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 Ancient Tomes, Jason / Jon
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 Posted: Jan 6 2018, 06:49 PM
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Underground, deep within the bowels of The Ministry Jon was getting ready to be hard at work. An old dark spell book had been discovered and it was up to him and his colleagues to translate it. It was written in a language very few had even a grasp of now, luckily for the Department Jon had come across it before. For months he'd pored over the pages until he'd worked out the key to it. Now they were ready for the next stage.

Having already sent out a call to Jason for assistance Jon went about readying their work area. On a table at one side of the room was the book in question sat surrounded by anything Jon thought might come in handy, the most important of these being the magic repelling gloves - there was no way of telling what curses may have been written in to the book itself.

A jinxing dummy unique to the department stood in the middle of the room. The unique aspect to it was that whatever spell was cast at it the dummy would show the effects to a human. Using his wand Jon drew a protection circle around it, a circle that would keep the magic cast in rather than repel it.

He walked back over to the table Jon pulled the code from his pocket and smoothed it on the top. He'd had enough time looking through the book to figure out it was a simplistic spell book. No one spell seemed to correlate with another, no narrative other than dark ran through it. They could tackle the spells one-by-one; translate, perform, record. He'd done it more times than most would believe before now.

After sliding a pair of glasses onto his nose Jon bent over the book. The glasses had nothing to do with his eyesight but were another tool of the department - they could detect magic and different types. He slipped on his gloves without glancing away from the page. No chances would be taken. When worked on the key he had worked mostly with copies of the book, anytime he'd been in it's presence the books itself had been in a trasnparent case. It had been cleared of the worst curses but the less serious were easier concealed. The pages were thicker than was usual, especially for the time this book was written. There was a sensation in the air. Was it a curse or just the presence of something so obviously old? Or did it have to do with the evil intent behind it's creation? Jon couldn't wait to find out.

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 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 03:50 PM
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It was probably supposed to be something of a hazing initiation for new members, but Jason had been assigned to organizing the files and projects so that they could be better accessed. Honestly, it was one of the coolest things that he’d ever taken part in. There was so much interesting stuff that it was taking him a lot longer than he would have thought; maybe if he didn’t take the time to stop and read so much of it.

The summons to come and see Jon had been a bit unexpected so he quickly stowed everything away and made his way even deeper into the tunnels that made up the Department of Mysteries. With a bright smile on his face he entered the room where he’d been called and took a look around – the book drew his attention, but he wasn’t sure what it was.

“Hello, sir,” he greeted Jon.

“What can I do for you today?”

As much as he wanted to rush over and start thumbing through the book – he’d quickly learned about the dangers of that sort of thing in the short time he’d been here so he slipped his hands into his pockets and waited to hear what his assignment was going to be.

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 Posted: Jan 16 2018, 06:40 PM
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Jon straightened and turned to Jon smiling. “First thing - put on the gloves. They repel magic back to the object.”

He waited from him to do so before explaining. “We were handed a book a few months ago and I seem to have successfully cracked the code… language… it’s an ancient language but it writes like a code. Good thing or I’d have still been poring over it symbol by symbol.”

“Anyway, we have this book and” he moved to the side making space for Jason. “Come close enough and you’ll feel it. The intent seeps out the pages. It’s dark, that much we could tell just by being in its presence.”

He paused and flipped through the pages. The air above the book appeared to shift as he did. “Now most people would think we’d just destroy the book without a second thought but where’s the sense in that? The magic may be dark but we could learn a thing or two from it. There’s more than a few spells with their true full origin tracing right back to here and people who did what we’re doing today. It’s part of what we do here - we find seeds. Seeds that when taken to someone outside can grow.”

Jon left the desk to walk over to the dummy. “We’ve to translate and perform what we find in that book. Research and record. We cast on this guy.” Having passed the barrier he threw his arm around the dummy. “He’ll show us exactly what would happen to a person if the spell were to be cast on them. These objects,” he waved a hand behind, “they work much the same as the dummy. Thanks to charms in this room all effects will be clearly shown.”

Returning to the desk Jon smiled again at Jason. “We’ll be protected. I’ve already cast all the protection spells and whatever we cast cannot rebound.” The line on the floor was clear to see since it glowed dimly. “Right now, I want you to have a good look at whatever you must, let me know when you’re ready and we’ll get to it. Take as much time as you need though. No rush.”

Jon’s first time in this room he’d spent a good five minutes just looking at the dummy. He could sense the magic about it and had desperately wanted to know what charms were cast. How it could possibly work was another thing he wanted to work out. Of course there had been no time for that then and he’d come to find out over the years. “I’ll just give the book a last skim.”

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 Posted: Jan 17 2018, 03:59 PM
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Following orders was something that Jason was good at – having it drilled into him from a very early age – and was slipping into the gloves practically before Jon had finished speaking. Even as his attention was still seemingly fixed on the book on the table, he couldn’t help but take in the information about just what the gloves did. They sounded remarkably useful.

A mysterious book written in some sort of code. There didn’t exist a more interesting item in the world as far as Jason was concerned. He was practically trembling with the desire to crack into it and see just what knowledge the new – or possibly very old – tome had to offer.

Jason stepped up into the space vacated by Jon and the older man was right – there was a palpable sense of… energy? – Power maybe? – coming from the book. While he didn’t get the same feeling of darkness that Jon seemed to, Jason marked that down to not being as familiar with it as the more experienced Unspeakable clearly was.

His eyes focused on the stirring energy around the book as his colleague flipped through the pages. It was a really cool effect. A look of horror briefly flashed across his face at the idea of destroying the book – granted, there was some really dangerous information that could be recorded, but he couldn’t think of anything that was so dangerous it shouldn’t be understood before it was destroyed. Fortunately, it seemed like Jon was of a similar point of view.

From the sounds of things, this seemed more and more like it was going to be a lesson rather than an actual project. Still, he considered that it was possible, even probable, that it was both. After all, that would be a far better use of time.

Jason’s eyes focused on the dummy and he wondered just why they didn’t have something like that at Hogwarts. There were many new spells being taught and learned – and even students pulling things out of the Restricted Section or playing around with making their own stuff. It would have been extremely helpful to have something like this around so you could find out just what it was that you were learning to unleash on the world.

The dim light from the line ward gave voice to the power flowing through it and Jason was desperately looking forward to trying out some of the spells. At the given offer, Jason drew his wand and advanced on the ward first. A few quick spells gave him a general idea of how it would work – it was some surprisingly powerful spell work and he was willing to bet that it would stop most anything that could have rebounded back on them. However, there was always room for the unexpected – they were dealing with magic after all.

That out of the way, he advanced on the magical crash-test dummy and looked it over. Just to get a better idea of what the results were going to look like; Jason sent a string of curses and hexes at the thing. The readouts were pretty easy to read and understand and he smiled at it. He could practically feel the layered spells on it and – as much as he longed to take it apart and see how they all interacted – he knew it wasn’t the time to experiment. After just a few more minutes exploring the protective wards that had been put in place, he was unsurprised to find they were strong and likely to be effective.

With the double checking done, Jason returned to the table and asked, “May I take a look at the book?”

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 Posted: Jan 21 2018, 11:32 AM
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Though he still appeared to be reading over the book Jon was in fact watching Jason. It was rare for someone new to join the team, rarer still that the new person be so young. Jon loved seeing the spark of new curiosities in others eyes. The firsts in life were always the best moments but sadly, the older you got the less of those moments there were.

He was gauging Jason too, he was young enough that he still might decide he wasn’t the right fit. Jon couldn’t see that happening himself, Jason slotted right in nicely, a perfect fit with the rest of them underground. Still, a person never could be one hundred percent sure. If Jon believed they could he wouldn’t be working where he did.

“Of course.” He answered Jason with a smile and stepped away from the table.

“A bit of a history while you do. It was while the clean-up team was working in an old pureblood home taken by The Ministry after the fall of their “Dark Lord”. An interest had been shown for the house and grounds so it had to be made habitable again. Along with this book was found a dress that suffocates any person the wearer sees fit, a collection of questionable potions and a hat stand… a quite remarkable hatstand - the pegs become like tentacles and try to throttle those who get too close. So, all in all some very not nice stuff.” He smiled, it wasn’t good for the world that so many dark items existed but it was good for the department.

“The woman who found the book seemed entranced, as though the book wanted to be found and called to her. She threw all protocol away and opened the pages instead of sealing and transporting. Later she was found sitting on the floor staring at the book as the pages turned of their own accord. When they got the book free her hands were terribly burned and she was still in her trance-like state. She’s fine now though, came back to work after a fortnight. The healers at St Mungo’s really do know their craft.”

“Would you like to take a bash at the first spell?” Jon asked. “It seems the simplest in the book.” Which made sense with it being at the front. “I don’t think we’ll have much trouble with it.”

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As soon as the seat was vacated, Jason took it and began investigating the book. An aura clung to the book that was almost greasy and Jason frowned as he tried, unconsciously, to wipe his fingers on the tabletop. The brief history lesson rather explained that – they were still running across artifacts, books, and other things from the time of Voldemort. Jason was curious if there would ever be a time when things weren’t tainted by Riddle and his ancestors.

“Really?” he stopped and looked up at the older man at the mention of the dress. That was such a ridiculous thing and – try as he might – he couldn’t figure anyone that something like that would work on other than an inconvenient mistress that just needed to disappear.

The description of the hat stand made him grin, and he asked, “What were the potions?” before returning his attention to the book.

To that point, he’d only been interacting with the spells and enchantments on the book, and when Jon told him about what had happened to the woman who’d found the book he pulled his hands back and regarded the thing with a new appreciation. There was clearly something dangerous in the book and that both concerned and intrigued him.

Carefully, he opened the book and began flipping through the pages. It was a spell book, though the spells weren’t identified very well. They were clearly curses and hexes and some of them seemed awful. At the offer to try out the first spell, Jason hesitated a second. Practical magic still wasn’t his strong suit, but he was more than willing to try it. He flipped back to the front of the book and read over the spell description.

It was a battle spell for sure. The wand motion was minimal and he noticed that it incorporated most of a basic cutting hex. That intrigued him. The incantation was equally short and seemed to be descended from an ancient Egyptian incantation – something to do with darkness. After he’d gotten what he could from the basic description he rose and smiled at his coworker, “It’s nice to know that you have such confidence in me. I’ve often struggled with the actual casting of spells, but I’ll be happy to see how this goes…”

Jason lined up across from the dummy that was set in the room and concentrated on what he was doing. The spell specifically it should be directed at a foe’s eyes, which meant it was probably pretty difficult to get off in combat – the eyes, after all, were a small, moving target. With a deep breath, Jason gracefully wove his wand through the described motion and incanted the spell.

A heavy sigh escaped him as nothing happened and he grinned wryly, “And… Take two…”

It was the fourth attempt before he managed to get the spell to go off and a small burst of grey light shot across the space between him and his target, affecting against the dummy’s eyes. The spell had done nothing when connecting with the body of the target. That wasn’t the case when it successfully hit the eyes of the dummy and the readout told them – far more clinically than would have been the case with an actual target – that the spell cleanly severed the retinas from the eyes. Blindness would be complete and nearly permanent.

“Well,” he said hesitantly as he looked at the effect of the spell and thought about how easy it had been to successfully cast, “that’s one down then…”

“Where was this book found again?”

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