|POV Role||Major Role|
|Title|| Lady of Westbridge
Princess of Gilneas
|Father||Arthur Strom II.|
|Siblings|| Full Siblings
|Children|| True Born
|Magi Family||Destruction School of Magi|
Astoria Malfoy is the daughter of Arthur, and Lisa Strom making her a member of House Strom. Astoria has two siblings in the form of Tess, and Liam Strom of which Liam is the heir to the control of the Dragonoph Temple of Gilneas and is devout just as their father is, while Tess is still remaining within the palace of Gilneas City where she continues to reject her suitors. Astroia would travel to Hogwarts at a young age after her parents made marriage arrangements with House Malfoy and their heir in Draco Malfoy, and their marriage made her a member of House Malfoy. With Draco Malfoy she has one child in the form of Scorpius Malfoy of whom is nine years old at the end of the Rise of Lucerne. Draco Malfoy has two children with his wife Astoria in the form of Scorpius, and Talisa Malfoy of which his son Scorpius is a Magi training in the Tevinter Magi organization, while his daughter Talisa is still young at the time of Westros and remains in the capital with the main Malfoy family.
Astoria Malfoy is a Magi sensitive person centric to the Destruction School of Magi, of which she is a relatively low level Magi user with her level being Level Three.
Astoria was born the second daughter of her father Arthur Strom making her technically ninth in line to become the leader of the Kingdom of Gilneas but with her endless supply of male cousins and a male brother in the picture she was never going to get that route available to her. Her parents would be offered Draco Malfoy as a husband for her under the condition that she went to Hogwarts school of Magi in order to make sure the two were compatable, and with this great a deal on the line they agreed quickly. Travelling to Hogwarts was scary but when she arrived she was put into House Slytherin and thus close to her future husband in Draco, and the two would grow closer and closer as she fell in love with his kind, and gentle personality. Following the third failed pregnancy of Astoria Malfoy it would be discovered that she could no longer have children and while Astoria demanded a divorce to protect her husbands future Draco would not allow this but was manipulated into taking his mistress Charlotte Painsley as his second wife.
Astoria has two faces. The face for her husband and son is one of a kind wife, and gentle all around human being. It is this face that she says is the true one. The second face is the one for the rest of the world, and in this face she puts all of her strength and cruelty.
- "I loved Gilneas, and what I remember of it makes me want desperatly to go back. I love my husband and I love my son, but staying here seems to lead to only one option. Death."
- -Astoria Malfoy
Astoria was born the second daughter of her father Arthur Strom making her technically ninth in line to become the leader of the Kingdom of Gilneas but with her endless supply of male cousins and a male brother in the picture she was never going to get that route available to her. She didn't stay bitter about this or make it offend her family, but when she was fourteen she made the decision to tell her parents that she wanted them to look for a suitable match for her so that she could help her family in the only way she believed that she could. Her parents were confused at first, but eventually they relented and sent out feelers trying to find a match. Her parents would be offered Draco Malfoy as a husband for her under the condition that she went to Hogwarts school of Magi in order to make sure the two were compatable, and with this great a deal on the line they agreed quickly. Travelling to Hogwarts was scary but when she arrived she was put into House Slytherin and thus close to her future husband in Draco, and the two would grow closer and closer as she fell in love with his kind, and gentle personality.
The constant sex between the two was eventually going to wind up in a child, and this was no different when the couple produced their first child Scorpius.
Hogwarts Civil War
Main Article : Hogwarts Civil War
| The Philosophers Stone |
Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weezly were not always the the Triumverate that they would become and in the the beginning it took many close encounters for the three to finally become as close as they have. They would first meet on the train ride from the capital where the students of Hogwarts would first prepare for their departure, and it was on this train ride that the dynamics of the beginning of the group would begin. While Ron, and Harry started off as friends and Harry was always polite to Hermione there was an almost bitterness between Ron and Hermione due to Rons behavior which was caused by him finding many things difficult due to his lack of natural intelligence on their level. Hermione Granger attached herself to Harry and Ron, following them around and trying to prevent them from breaking school rules and getting into trouble.The friendship between the three was solidified when, on Halloween during their first year, the three were forced to confront a mountain troll, that had been set loose in Hogwarts in the earliest attempt on Harry's life. Unaware that a troll was on the loose in the school, Hermione had spent that day crying in the girls' bathroom after overhearing Ron making unkind comments about her. The troll made its way into the bathroom she was in, and Harry and Ron came to her rescue, and proseeded to fight the Troll. None of the three had any experiance fighting anything of that magnitude so the fight was extremely chaotic with the Troll nearly killing the group several times, but their quick thinking kept them alive. As the fight looked to be going against them Ron was picked up by the Troll who prepared to kill Ron, but before he could Harry stabbed it through the foot with a wooden post, and the Troll fell over from this. With the troll falling on its stomach Harry climbed on its back and shot it behind the head where Hermione screamed to him it had weak armor. With the troll lying dead the group stayed quiet for several minutes as Harry checked on his two friends, and though they didn't know it the Triumverate would be formed by these moments. When Professors Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, and Quirinus Quirrell arrived at the scene, Hermione covered for the boys, claiming she was fighting the troll because she had thought that she could fight one, having read a great deal about them, and that Ron and Harry had merely come to help her escape. From that point on, the three students were best friends.
On one night, she followed them as they were leaving Gryffindor Tower to duel Draco Malfoy. Unknown to Harry and Ron was the fact that Draco was too afraid to challenge them and because of this he had gone to Argus Filch and told him that Harry and Ron were going to the third floor to cause mayhem. When they arrived at the dueling spot they were spotted by Argus Filch of whom demanded to know what they were doing up there and before he could say anything else they bolted away from him and ran upstairs. They were chased by Argus Filch, acting on a tip off by Malfoy, into the third floor corridor — forbidden to students — where they came face-to-face with Fluffy, a three-headed dog belonging to Hagrid. Later on, she argued that her spying was to their benefit when she pointed out the dog had been standing on a trap door, which Harry and Ron had not noticed. After using Magi to cause the dog to fall asleep they moved the god again with Magi before descending into the trap door. After going through the trapdoor, a long drop led to a chamber filled with Devil's Snare, planted by the Herbology teacher, Professor Sprout. The Devil's Snare was designed to entangle and suffocate any intruders, especially quickly the more the intruder attempts to escape. As the Snare is sensitive to heat and light, Hermione used a charm that created a jet of Bluebell flames to free Ron. As they attempted to turn back a Magi wall appeared behind them leading to them having no choice but to go down.
A downward sloping passage led to another chamber filled with flying keys, charmed by Professor Flitwick. A large wooden door led to another chamber. The door would not open with the use of any charm such as Alohomora, one needed the correct key to get through. To pass, one had to use the broomstick provided to catch the correct key. However, once airborne, the other keys will try and attack the pursuer. The group attempted to ride broomsticks which were on the ground in order to reach the keys but they continued to fail at this until finally Harry was able to reach the top of the room and made a death defying jump in order to reach the correct key, and then survived the jump after Hermione slowed his fall with Magi. When the group finally managed to get the key and get into the next room a man in a dark robe appeared in front of them, and while this man throughout the conversation to follow would remain anonymous in truth it was an apparition of Tom Malfoy. When they attempted to raise their wands against him he disarmed the group and proceeded to tell them a story.
The man would proceede to tell them that story before making them perfectly aware of the fact that they were going to die, unless they did what he wanted and got him the stone. The three attempted to resist him, but he was far to powerful in that moment and they were pushed back again. With no hope the three agreed to his demands and told him that they would get him the stone. With this the man would pick up their wands and hand them back to the three before he pushed them through a door and into the next room.
The next chamber was dark and resembled a graveyard, it contained a Human Chess Game, enchanted by Professor McGonagall. To defeat the game, one had to play themselves across the board and checkmate the King according to the rules of Chess. One cannot simply walk across the board and pass, so an adequate knowledge of Wizard's Chess was needed to complete this task. Ron had come to love chess during his time at Hogwarts and was one of the best in the entire school so he was able to defeat the game quite easily, but on the checkmate move he was forced to sacrifice his player and this injured him, and with the entrance to the final room closing in front of them Hermione, and Harry were encouraged by Ron to leave him behind to find his own way out while they went through to the final stage.
The next obstacle guarding the Stone was a logical riddle set by Professor Snape, and entering the room Hermione, and Harry now alone without Ronald are left to enter what they know is the last obstacle to their goal. Before entering the room the two held each other for some a few minutes as Hermione had begun to shake uncontrollably out of fear, and Harry consoled her, and in this moment kissed her on the forehead another moment in the expanding chemistry between the two best friends. Upon entering the chamber, the doorway through which one entered was blocked by a purple flame. The other entry way leading to the Philosopher's Stone, was blocked with black flame. A table with seven bottle of differing shapes sat in the middle of the room. Each bottle contained a liquid, but the bottles were not labelled with their contents. Three were poison, two contained nettle wine, one contained a potion to safely traverse the black flame, and the last contained a potion that allowed passage back through the purple flames. The riddle, when properly worked out, revealed the contents of each bottle, and therefore which one was safe to drink to allow onward progress.
Hermione tells Harry that it is a test of logic and not magic wherein most wizards fail. She solves the puzzle, and at Harry's instruction, drinks the one that will allow her to head back through the purple flame, while Harry drinks the one to head into the black flame and into the final room, where he is surprised at who he sees. As Professor Quirrell presumably traveled through the chamber to reach the Mirror of Erised, he must have had to take the Black Fire Potion himself, and, as there was only enough potion for one person in the bottle, that would have used it all up. However, he may have taken some of the potion with him when he entered the chambers, and drunk that instead. Another possibility is that the bottles had had a Refilling Charm on them.
The final obstacle was the Mirror of Erised, designed and set by Albus Dumbledore and was designed with a major moral shield leading to those with moral failings to basically be unable to succeed at this test. The only way to obtain the stone was to look into the mirror, see yourself having it, but not using it. Most people would see themselves using it, such as turning things to gold, crafting Elixir of Life, or giving it to someone. It was at this moment that the man in the dark robe appeared again and this time he revealed himself as Proffesor Quirrell and told the three that he was unable to get the stone from the mirror, and the only person he believed that could was Harry Potter and it was for this reason that he had Draco Malfoy lure the three of them into the tunnel. Also appearing at this point are several others dressed in dark clothing wearing masks who support Quirrel, and while their identity would remain a mystery the people were in fact Draco Malfoy, Astoria Malfoy, Tobias Grundeven, and Charlotte Painsley of whom were there under orders from the Deatheaters leadership. Quirrell asks for help from his master to get the Stone, and a snake-like voice tells him to use the boy. Harry is told to look into the Mirror. Under threat Harry is forced to look into the mirror. He sees his reflection pull the Stone out of his pocket and put it back in, and Harry feels it drop into his own pocket. He lies to Quirrell about what he sees, telling him instead that he sees himself shaking hands with Dumbledore, after winning the House Cup for Gryffindor. The snake-like voice tells Quirrell Harry is lying and Quirrell takes his turban off to show Harry what lies on the back of his head. As Quirrell turns around, Harry is shocked to see another face where the back of Quirrell's head should be. The face has red eyes and a snake-like slit where the nose should be. Harry realises this is the face of whoever this Lord Voldemort is, and Voldemort demands Harry give him the Stone. Harry refuses and runs, but Quirrell seizes him. However, the contact with Harry's skin burns Quirrell and causes him to have boils all over the area in which Harry touched him. Harry grabs Quirrell's face, then his arm, and holds on, with the blinding pain in his head building, until he feels the arm wrenched away before he blacks out. He awakes in the hospital wing with Dumbledore there, telling him Quirrell did not succeed at getting the Stone, and indeed the Stone has been destroyed.
Conflict with Draco
During his early time in Hogwarts he was consistently approached by one Draco Malfoy who wished for Harry to leave the school. When it became clear that wasn't going to happen the two became bitter rivals and were in near constant conflict with eachother. In the days that came before the Basilisk Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy engaged in a duel which unkown to Harry caused the death of Harnia Trout of House Slytherin.
| The European Magi Cup |
They came here to destroy us. There was no need for diplomacy because both sides knew that the goal was annihilation, and no amount of words was going to change the Teutons minds. That was the saddest part for me. The knowledge that death was the only way this thing ended. Either they died...or we did.
The European Magi Cup
In their fourth year at Hogwarts Harry, his parents James and lilly Potter, the Weasley family (except Mrs. Weasley), and Hermione attended the Quidditch World Cup. At Stoatshead Hill, Edward Cullen and his best friend Hilary Swift, joined them. Once at the camp grounds, they met Ludo Bagman, Barty Crouch Sr. and his house-elf Winky, and many other Hogwarts students and their families, including Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Oliver Wood, and Draco Malfoy. They were able to see the match between the Kirin Tor, and Alcase teams up close, because Harry, the Weazly's, and Hermione had seats in the top box, thanks to a favour Mr. Weezly had done for Ludo Bagman. During the time watching the match Harry became silently jelous about the affection between Ron, and Hermione and this would be one of his first indications that their was something going on.
As his jelously roared its head at him, he left the group and wandered the outskirts of the stadium, and it was here that he sat for a time before he felt a body lay down in the grass beside him. WHen he looked at who it was it was Ginny Weezly the cute sister of his best friend Ron. He had never really gotten to know her since before she was quite young looking but she had grown up a lot in the time since he had seen her last, and now she was quite beautiful, and of this he took full notice. The two lay on the grass for the remaining time the games were on and they talked, before she leaned over and kissed him. The kiss didn't fufill him, or make him feel anything real but it was something, and for the emptiness that he felt he would take anything he could get. The lay their making out for a time before they were interupted by a cough and when Harry pulled away and looked over he saw Hermione looking at him with a look that on the surface was one that a best friend felt when they watched something like that happen but Harry thought that underneath that he could see a tinge of jelously.
The night after the match, while the Alcase's team's supporters were still celebrating, a group of black-cloaked, hooded figures held terrifying celebrations of their own by suspending the Muggle camp site manager and his family in air like twisted marionettes. On Mr. Weasley's orders, Harry fled into the woods near the camp site, along with Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and Ginny. The group was separated in the woods, and in the chaos, Harry believed he had lost his wand. The trio ran into Draco Malfoy, and he all but told them that his father was among the cloaked wizards. Later, Harry learned that Barty Crouch Jr. had stolen his wand from his pocket. While in a clearing in the woods, Harry, Ron, and Hermione heard someone shout the incantation Morsmordre, casting the Dark Mark - a green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth like a tongue - into the sky. Although Harry did not immediately recognise its significance, he soon learned that the Dark Mark had evil implications. Then, Barty Crouch Sr., Amos Diggory, and other Ministry of Magic employees apparated into the clearing and began to question Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the Dark Mark. After Harry mentioned he had heard another voice conjure the Dark Mark, the Ministry employees searched the area and found the house-elf Winky unconscious in the bushes. Since Harry's wand was found in Winky's hand, Mr. Crouch fired her for shaming his family and disobeying his orders.
| The Goblet of Fire |
Goblet of Fire
Main Article : Triwizard Tournament
The Goblet of Fire would become the moment of divergence for the region of Hogwarts, and would bring about the destruction of the fake peace and the illusion was finally broken that Lord Voldermorte wanted peace for the lands of Hogwarts. Hermione was very close to Harry Potter so she was obviously very close to the forefront of the Civil War as the forces of Lord Voldermorte and the forces of Hogwarts silently battled it out for victory. The lives of Hermione Granger and the rest of the Triumverate were still at this point quite idealistic as most of the wizard world of Hogwarts had no idea that Tom Malfoy had become the sadistic man that he had become. The first strikes against the realm of Hogwarts would come silently and it would all begin during the normal event hosted in Hogwarts called the Triwizard Tournament. For Edward Cullen he was beginning to become homesick, while his friend Hilary was beyond just wanting to go home, she was crying nearly every night, and only the excuse of the Triwizard tournament brought them any kind of peace.
At the Hogwarts start of term feast, Professor Dumbledore announced that Hogwarts would host the Triwizard Tournament, a recently-revived inter-school competition in which the Beauxbatons Academy of Magi, the Kirin Tor, Nubian Academy of Magi, Magisterium of the Tevinter Empire, and the Durmstrang Institute would also participate. The Beauxbatons were a school tended to and trained from the greatest Magi that the Kingdom of Alcase could find, while Durmstrang was a secret Magi school hidden in Norway of northern Europe. The Kirin Tor was the Magi fortress and organization within the Kingdom of Lorderon, and the Kirin Tor sent the largest delegation led by Medivh. The delegation from Beauxbatons arrived in a large carriage pulled by Abraxan horses, and brought with them some thirty Magi, alongside some two hundred attendants. The delegation of Beauxbatons pupils was led by their Headmistress, Madam Olympe Maxime of whom had once trained at Hogwarts before using her long Numenorian lifespan to create the Beauxbatons Academy within Alcase. The Kirin Tor would arrive with some forty Magi and a force of some five hundred conventional forces, and would house themselves north of Hogwarts where they basically constructed a Magi tower that could store all their people. The Nubians would arrive following the Kirin Tor and had arrived via Magi boat which they had traveled west of France going north into Germania before travelling south down the Rhine River, and the Nubians only brought some twenty Magi, and a hundred retainers led by Hele Halone.
The Magisterium from the Tevinter Empire would come shortly following the Nubians and led by Calanthus Vyrantus they were the picture of nobility and honor of which was noted by all who saw them, and they came with some two hundred Magi, and nearly a thousand men at arms and retainers making them one of the largest groupings there. Shortly after their arrival, the delegation from Durmstrang, under the watchful eye of their High master Professor Igor Karkaroff, arrived in a magical ship that could travel underwater. A feast to welcome the new arrivals was held in the Great Hall, where Professor Dumbledore introduced the other Tournament judges - Bartemius Crouch Sr, Vonded Forden, and Ludo Bagman - to the assembled students. After explaining the rules of the Tournament, Dumbledore unveiled both the Goblet of Fire and the Triwizard Cup to the assembled groups. Students would have until the start of the Halloween Feast the following day to enter their names. In agreement with the new rules regarding underage students entering the Tournament, Dumbledore drew an Age Line around the Goblet of Fire, of which concluded that only those over the age of fiteen could enter their names into the Goblet of Fire.
Chosen as a Champion
During the Halloween Feast, Dumbledore presided over the selection of the Champions. Artem Belovich, from Durmstrang, was selected first, followed by Fleur Delacour of Beauxbatons. The Goblet selected Edward Cullen as the Hogwarts Champion, and Cerin Menathil was the only entree from the Kirin Tor and thus for this reason Cerin was selected easily by the Goblet of Fire. The All four Champions left the Great Hall to receive further instructions. To the surprise of everybody, the Goblet spat out a fifth name, as Barty Crouch Jr had intended. Harry Potter, like the rest of the school, was shocked to hear his name called, and went to join the other Champions. After a heated debate, during which Karkaroff and Maxime questioned the motives of Dumbledore and the Ministry, since Hogwarts now had two Champions, it became clear that Harry must participate. Despite his not having entered his own name in the Goblet, the fact that his name had been entered and selected by the Goblet constituted a magical contract that bound him to compete. Even his age was not a real issue; the Age Line was only an effort to stop unprepared students entering and being killed. Traditionally, students as young as Harry had been allowed to compete in the Tournament.
Despite the secrecy surrounding the Triwizard Tournament, Lord Voldemort found out about it from Bertha Jorkins, a Hogwarts Magi of whome had been holidaying in Westbridge and had run into Peter Pettigrew at an inn. Pettigrew brought her before Voldemort, who, using Dark Magi, extracted from her mind information concerning the Tournament. He also learned that one of his faithful servants, Barty Crouch Jr, was still alive and under the Imperius Curse at his father's home, and this would eventually lead to his freeing. Armed with this information, Voldemort set a plan into motion. He freed Crouch Jr from the Imperius Curse, and ordered him to disguise himself as Alastor Moody, Hogwarts' new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. There, he would manipulate the Tournament as his Master commanded to achieve the Dark Lord's goal: the destruction of Harry Potter.
At some point, most likely during the night, Barty Crouch Jr, who was using Polyjuice Potion to pose as Professor Moody, bewitched the Goblet with a powerful Confundus Charm. He made the Goblet believe that there would be four schools entering the competition, then entered Harry Potter's name on a scrap of parchment under a false school name. Since no other entrant would be associated with the school, Harry's name was the only one that the Goblet could select. Thus because of this Harry was mysteriously chosen as a fourth competitor, even though he was under-age and never entered his name into the Goblet of Fire during the selection process. Many people did not believe Harry's story, including Ron believing this to be nothing but another attempt to gain fame. This caused extreme tension between the two friends. Hermione, on the other hand, "accepted his story without question," and assisted Harry in preparing for the Tournament by teaching him useful spells, such as the Summoning Charm, which Harry used in the first task of the Tournament. Besides the resentment that came from Ron for his enlistment, he also received a lot of backlash from the other students, who appeared unwilling to accept his story. Edward Cullen at this point was becoming very popular, as he was seen as Hogwarts true champion, and a generally nice guy. As Harry Potter became the subject of abuse his brother Neville attempted to stand up for him, but this only got him in more trouble and eventually Harry talked him into simply letting it go. It was during this time that Harry and Edward first came into becoming friends, as Edward didn't like the abuse he was taking, and tried desperately to get them to stop but Hilary convinced him to just keep his head down.
The First TaskThe First Task of the Triwizard Tournament took place on 24 November, and the objective was to retrieve a golden egg that was being guarded by a dragon - the egg would be located within a clutch of real dragon eggs. Using Sleeping Draughts, a team of wizards, including Charlie Weasley, transported nesting mothers of different breeds to Hogwarts from a dragon sanctuary in Croatia. The dragons were hidden in the Forbidden Forest to stop students from discovering them. However, despite the secrecy, the Champions became aware of the task that faced them. Rubeus Hagrid, a great lover of dragons, innocently invited Olympe Maxime to watch the dragons with him, unaware that she would tell her Champion, Fleur Delacour, about them. Harry Potter was also present, again at Hagrid's request, to see what was in store for him, hidden under his Invisibility Cloak. Igor Karkaroff sneaked into the Forest to discover what was being hidden, and told his Champion, Viktor Krum. Medivh would tell Cerin Menathil after Medivh watched the Dragons in his mind using spells he had left all around the hidden forest believing that would be where anything would be hidden. Even though Edward Cullen was not present, he was told about the dragons from Harry, who considered it unfair that Edward should be the only one of the Champions who had no clue what the First Task was. After lunch on the day of the First Task, the Champions assembled in a tent near the arena that had been built specifically for the Task. In the tent, they were informed of the task ahead by Barty Crouch Sr. and Ludo Bagman, who would also be acting as judges alongside Professor Dumbledore, Madame Maxime, and Professor Karkaroff. Each Champion was required to dip their hand into a bag that contained miniature replicas of the various dragons they would face, and pull one out. They would then face the real version in the arena. In addition, each miniature dragon had a small number hung around its neck, indicating which order they would face in.
Harry Potter drew the fiercest of them all, the Hungarian Horntail. On the advice of Crouch Jr (disguised as Professor Moody), he used a Summoning Charm to bring his Firebolt broomstick to him, and manoeuvred past the dragon to retrieve his egg. After the First Task, Harry and Viktor were tied for first place, with Edward, and Cerin tied for second, and Fleur in third. The champions were told that, the Golden egg they retrieved contained a clue on how to pass the Second Task. Without it, they had little chance of succeeding. After seeing how dangerous the task was, Ron, as well as the other students, made amends with Harry, with Ron telling him, "I reckon someone is trying to do you in." He managed to escape the first task with only an injured arm.
To prepare for the second task, Harry had to open the egg he won from the dragon, but every time he did, it screeched. His rescue from that particular problem came when Cedric paid him back with the information that he would figure it out if he "take[s] a bath" with the egg. Harry followed this advice; while in the bathroom, he had an uncomfortable exchange with Moaning Myrtle, and on the way back to the Common Room, he ran into Professors Snape and Moody. The latter informed Harry of Barty Crouch Sr's obsession with catching Dark Wizards. Harry did learn that the second task was going into the Black Lake to rescue "the thing they would miss most" from the Merpeople. Harry's new problem was that he had no idea of how to survive underwater for an hour. He got his answer in the form of gillyweed from Dobby, who had come to work at Hogwarts.
The Second Task
All five Champions assembled on the shore of the lake, and were told that they had one hour to retrieve that which had been stolen from them from the merpeople's village, and return. The Champions entered the water; Harry had to eat the gillyweed, which gave him gills to breathe underwater, and webbed hands and feet to allow him to swim faster. Both Fleur and Edward utilised the Bubble-Head Charm, while Viktor partially Transfigured himself into a shark. Cerin Menathil surrounded her entire body with a bubble and would move throughout in this protective shield. The five Champions headed through the lake to the village; although Fleur was forced to retire when she was attacked by grindylows. Harry reached the village first to find that the "item" that had been stolen from each Champion were people close to them. Placed in an enchanted sleep, then tied to the tail of a stone Merperson, were Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, who had been Viktor's date to the Yule Ball, Edward's best friend Hilary Swift, and Fleur's younger sister, Gabrielle. Concerned for the safety of all the "hostages", Harry refused to just take Ron and go. Edward arrived shortly after and rescued Hilary, followed by Viktor. Viktor's partial Transfiguration had left him with the head of a shark, and he found it difficult to free Hermione. Harry passed him a sharp rock to cut her bonds with, then Viktor left carrying Hermione and headed for the surface. Cerin would wander the waters unable to find her way around as the Merpeople had become angry at her after she casually killed one of them, and surrounded her with mist leading to her wandering around for hours unable to know where she was.With no sign of Fleur, Harry made the decision to rescue the remaining hostages himself. Although the merpeople objected and tried to stop him, Harry managed to free himself, and dragged Ron, Perseiphone, and Gabrielle to the surface.
Back on shore, Harry learned from Ron that none of them had ever been in real danger, and that he should have just rescued him and got back as quickly as possible. Edward, the first Champion back, had arrived one minute outside of the one hour time limit, followed by Viktor in second place. Harry was third, and, because they did not finish Fleur, and Cerin were in last place. Despite finishing third, Merchieftainess Murcus informed Dumbledore that Harry arrived at the hostages first, and only his desire to see them all safe had stopped him from finishing first. After a conversation with his fellow judges, which included Percy Weasley deputising for the ill Mr. Crouch, it was decided that Harry, for showing moral fibre, would be awarded second place. Edward scored forty-seven points, Harry scored forty-five points, Viktor earned forty points, and Fleur and Cerin came last with twenty-five points. After the first two tasks, Harry and Edward were tied for first place, with Viktor second, with Cerin third, and Fleur fourth.
The Yule Ball
A month before the final task, the Champions were shown the beginnings of the challenge. They were told the third and final task was going into a maze filled with obstacles to find the Triwizard Cup. On the way back to the castle Krum took Harry aside to ask him something. Thinking that this was something important, Harry went with him. Krum then asked Harry about his relationship with Hermione, in whom Krum was deeply interested. Harry told him that there was nothing between him and Hermione and that she was just a friend, but by this point he knew he was lying to himself. Edward went to the Yule Ball with Hilary, and after dancing all night they returned to his room where they would kiss romantically, but as they parted they both laughed realizing for sure that they were only to be friends. Cerin Menathil, and Medivh would begin at this point to become aware of dark Magi permenating the air, as Lord Voldermorte had entered the area in secret, and Cerin and Medivh came to believe that the person was Harry Potter after hearing the eventual news that he was seen walking madly out of a room.
To prepare for the final task, Harry, Ron, and Hermione used vacant classrooms to practise spells and jinxes. In Divination class between two of these study periods, Harry dozed off dreaming about Voldemort and left the classroom in a disturbing fashion. Rita Skeeter had witnessed this event, and she wrote on the day of the final task, that Harry was disturbed and dangerous. This did nothing to boost Harry's morale, but when he spent the day with Bill and Molly Weasley, they cheered him up when they also came to watch the final task as his substitute family. As the training continued Harry would continue to see signs of darkness in Draco Malfoy, and finally with time to deal with this he would confront the Malfoy heir and the two engaged in a fight which almost led to Harry killing Draco. Leaving Draco broken and wounded on the ground of the bathroom he erased his memory and told noone of the event, while also not getting information from Draco this was a terrible moment for Harry.
The Final Task
On 24 June, the Third Task was to navigate a maze grown on the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch. The maze was populated by various obstacles and dangers that each Champion had to overcome. Crouch Jr, as Professor Moody, was entrusted with placing the Triwizard Cup at the centre of the maze. While doing this, he enchanted the Cup to be a Portkey that would be activated by touch, and thus sealed the fate of Harry of whom they planned to win this event. Edward and Harry, tying for first place after two tasks, were to enter the maze first, followed by Viktor, and then Cerin, before Fleur entered last. The first Champion to successfully navigate the maze and reach the Cup would be declared the winner.
During the task, Edward encountered a Blast-Ended Skrewt, which he barely escaped from, but was able to use his Magi to deflect the fire bolts it sent at him before he finally killed it. Harry had to deal with a Boggart in the form of a Dementor, and overcame an odd golden mist which turned things upside-down. Crouch Jr, however, was leaving nothing to chance. Using Moody's magical eye, he watched events unfold in the maze, keeping the more dangerous obstacles out of Harry's path, while making sure to severly target Cerin and Edward of whom he knew to be the greater targets of getting to the end first. He also Stunned Fleur by ambushing her with thousands of weeds of which surronded her and pulled her inside the bushes where she was knocked out for the remainder of the final task. As Viktor accidently neared the end of the maze Crouch Jr would place the Imperius Curse on Viktor, and begin to use him as his personal force. He used Viktor to attack Edward with the Cruciatus Curse in order to clear Harry's path to the Cup, but Viktor couldn't defeat him and only managed to push him back away from the maze entrance and towards another way in.
Cerin would come across Viktor next, and when Cerin begin to soundly beat up on Viktor Crouch Jr would intervene by sending dozens of Giant Spiders at her which distracted her long enough for Viktor to begin targeting her. Harry encountered the Blast-Ended Skrewt that had attacked Edward, then heard Cerin being tortured, and rescued her by Stunning Viktor. Cerin and Harry parted company, and Harry had to answer a riddle from a sphinx to continue on into the maze, while Cerin had been poisoned by the spider and fell into a coma before being pulled into the bushes and losing the match but becoming safe. Edward and Harry joined forces to defeat another Giant Spider of whom was so large it tore down pieces of the maze ironically making it easier for them to reach the end of the maze, and after defeating the spider they both arrived at the Cup together. After an argument over who deserved to win more, they decided to take the Cup together, since it would still be a Hogwarts victory. Touching the Cup at the same moment, they activated it as a Portkey, and were transported out of the maze and into the graveyard. Following closely behind them was Viktor of whom touched the Porkey minutes later also entering into graveyard where he would be released from the Imperius Curse once touching it.
The two had been transported to the graveyard in Little Hangleton, the Malfoy's family's final resting place, where Lord Voldemort was waiting. The two boys who had been on such a high from their success were now suddently in a graveyard surrounded by a series of robed men with clearly hostile intentions towards them. As the two wandered about the graveyard they were met with a loud shriek as Viktor would come through as well after following the residue left by the Porkey. As the three talked and learned that Viktor had been bewitched they became unsure if this was part of the tournament and this ws proven to them when Harry discovered the grave of a Malfoy. Tom Malfoy would appear alongside nearly a dozen of his deatheaters including Peter Petingrew, and would begin to berate Harry Potter for his stupidity. Edward of whome was the older of the two attempted to understand what was heppening but Tom Malfoy had no intention of entertaining Edward Cullen so he simply ignored him, and when he moved closer Viktor stood between them and Voldermorte struck him down with the killing curse. As Harry and Edward raised their wands Lord Voldermore would strike their wands away with Magi and then on his order, his servant Gragorix stunned Edward Cullen, and grabbed Harry.
When Harry saw Tom Malfoy at first he was shocked because he knew of this man, and he knew of the influence that Tom held. After watching them knock Edward Cullen uncontious he became horrified that someone of his power would be after Harry, and this led him to beg to understand what was happening. At this point Tom believed he had won and thus he took time to explain to Harry what his plans were, and told him of why he was being ambushed. Following this angry exchange Lord Voldermorte attacked Harry emotionally and the two had a heated argument before finally Tom raised his wand. Harry and Voldemort engaged in a brief duel, but their wand cores connected and created the effect known as Priori Incantatem, and the "echoes" of Voldemort's past victims emerged from Voldemort's wand. They helped Harry to escape from Voldemort by distracting the Dark Lord, giving him enough time to reach Edward Cullen's knocked out body and the diseased Viktor, then Summon the Portkey to him and return them to Hogwarts.
Returning to Hogwarts with Edward Cullen, and the corpse of Viktor, Harry was promptly whisked away from the crowds by Crouch Jr, still in the disguise of Professor Moody. While the assembled crowd learned what happened in the graveyard from the waking form of Edward Cullen, Hermione realised that something was amiss with Moody, since she believed that Moody would never have taken Harry away from the tragic scene. In his office, Crouch Jr started to question Harry on what had happened, and how it felt to stand in the Dark Lord's presence. Unnerved by Moody's seeming adoration of Voldemort - something that went against everything he knew about Moody - Harry was rescued by Hermione who in her panic at seeing Harry in any kind of danger had convinsed Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape to follow her, and from the outside of the door they listened to the argument so that they knew for a fact that their was bad things going on. The effects of Crouch Jr's Polyjuice Potion wore off, since, in the excitement, he had neglected to take it at the proper time to maintain his cover. Crouch Jr was questioned under the effects of Veritaserum, and he revealed Lord Voldemort's plan to resurrect himself, and Crouch Jr's involvement in getting Harry to the graveyard.
Following his near death the entire order of Hogwarts decided that no longer could Harry Potter be exposed as publically as he was until the time came that Lord Voldermorte was truly defeated. In this way he along with his parents went into hiding in a farm that was known to only James, and Lilly Potter along with their most trusted friends which unfortunatly also included unknown to Harry the traitor Peter Pettigrew.
| The Silent Search for Hope |
Look at me Hermione. No matter what happens here I know that you did beyond everything you could to do the best you could for your parents. The decisions and the evil of others is not on us. We can only choose our own path. Monsters move at their own will, and we can only do what we are capable of doing to stop them.
The Search for Hermione's Parents
It was during the lead up the the civil War in Hogwarts that the life of Hermione would become entrapped in the violence of the coming conflict as seeing how close Hermione was to the chosen one in Harry Potter Tom Malfoy would target her by ordering her death. The Death Eaters under Lord Voldermorte would stage the Night of Violence of which was a targeted assassination of leaders of the loyal elements of Hogwarts and spread throughout the entire kingdom as it killed hundreds, and it was under the cloud of this that they targeted Hermione and her parents. Believing through poor information that Hermione had left to see her parents following Harrys victory in the Goblet of Fire they were unaware that she was staying with Harry Potter and not her parents in Lorraine. When the death eaters arrived at her home they tortured her parents trying to find out information on her location but they resisted and were killed and thus unable to find her the Death Eaters left. When the night of violence finally ended Harry and Hermione attempted to find Ron but couldn't as he was hidden away with his family by members of the Hogwarts army as were most of the nobles, and thus unable to find Ron they went alone in an attempt to find Hermione's parents who they didn't know were already dead.
As they left the city of Hogwarts they would be met on the road by Draco Malfoy, and Astoria Malfoy of whom would laugh about the deaths during the Night of Violence and Draco would taunt Harry on being the only member of House Potter not in complete isolation out of fear. The four would come to blows with Draco and Astoria on the losing end of things, and Harry and Hermione would go to leave when Draco stopped them once more threatening to kill Harrys family for what had happened today. While Harry and Hermione returned to their horses in their journey to find her parents Draco and Astoria would return by Magi to the fortress of his family in the form of the Malfoy Estate just outside of Westbridge where they would demand to be involved on the destruction of House Malfoy but in a critical error they did not reveal the departure of Harry and Hermione.
As the two traveled to the small farm of her parents they traveled through the country side as to avoid being discovered and this was the first time of what would become almost every night where they would fall asleep together in an attempt to stay warm. It took them two days to reach her farm but when they did they could see the fire coming from the farm hours away. Hermione broke into a run when they saw the fire, and it was all Harry could do to keep up with her. When they arrived at the farm they saw that the house was burned down, but when there didn't appear to be any sign of bodies there was a brief hope that they survived the fire. This hope faded when they saw the bodies of her parents and their servants hanging from a tree in the back of their farm. After discovering the hanging bodies of her parents Hermione was overcome with grief and Harry and Hermione basically just lay against a tree for hours as she cried herself into Harry's shoulder. When she finally calmed down her emotional state caused her to kiss Harry and although they both quickly pulled back that was the moment between the two that their mindset changed. Hermione was emotionally exhausted and so she passed out, and while she was passed out, Harry got her parents, and servants bodies down from the tree and used his Magi to dig their graves and clean them up.
When Hermione woke she discovered Harry standing by the edge of the graves and she silently thanked him by kissing him. The two stood silently in front of the graves of her parents before they once again began kissing. This time it became more heated and it only stopped when Harry pulled back and stopped them. Hermione and Harry discussed that they had to find her brother before whoever had murdered her parents found him, and thus she stayed in place while Harry gathered a shirt that was her brothers from the farm and despite attempts to use Magi to find the shirts owner in her brother they were unable to. Following this failure Harry showed Hermione another piece of clothing he had found, and she used her Magi to discover its owner was a Death eater named Gragorix Lux of whom they immediately realized was the man responsible. With this knowledge the two packed themselves and headed towards the location of Gragorix Lux who was - according to their Magi tracking - in the town of Haris west of her parents farm, and guessing he was there searching for her brother there the two would immediately leave for Haris. It wasn't even a days walk so they arrived at Haris later that day they followed Hermione's Magi trail discover that Gragorix and his companions were in a tavern. While Hermione wanted to plan things out and ambush the deatheater it was Harry that saw Gragorix laughing through the window and barged into the tavern and begin threatening Gragorix.
Duel with Gragorix Lux
See Also : Gragorix Lux
Gragorix Lux wasn't a weak Magi and he believed that if he was able to kill Harry Potter or at the least capture him he would gain unimaginable power with Lord Voldermorte. One of the deatheaters with him attempted to stop him because he knew that only Lord Voldermorte would accept being the one to kill Harry, but as he stepped in front of Gragorix he was felt a knife stab him as Gragorix killed him. Gragorix having killed one of his own companions unleashed a barrage of spells at Harry which he deflected killing one of Gragorix's companions and knocking the other remaining companions unconscious but despite this deflection the Magi was so powerful that he would smash through the wall of the tavern. With Harry momentarily out of commission Hermione overcome with rage at the man who was involved in the killing of her parents attacked Gragorix. Hermione was no match for Gragorix and was struck with a table launched at her by Gragorix. Just as Gragorix was about to kill her Harry came to and returned inside where he surprised Gragorix by launching the killing curse at him, which instantly killed Gragorix. In this moment Harry had no time to actually think about the fact that he had used a killing curse instead of the hundreds of other spells he could have used as Hermione could be hurt. As Harry approached her she should have felt fear towards Harry since he just unleashed the killing curse but instead she was nearly overcome with lust and love for him, and only through her strongest will power did she not kiss him when he leaned down to pick her up.
Harry quickly picked up Hermione and while Harry yelled for everyone remaining in the tavern to leave immediately and with the last one having left he woke up the unconscious companion of Gragorix of whom revealed himself to be Gragorix Lux II. the son of Gragorix and interrogating the young man they would discover that Hermione's brother had succesfully fled Haris and fled to Hogwarts giving Hermione much relief that her brother lived. While Harry used Magi to tie up Gragorix the two heard yelling from outside and looking through the window Hermione saw several Deatheaters and nearly a half a dozen Deatheater men at arms and realizing there was no escape out of the tavern Harry prepared to fight and die there, but Hermione was unwilling to give up. Hermione would search through the belongings of Gragorix and his companions and discovered a small metal cube and realized that it was a Portkey. One of the Deatheaters charged into the tavern and Harry knocked him back with a spell, and at this Hermione cried out to him to touch the Portkey and trusting her Harry would touch the Portkey teleportation the two to the location of Gragorix's Portkey which turned out to be his personal estate. Finding themselves in Gragorix's house they were shocked by a large family laughing around a table and Harry pulled out a sword and demanded to know who they were and they revealed themselves as Gragorix's family including his three children. Gragorix's wife realized from the blood that they had stolen his Portkey and demanded to know what had happened to Gragorix and when Harry told him they had killed him for murdering Hermione's parents Gragorix wife would attack Harry forcing Harry to kill her when she refused to stop. Following her death the two would storm from the house stealing two horses from the stable and begin their ride from Gragorix's home back to Hogwarts. As the two rode back to Hogwarts Hermione understood far more then Harry did that things between the two had changed, and that when they got back her relationship with Ron would be tested like she never though it would be.
| The End of House Potter |
A week ago our families were just our families. Something annoying that we had to see all together on holidays. I took for granted all the love and protection they offered, and now look at them. Piled up in a room dead. I lost everyone tonight. I lost my family tonight.
The End of House Potter
Main Article : House Potter
The disappearance of Harry Potter was something very noticeable as the conflict in Hogwarts continued to rage but the forces of Tom Malfoy were unaware of the disappearance as the loyalists attempted to hide his mission from all outsiders. Because they didn't know he had left the operation they had planned to kill him along with the rest of his house remained in place, and two days after Harry and Hermione left Tom and his forces massed for the attack on Bredin's Hollow. The Hollow was the hideout of nearly the entire House Potter, and for this reason it had major defenders with it, but the disaster would come when one of their members in Peter Pettigrew betrayed his best friends and turned to the side of Tom Malfoy. This betrayal meant that he lowered sections of the shield allowing the forces of Tom Malfoy to sneak inside the Hollow, and thus they silently went throughout the defenders and wiped them out.The members of House Potter not knowing that there defences were gone went about there time in the house and it was with shock that Tom Malfoy burst through the front door while they were eating and proceeded to kill the family. A few including Lilly Potter suvived the inital attack, and it was for these members that the worst would be done. Tom had the few men that surived executed on the spot but the women were brutalized in the worst ways until only Lilly survived. In her dying breath she mocked Tom's failings.
"You have failed in your mission Thomas...my son...lives on."
-Lilly PotterIt was in that moment that Tom understood that in his haste he hadn't noticed that Harry Potter wasn't one of the dead. With reinforcements from Hogwarts incoming Tom and his forces raced out of the house and left behind the ruins of House Potter. Inside the Potter estate lay the bodies of basically the entire family outside of the few that were not there at the time, but most importantly in the end was the fact that Harry Potter was not there as if he was there would have been no stopping the future end game of the insane Tom Malfoy.
As Hermione and Harry arrived in Hogwarts on the griphon they were met by Ron who they expected to be upset about being left behind but instead he simply silent gave Harry a hug before whispering in his ear that something terrible had happened.
"Harry you have to promise me that you won't do anything stupid once I tell you this because after everything thats happened you know I'll follow you, and after everything thats happened I have to believe were just not a match for him. What he did...Its something...I just can't fathom how someone could have so much hate in them."
When Harry promised that he wouldn't do anything stupid Ron told him that basically everyone in his family was dead, and that their massacre was the work of Tom Malfoy. As Harry begin to lose control, and begin openly saying that he would go after Tom he was reminded by Ron that he had promised and that between the three of them a promise meant everything. As Hermione attempted to hug him he became discusted with himself for what he felt he had done to Ron, and he recoiled before running into the woods nearbye where he was followed not by one of the Triumverate but instead he was followed silently into the woods by Ginny Weezly.
A Mistake in the Night
As he finnally slumped against a tree he silently hoped that Hermione would follow him, and that he could just hold her. Despire everything that had happened he wanted her. He wanted her with everything and when he felt a hand touch his shoulder, and then soft lips touch his lips he allowed his mind to ignore the red hair of Ginny Weezly and just believe in that moment that it was Hermione. The two became intimate, and with no restraints or thought of the future he allowed Ginny to believe as he continuesly said that he loved her to believe that he meant her and not Hermione. This would lead to many mistakes, and future problems but most of all it would lead to the fact that Ginny would always remember that moment and would from that point on believe that Harry loved her. As they finished and Harry realized the depths of the mistake that he had just made, he attempted to think of some way to fix things but their was nothing that he could think of the repair this. His family was gone. He had betrayed his two best friends by becoming intimate with Ginny, and falling in love with Hermione, and no matter what he tried he didn't think he could fix that. In that moment he looked at Ginny and where he was feeling dread, and dispair she had the look of pure happiness across her face, and he allowed himself for a moment to forget, and together they leaned against a tree and he wrapped her together with him in his cloak before they fell asleep together.
Death of James, and Neville Potter
Astoria went with Draco when he went on his mission from Tom to kill Harry Potter . The plan went off course when Harry wasn't at the location he was supposed to be but instead they found his older brother Neville Potter. Originally planning to spare the brother, Neville became very hostile towards the two and began attacking them with spells.
Battle of Hogwarts
Following the Night of Violence and the massacre of House Potter the forces of the Death Eaters would give the forces of Hogwarts little time to adjust as two days later the forces of the Death Eaters and their allies would arrive at the doorstep of Hogwarts demanding the cities surrender. Very little diplomacy went between the two sides as following the Night of Violence it was very clear that the only purpose of the men of the Death Eaters was the destruction of the current members of Hogwarts that had not sided with them, and thus this left little room for haggling.
Duel with Lord Voldermorte
With the forces of the Death Eaters being pushed back all across the lines but the losses mounting on both sides it was Harry Potter that would leave the battlements along with Ron where he moved to duel Lord Voldermorte in what he thought would end the siege.
Retreat of the Death Eaters
Following the defeat of Lord Voldermorte by Harry Potter and his near death, along with the arrival in the west by a relief force from outside forces the forces of the Death Eaters would nearly to a man rout into a full scale retreat.
A New Wife
Following the third failed pregnancy of Astoria Malfoy it would be discovered that she could no longer have children and while Astoria demanded a divorce to protect her husbands future Draco would not allow this but was manipulated into taking his mistress Charlotte Painsley as his second wife.
Battle of Saalfeld
Main Article : Battle of Saalfeld
| Battle of Saalfeld |
The tide was turning, and we were willing to move the front.
Draco Malfoy would become one of the commanders of the First Lucerne-Tevinter War, and would fight at the head of the army of Tevinter. His promotion came after he had attempted to the best of his abilities to control the rebels in western Tevinter, and his success there led Lord Voldermorte to reward him with a command, and when he learned it was Saalfeld he was beyond exctatic to be rewarded with such a prestigious position. Draco would at this point still remain somewhat moralistic in his views, and he led his force to link up with the main force at Saalfeld with the simple plan of pacifying the region in the same way he had previously, and that was with less violence, and more outreach to ease the problems of the commoners. His army that he commanded around the province and town of Saalfeld became quickly known for the peaceful manner that it held the town of Saalfeld, and for this he had one of the most peaceful of the holdings of Tevinter north of Noveria. His wife Astaria Malfoy would leave his child in the care of their mother, and arrived at Saalfeld where she would act as a member of his council, and the Castellan of Saalfeld after the previous had deserted for the Lucernians. Her arrival would corespond with the dramatic increase of violence in his province as just weeks after she arrived a Lucernian army led by Robb Starke attacked the outlying region of Saalfeld. Seeing this Draco called for aid from the nearbye Antiva forces, but the commander of the Antiva gate fortress refused to send troops as he was not willing to weaken his own defences. With Antiva not coming to his aid he prepared to send word to the massive army at Dongret, but stopped when a small force arrived from Dongret asking him to send troops to Dongret as they were in need of assistence.
Robb Starke was one of the main commanders of the Noverian Lucernian forces, and his battle group had been fighting against a large Tevinter force holding the large town of Dongret north of Noveria, and having little success other then killing a seemingly limitless number of Tevinter soldiers. With this in mind the Lucernians recieved reinforcements in the form of Westbridge of whom sent some four thousand troops under the command of Luke Labeouf, James Hartrian, and Radford Arnault and with this force Robb Starke split from the main army and moving alongside a force coming from Heathfall led by Lenwood Arryn, Rob Starke would move against the lighter defenses of Saalfeld which if they took control of they would be able to flood the rivers north of Saalfeld destroy the bridges, and thus push the front back further. In order to get to Saalfeld all he had to get through was the minor castles in Castle Shellfor, and Castle Toffindell of which Violet Dragons had heavily infiltrated Castle Toffindell while Castle Shellfor was badly damaged after a force of rebels had besieged it. Robb Starke put the damaged Castle Shellfor under siege, and at the same time was able to quickly capture Castle Toffindell after the Lord of the Castle surrendered before there was even a fight over the castle, and to make matters worse Lord Liam Toffindell added his forces to the Lucernians further giving them reinforcements.
As Robb Starke took Castle Toffindell, and sieged Castle Shellfor the way was open to the Lucenrians to the large town of Saalfeld of which had a castle within it, but there was no curtain wall as the two castles were meant to guard it, and despite the Tevinter efforts to construct one the one present only covered half the town, and was of limited quality. Leaving his lieutenant Fladen Termont, it would be Robb Starke that would move slowly against Sallfeld knowing he had a lot of time with Dongret. and Antiva unlikely to send forces, and while he did this he sent Benjamin Bradfoot and his cloaks into Sallfeld where they met with the local leadership. and worked to foster a rebellious movement. Finding a lot of resistance among the locals Benjamin was advised that several local Tevinter commanders were behind a lot of the fear among the people and if they were eliminated then large numbers would join the Lucerne cause. Benjamin moved against these commanders, and in a join action with Jerad, and Krylla he would arrange an attack on the three main commanders at the same time. Rebels sparked fighting in the town, and this distracted the Tevinter attention and during this spectacle Benjamin and his cloaks would assassinate the three local commanders sewing chaos behind the Tevinter lines, and seeing the Tevinter weakness the locals would organize under Jerad of Lucerne of whom led them into infiltrating the main hold of Saalfeld, where they attacked the garrison based within the castle. Most of the Tevinter army in the form of some three thousand plus troops were camped outside the town in a large camp, but some fifteen hundred were within the main castle and in smaller garrisons in the town, and it was the hold fast, and these smaller camps that the organized rebels were attack. Horribly outnumbered within a now hostile town the hold fast surrendered as the gates were compromised by the rebel commander Calenhad Dendon, and the camps within the town either retreated, were killed, or captured by the vengeful Fereldens.Following the retreat of the Tevinter army out of Saalfeld, Draco led them westward as the northward region was heavily mudded and was difficult at the moment to traverse, and would have probably led them into an ambush or at the very least unsuitable battle conditions. Moving westward he was hounded by the larger Lucernian army of whom sent mounted troops along the flanks of the Tevinter movement and got troops in front as well, and as the Tevinter army moved the Lucernian cavalry was joined by increasing numbers of troops carrying Ferelden flags showing the turning of the province against Tevinter. Realizing the retreat would not reach the river Draco would stop the army in a massive clearing where he arrayed himself against the Lucernian force, and finally the Battle of Saalfeld was met. Draco was forced to leave a piece of his army facing each flank, and the rear as the numbers of the Lucernian sub forces around them had increased, and while this was happening the two main armies moved at eachother. The Lucernians had balooned to some six thousand troops while the Tevinter army through casualites had dropped to less then four thousand, but they did have what they beleived was an experiance gap by having been fighting for so long. The Lucernians also had some two thousand extra troops surrounding the Tevinter army from basically tthe entire rear, and both flanks, and as the two armies crashed into eachother these two thousand would attack the horribly outnumbered reserves that Draco had left to guard againsts the rear and flank charge. The fighting was intense, but the numbers of Lucerne, and the mounted troops they also had would cause the route of the left flank, and despite the middle holding for a time they too begin to buckle, and it was at this buckle that Robb, and Obella Starke met Draco, and Astoria on the battlefield. The four would fight and after two very one sided fights Draco is badly wounded, and Robb Starke is distracted by several Tevinter men at arms trying to defend their commander and this causes Draco to be carried away, and Robb then goes to the fight between Obella and Astoria to find Obella has fatally slashed her across the arm and then mercy kills her and with it this death that leaves the Tevinter army to retreat through the ambush behind them and after all was said of the original four thousand less then six hundred escaped the Battle of Saalfeld. Following the battle Calenhad Dendon was named High Commander of the planned Castle Saalfeld, while Leonas Bryland was named the Duke of the new province of Lucerne in the form of Saalfeld.
See Also : Draco Malfoy