The Ellwood-Luxe Family

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The Ellwood-Luxe Family
LocatedWales, United Kingdom
Family SeatDisgleirio gan-y-môr; Disgleirio by-the-sea, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales
MottoO'r gwaed yn dod yr holl - Of blood comes all
Current HeadCassius Ellwood-Luxe
Blood StatusPureblood
Established1260
ClassUpper

Current state of affairs

1943

After the dramatic turn of events in which Marcellus, former head of family, disowned his only son and heir Cassius on the basis of his illegitimacy in favor of Cassius' cousin Lysander, much has transpired. Marcellus died suddenly, leaving Lysander to inherit the whole of the Ellwood-Luxe estate, fortune, and titles; and leaving Cassius to find his own way in the world, suddenly without family and without prestige. Lysander married Juniper Kedding and soon had a son, named Nero. Fate must not have been completely on Lysander's side, however, because he died not much over a year after he ascended to the position of Head of Family.

Now without direction, the family is headed by an infant and his mother, Juniper, who essentially has been acting as Regent until Nero comes of age. The rest of the family is losing steam: the ladies left in Disgleirio are strong, and full of energy as ever, but without regular help the manor is slowly falling into disrepair, and unrest is stirring in the far reaches of the cadet branches-- can an infant really be considered head of family? Can his mother, not even an Ellwood-Luxe by birth, serve as representative to the family?

Many relatives are split in opinion on this matter, some uncaring as to who sits at the helm; but there are still some who call for Cassius, thinking him to be the only true heir to the name. Cassius himself remains slightly bitter about the entire business, and has made it a goal of his to take the family back, not only for his sake, but for the sake of the history, legacy, breadth, and well-being of the family itself.

Ellwood-Luxe, after all, is as much a concept and set of ideals as it is a name, and it cannot keep itself.

Will Cassius meet his goal? Or, will he be thwarted by cousins once again?

History

Humble Beginnings

Delphinus Ellwood was born into poverty toward the end of the eleventh century in what is now Swansea, Wales, to Rhiannon ferch Dafydd ap Iorwerth. At that point in time, it wasn't traditional for Welsh women to take on the surnames of their husbands, but despite their dismal living conditions, Rhiannon wanted her only son to take on the same pride of birth and regality that his father had demonstrated, wanted his life to amount to more. It was for this reason that she gave Delphinus his name in the tradition of his father, Caius Ellwood, who had been taken by plague mere days before Delphinus' birth.

The Ellwood family was, at that time, rather as influential as a wizarding family could be at that time without being hunted down and burned as heretics against the church. They were well-to-do, but quietly so, so as not to attract attention to themselves. Caius met Rhiannon on a journey to Swansea, and brought her back to Gloucestershire with him, to the then-location of the Ellwood estate. She was received well within the family and the two were married within a year. Rhiannnon was soon pregnant, and the family was extremely happy.

However, an outbreak of plague soon took Gloucestershire by storm, and much of the family living at Ellwood estate were taken by the sickness; Caius included. Rhiannon was isolated very early on by the doctors attending to the sick because of her pregnancy, and was not able to be with her husband when he was taken under by the plague. Devastated and having lost everything, Rhiannon stole away from Oxford and returned to Swansea, where she gave birth to Delphinus.

The Last of the Ellwoods

Rhiannon's family had never been very wealthy, and hadn't been pleased with her for running away from Wales to marry an Englishman, and did not accept she and her newborn son back. She was forced to make her own little homestead on the outskirts of Swansea, where she made a meager living washing clothes and cleaning house for anyone who would pay. Despite his upbringing, Delphinus grew up an extremely ambitious boy, very inquisitive and quite inventive. He was invited to Hogwarts in 1288 and attended as a Slytherin, showing formidable abilities in potioneering. Several years after his graduation, after much strife, he had discovered and perfected a powerful sleeping potion, which would come to be known as the Draught of Living Death, which would help make his fortune. Delphinus was invited to join the Ministry of Magic in research in 1294.

He met Cristiana Luxe in London, during his time there as he continued his work in potioneering. The two took to each other and they eventually married. Delphinus moved them back to Wales in 1295, where he began building a beautiful estate where he and his wife might live, along with Rhiannon, in Delphinus' homeland, upon a lovely beach called Sker. The estate was finally finished in 1297, and he elected to call it 'Disgleirio' with his wife's approval, which meant 'shine' or 'sparkle' in his native Welsh, to signify the beginning of a new life and a new line.
A portrait of Delphinus Ellwood and Cristiana Luxe.

The First Ellwood-Luxe

A son was born to Delphinus and Cristiana in 1298, whom they named Lucan. However, Delphinus hesitated in giving his surname, as he had never known his father-- and wanted his son to be unique, the first, to have as successful a life as he had. So, he and Cristiana decided they would combine their surnames to name their son Lucan Ellwood-Luxe -- the first of his name.

Lucan grew up and took over his father's seat as head of family, and the name has survived as such, with the first son of the first son taking over power from his father, over the centuries with great success. The Ellwood-Luxe family remains influential and very well-off to this day, with many notable members in places of minor power in the Ministry of Magic.

Through the Years

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The tradition of passing the power over through the male line, to the first-born son, unbroken for seven hundred years, was deferred from in 1938, wherein Marcellus Ellwood-Luxe (XXIX) disowned his son Cassius in favour of his nephew, Lysander

With Lysander's death in 1939, his only son Nero (XXXI) is now head of family. Nero's mother, Lysander's former wife, Juniper Ellwood-Luxe Steele (née Kedding) acts as regent until he comes of age.

The Family Seat

Disgleirio gan-y-môr

Disgleirio at Sker Beach in Porthcawl, Wales- circa 1920
Disgleirio gan-y-môr, shortened generally to simply 'Disgleirio' the house occupied by the head of family and his wife and children, was built in 1297 by Delphinus Ellwood, a successful potioneer of the time. He built the manor and called it 'Disgleirio gan-y-môr,' (a name meaning 'dazzling' or 'bright' in his native Welsh, with 'gan-y-môr' meaning 'by-the-sea,' for obvious reasons) for his newfound love and awe for the brightness of life.

After the fire disaster of 1538, instigated by then-patriarch Manius Ellwood-Luxe, the family was forced to rebuild much of the manor. Very little of the original building of Delphinus' vision is left, having been rebuilt in a slightly different style, to suit the time period.

The manor sits on a low cliff above Sker Beach outside of Porthcawl and the village of Kenfig in Wales. Since there are no forests in the area to hide the house, the entire estate is bewitched in such a way that it looks like simply an old, abandoned and crumbling, ruined manor. The Ellwood-Luxes were able to commission the Ministry to have what the Muggles thought was an abandoned house declared 'unsafe' by Muggle authorities, and so the family lives quietly, without much bother from non-magical folk. Local Muggles have taken to calling it the 'Sker House,' and it has been featured in Muggle literature in a novel called The Maid of Sker, written by R.D. Blackmore and published in 1872. It is possible that the 'Maid' described in the novel is in fact one of the three daughters of Scorpius Ellwood-Luxe, the head of family in that period, embellished upon and fictionalised and made into a Romantic story.

Inside the Manor

From the outside, Disgleirio appears to be three stories high and of a fair size for an early modern building, but as a building of magical origin, its size changes according to the needs and will of the occupants and head of family.

There are, however, some parts which may be noted:

The Heart Room
A section of the corridor, over a banister visible from the Heart Room.
The Heart Room, reminiscent of its name, is located in the heart of the manor. It serves as a parlour and library for the family, as well as a convenient meeting-place for company and even for formal family gatherings. It is an extremely grand room, spanning up three stories; the upper two stories are able to look down into the Heart Room from corridors on the respective stories through overlooks, protected by ornate wooden banisters.

What square footage of the walls in this room which are not occupied by bookcases and furnishings are occupied by portraits of various family members, often the wives and children and siblings of former heads of family, as these paintings are not to be hung in the formal Hall of Portraits.

Additionally, there is a massive window spanning the three stories which looks on the fields of heath and out over the ocean.

The Hall of Portraits
The view of the moor and ocean through the a lower part of the windows in the Heart Room.
Located on the second floor, on the east side, the Hall of Portraits is the corridor which houses paintings of all heads of family since the conception of the name, in chronological order, starting with Delphinus Ellwood. Part of it is visible from the floor of the Heart Room. A covering is kept, usually, over the portrait of Manius Ellwood-Luxe, tenth head of family, as his likeness is prone to outbursts of shrieking and swearing at passerby.

The wives of the heads of family are not present in the portraits, with the exceptions of the portraits of Delphinus Ellwood, who poses with his wife and one half of the family name, Cristiana Luxe; and also of Flavian Ellwood-Luxe, who was famous for consulting and including his wife, Mariana Ellwood-Luxe, in nearly every matter.

The Grounds

Moorland

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The Wreck of the S.S. Samtampa
The Samtampa wrecked upon Sker Beach
Sker Beach was the site of the tragic wreck of the liberty steamship, the S.S. Samtampa, which occurred on the 23rd of April in 1947. Muggles deemed this to be the result of an engine fault and the vessel being driven into the rocks during the subsequent hurricane, but the to the wizarding community the cause is quite different. On the 12th of August, 1947, Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe was taken before the Wizengamot to answer for the deaths of the 39 Muggle shipmates and the 8 Muggle rescuers in one of the most publicized cases of the decade. Apollinarius, previously the head of the Ellwood-Luxe family, was dropped of charges due to insufficient evidence against him, as all witnesses mysteriously forgot any details of the wreck. However, the publicized nature of the case left the Ellwood-Luxes with a bad reputation.


A plaque dedicated to the 47 dead of the wreck, erected by Muggles, can be seen at low tide at Sker Beach to this day.

Current Residents

Those who currently reside at the estate Disgleirio by-the-sea are:

Other Known Seats

The Ellwood-Luxe family owns and/or occupies several plots of land and grand houses..

  • Westernesse - Porthcawl, Wales - The estate held by Aurelion Ellwood-Luxe.
  • Braewood House - Kenfig, Wales - The residence of Claudius Ellwood-Luxe, a brother of former head of family Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe, and also the twins Nathaniel and Sean Ellwood-Luxe.
  • Dŵrffynnonplas - Pembrey Forest, Wales - The seat of the First Cadet, presided over by Demetrius Ellwood-Luxe, a brother of former patriarch Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe, and his family.
  • Llanwyth Court - Merthyr Tydfil, Wales - Granted to the head of the Fourth Cadet, Rafael Ellwood-Luxe, at the time of his father's death in 1936. He lives there with his mother, wife, and two children.
  • Yr Hendy - Ogmore-by-Sea, Wales - The manor granted to Taliesin Ellwood-Luxe, head of the Third Cadet and nephew of Apollinarius (XXVIII). It is occupied by the head of cadet, his wife, two daughters, and son. According to family legend, thought to have been erected as a safe house in the late fifteenth century.
  • Windermere Place - Aberdare, Wales - The seat of the Fifth Cadet, occupied presently by Jonah Ellwood-Luxe, along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.
  • Tŷ Penrhos - West Cross, Wales - The longest occupied tertiary estate, held by the descendants of Charles Ellwood-Luxe, who was granted the property in 1785 by his father, Marius Ellwood-Luxe (). Four generations later, it is still the seat of the Seventh Cadet, headed by Claudio Ellwood-Luxe, who dwells there with his wife, son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
  • Bwthyn Pell - Oxwich, Wales - Held by Nehemius Ellwood-Luxe. Though its name means "distant cottage," neither descriptor is wholly true: Dŵrffynonplas, at Pembrey Forest, is much further away from Disgleirio than Bwthyn Pell; and though by comparison it is smaller than other estates managed by the Ellwood-Luxe family, it is still not really a cottage.

Traditions

The Words

"O'r Gwaed yn Dod yr Holl"

O'r gwaed yn dod yr holl: Of blood comes all. These words were first written as the official motto of the Ellwood-Luxe family by Evander Ellwood-Luxe I in the formative era of the family's reputation. Evander I saw that other aristocratic families had words to live by while his did not, and created them in order to be on the same level as other families. The words, in the family's native Welsh, reflect the attitude of the family which has pervaded throughout history: that those who share your blood are the most important, and others in your life are secondary to family.

They have also been used, in some ways, to justify the onslaught of inbreeding which has occurred since at least 1350. Though "blood purity" was not so much an issue in the Medieval era of wizardry, the Ellwood-Luxes still thought it best if they kept themselves within their own line; "all in the family," because "of blood comes all." This rationale came from the idea that they were superior to other families, in wealth and in political power, and that those outside the extended family were good enough to even consider for marriage.

In the modern sense, the words have become relevant in the conservative ideals of the family regarding blood purity and its importance. As a well-known Pureblood family, the Ellwood-Luxes are similarly known for supporting the separation of purebloods from halfbloods from muggle-borns; and have done so in practice as well. Those family members who condescend to marry half-bloods or less have historically been thrown out of the family completely; and the children of these unions are ignored and never recognised as official members of the family.

These beliefs seem to be going out of style within the family, however, especially in light of the ascension of Cassius Ellwood-Luxe to the role of Patriarch, considering his marrying a halfblood and having children who are also halfblood and recognised as his presumed heirs-- the first in his family's history to do so. See below, Scandals.

"Nid Duw Ddim yn Cysgu"

The idea of inherent Ellwood-Luxe superiority mutated and pervaded over time, until rather than an attitude it became a philosophy. The tenth head of family, Manius Ellwood-Luxe, decided he would create a secondary motto for the family based off of this ideal: Nid duw ddim yn cysgu, or "God does not sleep." This was meant to reflect Manius' idea that, in their political power, the Ellwood-Luxes weren't simply superior to other families and individuals, they were supernaturally so. Stating that God does not sleep was meant to invoke the idea that Ellwood-Luxes were gods, and that they would know if you did wrong by them because, as gods, they are all-seeing and all-knowing in their power. These words were wildly popular within the family for the year after Manius coined them, but when he set the manor ablaze and nearly killed his entire family (see below, Scandals), they went out of style rather quickly.

Despite this, they are still officially recognised as secondary words to their original motto.

The Key-Keepers

An old moniker relating to the head of the Ellwood-Luxe family, the "Key-Keeper" was a reference to an old tradition which involved each head of family forging a new key to the estate for his firstborn son, and presenting it to him at the time his son becomes the heir presumptive: this ceremony most traditionally takes place during the funeral of a deceased head of family. See below: On Passing the Title.

Though the keys still exist, and the tradition held fast through the early 1900s, the last key to be forged was made by Marcellus Ellwood-Luxe for his son Cassius, presented to Cassius at the funeral of Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe in 1933. Lysander was not presented a key upon Marcellus' death and did not present one to his own son; it is currently unknown whether Cassius will uphold this tradition within his line of succession.

Each key is meant to be a symbol of the person it is being presented to, and as such every one of the thirty keys upon the keyring is unique in its size, style, material, and ornamentation. The most common metal to be used is bronze, though rarer metals such as gold, silver, or even cobalt have been selected by certain heads of family to present to their sons.

The tradition began as a relatively mundane transferring of power, with Delphinus Ellwood presenting his son Lucan Ellwood-Luxe the key to the estate upon his deathbed. Lucan replicated the gift at his own death, having had a second key made for his son Evander, and gave them both to him; Evander did the same for his son. The first time the formal ceremonial gifting occurred is thought to be upon the death of Circinus Ellwood-Luxe, fifth head of family, at which point his son Hadrian, grief-stricken, desired to honor his father as formally as possible; there are, however, few primary sources that prove this, and is more of a generally accepted and widely familially-held oral tradition.

On Passing the Title

The title is most traditionally passed after the death of the head of family. Upon that death, his son, who has up to this point operated both practically and ceremonially as Heir, will spend that night in a vigil state, after which he moves beyond his role as Heir and comes into a temporary role known as the Ascender, which ends only after all funerary ceremony is finished.

At the funeral, the deceased is displayed in black robes on a platform outdoors near the cliffs overlooking the sea, and the Ascender presides as master of ceremony. The deceased's wife (who is also most ordinarily the Ascender's mother) takes the ring of keys from the grasp of the deceased head of family, and presents them to the Ascender. The Ascender displays them to the funeral attendees, and makes a show of adding his own key to the ring. It is at this point that the Ascender's heir is called to the front, and is presented a key of his own: the new heir shows his key to the attendees, and the family stands silent at the head of the crowd for several minutes.

After this, more typical funeral rites proceed, and the deceased now-former head of family is interred within the cliffs at Disgleirio. The Ascender is now considered head of family, and his son is now officially heir.

There is at least one instance of this ceremony taking place without a funeral, in the case of Camillus Ellwood-Luxe, who all but abdicated his title to his son Atticus in 1631 (see below: Scandals).

Heraldry

As the family was not noble from the beginning, the Ellwood-Luxe heraldic tradition is somewhat nebulous in its basis. Their original arms were designed by Lucan I (II) in about 1292 for direct benefit for himself and his son, as it was a fashion and a convenience in that time to be able to identify one's self on the battlefield whilst covered up in armor. The original arms differ slightly from the ones used in the modern day: at their conception, the centre inescutcheon was not included, and would not be until 1570, by Lucan IV, upon the acquisition of the Northleigh properties in West England. The roses, and that the Ellwood-Luxes added the Northleigh arms to theirs in such a brazen fashion, was thought to be a somewhat humourous nod to the Chaucer family (a reference to the "Chaucer rose" as it were), as the family owed, at that point, much of their success and status to the Chaucer family, who as well as being their intimate friends and political advocates, had begun keeping books for the Ellwood-Luxes after Galenus (XVI) nearly gambled the main estate and much of their fortune away.

As the arms currently lay, the twin thistles are representative of the struggle, strife, and experiences of those who brought the Ellwood-Luxe name into its own; the key is representative of the family's right of dominion over their lands as titles, as well as being a direct reference to the nickname "keykeeper," which has in the past been used to refer to the head of family. The bull is taken directly from the arms of the Luxe family, and the red dragon refers to the family's Welsh origins, as remnants of the Ellwood crest could not be found for use during the time in which it was designed.

Cadency

The form of cadency (or "marks of differencing") used by the Ellwood-Luxes is rather unlike the standard rules of such, in its modern usage. When it was still being used for practical reasons on the battlefield and so forth, it followed the traditional English rules of cadency; but as time wore on and one no longer had to identify himself on the battlefield, the system of cadency fell into a largely ceremonial form. Individual members have little reason anymore to display their personal, differenced arms, but due to the family's unusual structuring (as well as the obvious largeness of the family) their own version of the cadency system was developed over time.

As with traditional differencing, the heir's arms are the same as his father's, with the addition of a 'label' (see diagram of marks) in chief. Instead of following the traditional differencing line however, with only sons of the patriarch taking on individual plain marks as per their order of birth, the line of inheritance is instead followed, up to the ninth person in line to inherit. These nine individuals are entitled, as per the rules of the family's cadency system, a heraldic symbol for personal use for himself, and wear it also upon a label, to set himself apart as part of the exclusive line of inheritance. Aside from this circumstance, individuals are only entitled to choose their own personal heraldic symbol when they become head of a cadet branch, and have been awarded land. Sons of the head of the cadet's branch do follow traditional English rules of differencing, and show their mark emblazoned on top of their father's, or grandfather's, symbol, to distinguish themselves as members of a branch family. Girls of Ellwood-Luxe cadet branches always show their father's arms upon a lozenge, as it is assumed she will marry her name away, and has no use for personal arms as a boy would.

A Patriarchal System

Since the conception of the name, the title of head of family has always been passed down through the male line: the eldest son of the head of family inherits the title when his father passes on. This is in general keeping with cultural norms originating early on in British history, which favored males over females as well as clearly defined gender roles.

Women in the Ellwood-Luxe Family

To date, the only recorded instance of a woman having any sort of control over the family is in the modern instance of the death of Lysander Ellwood-Luxe (XXIX) and the fact that his left-behind heir presumptive, Nero, was an infant at the time of his death. This left his wife, Juniper Kedding (née Kedding), to look after the family until his son came of age.

However, Juniper's power is an anomaly in the history of the line. Even when Eligius Ellwood-Luxe, the 19th head of family, died leaving his eight-year-old son, Evander, to the title of head of family, it was not Evander's mother who stepped in to act as regent: rather, it was Evander's uncle Everard who stepped in, and taught Evander until he was of age to lead on his own. His mother, Clemence, stayed at the sidelines and watched from afar.

Charlotte Ellwood-Luxe, painted before her abscondance in 1853.
However, despite the fact that they are often written off by their male counterparts as less powerful due to their sex, Ellwood-Luxe women are often very strong (in many senses of the word) and quite intelligent. They are raised to be graceful and compliant, and other such things attributed to qualities of a genteel lady.

Arranged marriage is prevalent within the family, especially for those women who are born daughters of the head of family. They are married off, generally speaking, to members of other prevalent pureblood families, in the interest of keeping the bloodline pure and also of representing the Ellwood-Luxes in matters of politics. Love matches-- that is to say, marriages that are not arranged for political purposes-- became more common in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and in the modern era of the family are the most common type of arrangement. The last planned arranged marriage within the family was the arrangement made by then head of family Marcellus Ellwood-Luxe, between Perseus Ellwood-Luxe and Florence Prothero in 1936-- an arrangement that failed only because of Persy's unexpected death the same year.

Valentia Sophie Ellwood-Luxe, the only daughter of 24th head of family Flavian Ellwood-Luxe, painted in 1819 at the age of 15. She died a year later of influenza.
Women within the family wield a different kind of power than the men in power, or than in a traditional matriarchy that one might find in the Oliveroot or O'Shae families. The duties of the Mistress of Disgleirio, for example, are very wide in variety and are rather many. The Mistress is to run the household and its little intricacies, as well as raising the children and assisting in their studies. It is often the Mistress who teaches her children English, as they will all be born into a primarily Welsh-speaking atmosphere.

There have been several Ellwood-Luxe women who have broken through the traditional barriers, however. For example, Charlotte Elise Ellwood-Luxe (1833-1928), the daughter of Scorpius Ellwood-Luxe, the 25th head of family, managed to avoid an arranged marriage by slipping out of the estate by nightfall a week before her wedding and stealing away to Porthcawl, where she was able to take a ship to Bristol and eventually to France, where she settled in Paris. There, she studied painting and lived without ever marrying until her death at the age of one hundred.

While the women are treated differently when it comes to the potential of leadership, many heads of family have taken pride in the education of his daughters, making sure they are well-rounded in such subjects of literature, drawing, dancing, writing, calligraphy, and certain foreign languages. Furthermore, it is often up to the Mistress of Disgleirio to uphold this standard of education, and it is also often for her to take on a governess for the children's benefit, or else invite another female member of the Ellwood-Luxe family to come stay with them to help with the education of the children before such time that they go away to school.

Lineage

Family Tree

Main branch:

 
 
{Atellus}
 
 
 
 
{Sylva
Black

}

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
{Apollinarius}
 
 
 
 
Aderyn
Astor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
{Marcellus}
 
 
 
 
Cassiopeia
Oliveroot
 
 
 
 
Lucullus
Chaucer
 
 
 
 
Adelia
 
 
 
 
Nehemius
 
 
 
 
{Amelia
Wainwright}
 
 
{Aurelion}
 
 
 
 
{Vanessa
Sinclair}
 
 
Scipio
 
 
 
 
Eva Abernathy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
'Cassius'
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eve
Hallows
 
 
Lucien
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aislin
O'Shae
 
 
 
 
Dacian
 
 
 
 
Pascaline
Sauveterre
 
 
{Perseus}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jude
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aleda
 
 
Keira
 
 
 
 
Lotharius
 
 
Sarasem
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anneliesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
{Lysander}
 
 
 
 
Juniper
Kedding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kathleen
 
 
Amycus
 
 
 
 
Lucretius
 
 
Breanne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nero
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Camille
 
 
Cade
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lorcan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucretia
 
 


Extended branch:*

Close cadets

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucan III
(1829-1866)
 
 
 
 
Ariella
(1824-1864)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Atellus
(1851-1918)
 
 
 
 
Sylva
Black
(1851-1925)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domnic
(1852)
 
 
 
 
Mary
Throckmorton
(1853)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Odhran
McGowan
 
 
 
 
Lucretia
(1874)
 
 
Demetrius
(1877)
 
 
 
 
Leda
Penberthy
(1878)
 
 
Claudius
(1880)
 
 
 
 
Marina
Crewe
(1882)
 
 
Christophe
(1872-1937)
 
 
 
 
Amelia
Englund
(1874)
 
 
Jonah
(1873)
 
 
 
 
Jessamine
Penberthy
(1872)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Padraig
 
 
 
 
Lillian
 
 
Lynn
(1910)
 
 
Clause
Carlisle
 
 
(name burnt out)
 
 
Florian
Van Droombeeld
 
 
 
 
Josephine
(1890)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Victor
(1892)
 
 
 
 
Catherine
Crewe
(1894)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ava
(1918)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marius
(1916)
 
 
Sean
(1925)
 
 
Nathaniel
(1925)
 
 
Victoria
(1913)
 
 
Lillian
Crewe
(1917)
 
 
Wallace
(1919)
 
 
Alisdair
(1924)
 
 
Fletcher
(1927)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chaitlín
 
 
 
 
Jason
O'Connells
 
 
Evander
(1920)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles
(1917)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saoirse
(1919)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Xavius
(1922)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beatrix
(1921)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maxen
(1923)

Bold names indicate the head of the family, current or past; italicized names indicate heirs, if any.

The "Main Branch" includes the current head of the Ellwood-Luxe family, Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe, and his children and grandchildren. The "Extended Branch" includes the head of the family's siblings and their children.

  • All members of the Extended Branch are available to play at HDK or at Hogwarts. PM Meriwether Throckmorton if interested.

Former Heads of Family

Dates indicate the amount of time which he held the title of patriarch, usually from the time of his father's death, until his own death. To read the histories of each head of family, visit this page.

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- Delphinus Ellwood (1259-1288) - Married Cristiana Luxe
- Lucan Ellwood-Luxe (1288-1319) - Married Claire Thorne
- Evander Ellwood-Luxe (1319-1334) - Married Vera Chaucer
- Lucan Ellwood-Luxe II (1334-1362)- Married Elinor Kirwood
- Circinus Ellwood-Luxe (1362-1406) - Married Catherine Throckmorton
- Hadrian Ellwood-Luxe (1406-1412) - Married Temperence de Luca

- Milo Ellwood-Luxe (1412-1440) - Married Halley Ellwood-Luxe
- Lysander Ellwood-Luxe (1440-1506) - Married Joanna Astor
- Lucan Ellwood-Luxe III (1506-1468) - Married Aeronwy Ellwood-Luxe
- Manius Ellwood-Luxe (1468) - Married Margery Thorne
- Vitus Ellwood-Luxe (1468-1557) - Married Cuilwen Chaucer
- Ambrosius Ellwood-Luxe (1557-1519) - Married Anne Ellwood-Luxe
- Lucan Ellwood-Luxe IV (1519-1576) - Married Norma Shepard
- Scipio Ellwood-Luxe (1576-1584) - Married Shannon Heathrow
- Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe (1584-1640) - Married Elizabeth Penberthy
- Camillus Ellwood-Luxe (1640-1602) - Married Cecilia Chaucer
- Atticus Ellwood-Luxe (1602-1648)- Married Lisette Ellwood-Luxe

- Lucius Ellwood-Luxe (1648-1670) - Married Maire O'Shae
- Eligius Ellwood-Luxe (1670-1722) - Married Marcelle Englund
- Evander Ellwood-Luxe II (1722-1785) - Married Felixa Hurst
- Leo Ellwood-Luxe (1785-1788) - Married Jane Canterbury
- Marius Ellwood-Luxe (1788-1802) - Married Marie Burkimsher
- Galenus Ellwood-Luxe (1802-1804) - Married Catharina Penberthy
- Flavian Ellwood-Luxe (1804-1824) - Married Mariana Ellwood-Luxe
- Scorpius Ellwood-Luxe (1824-1845) - Married Accalia Rose
- Lucan Ellwood-Luxe V (1845-1868) - Married Ariellia Ellwood-Luxe
- Atellus Ellwood-Luxe (1868-1901) - Married Sylva Black
- Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe II (1901-1933) - Married Aderyn Astor
- Marcellus Ellwood-Luxe (1933-1938) - Married Cassiopeia Oliveroot
- Lysander Ellwood-Luxe (1938-1939) - Married Juniper Kedding
- Nero Ellwood-Luxe (1939- 1947) -
- Cassius Ellwood-Luxe (1947- ) - Married Eve Hallows



Cadets

As the family is fairly large, the purpose of the head of family is both as the public face of the family and the de facto leader of each cadet, which also has a patriarch who answers to the head of family. Generally speaking, a cadet branch is not considered an "official" cadet unless it has been granted property in the family's name. The properties (discussed above) are awarded on a case-by-case basis, and are inherited as per standard law of inheritance through the line of the cadet. If the line dies out, the cadet is considered extant, and the property is accordingly emptied and awarded to a new cadet branch when necessary.

As it currently stands, there are seven cadet branches. They are here listed in order according to their proximity to the "main" line of inheritance.

Head Property Held Line of Inheritance Arms
First Cadet (Main Line) Cassius Ellwood-Luxe Disgleirio gan-y-mor 1. Keira Hallows 2. Amycus Ellwood-Luxe E-lmini.png
Second Cadet Demetrius Ellwood-Luxe Dŵrffynnonplas 1. Marius Ellwood-Luxe 2. Evander Ellwood-Luxe Victor-arms.png
Third Cadet Aurelion Ellwood-Luxe Westernesse 1. Nero Ellwood-Luxe Aurelion-arms.png
Fourth Cadet Taliesin Ellwood-Luxe Yr Hendy 1. Alexander Ellwood-Luxe Alexander-arms.png
Fifth Cadet Rafael Ellwood-Luxe Llanwyth Court 1. Thomas Ellwood-Luxe Christophe-arms.png
Sixth Cadet Jonah Ellwood-Luxe Windermere Place 1. Samuel Ellwood-Luxe 2. Julian Ellwood-Luxe Jonah-arms.png
Seventh Cadet Claudio Ellwood-Luxe Tŷ Penrhos 1. Edmund Ellwood-Luxe 2. Willow Ellwood-Luxe 3. Linden Ellwood-Luxe 4. James Ellwood-Luxe 5. Casper Ellwood-Luxe 6. Caius Ellwood-Luxe 7. Milo Ellwood-Luxe 8. Bartholomew Ellwood-Luxe 9. Peregrine Ellwood-Luxe 10. Marcel Ellwood-Luxe 11. Lucio Ellwood-Luxe 12. Vincent Ellwood-Luxe 13. Ambrose Ellwood-Luxe Claudio-arms.png


Former Cadet Lines in the Modern Era

Scandals

Milo Ellwood-Luxe

Born in 1372 to head of family Armand Ellwood-Luxe and his wife Agrippana Ellwood-Luxe, he became head of family upon the death of his father in 1397, at age 25. He had been married to his cousin, Halley Ellwood-Luxe, a few years before, and the couple already had four daughters: Audry, born in 1392; Cecily, born in 1493; Alys, born in 1395; and Isobel, born in 1396. Milo was a prideful man who took his father's role very seriously, going so far as to have many of the traditions as passed down by Armand Ellwood-Luxe copied down and bound into a book, called The Rites, which can still be found in the library at Disgleirio. Milo was also extraordinarily concerned with the line of succession, a concern which only escalated at such time that he ascended to his role as head of family in 1397. In 1399, Milo and Halley had another daughter, Margerye, who died not long after birth of natural causes.

Three years and two miscarriages later, in 1402, Halley would give birth to yet another daughter, Felicia, an event which would distress Milo, whose tensions about his lack of a male heir and his wife's apparent inability to birth a live child had only risen: according to contemporary sources, upon finding that his wife had given birth to another girl, he became extremely angry and blamed her for it, implying that she was conspiring against him and wanted his line to fail.

Several weeks later, in the early hours of the morning, two of their daughters-- Cecily, nine years old, and Isobel, six-- were found dead on the beach at the base of the cliffs at the estate by the groundskeeper, with their baby sister Felicia apparently abandoned at the top of the cliff.

After this incident, a local man from the nearby wizarding village was arrested and accused of the murders and attempted murder of the children in question.

Several years went past without further incident, and Halley gave birth twice more: in 1406, a daughter, Avis; and in 1407, yet another daughter, Pippa.

Pippa did not survive more than a week, with reasons given by midwives at the time to do with stress on the part of the mother, which bestowed on the infant a "weak constitution."

Soon after, Alys, 12, and Avis, 2, were found dead in the nursery, apparently having been poisoned.

Halley delivered a son, Lysander, in 1409, and herself died soon after giving birth.

Of Milo's nine children, three survived into adulthood: his eldest daughter, Audry; Felicia, the daughter who had been abandoned on the cliffside and rescued; and Lysander, his only son, who would go on to become head of family upon his father's death in 1440. Of the rest who died prematurely, two died soon after birth, two were poisoned, and two fell or were thrown from a cliff.

Camillus Ellwood-Luxe

Abdicated in 1631. He wasn't even that old. Who does that?

Manius Ellwood-Luxe

1500: Burnt down the dang house.

Galenus Ellwood-Luxe

1801: Nearly lost the estate due to excessive gambling.

Scorpius Ellwood-Luxe

1834: A Muggle fell in love with one of his daughters and wrote an entire book about her. lmfao.

Apollinarius Ellwood-Luxe II

1906: Probably killed a whole mess of Muggles. Everyone who saw anything mysteriously forgot any details about the entire thing.

Marcellus Ellwood-Luxe

1937: Disowned his only heir because his scheming nephew convinced him that he was illegitimate.

Lysander Ellwood-Luxe II

1939: Got assassinated. Started a war.

Cassius Ellwood-Luxe

1942: Married a half-blood. Didn't give a hoot about pureblood politics.

Miscellaneous

General Appearance

The two currently living members exhibiting the ice-eyes gene: Scipio and Dacian.
Characteristically dark-haired (a light brown to black range), the Ellwood-Luxes, as a rule, are not particularly tall-- most are stocky and often of average, or just below average, height. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, more especially in recent years, when the introduction of new blood (the first generation with no inbreeding to speak of in over two hundred years) has produced Ellwood-Luxes which are tall and rather lanky, often quite thin.
Halley, the first documented carrier of the ice-eyes gene, pictured here with a pet ermine.
Skin tone is usually an easily tanned olive sort of shade, but for some reason those with the ice-eyes gene tend to be rather pale, thin, and almost gaunt in appearance. This is likely due to the fact that the ice-eyes gene is indicative of genetic weakness. See the subsection on the ice-eyes gene below for more information.

The physical appearance of each individual family member, along with their name and date of birth, is recorded in a large family volume which dates back to the conception of the line.

Ice-Eyes Gene

Members of the family tend to have darker eyes, usually brown or hazel; but some rare ones have the recessive ice-eyes gene (that is to say, very light and oddly piercing blue eyes) which are coveted within the family due to their beauty as well as rarity. The first documented case rose in about 1415, with the birth of Halley Ellwood-Luxe to Armand and Agrippana Ellwood-Luxe. Her beautiful eyes were considered a blessing and a sign, in a time where infants born in winter did not often survive, that the ice would not have any effect on her and she would survive through the winter and through a long and prosperous life. And indeed she did: because of her beauty she was selected to marry the heir, Milo Ellwood-Luxe, and the two had a very fertile marriage, with nine children as the fruit of their union. However, eight of these nine were girl children, much to the chagrin and eventual madness of Milo.

Unfortunately it is more likely that the eyes are a mutated gene arisen from inbreeding, evidenced in the fact that those who have them are often small and sickly, and more often than not have rather poor eyesight. The last several carriers of the gene, before Scipio and Dacian, have died rather early deaths, being more susceptible to illness than their brown-eyed relatives.

Divination

Empaths

Though not recorded or touted as a typical quality of Ellwood-Luxes in the history of the line, it's suggested that there have been several Empaths through the centuries. The lack of definitive records of true Empaths are likely because of how sparse clear-cut and clinical information about them as a group have been up until more recent times. References to Empaths in Ellwood-Luxe historical documents are therefore largely speculative in the modern readings of those texts, leading off contextual clues and other such traces.

For example, written accounts of Mariana Ellwood-Luxe, wife of Flavian (XXIV), take great pains to describe how she seemed to read the minds of those around her, and later, how she could brighten the mood of the room with only a smile. The former could be evidence of a proficiency in Legilimency, if it weren't for the presence of the latter, which, when taken in equality with her apparent "mind-reading" ability, sounds much more like Empathic projection and manipulation, which is a skill possible for very experienced Empaths. It is thought also that Marianas' only daughter Valentia may have inherited this ability, but as she died young as she did, it was not observed as strongly as it was in Mariana.

With the First Supplementary Decree for the Welfare of Extraordinary Persons (known colloquially as the Extraordinaries bill) of 1939, which required all individual with "extraordinary" abilities to register themselves with the Ministry, there is one known Empath in the modern line: Dacian Ellwood-Luxe.

See also:

Closely related families:

The Chaucer Family, The Oliveroot Family, The Astor Family, The Winthrop Family