View Full Version : Daphne Quest (Harry Potter CYOA)

January 27th, 2015, 08:00 PM
GMed by Enigmatic Fellow and alfheimwanderer


You are Daphne Greengrass, a prospective first year of the esteemed school for Hogwarts. Being the scion of a prestigious family of witches and wizards, it's only natural that you were accepted.

While finally being able to go to school makes you feel ecstatic, there is still the fact that there are familial expectations for high performance along with the threats that your peers may pose. While in the roughest sense, it might not be inaccurate to call them 'friends', the truth behind friendship in polite society, which everyone knows, but no one talks about, is that every one of them is willing to throw the others under a carriage in order to further their own goals.

Knowing this, you decided to work on a certain skill in advance in order stay ahead of the game.

[] Conversation skills
[] Knowledge of family trees
[] Basic Spells

Having just boarded the train, you manage to catch some interesting gossip - the Boy-Who-Lived may be coming to Hogwarts this year. Which house he will be in has been a topic of much interest to your peers, as well as what he is capable of. Personally, you're curious too, but have other concerns on your mind.

The most immediate of these is where to sit: the cabin with your friends or the empty cabin? Both have their advantages. Catching up with with your peers ensures that you are up to date with the latest gossip and know what has been going on among your future housemates. Meanwhile, going to the empty cabin could let you learn something new by talking to someone not normally within your circle, and as much as Ravenclaw is said to be the house of Knowledge, Slytherins value it too, for how that knowledge can be applied.

So where will you go?

[] Cabin with friends
[] Empty cabin


Welcome to Daphne Quest everyone. Before we get everything started, let's go over a few rules. Daphne has a few skills she can work on in order to make her life easier. They are conversation, history, intrigue, and spells. Conversation concerns with how well Daphne can talk to her peers, mainly things like the ability to convince and flatter people. History concerns past knowledge of the wizarding world. Intrigue deals with plotting machinations, and current happenings of the wizarding world. And spells mainly deals with the various spells that Daphne learns. Each spell gets their sub-categories which can be worked on. All the choices in this quest will increase Daphne's skills in these various categories, but it will be up to the player to determine which choice does what and how to allocate them. And with that, good luck participating in this quest.

January 27th, 2015, 08:01 PM
[x] be rescued by fred and thelma after falling into the trap for the monster.

January 27th, 2015, 08:03 PM
[X] Conversation skills
[X] Empty cabin

Going to make the wizard mob in Hogwarts.

January 27th, 2015, 09:06 PM
[x] Conversation
[x] Empty Cabin

Sakuraba Haru
January 27th, 2015, 09:25 PM
[X] Knowledge of family trees
[X] Cabin with friends

January 27th, 2015, 10:03 PM
So i gotta ask what's up the harry potter choose your own adventures? Are they like all linked, or is there just a sudden rise in popularity?

January 27th, 2015, 10:11 PM
As far as I know, there's only two HP CYOAs here. Also, this will be a pure HP story with no Nasuverse elements.

January 29th, 2015, 12:04 AM
Guys, just so you know, we're closing the vote tonight in a few hours. So if you want to get your opinion heard, please cast your votes now!

January 29th, 2015, 12:07 AM
[] Basic Spells
[] Empty cabin

January 29th, 2015, 10:07 PM
[] Conversation skills
[] Cabin with friends

January 29th, 2015, 10:17 PM
The vote has been called quite a while ago.

Anyways, the upcoming post for the CYOA is getting looked over.

January 29th, 2015, 10:39 PM
Feeling a bit adventurous, and wanting a chance to learn something from fresh company, you enter the empty cabin with the grace expected of you and sit down. Not long after, a young woman enters as well, a blonde wearing robes trimmed with blue, adorned with a badge with emblazoned with the letter 'P' - P for Prefect, of course.

"Hello there," said the new arrival. "We prefects normally sit in a car of our own, but couldn't help but notice a first year all alone as I was making my rounds. Penelope Clearwater, by the way."

You can't say that 'Clearwater' is a surname you're familiar with. Perhaps this person is a muggleborn or a half-blood taking a muggle name? Either way, you probably wouldn't want your peers to learn of this encounter in the case the former was true.

"Greetings, Prefect Clearwater, my name is Daphne Greengrass. It's a pleasure to make the acquaintance of someone of your exalted position who is willing to keep a first year company."

"No need to thank me, I only thought it was the right thing to do, since first year can be bothersome if you don't know anyone. Still I am rather surprised that you didn't join your peers."

Could the prefect possibly be talking about the rumors of the Boy Who Lived being in this train, which a good number of her fellow first years had acted on, actively prowling the train in search of him?

"I see no reason to do that after arriving so late on the train. No doubt the cabin he's in is already filled to the brim. There's no point in pursuing something already lost."

"Wise words," the prefect said approvingly.

Before the conversation could continue, another student around Clearwater's age entered the cabin. He was wearing robes identical to your conversation partner, as well as that same badge.

"Ah, Penelope, so that was where you were. Here I was, busy guiding a first year to an available cabin, and on my way back, I find you slacking on the job?"

"Oh, sod off, Hilliard. The head boy and girl will understand that keeping a first year company is good use of my time."

"Well, if you say so. Anyways, I'm off to finish my rounds. Catch you later."

You hear the remaining prefect grumble for a bit, catching words like 'prankster' and 'no right'. It's probably best for you to wait until she composes herself before going on.

Not too long afterwards, the two of you then continue your conversation. It was small talk for the most part. However...

"A word of advice. Professor Snape always asks a question concerning the Draught of Living Death in his first lesson. You can easily score some house points if you volunteer to answer it."

Before too long, the train reaches its destination. The older girl left your cabin before the trip was finished, so you depart with the other first years to be ferried into Hogwarts. And before too long, you find yourself in a line with a number of other students to get sorted into your houses, alongside the people you will call friends for the next seven years.

"Daphne Greengrass," the austere voice of Professor McGonagall then calls out to you.

Before the hat was completely on your head, the worn headwear immediately exclaimed "Slytherin!"

The other selections didn't surprise you that much. The Weasley was quickly sorted into Gryffindor while Draco and his retinue were sorted into Slytherin.

It was then that the most anticipated sorting began when the hat was put upon the head of Harry Potter. Unlike many of the other students it sorted, the Sorting Hat took its time, muttering into the ear of the Boy Who Lived.

"Ravenclaw!" The hat unexpectedly announced. All but one house was puzzled when Potter walked towards the Ravenclaw table, though most at least politely clapped. Certainly not the cheer Gryffindor would have made, or the dead silence that would probably have resulted if he'd gone into Slytherin. Well, so you think.

And then the Feast finished, with everyone led off to their dormitories in order to rest for the first day of class.


So, what three classes will Greengrass focus on the most for this year?

[] Astronomy
[] Charms
[] Defense Against the Dark Arts
[] Herbology
[] History of Magic
[] Potions
[] Transfiguration

January 30th, 2015, 01:03 PM
Let's see... DADA sucked in the first year, as I recall. So let's go with Charms, Transfiguration, and Potions.

January 30th, 2015, 01:13 PM
I'm pretty sure that second year's DADA was shit, while the two-face was a very capable lecturer.

January 30th, 2015, 01:17 PM
[X] Potions
[X] Transfiguration
[X] Charms

January 30th, 2015, 03:35 PM
I'm pretty sure that second year's DADA was shit, while the two-face was a very capable lecturer.I was under the impression that first year was shit and second year was worse. Then third and fourth years are good, followed by the awful fifth year.

January 30th, 2015, 03:41 PM
I was under the impression that first year was shit and second year was worse. Then third and fourth years are good, followed by the awful fifth year.

Fourth year was probably ironically the best.

February 1st, 2015, 09:31 PM
[] Transfiguration
[] Astronomy
[] Potions

February 2nd, 2015, 10:01 PM
Anyways, calling the vote here. I'll get started with the post.

February 3rd, 2015, 07:40 PM
Well, your first days of classes were rather uneventful. Only the basics that you were already taught were really brought to attention. And with charms, it's as if you already know a third of the subject since you already memorized some basic spells.

Still, some classes did offer you some difficulty. Transfiguration, in particular, was a rather complicated field to get into. So much so that you decided to put more effort into it than your other classes. Meanwhile, potions is another hard subject due to its subtleties. From what Clearwater and your textbook told you, potioneering's difficulty comes from the fact that a potion brewer must have an intricate understanding of the preparation, ingredients, heat, and stirring methods among other things to strive to competent levels.

As a Slytherin, it would serve you well to perform to the potions professor's satisfaction seeing that he happens to be your head of house.

And it is with that thought that you enter Friday's class. While most of your house mates were simply watching Professor Snape give out the lecture and grill a certain red head when he acted inappropriately, you were waiting for the opportune moment.

"Mr. Weasley, what would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?"

All that Ron could do was stare blankly. Chances are that Professor Snape was using the boy as a springboard for anyone in Slytherin to answer the question. Something made all the more apparent when he turned towards the Slytherin side of the class.

"Does anyone know the answer to that question?"

Not too soon, you raised your hand and allowed the professor to acknowledge you.

"That would create the Draught of the Living Death, sir."

Instead of simply praising, or at least even bothering to acknowledge the fact that you answered correctly, the potions master pressed on.

"Ms. Greengrass, where would you look if I were to asked you to find a bezoar?"

Given the ease of this question, it appears that Professor Snape just wants an excuse to give Slytherin even more points since he knows that you would be able to answer it. And it looks like you're not the only one who realized that as a girl with brown hair on the other side of the class looked your way. Meanwhile, another brown-haired girl continued to raise her hand despite the fact that no one is looking her way or is willing to acknowledge her.

"You would find it in the stomach of a goat, sir."

"And what is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?"

"They are both Aconite."

"Good, Ms. Greengrass. That would be five points for knowing the first question, and another five points for reading your text book."

He then turns around.

"Well, why aren't you all copying this down?"

After a terse lecture which lasted for the rest of the first class, the potions master then asked for groups of two to be formed for a practical lesson.

You were about to ask one of your friends to partner up with you when someone else came up to you. Upon closer inspection, you recognize her as the same person looking your way as you were answering the professor's questions.

"Sorry to interrupt you, but I noticed that you answered those questions correctly earlier. My name is Fay Dunbar, and my friend is too under the weather to go to class today. It may seem a bit weird, but would you mind partnering up with me for at least this lesson?"

And it is a bit weird for her to say that seeing as the both of you are from two different houses who just happen to be great rivals. No doubt your peers would find such an arrangement to be queer as well; however, you do know that Dunbar is at least a pureblood family. Not to mention an enemy of the Malfoys. While you can't exactly go against the Malfoy scion directly, having someone you know willing to do that for you can be useful seeing that most Slytherins will likely be siding with Draco for now.

[] Partner up with Dunbar
[] Partner up with another Slytherin

February 3rd, 2015, 07:42 PM
[X] Partner up with Dunbar

February 4th, 2015, 11:28 AM
[x] Partner with Dunbar

February 4th, 2015, 04:16 PM
[X] Partner up with Dunbar

February 6th, 2015, 12:28 AM
It's been long enough of a wait. Calling the vote here.

February 6th, 2015, 01:29 AM
Seeing this as an opportunity to broaden your horizons, you decided to accept Dunbar's offer to the dismay of some of your house mates. Their loss if they can't understand your reasonings for partnering up with her. Its not as if you can allow Malfoy to easily keep his top position amongst the first years.

And with that, Dunbar and yourself gather around a pair of cauldrons and set to work. Before you even get the time to open your book, however, your new partner has already begun heating the cauldron. And as you manage to get the book open, Dunbar silently gestures for you not to bother, showing you some handwritten notes she has on hand. Judging from the contents of it, the instructions seem to stray from the rest of what the students are doing. While you don't exactly understand how the cure for boils potion can be brewed faster without the need for a wand, you decide to trust your new partner due to the confidence with which she moves. Perhaps one of her relatives is an expert potioneer and gave her some notes to be ahead of the rest of her class? Your family did something similar by teaching you some basic charms early, after all

So you assisted Dunbar as the potion turned various colors as it heated from red to pink. And the rest of the class mixed various ingredients into their potions and constantly stirred, you two simply poured ingredients into the cauldron as the potion continued to get hotter. No foolish wandwork, no additional motions necessary. And it turns out your hunch was right, as the potion was brewed several hours faster than the book stated it would take while still having that characteristic pink color.

The Potions Master took one look at the brew, giving it a slight nod of approval before moving on to look after the other groups. Apparently, one of them melted a cauldron. Despite the success both Dunbar and yourself had in brewing the potion, the atmosphere remained tense as Professor Snape berated the two students responsible for the mess.

Still, the class did eventually end and you and your first year housemates are now free to do whatever you want on the weekend.

[] Talk with friends
[] Study [insert subject]
[] Explore the castle

February 6th, 2015, 02:27 AM
[x] Explore the castle

February 6th, 2015, 11:45 PM
[x] Talk with friends

February 7th, 2015, 08:41 PM
Posting to let everyone know that there's twelve hours 'til the deadline.

February 8th, 2015, 07:19 PM
Last chance all. Vote is tied!

February 11th, 2015, 02:50 AM
It's always best to be on top of the current events, so you decide to meet up with your friends to engage in some conversation.

Trawling around the common room, you see a group of girls that you recognize, chief among them being Pansy Parkinson who is whispering to them rather conspiratorially. Seeing as it would be ill served to miss this, you head towards the group to see what was going on.

"It just makes you wonder about loyalties, doesn't it?"

And Parkinson is already hard at work discrediting you. Little surprise there, since you're the most prominent of the first year girls and she's always been a jealous b--witch. Chances are that she's doing this in order to undermine your own reputation while simultaneously increasing her own clout within Slytherin. Well, that certainly won't be happening at your expense.

"Are you simply insulting me out of jealousy, Parkinson?"

While a bit surprised by your presence, your verbal assailant quickly recovers with her own retort.

"Since you're here, Greengrass, why don't you answer for yourself?"

Rather strange of Parkinson to give you a chance to defend herself. She must be rather confident that she will be able to counter your response to act in this manner. No matter, there are a number of ways to resolve this.

You can return the favor by addressing how insecure she is, citing how she is constantly hanging onto Malfoy, as if he'd forget about her if she ever left his sight. On the other hand, you can note that you know that Dunbar is good at potions and that partnering with her might allow you to curry favor with the Head of House. Then again, if Dunbar were to hear that you said that, it could damage your relationship with her.

[] verbally assault Parkinson
[] attempt to raise your prestige

February 11th, 2015, 03:06 AM
Hum. Attempting to raise our prestige seems like it'd be more effective for the short run, but that warning about it damaging our relationship with Dunbar makes me kind of nervous. I guess I'll vote to [X]Verbally Assault Parkinson, though, if someone comes up with a good write in I'll probably switch to that.

February 13th, 2015, 03:11 AM
[x] Verbally assault Parkinson.

February 17th, 2015, 12:00 AM
[x] Be dismissive of Parkinson, your better than her so no reason to play on her level or risk alienating your lab partner

February 17th, 2015, 12:28 AM
Sorry for the delay guys. I'll call the vote here and start writing something up.