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Aware Costume Party #5

October 30th, 2017, 2:27 am

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Shard,

October 30th, 2017, 2:43 am

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Costume Party #1
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Costume Party #3
Costume Party #4

Following what I did last year and the year before, we just had a source for the costumes this year! That source was the Important Faces' Hogwarts Houses!

Of course, that warrants explanation, so let's get right into it. I wound up using an online quiz to sort everyone, but for the most part I had a feeling that they'd end up where they'd end up. Let's go down the list.

GRYFFINDOR:
Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry.
Certainly, some results are unexpected, and perhaps none of the Important Faces of Aware exemplify this more than Blair. But I thought about it carefully, and the results really do make sense. Blair is brave and daring - willing to tackle any situation head on and face it without backing down, even if it's intimidating; and he definitely has a lot of nerve in both senses (both audacity and courage/confidence), and he is very respectful of women in his own way. And those are all traits he values as well.
Incidentally: Blair was actually tied with an even amount of Gryffindor/Hufflepuff. But I think the test I used realized how bad he is at finding stuff. ;3

HUFFLEPUFF:
Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play.
Niv and Damaru come in next, with some Hufflepuff Pride. I feel like talking about Niv would just be gloating somehow, so I'll just tackle Damaru here.
The thing is, he's a little tricky. He's an antagonist and kind of a jerk! But take out the bird and things make more sense. Damaru works hard, is completely dedicated to what he does, and he has to be patient to deal with the bird all the time. He's fiercely loyal and if it weren't for Silverado, he'd be a lot more willing to play fair and not cheat. Damaru embodies most of the Hufflepuff traits; and those he doesn't are the ones he wishes he did.

RAVENCLAW:
Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit.
Ah, Mr. Losroo. All alone in Ravenclaw. Nobody uses their brains around here, huh? Well, anyway. Mr. Losroo was completely predictable. He's smart, he loves learning new things, he has a wealth of knowledge, and as he's demonstrated in the past he's got a bit of a wit on him. The man could only be more Ravenclaw if he were a bird of some sort! He's got other traits from other houses, sure - but Ravenclaw is not only what he most embodies, it's also what he most values.

SLYTHERIN:
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.
And here we go, the most god damn predictable results!
...wait, the protagonist is on there? Ahahahahahaha WHOOPS!
In all seriousness, Két and her counterpart are very much Slytherins. I knew this even before I took the quiz. Because Két is not a traditional hero. She's very ambitious- although her RP counterpart perhaps displays it more- in that she often tackles projects not because she thinks it'll be a nice learning experience, but because she knows it'll be somehow 'worth it'. 'Cunning' isn't a bad trait to have, either. Being crafty and able to talk your way out of things, using your opponent to your advantage, thinking up new plots and plans as they're needed... that's not a villainous trait, that's a Guile Hero! And resourcefulness. Of course they're resourceful! They're awares! They're literally using and abusing the world around them for their own needs. Everyone seems to view Slytherin as a sort of evil house, but no- Slytherins just follow their own moral code. And while that's often times not a good thing, it can just as often be the right mix for someone willing to screw the rules to do what's right.

Then there's the bird. Silverado is a Slytherin, to absolutely no one's surprise. He's constantly manipulating the people around him with his cunning, he's resourceful as heck considering his current situation, and his ambition is off the charts. But that's not to say it's because he's evil. No, even when he's on your side he embodies those traits. He's able to use his cunning to shift a battle to his favor, use his resourcefulness to take advantage of what he's got to get what he wants, and his ambition means he won't stop until he gets it. Plus, he even has traits from the other houses- but Slytherin is the best fit for him.

Silvena is about the same as the bird. No surprise here. She's got a huge ambition, works well with what she's got, and carefully uses her cunning, when she's able, to get what she wants. But incidentally, and interestingly enough- she's also smart like a Ravenclaw, dedicated like a Hufflepuff, and has all the nerve of a Gryffindor. Just because she's more Slytherin than the others, doesn't mean she can't have traits from other houses. In fact, if she weren't in Slytherin, I'd have put her in Hufflepuff- hard working, dedicated, and very, very patient.

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