In a different timeline, one with different decisions and different consequences, an impossible phenomenon occurred. Specifically, the three Hallows of Death were gathered by one wizard; in doing so, he became its Master. And while that miracle allows him to come back to life, it would be decades before he realized the full extent of repercussions.
But in this timeline, such a thing never comes to be. Because the Requirement is possessive. Its Captain will never have to rely on Death’s double-edged powers, when the ship can save the world instead.
Death gave to the Peverell brothers a wand, a stone, and a cloak. The Requirement gave its crew lost knowledge, advanced technology, and itself.
Unlike the other teams, the information team isn’t at all cohesive. It’s not a problem, it’s just how they work best. But, frankly, it’s a little alienating.
Angelina is used to the camaraderie of Gryffindor’s quidditch team, to the coordination of three chasers flying separately for the same goal. She’s the head of the information team, but it’s nothing at all like being the quidditch team captain.
Instead of making friends with her team, they remain workplace acquaintances. Efficient, but lonely. Anthony Goldstein is her deputy head, but besides being a Ravenclaw and almost as skilled in Ancient Runes as she is, Angelina knows nothing about him.
But he’s a good deputy, quick on the uptake: every time they uncover a new line of research, Anthony can keep up with her. He helps her prioritize the translations, and with allocating who on their team should take over certain topics, and together they hold weekly tutoring sessions for the crew members who aren’t Ancient Runes students.
The work is fulfilling, if not fun, and Angelina honestly appreciates the opportunity. She had been concerned about her future, the way all seventh years do, unsure about what to do next after graduating from Hogwarts. She’d never been passionate about anything–not the way Oliver was about quidditch, or the twins about inventing pranks–and so there was nothing guiding her career path.
Translating the information on the Requirement seems like a natural progression for her, not quite a student anymore but she’ll still be constantly learning. This ship, this team, it’s a worthy cause and a good job; she’s content.
Being a muggleborn in a castle full of magically raised students is similar to being the talkative, know-it-all in a primary school–it means a person is different, and thus disliked. It means having trouble making friends or making trouble your only friend. Either way, it’s difficult to find a place to belong.
But, eventually, they both did. For Hermione, it involved more life-endangering and rule-breaking antics than she would have preferred. For Lee, it involved finding a pair of similarly inclined trouble-makers; but they both did it. They both made friends.
And then, on board the Requirement, they both found a place to belong.
Because their heritage and their intelligence isn’t a burden at all. It should be something to take pride in, to improve their lives, and help them reach their dreams. As co-heads of the engineering team, Hermione and Lee have found the place where being a muggleborn is a strength, where being talkative and a know-it-all doesn’t mean being a nuisance.
It’s not just being a bridge between their past and their present, it’s the foundation for the future. For their future and their team’s and the entire crew of the Requirement.
They are the Requirement’s heads of engineering, and they are finally where they belong.
The members of the command team aren’t the ones in charge so much as they’re the ones who have to keep the rest of the crew on track, reign in the more fantastical ideas and channel it into something productive. It’s a bit like herding kneazles.
Ron hates kneazles.
But being part of the Requirement’s crew is like answering a calling he never even knew existed until now. He knows he has a complex, growing up the youngest son among six; trying to carve out a corner of existence for himself, only to find that his brothers have already broken ground.
Even if it’s not to the extent that Hermione or Harry have grown into their roles, Ron feels settled in a way that he hoped for but never really expected.
The difference between a group of children thrust into war and a crew that will win said war is organization and strategy. Hence, the command team.
It’s not enough that the crew has equipment that will help them survive, if the people they care for aren’t similarly protected. Their small club of twenty eight students can’t fully access all the ship has to offer–lacking expertise and manpower. And it’s not fighting a war if all they do is wait to get hit first.
Business, Administration, and Strategy, the three main objectives of the command team. While the rest of the teams are in the preparation and training stage, command has to begin acting: distributing or selling modified versions of engineering’s technology, building an outside structure to recruit more people, and figuring out how best to turn their captain’s goals into reality.
It’s a bit like herding kneazles, yes, but it’s far more similar to getting ornery chess pieces to play a proper game. Ron is a damn fine chess player, it’s what makes him a great executive officer.
A/N2: … Part Two was more difficult than Part One, but I hope you enjoyed it! I think I have maybe one or two more DSS Requirement fic remixes, but I think I’ll give my brain a bit of time to rest.
Anyway, esama, thanks again for building such a cool world. If you would like me to change anything/delete this, just let me know.
Now for some ranting under the cut:
The information team is the translation/research team (I figured “information” would be sufficient to cover both roles), and its symbol is a circle:
- Angelina Johnson (Head)
- Anthony Goldstein (deputy)
- Katie Bell (also in operations and possibly engineering)
- Terry Boot (also in engineering)
- Michael Corner (also in operations and possibly navigation and medical)
- Justin Finch-Fletchley (also possibly in navigation and command)
- Padma Patil (also possibly in medical)
- Zacharias Smith (also somehow in navigation, operations, and possibly command)
The engineering team is basically everyone** who is mentioned to have created anything in the story as well as a few crew members whose canon skills would be complementary to engineering. Its symbol is a triangle:
- Hermione Granger (co-head)
- Lee Jordan (co-head)
- Katie Bell (also in operations and possibly information)
- Terry Boot (also in information)
- Lavender Brown (also probably in command)
- Colin Creevey
- Seamus Finnegan (also probably in operations)
- Luna Lovegood (also deputy of operations and possibly in medical)
- Fred Weasley (also probably in command)
- George Weasley (also probably in command)
**[Okay, technically, Zacharias Smith also used the replicator to create a silver box for Slytherin’s locket but in comparison to the other feats of engineering I wasn’t sure if that ought to count. Also, that would mean Zacharias is on literally every team except medical, gotta give him a break…]
The command team is loosely split into three subdivisions/specialties–Business, Administration, and Strategy. Their symbol is a vertical line/bar. Also, even if Heads/Co-heads/deputies are not explicitly part of the command team, they probably also have the vertical line/bar on their symbol to denote their rank:
- Harry Potter (Captain)
- Hermione Granger (co-XO and also co-head of engineering)
- Ron Weasley (co-XO)
- Susan Bones (Strategy/Administration, also possibly in operations)
- Lavender Brown (Business, also in engineering)
- Marietta Edgecombe (Administration, also deputy of navigation)
- Justin Finch-Fletchley (Administration/Business, possibly also in information and navigation)
- Parvati Patil (Administration/Business, probably also in navigation)
- (maybe) Zacharias Smith (Strategy, also somehow in information, navigation, and operations)
- Fred Weasley (Business, also in engineering)
- George Weasley (Business, also in engineering)