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Previously On Alternity: Year Three, Summer Term
May 1 - August 31, Year Three (2011, realtime)
 
As always, this summary does not include all the subplots, etc., and it's not in precise date order, but it should provide a starting point!

Also as always, there may be spoilers in the summaries. Finally, we generally choose not to warn readers about possible triggers in Alternity due to the nature of play (unfolding in real time, often improvised) and the nature of the fictional universe (extremely unpleasant in every way). However, please be forewarned that Year Three, Summer Term includes plots which may trigger those who have suffered from eating disorders or sexual harrassment.

 
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Previously On Alternity: Year Three, Spring Term
January 1 - April 30, Year Three (2011, realtime)
 
As always, this summary does not include all the subplots, etc., and it's not in precise date order, but it should provide a starting point!

Also as always, we generally choose not to warn readers about possible triggers in Alternity due to the nature of play (unfolding in real time, often improvised) and the nature of the fictional universe (extremely unpleasant in every way). However, please be forewarned that Year Three, Spring Term includes a plot which may trigger those who have suffered from eating disorders.
 
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Previously On Alternity: Year Three, Autumn Term
September 1 - December 31, Year Three (2010, realtime)
 
As always, this summary does not include all the subplots, etc., and it's not in precise date order, but it should provide a starting point!
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Previously On Alternity: Year Two, Summer Term
May 1 - August 31, Year Two (2010, realtime)
 

As always, this is only a small portion of the plots - the most important ones, and since it's the summer, also a little flavor of what some of the characters did over the long holiday.
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Previously On Alternity: Year Two, Spring Term
January 1 - April 30, Year Two (2010, realtime)
 
Other Previously on Alternity Recaps:
September 1 - December 31, Year One
January 1 - April 30, Year One
May 1 - August 31, Year One
September 1 - December 31, Year Two
January 1 - April 30, Year Two
May 1 - August 31, Year Two
September 1 - December 31, Year Three
January 1 - April 30, Year Three
 
Remember: this does not link to all or even most of the sub-plots and posts within them, only the largest and most significant for the through-plot of the game. To get the full game experience, you really need to read every day!

Below is not entirely in date order, as some plots overlap with others. Hopefully it will make sense, nevertheless.
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Previously On Alternity: Year Two, Autumn Term
September 1 - December 31, Year Two (2009, realtime)
 
Other Previously on Alternity Recaps:
September 1 - December 31, Year One
January 1 - April 30, Year One
May 1 - August 31, Year One
September 1 - December 31, Year Two
January 1 - April 30, Year Two
May 1 - August 31, Year Two
September 1 - December 31, Year Three
January 1 - April 30, Year Three
 
Remember: this does not link to all or even most of the sub-plots and posts within them, only the largest and most significant for the through-plot of the game. To get the full game experience, you really need to read every day!

Below is not entirely in date order, as some plots overlap with others. Hopefully it will make sense, nevertheless.
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Previously On Alternity: Year One, Summer Term
May 1 - August 31, Year One (2009, realtime)
 
Other Previously on Alternity Recaps:
September 1 - December 31, Year One
January 1 - April 30, Year One
May 1 - August 31, Year One
September 1 - December 31, Year Two
January 1 - April 30, Year Two
May 1 - August 31, Year Two
September 1 - December 31, Year Three
January 1 - April 30, Year Three

Remember: this does not link to all or even most of the sub-plots and posts within them, only the largest and most significant for the through-plot of the game. To get the full game experience, you really need to read every day!

Below is not entirely in date order, as some plots overlap with others. Hopefully it will make sense, nevertheless.

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Previously On Alternity: Year One, Spring Term
January 1 - April 30, Year One (2009, realtime)
 

Remember: this does not link to all or even most of the sub-plots and posts within them, only the largest and most significant for the through-plot of the game. To get the full game experience, you really need to read every day!

Below is not entirely in date order, as some plots overlap with others. Hopefully it will make sense, nevertheless.
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I must admit, it never occurred to me that someone who wasn't familiar with the Harry Potter books might want to read Alternity. But it seems there are some! In order to make the game more comprehensible to those people, then, I wanted to write a short introduction to Alternity that will help folks who haven't read Harry Potter get on their feet. Reading this, then moving on to the first Previously On Alternity entry and so on, ought to bring you up to speed.

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Alternity is set beginning in 1991 and continuing in real time from there. The world in which Alternity is set is an alternate version of our world. Here, magic is real. A small percentage of the population is magical. It's unclear whether magic is passed down in families or not - it seems likely that it's genetically determined, because if you come from a magical family, you're likely to have magic too. People who come from a magical family but don't have magic are called "squibs." People who don't have magic are called "Muggles." People who have magic, but come from a Muggle family are called "Muggle-borns." People who are of mixed magical and Muggle heritage are called "halfbloods." People of pure magical heritage are called "purebloods."

In the Alternity world, the magical community lived separate from but parallel to the Muggle world until the year 1981, governed by their own set of agencies and so forth. (In the UK, the governing bodies were called the Ministry of Magic and the Wizengamot.) They kept themselves secret from the Muggle world. In 1981, a dictator known as Lord Voldemort seized power over the UK in a violent coup. Lord Voldemort made magic public knowledge when he took over both magical and Muggle governments. Lord Voldemort was an extremist who believed that Muggles were inferior, including Muggle-born witches and wizards. Therefore, he instituted a program by which Muggles were subdued in a number of ways, including keeping some in large labor camps. Muggle-born wizards who were young enough to be trainable became personal servants to purebloods and trustworthy halfbloods. He also created an enormous magical barrier (a "ward") over the whole of the United Kingdom, preventing people from entering or leaving except through small, heavily-guarded ports and protecting the nation from Muggle weaponry (whether conventional or unconventional). Finally, he instigated various public works projects, the largest of which was the creation of "New London," that is, the conversion of London from a place suitable for Muggle life to a place suitable for magical life. Lord Voldemort slowly moved away from the image of a revolutionary dictator and has begun calling himself the Lord Protector.

The most prominent school for young magic-users in the UK is called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There, students learn such subjects as Potions, Transfiguration, Charms, Astronomy, Ancient Runes, Divination, and more. Hogwarts is divided into four Houses based on primary personality traits: Gryffindor (brave), Ravenclaw (clever), Hufflepuff (loyal), and Slytherin (cunning). Lord Voldemort was in Slytherin, and many Order of the Phoenix members were in Gryffindor, but this is not a hard and fast rule. The four Houses play sport against each other and compete for who gets the most House points (given for merits, taken away for demerits). The primary sport is called Quidditch, which is somewhat but not entirely like football on flying broomsticks.

Hogwarts is where most of our story takes place. Its former headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, was a prominent critic of Lord Voldemort's rise to power. Upon Lord Voldemort's rise to power, Dumbledore fled the UK, leaving his Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall in charge both of the school and the resistance to Lord Voldemort within the UK. This resistance is called the "Order of the Phoenix," named after Dumbledore's companion animal, a phoenix named Fawkes. McGonagall, however, had to kowtow to Lord Voldemort in order to remain in control of Hogwarts. Therefore, she is now a double agent - both the head of the Order of the Phoenix and a member of Lord Voldemort's closest inner circle, the Death Eaters.

Complicating all this, of course, is the fact that Lord Voldemort is widely known to be essentially immortal. What most people don't know is the details of why. A prophecy was uttered that ties Lord Voldemort's fate to the fate of a young boy (an infant at the time) named Harry Potter, the child of two members of the Order of the Phoenix. In fact, the first action of Voldemort's coup was to take Harry into custody. Harry grew up believing himself to be Lord Voldemort's son, Harry Marvolo. Our story starts when Harry begins his first year at Hogwarts - and begins to learn about the real state of the world.

Important characters that haven't been covered yet:


Lucius Malfoy - an important Death Eater. Has a son, Draco, who was raised side by side with Harry as a foster-brother. His wife's name is Narcissa, and she's a member of the important Black family of Death Eaters (covered below). He is responsible for an old friend's daughter, Pansy Parkinson, as well (her father is dead and her mother alcoholic).

James and Lily Potter - the true parents of Harry Marvolo and members of the Order of the Phoenix. James and Lily were both killed in the coup in 1981. Lily was a Muggle-born; her sister, Petunia, and Harry's cousin Dudley are lost somewhere in the shuffle of Muggle camps.

Sirius Black - James Potter's best friend from school, Sirius rejected his pureblood, Lord Voldemort-following family to become a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius is now an Order agent on the Continent, trying to figure out how to smuggle goods in.

Remus Lupin - Another of James and Lily Potter's friends, Remus is a werewolf. Because werewolves are Lord Voldemort's allies (for the most part), and because he is suspected of having informed Lord Voldemort where James and Lily are, Remus is not trusted by the Order of the Phoenix. In fact, however, he remains loyal to James' and Lily's memories. He is Hogwarts' groundskeeper.

Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black) - Sirius' cousin, she is a prominent Death Eater and a little bit off her rocker. She is in charge of law enforcement in the new regime. Her husband is Rodolphus and their child, a year younger than Harry, Hydra.

Frank and Alice Longbottom - members of the Order of the Phoenix, they left their children Neville and Evelyn to run a sanctuary for Muggle-born magical children on a remote island, Moddey Dhoo. They frequently find themselves dodging Death Eaters in order to spirit Muggle-born babies away.

the Weasley family - members of the Order of the Phoenix, they have many children. Two, Bill and Charlie, are grown. Four are still at school: Percy, Fred, George, Ron. The youngest, Ginevra (Ginny), is at home. The father, Arthur, works to administrate the Muggle camps and often tips the Order of the Phoenix off to bad situations there. The mother, Molly, is a housewife who has to make ends meet on a very tight budget.

Hermione Granger is a Muggle-born slave assigned to Hogwarts to work in the library, tending books that are too complex or human-specific for house-elves to deal with. She's the same age as Harry.

Terry Boot is also a Muggle-born slave at Hogwarts, Harry's age, but he is the personal servant of the abusive Alecto & Amycus Carrow, two professors.

Dennis Creevey is a third Muggle-born slave at Hogwarts, younger than Harry, but assigned to Harry as his personal servant.

assorted other students, Death Eaters, Order of the Phoenix members, and staff - there are plenty of other characters in the game, some of whom become quite important, so get to reading!

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Previously On Alternity: Year One, Autumn Term
September 1 - December 31, Year One (2008, realtime)
 

Please remember - this post just summarizes some of the major plot points of this term. In order to get a full sense of the game, it's best to read every post.

  • The students arrived at Hogwarts on 01 September to find that they were assigned journals. We also learn that the Order of the Phoenix has found a way to lock some entries in the journals - entries prefixed with ORDER ONLY. McGonagall is the headmistress and a double agent - a member of the Order and a Death Eater - loyal to the Order.
  • All the characters' introductions are listed in the recap post for the first week, but it's most important to know that Harry was originally sorted into Gryffindor, but Lord Voldemort intervened and moved him into into Slytherin. Nevertheless, he started making friends across Houses. Draco and Harry apparently grew up side by side, based on Lucius' paternal behavior.
  • The Philosopher's Stone was stolen from Gringotts, and Bellatrix is heading up the investigation.
  • There was a fairly major kerfuffle over someone pouring mud in Percy's bed. It was revealed to be the twins, and they were punished, but not before Hermione got in trouble for standing up for herself (in this world, she's a Mudblood slave in the Hogwarts library - and a member of the Order already).
  • During their first flying lesson, Draco stole Neville's Remembrall - and Harry made him return it, catching Professor Slughorn's eye to become Slytherin Seeker.
  • Hermione and Terry Boot, who is the Mudblood slave of Amycus and Alecto Carrow, had been posting too publicly. Lucius Malfoy called them out on it and forced McGonagall to punish Hermione severely - sleeping in the hallway, 'Filthy Mudblood' emblazoned on her forehead, bread and water, and serving at the Head Table and doing menial chores.
  • Something happened involving Draco, Neville, Harry, Ron and Hermione down a forbidden corridor, but none of them spoke too candidly about it, except to make clear that a three-headed dog was definitely involved.
  • Everyone, not just the muggle-borns, find the Carrows scary.
  • As a result of idle speculation, Theodore Nott, Harry, and Draco bribed Hermione to let them prick her and see her blood (it's red, not brown). This caused an enormous outburst of controversy.
  • Sirius began publishing a series of journal entries called the 'Grim Truth.' He continued throughout the term.
  • There seem to be shortages in Britain, of luxuries if nothing else. This is most apparent in Lucius and Molly Weasley's entries, although for very different reasons - Lucius is on several commerce committees, whereas Molly has to make ends meet.
  • There is a Sanctuary for Muggle-borns on a southern island; Alice and Frank Longbottom are involved with it, as is Arthur, who works as a Ministry official in the camps for Muggles and so on.
  • Regulus Black's hand was cut off by the Lord Protector, although the circumstances are unclear; eventually, he came back from convalescing with a hook hand.
  • Order Only can be used for more purposes than just communication - they can even hijack the comments on Lucius Malfoy's posts!
  • The Quibbler was shut down for several months for attempting to sensationalize the Grim Truth, and for a time, Xenophilius Lovegood and his daugher Luna went to live with Molly and Arthur Weasley - driving them up a wall.
  • Lupin seems to be isolated from the Order, and very sad; they don't trust him, believing him to be a collaborator. (He works as the groundskeeper, doing both Filch and Hagrid's jobs.)
  • Bellatrix Lestrange has a daughter, Hydra, who is a bit younger than Harry and Draco; she is quite concerned with the quality of her tutelage. Could Hydra be a little rebel? Perhaps...
  • After an incident where a Muggle-born child was given to werewolves, Lupin was seriously hurt trying to stop it and had to be saved by Frank and Alice Longbottom; the Order still didn't fully trust him.
  • Neville was hexed to insult everyone, which set off a discussion of the Imperius curse among students, who had varied ideas about its morality.
  • It turns out that Pansy Parkinson is quite the curious little rebel regarding Muggles, which results in her going round after round with Lucius and McGonagall (whose public and private perspectives on the situation differ quite a lot).
  • Halloween turned into quite a hullaballoo: there was indeed a troll in the dungeon, and the Lord Protector was visiting, adding another level of intensity to the proceedings. The event played out as in Harry Potter canon, but with more students attending - and Hermione was blamed for 'luring' Harry into a trap.
  • Harry received Dennis Creevey as a Mudblood slave present from his Father on Halloween. Everyone found Dennis quite creepy, as he would not allow Harry to befriend him, but instead acted like a house-elf.
  • Harry's broom went missing prior to his first Quidditch match (he only found it later, in Lupin's pumpkin patch), which was probably responsible for how it flipped out during the match.
  • Quirrell has apparently been seen skulking around the castle, presumably ticked that he was fired from the Muggle Studies position to make way for Alecto Carrow.
  • For the week prior to the Quidditch match, Boot had been transfigured into a dog by the Carrows and cared for by Fred and George.
  • Alice and Frank Longbottom are pregnant!
  • Bellatrix is in charge of cleaning up New Wizarding London, not just the hunt for the Philosopher's Stone's thief.
  • Pansy's mum is revealed to be "ill" - that is, extremely alcoholic. Pansy spends much of the term worrying about her, and Lucius uses her as a technique to keep Pansy in line.
  • Nymphadora Tonks had a terrible time finding work throughout the term due to her half-blood status, and eventually became employed as a janitor at the Ministry.
  • Sally-Anne Perks organized a chess tournament, which many students played in.
  • The professors are allowed to perform the Cruciatus curse on students, as Professor Carrow did so on Wayne Hopkins. Eventually, this leads to the decision that the Head Boy and Head Girl should also be allowed to use the Cruciatus Curse as a punishment - a decision that Percy Weasley opposes, despite his frequent kowtowing to the Lord Protector's regime.
  • The Carrows played a nasty trick on Terry Boot, making his clothes disappear in the Great Hall during meals - just one of many ways that they make his life miserable (later they almost drown him and cause him to get pneumonia.)
  • Pansy Parkinson began throwing music parties, as she's gotten more and more into music as time goes on.
  • Kingsley Shacklebolt is apparently leading a troupe of actors through Britain, performing as he goes, and is in the Order.
  • Harry, Teddy Nott, and Draco melted Ernie Macmillan's cauldron in an ill-fated attempt to study for Professor Slughorn's killer Potions exam at the end of term.
  • Penelope Clearwater and Percy Weasley appear to be dancing around each other, socially speaking.
  • Lucius Malfoy threw an enormous Christmas party; many people attended, including all the Death Eaters (McGonagall too), Seamus and his guardian, Harry, Draco, Pansy, Hydra and others.
  • Sally-Anne's foster family, unlike Seamus', seemed to be using her as an unpaid nanny. (Seamus' guardian gave him everything.)
  • The Weasleys spent Christmas with Charlie at the Stornoway Dragon Reserve, and they discovered that the dragons have something to do with the wards covering Britain.
  • Draco got a Nimbus 2001 for Christmas; he and Harry apparently also found the Mirror of Erised at Buckingham Palace over the hols. In response, Harry owled Sirius, and they are now in contact talking about his parents (Harry knew that Sirius, who's behind the Grim Truth posts, knew his parents due to a not-so-fortuitous earlier meeting).
  • Throughout the term, Sirius attempts to follow through on Dumbledore's plan to smuggle wands into Britain via France, working undercover as "Heinrich Lazlo," using bribery and any other means necessary. Unfortunately, when he was caught he was almost back to square one, having to Transfigure a corpse into Lazlo's "body." He only managed to get a run of the mill importing business going - no wands

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