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Basileus Moss

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Jan 22 2018, 01:29 AM
Professor Moss was standing in that dark, damp chamber he'd called an office, looking over a worn hardcover book, a pair of phantom hands lacing his shoes. He'd always enjoyed reading, but with his old age, he'd taken to memorising a poem every week, whether it was a sonnet of Shakespeare or a dusty line from Keats' Endymion; it was a way for him to both keep his elderly mind active and to also provide a bit of fun.

As his shoes finished tightening themself and wiping the dirt from their dragon-hide surface, he pulled on one of his suit-like robes and removed his monocole, sweeping over his plant-filled office to check on the row of mandrakes kept safely in a glass case in the corner. An antique, clam-covered lamp spread down artificial, golden sunshine onto their sprouting heads. Nearby a violin was propped up, waiting to be strung and used; he made a mental note to spend an hour for his little children after his weekly supper with Professor MacLeod.

His robes billowed behind him as he strode only just down the hall, past a statue of a rather ugly looking witch with a serpent coiled around her throat, and rapped his ancient knuckles upon the door of the Slytherin Head of House. Upon recieving the invitation to enter, he raised his chin and spoke kindly to his old friend:

"Pardon my tardiness, Gwen," he said in his silky, aged voice, "I'm afraid I was having a bit of trouble memorising a line from Wordsworth; Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang, as if her song could have no ending, something, something." Basil's cold, icy eyes twinkled, his smile not quite reaching them as he took a seat at Gwen's table, waving a hand dismissively.

Gwendolyn MacLeod
Jan 20 2018, 07:30 PM
BASILEUS MOSS



Full Name:Basileus Ambrose Moss
Blood Status: Pure-blood
Nationality: Irish
Place of Birth: Ballycastle, Ireland
Date of Birth: November 15th, 1987
Age: 90
Spoken Languages: English, Gaelic, Latin and German.
Relationship Status: Widowed.

APPEARANCE

Eyes: An icy, pale blue.
Hair: Snowy white.
Height: 5'11"

Look Description: Basileus was once a slender young man with vibrant ginger hair, but since his ascension into antiquity, he's become round and very pale with a few specks of age-spots here and there (predominantly on his hands). In his old age, he looks to be a very wise yet imperious man, with cold, icy eyes that never quite meet his smile. He has very severe posture, almost always with his hands tied behind his back.

Dressing Style: Moss prefers to wear robes tailored in the style of a suit, often of grey, black and the occasional green. His left eye is "foggy" and often requires a monocole when reading or doing precision work, and additionally gives him an air of a banker or aristocrat. Usually worn on his right lapel of his robes is an ancestral pin of a single, golden harp.

PERSONALITY

Character Description: Basileus has always been an eccentric and ambitious fellow; from a young age he spent most of his time reading or composing music, and was known for his time at Hogwarts due to his incessant playing of the violin. In addition to this, he was known for his charm and dry, quit wit, and became rather popular, though mostly amongst his professors and similar-minded (and similar-blooded) peers.

Even in his old age, he is rather peculiar oddities and habits, such as talking or naming his plants, playing violin to them, or conducting what others might see as extremely questionable experiments (particularly with carnivorous plants).

In the academic setting, Professor Moss is a very airy, soft-spoken man with a gleam in his eye (how you interpret it is up to you). Incredibly biased and awfully condescending, he is unafraid of discipline or becoming authorative. He favours Slytherin students above all others, though in general he will spoil students particularly interested primarily in Herbology.

Quirks: Basileus has a unique love and adoration for his plants; while he often occupies his off-hours with composing or listening to classical music, he does devote an hour each day to playing the violin for his mandrakes.

Strengths: Passionate. Clever. Observant. Ambitious. Quiet. Creative.

Weaknesses: Egotistical. Cold. Imperious. Cruel. Calloused. Snobbish. Smoking.

Likes: Herbology. Classical music (most notably the violin). Reading. Art museums. Midnight walks. Smoking.

Dislikes: Insolence. Disobedience. Brashness. Loud people. Babies. Poor manners. Crude jokes. Lawn mowers.

Boggart: To lose his position and prestige.

Patronus: A worm.

Patronus Memory: His first time in the greenhouses at Hogwarts.

Magic

Wand: Cedar. Dragon-heartstring. 15". Stern.

Strength: Curses and transfiguration.
Weakness: Charms.


EDUCATION

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (1998-2005)
House: Slytherin

O.W.L. Results
O - Ancient Runes
O - Arithmancy
O - Astronomy
O - DADA
O - Herbology
O - History of Magic
O - Potions
O - Transfiguration
E - Charms

N.E.W.T. Results
O - Ancient Runes
O - DADA
O - Herbology
O - Potions
O - Transfiguration
E - Charms

Hogwarts University (2013-2020)
2005-2010
Courses: Herbology, Potions, and Ancient Runes.

Harshwell's Premiere Institution for Herbologists (2020-2025)
Courses: Potions and Poisons, Healing Herbs, and Mandragora Science.

Private Apprenticeship (2025-2032)
Master: Hubert Gallywick

PROFESSION

Position: Herbology Professor at Hogwarts School (2074-present)
Former positions:
  • Headmaster, Harshwell's Premiere Institution for Herbologists (2061-2070)
  • Professor of Herbology, Hogwart's University (2050-2060)
  • Herbologist & Author, freelance, (2020-present)
Published Works
  • Music and Mandrakes: A Study on the Effects of the Violin (2073)
  • Demystifying the Mandragora (2064)
  • Magical Botany: Book III (2060)
  • Magical Botany: Book II (2055)
  • Magical Botany: Book I (2050)
  • Ancient Herbology: The Study of Herbology through the Ages (2045)
  • Centuries of Seeds: A Thorough Guide to the History of Herbology (2034)
  • Moss' Encyclopaedia of Poisonous Plants (2029)
  • Mandragora: An Introduction to Mandrakes (2022)
HISTORY & FAMILY

Father: Barnabas Moss (deceased).
Mother: Imelda Moss (deceased).
Siblings: Peter Moss (alive), Alberta Prim (deceased).

Wife: Regina Moss (deceased).
Children: Mandragora Moss (alive), Dittany Moss (alive), Gillyweed Moss (alive).

Pet: A crow, named after the Italian opera composer, Vincenzo Bellini.

Background: Basileus was the first-born child of Barnabas and Imelda Moss, born in Ballycastle, Ireland, at the ancestral family manor house overlooking the North Atlantic. While he was only four years older than his twin siblings, Peter and Alberta, he felt an immediate sense of adulthood at a very young age, and often spent his time on the grounds of the estate and in his father's library. With unfettered access to his father's books, Basil took an immediate interest to historic texts, primarily those focusing on herbology, wizarding wars, and Ireland.

Upon recieving his acceptance letter into Hogwarts, Basileus had already begun an unnatural obsession with the violin. Undoubtedly, his violin made it's way to Hogwarts with him and eventually became the bane of his classmate's existence. He was sorted into Slytherin, just as his father and mother were before him, and became incredibly infatuated with herbology. While his violin earned him a reputation, it only enhanced his charm; during his time at Hogwarts, he was a treasured oddity and remarkably popular. He was respectively made Prefect and Head Boy.

Following graduation, Basil pursued secondary education at Hogwarts University, and following his graduation from there (with top marks), he applied to Harshwell's Premiere Institution for Herbologists, a private and very select academy known for producing some of England's most elite herbologists. Following his graduation, he spent another seven years as an apprentice to a very famous herbologist, Hubert Gallywick. He married his wife, Regina, the following autumn. They would go on to have three daughters over the course of the next three years.

After spending nearly nineteen years after Hogwarts pursuing more education, Basil had already published two herbology texts, Mandragora: An Introduction to Mandrakes (2022) and Moss' Encyclopaedia of Poisonous Plants (2029). Both texts were recieved well, though the latter was awarded a newcomer herbologist prize in 2030. After recieving a steady income from his published works, Moss spent another twenty years writing and researching books, amassing a great fortune and reputation within the herbology community.
In 2050, he accepted a position as a guest-speaker at Hogwarts University, which eventually lead to an immediate job following then-Herbology Professor, Maggie McPinch's, sudden death.

Basileus spent the next ten years as a Hogwarts University professor, until he was contacted by the board of Governors of Harshwell's Premiere Institution for Herbologists, offering him a position as Headmaster. While he enjoyed the university, he took the position not only for the prestige but also the opportunity to visit London and his daughter, Mandragora.

After the death of his wife in 2070, Basil retired from his position at Harshwell's and travelled to Venice, where he secluded himself in his work (at the time, a thorough study on the use of music to soothe mandrakes). After three years, Moss was lured out of his depressive hiding by an old colleague, Professor MacLeod, his daughters, and the Hogwart's board of governor's, who offered him a position at Hogwart's School. He joined the school in January of 2074.
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