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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Bored. Ask the OCs
Blech. I have the flu, again. I swear since I moved, I've caught every damned bug that comes my way.

I will admit to being momentarily unengaged in Stray, but if I can pick it up again after a couple of years, I can pick it up again after a month or so. Teddy never gives me this much trouble! He's an agreeable sort, and one with no annoying canon jobs to work my way to. ;p

So, since my brain is jammed up (maybe it's congested along with my sinuses), ask my OCs anything. It's always good for killing time.
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From: severely_lupine Date: September 13th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
If it makes you feel any better, I got my dad to read Shifts (by reading the first nine chapters aloud to him), and as soon as he was done, he was pleased to hear there's a sequel, so he's reading Shades now. He's never read any of the HP books, by the way, but he's enjoying yours.

Okay, so... Alderman, what's the greatest challenge about being a priest, whether werewolf/magic-related or not? How has this challenge most noticeably presented itself in your life thus far?

(I do quite like Alderman.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Boring as it sounds, I'm afraid my downfall is Church politics, both with my superiors and with the laity. With my superiors, I can at least remember the chain of command pretty well, though I sometimes fume and have a desire to challenge the bishop for alpha status... Excuse me, I'll have to confess that later. :) With the laity, it's just the constant ego-soothing and balancing of personalities to keep everyone happy and feeling good about being in the congregation. Being a pack alpha has been helpful there; I suppose if I can keep Martin and Nate from killing each other under the full moon, I can keep Mme. Cuvier and M. Mathes from splitting the congregation in half over the pressing issue of what color curtains to get in the social hall. But it does give me a headache. There are times that having the authority of an alpha would be quite helpful. I'd love to send both of them back to their caves sometimes.

Which I suppose I'll also have to confess, but I'm reasonably sure the bishop will understand.
redlily From: redlily Date: September 13th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Geoffrey, what did the arc of your life end up looking like? I'm curious to know what change you effected, and how your views developed over the course of your life.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
As if those mad idiots had any interest in change! They're so afraid of change that they'll attack anyone who suggests it. Nothing will change until we can get those old-guard blighters to just SHUT UP, however we have to accomplish that.

As to my views, the more I grew up, the more I realized how right my parents were. People live in a stupor of nostalgia. Even when they're roused for a moment, it's easy for anyone with a modicum of awareness to just put them back to sleep with easy reminiscing about past glories and the supposed "graciousness" of the bourgeois life. As Karl Marx said, history does nothing. Only living people do. But this people is so trapped in its past that it simply will not rouse itself to continue on the path to the future. They're stubborn and stupid, really, except for a few at the top, who know how to control them.

I did my best to rouse the youth. The youth are the key, only the youth are even partly awake, and I always saw my job as keeping them from going to sleep like their parents. They form a mighty movement. Whether or not they will ever see a revolution is another matter--people tend to go back to sleep when they worry about matters like marriage and children. I'd ban marriage if I could--nothing has killed a revolutionary spirit faster than being in bondage to this relic of the past. And children ought to be raised communally. They aren't their parents' property, and too many parents are teaching them the old lies. I have also fought for this, to no avail.
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chrischewscud From: chrischewscud Date: September 13th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Alan, did you like the new Star Trek movie?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to say. As Star Trek, not especially, though I understand the alternate universe concept, I can't say I'm particularly enthralled with the erasure of the universe I liked. Then again, I always liked the mirror universe episodes. So why not? It seems like it has potential. And did they clone Leonard Nimoy, or is it just a witch on their makeup staff doing a really good duplication spell?
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Fern pleeeease don't give up on Stray. You're stories and updates are keeping me sane through my Uni degree.

Donzo, has there ever been one time where you wished more than any other that you weren't famous, and if so what was it?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm not giving up. It's just not moving into its accustomed brainspace when I sit down. Given a little time, I'm sure it will be back.

Donzo: I don't really regret my own fame, per se--I've never been one of the children it's eaten alive. But being in my family led to a very lonely childhood before Hogwarts. All of the adults in my life loved me, I don't mean to say that, but being on the road, being recognized... it meant that I didn't have many other children around. It was the only world I knew, and when I got to Hogwarts, I hadn't the slightest idea how to deal with anyone. Thank God for Teddy--he's how I finally learned how to handle only knowing famous people without name-dropping. Before that, I always sounded like I was bragging, even when all I was generally saying was "This guy my dad works with taught me..."
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)


have you meet any more people like you? by that i mean either a werewolf who is a religious person or a witch or wizard who is a religious person.
any close friends?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Alderman

I know plenty of witches and wizards who are religious; it's roughly the same percentage that there is in the Muggle population of any given area. (Which of course means that there aren't that many in Britain, which is somewhat less than devout these days!)

There are a few other werewolf clergy of my acquaintance, though none Catholic. I've had a grand conversation going on for years with a lycanthropic imam in Morocco, and last year the pair of us went to visit a Hasidic rebbe in Brooklyn who'd just been bitten. (It sounds like the start of a joke, doesn't it--"A priest, an imam, and a rebbe all went out under the full moon...") By the time you get to the subset of wizards, combined with the subset of religious people, combined with the subset of werewolves, the population does tend to be small.

Among general witches and wizards, I know a handful of Catholic priests, and a few more nuns. I'd say that the incidence of nuns with magical powers is somewhat higher than witches are in the general population, though I have no particular theories as to why. Maybe it's just that there are fewer and fewer nuns out there, and witches just have a stronger attachment to traditional vocations than Muggles? There are a few all-magical churches in America, most in the more remote areas of the country (in America, I've found that there's more or less some church for everyone), and in India, I know quite a few devout Hindu wizards.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Way back when, I remember reading this at another challenge call sort of thing, talking about Banan, in Noble and Most Ancient, the orphaned London boy. I'd just like to know--what's his story? Or any of the little known Black's you mention in the book. Who are you and what was your life like?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember very little of my early childhood. I know I was abandoned as an infant--probably the moment my hair started shifting its colors, which would alarm wizard and Muggle parents alike. I was taken in somewhere and hidden. My earliest memories are of being in a dark cellar, where an old man sometimes came down with food. I'm certain he was a wizard, as I saw him light the fire once. He was certainly not wealthy. He may have been a servant. One day, he disappeared. I never knew his name, so I never knew what happened to him, even later on. When the Norsemen attacked, the house I was in burned. I remember looking up through the slats of the roof and seeing the fire, and then I was outside, in a tree, watching it.

I made my way to London. I was old enough to survive then. I stole and fought, and I remembered to keep my shape when people were looking. I was never able to control my magic, though. Things had a tendency to burn up around me with some regularity, and I was never trusted. One day, I was startled in the street by a passing wagon, and it went up in flames. The mob chased me. Somehow, I made a wall of fire between me and them, and then I was taken in by Wilona of the Weald, a witch in service to King Alfred. She finished my upbringing and I eventually took her place as the king's servant. I helped spy out the land, watching for Norse invasions. I learned to turn myself into an owl, so I could fly unnoticed at night, then to speak the language of the invaders and appear as one of them to gather information about their plans.
beceh From: beceh Date: September 13th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
How are you Ruthless? Anything interesting happening at work these days?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm well enough. Just lately, we've been dealing with the fallout from a nasty split in the Finnish wizarding community, between the Lapps and the southerners. It has something to do with the way they want to deal with a border incident with the Russians; I don't really follow it. The upshot is that we have a lot of people coming in whose language I don't speak at all--a whole wizarding village was blown up by a curse that more or less sows the ground with salt--and I think they're lying when they claim not to understand me when I tell them about a law they're breaking, but I can't prove it. Wish I had Burke on the job--he picks up a lot of languages handling McCormack's business.
From: 2betoby Date: September 13th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy: What do people think of you keeping the portraits of your folks around in order to talk to them? (that seems unique in the wizarding world outside more tradition obligatory portraits) Are you concerned that if anything ever happened to the portraits it would be like losing your parents all over again?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what I had them painted for--so we could talk to them. I'm pleased that that's what people are doing. It always kept old Phineas alive for everyone, and unfortunately, also Mad Auntie. Why shouldn't Mum and Dad have that?

I do worry, of course, about them being damaged (I worry about Phineas being damaged as well), though the portrait subjects do seem to be resilient. The Fat Lady managed to survive Sirius slashing her canvas to smithereens. Which is why Donzo thinks its funny that I've put as many protective charms on those canvases as Uncle Harry has on Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, but you know, it's not like I'll get another chance to get them made. Ruthless says I'm very risk-averse, for a Gryffindor, but oh, well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
There are all those magical illnesses we've heard references to. Other than the big epidemic in Teddy's day, how about any of your OC's dealing with something more humorous than frightening. Maybe there's something like dragon-cold's? It's mostly like a regular cold with coughing and mucus, but sometimes you sneeze flames? Or anything like that.

Meanwhile, get rest and plenty of liquids. If your stomach allows, eat to keep up your strength. Keep warm and, especially as you're in a dry climate, consider using a humidifier or something (I've been told the lingering bronchitis I seem to get after every really bad cold or case of the flu is because I neglect this).

Hmm, maybe the OC should have to deal with a character with a mother complex who keeps offering advice and remedies when the OC just wants to enjoy som _silent_ misery?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless: All right, I'll tell you, but you don't need to be spreading it around. I've enough trouble keeping my brothers quiet. Costs me dear, actually, especially with Kirk, the little scammer.

The winter of my fourth year, when I was going with Teddy for the first time, I went out in the back and got a belter of a jarvey bite, and ended up with the Birling Blether from it. First you start birling--that's turning and turning 'til you're dizzy--then, when you finally lose your balance, you start running off at the mouth. People ask you something, and you start going on about it. And on, and on. Not always the truth, mind you--if it were, it'd be cheaper than Veritaserum--but it's well and truly embarrassing, as it's usually things you're keeping a secret. I think by the time it passed, my brothers knew as much about snogging Teddy as I did, and that's when my parents decided that it wasn't quite as all right with them as they thought. Of course, I also talked for an hour about building a castle on the moon, and went on for a bit about Nargles, as someone had a copy of the Quibbler about. And I think I must have said something about being a princess and getting married, because ever since then, every time my brothers want to devil me, they start calling me a little princess and throwing rice at me.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 13th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
For all of "Lewis's" coworkers:

Which of the wizards or witches you met while smuggling them out made the greatest impact on you? Which ones did you like and who did you dislike?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Joe: Well, I'll answer for the lot of us, since it's something we've talked about. Aside from Remus and Dora, zekher kadosh livrakha, we had a chance to spend some time with Kingsley Shacklebolt, whom we all liked, and Gawain Robards, who Alan and I liked, but our wives detested. We all met Andromeda that year, and of course, she's remained in our lives, and we love her. We also met the Weasley twins and Lee Jordan--in fact, Lee did his broadcast from our safe room once. Anna and Alan loved them the most, but Miriam found them rude and startling, and I couldn't forget the twins tormenting Dudley (nor could Dudley; he essentially hid upstairs while they were there). We briefly met Cho Chang that year, though of course she didn't really enter our lives until later, when she and Daniel met again. She was just another face that year. Arthur Weasley, we found a bit odd, but Alan was delighted to show him a computer that had been broken down. Arthur, for his part, dropped his "how clever Muggles are" bit at that point, as he thought it more clever than anything they'd come up with in the wizarding world for storing information. We all wanted to adopt Dennis Creevey, and we simply felt awful when Colin died. Colin was headstrong, and didn't stay put. Ironically, Dora was the one who was furious at him about that. And Justin Finch-Fletchley was simply a marvelous houseguest.

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alkari From: alkari Date: September 13th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy never gives me this much trouble! He's an agreeable sort, and one with no annoying canon jobs to work my way to. LOL - you didn't expect a couple of Marauders to be easy , did you?! Especially Sirius and Remus :)

Uncle Alphard, I think we last saw you with Minerva, making arrangements for 16 y.o. Sirius to have money so he could be independent. Can you tell us something about your own family relationships, especially with Orion and the delightful Bugga?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 13th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, after that little escapade, there was no relationship between myself and Bugga and Orion. In fact, it wasn't long before I had no relationships at all. I rather suspect Bellatrix in this.

Prior to that, you must understand that, whatever else we were, we were a family. It never occurred to me to do what Bugga did--to write anyone out of it. She was my sister. She did do things like sneak potions into my pumpkin juice, and I retaliated by spoiling her cosmetics. She was never a nice child, and she felt she had the right to run the house and us. I used to try and shield Cygnus from her, but as my niece Andromeda found out when, in her similar situation, she was unable to protect Narcissa from Bella, I discovered that Cyg didn't want protection. As to Orion, until about five minutes before the wedding, I considered him my younger cousin, who needed looking after. Bugga always thought we should be back at the main house, and she set her sights on Orion early. He was quite besotted with her, when he was just a boy and she was a lovely young lady. She never did anything inappropriate, of course, but she also never let him out of her web. I went to the wedding. I danced with people. I had a good time. Orion was actually not a bad man, as dark wizards go. Let's call him something of a dim wizard. I honestly don't even know if he held Bugga's opinions or just let her hold them, because his goal in life after the wedding seemed to be to not cause any trouble with Bugga. Someone once suggested that he had an affair with a lovely dancer who used to spend time at the house, but that's laughable. Orion would no more risk Bugga's fury than he'd campaign for a Muggle to take over the Ministry of Magic.
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: September 13th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Maurice, being a fellow with likewise alternate persuasions, as wonderful as it is that you found your best friend and platonic soulmate, as much as I recognize the enormous value of such, you must have had a passing relationship or two, somewhere some time? A date that goes disastrously wrong? Perhaps a good-natured blind fix-up? Because as much as you know you are happy with the life you have, so many of us are hopeless romantics who would try to fix you up with the most attractive subset of the wizarding alternative lifestyle.
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: September 13th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Get better soon!
thornyrose42 From: thornyrose42 Date: September 13th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
As I am just about to start uni I was wondering whether Jane could talk a bit about what it was like going to uni after Hogwarts. How difficult was in in Freshers Week, what with the copious amounts of alcohol flowing, to keep from doing anything stupid like magic or talking about what had been your life for the past seven years.
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: September 13th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless, will it always be this hard to make it in a wizard's world?
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