“I know good things, I know bad as well
Any witness of the world will tell
If there is sorrow, then there is beauty and trust
A secret pearl inside the heart of us...”
Khayman Stefan Zirak
Occupation: Professor of Ancient Runes at Hogwarts
ebony, dragon heartstring
6’1” (185 cm)
170 lb (77 kg)
Hand Dexterity: Right
of Birth: Bremen,
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Status: In a relationship with Kiara Talbot
(pet): Khayman’s familiar is a male falcon named Pernix.
He is fiercely loyal and
protective of Khayman. Pernix is fast, dependable,
Appearance: Khayman has straight, brown, shoulder-length hair which he sometimes pulls back into a low ponytail. He has hazel eyes, always wears black robes, and is lean but muscular.
For the most part, Khayman is soft-spoken, reserved,
and intelligent. He is incredibly
skilled with runic magic, is confident of his abilities, and keeps a cool head
in dangerous situations. He is able
to think quickly under pressure in order to determine an immediate course of
action. Khayman is never one to
remain idle—if something needs to be done, he will promptly act upon it.
A loner through nature and past experience, his
first instinct is to solve problems on his own without bothering to ask for help
from other people. In some part,
this is because he hates feeling like he owes anyone for anything. He is very
self-reliant and prefers to accomplish his goals unaided. His
reclusive personality also stems from his inherent wariness of others. Having
been betrayed by those close to him in the past, Khayman tends to expect the
same from everyone he meets; although he is considerate and respectful of those
around him, it can be quite difficult for any of them to earn his full trust. Over
the past few years, however, he has gradually begun to trust in and rely on
others more than he once did.
Khayman usually doesn’t talk about his past to
anyone and carefully guards his secrets. He
has a certain mystery about him that one can’t help but notice.
Likes: Khayman likes runic magic and often practices his spellcasting. He spends a great deal of his free time reading and enjoys watching quidditch (he used to be a seeker when he went to Hogwarts).
Dislikes: Khayman can’t stand annoying or ignorant people, as well as anyone who pries into his business or his past. He also dislikes accepting help from others, unless he realizes that he is in over his head (a situation in which he has often found himself, unfortunately).
History: Both of Khayman’s parents, Koen and
pureblood wizards. Khayman was born near Bremen, Germany,
but was raised in England
family moved there when he was nine. Although Khayman did not realize it at the
time, the reason for moving to England
so that his father could become a Death Eater and support Voldemort's pureblood
policies. About a year later, when Voldemort was defeated by Harry Potter, Koen
Zirak was among those Death Eaters who were captured and imprisoned in Azkaban.
During the next seven years, Mariel struggled with bouts of depression.
attended Hogwarts and was sorted into Ravenclaw. He was never very outgoing at
school—partially because rumors spread quickly at Hogwarts and it was hard
making friends when everyone knew that his father was a convicted Death Eater.
Nevertheless, he did form some friendships and was even a seeker on his house
team. He devoted himself to his studies and
high marks in all of his classes.
In March of his sixth
year—just following Khayman's seventeenth
birthday—Mariel finally committed
suicide. As a legal adult in the wizarding world, Khayman became the owner of
his parents' house and property.
graduating school, he sold his estate in England and returned to Germany
ancient runes with Ulrick Von Hagen, a wizard famous for his mastery of runic
magic and an old friend of Koen's. When
Von Hagen was accused of having connections to Lord Voldemort and the Death
Eaters, Khayman was also suspected. Although
all charges against Von Hagen were dropped due to a lack of substantial
evidence, Khayman wasted no time in leaving his mentor but never gave anyone an
explanation for his departure. He
taught Runic Magic at a wizarding
several years before coming to teach at Hogwarts.
after he began teaching at Hogwarts, Khayman met a young woman named Kiara
Talbot, who owned a potions shop in Hogsmeade. The
two soon became very close. Little
did he know, however, that she was actually a Death Eater who had been ordered
to befriend Khayman in hopes of turning him to Voldemort’s cause.
Following the mass break-out at Azkaban, Koen Zirak came searching for
his son. After a duel of runic magic
between father and son ended in a stalemate, Koen attempted to force Khayman to
join the Death Eaters, threatening Kiara’s life by holding her at knife-point.
Khayman pretended to go along with
his father, but stabbed the Death Eater once he began to let his guard down.
took Kiara back to the safety of Hogwarts. In
the morning, however, she wrote Khayman a letter explaining her involvement with
Voldemort and returned to Hogsmeade. There
she was confronted by Voldemort,
who would have killed her but for the intervention of Khayman and Dumbledore.
Khayman was distressed to know that the woman he loved had been lying to
him all along, but he was willing to forgive her. Shocked by this show of
love—something that was completely unknown to her, Kiara left the Death Eaters
and stayed at Hogwarts for sanctuary.
was not finished with Kiara, however, and threatened Khayman’s life in order
to blackmail her into serving him once more.
In order to protect Khayman, she made a deal with Voldemort and staged
her own death to keep her lover from searching for her.
She used a polyjuice potion to take on a new appearance and to make
another unfortunate woman look like Kiara. She
then killed the phony Kiara, leaving the Dark Mark to attract attention.
Khayman and McGonagall (now the Headmistress of Hogwarts) found what
be Kiara’s body. Devastated
by the loss of his love, Khayman became bitter and withdrawn.
Since that time, he has been consumed by a need for vengeance.
His search of Kiara’s killer has proved fruitless thus far, however,
and has left him desperate and discouraged.
((Khayman's history following his arrival at Hogwarts was all role-played out over the past few years. I'd like to thank KC, who plays Kiara, and Keb, who usually played the parts of Voldemort and Dumbledore, for their contributions.))