Name: Ignatieff Popovsky
Birthday: September 8th
Former House: Graduate of Durmstrang School
Please list your character's three personal desires:
1. To carry on the grand tradition of the Popovsky Magical Circus
2. To find his missing grandchild Sofia
3. To recruit a successor to the Circus
What is your character's main weakness?
Popovsky has a paranoid fear for his family’s welfare. As an entertainer, he’s seen a lot of strange things in his travels, and he does have enemies that would probably like to get back at him for some youthful transgressions. This was part of the reason that he has stayed in the Circus business.
What is your character's main strength?
Popovsky is tough and determined, and can “see through a brick wall” in time, or so it is said.
Description: Popovsky is a huge man, standing well over 6’4” tall and weighing some 20 stone. He has twinkling dark brown eyes and dark, dark brown hair, and always wear a full beard. Despite his huge girth, he is light on his feet, and is still strong and hearty. The stress of running the circus mostly shows in his creased face and streaks of gray and white in his beard and thinning hair. There’s little doubt that Popovsky is near, for he has a booming voice and a charismatic presence. He’s also well-dressed for a large man, with a tailor and seamstress that travel with his family in the huge circus caravan. These people make his custom show clothing, Ringmaster’s costume, and regular clothing that he wears when he’s not in front of the public. He speaks several languages (no one really know how many past the first few); and even when drunk, can keep his wits about him.
Personality: Popovsky is bombastic, loud, and egotistical, but he can be extremely kind to those he knows. His show persona is world famous, and he can often be seen talking with the smallest and least important patron of his circus to get their opinion of how it can be improved. He’s also unusually generous to his employees, which has earned him a fair amount of loyalty from them.
Like most circuses, it’s a tight family-like structure, but recently, Popovsky has introduced a profit-sharing scheme, and this has elevated his circus and earned him further respect, even from the lowliest tent-rigger wizard. This generosity extends to his family. However, in business beyond his circus, he is no-nonsense, and can be very unforgiving to any contractors that fail to live up to the standards he sets for his circus. He does have an explosive temper at times, but he keeps it in check fairly well.
As with most wizards, Popovsky has been tempted by the Dark Arts, but has shunned them for the majority of his life. He’s a stable man now where he wasn’t in his youth, and he worries that something will come back to haunt him.
Family background: Ignatieff Popovsky claims to come from a pureblood family of some antiquity in Moscow, and he even married a pureblood woman (his wife of 35 years). He seems to have a good education in magic and graces. However, his family is actually quite a humble one, and when he was 17, he changed his name after working briefly as a strong man in a different circus. That troupe has long since disbanded, so few people remain that might remember the young, dark-haired man of his youth. He never talks about his past, except the past of the Popovsky Circus. His wife is the only one who knows his real name, but as she is loyal to him, and he has left it behind, she keeps his secret. In recent years, he suspects that someone from his past is responsible for the kidnapping of a young granddaughter by one of his five daughters. However, this girl, Sofia, was a talented Seer, and was happy with the Circus life, so despite rumors that she ran off with some handsome beau, Popovsky doesn’t believe it. He uses the circus to seek for the girl in any area he comes to, and usually employs loyal members of his circus to search for clues.
The circus itself is a law-abiding organization, and although it has harbored some questionable individuals over the last 20 years, it’s not a Dark Carnival of dubious characters. In the magical world, it’s inevitable that some dark things have followed it and its employees around, but they’ve never given it serious trouble. Popovsky has two sons that help him with the day-to-day running of the circus, and are strong and capable like their father. He loves his family, and will do everything in his power to protect them. As a wizard himself, he ostensibly graduated from Durmstrang, whereas in fact he left school early and changed his name as previously noted.
Total points: 4
Good at Defensive Magic: (2) His paranoid fears and concern for the safety of his family has made Popovsky a capable user of Defense Against the Dark Arts Spells. His 12” holly wand with dragon-heartstring core is never far from his grasp.
Poor at Divination: the talent runs in his family, but Popovsky has never tried to practice the art; and in fact, he really fears Diviners and Seers. Although he has them in abundance in his Circus, he doesn’t keep more than casual company with them.
Good at Care of Magical Creatures (2) As the circus Ringmaster, one of the key attractions is his menagerie of magical creatures of many exotic types. For this reason, his long association with trainers, keepers and beast hunters has made him an expert in the field.
Poor at Astronomy: Popovsky doesn’t read portents, so he has little time for study of the stars, and his education has been mostly that of life, so he has had little academic learning in topics like Astronomy.
Unused points: 0