READ ME PLEASE - BATTLE PLANS
The long awaited final battle plans!
I want to thank everyone for commenting and giving in ideas for this, and doing awesome things like offering to play NPCs, etc. For now, here's how we envision this going down - this is all open to discussion, of course!
The Trio is going to use the lull between classes and exams, when things are crazy at Hogwarts for end of term, to make their move to get to the last Horcrux. They're going to alert the Order through McG and Snape, who will call the Order in to defend the school. Ther'e also going to notify the DA to get lower form students out of Hogwarts and get ready. I think we can safely assume that everyone below fourth year or so gets out of the castle? Unless you have a younger sibling or a lower form character you'd like to NPC for the battle.
DA members, if you haven't already please let me know if you plan on staying or going.
Muggleborns WILL have their wands back! There's a plot going between Draco/Ernie that should get us there in time :)
Slytherin students, whether or not you get out really depends on what Ginny and the DA decide to do for you. Sorry, scapegoats! However, McGonagall will notify the Animagus students of what will be happening, too, as much as she knows, so the Animagus students (especially the non-DA ones) really do get a chance to be heroic too.
As far as the battle goes: The Trio arrives secretly, but the DEs are alerted and the castle goes into lockdown. Lower forms and those who are leaving get out through the WWW tunnels in time (though there can be some close calls!) Then Voldie shows up. As DEs battle students and professors all around the school, the Trio find the last horcrux with some help from Draco (there can be a showdown with is henchmen there too!) and then Harry goes out to meet Voldie for the last battle of wits.
Smoke clears - there are deaths, etc., but the good guys win :)
Of course, that's just the barest bones. We need specific things going on during the battle (there will be one major post, and then each interaction can be a smaller thread inside of it.) You're welcome to plan out your own things, but I'd like to get a list so that the mod account can start each of the specific threads. Here is what I have so far, and I'd love to fill in the gaps. Characters listed that aren't played currently will be NPCed, so if you want to NPC a character for this grab them up! You'll just need to give them an icon in your icons :)
This is organized by the good guys, but we'll need NPC baddies too, so it's a free for all, grab who you want. A good excuse to try out a temporary personality :)
For the Order Katie Bell - Cho Chang - vs. Estella Rosier (Cho victorious. Maybe Rosier says something about knowing Marietta...) Roger Davies - Bill & Fleur - Help in getting the lower forms out of the tunnels and on their way to Order safe houses? Then come to join in the fight and meet Fenrir near the forest? That will give Bill a chance to get some revenge! (We'd like Fenrir dead...) Dedalus Diggle - vs. Muciber (Diggle going down...) Elphias Doge - vs. Avery the Elder and Younger (Bloodbath) Aberforth Dumbledore - Has been enlisted by the twins to help get the lowerform students to Safe Houses. Arabella Figg - Has been enlisted by the twins to help get the lowerform students to Safe Houses. Mundungus Fletcher - MIA, and has been since the horcrux incident. Angelina Johnson - Hestia Jones - Lee, Fred, and George - Dueling with the elder Mr. Goyle and Mr. Crabbe in one of the hallways before a HALLWAY CAVE IN. MUAHAHAH RACHEL THAT IS FOR YOU. Remus & Tonks - I'd like to see Remus square off against Peter Pettigrew. I know that Dena plans for Remus to fall. But Tonks will survive to raise their son this time around. Clare, maybe Tonks squares off against Rodolphus and manages to kill him? Minerva McGonagall - Vs. Bellatrix! Clare, I want to talk to you about this, I have an idea. Sturgis Podmore - Vs. Alecto (Sturgis bites it.) Kingsey Shaklebolt - Is awesome and survives to be the best MoM in history ? Severus Snape - survives the fight. Becomes a public turncoat? Rhab I'll need to talk to you, I have an idea! Alicia Spinnet - vs. Amycus (does he need a new pet?) Andromeda & Ted Tonks - So, how cool would it be it Bellatrix and Andromeda dueled? And Ted died? lol. Clare, I'm leaving Tonks' and Bella's family stuff up to you, though, so let me know what you want to have done. Arthur & Molly Weasley - Fighting. Molly needs her "Not my daughter, you bitch" moment... So maybe this is where Bellatrix bites it? Charlie Weasley - vs. Jugson (we'll see.) Percy Weasley - Returns to his family victoriously and tells the MoM Thicknesse where to shove it before he duels him. Verity Weller - Going to the fight. Fred will get separated from her, for the drama when he tries to find her again. She could face off against Yaxley somewhere and kick some ass Oliver Wood - Run in with Marcus? Or will be with Katie and/or Angelina Penny Clearwater -
For the students, things are even messier. Many can be caught in the crossfire between the battlers and fall, or they can try to defend the school and either be victorious or fall. Players, work it out with a DE if you can and let me know? Or let me know what you want to do and one of the NPC DEs can come across you in the mess. Also, any students who are not played, even if they're not listed, are open to NPC for this battle. But I might have an idea about what we want done with them.
For the DA Lavender - Seamus - Running for McG as a fox, leading students out or protecting students caught in the crossfire Hermione, Harry, Ron - Neville - Helping lead the DA. Horcrux action. Bette will NPC him, probably. Parvati - NPC fighting action (possible death) Dean - - NPC fighting action (possible death) Colin & Dennis Creevey - NPC fighting action (possible death) Ginny - Leading the DA, obviously. Angsty moment with Harry somewhere? Attacked by Bellatrix for Molly's 'Not my daughter' moment? Sam - Terry - NPC fighting action (possible death) Michael - Anthony - Su - Padma - NPC fighting action (possible death) Luna - Hannah - NPC fighting action Susan - Justin - Wayne - Still injured from his escape. Fights? Ernie - Gets the muggleborns back their wands, fights or helps as an animagus to get students out Demelza - helps in the fight with something involving flying Zach Smith - pushing lower form students out of the way as he runs to safety. Audrey - Su - Fights! Eloise - Still injured from her escape. Fights? Kevin - helps Poppy heal the injured in the Great Hall
(IF I've left out anyone who's a new DA member, PLEASE let me know!) And other students, let me know if you get out, hide, or get caught up in the crossfire. Anyone can do any of the above.
One note for the Malfoy Family - I sort of love the idea of both Lucy and Narcissa being there and trying to just grab Draco and keep him out of it. Maybe after he helps with the Horcrux bit they find hi? He'll have to go grab Astoria and Daphne.
Now, because this list is getting ridiculously long, and will be edited a lot over the course of the night, I'm sure, I'll stop short of listing every played student and adult and asking what they're doing. I'll have a much more coherent final list up after we get some comments here. But please comment with what your other characters will be doing, because I'll try to have a coherent list ASAP of everyone and their roles.
Others Felicity - Gets out through the tunnels. Nik - Helping the Slytherin students with his animagus superpowers? Gets caught in the battle somehow? Maeve - Gets out through the tunnels. Fiona - gets her wand back and fights? Lisa - gets out through the tunnels. Megan - Still injured from her escape. Gets out through the tunnels? Pansy - Alfie - grabs his sisters and locks them both in the classroom he and Jules have been using. Goes out to fight. Jules - fights? Drew - fights Merlin - gets out through the tunnels. Theodore - gets caught in the battle Branwen - helps Poppy heal the injured in the Great Hall Belinda - gets out Greg - showdown with Draco and Crabbe vs. Trio over the horcrux
Whew! There are a lot of characters....
Now, for something completely different.
There is one other thing I'd like to run past you, and I want to stress that this is JUST AN IDEA! - Wished has really stagnated lately, and I think it's just as a result of a lot of real life crap hitting a lot of people all at once. While we do NOT want to give up on Wished, it might be easier to do some sort of reboot after the wake of the final battle? If so, we could make the final battle a sort of stopping point, and do a reboot from there. I was thinking maybe a time jump. Go from where we are now to five years down the road?
Benefits: Kingsley would be set up as MoM and things could be better. Relationships could have developed or fizzled. Characters could have run off to get away from the aftermath and could be coming back in five years, etc. Angst! Possible children! Etc! And it will get our lower forms out of Hogwarts and everyone out into the world. Also, new PBs are possible, and dropping characters you don't want and replacing them with new ones, etc.
Disadvantages: You tell me. I'm really digging on the idea, so I'm biased. lol. Skipping important character development as the years pass. Also, it would take a few weeks of paused game play to revamp everything, though you could do logs during that time and just hold them of what happened in the years in between, and the ooc could keep going for plotting and for talking about the new older character concepts.
I'd love your feedback, though, and to get a discussion going about this, too.