Richard MorriganFull Name:
Richard William MorriganBlood Status:
WelshPlace of Birth:
Caer Morrigan, WalesDate of Birth:
3 November 2021Age:
English, French, WelshRelationship Status:
Richard is a tall and well-built man. His hair has given way to more gray than the black that it was in his youth, though his gray eyes still shine with intelligence and humor. He moves with an easy grace of a dancer or a duelist.Dressing Style:
As the living patriarch of the Morrigan family and the holder of their ancestral seat on the Wizengamot, Richard dresses in only the best clothing when leaving the house. His preference is for wizarding attire but he has several suits and tuxedos should the need arise. At home he dresses more for comfort and can even be found in jeans and a t-shirt on occasion; but only when there is nobody but family around.PersonalityCharacter Description:
Richard is a very calculating person. He knows what he wants and doesn’t shy away from anything that could get him where he wants to go. He is particularly adept at getting other people to dance to his tune, and it is something he still takes a great amount of joy in. He comes across as very friendly and has very carefully cultivated a reputation for compromise.Quirks:
In the vein of the best of the pureblood families, Richard is ambitious and determined in the pursuit of what he wants and has a clear vision of what that is and where he wants to see the world go. His vision doesn’t run away with him though as he is also extremely pragmatic and resourceful in meeting his goals. Weaknesses:
Unfortunately, he has also picked up some of the worst traits that are common to leaders, purebloods, and politicians; he is extremely elitist and is often cold and withdrawn. His sense of entitlement has also left him more than a little bit selfish. Finally, like most with a vision, he is also quite meddlesome and stubborn.Likes:
Richard loves all things magical; he reveres and almost worships magic as though it were something divine. Also, he derives a great deal of entertainment from plotting and scheming against people that annoy him or stand in the way of his goals. Very rarely do his plots end in someone’s death but it has been rumored to have happened before – though nothing has ever been proven, and more often than not these rumors are written off as the work of his political rivals.Dislikes:
Richard despises muggles, they are nothing more than a resource in his eyes. And like all resources, their sole purpose in life is to be used and spent in the furtherance of goals and for the betterment of Wizarding society.Boggart:
The Ministry, and by extension the magical world, falling under the control of the muggles.Patronus:
Despite the disappointment that he’s been, Richard’s patronus memory is still the birth of his son.Animagus Form:
His wand is made of darkly colored rowan wood and has a core of dragon heartstring. It is 11 inches long and is slightly springy.Strength:
Richard has always had a talent for the Dark Arts and has been an above average student with both Charms and Transfiguration; but where he really stands out are with the mind magics. He is one of the preeminent masters of Occlumency and Legilimency.Weakness:
On the other hand, he has always been a disaster with Potions and rather incapable with even the easiest of healing spells.EducationSchool:
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (2031-2038)House:
Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot (2068-2076) Former positions:
British Delegate, International Confederation of Wizards (2041-2045)Former positions:
Assistant to the British Delegation, International Confederation of Wizards (2038-2041)Family and HistoryFather:
William Patrick Morrigan (Deceased)Mother:
Brigitte Elizabet Morrigan (Rosier, Deceased)Spouse:
Theresa Drucilla Yaxley (Deceased)Children:
Alexander Richard MorriganWards:
Timothy Alexander Morrigan, Amber Dawn Elison Pet:
There are many animals at the Caer including cats, dogs, owls, and horses.Background:
Richard was born the only son of William and Brigitte Morrigan. The latest in the ancient Morrigan line, he was raised with every luxury and given every opportunity that was available to the rich and powerful in magical society. His parents engaged the best tutors in both magic and etiquette so that he would know everything he needed to know as he grew, attended Hogwarts, and advanced into the world. His father held the ancestral seat on the Wizengamot, his grandfather having been murdered during the Dark Lord Voldemort’s second rise to power. His mother stayed home – keeping the house and family running smoothly; responsible for raising Richard, maintaining the Caer and its staff of Elves, and arranging society galas and other parties to keep tight the ties between the Morrigans and the other Pureblood families.
When he turned 11, as expected, he received his invitation to Hogwarts and he waiting impatiently till it was his time to board the train and attend the school that his family had been attending pretty well since its inception. Like countless ancestors before him, the Sorting Hat had barely come to rest on his head before he was sent down to wear the green and silver of Slytherin House. He fell in easily and made friends and allies quickly among the other Purebloods of his year and in his House. His parents continued to engage tutors for him over vacations to make sure he remained ahead of where he needed to be.
During the summer between his third and fourth years he was made aware of the betrothal contract between himself and Theresa Yaxley; he was aware of her, she was a year ahead of him but in his house and it wasn’t like there were enough students that they could go unnoticed. While betrothal contracts weren’t widely recognized by the Ministry anymore, they were almost more common among the Pureblood families as they fought to keep their bloodlines clean of the muggle taint. At first he’d been worried about how he’d get along with Theresa, but they quickly found out that they got along famously and they were nigh inseparable for their last years at Hogwarts.
Richard was disappointed when she graduated, but he still coasted through his last year at school, serving as Head Boy before graduating. Immediately after graduation, he and Theresa were married and he took up a position as an assistant to the British Delegation to the International Confederation of Wizards. While he worked, Theresa set up their home in a townhouse in London – near the entrance to the Ministry – that was owned by the Morrigan family. Traveling between his job with the Delegation and his home with his new wife, it wasn’t too long before they were blessed with the birth of their son, Alexander.
While Theresa looked after their young son, Richard was awarded a position on the Delegation itself, rather than working as an assistant. His family reveled in his success and quick ascension and everything seemed like it was going splendidly until the Dragon Pox Pandemic. Many people were struck by the disease and no small number succumbed to it; including not only Richard’s parents, but Theresa as well. Richard found himself alone, a single father, and taking over the family seat on the Wizengamot. He’d trained for it since he was young, but he never expected it to happen the way it had.
While he could never officially prove it, Richard found enough evidence to convince him that during the outbreak Pureblood patients were afforded lower importance than others and there was a correspondingly high mortality rate among them. His once mild distaste for Muggles and Muggleborn wizards, shifted quickly into a bitter and lasting hatred.
He was forced to hire nannies and rely on the family House Elves to raise Alexander, and he was convinced that everything was continuing as it should. While he didn’t get to spend as much time with his son as he would have liked, the time that they did spend together always went well. Like his parents before him, Richard supplied plenty of tutors for his son as he prepared to go off to Hogwarts. When the time finally came, Richard made a point to be there to see his son off to school – and was utterly shocked when he found out that night that Alexander had been sorted into Gryffindor.
Their relationship deteriorated from there. It seemed that regardless of what Richard did to try and recover things with his son, Alexander – or Alex as he insisted on being called – became more and more disrespectful each time he came home. It culminated in the summer after his fourth year when he brought home Annabelle Chase – a muggleborn – and introduced her as his girlfriend. Richard lost his temper and Alexander left to spend the rest of the summer with Annabelle and her family.
Richard didn’t hear from his son again until the boy’s sixth year when he was contacted by the Matron at Hogwarts to inform him that Alexander had managed to get Annabelle pregnant. Both of her parents worked full time jobs and they did not have enough money to hire nannies, so when the child was born Richard found himself once more raising a child alone. Timothy was a much quieter child than Alexander had been and Richard made a point to be around more for him.
By the time Alexander and Annabelle had graduated from Hogwarts, Richard had bonded strongly with his Grandson and volunteered to watch over him as the two went to University. Annabelle ended up working on a degree in Curse Breaking while Alexander attended school to become a teacher. In yet one more surprising twist they approached him during their graduation and requested that Richard adopt the boy so that they could continue with their careers. Richard snapped up the opportunity and went with Alexander to the Ministry to complete the transfer of parental rights from them to him.
As soon as that was done and the paperwork signed and approved, Richard started the paperwork to disown his son leaving him with Timothy for his heir. Not being willing to make the same mistakes twice Richard arranged for a proxy to hold his votes and keep him informed and he stayed home to work with Timothy as he grew. Richard trained him personally and was consistently and constantly around for the boy until he came of age and left for Hogwarts. During one of their outings his grandson met the daughter of the Elison family – a Pureblood family from America – and the two seemed to hit it off. A plan began to form in his mind and he did everything that he could to encourage their friendship. When they returned he was pleasantly surprised by the death of the Chief Warlock and in the election that followed he found himself swept into the vacated position.
Once Timothy was off to school Richard returned to the Wizengamot and took up his seat again. With his ward away, Richard concentrated all of his efforts on expanding his influence and making connections as a plan began to take a more defined form. While Timothy was home for the summer Richard did what he could to continue the boy’s training and couldn’t help but smile as it seemed his friendship with Amber was coming along nicely as well – given the opportunity he began including her in the training as well.
Then came the summer that he’d been vaguely expecting for some time, but it still surprised him that it had arrived. While safely in his study, working on a new law, Richard was contacted by a distraught Amber that something terrible had happened. On arrival at her home, he found her father murdered and her mother unconscious. It was easy enough to make it appear as a domestic issue gone awry and he took Amber back to the Caer where she would be safe. In the end, with her father dead and her mother facing the rest of her life in Azkaban, Richard took her as his ward as well – to keep her free of the meddlesome grasp of the Ministry.
Things for Richard stayed relatively calm from that point on – he contented himself with his work in the Ministry and with watching the relationship between Amber and Timothy grow and deepen. It all seemed to be going so well until, suddenly, it wasn’t. He rejoiced in the loss of prestige of the Minister and her sycophants; however, before he and his allies had a chance to act on the power vacuum they were preempted by Stewart and Saunders and he watched in mounting horror as an even more muggle-friendly government rose to power.
His faith in the power of the Ministry to heal the issues that were plaguing the magical world finally shaken to their very foundations, Richard began seeking out something else that could be done.