[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 30 Oct 2018.]
Ch 4: Nyd [ao3]
Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy
Add:  Hermione Granger,  Original Non-Human Character(s)
Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley
Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs
Add:  Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic;  Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures
Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Original Non-Human Character(s). Added to Tags: Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures.
A/N: I hope readers have a Happy Hallowe’en, Samhain, Nos Galan Gaeaf, etc.
Excerpt featuring the original non-human character, Ouroboros:
A small white platter appeared, and it curled around the edge looking like a hyper realistic decoration. Its small body shook as it twisted and heaved, objects falling from its mouth – a small shower of wheat with their bristly heads and soft protected kernels. The snake spoke quietly, “I am Ouroboros. I saw the first harvest, and I shall hold witness to the last. The Tawch and the Helion were once one magical group, caring for the shrines of the Ancients and helping those without magic. Push the seasons forward, pull the harvest from the ground, give your blood, take the blood of the animals. Until Nyd – a famine.”
Harry watched silently as the snake swished its tail to hide the wheat from view, “The Ancients wanted willing blood, and the Helion refused to listen. They started turning their backs on the ponds, wells, sacred groves, and left the forests. The Tawch were not happy, but they listened and gave First Sacrifice to the earth. She was the willing blood that stopped the famine, but the Helion never forgave”, the snake paused to let deep red drops of blood fall from its mouth onto the porcelain and stirred a few heads of wheat into the bright mess with its tail, “Helion forgot the Ancients, forgot the magic in blood. They separate themselves from Darkness and call the shadows betrayal. The Tawch listen to blood, and try to remember in their own way.”
The small snake turned its gaze to Harry, and he couldn’t help but nod at the story. While it was sparse in details, there was an intensity and importance to what had been revealed. He swallowed nervously as the snake slid off the platter and meandered closer. Its body twisted ever so slightly and a few blossoms fell from its mouth, small white whirls, before it tasted the air above his left arm, “Remember basil’s lesson, Seeker. She will help you find dignity and courage when facing death.”