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.

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”.

Fanfic as Coping

[Cross posted from my main tumblr blog, and originally posted on 7 Oct 2018. I don’t plan on this WP blog turning into an exclusively fandom related blog, but certain fanfics have either been instrumental to coping / grieving or Someone has decided to hijack an element, so I’m going to have some fanfic content.]

I know I’ve mentioned my grandfather’s cancer diagnosis but not really gone into it here, but I wanted to explain why it suddenly seemed like the only content I was reblogging had to do with fanfiction or inspiration for WIPs (part of my #writing prompt tag). Honestly, it may not make sense to some people, but I was drawn to reading fics with certain themes or elements when he was first diagnosed, and part of coping throughout the summer and fall included writing.

I was in not necessarily nice, proper, or polite tags on ao3. Rape / Non-con, dubious consent, consensual non-con, Master/slave, sexual slavery and Ownership, and elements where there was a loss of control. Because there’s nothing like a loved one facing a terminal illness and mortality to make you feel like you have no control over anything. There’s nothing like trying to ignore the initial anger and blame [1] and the fear to make you feel like you need to have control over something.

I came across a Master/slave fic back in April that I liked some ideas from, but obviously, I had some ideas of where I would try to take things in a different direction. The premise is that Harry is emotionally manipulated into a training school for slaves and the trainer he’s involved with will supposedly win his contract at auction, but given that it’s a Drarry fic, it’s not a surprise that the recruiter isn’t his Owner / Master. In my opinion, “Playing with Fire” seemed to gloss over the problems with this dubious training and the fallout for Harry afterwards, and I’m not even sure I can adequately explain why I wanted (needed?) to make it darker.

Some people talk about how writers like to play God, and they tend to go for a motivation by hubris. This wasn’t about pride that I could fuck Harry up more or write some part of the fic “better”. Writing the dissociation, having Harry struggle with stepping away from his body, digging into the anger at the trainer mixed in with the guilt for missing him (or at least expecting his reactions), and interspersing the memories, triggers, and flashbacks comes down to control. Figuring out if I wanted to flashback to a rape scene, only hint at it, and how it might affect Harry now is about controlling the loss of control. I, as the writer, can fuck around with this character’s body and head, and I can choose to leave us in angst or turn the arc a little upwards, and I can get us to a less fucked up place by the end. (Hopefully.)

As I’ve written about recently, my grandfather died at the end of September (a bit over a week ago). I uploaded the first chapter to ao3 last night, and I’m honestly not going to be surprised if this doesn’t get a huge amount of attention. But I’m not abandoning this fic because it’s cathartic, a bit self-indulgent in places, and it’s the closest I’ve been to something that’s not original fiction in a while. Because even as I’ve got Dark shit in the past (that’s not directly or explicitly in the current chapters), I’ve got non-sexual submission / kink, Mind Healing, kintsugi as therapy, and less fucked up shit in the future chapters. (Assuming someone sticks it out until then.)

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[1] In a post from the time of the initial diagnosis, I talked about the types of cancer (lung cancer + lymphoma) and how it was partially do with an activity my grandfather chose to take part in (smoking). A part of me understands that there were other variables and doesn’t blame him solely, but initially, I did struggle a bit with that.

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.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 6)

[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 – 13 Nov 2018.]

Ch 6: Brythonic [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

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

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

A/N: My bad for missing out on mentioning Diwali (last Wed) for those who celebrate it. I was admittedly multi-tasking between finalizing Ch 5 and last minute prep for voting when I posted.

First lesson that gets into Brythonic, but the chapter’s short enough that an excerpt would almost share the entire thing.

End NotesBoudica is known in Welsh as Buddug.