Cladis Perses Gallion
|Cladis Perses Gallion|
|Full name||Cladis Perses Gallion|
|Born||18th August 1911|
|Residence||Franciscan Road 47B, Wandsworth, London, UK.|
|Education||Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, Slytherin 1922-1929|
|Eye colour||Dark brown|
|Spouse||Bianca Carstairs (partner)|
|Parents||Lavender Gallion (Halfblood), William Stormheart (Pureblood)|
|Siblings||Ronan C. Winter-Stormheart (half); Crimson Stormheart (half); Knight Stormheart (half)|
|Other Family Members||The Stormheart Family|
|Wand||Cypress wood, Augurey Tail feather core; 13"; Sturdy|
|Occupation||Hogwarts Divination Professor (1948-present)|
|Former Occupation(s)||Unspeakable (1930-1935), Handyman (1935-July 1937), Beauxbatons Divination Professor (September 1937-1940) & Head of Studio Arts École (September 1938-1940), Hogwarts Divination Professor (1940-1942), Unemployed (1942-1948), Hogwarts Divination Professor (1948-present)|
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Infancy and Childhood
- 1.2 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (1922-1929)
- 1.3 Post graduation & Ministry of Magic (1929-1935)
- 1.4 More Gap-Years (1939-1937) and Beauxbatons Academy (1937-1940)
- 1.5 Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (1940-1942)
- 1.6 Unemployed and insane (1942-1948)
- 1.7 Second chances at Hogwarts and in his Private Life
- 2 Personality
- 3 Appearance
Infancy and Childhood
Cladis was born on 18th August 1911 to his later to be identified pureblood father and his halfblood mother Lavender Gallion. As his mother didn’t want anyone to know who the father was due to the child being an illegitimate one, she gave the newborn her own last name. Cladis’ mother had always been a great fan of mythology and believer in the work of naming seers and so she came up with the first and the second name of her son. His name, Cladis Perses, means ‘Perses of Destruction’, as Perses is a titan in the mythology that embodies destruction. It became only evident later why this name is such a fitting one for Cladis.
Cladis proved himself soon in his life that he was an exceptionally intelligent kid. He could read by the age of four and demanded real literature by the time he had reached the age of ten. The rest of his childhood in Sévrier, a mostly Muggle inhabited place, was quite average and stuck in dreadful routines. Although he didn’t have many friends amongst the village kids, he generally amused himself by playing with stuffed animals, swimming in the lake or going to the nearby town of Annecy.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (1922-1929)
Cladis has always been a Hogwarts School student. Although his Mother could have sent him to the French Beauxbatons Academy, she preferred the prestige of Hogwarts School. Although Cladis too was impressed by the allure and rich history of the old educational institute, it was not always kind on him.
The very moment he was sorted into Slytherin, Cladis felt like the odd one out. This was because he could not identify with all of his other house mates, did not feel like he had much in common with them. He did not think that he embodied that same sense of all-encompassing ambition, nor did he perceive himself as exceptionally cunning. Instantly feeling severely misunderstood, a recurrent theme in the life of the Frenchman, he shut himself off from the rest of the house by focusing on study material and participating in dueling and Quidditch. Although proving himself to be average at sports, his talent for learning made sure for him to excel in his classes.
His knack for studying had not withered when he entered his second year. Rather, it only seemed to increase. The young Slytherin could generally be found studying various subjects in the library, reading weathered old books which showed signs of a tough history and previous owners who had not handled them with care. His second year too was the year in which his interest in Divination was piqued, at first finding it an easy tool for him to avoid contact with all other students (since most students did not seem to share this same interest) but soon growing into a somewhat unhealthy obsession he dedicated most of his time to. He singled himself off even more practicing both the popular and the less popular divinatory methods that he either read about in books or requested as extra homework from his professor.
As much as he tried to avoid any contact with any other students, he still felt in need of a companion to keep him company in the long dark hours of midnight studying. In order to expel his isolation, Cladis captured a young sable mask ferret in his third year at Hogwarts. After having named it Solomon, Cladis took it upon himself to train the little ferret and look after it the best he could. Although he had no previous experience raising a pet, he asked for extra help from the Care of Magical Creatures professor as well as got help from an older Slytherin student (Geryon Crowley) who had adopted a crow at the same time Cladis had adopted Solomon. And thus they tried to help each other out the best they could, bonding over raising their pets together and it was soon that Cladis found he had not only gained a pet, but had also gained a new friend. Geryon and Cladis were oftentimes found together, no matter their age and year difference and no matter how much of an unexpected pair they made.
His previous years of isolation, save for his pet and for the single friend he had gained, had not done the social skills of the young Frenchman any good. Rather, he had become rather naive and gullible and it was soon that he found his trust and friendship betrayed by fellow students who had tricked him into making their homework for him in exchange for spending some sparse time with him. Even though Cladis did not mind making their homework since it taught him several things on subjects that were falsely deemed to be still too advanced for his year, it did not sit well with his moral compass that he was used. Imploding even more, he grew into a more paranoid young man suspicious of anyone who approached him. Closing himself off from the rest of the world, rather disappointed in humanity, he spent all of his hours alone — save for his ever entrusted pet ferret Solomon and the occasional approach of Geryon.
During his seventh year, Solomon died rather unexpectedly. Yet, Cladis has never accepted his little friend’s death and believed that his pet ferret was still by his side. Although he slowly but surely became aware of the fact that people never paid attention to, what he still believed to be a very alive and kicking pet ferret, he still fervently believed in the pet’s presence. It became his habit to talk to Solomon in private and he stopped introducing the little fellow to those he met since he figured that people simply did not care much. His little friend stuck with him for longer than should be considered healthy, and yet Solomon seemed to be the only constant in his life that he could hold onto and that could provide some sense of stability that he needed so much.
Post graduation & Ministry of Magic (1929-1935)
After his Suma Cum Laude graduation of ’29, Cladis bought an Apartment in Wandsworth, London. It was only after a gap year of expanding his knowledge on various subjects, of wandering around the city like an aimless missile, lending himself as a handymen so that he could pay for his rend and groceries, of getting himself addicted to cigarettes and having started a rather impressive collection of books, Cladis then applied as an Unspeakable for the British Ministry of Magic. It was a job that came easy to him, but never a job that truly satisfied him. The pressure of the bureaucratic Ministry of Magic eventually broke him up and he resigned after five year’s worth of employment.
More Gap-Years (1939-1937) and Beauxbatons Academy (1937-1940)
Returning to Sevrier, the small French town in which he had been born, he eventually stumbled upon the job of a divination professor at Beauxbatons Academy. Although he had never considered teaching before, he applied for it without hoping for much, but eventually found himself employed as a rather clueless ‘professeur de divination’. He was young and inexperienced and most of all, had no idea what he had gotten himself into.
In hindsight, him having chosen to teach divination at Beauxbatons, is one of the best decisions he has ever made. It proved itself to be some sort of focal point which provided reassurance and balance in times of turmoil. Because there was turmoil enough. For one, Cladis met up with a man called Ronan C. Winter before the start of his first term of teaching, a man whom later that year proved himself to be his half brother as they shared the same Father when they both were reached out for by William Stormheart who was ardently looking for his rightful First Heir. Although Cladis was the eldest heir, being the oldest of Stormheart’s illegitimate children, he was despised for being a fourth generation halfblood. The Stormhearts proved themselves to be a Family thriving on pureblood elitism, internal rivalry and backstabbing, and destructive hatred amongst all of its Familymembers. Cladis has always tried to shield himself and Ronan off from this destructive Family the best he could, not wanting to be affiliated with a Family acting in contradiction of the morals and values Cladis himself cherished.
The second reason for turmoil was fact that Cladis took in a tenant. After the borders of the United Kingdom closed and shut itself off from the rest of the world in response to the German danger, Cladis happened to run into a British Magizoology student (Erathalia Gray). Learning that she had been shut off by her own homecountry, he offered her his couch for as long as she needed a place to stay. Although he himself was not used to having someone around all the time, he too was sure that he had to reach out and help her in this unfortunate situation in a fit of altruism. During her stay at his apartment, he has always kept his distance around her although he could not ignore how his platonic feelings towards her transitioned into something more romantically orientated. This has come to be one of the decisions in his life he regrets the most.
During his third term of teaching at Beauxbatons Academy, Cladis was honored with the position of Head of Renault - the communaté known for housing visionaries, underdogs and savants. This has always been the one communaté of Beauxbatons Academy Cladis himself had always felt the strongest connection with. This might as well be because the students belonging to this communcaté oftentimes reminded him of his younger student-self. They oftentimes proved themselves to be the ugly ducklings, the odd ones out, busying themselves with hobbies that were not considered conventional or popularity material. Those belonging to Renault were well known for being a bit cut-throat and could best be described by the motto ‘not seen and not heard’ as well as the ones who excel in all things they set their minds to.
Yet, just as Hogwarts School had not always been kind of him, Beauxbatons Academy too proved itself a source of torment. It was with the invasion of the Germans that Cladis’ beloved Beauxbatons Academy was destroyed, that the walls of the old institute crumbled under the spells and charms that were either meant for attack or defense. As Cladis was a professor, it was his job and shared responsibility with the rest of the staff, to protect all of the students against the foreign attackers. But the attackers were too strong, too well organized and they had had the advantage of having surprised both students and professors with their cowardly act. Beauxbatons withered and fell, and showed that it was not the safe harbor all had previously perceived it to be.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (1940-1942)
With the destruction of Beauxbatons Academy, Cladis once again was at a complete loss. He was torn between staying in his beloved France, whilst watching how the Germans used the ruins of the antebellum French society as the foundation for their own totalitarian regime, watching how they would rebuild all ruins and make them institutions of indoctrination rather than education, or running away from the German regime. France had always been his home before, a safe haven he could always fall back on, yet now completely ruined and having lost all of its former glory and prestige. Reluctantly, Cladis packed his bags and departed for his apartment in London once more to dwell in a safe sense of security.
Staying true to his profession and forced due the shrinking amount of money he could spend on his daily nutriments, he applied for the job of Divination professor at Hogwarts School. It was a new start after all he had been through at Beauxbatons, new students who needed to be taught about the wonders of divinations, new colleagues alongside whom he would work. Yet, his past slowly started to catch up with him, striking him down the moment he started to try and get a better and renewed grasp on his life.
Cladis was forced to quit his job at Hogwarts, since he could no longer keep his demons at bay, could no longer control them and suppress them. It showed in how he generally ran late for his own classes, how he always seemed to be distracted by something else instead of the class he was teaching, and how he slowly but surely deteriorated physically due to not sleeping well and not eating enough. It would not have been responsible for him to carry on teaching whilst he himself was mentally in such a dark place.
Unemployed and insane (1942-1948)
He probably should have gone to St Mungo’s earlier than he eventually did, but it seemed that he needed a catalyst. What it took for him to eventually sign up for psychological help at St Mungo’s was the unexpected departure with Thalia Gray. She had come back with him to London as his partner and had come to live with him, but it seemed that she had not quite known what she was in for with Cladis. One day, she found Cladis in the corner of their apartment, caught up in one of his fits of insanity. Paranoia had completely taken over and he had hugged his knees closely to his chest and tried to get away from Thalia any time she tried to approach him. And it was in this fit as well that it was the last time that he saw the delusion of Solomon, for the little one snuck frightened underneath one of his cupboards and never surfaced again. It was clear from this moment that all stability he had previously enjoyed in his life was lost on him and he was thrown back to his own devices. For it must have also been something terrible he had said to Thalia, something so horrid that it chased her away for her to never return. And it was her departure that was the last push he needed to find help.
He first found help with Damien Ander Champ, a psychologist at St Mungo’s who diagnosed him for the first time with some mental illnesses. Then, after the mysterious and sudden departure of Champ, he found help with Lucifer Morgenstern (— whom Cladis believed to be as devilish as his red hear and most certainly as horrid and sadistically as the devil himself) who has helped him for the past couple of years.
But no matter the amount of help he got from the psychologists and no matter how many diagnoses they make about his mental state, Cladis feels trapped within the health care system. He has come to believe that its only constituted goal is to trap people and keep them in their sterile embrace for as long as possible. Misdiagnosing and prescribing medicines that will not work, trying their best to benefit from their patients like greedy parasites. For no matter how much better Cladis is doing in comparison to when he first entered the place, he has the strong sense that they will never let him go due to his past in magical psychology. It's a vicious circle that he feels inevitably trapped in.
During his years of unemployment, Cladis did not live the most social of lives. He mostly lived like a hermit for the entirety of the time, locking himself up and away in his apartment and only venturing outside when he was in need of divination supplies or groceries. The reason for this solitary existence came from his strong sense of how he was treated differently just because his mind was wired differently than most other people's. He would forever be a deviation from the norm, something to be avoided as if his mental state could be something that could be virally caught from him when lingering in his company too much. The man did not meet up with a lot of friends, and the amount of friends had consequently dwindled so terribly that he felt completely and utterly alone in this world.
Second chances at Hogwarts and in his Private Life
September 1948-August 1951
He reapplied for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry not quite imagining it possible that Anneka Ivanova would take him back after seeing how bad he could get, but he was pleasantly surprised when it turned out that she did take him back.
Those were the years that Cladis reconnected with a lot of his old friends. He came to teach together with Marjorie Laskos, Geryon Crowley, and Altair. It was for the first time in years that he taught alongside those whom he considered friends. Yet, his habits of having dinner in his own office stuck, just as his habits of avoiding all non-obligatory social gatherings. He remained solitary and isolated, but he became close nonetheless with whose who continued to seek him out or whom he continued to seek out (such as Cyrus Galanis at St Mungo's when he did not only needed a Healer, but needed an friend). It appeared that he flourished and that for the first time since his breakdown, he was well on his way of properly coping.
Joint C/S and Divination class (September 1951)
The first class of the term had been decided to be a joint effort between Conjuring and Summoning (taught by Ella Galanis) and Divination. As a guest lecturer, they had invited Altair, whom had been their colleague last term and whom Cladis had learned to trust after teaching side by side at Beauxbatons.
The Divination syllabus for this term focused on the division of Saint Thomas:
“The variety of divinatory methods is very great. Scarcely an object or movement in the heavens, on the earth, or in the air or water escaped being metamorphosed into a message of futurity. Add to these the invention of man, and there is a glimpse of the immense entanglement of superstitions in which pagan people groped their way. They can, however, be grouped into three classes, as seen from St. Thomas's division.”
The first class of this division is express invocation. This includes all divinatory methods such as by possessed persons, which was the focus of this class. The tasks were divided as such: Cladis would be the person who would allow himself to be possessed, and Altair and Ella would be there to look after his body whilst Cladis left the confines of his body. Altair was a much needed asset for this class since he had both the needed Conjuring and Summoning skills and the Divination skills to prevent from anything bad happening. However, he turned out to be the exact reason that things went south. Because with his entering the classroom, he had brought a malevolent entity with him into the classroom which immediately jumped at the opportunity of possessing Cladis' body. Said entity appeared to be far from human, inconsiderate with how he treated the body and inexperienced in his motions and his speech.
Had Cladis previously believed that Altair would do everything to cast out the malevolent entity as soon as possible, Altair remained inactive for the majority of the lesson. Meanwhile, Ella Galanis ended up having a panic attack which rendered her useless in a corner of the Divination classroom. And since all present students did not have the magical prowess nor the experience to deal with it, they too could do nothing but watch and sit this one out. Eventually, Altair banished the malevolent entity by the use of blood magic.
This class had a couple of consequences. First off, all professors were called to the office of Anneka Ivanova and were scolded for their irresponsible behavior. Second of all, Cladis turned his back on both Altair and Ella and refused to talk to either of them, let alone to accept their apologies. Third of all, Cladis' fragile mind could not cope with the aftermath of this class. He continually felt like the malevolent entity had scarred his bones and had brandished his flesh from the inside. For a long time, he felt like a stranger in his own skin, trying to come to terms with accepting it to be his own. Fourth of all, so to cope with it, Cladis adopted a new ferret (Samson, black sable) as a service pet. This ferret it known to follow the professor everywhere where he goes, and proves himself sensitive to his master's mood swings. It's the only reason that Cladis started to get better again and could leave all damage that had been done slowly but surely behind him.
Had Cladis' relationship with Ella Galanis been damaged over the course of the previous term, it was during this term that they slowly but surely came to speaking terms again. What seemed to have aided in this transition was the meals they came to share in the castle Kitchens. What started out as them both having missed dinner and thus Cladis cooking his own and asking Ella to join him, turned into a habit. Slowly but surely the two of them got closer and closer, and even went to the Yule Ball together in 1952.
Another transition came in the form of Cladis meeting a young woman, Bianca, at a bar. Two chance meetings later, Cladis asked her out for dinner and later they too visited the National Gallery together in London. And Cladis could not help himself but slowly and surely fall for her.
|Zodiac||Leo Sun, Gemini Moon, Taurus Ascendant|
|MBTI||INFJ ("The Advocate")|
|Enneagram||Type 9 ("The Peacemaker")|
MBTI, strengths and weaknesses
Cladis identifies as an INFJ personality. One of the traits that is inherent to this personality type is his egalitarianism, a trend of thought that favors equality for all people no matter their socio-economical status. He cherishes the morals and values that are tied to this philosophy and will fight tirelessly to defend those, if not to try and accomplish them in reality. Although Cladis does not hail from a strong socio-economic status himself, he does not support this philosophy for his personal gain. He wholeheartedly believes that he could better spend his time and effort on helping others. Helping others immediately implies connecting with others and conversing with them. Although Cladis is fond of this, he does need his time alone to decompress and recharge. In Cladis’s specific case, this too means that he needs time to order the chaos in his head once more. He finds it tiresome to continuously connect with others for it wears down his self-defense mechanisms designed to keep his demons at bay. It is therefor that he truly enjoys time alone as well and needs it for the preservation of his own sanity.
Talking about his sanity, it might be well known that Cladis is not the most stable of characters when we consider his mental state. Cladis suffers from a couple of mental illnesses (— e.g. delusions, anxiety, paranoia) which at times render him a completely useless heap of human. Yet, after being treated for those at St Mungo’s for the past seven months, Cladis feels empowered and more in charge of his demons than he was last time he was employed at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Cladis has a strong sense of compassion. First off, this shows in how he directs his energy to resolve human challenges and he aims to find the suited solution for everyone he cares about. This strength makes them excellent counselors and advisors - which is actually kind of hilarious considering that Cladis has actually been the one needing counseling and advice for the past eight years of his life.
He too can be described as decisive, meaning that he is creative and insightful. He follows through on on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end. This sets him apart from idealists: where other idealists will only focus on how it can be done better, Cladis will try and see to it that it will actually get better. This is reflected in the initial reason that he applied to teach at Beauxbatons Academy: he felt like there were a lot of students whose interest was not piqued by divination and it therefor has always been a niche subject in the magical world. Cladis himself believes this to be a waste, for this is the subject he himself treasures the most, and he wants students to see this as well. What better way to convince them than to actually teach them about the wonders and miracles of divination himself? In in all, Cladis has strong beliefs and takes the actions that he does not because he is trying to advance themselves, but because he is trying to advance an idea that he truly believes will make the world a better place. This however, also tends to backfire on him from time to time because he oftentimes fails to see that some people do not want to be helped and thus he too can be considered quite a nosy nuisance.
Cladis strength lays in dialogue. He has always valued the input of another, be it a student or another professor. He generally tends to avoid discussions because discussions tend to focus on mapping out the pros and cons of a certain case, whereas dialogue aims at mutual understanding and finding common grounds. Due to his innate wish to avoid conflict, he tries his best to empathize with his conversational partner instead of attacking him with logic.
But rather than only painting Cladis as an altruistic saint without flaws and faults, a knight in shining armor, there are so many flaws and faults in his code as well. Cladis is extremely sensitive and whenever he sees his principles or values attacked, he will react alarmingly strong in the sense that he completely shuts down. People with the INFJ personality type are highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict. This is most apparent considering his insanity. Cladis has found over time that society is not as accepting of everyone who diverts from the social norm, that they tend to avoid everything that is different and does not apply to the ideal of the white employed male. Whenever anyone openly questions his sanity, he becomes terribly insecure and tends to isolate himself immediately out of a strong and crooked self-defense mechanism: a private personality. He is extremely private when it comes down to everything that actually concerns him. This too reflects in the fact that although he he seeks help by other councilors and advisors for his insanity, he prefers to redirect the attention to his psychologist. He rather wants someone else to stand in the spotlight instead of him. This sort of altruism might even result in Cladis neglecting his own needs and prioritizing another one's needs. He is self-sacrificing to the core.
Last but not least, Cladis burns out easily. A long day working, a long day spent divining, a long social meeting with friends or Family and Cladis is metaphorically dead. His passion, poor patience for routine maintenance and extreme privacy tend to leave him with few options for letting off steam. He is in desperate need of balance so that his ideals and the realities of day-to-day living can exist alongside each other instead of one dominating the other.
Previously mentioned was the naming seer who assisting Lavender Gallion in choosing a name for her son, and this prophecy relies on onomancy. Cladis' onomancy number is 11, which is the first of the master numbers. It is associated with idealistic concepts and rather spiritual issues. Accordingly, it is a number with potentials that are somewhat more difficult to live up to. This is something that rings true with Cladis Perses Gallion, who always feels like he is lacking and not quite living up to any of the expectations he believes other cherish for him.
The number 11 also means that Cladis has the capacity to be inspirational, and the ability to lead merely by his own example. An inborn inner strength and awareness makes him an excellent teacher, social worker, philosopher, or advisor. His intuition is very strong; in fact, many psychic people and those involved in occult studies have the number 11 expression. He possesses a good mind with keen analytical ability. This all adds up to why Cladis has a knack for divination, and especially in teaching it. Yet, due to these strong tendencies, he also tends to want to spread the illumination of his knowledge to others irrespective of their desire or need -- something which clearly shows in how most of his friends and those who hang out with him suddenly see a boost in their divination skills if they want for it or not.
The positive aspect of the number 11 expression is an always idealistic attitude. His thinking can be described as long term, and therewith he is able to grasp the far-reaching effects of actions and plans. The negative attitudes associated with the number 11 expression include a continuous sense of nervous tension; which may result in him being too sensitive and temperamental. Fantasy and reality sometimes become intermingled which makes him are sometimes very impractical.
Something different than the pure onomancy number, is the soul urge number. This describes what someone strives for in life. For Cladis, he has a soul urge number of 9. This means that he wants to give to others, usually in a humanitarian or philanthropic manner. He is therefore highly motivated to give friendship, affection, love, knowledge and experience to those who need it. The funny thing about this is that Cladis rarely shares something of himself with others. He generally allows the spotlight to be on the other party in the conversation and rarely lets it linger on him. He therewith applies his knowledge and his affection to the cause that the other presents, instead of showing too much of his own true colors. His concern for others makes him a very sympathetic and generous person with a sensitive and compassionate nature to the extent of self-neglect.
Cladis Perses Gallion falls on the Kinsey Scale with a 3. This means that he is both romantically and sexually attracted to males and females. However, Cladis has only ever strived for romantic relationships with women and not with men. Therefor, it can be argued whether Cladis actually fully accepts or acknowledges his interest in men. This can be the result of the homophobia of his time, but this is not confirmed. He just never tried.
Cladis has big dark brown eyes and an unruly mop of dark brown hair which generally stands out in every direction. He stands at 6’1 and he can be described as sinewy bordering on muscular. Generally, he forgets to shave himself for days on end so his three days worth of stubble is oftentimes present.
Cladis Perses Gallion is the embodiment of two sides to the same coin: one can see when he's doing well mentally, and one can also really tell when he's not doing so great. When he's not doing so great, there are very dark circles underneath his eyes, which lay further back in his skull, and this all gives him a skull-like appearance. His hair is matted and seems more unruly than general. Cladis also has the habit of slightly starving himself when he's not doing so well, resulting in that his features become more pronounced and one can easily see his bones and ribs underneath his skin. He looks malnourished and poorly looked after, a beggar if one ever saw one.