The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black is one of the largest, oldest, and wealthiest pure-blooded wizarding families in Britain, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. Like the majority of these families - Houses Malfoy and Lestrange included - the House of Black is synonymous with elevated status and wealth. They trace their origins back to the Middle Ages. Although they claim blood purity, it's no secret they resort to the same tactics as other houses: removing muggles and squibs from their family trees.
To this day, it's difficult to pinpoint just how the Black line survived following the deaths of Romulus and Sirius Black, leading to a hefty number of rumors. Some claim the family survived through the female line, adamant to preserve their family, whilst others claim the family survived through secret children. But as it is, to this date, historians have difficulty drawing together an explanation for their survival. Patriarch Adonis Othello Black and wife Astraia Eurydike, however, know exactly how they pulled through. And believe it or not, it was quite the difficult secret to maintain.
It's no secret that many pure-blooded families practiced incest. They'd marry their cousins and ensure their family stayed pure. While it wasn't scandalous back then, in the late twentieth century it was deemed a disgusting, outdated practice. But the Blacks - or at least some of them - refused to believe as much, hence why they went into hiding. They recognized it was only a matter of time before the family died out. Adonis Othello, his siblings and his cousins were all products of these endeavors.
Adonis' parents were the first to come out of hiding, around the time their son began Hogwarts. This triggered mass confusion in the wizarding community and of course raised a lot of questions. How'd they do it? Where do they fit into in the family tree? Where were they all these years? They weren't around during the wizarding wars. Who were these people? It was a lot to handle, but Adonis persevered and quickly rose in the ranks at Hogwarts, earning himself a steadfast reputation as one of the best wizards of his generation.
It was at Hogwarts that Adonis and childhood best friend Esmeralda were able to get their heads together and finally become an item. They became a power couple: if you didn't want to be them, you wanted to be with them. It was one or the other. Everything about them screamed powerful. Pure-blooded wizards from equally as respectable families? They had the looks, the power, and the money. But of course, no relationship is a healthy relationship without its up and downs.
Adonis was a compulsive liar and cheater, and Esmeralda was a hormonal bisexual cheater. She ended up hooking with his cousin Sappho in their sixth year three times, and twice in their seventh year. Her boyfriend got his revenge, though, and ended up bedding her younger cousin: Sofia. For a while, their relationship was open. They couldn't bear just being together. The toxicity got to them and they knew that, without the release, they wouldn't last. It was because of this that people began asking themselves: when would they end things permanently? (Spoiler alert: they didn't.)
They were wed at age 22, not early enough to call it a mistake but not late enough that their biological clock was ticking. It was the ideal age. To reflect the union and fit in properly with the other Blacks (and to sweeten Adonis' disapproving parents, honestly), Esmeralda legally became known as Astraia Euridyke. Greek, like they liked, and Eyrydike as another shoutout to that (and her bisexuality, to some extent, as the Blacks made a point to erase all traces of it). Unfortunately, not everything went to plan. They were having trouble conceiving children. So what did they do? They turned towards adoption.
Although they were eventually able to conceive two children, they'd already ensured their family's survival by urning towards a pure-blooded adoption agency to take in a couple of kids. They had to fill that void in their hearts somehow. His parents, however, were disapproving of the whole ordeal. If they couldn't bear kids, that was their problem. But potentially tarnishing the family's name and reputation? They wouldn't stand for it. Not like it mattered. They turned out dead three weeks later, with poison in their system. The aurors never caught the culprit, but the family strongly believes it was Adonis. (It was actually Sappho. She wasn't going to allow them to disrespect her girlfriend. What never heard of a long-lasting affair?)
Enough about them! Let's get to the star of the show. Kim Yeo-tan was born on June 16 in Daegu, South Korea to two Pure-Bloods who were murdered by muggles soon after his birth. He was placed in a special orphanage for Pure-Blooded children where he was adopted into the Black family. Of course with birth parents and adoptive parents like the ones he had, Yeo-tan - now renamed as Hephaestus - grew to be a very powerfull wizard. His first magical experience was at the very young age of five. It was his older brother's birthday, and Lazaros had told him that he wasn't going to give him any of his birthday cake (Festus had been a butt earlier that day, so it was fair). Hephaestus had resorted to pouting about it, but when it came time to sing, Lazaros' cake flew straight into his face. Festus laughed his butt off all the way to time out.
As he developed into a young man, Festus became a complete jerk. To strangers, to friends, to family - no one escaped his wrath. He also became very powerful which didn't help deflate his ego whatsoever. Things weren't looking so hot for Festus due to his attitude, but he honestly didn't give a sh*t. He was constantly in detention for smarta** remarks he'd make towards the other students and teachers alike. His parents weren't too keen on this, but they'd deal.
Hephaestus is now entering his seventh year and is the king of the world. His skin is clear, his crops are thriving, nothing can bring the great and powerful Black down. His life only goes up from here. Unfortunately, he's still an a**.