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Elias Ramsey
 Posted: Jul 16 2017, 04:40 AM
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Elias had to get to the ministry and quickly. He had to do what Maxwell had asked of him. Time was of the essence. It was time for the barrier to be taken down. Right now only he could help do that and it certainly was an important task. After separating from Maxwell he tried to be as quick as he could. While he made his way to his destination he tried to think about what he would say. How could he explain how he got through the barrier without mentioning Maxwell. He wasn't much of a liar, but he knew he had to, for his son's sake, to keep him safe from any sort of danger.

When he made it to the Ministry he kept his pace fast and swift. It was almost strange walking into the ministry. After being stuck behind the barrier he would never have thought that he would end up walking into the ministry. Although this was hardly freedom and really he didn't like being here (ever), it was still freeing to know he was beyond the thing that had kept everyone trapped for long enough. Being here was the first step for everyone to be free. First, he had to find somebody to talk to. HIs first port of call was to Helios, a man he knew he could trust with this information, he was bound to know what to do with the information Elias could provide.

He made it to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and glanced around quickly to find someone to talk to. He walked up to the first person he saw. "I'm here to see Helios Craven.It's urgent. Please tell him it's Professor Elias Ramsey." He said rather impatiently. Right now he couldn't dilly dally. He hoped the person would understand what urgent meant. That they would do this one task without making it a big deal. As he stood there, tapping his fingers against his thigh he felt a bit like his old self, not quite caring about his actions until things were done. His previous paternal problems were pushed to the side for now and he felt more in control. Seeing Maxwell had been both a gift and a curse that shook his core. But now he could forget about it and deal with it later after all this was over. Business was first. "Hurry." He snapped.

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Orsen Dunnet
 Posted: Jul 16 2017, 02:46 PM
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The sensation of being pulled in two different directions was one rather new to Orsen, and he couldn't say that he was enjoying it very much. The Misuse of Muggle Artefacts office, already so overfilled by his collections of confiscated objects, was now brimming with paperwork of an unpleasant variety, transforming what had once been a rather flexible and laid-back job into something much more insidious. It was certainly more demanding of his time, but in spite of this, in recent weeks his mind had found other places to be. Task Force efforts were an interesting change of pace. He'd never considered himself much of an offensive player, but there were many different roles to take on when it came to the problem of the barrier, and he'd grown rather invested. The silver pocket mirror communicator they'd recovered was a puzzle in and of itself, sealed up just as tight as the impenetrable dome that had cut them off from Hogwarts, but he was determined to tease it apart. He'd buried himself in research, his desk in the Auror office accumulating a stack of Muggle texts in addition to all his parts for tinkering with. It was almost comical now, thinking back on his first conversation with Amon in which he'd described himself as "not much of a reader." He was devouring books on radio waves and computer programming, exploring modern encryption and World War Two era military code, filling the margins with tight clusters of notes and highlighting passages with color-coded marker.

Of course, even with such a fascinating project to occupy him, he still needed to take a break. Sitting in his cubicle, bent nearly double, he almost fell still, and it had the unfortunate side effect of leaving him even more restless than normal. He took frequent breaks just to pad down the stairs to Level Three and pop his head in on his brother...and the Obliviator office. He'd just pushed his way through the doors of the Auror office for one such journey, hands moving in mimicry of an absent-minded drum solo, when an unfamiliar figure emerged from the elevators in front of him. The man seemed tense, speaking quickly, and Orsen stilled to listen, glancing around as though to make sure he was really the intended target of his demands. The word professor, however, caught his attention, and he straightened with interest.

"Ah, yes," he replied, brow furrowing with curiosity. "I'll...professor? Not...not a Hogwarts professor? Right, okay, why don't you come with me right in here and I'll get Craven for you, okay? Just. Follow me." There were all sorts of places a person could be a professor, but only one that could inspire this sort of urgency. The air was practically electric with the feeling of something big about to happen. He gestured for the professor to follow, leading him back the way he'd just come into the Auror office. He wasn't sure if Craven was still about, but he'd just seen Ravensby working on the map with a few of the others, and regardless of who Ramsey was asking for, it was likely his Department Head would need to know about it. "Craven still in here?" he called out, craning to see if he could catch a glimpse of the man's grey blond hair over the tops of the cubicles. He led the professor straight to Ravensby at the front of the room regardless, leaning in to murmur,"Excuse me, ma'am. But this is Professor Ramsey here to see the Patrol Captain. I thought you might need to know."

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Rowan Drake
 Posted: Jul 16 2017, 04:27 PM
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Weary day followed weary day and week bled into week, unnoticed. Rowan hardly knew he was living anymore; reports seemed to come in every other minute, his desk was cluttered with more stacks of parchment than it had seen in its entire existence (which was saying something), and various disparate members of the task force dashed past at odd moments in pursuit of Merlin only knew what, all set to the soothing sounds of Ravensby barking orders in the background. And that map - it dominated the entire front wall of the Auror Office and had consumed him totally. He spent hours on end copying and refining the sketches their scouts sent in from the very edges of the barrier, before carefully positioning them up on the wall and walking all the way down to the far end of the room to inspect the whole thing from a suitable distance. Slowly, inexorably, it was coming together – but Rowan had never been one to simply wait.

And so, he paid a visit to the meandering darkness of Knockturn Alley every three or four nights, to make sure that Maxwell Ramsey did not forget his obligations. But it wasn’t him who said those dark things, made those dark threats and tied the boy’s tongue with those dark words…was it? It was James, because the situation called for a being faintly feral, and Rowan could not be that. He’d splintered in so many different places that he no longer knew which one was real, could no longer remember who he’d been before the world had collapsed around the vacuum left by the death of Ashley Aasen. How many of him were there now? One for Max, and one for Ravensby…one for Orsen and Mateo both, one for Lance. And one for Castor…

Perhaps it was that one; the one filled with panic and desperation, wracked by horror, torn by unrelenting self-loathing. It would make perfect sense; hadn’t Rowan always gone to Castor in times of need? What was this if not the direst need he’d yet known? And Castor had been there, as he always was – confused, perhaps, but unquestioning and, most importantly, indifferent. If he did not care, he would not hurt; an important consideration when Rowan had shattered into nothing but edges. No matter what happened, no matter what he did, he would keep it contained within himself and it would not touch those he cared about. Castor’s indifference would protect him so that Rowan didn’t have to.

Ravensby, he knew, was similarly indifferent, so he could let himself be a little jagged around her. If she did notice the snap in his tone, or saw the tension he carried hidden in the hollows of his bones, it would not matter – she would not comment and she would not ask. At least, not so long as the sketches went up on the map and the scout reports were efficiently distilled down to the most pertinent snippets of information. This, after all, was what she’d called him back for, and he could understand; none of them were getting much respite, short-staffed as they were, and being one Auror down would have been an enormous disadvantage.

And so that day, like every other day, found him considering the map with great intensity, eyes darting across the few segments of the barrier they’d uncovered so far. “We need to increase the distance interval between mapped areas,” he remarked to Ravensby. “Or we’ll never get it done. We just want a rough idea of the shape and dimensions, right? So…” with one hand, he gestured at a depressingly empty section towards the west. “Perhaps we should cover some of that side.

He paused a moment, contemplating, and was about to continue when they were interrupted by Orsen…who’d brought company, it seemed. The name Ramsey set off approximately one thousand alarms in Rowan’s head, and a quick glance towards the other man confirmed what he’d immediately suspected. He stepped back, as though to make way for Ravensby, and leaned in to murmur so that only she could hear. “Elias Ramsey. Father of Maxwell Ramsey. Should be behind the barrier.

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Helios Craven
 Posted: Jul 19 2017, 01:50 AM
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Helios had just about reached the point when going somewhere that would pass for private in a workplace and banging his head on the wall repeatedly was seeming like a perfectly valid use of work hours. For a month they had been at it, and the progress felt minimal. The patchy circle-esque diagram that was filling out painstakingly slowly was not encouraging, and yet there was not a thing more any one of them could have been doing. For his part he'd taken the patrol down to skeleton crews as much as he could possibly get away with to send as many as possible up to track the perimeter. It would take but a moment for one of them to apparate up there to call colleagues back if really needed, but on the other hand the more people up there, the higher the possibility of being seen.

They hadn't completely given up on trying to get a message inside, but so far even their most accomplished charms and transfiguration experts hadn't cracked it. It had occurred to one smarter than him that surely rain was still penetrating, but as yet no one has found a way to effectively transfigure anything resembling a message into mere water and reconfigure t on the other side - it seemed, when they needed it the most, that they had found a limitation to magic. Eventually, part of him started to hope that a Professor would simply happen upon one of them as they went about their perimeter-tracing business, but as yet no such luck. The perimeter seemed to carefully be miles from the meagre civilizations of the village and castle, and after one fatality (for all they knew there were more) it was unlikely many of the denizens considered it a wise place to spend any time.

He'd snuck upstairs and outside for a smoke - no matter how long he considered himself successfully quit for, no matter how long he went without, in times of crisis his pipe (which, naturally, as a gift from Sheila and beautiful, he could not possibly give or throw away) stealthed its way back to his pocket. He could sense a mild kerfuffle in the Task Force offices, thought he heard his own name and sped his step. They were all bound by the Law of Sod - sit at your desk for five hours and crickets; pop out for a smoke and suddenly you're needed. He noted first Drake, Dunnet the Elder and Ravensby in conversation at the map - nothing abnormal - and then-

"Elias?" In a bark of surprise, abandoning his convivial east-end formality of surnames in his sheer surprise. No matter how many times one has been around the block, eventually getting the feeling of a caucus race, his job occasionally had the capacity to stun him, and for a split-second his old friend's appearance in the office in the five minutes he'd been gone did just that. He strode across the office to meet him, clasping his wrist in a brief imitation of a handshake, already speaking again before he reached him; "What's happened?" He boxed his approximately nineteen questions up in that; how are you here, why are you here, great scott is this finally over? And so on. Hope mingled with the relief to see Ramsey in one piece and here, although he knew it was too much to hope that the barrier had simply vanished, or that the Professors had somehow mounted such an assault as to bring it down all on their own (which would be fairly embarrassing for the Ministry, if one were to be frank) and if so why had Ramsey alone come visiting? He didn't look like a man who had recently had to battle his way through enemies and powerful magic unknown to reach them. Stressed, indubitably, and a man with a mission, but bore no signs of struggle. And yet, Helios was a pessimist by nature, only growing more so as he aged, like a bottle of cynical wine, and would await confirmation from the man himself before assuming this really did bode well for them. The memory of Ron Weasley's abrupt appearance in their halls came unbidden to his mind.

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Vanya Ravensby
 Posted: Jul 19 2017, 08:44 PM
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The progress of the assembled barrier task force had been slow enough that Vanya was building an uneasy concern for her job. January had seen Hogwarts and Hogsmeade imprisoned, and since then not even the best of their experts had been able to crack the thing. With the information that Rowan had brought back to her a month ago, the information that had cost him and Aasen so dearly, at least part of that made sense. If they could not access the artefact within the barrier, there would be no way for them to dismantle it. The magical force keeping their children within was immense, and mapping without alerting those trapped within had come at a snail's pace. Something had to give. After this, the assassination, and Ron Weasley, Vanya was surprised no one had called for her head yet.

She stood by the maps with Rowan, her eyes hard and mouth turned down in a slight frown. "Now that we have this southern curve mostly determined, we'll need to see to the west or east, that's right. As soon as we know if this thing is circular or elliptical at the base of it, we should be able to determine the center." Raising her hand to rub at her temples had become something of a habit in the past few months. What a shame it was that she could not imprint solutions directly to her mind with her fingertips. If they could determine the center, she would feel more comfortable throwing the weight of her department at the barrier in hopes that they could reach it. They needed a goal in mind before decisive action was taken, or else they risked harm coming to the children and townsfolk who were hostages. There was no longer any doubt in Vanya's mind that hostages was what they were.

At the sound of Orsen Dunnet's voice, Vanya turned. The tall young man led behind him someone she faintly recognized, though she could not say from where. Her eyes narrowed in judgement and she gave the two of them a stern nod, her wand slipping into her hand easily. "You'll forgive us our caution, Professor. I'm certain you've heard that security has gone through some adjustments here at the Ministry." she stated, keeping her face straight at Rowan's murmured information. She would not give him away with an acknowledgement, but it was useful to know all the same.

Craven entered then, greeting the man with surprise and a clasp to the wrist. She wanted to know the answer to his question as well, but could not allow them to meet alone. There had been too much danger at the Ministry to allow an unknown time alone with one of her patrol officers before the visitor had been properly vetted. "Have a seat, Professor. Feel free to speak to Craven if you wish. Regretfully, you'll lack privacy. If it's absolutely required that your information is kept somewhat more secure, let me know and I will arrange something more suitable." Either way, she would be there. A Hogwarts professor strolling into her department with urgent news was far too important not to be heard.

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Elias Ramsey
 Posted: Jul 20 2017, 11:44 PM
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Elias' request was quickly answered. The younger man didn't argue but did seem rather confused at his title of 'Professor'. It was exactly the reaction he had hoped for. Surprise. Confusion. If they weren't then that would raise some flags. He followed after the man, hands held behind his back. He stared straight ahead, trying to focus on only his surroundings, on the words he was going to say- and not on the words that tried to bore its way through his heart, Maxwell's last words. His attention had to be focused on business if he were going to keep Maxwell's involvement a secret. He couldn't be thinking about his son or the way he had felt about all that had happened between them.

The man stopped in front of two other people who were standing by a map. Elias' eyes flicked curiously across it but didn't have time to truly take anything in when the woman spoke and her wand appeared. It was understandable and all he could do was give a nod in acknowledgement. It wasn't long before the man he was here to see showed up. Finally. "Helios." He greeted the other man, grasping his wrist back with a slight nod. This really was it, the moment of truth.

The scrutiny that was placed upon him wasn't surprising. Everybody involved already was surprised. He was rather annoyed that so many people were already involved, but that didn't matter. What mattered was the information that he possessed. It was obvious just how much these officials wanted to know the answer as to why he was here. Elias did respect the offer of privacy, but it was too late for that. Sooner or later everyone else was going to hear what he had to say. It didn't matter as long as Helios was there, the one person he did trust. Though he did take up the offer of sitting down.

Having taken a seat he glanced around at the small group. There was something very serious and solemn about all this. "As you know I'm a Professor at Hogwarts. You also know I should be behind the barrier. I have a way to cross through. I'm here to let you know that I can cross through, there is a way. It's not easy." He told them quickly. Don't mention Maxwell, he told himself, Keep your damned promise. "The situation at Hogwarts is rather dire. Things are falling apart. We need help, and this barrier needs to break."

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Orsen Dunnet
 Posted: Jul 21 2017, 05:11 PM
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Orsen tossed a hesitant smile in Rowan's direction, but otherwise remained silent, watching curiously as the Auror leaned in to murmur something brief to Ravensby. It made perfect sense that Rowan would possess some sort of insight into what was going on--it was part of his job description after all--but in combination with the endurance of his silence over the past few weeks, it left Orsen feeling a tad out of place. They hadn't spoken since Rowan's return, nothing beyond professional courtesies where Task Force work threw them together. He'd promised not to invade Rowan's space any further, and had already made his position clear, but still he was itching to say something more. There was a look that came over Rowan's eyes when his work got a grip on him, a look that Orsen felt he could understand in those moments his own projects pulled him in and everything else fell away, drowned out by the sound of a movie score swelling inside his head, but lately he wore that look all the time. He'd checked out, gone somewhere else where his tasks were never finished, and somehow Orsen didn't think he was invited to tag along.

He stepped back out of the way as Ravensby turned her sharp eyes on the professor, raising his hand to run a sheepish thumb across his lips as she drew her wand. Perhaps he should've thought to do the same--these were dangerous times, after all, and he didn't know Ramsey personally--but his greatest defense had always been his disarming attitude, and drawing a wand would only throw that off. Not the time for puns, Dunnet, he scolded himself. Craven strolled in a moment later, looking just as flabbergasted as a the rest of them, but at least Ramsey was talking now. Orsen chewed idly at his thumbnail as he listened, brow furrowing thoughtfully. It was no surprise there was a way through, Rowan had deduced as much already with his visit to...Ash, rest his soul. As far as they could tell, however, that access was limited to specific individuals; those persons who'd allied themselves with the barrier's generator. Unless there was an access point somewhere that they'd missed out on (and that seemed unlikely, considering how long they'd been poking and prodding at the barrier's perimeter) the idea of one person managing to sneak through without aid didn't make much sense. Still, the barrier had yielded more than a few surprises so far, and he decided to reserve his judgments for the time being.

"We're with you on that one, sir," he said, offering an apologetic grin in the next moment. It wasn't really his place to interrupt.

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Rowan Drake
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Rowan shifted further into the background as the conversation progressed, stepping away from Ramsey and his congregation of attentive listeners and turning back to the sweeping vista of the map. That he should show up, of all the professors Hogwarts had to offer, was an intriguing coincidence - it didn’t look like Max was connected, at this point, but the entire situation had surprised them so many times that Rowan preferred to take nothing for granted. It would be best if the elder Ramsey didn’t have much cause to pay him any attention – his dealings with the man’s son were not quite what could be termed proper professional conduct, so the less he got tangled up with that family, the better.

Still, he observed, keeping an eye and an ear on the conversation as he repositioned bits of parchment and made quick, messy notes at various points of interest; Ravensby wouldn’t be able to read them, probably, but that didn’t matter so long as he could. Besides, she barely ever paid attention to what he said, let alone what he wrote. At the moment, that suited him just fine – he couldn’t have slipped beneath her radar to visit with Max if she’d made a habit of watching him more closely. And on that note, it seemed that another visit was somewhat overdue – perhaps Max would know why his father had suddenly turned up on the wrong side of the barrier.

Most of the proceedings so far did not particularly interest him. Craven and Ramsey were around the same age, he supposed, and may have known each other at Hogwarts – that would explain their familiarity – but it was an irrelevance. Whatever Ramsey had to say would be said to the Head of the DMLE, as was proper, and the rest of them could hang around to listen in at Ravensby’s discretion. The man had not yet convinced him, and he kept him very firmly in his peripheral vision. Of course there was a way to get through the barrier, one which the wolf apparently utilised with impunity – what guarantee did they have that this professor wasn’t some sort of trap? Maxwell’s allegiance was already known to be extremely questionable, and his connection to Undine was strong enough that Rowan entertained a healthy suspicion even of his father. He could practically smell the wolf’s fingers all over this apparent escape.

The others, however, did not seem to share his misgivings; Craven was obviously completely taken in by the appearance of an old friend, and Orsen – bless him – was too hopeful for a solution to consider the less appealing aspects of this development. The back of Ravensby’s head wasn’t particularly informative with regards to her opinion, but then he didn’t think the front would have been much better. There was no way for him to voice his suspicions without revealing his contact with Max, so he remained reluctantly silent – if Ravensby had to find out about that, he’d prefer it not to be in full view of half the Ministry, more for the sake of her reputation than for his. Still, he did hope that none of them would be indiscrete enough to reveal what they knew regarding the nature of the barrier – at least, not until they’d vetted Ramsey properly.

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Helios Craven
 Posted: Jul 23 2017, 07:28 AM
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Helios took a step back in deference to his boss, merely now part of the group who had happened to be in the room at the time. He never would have dreamed it appropriate for he and Ramsey to speak in private, and his friend did not seem surprised by the set-up either. Helios assumed his role here had simply been that he was a known quantity to the man, and in the correct department, and a name that would get him through the front door. In fact, there's only one thing it would have been if Ramsey had marched in and asked to talk to 'Vanya Ravensby and her Task Force' and that was damned suspicious. He folded his arms, not a gesture of the gravity of his pondering, but because he'd engineered a slim pocket in all his shirts, on the side of his ribs, for his wand. He'd never understood this up-the-sleeve business; just seemed damned inconvenient and insecure to him. Sheila had laughed and suggested he just get one of those little leather things Muggles keep their guns in while he was at it. He found this much more discreet, thank you very much.

Assuming Ramsey was simply himself and there was a logical explanation for his appearance, he felt guilty that the man was having wands openly turned on him, but perhaps Ramsey had expected it - he didn't seem remotely ruffled by it. A sign of a man with nothing to hide - or at least one who thought he had nothing to hide? No matter what period of time one occupied the Ministry, imperius was the bane of everyone's lives, regardless of the merits of veritaserum. Veritaserum... he glanced at Ravensby. He did not feel it was his place to suggest this, not yet anyway, and she doubtless had some protocol in mind to safeguard them against betrayal. There was always some of the potion in the building, and while there was always debate about the ethics of it, Helios found it difficult to view it as anything other than efficient. As long as any suspect was questioned only on the topic at hand, and were not led to incriminate themselves in a more general way, it cleared the innocent and convicted the guilty faster than any other method, and without any possibility of human error.

But he couldn't entirely keep his peace; "But how did you get out, Ramsey?" He didn't see the harm in behaving as if he did not doubt Ramsey's identity, agency or intent. If all was well it would get information from him faster, and if he was not it might lull him into a sense of security while Helios (and, likely, every one of them) remained, in one of the greatest Aurors to ever walk these halls favourite states' of being, vigilant. Knowing as they did that those in the club, or at least one, could come and go, the how and why seemed the most pressing to him, to start with.

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Vanya Ravensby
 Posted: Jul 23 2017, 10:40 PM
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“Tea or coffee, whichever you prefer—someone get him something to drink, we’re the Ministry of Magic, not a bunch of cave trolls.” Vanya gave the command without bothering to see who would pick it up, knowing someone would. Her people knew better than to ignore her completely. Professor Ramsey had taken his seat and Vanya pulled a chair over to sit herself across from him, her wand still in hand but relaxed at her side. “You’ll find no argument here, Professor Ramsey.” She nodded to Dunnet; they were very much in agreement that the barrier needed to be destroyed. “My name is Vanya Ravensby. I am the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. What you see here is a temporary base of operations for a task force devoted to dismantling that barrier.” Rowan had retreated somewhat from their gathering, and Vanya watched him as he did. After having been shut away from the school and Hogsmeade for so long, none of them dared to hope. Rowan must have guarded any shred of hope especially carefully. If they were able to get through to Hogwarts, he would be able to carry out his promise to Ashley Aasen. She had to have a plan to keep him on once he no longer had his duty to Aasen to see through.

“Dunnet, here.” She pointed to her side, crooking a finger to speak very quietly to the tall man once he had come close enough for instruction. “Dark detectors—get me some. Should be something on the desks just across. Let me know if they alert.” If she could get Dunnet to fiddle with some of their smaller dark detectors while the Professor spoke, Rowan could keep an eye on their security and Craven could keep the man talking. He had stepped in already, to ask Ramsey how he had managed to get through the barrier in the first place. She too was curious. If it had been as simple as wanting, they’d have been through two months ago.

“Can you describe the method you have to cross through the barrier?” she asked, fixing Ramsey with stern eyes and a serious set to her mouth. I have three more questions for you, Ramsey. Quickly and plainly, if you please. First, can you take anyone with you? Second, when you say it isn’t easy, what do you mean—does it cost you? Lastly, do you object to remaining with us for the rest of the evening so that we can properly verify your information? Once we’ve determined what we can use, we’ll make a plan immediately.” With a handful of strategies already gathering in her mind, Vanya leaned back in her seat, physically preventing herself from appearing too eager to accept this possibility as a guarantee. She wanted this to work out—badly—but there had been so much trouble involving this barrier and the one who had cast it over Hogsmeade already. Could it truly be so simple after all this time?

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 Posted: Jul 25 2017, 02:38 AM
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It was safe to say that Elias wasn't exactly a people person. The only people he cared about were his family, friends, and the students that he looked after. Everybody else was just a necessity of life. They were spares, people that he may have to interact with but never went out of his way to do so. He wasn't usually the one to start a conversation. This whole situation was the opposite to what he was usually comfortable with- not that he was particularly uncomfortable. He didn't like the situation he was in. And truly the only reason he was here after all was because he had promised Maxwell. That was his biggest driver. Not his only driver, but definitely the biggest one. For once in his life, he was going to do right by him.

He noted that one man stepped away but honestly didn't care. The fewer eyes he had on him the better. It made everything feel less like an interrogation. It looked like an interrogation and sounded like one too. But it didn't faze him. This was the Ministry after all. He shouldn't have been surprised, especially with what had been going on. "Coffee would be just fine." He responded lightly. Vanya Ravensby, head of the department. It was good to know. But what intrigued him was the fact this was a temporary base of operations for a task force. How long had they been working on this while he had been stuck behind the barrier? He wanted to ask for curiosity sake but kept himself in check. Questions were being asked of him. First Helios and then Ravensby.

"First, to get through the barrier I did walk through." The stern look was one he recognised in himself, it was almost funny to him. "At a specific spot. Yes, I can take people through. But a connection must be held in order for it to work. I'd have to take hold of someone to bring them through. Also, I'd have to take people through one at a time. It may be dangerous to take more than one- that's what makes it not so easy." He explained. "As for your last question, I do not object to this request, whatever you must do. As long as this works and we can get that ridiculous barrier taken down, I'll do whatever is necessary." How could he argue with the Ministry? They had always been sceptical about everything, no doubt they'd want to ponder on what he had brought them. "The barrier has been around a while, I'm sure we can wait just a little bit longer." He said seriously. He didn't want to wait, but it seemed that he had to.

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Orsen Dunnet
 Posted: Jul 26 2017, 10:50 PM
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For a moment, Orsen waffled. Ravensby's insistence that someone fetch Ramsey a cuppa seemed like a task appropriate for himself--of those assembled, he was without a doubt the bottom of the totem pole--but the chance that someone else might respond to the command stilled him. He certainly didn't want to step on any toes, especially where something as trivial as a cup of (as Ramsey requested) coffee was concerned. He rocked hesitantly back onto his heels, glancing between his colleagues for a moment. Rowan had turned his back, resuming his focus on the map as though nothing all that unusual had happened. The gesture seemed deceptive in its apathy--after all, there was no way Rowan wasn't listening--but still Orsen regarded him with surprise. Could it really be that he just didn't care? He glanced away, determining that Craven was busy enough engaging the professor, and had just turned to fetch a mug when Ravensby barked his name.

Orsen snapped straight automatically, stepping across in just a few wide strides and crouching automatically by her seat. It was presumptive, but Vanya Ravensby had no trouble projecting. If she'd wanted the whole room to hear, she would've let them. Without a word, he nodded at her order, regaining his feet and slipping into the cubicle across where an assortment of Probity Probes lay piled together among a cluster of other objects. He assessed those resources gathered, keeping an ear out as he did so and wondering again whether the request for coffee was one he should fill. In the end, he drew his wand, craning to see the break-room over the tops of the cubicles and carefully summoning the pot of coffee and a mug to go with it. The two items landed gently on the table in front of him a moment later, and he poured out a cup, brow furrowed in contemplation. Ramsey was explaining his great escape, but there was a detail missing that stood out to him as immediately and glaringly obvious. Rowan's lycanthropic target had the ability to pass through the barrier, but neither Rowan nor Ashely had been able to do the same from either side. The barrier was large, but if it was simply a matter of a specific point of escape, surely they would have discovered it by now. And if there was a weak spot, why would contact with Ramsey himself be necessary to cross through? No, someone had helped him, had shown him the way or cast a spell over him or allowed him to slip through when their back was turned.

Quietly, and without any shift in his appearance, Orsen set down the mug, reaching out to casually lift a Sneakoscope from the pile and nest it in the palm of his hand. Angling away from the door of the cubicle, he moved his wand in a careful arc, casting a whispered Silencio over the Dark Detector before slipping it into his pocket. Replacing his wand, he reached out to resume his hold on the mug, taking up a Probity Probe in his other hand and exiting the cubicle. He approached Elias, features composed into the warm smile that came so naturally to him, friendly and just touched by awe, engaging in eye contact eagerly and searching the professor's features with an energetic scrutiny.

"A real benefit, isn't it," he said amiably, offering the mug to Elias, "to know the right person in a time of crisis. Hope you don't mind, by the way," he waggled the Probity Probe with an apologetic grin. "You keep going, you won't even notice me." His other hand he hid in his pocket, fingers wrapping lightly around the Sneakoscope as he crossed behind Elias' chair and began to carefully wand the air at his back.

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 Posted: Jul 27 2017, 06:46 AM
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Patiently, Rowan fixed another piece of parchment to the map, taking his time to make sure it matched up exactly with the circumference of the barrier and cross-checking the information they’d received with known features in the area. As Ravensby spoke – practically interrogating the man, as was her style – he crumpled up the scout’s note and tossed it onto a desk somewhere behind him, pausing to retrieve a quill so he could scratch a few careful words just below the latest addition to their overall picture. Even with multiple reports coming in everyday, progress had been almost painfully slow; the barrier was enormous, and operating on the assumption that danger lurked behind every corner only made the task that much more laborious. In that context, Ramsey was nothing less than a godsend, but Rowan would reserve the right to suspicion regarding the circumstances of this unusual blessing. Luck had not been on the Ministry’s side of late, and optimism was an indulgence.

Then Ramsey spoke and Rowan froze, quill suspended a hair’s breadth away from the map. He had walked through? His every word raised innumerable questions – Rowan did not react, save to frown and lower his arm, considering. Then, he turned slowly, replaced the quill on the desk and leaned against it, eyeing the others with brow furrowed in a slight frown. If Ramsey needed to be in physical contact with someone to take them through the barrier, it stood to reason that someone else had done the same in his case. Otherwise, how had he crossed it? Had he always been able to cross it? If so, why had he only crossed now? If not, again, why could he do so now? The variables involved were endless, their implications vast...and through it all, Rowan sensed the involvement of an entity external to Ramsey himself. Someone else was playing a part in this, somewhere.

As for who, Rowan thought he had a fairly good idea. Max knew the wolf, didn’t he? And the wolf could cross the barrier. There were inconsistencies in this theory, however – last he’d checked, Max was safely ensconced at Markus Scarrs in Diagon Alley, and not cavorting up in Scotland. Had he sent Undine to his father? Unlikely – he seemed just as terrified of her as he was of Rowan, and would hardly have exposed Elias to such an unpredictable element. Had he somehow slipped out from under Rowan’s nose to meet him himself? That would require him to be able to cross the barrier, which would still necessitate some form of contact with the wolf - contact which Rowan had not been made aware of. He had far too many questions and not nearly enough answers, but one thing was for certain: him and Max were going to have a very interesting conversation when next they met.

For now, he would take what he could get from the boy’s father. Orsen had returned bearing coffee and a variety of dark detectors, and was currently engaged in waving a Probity Probe over differing sections of Ramsey’s anatomy with systematic dedication. With their subject thus distracted, and having assessed the situation to the fullness of his capabilities, Rowan crossed his arms and addressed the professor. “How did you walk through? The same way you can take people through now? If so, we have an ally we know nothing about.” Tilting his head to one side, he narrowed his eyes just a fraction. “But why would they help you cross instead of coming to us?

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Vanya Ravensby
 Posted: Aug 8 2017, 10:27 PM
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Vanya started to work on the puzzle that was presented to her immediately, searching Ramsey's face for any signs of deception. Decades of work as an Auror had made her adept at determining if she was being lied to, but she did not know this man; his tells were something of a mystery. Dunnet was immediately on task with the dark detectors and Ramsey's coffee, and she made a mental note to watch him more closely later. He was quick to follow instructions, good at his work, and more clever than he let on. She needed more men and women like that.

Ramsey's answers were not exactly what she had expected, but she would make of them what she could as they were presented. Dunnet and Drake were on Ramsey with their own questions--both valid--but Vanya had not missed the way that Rowan had frozen when Ramsey said he had simply walked through the barrier. It was certainly astonishing to all of them, but no one had thrown himself at the impenetrable force that had imprisoned Hogsmeade with more frustrated vehemence than Rowan Drake had done. She could anticipate the answer to Rowan's question, and glanced at him. Level out, Drake. Love him she did, but if the great red idiot lion had thought about it for a half second, the answer would be obvious to him, too: Ramsey came because his contact could not face the Ministry. They why of that was important as well, but not as important as a cooperative Professor Ramsey potentially leading a squad of her own through the barrier to dismantle it from the inside.

"I'd like to know a little about how you managed to walk through too, Professor Ramsey." After a moment's thought, she rose from her chair. Rowan was too close to this, and she could not allow his impatience to make for a reckless interrogation of Ramsey. She would do this herself. "Drake, you have the floor. Choose one Auror to accompany you if we can make this work, and figure out what you need." There was no argument, and Vanya did not think he would give her one. Rowan would be one of the first through the barrier. He had worked too hard at it not to allow that. "Dunnet, desk by the door-- you're my temporary secretary while I'm occupied." Nodding to the man, she tapped at the wrist where she wore her watch to indicate the time. If he was as clever as she anticipated he might be behind that cheerful moron facade, he would understand that she wanted his dark detectors close to her office while she spoke with Ramsey.

"Professor, if you'd follow me to my office. I would like to speak to you privately." There was no fear in her eyes; anyone who thought that Vanya Ravensby would fall prey to a single man under direct suspicion while she had her wand in hand was painfully under-educated about her dueling ability. "Bring your coffee. In fact, be a good lad and bring the entire pot, will you? This is going to take a longer time than you think."

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