|Lockdown Mod Journal (lockdownmods) wrote,|
@ 2011-07-13 00:38:00
|FOUNDING MEMBERS: Albus Dumbledore, Elphias Doge, Frank Longbottom, Alice Longbottom & Alastor Moody.|
The Order of the Phoenix is a very egalitarian organisation. Founded on the principle that everyone should be equal, regardless of blood purity, there is little in the way of hierarchy or rank. The founding members are generally looked to for leadership, and Albus Dumbledore is the last word as far as the Order’s activities go, but aside from that, members are free to suggest things or plan actions without asking permission from anyone, although there is an unspoken understanding that nobody will act without at least telling the others. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen.
Every member of the Order has an interview with Albus Dumbledore — or, in the event of his being indisposed, any two of the other founders — before being “officially” inducted. This interview involves the use of Veritaserum and Legilimency to ensure that the potential recruit is on the level; of course, those methods can be circumvented, but only with great difficulty. Once that interview is over, the new member is considered as equal as any of the other non-Founders.
|The Order of the Phoenix utilises the journals for most of its communications, especially now that freedom of movement has been curtailed. Being seen in the company of someone you have no real reason to know is the easiest way to get fingered as a potential terrorist; consequently, most members of the Order attempt to keep their physical contact with each other limited.|
Each member of the Order is given a Protean-charmed Galleon on initiation. When the charm is activated, it is a signal that someone is in trouble. The first course of action is to check the journals to see if a warning has been given, at which point one of the founding members conducts a check-in. Upon discovery of the missing member, plans of action are made.
Members are given training in casting Patronus charms from their induction, as the Order also uses Patronuses to send information that is more time-sensitive than the journals allow.
|With the death of his brother’s family in 1973, Frank Longbottom converted his brother’s old farm into a safehouse for the Order. The farm is under a great many spells, not all of which are strictly legal for even an Auror to have cast over a dwelling; it is Unplottable, covered by Muggle-repelling charms, and warded by all five founders. If a member of the Order has reason to believe that their identity has been compromised, they are to go to the safehouse immediately.|
|In the early days of the Order, their activities were strictly defensive. They reacted to the Death Eaters’ attacks, but didn’t initiate any themselves. As time passed and the Death Eaters grew bolder, however, the founders realised that a purely defensive position was a futile one to fight from, and the Order began expanding its activities.|
There are several avenues of attack that the Order uses these days. They never attack someone without reasonable cause, but they will make the first move against known or highly-suspected Death Eaters, and have been known to break into the homes or businesses of prominent purists and ransack them for information or, in the cases of the more hot-headed Order members, purely to inconvenience them. They don’t wait for the Death Eaters to attack anymore; if they have proof — absolute or near-conclusive — then they will launch an all-out attack.
The Order operates politically as well, organising protests — both riotous and peaceful — against unreasonable Ministry laws, or to bring the plight of the Death Eaters’ victims to the attention of the media. On the more legitimate side, there are a few Order members actively in politics; even with the Wizengamot’s power reduced, the Order has a member or two in office, trying to make changes in a more legal fashion.
One thing that the Order does not tolerate is attacks against bystanders. Even if they have proof of a Death Eater’s identity, the family is still off-limits until they bring themselves into the fight. Protests that lead to property damage and casualties are vocally renounced, although there are still members of the Order who participate in the less-than-peaceful variety of protest. The founders maintain that while the Order needs to be aggressive rather than strictly defensive, they will not cross the line into what they consider terrorism — no matter that they’re still classed as terrorists by the Ministry.