fanatic or uptight, but practice their faith on a healthy level among themselves as well as respecting others' views and beliefs.
Shana Arleen Wolff
March 4th 1939
Pediatrician. (A medical doctor for childhood illnesses.)
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Eyes: Dark brown.
Height/Weight: 162 cm / 54 kg
Build & general appearence: Small frame. fit and slim. A "banana" body shape.
Bust-waist-hip: 34-24-35 inches / 86-61-89 cm. (Bra size: 32B.)
A head shorter than her husband. Very warm and gentle being.
Baking, cooking, Halloween, garage sales, writing a journal, reading to kids, shopping, traveling, hiking, gardening, dining out, reading (fantasy novels and non-fiction), different cultures...
She's genuinely curious, but not very brave in trying new, stranger things and needs a bigger temptations/motive or support from a loved one. Even decades after his childhood experiences she notices being overprotective of her only child and giving into his material wishes and demands too easily, but even so she can't quit the habit – as she hopes the boy would have as safe and easy life as possible, both socially and in standard of living.
Shana holds her opinions strong but not unbending. When angry she withdraws emotionally and tries to keep contact with the person as minimal as possible, but instead of only thinking of her anger she tries to figure out how to solve the problem. It's still not necessarely very constructive, for she can be hesitant in decision making, especially if under a lot of preassure.
She's very warm and tolerant soul, and although in some matters timid and careful she's basically a positive thinker. Shana loves helping other people and supporting their ambitions, but isn't remarkably ambitious herself. She enjoys the simple joys of life and especially being a home-maker whenever she's got the time. Unlike his husband and son her thirst for knowledge is easily quenched with theory and books, but she does sometimes join them on their different adventures.
She never grew to be initative or out-going when it comes to forming new relationships, so her active social circles are somewhat small. But she has a few good friends, and as she gains years and experiences it becomes easier for her to open the door to new people.
Shana's family descents from the first Jewish people of Middle East, but for countless generations her family has lived in France, her father was half english, and her husband's family has lived in England as long as anyone could remember - therefore the Middle Eastern roots do not show in her or her son's appearance. Her kin converted from Jewish religion to Christianity long ago, but proudly kept the culture alive among them for centuries (as much as possible when seperating it from the religion), until World War II forced them into keeping low profile.
As the anti-semitic propaganda and attitudes increasingly roared in the 1930s, they still managed to live quite happily in Paris. But when the Nazi-Germany took over France in the summer of 1940, they escaped to the country side as they couldn't afford moving abroad – else they would've run far away from Germany already prior to the imminent war and when Hitler's declarations first surfaced. Of course no one knew what the advertised work camps were really like, but they figured nothing run by a group like the Nazi could be that dreamy. They didn't believe in the propaganda for a second.
They managed to hide on the French country side for years, under false names and keeping low profile. Living relatively happy, though in constant fear. Especially as in addition to the Nazi soldiers, the French army wanted to find her father who should've been serving in the war. Her father was a doctor and her mother a primary school teacher, but after they went into hiding Reena became a stay-at-home mum and Zane could no longer practice as a doctor. Causing the family's income decrease suddenly and drastically, especially as the Nazis greed taxed the country's economy and resources of living necessities – the French citizens lived in desperate shortage of pretty much everything.
Important was also the protection given by good friends and kind, brave strangers whenever their cover was blown. Life was extremely exhausting especially for a little girl; though France had by far the most private citizens secretly fighting against the Nazis – on the other side of the scale were the countless citizens and the French police force who did all they could to find and give up their own Jews. Shana never fully comprehended why so many french people – much less its government - could turn against their own like that, how they could get behind the Nazi propaganda so easily.
Eventually, in 1944 the family's luck ran out - Shana's father's true identity reached the ears of wrong people, he was captured and taken to Auschwitz. At the end of the war in January 1945 he did not return home. Then 6-year old Shana's mother couldn't let go, but overprotected her daughter long after the war was over. Still they eventually dared to return to their old identities and old home. Slowly life returnded to relatively normal, apart from having to go on living in poverty and shortage as France recovered.
Later her mother purchased a headstone and grave for her husband from the nearby graveyard, even though nothing could be laid to rest in it. Shana still pays annually to keep it cared for and beautiful. These days the same grave holds her mother's urn, after she died in a car crash in the early '70s. Any time she visits France she also visits their grave.
As she finished her schooling around the mid-50's, she applied to a University in Britain. As much as she loved her homeland, a country that Hitler had not managed to invade and thus was in much better wealth and standard of living, felt like a better choice in the war-torn world. In addition, she wanted to get more familiar with her father's homeland. Soon she received english citizenship and after graduating from University she followed in her father's footsteps, specializing in children.
In 1968, during one of her visits to France she met and fell in love with an english paleontologist, Scott Wolff, and a couple of years later they felt like their relationship had proven strong enough to make a lifetime promise - they mrried in 1970. By this time also her mother had moved to England. Scott took his wife's surname, as she wished for her father's name be carried on should a son be in the cards for them. Neither of them had particularly planned to have children, but after years together it started to feel right, to be the one thing they were still missing in life.
- Speaks and understands French fluently, though speaks it with english accent, having lived in England for a couple of decades.
Of course, her current first language is english which she also speaks and understands fluently.
- She believes in God, evolution and miracles - but not in magic. If she ever found out about it and the secret society of witches and wizards, she'd stay away from it as much as possible would wish the same from her family. She doesn't hold prejudice against or judge the wizarding kind in general, just wants to stay safe what with its history being so dark and technically unsolved. Voldemort and Death Eaters being too much like Hitler and the Nazis, but unlike Hitler, Voldemort's death has not been confirmed.
- Allergic to cats and dogs. Only mildly, but strongly enough to not be able to keep one as a pet or spend a whole day in a houde where one lives.
- Loves all animals, except spiders.
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Scott Oliver Wolff (neé. Adams)
May 15th 1938
Paleontologist. (Studies and searches for fossils of pre-historic vertebrate animals.)
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Green, though occasionally appear to be blue.
Dark brown with natural curls. Sometimes dyes them lighter or even darker brown.
188 cm / 87 kg
Build & general being: fit/muscular
His friendly face and out-going being balance out his physical size, making him relatively easy to approach to most people. In anger he's intense but rarely aggressive. He can appear quite playful when among children, yet has no problem being an authority figure in every way that counts.
Bowling, running, visiting gyn, garage sales, traveling, watching movies, dining out, Halloween, folkore, science, video ganes, animals...
Values he holds in especially high importance are patience and hard work towards one's gols, as life has demanded those traits from him at almost every turn. Family is the most important thing in life to him and he puts its well-fare ahead of everyhing else, and is very protective over his loved ones. He's determined, self-confident, and in addition to parience also emotionally stable and usually calm. Scott is youthful even when pushing fifty – not in a mid-life crisis way but genuinely. He is interested in the modern world's development the same as the pre-historic world's.
As a brave, out-going and active person he sees the appeal and importance of gaining new experiences, but thinks reasonable safety more important and does not easily abandone it.
Also honesty is very important to him, and attempts to lead by example - lying only in means to save a life or spare somebody's feelings. When angry he usually becomes very intense and has a lot to say, but usually forgives quickly except if it's about something especially serious.
Scott's organized to the max; he might use hours trying to plan and organize something just so, trying to find the perfect way to do it, and if thrown in the middle of an actual utter chaos he becomes a regular ball of stress. He does not make the best decisions under a lot of stress, but if enough is at risk he will pull through.
He loves children and gladly takes chances to be with them, so long as he doesn't have to deal with a large group of them all alone. He gains a lot of strength in life's storms from watching the innocent, lively and blissfully ignorant little people live in the moment.
Also Scott's childhood was overcast by the shadows of World War II; he lost his mother and home to the worst bombing of London, in May 1941 when he was 3-years old. Well into his adult years he suffered from PTSD, symptoms triggered in example by extremely loud noises, smoke, or breaking glass, especially at night time. For the first year since his mother's death he and his maternal grandfather lived in a shelter for homeless people, worrying about his father's safety all the more. But he recalls many happy memories, too, as his grandfather was a strong source of security and joy. His father survived the war and managed to secure a job as a chef, rent a new house where the three of them settled in, and Scott who'd thus far been homeschooled by his grandfather was finally registered to a state school.
Taking after his astronomer mother, he was extremely into science. He was especially fascinated by the mankind's history before the modern human and of Earth's history before man, and being academically exceptionally gifted he found his calling from the job of paleontologist. After he graduated at age 25, he spent the first year doing voluntary work to gain credits, until landed a job as one of the curators in British Natural History Museum, in London.
After a struggling beginning, he succeeded in securing himself and his father a wealthy life. His work took him around the world, in conferences and sometimes in the fields and on one such trip he found something he hadn't even had much time to think about; a life companion. He'd had a few short relationships but nothing that would've lasted for much longer than a couple of years, due to his extensive travelling. After he married, and even more after his son was born he turned down most opportunities to travel abroad and participated in the work-related trips only if absolutely necessary. Ever since he's hunted for fossils on the fields mainly on his spare time, with his family.
- Suffers from fear of heights, though relatively mildly. He can handle spending a few minutes on the roof of a two-story house, but not much higher.
- Does not believe in magic, but wouldn't deny its possible existence.
- Loves ocean and beaches.
- Musician by night, not famous or even released any songs yet