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Helmi Aalto ([personal profile] helmi) wrote2012-02-01 04:42 pm

Helmi Aalto

H E L M I     A A L T O
Gender & PB: Female. Ayla Kell
Age & Birthday: 17, May first
Nationality: Finnish
Sexuality: Straight
Physical Description: She has calluses on her hands from quidditch training. She is self conscious about this and uses potions to keep them soft.

Parents: Aimo (Kveld) and Vilhelmiina (Morgen)

Vilhelmiina was the heart of the family, a domineering and doting matriarch. Her need to mother everyone within an inch of their life led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time and her death at the hands of Soviet Soldiers.

Ever since, Aimo has loathed muggles fairly unanimously, at least while they persist in tearing land and each other apart along with any unsuspecting wizard that gets in their way. He is fairly apathetically apolitical and likes to keep himself to himself but with enough goading into action he’d be pro separationist; anything to keep the muggles well away from the wizarding world.

Brothers: Väinö (Kveld) & Eero (Kveld)

Väinö [26] is a carpenter specializing in broomstick magic and manufacture. He is part of the team that creates training and competition broomsticks for the Finnish National Quidditch team.

Eero [21] is also a carpenter but his specialism like his father's is in furniture and domestic carpentry. He mostly lives off inheritance though and in the time he doesn't spend partying, travelling and womanising he makes gimmicky wizarding chess sets with pieces that spout blue vitriol at the players.

Extended family: The Aaltos while being an old and pureblooded wizarding family have never been particularly elitist. They are craftsmen drawing on the abundance of Finland’s forests and taking pride in their work. Aimo is the second of five and Helmi has many cousins of varying ages, though it is a precarious thing to be a wizard on the Finnish/Russian border and altercation with Soviet forces has seen two of her more curious and foolhardy cousins meet a similar end to that of her mother.

Year: Seventh
Path/House: Kveld
Major: quidditch Domestic Potions
Quidditch: Chaser
Pet: A Eurasian Eagle Owl called Axel
Wand: Oak, 8 inches, sturdy, crup hair core. It has a whooper swan engraving coiling around the handle.
Patronus: Whooper swan
Boggart: A forest fire
Erised: Flying in the robes of the Finnish National Quidditch team with the match pulling an all-nighter and the snitch getting lost in the backdrop that the Northern Lights are painting across the sky.

Favourites: quidditch, people as driven as she is, well earned wins, all-night games, views from great heights, night flying when the northern lights are dancing.
Distastes: drama, distractions, rubbish beaters, quidditch injuries, hollow victories, losing over something stupid, wasting time.
Secrets: She's borderline addicted to the dreamless sleep potion. Without it she has nightmares about soviet soldiers and the tinniest click of a door or footstep of a dorm mate will translate into gunfire in her dream and wake her screaming.
Strengths: Quidditch and athleticism. Agility, flexibility & reflexes are her forte.
Weaknesses: Academics. She just doesn't spend the time on it. There are an awful lot of late night cramming sessions to get homework done and keep her grades high enough to not be a colossal disappointment but she's never going to be the top of any classes and it's her goal to just not be in the bottom 5.
Detailed Personality: Helmi is driven, determined, and single mindedly focused on becoming a world class quidditch player. She expects it to happen not out of arrogance but from sheer hard work and self belief. She has put everything she has and is into the pursuit, to the sacrifice of her grades and personal relationships and she genuinely feels that without quidditch she has nothing, is nothing, that there is nothing remotely special about her but her athletic prowess. She takes failure in quidditch very hard and very personally.

Helmi expects excellence from herself and the best from anyone around her who has any influence over her athletic performance. She can come across as uptight, demanding, controlling and her disinclination to join friends at parties and in their general escapades, preferring to hone her talent through training or running laps, is forever earning her comments to 'lighten up'. She is earnest and honest and respects the talent of others. Rather than becoming jealous of the abilities of others it motivates her to work harder to be the best. She has yet to find the limit to what she is willing to sacrifice to be the best quidditch player she can be.

If you catch her in class or on a rare break from training, Helmi is a fairly down to earth and level headed character. She tries to steer clear of drama and can be dismissive and impatient of teenage trivialities but she is also there for her friends when she thinks they really need her. She is honourable and believes in fair play. Her moral compass has a fairly distinct sense of right and wrong, which can make her seem snooty and uncompromising and grey areas leave her feeling out of depth, lost and highly open to influence.

Helmi grew up on the eastern border of Finland on an estate with 200 acres of forest and surrounded by, especially since her mother’s death when she was just a toddler, some paranoia level warding. The wards were updated and reinforced regularly and at one point they even had a team of goblins out for some bank level security. It was all a massive over kill and what was intended to be the ultimate safe haven felt to Helmi as she was growing up, like a glorified playpen. But you only had to walk to the edge of the wards and you could see Soviet forces and Ingrian refugees traipsing about so perhaps it was necessary.

Helmi was a tree climber in her youth. She wanted the views and the wide-open space of a skyscape that was not accessible from the bottom of a forest, an inclination that has remained with her though now whenever she needs some panoramic perspective she takes to a broom.

Despite the altercations with Russian muggles there was no such issue with Russian wizards and Helmi’s pre-Durmstrang schooling was undertaken in St. Petersburg by the overbearing and domineering Olga Nikolayevna who seemed determined to get her to enunciate Latin without a Finnish accent if it turned her grey, which was likely as at 8 for Helmi Latin was really one language too many on top of English and Russian, a pointless and dead one at that. As a consequence both her English and Finnish are riddled with Russian inflections and it is sometimes unclear when she speaks in English exactly where her accent is from.