Unrecorded Pantheon Round Table #1

@unrecorded-pantheon-roundtable’s Call for Submissions post [link]. (This will be crossposted on tumblr.)

#1: Who is your pantheon, and how did you come to them?

I don’t really have a pantheon so much as I have a loose amalgamation of People. The short version is that I’ve got a habit of peppering in P/pagan references into fiction, even if it’s slightly tweaking a deity or practice into a fictionalized version, and sometimes, They interact like They’re not so fictional. (Yes, even if it’s “just a fanfic”.)

My WIP “Kai” led to a particular alliance (SWA) [“Writing (or discovering) New Faces“] that’s much more noticeably based on deities the readers may have heard about. The universe of the fic allows for deities outside of the alliance to be referenced, which is how a particular Face of Loki wound up showing up [“Horsehair Lace“].

Several of my WIPs have deities that pagans would quite likely recognize as fictionalized versions. The Ancients in “Darkling” include Holly and Oak as a reference to the Holly King and Oak King and neopagan holiday references, and “Kintsugi” has a particular flavor of the Lord and Lady archetype that’s been tailored to that universe with references to other deities (honoring the land-spirit also forms part of the home and hearth centered practice). “BSL” and “Coven” share a universe with tree based titles for the fictionally tweaked deities, but they touch more on community recognized mourning rituals and edge into sacred endarkenment rather than getting into the specifics of deities per se (at least, in the current drafts).

I address it more directly in “Belief and Laity in (my) Fiction“, but there’s a noticeable component across these fics that the community level or individual level of cathartic rituals can be more relevant than whether the character actually believes in the deities in question. It really depends on the universe and what the main plot is, but in some of the fics, this is because there are outside temple/hof/grove structures with priests and priestesses, the character is an outsider being introduced to the system, and/or the cultural element is more important so deities have been synchronized or can be approached as conceptualizations of magical forces.

Quite frankly, the hodge-podge feel of these inter-pantheon collectives and allowances for other (potentially interfaith) religious beliefs with cultural interaction with these deities makes for a buffet of potential interaction. Karnon and Zisa have dropped by (“Kintsugi”), a Tawch holiday has sometimes been relevant (“Darkling”), and there’s been occasional interest in the details of who gets which tree title for what reason (that may one day turn into a pantheon or collective from “BSL”/”Coven”).

I’ve been more caught up in Death & Co (referenced previously on this blog), Who are not connected to any fictional stories, so I don’t really have a cohesive practice featuring any of these other potential People. I’m a bit resistant at times because of past misinterpretation issues, in which a previous foray into a highly individual path was later declared null and void, but I would like to note that one of The Ancients who’s currently seen more screen time in the story – Ouroboros (aka The Time-Keeper) – apparently made it into a reader’s dream [thread link]. While I’m aware this doesn’t make Ouroboros “more legitimate”, I definitely saw it as a nudge that I may not be repeating a miscommunication issue again.

Belief and Laity in (my) Fiction

As much as I’d like to think there isn’t some similarity in how I’ve included peripheral P/pagan elements in fanfic lately, I think there’s the possibility.

“Kai” is an example of where I very clearly look like I rifled through the pockets of some pagan spaces and Wiki pages to form deities because it’s currently the only one where known names are used and there’s a clear priest(ess) and laity divide. Quite literally, there are temples, groves, hofs, etc. where religious people handle the communal shrine keeping, organizing rites, offering xyz services as part of their sacred duties, and offering a variety of divination related services, and then there are people who are semi-agnostic but fulfill the basic requirements for the deity’s patronage. (The details vary, but even when someone’s getting divination and a particular cathartic rite done, it’s very ‘live and let live’ on what they believe as long as they’re respectful.)

“Darkling” is a few steps removed from that because the clergy and religious components aren’t as widespread. The Dark community has experienced peaceful co-religious blending, being forced to new areas where assimilating into that place’s majority religion was inevitable after centuries, and in some instances, forced or faux conversions (as Christianization has been interpreted as one component of some Light communities).

This means that ‘the Ancients’ and the residual pagan flavors in certain holidays feel more like folkloric customs (an expression of culture rather than religious belief), and this allows for different levels of interfaith Dark communities from one country to another. The characters who are the main points of reference for the Dark community in the story take a stance where the Ancients are conceptualizations of magical forces more so than deities they ought to hold certain beliefs about.

“BSL” and “Coven” more or less share a Universe where the differences lie in when and how Harry is introduced to this toned down iteration of the Dark/Grey/Light divide (hard of hearing!Sirius post-PoA vs ‘curse damage as chronic pain’ post-war). Honestly, I wanted to make magical equivalents to wheelchairs based on clouds, and this whole disability, chronic illness, and chronic pain element showed up (magical accessibility aids, spell-signing, we don’t have space for my spell stuff). The coven structure that includes inter-pantheon religious stuff actually isn’t quite as prominent (in the plot and what I’ve worked out in the notes).

In “Coven”, Harry’s exposure has more to do with seeking out a means of mourning and catharsis that’s lacking in the Light community. Like, religion is kind of there, fictionalized titles are used instead of deity names, and some people believe, but it’s mostly a coping mechanism during grief (in part, because Dark folks have a community-wide recognized rite, support roles, and reintegration timeline that recognizes mourning while supporting the mourner).

“Kintsugi” is a little different in that the plot and Universe have to accommodate this underground, international, consensual D/s system. While I was thinking about how some people combine Pagan beliefs and BDSM, I didn’t really want to get into the particulars that might lead to ‘but why did you use my deity?’ conversations where the point of having divine support for D/s roles and rituals could get lost. So, I made a specific point of fictional tweaking to the two main deities for this system, so that readers hopefully wouldn’t focus too much on who the deities were and would pay attention to how they help a new power dynamic pair.

The inter-pantheon home practices are dependent more on familial lineages, change from one generation to another, and can have a variety of other deities (who may be more recognizable), but this winds up being very ‘home and hearth’ focused rather than the community element from other fics shining through. (It may feel familiar to people used to being solitaries with home focused practices.)

Ultimately, between all of these fics, there’s not really a sense that someone ought to hold a certain belief system or that it’s better for them to personally believe in these pagan-ish deities. It’s more that engaging in certain rituals, which may be communal or solitary, can be cathartic or otherwise beneficial to the individual. If we really delve into whether a deity exists, there’s some sort of transactional and/or reciprocal element (human does A and deity does B because it’s an arrangement). In more than one, the community aspect comes through because of grieving and mourning processes (seeing as how I’m writing HP fic, this isn’t just because I’ve got opinions on how people do or do not turn to religious communities while grieving something).

It doesn’t feel unrealistic, but it also does have moments where I worry it’s a touch impersonal. Even in scenes where there’s near death experiences and interaction with a deity in some way (rites, divination, etc.), the deities sort of just exist. The main characters whose points of view are telling the story aren’t the ones who necessarily have to believe in the deities, often don’t have solitary rites or devotional activities, and often don’t have personal connections with the deities. Other people are the ones doing the divination, starting and maintaining the shrines, planning the rites, and so on.

Writing (or discovering) New Faces

I’ve tried writing more than one draft for explaining how I’ve gotten myself into this situation, but it basically boils down to using some element of a deity in a fictional story [a fanfic in this case] and accidentally having Them show up.

It was more along the lines of asking myself what would happen if the Wizarding World kept some elements of P/pagan practices because there were particular elements of magic that couldn’t be separated from them. This means that making an Oath to Someone in “Kai” comes with access to certain magic, benefits from Their temple/grove/hof/etc. (involves priests and priestesses), and a certain amount of protection from the patron deity. F’ex, a certain Vanic Goddess provides patronage around setting prices and enforcing payments, and Her hof also offers food assistance (similar to a food bank).

Keeping in mind that this was originally developed for a story including sex work, I came up with an amount of inter-pantheon cooperation and drawing very specific lines in the sand on what each deity was associated with to make that work. I did not set out to claim historical accuracy on sacred prostitution that may or may not have actually happened in the past, and some of the terminology in the notes may not be accurate to how they were actually used (a hetaira in this story doesn’t provide full service sex work and may have a variety of ‘companionate’ services, f’ex).

Some of the notes are plot specific and/or have very little page-to-life extrapolation because of the fictional magic element. However, needless to say, I got the attention of some of the deities who are included in this, more Faces had thoughts on how an alliance would feature sex work adjacent areas, and Someone decided this was ‘real enough’ to push me in the direction of a messenger for the collective.

Initially, I really thought I had fucked up on my divination/interpretation skills because I’m a civilian, and I just wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this alliance of Faces. Then I found myself digging into Pose (*), following general sex work info blogs on tumblr, and starting to get exposure to advocacy groups (decriminalization efforts here in the US and international efforts).

(The “no one should breathe about this in your vicinity until you’re 18” tactic doesn’t mean you instantly get a download of all the knowledge you’re supposed to know once you’re “old enough”. But it’s not about being perfect right out of the gate. Sometimes, you read a resource, realize ‘oh, I shouldn’t have been phrasing X like that’, and you change. It’s called growth.gif)

I tend to reblog sex work related content (research, activism, news stories) on one of my tumblr blogs, so I don’t think it’ll suddenly take over here. It’s more that I can’t really deny the Sex Worker Alliance (SWA) is sort of doing Their thing in the background, and I sometimes get poked to support via signal boosting.

(*) Pose isn’t the only piece of media to feature sex workers, but it is a currently well-known example of a tv show produced by a former sex worker showing a variety of characters engaging in multiple types of sex work, which allows for diversity in how characters feel about leaving/doing another type and differences in safety/outcomes.

Someone filled my prompt (!)

Collection: trans_positivity_fiction

Prompt: Trans Witch, Wizard, or Wix

Fandom: Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

Tags: Marauders’ Era, During Canon, First War with Voldemort, Post-First War with Voldemort, Not Epilogue Compliant, Queer Friendly

Summary: Posting for my own accountability to finish a plotbunny. Open to any relationship type (M/M, F/F, Multi, etc.). I haven’t specified characters, but I would like to see minor or background characters, especially someone other than the Trio if the character is a student at Hogwarts.

I haven’t specified Gen as a category, but for those erring towards Mature and Explicit, please avoid cross-generational ships, Teacher/student, and incest. I would ideally like to see something that isn’t torture porn or abusive, and canon can certainly be tweaked to avoid character death, especially if dealing with the Second War.

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Fulfilled by:

From the earth to the fire by  ichor (sbzpruiosnejre)

  • Gen | No Archive Warnings Apply | Complete
  • Ships: Padma Patil & Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown & Parvati Patil
  • Characters: Parvati Patil, Padma Patil, Lavender Brown
  • Tags: Trans Female Character, Minor Canonical Character(s)
  • Summary: A piece exploring Parvati Patil as she begins a new life: at Hogwarts, as a Gryffindor, as a girl.

It’s a really nice oneshot from Parvati’s POV that alternates between the summer before her First Year and just after getting Sorted. It feels nicely low stakes compared to going up against societal limitations or life-or-death stakes. Yes, there’s concern over getting a place in the girls dormitory and an instance of deadnaming, but it feels realistic for a First Year’s perspective. The details with the Patil family, the references to Parvati’s relationship to femininity, the equal weight to her twin bond altering from split Sorting. As I left in my comment, “I can’t leave enough kudos on this fic.”

@ichor responded, “I wanted to bring something that touches on those small moments you get when everybody is trying to be supportive, but ultimately are unable to help the odd slip-up. I didn’t want everything to be alright but I didn’t want Parvati to be weighed down and feeling alone. That kind of loneliness of being the only one who knows how it feels is a whole other thing.”

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Why share here?

1) A story with a trans headcanon + no angst / suffering / death = Scratches a nice itch.

[ETA (Aug 2019): I have a different story that’s going to fill this prompt (featuring genderfluid!Tonks), but I’m leaving this info here.]

2) I, uh, should get back to my fic that prompted this. #Rat Fic on tumblr (under Writing Projects >> Other Writing Projects >> Rats here on WP).

3) Admittedly, my fic has a lot going on other than the trans HC, and the main POV isn’t even the trans character (I suspect some don’t want to read Snape POV, even if it’s a Fix-It). So, I’m debating how best to pull out the trans specific portions into their own fic (Ch 1?) and tweak to Charity’s POV (Ch 2?).

4) The whole process of Charity wanting Snape to help figure out a partial Transmogrification Potion that affects certain areas instead of doing the full kit’n’kaboodle is a direct parallel to how some trans people don’t want the typical MtF/FtM transition arc covered by the media. It’s pure wish fulfillment to just handwave all dysphoria relieving and transition topics away because Magic, so I have some thoughts for realistically not-simple and not-instantaneous but still possible magic.

I just have a lot of Feelings about how fictional magical worlds can include trans people without it being “unrealistic”.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 12)

[After Tumblr’s policy update and importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 16 Dec 2018.]

Ch 12: Leonids [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: An extra chapter this week. It’s technically not a holiday or anything, but today [16 Dec] would’ve been my grandfather’s birthday (he passed in late Sept of this year).

If anyone hasn’t noticed yet, I’ve taken some inspiration from university courses when writing NEWT level classes and some of the academic details (auditing a course, the length of the assignments, professors having office hours, and such).

Sorry, but this chapter’s short enough it’s not really worth trimming out an excerpt. At the time of posting, it was a second chapter in one week, though.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 11)

[After Tumblr’s policy update and importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 11 Dec 2018.]

Ch 11: Ashwinder [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: My beta is a good irl friend of mine, so I already knew she wasn’t exactly comfortable with snakes. I initially put a trigger warning on this in my version shared with her, and just in case, someone has made it this far who is equally uncomfortable or ophidiophobic: There’s going to be a brief comparison to a choking / strangling feeling when Ouroboros as the ashwinder is around Harry’s throat, but No One Gets Hurt.

Excerpt:

A polite incline of the head and the Slytherin opened the lesson, “Have you been practicing with the acorns?”

Harry shrugged and shifted in the chair, pushing at his already rolled up sleeves without thinking. He finally pulled the jar out of his bag and set it on the table without looking at Malfoy. There’d been no change in the level of acorns with the jar, and the only trees within the Room were the ones created the week before. Harry slowly looked up at Malfoy as he tsked softly, and the blond casually pointed at the tree he’d created previously. Green eyes followed the line across the room, and he inhaled quickly as he watched a bubbling in the center of the tree devolve into a charred hole clean through to the other side. Malfoy lowered his hand and motioned to the jar, “Now you’ll have to make more targets.”

Harry’s jaw clenched slightly, but he didn’t say anything as he calmly reached forward and unscrewed the lid of the jar. He stood and carried it away from the table, enough so that they wouldn’t be in danger of another Whomping Willow sprawling across their stuff, and set an acorn down on the floor. He concentrated on a small tree growing and said, “Prifio”, confidently. It was a much slower process than accidentally setting the willow loose last time, but after a few deep breaths, a respectable tree about five feet high was sitting on the floor. Malfoy stood from his chair and walked around the tree slowly before pausing opposite from Harry and nodding his approval. He then waved his hand at it and stated clearly, “Creisioni.”

The tree burst into flames that licked up the limbs quickly and only left a pile of ashes behind.

End NotesEar on center of forehead (death). Ethel on back of left hand (family). Gyfu over the mouth (gift).

I’ve used Black Quill here, but it seems like a common fanon tweak of sorts to refer to Umbridge’s quill as the Blood Quill because it uses the writer’s blood as ink. I’m aware this is a relatively small detail, but I debated calling something a Blood Quill for a bit. So, just to be clear, in case I bring that back from the plot graveyard.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 10)

[This was around the time that Tumblr’s policy update was announced, and in the process of importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 4 Dec 2018.]

Ch 10: Choices [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: Added to Ships: Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape. Added to Tags: Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn.

A/N: Lucius / Narcissa / Severus is a component from “Oath Breaker”, and I’ve got to admit that I’ve grown a bit fond of this ship after reading the original series. So far, the few details are similar in this fic, but I’m hoping to get to some different stuff over the winter break.

Despite calling “The Dark Universe” a Muggle text, I am not basing it on an actual book. It’s more to support a headcanon of mine that Astronomy isn’t stuck in the 1600s in the Wizarding world and seems outdated to Muggles (sometimes a reoccurring fan element, but afaik, not supported in canon). I can totally see careful vetting of Muggle-borns and those raised by Muggles for being included in Muggle space programs and such.

Excerpt:

“Extramarital arrangements aren’t synonymous with affairs. Arranged marriages were as much about political and business partnerships as producing an heir, so those other arrangements were often the person a Llwydnos would’ve married for love. If you’re willing to wade through the copious legal paperwork involved, it’s actually not illegal to marry a second person, providing both spouses consent to the change in their blood bond.”

[…] “Your mother didn’t mind?”, Harry couldn’t quite keep the disbelief out of his question. Narcissa Malfoy very much seemed like the type of witch who would mind being told her husband was marrying someone. Malfoy made a noncommittal noise, “She connected with my godfather over brewing potions and helping each other through my infancy. I’ve heard I was quite the screamer, and it was the ability to blow up a few cauldrons that kept them sane while Father was busy with work. Mother’s connections to the dragon parts trade definitely didn’t get overlooked with how hard those ingredients can be to come by. I wouldn’t say they love each other romantically, but they’re as important to each other as my father is to them.”

End Notes: There’s a slight canon divergence away from Harry / Ginny. Honestly, I haven’t gotten to a point where I’ve worked out some of the background ships for the future material, though I am fond of Ginny / Luna. It’ll probably get mentioned at some point, but that’s future-me’s problem for now.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 9)

[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 – 27 Nov 2018.]

Ch 9: Wyvern [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic

Ch Summary: Added to Tags – Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic.

A/N: Hanukkah will begin this upcoming Sun [2 Dec], but I didn’t want to wait until the next chapter to wish any Jewish readers: Hanukkah sameach, Chag urim sameach, or Happy Hanukkah!

Excerpt from a different take on the ‘Harry finds out about crossbreeds and that the Malfoy line is part wyvern’ scene from the original fic:

Harry took another step forward and fought through his wariness to kneel down next to what clearly looked like robes. […] A lump shifted and moved around for a moment before something poked its head out.

Harry frowned and stared at it, suspicious with how familiar that shade of silver the eye was. He nudged the clothing and saw the tell-tale crisp white button down shirt, black trousers, green and silver tie, and Slytherin jumper. He flipped open the flap of the satiny soft fabric of the bag next to the shoes and stared at the small silver stitches, D.L.M., before turning back to the thing. It was about as small as a grass snake with pearlescent white scales, but it had two arms and a set of gossamer thin wings. He cleared his throat and glanced around to make sure that no one else was there before whispering, “Malfoy? Is that – Is that you?”

End Notes: Crossbreeds and the wyvern Malfoy line are elements from “Oath Breaker”. Right now, I’m looking at Draco having a yearly mandatory shed [early Oct to line up with the Draconids because I’m just in an Astronomy Mood] and stress induced partial shedding (not literally year round, but possible at any point). Why mention this now? I don’t want to leave out a scene where Harry and Draco have to deal with the shedding, but I don’t have it planned out for Part One (other than some later partial stuff).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 8)

[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 – 22 Nov 2018.]

Ch 8: Growth [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: To US readers: Enjoy Thanksgiving. I have no clue what’s going on in the sports area, but my family’s gonna be watching the dog show and recovering from the turkey.

To everyone else: Enjoy an extra chapter this week.

Excerpt from the lesson on growing trees that’s been adapted from the original inspiring fic:

Malfoy twisted the lid off the jar and pulled an acorn from inside. He set it on the table and continued with his explanation, “Unless the caster chooses to specify within their incantation, Brythonic has an openness, a flexibility if you will. This spell is the word ‘grow’, but it isn’t limited to what we’re doing. It will take focused concentration to get what you’re saying to line up with your desired result.”

Harry nodded as Malfoy held his hand out, palm facing towards the acorn, and said quietly yet clearly, “Prifio.”

The outer shell of the acorn cracked and a dark shadow burst from within instead of the tender green plant Harry had been expecting. It was growing at an unnatural pace with dark shadows twisting the small tree skyward and wrapping around the bark in thick layers. The tree finally shuddered to a halt, branches ending in sharp spindly points, when it was about six feet high and at least three feet wide. Harry stared down at the thick roots and was slightly surprised to see that they were an interlocking mat meant to stabilize the tree more so than a seeker of nourishment. Granted, he didn’t have much experience with trees that weren’t in the ground. Malfoy took a deep breath and flicked his wand to raise the tree and lower it onto the floor to the right of the table. He set another acorn on the table and motioned to Harry, “We’ll use trees at about that size for targets, but just start with something small.”

End Notes: I’m not saying the hyperbolic death estimates associated with The Burning Times should be fact in a magical universe, but a part of me is rather disappointed at writing something that impacted the Wizarding world enough for them to pass an International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy off as Wendelin the Weird and her Flame-Freezing Charm fetish (she allowed herself to be caught 47 times, so I think that qualifies as a fetish).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 7)

[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 – 20 Nov 2018.]

Ch 7: Maintenance [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

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: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Ron Weasley. Added to Tags: Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background).

Another chapter where it’s rather short and not really worth trimming enough to try to create an excerpt, but good news – there will be an extra chapter this week.