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Hi everybody, and good morning alt-fen! (One of the Players said 'look, it's not too late for you to join the fen-comm, so here I am!)

Good gods, where to even start?

Well, I suppose with 11:29 PM last night, when His Noselessness did an incredible job of showing his true colors.

Or then again, maybe Sirius' latest, possibly greatest, Grim Truth.

Gotta give a Hella Shout Out to Zack Smith, for The utter brass ones of this, knowing how he'd pay for it.

And Justin, that was a fantastic bit of doublespeak, there.
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I'm really amused by Rabastan's latest adventure. I'm even more amused that it so closely mirrors Sirius's recent brush with fatherhood (when it turned out Terrie was pregnant but not with his child).

They really are two peas in a pod.
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That sound is my heart breaking, "Little Bit."

Lucius Malfoy, you have so much to answer for.

In other news, OMG, so much happened this week! JUSTIN FINCH-FLETCHLEY! QUIDDITCH! SEAMUS! Even Percy and Penny getting schmoopy (which, kinda ew, but also? Sort of adorable?) HERMIONE!

Sally-Anne, you are one bad-ass chica. Ron and Pansy and Sally-Anne's banter over fish forks and cheese had ME snorting!!

Oh, and Sirius. Siriusly. Down, boy.

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[ profile] spiffariffic found Narcissa's post referring to the portrait we gave y'all as a New Year's Present.

Well, here's an early 12th Night prize to follow-up and reward Spiffariffic on her sleuthing skills:

Blackstories: Black and White )
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Here's a little cookie for you for New Year's Day:

Some Fan Art )

The lovely and talented spectre-of-prague did up this portrait in B&W and also in full colour, and then sepia-toned it like a Prophet archive photo for us.

(Bonus points if you know what post referred to this photograph in recent months....)

Happy New Year!
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We realized that in the way of journal conversations, things got a little muddled last night, and anyone reading might read things out of order going straight down by thread (for example, Regulus and Pansy say their good-nights halfway through their conversation, read top-to-bottom).

And since we're silly and that effect of journals really affects the later conversation, we present to you, the text of Regulus' whole post and comments, in chronological order:


in chronological order.... )

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We have our "one tiny change back when it all started."

Sirius has all but confirmed that everyone thought Lupin was the secret keeper.

Since Peter seems to not be around, we have two scenarios. One Lupin did actually betray the Potters to V. I find this unlikely given Lupin's personality both in the books and as portrayed here. Two Lupin did the same switch that Sirius did in the books. He's the one that cornered Peter afterwards, but unlike Sirius did actually manage to kill him. I see no reason for Peter to have gone into hiding in this world if Lupin had only managed to harm him and every reason for Lupin to have done so after this version of events.


Dec. 26th, 2008 12:22 pm
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

So which Uncle of Sirius's do you think he was referring do? I defy anyone to come up with a theory that doesn't make the Grim Truth he just posted as anything other than Sirius, Regulus and the Houses of Black and Potter.

Also Harry's continual references to whatever project they've been working on (sticking charms, melted cauldrons and all) is MADDENING.


Dec. 1st, 2008 09:00 am
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Why does Pansy keep trying to give her father's sweater to Boot? (

How come none of the Order-Only folks noticed/commented when Lucius said that Sirius' import company was a front? ( "Magical Commerce met Monday; provided report on the status of the Laszlo account via the Dover agent. Still no satisfaction from the petitioner; looking more like they were a front after all. Most disappointing, but no sense in dwelling on the circumstances.")

Is the high mortality rate in the muggle-born camps another source of students for Alice?
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Is there supposed to have been another Grim Truth post from Sirius? (Arthur tells him he saw his "entry last night.") If so I didn't and can't now see it. I did catch the exchange on Harry's journal where Sirius and Lucius exchanged barbs. Is that all that's meant when Arthur and Bellatrix say that Sirius provoked the attack Lucius led on the Cherwell camp?

Interesting bits and bobs in McGonagall's post tonight, too. (About the book's forgery; mention of Flitwick -- deceased, apparently -- from Molly; about the castle's protections; McG's note that Lucius is not a Legilimens and her clear anxiety about facing someone who IS one.)

ETA. Lucius talks about the provocation as though it was just Sirius' intrusion into Harry's comments thread.

More interestingly, Lucius links the disturbance in the camp with the "robbery" at Gringotts:
After the blackguard (no pun intended) retreated from the journal where he made a nuisance of himself, he apparently decided to incite an attempted break-out at Cheswell. It's all in the papers. He must have accomplices in this country, whom he induced through some method (doubtless an illicit and indecent form of magic) to disrupt the camps. Bella believes, as do I, that these culprits are the same miscreants who corrupted the Goblins enough to gain access to Gringotts and rob the bank last month. It makes sense: Their modus operandi seems to lie more in encouraging - possibly forcing - members of these inferior castes to rise up in revolt, creating chaos and bother for the rest of us.
I take Arthur's account as a truer representation of what happened at Cherwell (Lucius calls it Cheswell), which is to say that Lucius, Bellatrix and others went to the camp and took out their frustration with Sirius on the helpless captives (no uprising, no escape, no initiative on the Muggles's part, just a bit of Death Eater Muggle-baiting like we see canonically at the World Cup match).

I wonder if Lucius' linkage of the Cherwell and Gringotts incidents is more than just a matter of PR spin: perhaps the Gringotts episode was equally a matter of Lucius, Bellatrix, et. al. having done something extra-legal. Perhaps they went to Gringotts with a plan to empty a vault of something of value (the Philosopher's Stone, presumably) only to find that the vault in question (one they did not have legal power to access -- so what would their way around the Goblins have been? maybe I'm wrong) had already been emptied, though they thought that impossible, its rightful owner having been thought to be out of the country. In other words, I'm proposing that the substantial link between the camp riot and the Gringotts "robbery" might be that Lucius and cronies are the active agents in each case and that in each case they've concocted a story of insurgent lawlessness to cover their own dodgy dealing.

Also. It's not lost on me that Lucius hints that Sirius and his insurgent blackguards (a great pun) make use of Imperius to control Muggles.
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Oh, Arthur.

I was totally unprepared for the ways this game would break my heart. Between this and Minerva's having taken the Mark, I'm fairly shattered. We knew early on that it would be rough - early in the game, Minerva posted about "the frustration, the anger, that I am constantly crushing down" - but to know the true sentiment underneath and to see the exterior they must present is awful.

Sirius, of course, has been operating secretly and thumbing his nose at the idea of detection in typical fashion. This is more worrying than crushing, espeically as I suspect he has motivations not tied directly to his own safety - Sirius may be hoping that if he can project enough dash about his sometimes precarious concealment, he can bring some courage and heartening to others in more dangerous and thus more oppressively secret positions.

This raises some interesting questions, I think, about the long-term ramifications of the roles the Order members are having to play. How long can one mouth the positions required for one's cover before they begin to corrode one's soul? Not necessarily in a "You become what you pretend to be" kind of way (although that is a risk too! How long before one of Our Heroes is horrified by the automatic bigoted responses that spring to mind before anger at the injustices?) but more in the wearing, stifling kind of way. Sissela Bok, in her book Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation, writes "Scientists working under conditions of intense secrecy have testified to its stifling effect on their judgment and creativity. And those who have written about their undercover work as journalists, police agents, and spies, or about living incognito for political reasons, have described similar effects of prolonged concealment on their capacity to plan and to choose, at times on their sense of identity."

From a literary standpoint, I'm intrigued by the character arcs this is likely to construct. My emotional attachment to the characters, though, means I'm dreading the toll this will likely take on them.


Sep. 21st, 2008 08:11 pm
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Hey, folks:

I just received a reply from [ profile] alt_player (in this case, the player who plays Sirius), who wants us to know that Sirius really *did* Order Lock his birthday greeting to Hermione (though there was a player-slip in this case). I was afraid the rest of you might miss this important bit of official correction because I may be the only one who will have gotten email notice of the comment.

The discussion in question is here.


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