Jören's father, Pieter Herschel, was a loyal brother of a fraternity formed by his classmates in their sixth year in Durmstrang. By the time they became parents in their early thirties, the brotherhood merged with the Grand Orient of the Netherlands and became a secret wizarding branch of the Freemasons. Pieter's strong charisma earned him a reputable place among fellow Masons. In due time, he became a Junior Warden. However, his ascension in the ranks encouraged jealousy among his friends, who found Pieter's reputation among the members as a threat to their own. True enough, they were only as principled as the time they made it as Fellowcrafts. Since then, they became idle and inactive. The name of the Freemasons were used for selfish reasons. It is still of wonder how they kept their membership at the time.
Jören was already four years old when Pieter became Junior Warden. All the former and Paola, his mother, knew was that Pieter was a Freemason. The rest of his activities in the Lodge were unknown to them. After marrying Paola, they moved to Amsterdam, where Jören grew up and studied primary education in an all-boys school. Pieter imposed tough love in running his family for the sole reason of preparing Jören for two places: Durmstrang and the Grand Orient. Table manners and social etiquette were strictly observed. Even the slightest errs in study habits earned sanctions. Jören's childhood wasn't exactly harsh yet it was highly structured. His father believed that imposing his values of a Freemason, albeit indirectly, proved to be effective during his formative years.
Signs of magical ability first manifested when an agitated ten-year old Jören lashed out at his quarreling parents. His fingertips sparked tendrils of blue flame (similar to Bluebell Flames). Pieter and Paola immediately stopped fighting to keep their son from burning their house. Ever since the incident, Jören was gradually prepared for his wizarding life. He departed for Durmstrang Institute a year later.
Meanwhile, Pieter's wizard friends plotted to bring about his downfall. One of them was Adam Biermann, who became Senior Deacon two years ago. As the Senior Deacon of the Grand Orient, he worked as the Master's messenger. By using his work, he framed Pieter for intercepting his letters and divulging the contents to outsiders. Another figure in the name of Jurgen Ackerman became an administrator of Durmstrang Institute. He put Pieter in a bad light by framing him for falsifying Jören's school records. He also orchestrated several of the latter's academic delinquencies during his fifth year. As a result, Jören was forced to drop out in the middle of the school year. Around the same time, Pieter was banned by the Master Mason from attending their meetings until the problem was resolved.
Jören was sent to a regular Muggle high school in Amsterdam for a year while his father cleared up his name. Five months later, Pieter was able to prove his innocence, while his ill-willed friends were banned from the Lodge for an indefinite amount of time. It also didn't take long for Pieter to be promoted as the Senior Warden of the Grand Orient. Since Jören didn't finish fifth year in Durmstrang, he had to repeat it, albeit as a transfer student in Hogwarts. It was a rather awkward sight: a fifteen-year old joining first years in their Sorting Hat Ceremony. Nonetheless, Jören found Hogwarts' environment as more pleasing and promising than the dark, gloomy halls of Durmstrang. Finally, he was sorted into Ravenclaw.
Jören is raised in a strict environment where every thought, word, and move is calculated. "Manners maketh man," as his father said. He does not believe in chivalry but rather, he believes in respect and honor. Through the years, prudence and conscientiousness has become his most defining qualities. He is careful when speaking his mind, and takes extra precaution when he is in situations where any wrong action may result in unwanted consequences. Unfortunately, he tends to overthink of his choices; what's worse is that he becomes indecisive of his actions. That is why he always tells himself to "play safe" when he is doubt. Independence is no problem for him as well. He can work alone and sustain himself.
He also shows some degree of stiffness. People would say he's boring and unexpressive. Sometimes they would say that he's too uptight and serious to even have fun from time to time. Jören would reason that he couldn't waste time on pleasantries if he could actually be productive on other things, say schoolwork. He's known for getting the job done well and quickly; at the same time, he's also known for being a workaholic. However, spending a year off from wizarding school gave Jören some thoughts of loosening up. But he can't help but find it difficult from diverting from his lifestyle. His father's watchful eyes do not help him as well. He wouldn't say this to anyone, but he is secretly interested in becoming a livelier person. He just needs the right people and circumstances to slowly bring him out of his shell.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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