Astrid strode out of the Haddock house and wrapped her arms around herself. Winter was officially here and it was getting colder by the minute.
She walked down the many steps that led into the village and began searching for the new chief. The girl strolled past buildings and houses that were finally rebuilt. There was still some ice here and there, but Berk was finally starting to look like it used to…before Drago Bludvist.
As she made her way through the village, some of the fellow Vikings smiled at her and some gave her an annoyed look. Change was difficult for some. So, losing their chief and getting used to a new one was hard for many. She was getting the same looks now, with the announcement of her new role. It didn’t bother Astrid at all, not like it seemed to trouble Hiccup. She would tell him not to worry, that it will take time to earn their trust. He would agree but she could tell it still ate at him a little.
The girl spotted Eret heading up to the Great Hall.
“Eret!” Astrid called from the bottom of the steps.
He turned around, “Astrid?”
“Have you seen Hiccup?”
Eret stood in thought for a moment, his hand on his chin, “I think the last time I saw him, he was flying down to the docks.” He pointed in the direction, like Astrid wouldn’t know where the docks were.
“Thanks!” Astrid turned back around and headed that way.
Does anyone else ever get a little tired of the usual RotBTD Hogwarts sorting patterns? Always one main character per house, always choosing this one characteristic or that to justify placements, always running up against others who go for different characteristics for an alternate placement and wondering how?
I did. It didn’t make sense that Hiccup, Rapunzel, Jack, and Merida would each necessarily fall into different houses, or that they would slot into each so completely and perfectly that in much of the fandom there’s little discussion room for alternatives.
Still, I get the symmetry. Four movies, four main human protags, four houses…how could one resist?
So…I did something a little different.
What if…just what ifthese four characters were indeed all wizards and witches. What if they did live in the same era and in more or less the same place? But what if instead of attending a school of magic as children, they founded it as adults?
House Haddock is, in a sense, the House Stark of this AU, though hopefully with less tears. Obviously some tweaking had to be done as there are six Stark kids and Stoick and Valka only had one child. The wonderful part about bending canon is that anyone can suddenly be related to anyone, thus, House Haddock is as follows:
Stoick (the Vast) Haddock, Valka Haddock (nee Strand), Dagr (Dagur), Henrik (Hiccup), Heather, and Gustav