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 #20706  by Lilith Daemon
My Name or Nickname: Pamela
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NAME: Vinda Rosier
DATE OF BIRTH: March 1, 1900
EMPLOYER: Aristocratic Follower of Grindelwald

PRIMARY ERA: Expedition

What is the concept for your character?
Vinda Rosier is a dedicated follower of Grindelwald. A French pureblood witch from a prominent family, Rosier has long detested non–magiques because of an incident in her family's history. Forced to give up their ancestral lands near Compiegne during World War I to preserve the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, the Rosiers relocated to Paris. This left a burning hatred in Vinda's father, Richard, which was passed on to his children, particularly his eldest daughter. Now Vinda is deeply committed to bringing about Grindelwald's vision for the future, to the point of being even more anti-Muggle than her master.

What other eras will they be active in and what will their job be in each era?
None, barring unforeseen future plot developments.

What does your character look like?
Rosier is a slim, attractive woman with pale skin, dark hair, and cold green eyes. She is always elegantly dressed in the most expensive fashions of the time, favoring dark colors such as black and green.

Where can we find your character when their story first begins?
In 1925, Vinda Rosier has joined Grindelwald's cause and is laying the groundwork for his movement in France and continental Europe. Vinda is an important part of the dark wizard's network, and a charismatic spokeswoman for his ideals among her fellow purebloods. She is not part of his plans in the United States and is not aware of the significance Grindelwald attaches to obscurials.

What was life like for your character one year before their primary era?
Rosier grew up in a family of wealthy pureblood wizards in the countryside of France. Her family's traditional estates encompassed acres of lush property near Compiegne. Some Rosiers even mingled with the courts of French royalty before the Statute of Secrecy came into effect during the reign of the Sun King. Resentful at their loss of position within French society, the Rosiers became embittered against both the statute and the French Ministry of Magic. This hatred became even more pronounced when the fighting during the Great War approached their estates, causing the Ministry to ask them to relocate to protect the secrecy of the wizarding world. Richard Rosier, Vinda's father, was incensed and his hatred influenced his daughter's outlook. Indulged in everything she wanted and heavily prejudiced against non–magiques, Vinda was predisposed to be charmed by Grindelwald's message after he fled from England. She met the dark wizard at a secret party of aristocratic purebloods in 1922. She was an eager volunteer for some of Grindelwald's attacks on aurors and non–magiques during the early 1920s, cementing her position within his followers.

Who is someone from your characters past who influenced who they are today?
Besides Gellert Grindelwald, Vinda's strongest influencer was her father, Richard. A high-born, arrogant man, Richard grew up with the Rosiers' traditional disdain for French magical authorities and the statue of secrecy. Like his ancestors, Richard longed to return to a prominent place of power within all of France, not just the wizarding world. His political opinions and bigotry affected all of his children, but none more than Vinda. Her Rosier background made her susceptible to Grindelwald's message, and pushed her even further into darkness and amorality than she might otherwise have indulged.

What is something your character wants but does not have?
Vinda Rosier wants political and societal power. Like all of Grindelwald's followers, she wants to be at the top of a pureblood aristocracy that dominates both the magical and non-magical world. Vinda is also deeply interested in learning dark and forbidden magic to increase her own personal power and has helped Grindelwald with some of his research into particularly dangerous and destructive spells.

What are their current short term and long term goals?
In the short term, Vinda is focused on recruiting more followers to Grindelwald's cause. She attends parties and secret meetings in France to attract purebloods to Grindelwald's message of freedom. While she might be cold and arrogant, the witch is attractive and can be charming when the situation calls for it. She also is quite good at discovering old prejudices among her peers and stoking those animosities for Grindelwald's benefit. Vinda's long-term goals are similar to Grindelwald's, although maybe even more extreme. She wants wizards to rule over the entire world -- a world she envisions being populated exclusively by magical beings.

What is something your character would never tell anyone about themselves?
Vinda Rosier is secretly afraid of non-magique technology. Her brief glimpse at the power of Muggle weapons during the First World War frightened her more than she will ever admit, even to herself. Although she frequently expounds on the inferiority of non-magical people, she is also baffled by their inventions and afraid of the potential for science to eclipse magic.

What is their strongest childhood memory?
Vinda's most powerful memory is being forced to leave her country home and estate behind when she was 14 and move to Paris. This event, caused by the advance of the German army during World War I and the Ministry of Magic's desire to preserve wizarding secrecy, has colored her views on the world ever since.

What is a typical day like for your character?
The sun rose slowly over the horizon, illuminating Sacre Coure. The daylight revealed no one, save for a solitary slim figure in a dark coat staring out over Paris. The view from Sacre Coure at dawn could be breathtaking and many tourists had fallen in love with the city in that instant. Vinda Rosier, however, felt quite different.

The view only showed her non–magique Paris. The streets were empty now, but soon they would be filled with non–magiques going about their business, clogging the historic avenues and alleys of the ancient city. To Vinda, they were little more than an infestation.

Her green eyes narrowed and her expression became cold as she indulged in these thoughts. She suddenly had visions of a much less crowded Paris – one much more beautiful, with structures of unsurpassed elegance erected by wizards and witches. Someday, she thought and then shook her head.

Today wasn’t the time for those fantasies, Rosier said to herself. Today she must adopt a more suitable public face. This must be a more typical day.

With Gellert Grindelwald gone on some mission of his own, it was left to Vinda Rosier (and others) to continue to grow his movement. And that required playing the role of a politician. Gellert could play it very well, Vinda thought. And she must try to be as adept at it. With a sigh, she pulled a small notebook from her coat and began to read her appointments.

Vinda would be having lunch with the Trefle-Piques, fellow purebloods who weren’t quite as convinced that Grindelwald wasn’t just a madman. She would have to subtly fan the flames of their prejudices. The Trefle-Piques had a long-running zoning dispute with the French Ministry. That would be something worth bringing up.

Then there was dinner with Travers and Millefeuille. Both of them were already Grindelwald supporters, but each refused to help recruit others. These were the spineless types that Rosier could never fully respect. Yes, they wanted Grindelwald to succeed. No, they wouldn’t help him until he had already won. Gellert constantly reminded her that to triumph, their movement needed these fair weather friends. Rosier wasn’t quite convinced.

Her day would conclude with a late night meeting with Carrow, Krafft, and Krall. These weren’t potential recruits, but rather other acolytes of Grindelwald. Here Rosier could finally fully be herself. They would discuss their successes and failures at building the movement. The others would press her if she had heard from Grindelwald (she hadn’t). And Krall would ask tiresome questions about whether there was any chance of success. Rosier hated doubt. She was coming to hate Krall, too.

The notebook disappeared back into her coat. Yes, all in all this was a pretty typical day.
 #20776  by TyrellRose

Welcome to the Wizarding World, Vinda!

The dark forces at work in the world seem to be nothing to Vinda... in fact, she seems to be enjoying them. You might like to begin your story in Train of Thought, which takes place in England, or by using one of the following thread ideas:

★ Someone overhears Vinda speaking about her anti-muggle sentiments and confronts her about them... what will she do?

★ Take a well deserved vacation to America to see the sights and maybe spread Grindelwald's word a bit

Before you jump in...