Since it's Father's Day, and I'm doing my best to finish up The Defectives 3 in time for the planned July 6th release, have multiple moments from TD3 of Ryder being the best father in Ace City:
He pulled her into a hug so tight that it nearly broke her spine. That was all right. She already had the wheelchair.
“Am I a burden?” Juniper demanded.
Other professors began to cry out, some waxing poetry, as they tried to defend the disabled teenager. Not a single syllable mattered. Juniper continued to stare Ryder down, until he let his fork fall along with the hammer: “But you’re worth it.”
"Ryder’s love has never come with any conditions attached, nor should it. You deserve to have someone love you, unconditionally."
He opened the card and read, “’Ryder, I’m sorry I died. It was inconsiderate. I don’t know what else to say. I like chocolate milk. Love, Jude.’ Mm, very nice. I’ll put it on the fridge.”
“I need Ryder like I need my wheelchair,” Juniper quietly said. “I love Ryder like I love my wheelchair. And I won't let anyone touch my wheelchair. And I won't let anyone touch Ryder."
[Context: In TD2, Juniper croaks, "Dad?" many times in the hospital, unaware that she's not actually saying Ryder's name.]
“Daughter. Daughter. Daughter. Daughter. Daughter.”
Juniper’s shoulders slumped and she growled, “I hate you so much.”
She curled up, clinging onto Ryder’s arm, trembling.
“Nothing,” Ryder warmly said. “I just can’t remember the last time you laughed like that.”
She paused before asking, “Is that bad?”
“No!” He let out an exasperated chuckle. “God, Jude, no.”
“You’re okay,” Ryder said, bringing her down from the air, as he brought her down from the attack. “You’re safe. You're all right."
He gave her a hand to squeeze.
“I’m not tucking you in.”
“Oh, stoptar suas!”
She buried her face in his coat.
"No matter what your last name is, no matter where you live, no matter who you become, unless you don’t want me around anymore, I will always be your family. And unless you say otherwise, I’ll always consider you my family.”
“I missed you,” Juniper finally said.
“Really?” Ryder asked, smirking down at her. “I had no idea.”
“Hey, I tried pulling back like three times now; you’re the one still hugging me.”
“Damn right I am.”
Christ, I'm not even halfway through the document, and I have to stop, because this post is already too long. Suffice to say, I did not even remotely make it subtle. And I will not apologize for that.
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The Ryder Family Info (2021)
The Ryder’s are a pure-blood wizarding family of hunters that originated from America but have long since moved to the British Isles to escape persecution after a member of the family was revealed to be working with the very scourers MACUSA and the family themselves were hunting down. Their family motto is “The Hunt is Ours.”
The Ryder’s were said to hunt down anything that could make a profit. Dark witches and wizards, crime lords, the aforementioned scourers and all kinds of magical beasts, but most notably dragons.
It's said they created a spell strong enough to take down such a vicious and powerful beast, just as long as you aimed at the right spot. It was for this reason that the family crest is a slayed golden dragon on a green bloodied field with a crow flying above it. But the Ryder family soon found themselves paying the price for hunting down these fantastic beasts.
On what was supposed to be a simple hunting expedition, the entire family ended up being slaughtered by the dragon they’ve been trailing. The only surviving members of the once prestigious and feared family of hunters was one Ophelia Ryder, who only managed to survive the whole ordeal for not even being there in the first place. Having stayed behind because she was pregnant with her second child. Her twin brothers Elijah and Ezekiel Ryder who stayed home to watch over their grandmother and grandfather, and sweet little Calliope Ryder who was too young to go on the hunt.
It was then that the Ryder family swore to never again come in contact with the very beasts that almost managed to wipe them out for good and focused their attention on other prey. This tragedy put shame on the Ryder family name though, after all, they were hunters not the hunted.
People started to question their skills and reliability to get the job done and the Ryder’s could not have that. The remaining members of the family trained intensely to prove that they were still the skilled hunters they've always been for generations. Consequences be damned. It was during this period of time members of the family dabbled in the art of occlumency and legilimency.
It was rumored that the Ryder family did favors for MACUSA back when it was just the original twelve. Favors like tracking down rogue wizards, getting rid of magical beasts and troublesome no-maj’s. It was rumored that the family was even tempted to join the fledgling wizarding government. But a fight broke out between the family, a fight that tore the family in two and was the first instance of in-fighting within the family and the first time they found themselves nearly wiped out. For one of the family members, Adrian Ryder along with his wife and grandchildren were revealed to be working with a group of Scourer’s, The very group of traitorous wizards MACUSA was fighting to wipe out. And Eret Ryder, the head of the family at that time would not stand to have a traitor taint the family name. The fight ended with a bloodied field and a string of dead bodies. Fearing for their safety, the Ryder family fled to Britain and it was there that the family truly prospered.
In present day, the Ryder’s are still feared hunters but with Ervin Ryder’s disappearance, him being rumored to have joined the dark lord and his involvement with the Cursed Vaults, their reputation has been damaged in the eyes of the public and the family has been deemed ‘mad’ by the majority of the Wizarding community in the UK.
The Ryder’s most notable traits are their golden eyes, skin in a variety of shades of brown, dark hair, tall height, powerful build, and having an intimidating aura around them.
Most Ryder’s were known to have great accuracy as well as good instinct and both martial combat and magical combat came naturally to them. This is the result of how a millennium of hunting creatures and later on people have affected their magic.
The Head of the Family is almost always the eldest child, regardless if it is a son or daughter. But on rare occasions, the current head of the family may select one of the younger siblings to be the heir if they deem the eldest to not be a suitable leader or if the eldest refuses to take on the responsibility. On even rarer occasions, the current head won’t even choose their own child but a cousin from the family.
The Ryder’s lead a group of bounty hunters known as The Hunters of Artemis and whose leader is known as the Head-Hunter. The Head-Hunter tends to be the strongest child and it is not uncommon for The Head of the family to also hold the title of Head-Hunter.
First born sons and daughters are often given a name that starts with E (example: Edward, Evangeline, Ervin, Eileen, Elaina, Eliza etc.,). The family holds a belief that names that start with E give birth to warriors.
Although the Ryder’s are a pure-blood family, unlike most pure-blood families, the Ryder’s are not as obsessed with maintaining a ‘pure’ bloodline and focus more on their hunts and training as warriors.
The Hunters of Artemis
A group of Bounty Hunters founded and led by the Ryder Family. The leader is known as the Head-Hunter and wears a golden dragon pin with the moon in the background and an arrow in its mouth on their clothes. Both the leader and the members wear a cord around their neck and for every successful hunt adds an arrow onto that cord. Silver arrows for targets brought back alive and red arrows for those brought back dead.
When the Ryder’s came to Britain, The Ministry were warned by MACUSA that they might be a threat to the statue of secrecy, and so the Ministry did what it always does when they're scared. They had the family hunted down and for the second time, the Ryder’s once again found themselves nearly wiped out.
The Ministry realized that the family of hunters could be of use and so forced the Ryder’s to swear loyalty to them if they didn’t want their family to go extinct and the Ryder’s accepted. And from then on, the Ryder’s became The Ministry’s loyal hunting dogs and hunted down those The Ministry’s Auror’s and Hit-Wizards could not.
Members are either recruited by the Head-Hunter or were sentenced into joining it by The Ministry if they deemed the criminal guilty but useful elsewhere other than filling the empty cells up in Azkaban.
Due to the Ryder’s occupation as hunters and them being highly skilled in the art of combat, not many families or people ever trifled with them.
The Ryder’s preferred to stay out of ‘pure-blood wars’ viewing them as petty and meaningless and made an effort to stay neutral whenever possible. The last time the Ryder’s got themselves entangled with such a thing, it led to The Wolves Rebellion. A civil war within the family that took place during the 1920s that lasted well into the 1940s that all started because of the family foolishly accepting the request of one Gellert Grindelwald for an audience with the family and whose honeyed words poisoned the minds of the family members and caused them to split in two and would later become the third time the family was nearly wiped out. The Ryder’s greatest enemies were most often themselves.
The only other enemies the Ryder’s had were the Lestranges. When Evangeline Ryder divorced Adhemar Lestrange when she found out her youngest son, Salvatore Lestrange was a squib. Fearing what the man would do to her child, she went into hiding which led to the birth of a bitter feud between the two families.
Adhemar would later on be killed in a raid led by the Ministry’s Auror’s during the First Wizarding War by Evangeline’s older brother, Edward Ryder, after the former tried to escape and resist capture. The Lestranges have since sworn vengeance against the family and have sent countless assassins after Evangeline and Edward’s children. Resulting in Evangeline raising her children in a sheltered life while Edward personally picked and trained 5 members from the Hunters of Artemis to protect his children at all costs.
The Ryder’s reside in the family manor located in Northamptonshire. The manor’s entrance has two bronze statues of a dragon with an arrow in its mouth while two wolves stand at both sides of it. The wolves appear to be fighting over the arrow with the dragon. The statues are said to commemorate The Wolves Rebellion and how the then divided Ryder’s fought each other for the title of Head-Hunter and how the dragon was triumphant in defeating the Wolves.
The Manor is surrounded by acres of trees and is protected in a layer of protective spells. When one enters the land surrounding the manor, they are consumed with an overpowering sense of fear. So a Ryder must cast a counter spell on their visitors before entering.
There is a garden out in the back which is well taken care of by Julianna Ryder, Edward's beloved wife and mother of his children.
Taking care of the garden was one of the few things that served to give Julianna some form of comfort after the death of her daughter Elaina and her oldest son's disappearance.
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