|Anton "Ant" Clemens Hasse Anders Eriksson|
10th of May 1998; The Harmaajärvi Manor, Rauma, Rauma sub-region, Satakunta, Finland (aged 43, he initially believed he was being arrested for being an unregistered animagus, though was actually being charged with 15 counts murder alleged to have taken place during the war, as a war crime, upon realising what was happening he still came quietly and without incident, believing the situation would be resolved quicly.)
Icy Blue fading into a pistachio green at the centres
originally quite simply carved, but with a tasteful twisted wire handle added to it, which he made by hand; it has small pieces of jet and black star diopside woven into it in a snowstorm-like pattern. This causes it to look like an approximation of snowfall at night. This wand is remarkably loyal, as its owner is in return, often refusing to work for those not close to its rightful owner, making it also difficult to 'win' over. It has a small trace on the tip of light blue glitter, which was acquired when its owner's daughter was young and decided she wanted to 'decorate' it. It has the tendency to smell faintly of jasmine flowers and/or vanilla for a while when used for neutral or good spells. If darker or bad spells are attempted to be used the wand has a tendency to give off an descriptively bad spell. (confiscated upon incarceration in 1998, returned upon acquittal and release in 2004)
— Anton playfully teasing his son, Mags, about his Yule Ball date, who would go on to be Anton's son-in-law.
Anton "Ant" Clemens Hasse Anders Eriksson, R.C. , M.T. (Civilian Grade), A.M.R. (Civilian Grade), W.W.M.C.S.A (Winner), (born 5th of March 1955) is a Swedish pure-blood wizard born in Gällivare, Lappland to Ulrik Eriksson and Brigitte Vanhanen. he has one elder brother Anders and two younger siblings Andreas and Antonia. Famed from an early age for his career as a seeker for the Västernorrland Valkyries and the Swedish National Team that began in his late teens, Anton has insisted on enjoying the "high life". To him, this meant spending a great deal of his time at parties or between the vast array of grand properties he owns in various picturesque locations. It also apparently means a fairly ridiculous number of one night stands. Over the course of his life he's had six wives, the first three marriages ending in his wives' deaths. Two due to or at war, one tragically and unexpectedly of a magical desease. The fourth marriage ended in divorce, and the last three are both ongoing for 9 years.
He attended Durmstrang Institute between the years 1966 and 1973 and, to his father's surprise and horror, was sorted into Frigg Hus. This was horrifying to Ulrik, as a steadfast pureblood supremacist, due in no small part to the fact that Frigg was known to produce blood traitors from the "best" of families. Anton was (surprisingly to some) a failry good student, doing spectacularly well at transfiguration, history of magic, divination and, to a lesser extent, duelling. This was done through a great deal of effort, in the fear that he would be thrown out by his father if he didn't achieve excellent grades at school. However his true talent lay in quidditch. At school, Anton was amicable and friendly with his classmates and housemates, even having a half-blood girlfriend, the later of which was making Ulrik all the more nervous that he would end up turning his back on the values he was "supposed" to have, and solidifying his decision to "do something" about it when he found out.
While still in school, he began his professional career as a seeker, fairly easily wowing the scouts and members of various teams. Though, as most boys, he ended up picking his own favourite team when they gave him an offer; which was, in his case, the Västernorrland Valkyries a team hailing from the Västernorrland county in Sweden, though he did get an offer from the local team, the Gällivare Gengångare as well, which he passed up for the Valkyries (much to his little brother's mock outrage and dismay). Anton was also accepted onto his national team, and in his capacity as seeker for the Swedish National Team he caught the winning snitch of the 1972, 1984 and 1996 European Quidditch Cup, and the 1978, 1986 and 1990 Quidditch World Cup. While in this career, he had a lot of fun with the renown and added popularity it brought him. A young man in his late teens, Anton absolutely did not want this fun to end.
His first wife, was the result of an "arrangement" set up by his father when Anton was still in school, to be carried out as soon as it finished. In reality, it was less of an arrangement and more of a requirement according to his father, agreed to by Anton only in a state of sustained fear, coercion and by seesntially taking his mother hostage, despite making it abundantly clear that he was not ready for marriage. Blodwen was a Death Eater, as well as being 14 years older than Anton; and it was Ulrik's hope that, after Anton's unfortunate and disappointing placement in Frigg, and his decision to date a half-blood classmate, that she would "keep him in line" and prevent him from being able to break away and become an open blood traitor.
Wendy did seem to prove effective in this regard, even if behind the scenes this was only due to eight years of severe psychological and physical abuse (with him even enduring the all too frequent use of the cruciatus curse) that pervaded the entire eight years of marriage. It was with Blodwen that Anton had his first three children: Magnus, Jesper, and Eira; all three of whom Anton loves and fiercely protects despite the circumstances of their birth (those being that Wendty pressured him into having them). She died, aged 40, in 1981 at the hands of famous auror duo Ayanda and Alastor Moody, during the tail end of the First Wizarding War, trying to resist arrest for her war crimes. While their marriage had been nothing less than a complete nightmare, Anton was devastated by the loss, having actually loved her.
His second marriage was sadly short but incredibly strong throughout, having slowly built up a relationship over a few years. However, it ended in Anđelka's tragic death in 1986 within two years of their marriage in 1984, due to a sudden magical illness caught while on tour in Egypt. Anton was, again, heartbroken. While his marriage to Linnea initially had real feelings at its core, and started out strong, eventually the romance petered out and became sour. Before this, however, the couple had two daughters, Willamina and Inessa, both of whom Anton also loves deeply. However Linnea would eventually come to die at the Battle of Hogwarts.
While certainly not a happy marriage in later years, Anton's marriage to Linnea was one of the more stable stages of Anton's life, and his children's, lives before the end of the Second Wizarding War. While he'd taken a few steps backward mental health-wise after the death of his second wife, this time of stability allowed him to regain some of that progress. Linnea was the longest lasting of Anton's former spouses, with them being married for just under 12 years before her death in 1998, though for the later years of their marriage they had been separated and planning to have a fairly amicable divorce, once their girls were of age.
During the war, at great personal risk to himself, Anton anonymously passed on information from several Death Eaters he personally knew (such as his elder brother, his wife and his father) to his elder three children, who were all involved in various ways in the conflict. This included things like locations, overheard plans and carefully and meticulously thought out strategies. They, in turn, passed the information on to the Muggle-Born Network to put to good use. The information passed on by Anton to his children likely saved many lives. Also great personal risk to him, he offered some of his properties as sanctuaries to refugees, as he couldn't stand by and do nothing, especially when his children were in harm's way. He carefully planned this around holding events as usual in his 'favourite' holes to avoid suspicion. He was briefly captured for by a rogue group of Death Eaters who saw him giving out information, only to be freed after a few days by his elder brother.
Following the end of the war, a case of mistaken identity led several witnesses to believe he was responsible for 15 of his elder brother Anders' murders committed during the course of the war, owing to a family resemblance. Being the only famous one of the two brothers, when some noticed the family resemblance, they were initially convinced they'd seen Anton. Due to the fact that the newly implemented government had its own issues, Anton's false imprisonment was left uncorrected for six years, despite several people proclaiming his innocence, protests from activists as well as the Magical Swedish government and just how ludicrous the accusations were.
While Anton was stuck in Azkaban with dangerous criminals who by nature reminded him very strongly abusive first wife and the people she spent the later years of the first wizarding war. His two young daughters from his third marriage spent the rest of their childhood growing up without their father, as well as their mother; being without them, as well as the rest of his family, was something that deeply distressed Anton during his stay in the British prison, as he watched his children start families without him being able to be there. He also made the bizarre decision to get re-married,this time to Océane Eriksson (née Lévesque), someone he said in his own words reminded him "of Wen", a decision borne of a desire to make his life in Azkaban more bearable, believing he would ever get out.
Unsurprisingly for everyone but him, she turned out to be nearly as abusive. Highly manipulative, willing to take advantage of the damage done by Wendy, and later taking to physically abusing him in the form of her tendency scratch up his arms when frustrated or angry with something, usually completely unrelated from Anton himself. The core difference here was that he took this for only so long before he reached his limit; with the support of his elder brother as well as other inmates, he decided of his own free will and volition to divorce her on account of the abuse, and finalised it several months before his release inn 2004 after 5 years, including half a year of Anton avoiding her as things went through.
Upon release (aged 49), and the complete clearing of his name, Anton had an emotional reunion with his family, including the two daughters who grew up for six years without him and his grandchildren he'd so far seen only on visit days. He was offered compensation, but not really needing money rejected it suggesting that they "use the money to sort out their legal system". No one at the ministry could really argue with that. After two years of fun, he decided to take up a managerial role for both his old team, the Västernorrland Valkyries (as of 2006), eventually as well as the Swedish National Team (as of 2010). He's also married to two people he cares for deeply, Helene, Lilja and Morrigan Eriksson; with whom he has a child each Finn, Rikard and Viggo, both of whom they're raising together.
Anton is a member of the Eriksson family and the Vanhanen family, as well as the Vaughan family, the Živković family, the Nilsson family, the Lévesque family, the O'Shea family and the Jespersen family (by marriage).
While his elder brother Anders was always able to convince his father of things, even if this was only because he intimidated Ulrik. Anton, however, didn't share his brother's ability to overrule his father. While Anton did start out with the attempt at being defiant, whatever he did, the consequences were never good for him.
His younger siblings, Andreas and Antonia, in their younger childhood, were at this point in time much like Anton was in this regard, unable to say no to their severe and controlling father. Unable to fully stick up for himself, Anton begun to stop trying to contradict Ulrik's edicts as much. He did protest occasionally, though these would be easily dismissed by his father, who didn't particularly care what Anton wanted, as long as he got what he wanted and knew that Anton could easily be made to "understand" that he had no other choice, or at least be made to believe that he didn't. In a similar way, what Anton (or any other member of the family that wasn't Ulrik, in fact) wanted was only acceptable as long as it was also what Ulrik aslo happened to want. This was true of all aspects of Anton's life. This led to Anton feeling very restricted and confined from his early childhood, never really having been allowed the freedom to be who he actually wanted to be and do what he wanted to do. The only thing that he had that was truly, in any way, his was quidditch.
From a very young age, Anton showed a shocking amount of passion and skill around the sport. His favourite team was not, however the local team, it was the arguably most proficient in Sweden, the Västernorrland Valkyries. From the age of only eight on he'd already decided just about the only thing he ever truly got to decide in his young life: he decided that he was going to work as hard as he could to play for them. While he could easily play as both a chaser and a seeker, his skill was geared most to the later, with his acute broom control and lightning speed being there and fantastic even before fist attending school. Anton was, undeniably, a natural talent. The seriousness with which Scandinavian wizard culture treated quidditch was also lucky for Anton, as it meant quidditch was a prestigious enough path that Ulrik would accept his son going into it.Not only was Ulrik a controlling man, he was also a dyed-in-the-wool pure-blood supremacist. Ulrik therefore required and expected his family to share and agree with this too, or at least to present to the wider public a convincing enough pretence that they did, so as not to show Ulrik up to his peers. He taught and instructed all of his children on how this was to be done. As long as they were not an embarrassment to him, and kept in line with what was allowed and expected on them, they were fine. Deviation from this path, wasn't tolerated. This was done, obviously, via emotional abuse (it constituting that in and of itself). There was always a vague threat behind Ulrik's words, even if that threat was never carried out. There was always a sense to Anton, that if he stepped out of line (to his father's mind) terrible things would happen.
As mentioned above: this abuse was present in the way Ulrik treated Anton's mother, Brigitte, as well. This was something that naturally always upset and bothered the boy because he knew it was wrong, but he felt helpless to protect his mother from his father, being so far under her thumb himself. Throughout his life, Anton found himself compared to his mother frequently; they simply had a similar way of seeing things and treating people, a compassion. If anything, Ulrik likely saw this as an early warning sign of what was to come with Anton. Throughout his youth Anton used to dream that Brigitte would leave their father and they'd go with her to live in Finland with her family there. This obviously never came to pass, but the desire to leave what was often known as "The Clock House" (for he large clock slapped on the front of it that made Anton feel like it was counting along the amount of time he was stuck there) was present with Anton until the day he was able to afford his own house. It was, to both himself and most of his siblings, a kind of prison more than it was ever a home.
Note: This section will not be chronological, but more an overview of aspects of Anton's time at school catagorised.
Being Placed in FriggEditAnton started his education at the Durmstrang Institute at age eleven (as all children from the good pure-blood families of the area did) in the year 1966 and, to his father's surprise and horror, when it came time for Anton to approach the sorting tree it quickly embraced him. Thus he was unquestionably officially placed into Frigg Hus.
This news was catastrophic for Ulrik, as Frigg was notorious for centuries of turning out blood-traitors, the other two houses Hveðrungr Hus and Woðanaz Hus both being perfectly acceptable, Frigg was not only a risk factor of actually converting Anton, but also an embarrassment to Ulrik in and of itself. Anton not subscribing to his father's views of the wizarding community and how it should be run was unacceptable, but also an almost ineviatbility if he was to be allowed to follow this course.
As a result of the sorting, Ulrik was already concocting ideas for how he should keep his second son in line even before any signs of defiance would have the chance to arise. If Anton was allowed to be a blood-traitor the effect on his image would be catastrophic. The happiness of his son, was not only unsubstantial, but irrelevant. People would talk about this and Ulrik knew it, people would already be assuming Anton becoming a blood-traitor a foregone conclusion. Anton also knew that this would be his father's reaction. This put the eleven year old boy on edge as he knew as soon as he got home there would be hell to pay and his father was going to accept no excuses. Despite the fact there was no way the sorting could be anyone's fault.
Reputation and Associating with the "Wrong" PeopleEdit
As a member of Frigg Hus, in order for school life to even be tolerable Anton decided almost instantly to do exactly what Ulrik had feared he would: he talked to people who weren't pure-blood (and very importantly proud of it). He talked to and got along with half-bloods and blood-traitors, as well as the quiddicth team from Rättförtrolling; good people basically. Including his fast best friend Darius Geraikova, who was from a family of known blood traitors. This would be absolutely unacceptable to Ulrik, but the only way that Anton was able to get any joy out of his time at Durmstrang. To Ulrik, however, the more whispers he heard, the more he felt his second son was dangerously close to if not already performing a form of "blood treachery", and Anton's personal enjoyment of school was naturally secondary in importance to Ulrik's reputation. Anders, Anton's elder brother, never caused such trouble. He'd been placed in Hveðrungr Hus like a respectable Eriksson and pure-blood.However, not out of defiance but more his basic nature, even when told directly to try to make "good" friends in the other houses rather than Frigg, but he couldn't help it. They were his dorm-mates, his classmates; he wanted to make friends near him, and these people were nice. Despite his terrible upbringing, Anton was a surprisingly personable boy, and he did, despite Ulrik's wishes befriend a lot of the "wrong people" just by his natural way of behaving.
Luckily for Anton (despite a lot of stress worrying about it) there was no way that his father could hear about the "bad connections" he was making. His eyes and ears in the school, the former potions teacher, having retired shortly before Anton even arrived. Having been there to keep an eye on Anders, the son Ulrik hadn't even been worried about.
However, his disregard for his father's rules earned Anton a status of being somewhat popular amongst the nice crowd. After his actions had relieved any shadow of a possibility he was anything like his elder brother. Anders, while never having actively harmed anyone, had very much appeared in-line with Ulrik, in addition to being very unnerving to most of his younger classmates. Though, Anton's defence of Anders as "not that bad of a guy" was concerning to some. Most people assumed that Anton was too much of a softie to speak ill of his big brother. However their concerns were even further alleviated as Anders' treatment of his younger brother shook slightly the frightened assumptions their classmates had made. Anders' positive response to Anton's tendency to tackle hug him on occasion, made people realise that perhaps they had misjudged the older Eriksson brother all along.
On a separate note, being the seeker for his house's quidditch team, of course, only served to add to his positive reputation in Frigg. Especially since he was helping them do better than they had in many years, being a true talent at the sport. He soon proved to be a useful resource in terms of planning the celebration parties, as well as aiding in the smuggling of food for them. Later on in his school career, he would graduate to being the primary culprit for them. Though this did have the side-effect of making his reputation with the students who were trying to study (and his head of house) fairly poor during exam season. Anton, for the most part, however, had the reputation of simply being a nice guy, albeit with a mischievous streak and a less-than-stellar, as well as a passion for having the most fun he could muster. This would pave the way for his younger sister and brother to have a positive time when they attended later on, as they were seen as Anton's younger siblings as opposed to Anders' (even if Anders' ills had only been perceived ones).
It was during his school years, his second to be exact, he would meet Anđelka Živković. A year below him, they were still friends from mid-way through the year, sharing a love of quidditch. And so, Anton was thrilled when she was accepted onto the team as a chaser in her second year, which was his third. The two were close friends even then, having a stupid victory dance together and everything (the sign of true best friendship). The "problem" with this friendship was that Anđelka was from a family known to have views someone of Ulrik's ilk would view to be blood-traitorous in nature, and would thus have confirmed even further the concerns Ulrik had about his son. With reason, it was people like Anđelka who had convinced Anton, fairly quickly, that his father was wrong. Though he played the part well at home, in spirit Anton was already of the exact same conviction as Anđelka, even if he couldn't participate in the protests as she did. Most of his classmates understood his reasoning for this. Few students in his predicament did or would and championing kindness and compassion, it wouldn't be the Frigg way to shame someone for a circumstance out of their control like that. Some of the Hveð and the two of three Woð students of the blood-traitorous persuasion were less understanding.
Academic Achievement and Skill Levels Edit
In his ClassesEditWhile he was no genius, Anton was fairly bright, and did fairly well in classes. He had a fair amount of talent in a fair few of his subjects. For one, while it was clear he lacked the full abilities associated with the sight (which his brother would prove to display), he had some promise in theoretical and basic to moderate divination. This included an actually quite acute level of accuracy and skill with both tarot readings and tea leaves. These were talents he'd use for fun and to impress his friends at dorm parties, behaviour he'd continue into later life at parties at his houses, to great effect.
Anton also did fairly well at transfiguration, eventually proving to be able to produce an animagus form (a golden retriever dog) by the fairly young age of 16, a feat not often achieved in their particular part of the world. While duelling was a skill he possessed and was competent at, he failed to do as well as he easily could have in the subject, not comfortable with the idea of potentially harming his classmates.
Another subject Anton exelled in in was History of Magic, which was mainly due to a genuine, passionate interest in the subject that only seemed to develop over time. While Anton engaged well with the subject as it was taught and was interested in the history he was taught at school, it was sadly limited to very local history, Northern European and more usually Scandanavian to be exact the legends of Alpertti, the reigns and actions of the various Swedish Kings and their families, the strange political intrigue that seemed to always be going on in wizarding Denmark and Liechtenstein; but it was nice to see the legendary figure Alpertti Vanhanen I came up, as he remembered that he was descended from him through his mother's side of the family. However, Anton felt the urge to branch out from it a bit more, studying in his spare time all kinds of far-off magical civilisations and cultures. He found himself particularly fascinated by the magic of Ancient Egypt and Rome. He wished they would cover them in school, as he found the way that the cultures and ways of doing things were so far different from their own, but yet so interesting to hear about.His main skill lay, however, in flying lessons as well as quidditch. Though it was true that he'd been playing quidditch all of his life, this also was true of most (if not all) of his classmates. A culture of reverance for the sport being common in Northern Europe. With muggle-borns not being allowed at the Institute, Anton's classmates had all grown up in a world of magic and, of course, that included he world of flying and quidditch.
However, Anton showed a particular and natural affinity for the sport in the eye of his flying professor, who said with almost certainly, that if he chose to in later life Anton could play quidditch professionally. It was a hallmark moment for the young boy, as this had been his dream. He was going to make it big, he was determined to.
In his other subjects, while he didn't fail, Anton performed far more averagely, doing badly in comparison in Dark Arts class only because the subject matter was something he simply couldn't stand to apply himself to. However, he was quite knowledgeable on the subject, over the years having been taught a great deal about the effects and incantations of some very nasty spells. This was especially because he knew of family and extended family who dabbled in such things, and he knew the kind of people they were or that it made them.
On the Quidditch TeamEdit
It was in his second year at Durmstrang, Anton that tried out for the Frigg Quidditch Team. To his absolute delight, he was accepted as their new seeker, after having tried out for both seeker and chaser (as a backup); not only had he made it onto the team, he'd made it as the position on the team he'd wanted to. While he felt he could settle for being a chaser, his skill lay far more in the position of seeker. The captain of the time, Gereon Petrauskas, didn't regret his decision: Anton's involvement in the team was a great asset to them, with him being able to outperform both Storetz and Woð's seekers seemingly in his sleep. While Hveð and Rätt's seekers provided a far better challenge most years, he had a good win record overall.As the years progressed, with experience in the game, Anton's skill only grew in the sport. Being adaptable, Anton was able to not only see when techniques worked but reflect on when they clearly didn't. Self critical but not too hard on himself, Anton practised in his spare time to improve on things he was limited at and bulk up the ones he already was.
He became known for a tactic of being able to tilt his broom into extremely sheer drops or climbs, which most seekers would not try for fear of falling off. While this would actually be impossible, some say the drops and climbs he did were ninety degree, as it almost looked that way on occasion. This allowed the young seeker to get to the snitch when far higher or lower than it far quicker.
After Captain Gereon Petrauskas graduated from school in Anton's fifth year, he named Anton as the person who should take on the reigns in his absence. This made the young man, to his glee, the new Frigg Quidditch Captain in his sixth year. While this bestowed a great many privileges on him, it also handed him several responsibilities, not that Anton minded. These included the selection of new team members to replace those who left in the previous year, or who simply were better than those currently playing for the team to join their ranks. With careful consideration, and no amount of ease due to what Anton felt was an unbelievable amount of talent (which he careful to make sure every unsuccessful applicant knew of), the new captain picked two new chasers and a beater to play on the team for the year.
While it was in this year, his sixth year, that he started thinking about the scouts and members of the teams who watched the matches for potential players, knowing that several of the highest-profile teams, including the Valkyries, who were his personal favourite team, would be present at some of the matches. Not getting his opes up, he was excited and heartened by the fact they were looking for a new seeker. While he tried to not let this affect the other members of the team or take over the whole year of quidditch, it was hard not to put pressure on himself to perform better than he ever had before. He had to impress the scouts, it was his dream to play quiddicth professionally.
Other Extra-Curricular ActivitiesEdit
Anton's always enjoyed creative outlets. Even growing up he'd help his mother decide what to do with the interior design of their home really enjoying the way the beautiful things and ideas they planned being made real, of course, that was if Ulrik would accept the changes, however. It being the Eriksson family home it was his and he had the final say. This meant that it was always something that Anton found a bit restricting as well as fun as a result and so he searched for other forms of art to play with in order to entertain himself and keep his mind engaged. He never stopped helping his mother with the plans though, he did enjoy it, and he liked to spend time with Brigitte where, for the most part, Ulrik was to completely switched off from it to bother them too much.
While at school, Anton decided to join the crafts club, though not a typical choice for a sportsman, it gave him something he could play with that was more his, he also learnt a variety of different artistic mediums. However, the one he settled on was making simple jewellery out of beads and wire. Usually he gave these to his friends and family. It was using these techniques that Anton made the handle he still currently has on his wand, which took him several months to get exactly the way he liked. This would prove to be indicative of a trend, Anton found himself very interested in fashion. Not only did he like to make sure he looked nice, when not wearing Durmstrang uniform, he liked thinking of things that would suit other people.
Studying for his G.E.T.sEdit
Anton was a reaonably smart student, while no genius, he was average to moderately good at most subjects, as mentioned before, his particular skills were in divination, history of magic, and transfiguration, the subjects he particularly excelled in, the others took a great deal of effort on his part to achieve the same kind of grades in, especially with his external responsibilities and aspirations within sports to consider. However, he knew that his father would not find an average set of grades with an excellent record in quidditch to be good enough (he wouldn't consider anything good enough, but Anton was a long way away from realising that), so he pushed himself to do well. He hoped that he might finally feel somewhat accepted if he did. All this while attempting to apply for quidditch teams to play for them (somewhat rare for someone of his age just yet, but not unheard of). Even with that he knew that his father would only think he was utterly stupid unless he got at least a B in everything, in his worst moments he felt like he might as well not even return home if he got an F.
Offer From Västernorrland ValkyriesEdit
Mid-way through his fifth year in 1970, having put his name forward for the scouts to consider at the first oppotunity available to him, he was showered with various offers from teams from all over Europe. One even from as far afield as Barcelona, the Barcelona Buzzards; however, the offer he was by far most exited by, and which drew his attention instantly, was that of his personal favourite team, the Västernorrland Valkyries. Arguably the most popular team in the Swedish magical community at least, as well as being highly popular abroad, the Valkyries were Anton's absolute favourite team, and he'd always dreamed of joining them. With the blessing of his father, which he had to have to be able to do all things in life at this stage of his life, he accepted their offer and began attending practises when he could, with special provisions being allowed for him to go during term time. For the most part this didn't interfere with actual classes, as practices were held at early morning, or on weekends, though when they clashed he was excused from the class he was due to attend.This, as far as Andre, Anton's younger brother, was a travesty. Andre knew that Anton had got an offer from his team of choice, the local team: the Gällivare Gengångare. Accepting the Valkyries would mean he'd reject the Gengångare and that was just inconceivable. The brothers had a playful tiff about it, though Andre was really just exited and pleased that Anton had really done it.
He wasn't alone there. Anton could hardly believe his own success yet himself, he always knew he was good, he knew he'd get offers but he never would have fathomed the figure he'd been offered on the Valkyries' letter, ore getting an offer from someone as amazing as the Valkyries. He knew it was likely better not to say this aloud, but it was enough to match his father's fortune, the family fortune, in a couple of years.
Money wasn't exactly the most important thing in the world, Anton had never exactly lacked that of all things grwoing up, but he'd always liked to have fancy things, parties and spoiling his family and friends with gifts he simply thought they would like; this money could buy that, a lot of that. It also allowed him to buy supplies for his crafts (in droves) as well as a large manor house (at the time in a more tasteful colour) in an expensive area of Stockholm, which was popular with wizards. He had every intention of moving out and making his own way alone after he left school the following year, he was also going to ask his mother to come with him. A bit of a mama's boy, he obviously hated the way his father treated her, and if he could help get her out of that cage too, he knew he had to try to. He couldn't just get out and leave her there. What sort of son would he be if he hadn't at least tried? A poor one in Anton's eyes.
Early Quidditch CareerEdit
Sixth Year and Balancing in Professional QuidditchEditAnton's sixth year studying at Durmstrang was also hardly an easy one, given that he was now also working on the side, however his early success in quidditch was something the school tended to be more than accommodating toward, and more than used to, given that it reflected well on its ability to train its students in the sport. This was why despite everything he was given the role of captain for his house team by the head of house of the time.
Despite the hectic nature of the year, travelling to and from the Västernorrland Valkyries' stadium in the city of Härnösand in order to attend practices throughout the year, Anton was determined to at least perform reasonably well at his exams (something he imagined his father would also be concerned with). He also wanted to prove himself to be a competent captain at an early point of his career, a lot of that was of course for his own gain, but he also very much didn't want letting his etnitre team down to be his legacy as Frigg's captain.
The boy already seemed to be rapidly making a name for himself outside of the school circles for his signature "eagle dive" move (later known as the "Eriksson Eagle Dive"), which was described almost across the board as excellent; though the manager of the Sibiu Strigoi of the time (and all time), Adrian Arahnidescu, pretencious, dangerous and needlessly showy. It was possibly sour grapes over the fact that his (and chaser and captain Mirela Constantinescu's) offer was politely declined. It would have been hard for the audience not to notice the manoeuvre. Not only did it look spectacular from a shire visual perspective, it was also highly damn effective, and something many other adept seekers seemed to struggle at when they tried to mimic it. However, when performed correctly it was effective due to its speed, and it was one hell of a crowd-pleaser. Some attempted to mirror Anton to disasterous effect. The seeker for the Gällivare Gengångare of the time, Meinard Mårdh, disastrously crashed his broom into the ground in the Härnösand stadium during the teams' Swedish League match, attempting to match Anton's sudden eagle dive for the snitch from 50 feet, after having witnessed it before at the Scandinavian cup match.
Anton couldn't help but feel guilty for Mårdh's severe injuries that resulted, he felt like he'd indirectly caused them, but Mårdh made a full recovery after a night in the Kloka Magi-Sjukhus, however he could have been killed. This wasn't the first time Anton had seen a fellow player injured playing the sport, but this was an extremely nasty set of broken bones and lacerations from the chipped broom wood. It was also the first time a player had been so badly injured attempting to do something, to his mind, only because he had done it. He visited the player, giving him a box of assorted wizard sweets as a peace offering, which was recieved well by a slihtly confused and disorientated Mårdh. Despite this incident Anton continued to use the signature manoeuvre, knowing on some level that he was being irrational in terms of the guilt he felt over the other player's injury.
Back at school, Anton remained overwhelmingly popular, now to the extent that even the most staunch pure-blood supremacists chanced their image by hanging out with him. He tended to avoid them nonetheless, perfectly content with the "concerning" friends he already had. Naturally his best friend was thrilled by the whole thing, only pissed that he couldn't actually attend the matches because he was stuck in school.
European Quidditch Cup 1972Edit
Anton had been offered a place on the Swedish National Quidditch Team, in mid 1971, after performimg superbly for the Valkyries; making him one of the youngest players on the team, with the keeper Gabriel Holmström (who happened to also play for the Valkyries' rival team, the Ostrobothnia Ouroboroi) being only a few months younger than Anton. Despite being "bitter rivals" the two got on well, having actually been quite close friends. This was in time for him to compete in the European Quidditch Cup in the summer of 1972, which would be held in various cities in Italy. This event was when Anton really shot to fame, this was while he was still in school, naturally making him very popular with his classmates when he returned for that final year at school.
Anton continued utilising his "eagle dive" move to great effect, helping his country's team soar its way through the qualifying stage with ease. Though he felt it was absolutely worth it the role he was playing was far more intensive then he'd ever had before with playing on a national or Scandanavian regional level. Once out of the qualifying stage was hen things got really tough. The actual games themselves were also much faster paced, even though they lasted longer. Though naturally he didn't catch the snitch in every match they played, and the team didn't always win, he had a good catch record, and his captain and manager were pleased with his performance. He and the rest of the team were actually doing far better than Sweden had in a fair few years.This shot the team into prominence in the European quidditch fan's eye (as well as the small amount of the wider world's audience who watched the European cup as well), with their shiny new young seeker, Anton, being particularly notable for his very unique, arguably dangerous and aesthetically eye-catching favourite manoeuvre. This meant that Anton was already gaining a fair fan-base.
This, as an experience was both heartening, as he knew he was finding success, and hard to adjust to given that it genuinely changed a lot of the way he lived his life from then on. It was both exciting and downright weird for Anton to see figures of himself being sold to people, to have people approach him when he was out with his mother (probably finding things to redecorate with) out of excitement of for an autograph.
In some ways it grew to be kind of exhausting, rather quickly; this was especially when papers started to get involved in things. The papers, while treating Anton in quite a positive light, often liked to gossip about his personal life, obviously mostly in the tabloids, despite him being quite young for a quidditch player. With an Icelandic newspaper doing a very long article about his life with a lot of the details exaggerated or just plain wrong; a very strange German magazine also made the bizarre and completely incorrect claim that he'd been recuited at thirteen by a special form of divination praciticed by Swedish quidditch teams. This, naturally made Anton quite uncomfortable, as having people he'd never met before approach him like they knew his entire life story was a very odd thing to experience indeed. This led to him looking into ways to try and stop them doing this. However, since he was already 17, of age in the wizarding world, there was no recourse for him. He had to slowly try to get used to it.
As the event continued through the summer, Anton became more used to the pace of things, at least on the pitch. It had taken a while but he was fairly used to the scale and the way in which national matches worked now and the ;ong hours they'd often run to, having played an over 10 hour game against Spain in the middle of the June heat in Italy, which had been a close game with Sweden just about edging a victory 490-480. He did suffer a nasty injury after falling from his broom upon taking a bludger to the shoulder, which was hit at him by one of the Bulgarian National Quidditch Team's beaters, Evangeliya Minkova. He suffered three bronken bones and a compound fracture. Though he missed only the rest of the one match as a result of it, magical medicine worked fast, it came as a huge worry to his younger brother Andreas, who up until then had found the whole thing to be amazing and highly exciting, as Anton had spent the night in one of the Italian wizarding hospitals, Malattie Magiche Ospedale, in Bologna to recieve treatment for his various broken bones.
His mother came over to visit him as soon as she could, fussing over him, naturally. Ulrik had naturally declared himself too "busy" to check that his son was okay. Though Anton didn't have much love for his father by this point at all, he couldn't help but be hurt by this, something that he could see that his mother noticed. He begged her not to say anything about it, knowing full well that the result would be his father hurting her, though he got the distinct impression she was still going to. This fact kept him up all night, unable to sleep from the guilt and worry, though when she returned in the morning he lied and told his mother he'd slept well. Minkova also came in to check on Anton in the morning, who was already by then about ready to leave. He was amused by this, thanking her for being concerned and admitting he could be the same, but playfully teasing her because she is a beater, it was her job to do that. The papers couldn't keep their nose out of this either, they speculated about the reasoning of Minkova's hospital visit: it had been only a sportsmanlike gesture, to make sure he was actually recovering well. Several papers insisted that they had entered into a romantic relationship, which worried Anton because he did actually have a girlfriend, Lilja Leifursdóttir. Though Lilja simply found the fact that he'd think she'd believe anything the papers say amusing.The rest of the cup went without serious incident of the medical kind. Anton's team soared to victory upon victory in the various rounds games and Anton couldn't help but start to reel from just how well they were actually doing. While he'd been exited to play for the national team, he'd never expected them to get this far.
Before long they were in the semi-finals, where he beat the Welsh team's seeker, Eirwen Banes, to the snitch by a few seconds, thanks to his trusty "eagle dive" despite her having spotted it first, the speed of the manoeuvre and Banes' unwillingness to attempt to copy it won him the day. This was after Anton faced a narrow miss of yet another run in from a bludger, this time hit at him by beater Gruffud Priddy, which was expertly blocked this time by one of Priddy's Swedish counterparts, Britta Ahlström.
In the other semi-final, however, the Transylvanian team lost to the Belgian team. During this match, a slightly tense moment took place between the Transylvanin keeper, Andra Ionescu, and one of the Belgian beaters, Aafje Aarle, wherin Ionescu succefully argued that the Transylvanian team should be given a penalty, as the referee agreed that Aarle's use of one of the bludgers was a foul, despite Aarle's protests. There was an injury as well, as one of the Belgian chasers, Abel Schenk was "accidentally" hit in the face with a beater's bat by one of the Transylvanian beaters, Florina Văduva in revenge; this was an undeniable foul and thus granted the Belgian team a penalty. Schenk, however, needed to be taken to the hospital for the night, as he had sustained several fractures and a concussion from the fall. In the 7th hour the Transylvanian seeker, Stelian Albert, lost the snitch to the Belgian seeker, Aurèle Dubois by a very close chase, winning the match for Belgium.
It was surreal, his team had made it to the cup final, and it was a feeling unlike anything he'd felt before. Anton was all over the papers, as was the Belgian seeker Aurèle Dubois (even having to pose together, as well as with their teams for the British newspaper the Daily Prophet). The very real chance they had of winning this failed to really sink in for Anton though until the match itself, by whitch time he was eager and ready to make this a win. The game started with controversy, the other of Belgium's beaters, Alexis Zuiderduin, attempted to knock Swedish keeper and captain of the time Jörgen Winther off of the broom vie the "excessive use" of elbows, and when that didn't work actually trying to collide with him. This earned Zuiderduin a ban from the field and Sweden a penalty, starting the game off 10 to 0 to Sweden already. Zuiderduin was substituted for Corentin Van Breda, and the match continued as normal until the 6th hour. At this time Swedish chaser Ingegärd Lång was knocked off her broom by Van Breda, who in turn was knocked off his by Ahlström.
The game ended in the 16th hour upon Anton spotting the snitch around 55 feet down, he accidentally did somewhat of a feint by climbing upwards rather than diving for it straight away, in order create more speed on the eventual decent. This led to Dubois noticing Anton's stark incline upwards and tailing behind him believing the snitch to be up there. This all went horribly wrong for him when Anton steadied and performed possibly the steepest dive he'd done yet, directing his broom toward the ground at alarming and increasing speed, he begun to steady the broom around 6 feet from the ground and grab the snitch with a confused Dubois still around 20 feet in the air, having been unable to match the decent. The match was comfortably won by Sweden, with a score of Sweden 910 and Belgium 720. What had just happened took a few seconds to sink in for Anton, he'd started this competition terrified he'd show himself up, but slowly it became ever more real to him: he'd caught the winning snitch of the European Quidditch Cup and they'd won. It had been the first time in just over a century.Naturally elated, Anton embraced his family members in celebration, tackling his brother who twirled him in response (several pictures of which made several front pages, and are now pretty iconic images of Anton); he also hugged his mother, Lilja and younger siblings clearly in shire disbelief of what he'd actually just helped achieve. After an awkward exchanged look, Anton gave his father Ulrik a hug to, as somewhat of an attempt at an olive branch, which Ulrik only very roboticly returned.
Anton clearly was under the mistaken belief he was here for any reason other than his own image. His son being in, and now winning, the European Quiddicth Cup final for Sweden reflected well on him: that was the only reason Ulrik had even bothered to attend. And he'd accept the hug in order to look like a normal, loving father as that would make him look good too.
Final Year at DurmstrangEdit
This year of at Durmstrang, quite honestly, the strangest he'd experienced yet, as the years had progressed that had seemed to be a trend. The now world famous seeker had been fairly used to the popularity the success with his Swedish and Scandinavian teams had garnered him at the school, but he'd not quite been anticipating the shire level of hype and excitement around his part in actually winning the European Quidditch Cup for Sweden for the Swedish National Team. None of the other members of the Swedish team were still in school, nor were any of the members of any of the other qualifying teams and so naturally the school was abuzz with asking him what it was like and enthusing about some of the highlights of the match. While at first flattering it was soon hard to realistically deal with without some level of stress. The relief from this came in the form of the crafts club; artistic outlets for stress seemed to be what Anton relied on most (and he would need to turn to them often in his future).
He continued as his role as quidditch captain, though he did express concern that with all of his other responsibilities (yet another season of quidditch was starting up on the national level), and went about making sure he came up with a strategy and plan that recreated the success of the previous year. Though obviously he had to juggle this with both his professional playing, with pretty intense practices taking place throughout the year, somewhere amongst all this he still actually had to study. This was made difficult by the aforementioned questioning about the European Cup win. While this calmed down as the year progressed, he still found he'd acquired a small entourage of people, something his best friend, Darius Geraikova, seemed to only find extremely amusing at first before slowly joining Anton in getting exhausted by it, and concerned by how it was clearly stressing his friend out.
Anton still had all the responsibilities of last year, he was still the captain ot the Frigg quidditch team, which didn't help his stress levels. However, despite the added stress, Anton wouldn't have had it another way. While that year Rätt's quiditch team won the Three School Quidditch Cup, that wasn't for lack of a good leadership from Anton. Frigg came second, with Rätt's seeker of the time, Ruuben Linna beating him to the snitch by mere nanoseconds in the ninth hour of the match much to everyone's shock. For the first time in half a century neither Hveð or Woð had made it into the top two; with Woð making it to third for a narrow victory over Hveð in a pretty intense match in its own right, only to get beaten very thoroughly by both of the higher scoring teams in their respective matches. Anton even managed to beat their seeker, Vytenis Petkevičius, to the snitch by almost half a minute, because he'd been "distracted" by one of the Frigg chasers. Petkevičius attempted to call foul, even though there was no dicernable grounds, though he was a fairly skilled player and did go on to play for the Kaunas Kaukas for ten years before retiring and going into commentating despite this blunder.Anton's F.U.T.T. grades, however, likely would have been far better if he hadn't had so many other responsibilities to contend with. Anton liked to think that if he'd have been either just the Frigg captain, or going across the country for practice sessions or matches alone: he might not have been under so much stress, and would have had more time to set aside for revision and study.
However, as it stood, his grades were still not too bad, and he even managed to get an excellent score in history of magic, divination and transfiguration, his three best subjects without a doubt; the rest of his subjects, however, Anton simply performed averagely in. This was actually enough for him, as his intention was to pursue quidditch as his career, and he already knew he could do that. But his decent results also showed that he wasn't a complete idiot, as a stereotype for quidditch players often were, he wasn't completely useless at other things.
Anton had his career path already planned out and he was already doing well at it. Even if he needed something to fall back on, one of his creative interests would likely have been his go to rather than anything that particularly needed grades. Anton was simply not the academic kind, and he wasn't the kind of person who would thrive in a Ministry job. Anton was simply not made for it, like his home life already did, that kind of job would simply suffocate him. However, the teenager didn't think that his father was going to be particularly proud of anything that he actually could do. After all he'd worked hard all summer, and he'd actually helped to win the European Quidditch Cup for Sweden, something they hadn't managed in ages, and Ulrik hadn't even seemed to be remotely interested in it let alone being anything so sentimental as proud. He'd scarcely even bothered to show up to the games after all.
The feeling of being a disappointment was, though not solved, overshadowed by him landing an invite to the king, Ludvig VI's, annual Christmas party at the Palats Över Isen in Kiruna. A fairly important and exclusive event, which many high-up officials attended. This was something Ulrik had been trying to get invited to for perhaps most of his career and had been thus far unsuccesful at doing so. This led Anton to the false assumption that him successfully getting an invite and a chance to speak with the monarch would be something Ulrik would be proud of, something he'd actually consider an achievement. Anton was obviously mistaken, and all Ulrik has for his son was resentment that he'd received an invite. He argued that the reason was that he'd gotten it without really trying for that specifically, when Ulrik had been working hard to get the king's favour all of his career. However it was probably sour grapes. Never mind that Anton had actually worked very hard to do well in the European Quidditch Cup. Because he hadn't done that just for the sake of garnering favour with the royals, he'd simply had a free ride in the eyes of Ulrik.Despite his father's scorn he was still tetermined to have a good time. Naturally, he invited his girlfriend at the time, Lilja, to go with him to the palace as his date, them having been dating for almost a year now it would have seemed crazy to Anton for her not to be there. He excitedly planned things with her (it being very important to Anton that they should have robes that complemented each other).
The night went fantastically: Anton and his girlfriend had fun together and naturally danced half of the night away (though not exactly his biggest interest it seemed to make Lilja smile), and the boy was able to energetically entertain other guests who asked with first-hand retellings of the events of some of the European cup match catches. Traditionally the king liked to talk with all the guests and, a keen quidditch enthusiast, Ludvig particularly enjoyed talking to Anton and his teammate Gabriel Holmström. Almost the exact age Ludvig's late son would be, the ruler took to Anton, finding him both polite and entertaining to talk to.
After the ball, however, depite any mention of him in the papers in relation to it being fairly positive, Ulrik had spotted a picture of Anton there with Lilja. Somehow, and Anton planned to ask his elder brother if he knew how, Ulrik had found out that she was "only" a half-blood; this resulted in a major argument about Anton "gallivanting around with people who are far below [his] class", which culminated in Anton pointing out to his father that he might be doing less well in tems of making connections in Swedish magical society these days because "maybe [he has] to live in the society [he exists] in to actually succeed in it?". This made the remaining few days staying at the clock house eeirily quiet, with Anton and his father not speaking more than five words in total to one another the entire time. Anton spent the lion's share of these days talking with his mother, and angrily playing piano, like any good posh but angsty teenager would. After the last few days Anton left home, ostensibly for the last time, expecing to graduate after his final term and leave the house to live in his own for good.
Back at Durmstrang, his focus went back on to strategy for the last two school quidditch games of the year (against Rättförtrolling and Woðanaz Hus), his professional games for the Swedish League, as well as his actual exams, which he was still determined to do well in despite the fact he was understanably a incredibly bogged down with other thigs. Exams at durmstrang for the most part were a practical display of ability followed by a small written exam. Easily his easiest class to get a decent grade in was divination, which Anton had a natural talent for. The second easiest was History of Magic, from a position of just loving the subject so much and finding it fascinating, he was able to revise for it and not really having that much trouble engaging himself in it. Darius even joined him revising sometimes due to the fact Anton's enthusiasm kept him entertained as he revised. This was bizarre to smow as History of Magic was seen as one of the worst subjects, due in no small part to its entirely written nature. Darius returned this 'favour' by helping Anton with his practical charms, which at the beginning of the revision period could have used a lot of work.His next easiest was transfiguration, which Anton did well at in general, but particularly impressed Professor Frisk in the exam by managing to transform into an animagus; which, while technically illegal, was something that had excited Anton as he read about it and was actually very difficult. Frisk made him register it after the practical. After a lot of practising as well as a lot of fun times with Lilja (who Anton had not stopped seeing), he did fairly well with the duelling practical exam. Anton managed to hold out against the examiner for long enough that his grade could be placed at B.
All in all, Anton had acquired fairly respectable grades for his schooling that year, outstanding considering his outside commitments and responsibilities. These were still grades with witch which he could have gone to get a decent regular job with. Not that he expected to get anything resembling pride out of his father, especially after Christmas. When he left school in June, he expected to visit home only briefly before moving in permanently to his new home in Stockholm, visiting his mother as often as he could, of course.
Forced Marriage to BlodwenEdit
Note: Things start to get kind of (really) rough from here (you may have guessed from the title of this section) so if you are triggered by stuff with, well literally any kind of abuse (emotional, physical and sexual)... I'd give this one a miss. I won't be offended.
Returning to the clock house was a massive mistake on Anton's part. What was once a metaphorical prison became a true one. Upon returning home, Anton was on placed lock-down, as were the owls and all other forms of communication in and out of the house. His father had had it, he'd found a method by which he felt he could keep Anton in line. While he'd been away in school, a Welsh witch by the name of Blodwen Vaughan had contacted Ulrik in the hopes of setting up a match with Anton. Despite the fact that Blodwen was both 14 years older than Anton, known for violent outbursts which took place during her schooling, was a fellow Death Eater, and came off as a unsettling nigh-on stalker of the young seeker, Ulrik accepted her kind offer. Anton was going too far off the deep end and that simply wouldn't do, someone like Blodwen seemed like the perfect person to stamp the resistance and "bad habits" out of him. Once Anton returned home, Ulrik informed him of the arrangement. When Anton naturally protested to this idea Ulrik pretended to not understand why his son was being difficult, as Anders had agreed to an arrangement several years before (failing to acknowledge both that the brothers' personalities were wildly different, and ignoring the fact that Blodwen was almost double his age).As anyone could have predicted, Anton did not accept this arrangement readily at all, though due to his nature of being under his father's thumb (having trouble shaking the idea that he was being unreasonable as Ulrik said), and still not wanting to completely cut ties with the rest of the family, he tried to negotiate rather than refuse outright. He pointed out that Ulrik had no financial hold over him, that he could make it on his own, but was coerced and emotionally manipulated into a position of "consideration".
Shortly after his initial talk with his father, Anton sought advice and comfort from his mother, with whom he still got on tremendously well. He was nervous at first, as Ulrik had attempted to convince him that Brigitte had agreed that the match was a good idea as well (though Anton found this incredibly hard to believe). He initially attempted to pretend that he was neutral about the idea, but his mother saw straight through this, and confirmed her son's suspicions that she had been against the idea.
Anton was cautious to admit all of his concerns, despite everything, his father's "talk" with him about this had him at least semi-convinced that it was he that was being unreasonable, crazy as that was. He instead tried to subtly ask if his mother was concerned about the circumstances around the "match" and the fact she was so much older than him. He didn't mention Lilja, if he thought about that right now, or he'd just think about how rightfully angry she'd be about this. however his inquiry had an unwanted side effect, able to tell from both how he was speaking (with the beginnings of his stutter rearing its head) as well as common sense that Anton was both terrified and absolutely did not want to get married. Anton was simply not the kind of man who would marry at such a young age, especially not to a woman (who was not his girlfriend) almost twice his age, and from what he could gather was a bit of an avid "fan"; Anton had more been planning to get married when he felt like it was time, probably in his thirties. Despite everything, he'd held out the ghost of hope that his father would have known that, and cared about his happiness to at least a small extent. However, Anton wasn't even surprised by his father's clear and terrifying willingness to ignore completely Anton's potential happiness for whatever it was Ulrik was undoubtedly getting out of the arrangement. He was just disappointed.
Despite Anton practically begging her not to, knowing and fearing what Ulrik would do, Brigitte spoke up against the match again, to disastrous effect. Ulrik was begrudgingly sure that Anton was actually going to refuse to accept the match, despite the fact that to his mind, it was his right to set up his children as he pleased. He'd have to really take drastic measures to show Anton that this was not, despite what he might have thought, a request: it was required. Ulrik essentially held Anton's mother hostage, saying that he would continue to physically harm her should he continue to be "difficult". This had the desired effect of making Anton feel as if he was responsible for his father's actions if he refused, that he would be "letting" his father do this. Unable to refuse under these circumstances, Anton was panicked but agreed to the match as long as Ulrik swore that he'd never harm his mother again. Ulrik accepted this, though naturally had no intention of honouring it. After his the wedding was set to go ahead, though the lock-down persisted, Ulrik knew he had to keep this from Anders or this would be over, that Markku (Anton's maternal grandfather) would also likely cause problems and so no correspondence was to be sent to him, all Anton was allowed to send for for were the plans and resources for the event, and had to go through Ulrik so that he couldn't attempt anything. In a similar vein, Anton was also not allowed to invite certain people, because the risk of them seeing that something was up was far too high all the way up to inevitable. He wasn't even allowed to explain to Lilja what was happening, or tell her he was sorry.Emotionally, Anton was in a state of free-fall, he was plummeting ever further down with no sign of an end in sight. He wasn't allowed to see his elder brother, his friends, his extended family. It was all cut off from him. The only people who seemed to have any sympathy for him was his mother and two younger siblings. He was scared, terrified, but the only people who would care were those which would only be deeply upset by it the most if he were to tell them. Unwise as it was, however, his reaction was to pretend to be okay.
Hope that the cracks in his smile didn’t show through the thin veneer, and that no one heard him when he couldn't hold back the panic any more. To try and hide it better he'd try to make sure to do so away from everyone else, which usually turned out to be by locking himself in the third story bathroom, a habit that would continue most of his adult life. For the days leading up to meeting the woman of the hour, and after that the days leading up to their wedding, Anton was crumbling away; but he still kept that hollow smile plastered on his face. Distracting himself only slightly by making preparations for the day, making everything look beautiful.
Anton first met Blodwen, his soon to be wife, a mere few days before their wedding, when she came over from Wales, very excited to meet him. Excited was not exactly the word one could use for Anton's feelings around their introduction, apprehensive and scared out of his mind was a more apt description. His expectations were turned on their head, however. Though the circumstances around their marriage were no less bleak and unnerving, Blodwen herself was oddly sweet upon introduction to Anton. Caught off-guard by this, Anton reacted the only way he could work out to do so, he was polite back. However, he was naturally still thoroughly unnerved by the woman (given that, as far as he was aware, she was understood fully all of the circumstances at play here and was still pushing ahead with this). Over the course of the days leading up to the wedding she attempted to convince Anton, who was naturally quite terrified of her, that she wasn't a complete monster, when really nothing could be further from the truth. While Anton didn't hate the woman she was pretending to be, he still didn't want to marry anyone, let alone someone thirteen years older than him and under these circumstances. There was also the fact that anyone who would willingly go through with this knowing what was happening on his end, by default, was a monster, no matter how "nice" they were about it. Blodwen, to try and get around this, however, attempted to convince Anton that she was in a similar situation to him, and that she didn't want to do this either.Not thoroughly convinced by this, Anton nonetheless humoured her. Other people would probably think what was happening to him was far-fetched too, so a far-fetched tale didn't necessarily equal a lie. He didn't want to assume that she was a compulsive liar as, if she was, it wasn't like he had a choice to not marry her anyway given the circumstances he was working with.
He suggested that if she could, she should get an owl out to his big brother Anders who, though he knew it sounded strange and naive, Anton knew could stop this. Wendy made a feeble excuse about how it would be impossible for her to do this, and that Anders probably wouldn't want to help anyway if he had gone through with his match, he'd probably just see this as normal. Anton found this answer unsettling, as it made no sense, and the solution seemed just within reach for a second.
In the final days before the wedding Anton attempted to suggest that he invite the king, Ludvig VI, who had shown a fondness for him. Despite what Ulrik had said to him, Ludvig had actually very quickly invited him to the following year's Christmas party, as well as a few other smaller events. This was Anton's second attempt to get word out to someone he believed would help him. While he couldn't be certain, he had a feeling that this might at least tempt his father, as he seemed pretty intent on getting closer to the top of the ladder. It didn't work out, however, tempted by the idea as he was, Ulrik knew that Ludvig VI would put a stop to this and probably make a few arrests. With the failure of this plan, Anton was running out of ideas of how to get away. Especially since he needed to think of a way that would help his mother, too, that being his basically main priority, that being the reason he was forced to agree in the first place, the risk of his mother being in danger in any other case. And so, without any more ideas, the date loomed closer and closer. The day before the wedding was when he met the rest of the bride's close family, including her brothers Cadwal and Morithic, who he tried to be friendly with only to face amused dismissal on their part. He was essentially pointedly ignored by her father; the only member of her family who treated him with kindness was Wendy's mother, Aeronwen. The other attendants were blissfully unaware of the context by nature.On Saturday 7th of July 1973, the wedding took place. The event was described by Anton's younger brother Andreas to be "like a funeral" in atmosphere, in that everyone with any sense had a sense of sombre foreboding about the affair. This was even Wendy's mother, who attempted to comfort Anton's mother, who was naturally in a state of pure distress; she was clearly as horrified by her own daughter's actions as many others were.
At around midday the ceremony happened and the couple were officially married, despite it some effort from Anton to keep publicly calm throughout (knowing how dire the result could be if he failed to was little help). He attempted to entertain somewhat during the reception, though clearly was more than somewhat emotionally drained at least, this could be put down to nerves, though under the surface the truth was he was a complete wreck.Despite this, he knew that he had to power through the event and give the unknowing onlookers nothing to be overly concerned about. He couldn't allow them to see that he was, in fact, a complete mess, or he might have ended up getting his mother hurt. Any escape he made would have to get he and his mother out, or he felt he was responsible for anything that happened to her.
At around half one in the night, he and Wendy left the party for Anton's own home he'd bought himself in Stockholm, which he'd been exited to move out to alone for moths before (having enthused about it to his friends and girlfriend), and Ulrik naturally went back on his word to his son almost instantly.
Start of AbuseEdit
— Anton's go-to "excuse" for Blodwen's actions toward him over
their eight years of marriage.
For the first few months of their marriage things were naturally deeply uncomfortable but the implicit abuse was not obvious to Anton yet, though the very nature of the arrangement itself was naturally completely exploitative and abusive, Anton scrambled to convince himself it was okay, and he was going to be okay. When Blodwen asked for things and Anton was unwilling to deliver them, Wen would attempt to act as a normal person would and would try and persuade him if she was really adamant but seemingly accept the answer at least for the moment. Though inevitably, if the thing was something she really wanted she would persistently ask him, weaving in a few emotionally manipulative statements where she could, hoping to wear him down on the issue so she could have her own way. However the nature of some
most of her requests was deeply disturbing. For instance, from literally the first night, Wendy asked her new young husband for sex, though this was obviously one of the last thing he was interested in in this particular situation. She would seemingly accept the response in the moment but continually ask again, days or even just hours later, it was enough to easily make Anton feel constantly uncomfortable and unsafe in his own home.
This consisted of, at the most, brief and extremely awkward kisses that were returned by Anton only out of a want to feel something so this could be bearable (which it failed miserably at doing), but the more Wendy harassed him about it the more uncomfortable this made him. Wendy would also get "offended" if Anton spent too much of his spare time with his friends and teammates, often complaining about the blood-status of some of them and how it was a shame he was forced to associate with them. While she knew actually isolating him was a bad idea, it didn't stop her complaining to him about it. The other things she nagged him about were less serious than the other issues, but combined with them in context, horrifying.
In a continued attempt to feel part of the family, he continued to try to involve the two of his brothers-in-law he'd already met (Cadwal and Morithic) and again he was faced only cruelty and ridicule from them, which Wendy did not complain about on his behalf. His attempts to get to know Wendy's father led to his father-in-law, Ercwlff, still mostly coldly ignoring him, acknowledging his presence only dispassionately when directly addressed by him. The reason mainly being that the horror of his daughter's actions was far easier for him to ignore and deny the existence of if he didn't get to know the boy, though he refused to admit this to his wife or eldest son, who admonished him for his treatment of Anton. Ercwlff knew that if he acknowledged and got to know Anton he would feel sympathy for him, and with that would come guilt for the part he played in facilitating the situation. Ercwlff had convinced himself that he'd had to do this to get Wendy out of his hair. The only two people in the family who treated him with kindness were, in fact, his mother-in-law, Aeronwen, who had been kind to him at the wedding already, and his eldest brother-in-law, Gwydion, who had not attended (as Blodwen had known that he would only have "caused problems"). Anton still, of course, visited his mother and younger siblings as often as he could, but his father, he felt, resented his presence, and he was afraid to push too much in case he was prevented from speaking to them permanently.
After several months, Wendy lost her "patience" with Anton's lack of interest in her sexually, feeling as if she was being deprived of something she had expected to receive after successfully making Anton go through with the wedding. Clearly Anton's perspective hadn't been something she'd thought about fully, her thoughts had been with the fact that she had wanted this, not how logistically it was going to work out once they were married and he was "trapped". One night, several months into the marriage, she flew off the handle. She guilt tripped, manipulated, screamed at, and eventually beat Anton until he finally agreed to do what she had been pestering him to do from day one, from a mixture of guilty feelings as if he was being unfair to her, and fear of her rage-filled attacks continuing indefinitely. This, though Anton refused accept it under several layers of denial, constituted a sexual assault. He spent the rest of that night lying awake next to her on his side, staring at the wall, trying very hard not to audibly cry. After that first "fight", Anton's attitude with Wendy changed, he was now far more on-edge around her than he had been even before; he was still fairly convinced by her characterisation of the situation, being very good at taking on the blame for things, as well as lacking self-worth enough to believe he deserved better with any conviction, but he still had this niggling conflicting voice telling him that he'd been through something horrific, backed up by the sick and cold chill feeling that kept running through him whenever he thought of it.However, Wendy getting her way didn't end the problem. She continued to repetitively force her opinions, her will, and herself on her young husband. A narcissistic woman, her own perspective was the thing that mattered most, to her anyway. If Anton dared contradict her, it was taken as a direct insult to her, and was a mere hurdle to get over, by any means to get whatever she wanted. No matter who it actually meant more to, her way was the only way. She would scream at, smack him and throw things at him until she bullied him into agreeing to whatever demand she had.
A great example of this was the house that became known as the "The Pink Monstrosity". When he bought the house a few years before, Anton had been particularly drawn to how the exterior had looked to him. As he grew ever closer to being of age and out of school, he found himself enjoying the idea of living there and being independent from his father. However, it became the house which he and his new he and his new wife lived in. And a few months later, she insisted he have it modified to look how she wanted it, despite his protests and despite him explaining to her how much it meant to him she bullied him until he agreed.
While it was true, and something Anton would try and reference frequently later on, she would always apologise for physically smacking him at the very least, however, she would repeat the actions over without attempting to alter her behaviour in any way (sometimes within seconds of an apology), rendering the apology hollow. There was the added horror that her apologies would often come in the form of, or otherwise involve, her kissing him or oftentimes kissing where she had smacked him, naturally making Anton feel worse. She'd often then even try to progress things further in that regard, which Anton obviously didn't want to do at that time, however he felt he had to, because refusing would simply have started a fresh fight. Anton also had to accept this "affection" while trying to act as unfazed by doing so as he could, as flinching (his natural response by this point) would get him into trouble. This was rarely if ever completely successful, as he naturally couldn't help but be uncomfortable and afraid, this often led to him having to come up with "excuses" for his natural negative reactions, such as being "surprised", so as to avoid further anger. This was all interspersed with Wendy's demeanour completely changing, and her acting as if she and Anton were a completely normal couple and the yelling and abuse simply didn't happen, as if they really had just had a normal discussion, and he'd changed his mind. This gaslighting started to mess with Anton's head, and eventually he believed that he had "changed his mind".
Blodwen, of course, wanted to keep what she was doing very quiet, however, as she knew that most people would object to what she was doing to her husband and put a stop to it. She fully believed Anders, Anton's elder brother and an already fairly formidable fellow Death Eater, would likely have murdered her if he'd known what was happening. However Wendy already had worn Anton down into being a mixture too terrified to try to speak up and, after persistently gaslighting him, completely convinced that he was being unreasonable and the one in the wrong anyway. This meant that Anton had to put on a very good facade that all was well, and that things with him and Blodwen weren't turning out as bad as he'd initially worried about, with mostly only his friends noticing the undercurrent of unhappiness there. Fairly early on, a few months after the first fight was when Blodwen started talking about the fact she'd always wanted to be a mother. As with most 'discussions' between the 'couple' Wendy would start off simply accepting the disagreement with a bit of combativeness, with the full intention of asking him again. This would ramp up slowly to pressuring him, though children were one of the things Anton stayed resolute on. Anton was terrified of having children at that time, he felt too immature and was worried he'd be a terrible father, or worse, like his own. He'd told himself that he wouldn't have children unless he was sure he could do right by them and raise them properly, like they deserved. He got around it by agreeing in mid 1974 that he would "one day", just not right then.
Quidditch World Cup of 1974Edit
The first World Cup Anton got to play in was the quidditch world cup of 1974, which took place in the summer, in various locations in Germany. Both he and his similarly-aged teammate, and only close friend from before he was still allowed to contact without "repercussions", were equal parts excited about it and terrified. They'd just won the European Cup two years prior, but this was the World Cup: Anton couldn't help but feel, distinctly, like he was going to mess this up. This was added to the fact that every evening he had Wendy, and therefore all of the things discussed in the previous section, to look forward going back to. However, at work, Anton was as close to his old self as he could be, having fun with teammates. The team was still captained by Anton's close friend Jörgen Winther, who was a fantastic mentor to the entire team, and who Anton had always looked up to, despite his insane decision to move from Anton's Swedish Cup team, the Västernorrland Valkyries, to the Gällivare Gengångare; an undoubtedly inferior team. Despite this logical setback, however, Jörg was actually an excellent strategist in terms of quidditch and, along with their manager of the time, Gunilla Sjöstedt, were confident they could take the European Cup win of two years ago and turn it into a World Cup win for the first time in over 500 years.
Anton thought they were mad but of course he was going to put his all in anyway, he'd always dreamed of catching the winning snitch at a Quidditch World Cup, and unlikely as it was, they had to play to win. The first match was held in Munich, and was against Hungary. In the entire first five hours the conditions were too bad for Anton or his Hungarian counterpart, Ábrahám Sarka, to be able to do their jobs at all. Not that either seeker took that as an opportunity not to try. On the contrary, Anton spent those first five hours hovering around at mid-level regardless. Whilst this was going on, Hungary's keeper (and captain), Jozefa Bartos, managed to save no less than 12 goals, conceding 7, before she lost her temper and yelled at her chasers to get their act together. At around the 5 and a half hour mark, Anton was starting to notice the weather changing, though he was sure Sarka had too, so he started his search. With the visibility still bad it was an effort but doable. Sarka, however, seemed to still be struggling, whereas Anton could see fairly well (with his glasses mind), though hadn't had eyes on the snitch yet.
Abut five minutes later, Erzsébet Zentai, one of the Hungarian chasers snatched one of the Swedish beaters' bats and hurled a bludger at Anton and soon after the beater she stole the bat from, while the other Swedish beater managed to defend the beater, Anton took a bludger to his stomach. Needless to say, that was blatant foul. While Zentai was being dealt with, Anton continued to search for the snitch, after all the pain he was in right then was actually a fair amount lesser than some of the things that the nineteen-year-old was used to feeling dispute the possibly life-threatening nature of it, he continued to play. The pain worsened as the match went on, though it only lasted for a further hour before Anton caught his eye on the prize and dove wildly for it, managing to catch the snitch two feet from the ground. Anton felt fantastic... for a couple of seconds, after he tried to get of his broom to celebrate with his team, he swayed a bit, before he toppled to the ground. He was helped to the medi-wizards by Gabriel, insisting that he was fine the whole way. Presumably under the influence of the adrenaline, Anton laughed as he said he barely even felt it and it's "nothing". It turned out he was bleeding internally. Easily fixed of course but no less worrying, considering he'd been playing with it for so long. Jörgen, infuriated, lambasted the referee to ban Zentai for "trying to kill [his] seeker". This got Zentai a ban for three games, however it also got Jörgen a warning for arguing with the referee.Anton spent the night in the Münchner Zauberkrankenhaus, where he was monitored to make sure that the injury was healing well, during which time his wife didn't leave his side, taking the day off work to sit at a chair at his side. A lot of his friends and team, however, weren't fans of this Mrs Eriksson. Though, without fail, Anton would defend his wife and insist that nothing was wrong with the circumstances of his marriage, his teammates couldn't help but be more than a little concerned.
In this case, unfortunately, it just meant that while Wendy was there (i.e. the entire time he was there) they were not going to visit the young man. Jörgen and Gabriel did, however, and they didn't leave based on any of Wendy's pointed suggestions that perhaps he just wanted his wife with him, and they might crowd him. Jörgen's personal policy was that unless Anton told him to leave, he wanted to be there for the kid, especially since it seemed to Jörg that Anton was being cheered up by the company of his family, as well as the friends who could show up.
Birth of MagnusEdit
Start of AffairsEdit
Quidditch World Cup of 1978Edit
Birth of JesperEdit
The Later Years of First Wizarding WarEdit
Avoiding Joining the Death Eaters IEdit
Escalation of AbuseEdit
Attempting to Visit Lilja After her AttackEdit
Birth of EiraEdit
Death of BlodwenEdit
Aftermath and Media Attention to AbuseEdit
World Cup of 1982Edit
Marriage to AnđelkaEdit
Death of AnđelkaEdit
World Cup of 1986Edit
Marriage to LinneaEdit
Birth of the TwinsEdit
Quidditch World Cup of 1990Edit
Separation from LinneaEdit
World Cup of 1994Edit
Second Wizarding WarEdit
Avoiding Joining the Death Eaters IIEdit
Passing on InformationEdit
Offering out Safehouses in SecretEdit
Brief and Haphazard CaptureEdit
Battle of HogwartsEdit
Death of LinneaEdit
False Accusation and ImprisonmentEdit
Initial Arrest and ChargesEdit
Conviction on Flimsy EvidenceEdit
Slow Loss of HopeEdit
Ill-Advised and Unhealthy Marriage to Océane Edit
Harassment by KarppinenEdit
Eventual Acquittal and ReleaseEdit
Final Marriage to Helene, Lilja and MorriganEdit
Starting His Managerial CareerEdit
Managing the Västernorrland ValkyriesEdit
Birth of FinnEdit
Birth of ViggoEdit
Managing the Swedish National TeamEdit
- Anton is a form of the name Antonius, which is the Ancient Roman form of the more common name Anthony. It's of unknown Etruscan origin. Antonius was a family name, the most notable member of which was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English). For a period in the 1st century BC, he ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. Their relationship famously turned sour, resulting in a chain of events leading to he and his mistress Cleopatra being attacked and eventually committing suicide, or a least according to Shakespeare's tragedy "Antony and Cleopatra" (1606). His name was likely partially due to it beginning with the letters "AN", as Anton's father, Ulrik, seemed to be obsessed with "AN" names.
- Clemens is the original Latin form of Clement, often used in Scandinavian countries. The name is also derived from Clementius, and which meant "merciful, gentle". "This was the name of 14 popes, including Saint Clement I, the third pope, one of the Apostolic Fathers. Another saint by this name was Clement of Alexandria, a 3rd-century theologian and church father who attempted to reconcile Christian and Platonic philosophies. It has been in general as a given name in Christian Europe (in various spellings) since early times. In England it became rare after the Protestant Reformation, though it was revived in the 19th century" .
- Hasse is a form of the name Hans, which, in turn, is a short form of Johannes. Johannes is a latin form of the name Ioannes, like the name John.
- Ulrik is a Scandinavian form of Ulrich. Ulrich is derived from a Germanic name: Odalric, which meant "prosperity and power", from the element odal "heritage" combined with ric "power". It's often confused with the Germanic name Hulderic. This name was also clearly picked in order to name Anton after his father, Ulrik Eriksson, partially, a fact he has always despised, so much that in later life he changed it.
- Eriksson is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Erik" . Erik is a common Scandinavian form of the name Eric, it was the name of several kings of both Sweden and Denmark'. Eric itself comes from the Old Norse name Eiríkr it comes from the words "ei", meaning ever or always, and "ríkr" as in ruler. Essentially: ruler forever. Eric the Red bore this name, and was notable for discovering Greenland.
- Anders is a Scandinavian form of Andreas, confusingly both are names of his brothers, the latter (Andreas) being the Ancient Greek and Latin form of the name Andrew. Andrew is the English form of the Ancient Greek name ανδρειος (Andreios), the name means "manly, masculine", which is why it would make so much sense for Ulrik to be apparently obsessed with it enough to use it twice. It was also the name of one of the apostles. Anton changed his middle name to this after the death of his father, as he always hated having Ulrik as one of his middle names, since his brother had always been a vastly more positive figure in his life.
- Had he not been forced to marry Blodwen Eriksson, Anton would likely have turned out as somewhat of a combination of Ruuben Linna and Jesper Eriksson.
- Ruuben's timeline is actually designed based on these headcannons.
- Though not a full-on seer himself, which Anton's mother was, and Anton has inherited some prophetic ability from her. He can read tarot and tea leaves fairly accurately as a result.
- He mostly uses this as a party trick, to impress his guests as a bit of fun; however the readings are fairly accurate, so if one doesn't want to know their future it's best not to have one.
- He collects tarot decks as a result of this. He has a few known decks:
- A deck gifted to him in his second year at Durmstrang Institute by his best friend Darius Geraikova. The cards are very old, well loved and worn now but this is only because they're his most cherished. The back of each card was mostly pich back with a starry pattern in silver ink on the back. The cards are stored in a small wooden box.
- An ornate deck gifted to hin by the countess Isabella Di Amalfi, contained in a wooden box inlaid with a rosequartz pattern. They're painted in vivid watercolours and adorned with intricate, watercoloured patterns lika a kalidascope in turquoise, bue and green with tasteful gold lines separating the lines on the back of each card.
- His son Magnus inherited this ability from him, something he's immensely proud of and attempted to encourage as soon as he was informed about his son's divination professor saying that he had some level of the "sight".
- Anton has an
obsession withenjoyment of products with pistachio flavouring in them. His favourite being pistachio ice cream.
- He often teases his children and their dates and friends that to be "approved of" they must like it. Though it'sclear that he's joking.
- He makes his own pistachio ice cream on occasion.
- He has a small burn on his left foot from a cursed book he found in the Pompeii villa
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- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Johannes. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Ioannes. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2017). Ulrik. (Last accessed 24th Apr 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2017). Ulrich. (Last accessed 24th Apr 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Eriksson. (Last accessed 2nd June 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Erik. (Last accessed 2nd June 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Eric. (Last accessed 2nd June 2018)
- ↑ Sephton, J. (1880). The Saga of Erik the Red. (Last accessed 2nd June 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Anders. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Andreas. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)
- ↑ Campbell, Mike. (1996-2018). Andrew. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)
- ↑ Sherman, Rebekah. (2017). Anders Eriksson. (Last accessed 20th Oct 2018)