A/N: Hi! This my first attempt at a Tamora Pierce/ Harry Potter crossover. In fact, it's my first crossover. You might know me from my current next generation fic Potter, Malfoy, and Weasley. You might also know me from Random Tortall Talk Show, which has been discontinued due to the confusing circumstances of the Tamora Pierce split. So…Be prepared for all non-canon pairings. No one is going to end up with someone from their books. Just so you know, this takes place during Squire and before Half-Blood Prince. So basically, for some reason, the Hogwarts Express left without Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, Ginny, and Draco. The seven of them instead board a different train. You know what they say about the number seven… Somehow, they fall out of the train and into a realm named Tortall. Throughout their fall, they also slowly blended into their new surroundings (e.x. clothing and magic). That basically clears it all up. Savy?
Chapter One: The Fall
"No! WAIT!" screamed the seven teenagers as the bright red train sped off into the distance.
"We're doomed," said Ron Weasley dumbly.
"I don't understand," said Hermione Granger, eyebrows furrowed in thought. "We came on time, we were all ready, and all of our stuff was even on the train. We just couldn't get on."
"Of course, Mudblood," drawled Draco Malfoy, "Some odd divine force was just blocking us from getting on."
"Malfoy," growled Harry Potter while Ron looked like he would punch him. Hermione held Ron back, and so did his sister, Ginny.
"Well, I guess the nargles must have gotten to the brain of the conductor," said Luna Lovegood dreamily.
Neville Longbottom just sighed as Luna stared dreamily off into the distance and the others were debating on what to do. He couldn't think of anything but how disappointed Gran would be. After the battle at the Department of Mysteries, she was happier with him, but not by that much. Just as Draco was about to punch Harry, Harry was about to kick Draco, Ron was about to choke Draco, and Ginny and Hermione were holding onto Ron and Harry, a ghostly looking blue train pulled up.
"Board," said a misty voice. As if on Imperio, the seven teenage wizards boarded. There was only one compartment available.
"I am not sitting with a mudblood", scoffed Draco. Immediately, an invisible force pulled him down and he was forced to sit right next to Hermione, who tried to scoot away.
"We will be leaving now," announced the misty voice as they began to pull away. For a while, no one said a word, and they sat in complete silence for about an hour. All of their belongings were on the Hogwarts Express, and so were their pets. Without the animals everything was silent. Ron even wished that Pig was there so that the silence wouldn't be so oppressive. Finally, Draco, being the Slytherin that he was, got bored and kicked Harry.
"What was THAT for?" yelled Harry angrily.
"Nothing," answered Draco, smirking.
"What was that for, you bloody…"
Before anyone could do anything, a full out fight had started between the boys. Even Neville had gotten involved.
"What's going on?" screamed Hermione as the train began to tip.
"Hold on!" yelled Ginny as they all tried to unsuccessfully to hold onto something or someone. An invisible force was pushing them out, and they were all sliding towards the window.
"Who has the portkey?" hollered Ron.
No one could answer as they began plunging downwards. It almost didn't feel like falling. It felt like they were all running at top speed, and the scenery was just rushing by them. As they fell, they could also feel their attire and their magic changing. Something was very, very odd. It felt like they were going through many layers of something. Then suddenly…
They had landed near a lake where a girl was trying to wash what seemed like…A griffin! The seven of them looked around awkwardly not knowing what to do. Then, they looked down and noticed that they were wearing…
"What are we bloody wearing!?" exclaimed Draco.
As it had turned out, they were all wearing medieval shirts with breeches. Their breeches were all light brown, but the color of their shirts varied. Harry's was dark blue, and Ginny's was light green Ron was looking around in a dark green shirt, while Hermione was thoughtfully inspecting their surroundinns in light yellow. Neville's was gray, Luna's was silvery, and Draco was pouting in light blue.
Before Draco could finish his sentence, they could hear the exclamation of the short-haired girl as two gigantic griffins approached her. Before any of them could react, an eagle with a human head was saying something to the girl, and they hid, watching. The griffins took the young griffin and gave the girl a bag of something. After the griffins and the weird eagle had left, the girl had taken a bundle of stuff and was coming to right where they were.
"Who are you?" she asked with a weirdly American accent. She had mousy brown hair and pretty hazel eyes. Freckles were scatters around her nose, and she was very tall. The only person who was taller than her was Neville.
"Who are you?" asked Ron.
"You're not from Tortall, are you?" she asked, appearing to be completely emotionless.
"Um, no," answered Ginny, before Hermione could say something about this place not being real.
"Well, where are you from?"
"We're from… um, a place called England," answered Hermione before anyone could say anything.
"England?" asked the girl puzzled.
"It's really far from here," replied Harry, catching on. "We've been traveling for days. Could we join you?"
The girl shrugged. "You'll have to ask Lord Raoul. Here, come with me. I'm Keladry of Mindelan, or Kel."
"Ginny Weasley, and my brother Ron," said Ginny, elbowing a stunned Ron.
"Luna Lovegood," answered Luna dreamily.
Neville was turning pink. "Ne—Neville Long—Longbottom," he answered.
"Welcome to Tortall," answered Kel, smiling at Neville kindly. "What fief are you from?"
They all stared blankly at her. "What's a fief?" asked Draco.
"It's the land nobility owns, and it has a name," she explained, "And I am from fief Mindelan. Ah, here we are. Lord Raoul?"
"Yes, Kel, come in."
They all followed Kel into the tent. A tall ruddy-faced man with dark eyes and hair looked from where he was sitting.
"These adventurers say they're from a far place called England and wondered with they could stay with the progress, sir," she explained quickly.
"Well," replied Raoul thoughtfully, "Are you mages?"
"Yes," answered Hermione quickly before any of them could ask what a mage was. She gave them a look that said, "I'll explain later."
"Well, in that case, we might need a few mages. Show them the tents, Kel."
"Yes sir," she replied, then hesitantly asked, "May I show them around and introduce them to people?"
Raoul shrugged. "I don't see why not."
Kel smiled and lead them out of the tent. Explaining the Grand Progress and what they would be doing as they went, she ultimately got them tents, spots, and showed them around. She was a little reserved, but very nice. She was even able to get Neville to calm down and open up a little. She introduced them to a few people, then went to attend to her squire duties, leaving the seven alone for a few moments before supper.
"Care to explain?" asked Draco impatiently.
Hermione sighed. "All right. Let's start at the beginning. We got onto the wrong train, fell out, and somehow ended up in a different universe. We're now in a country called Tortall, and I have a feeling that we might have gone back in time and imagination. A mage is the equivalent of a wizard, but I have a feeling our powers have changed. Watch. Accio twig!"
As Hermione said that, the twig flew into her hand.
"So basically, we only have wandless magic now?" asked Ron.
Hermione nodded, and dropped the twig.
"How do we get back?" asked Harry. "I still have to defeat Voldemort."
The others flinched, and he muttered, "Sorry."
Hermione's eye teared up a little bit. "I don't think we can get back."
Well? By the way, what do you think of these couples?
Ron/Thayine(Coram and Rispah's daughter)
Hermione/Neal (first couple I came up with after Neville/Kel)
and Harry is still a toss-up. I guess I could do Harry/Aly, but that seems weird, and plus, I can't see Harry marrying one of the princesses. Please review and critisim and corrections are welcome. There is a poll up in my profile, so go and vote. It will be up for a very long time.