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The Silver Muir

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Kardat Blacksworth
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The Silver Muir

Post by Kardat Blacksworth » Sat May 19, 2018 11:44 am

Mount Mai, Picentini Mountain Range
Italy, December 1998


The trees were dry. Leaves crackled beneath his feet.
Winter was not exactly a great time to visit this particular mountain if one desired to witness lush grass and mist weaving between delicate florets.

An acquaintance of Jack had contacted him. School had let out for Christmas holidays on Friday the 18th. Today was Monday, 21st of December. A spell had worn off, and a tunnel had been discovered, leading down through the mountain rock. Interested parties had come together, and exploration of the site had begun one and a half weeks ago.

Archaeological excavation teams often included an Arithmancer, but the one working on this site had to excuse himself and return to his family for Christmas. Celso Pisano, quite the potions and herbology enthusiast, had called Jack to fill the role – and also because they’d found scattered pieces of formulas. Potions and arithmancy were closely tied, just as potions and herbology were, as well as their connections to magic as a whole. What number-lover wouldn’t be interested? Celso had thought.

Outside of the entrance of the tunnel were eight people. The site had been spelled to be invisible and inaccessible to any passing non-magical folk. Similar to many excavation sites, a spell prevented the exterior elements from entering and affecting what was within, while still allowing the wizards passage.

“Hey, Jack!” His acquaintance (friend?) waved upon spotting him, a parchment-on-a-clipboard tucked under his left arm, blond hair that was both spikey and curly bouncing above his forehead.

A familiar figure stood a couple steps away, next to a wizard with short black hair and glasses - presumably the ‘archaeologist friend’ Celso had mentioned. After retrieving the two children from Hunt’s Point, Kardat and Jack had been in contact a brief few times as professors, but had not engaged in casual conversation or been in the same physical location.

Off to the side, three wizards were hunched over in discussion, expelling white puffs but kept magically warm despite the climate. Wind pushed through the trees and shook the thin branches overhead.

The other man nodded at him in greeting.

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Jacran Toreel » Sat May 26, 2018 8:48 am

Definitely acquaintance. Jack was formal and polite, though, and gave Celso a restrained nod of acknowledgment before offering the same to Kardat. He relished the opportunity to set his mind to something other than grading assignments, and dug into the problem before them easily. "What do we have?" he asked, getting straight to the point and coming to a stop beside the group, folding his hands behind his back. He was wearing a set of dark black robes with deep emerald inlets along the cuffs and collar, and heavy boots.

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Kardat Blacksworth » Sat May 26, 2018 10:41 am

Kardat was also wearing black, but the highlights were navy blue. Perhaps he wanted to wear something other than his House colours now that Christmas at school was over.

“Kardat Blacksworth,” Celso indicated the wizard while inclining his head. “I hear you two know each other.” His gaze slid to the bespectacled wizard with shorter black hair with a playful smirk. “And this is Cantaloupe Estrada, archaeologist.”

The wizard being introduced narrowed his eyes. “Guandalupe.” Then he offered a thin smile to Jack – one that seemed to be just how his smile usually was, rather than because of unfriendliness. “You can call me Leland.”

Celso, knowing introductions was likely not what Jack was interested in spending time on, quickly looked towards the entrance. “We’re still working on dating, but we think it’s from around the 16th century. The chambers further in are blocked off by peculiar magic, so we got" - he cut himself off - "well, Can- uh, Guanda - called Blacksworth.”

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Jacran Toreel » Sat May 26, 2018 1:20 pm

Jack snorted softly under his breath, amused. Celso could be a little, ah, gregarious. Unfortunately for Celso, it seemed like pretty much everybody on this team was a bit surly, and Jack was no exception. "Leland," he repeated simply in his accented English. "Peculiar magic," he said, the gears behind his eyes whirring. "This is 16th century Italy. The formulas are likely keys for a codex. Solve the codex, solve the magic. Can I see what you've got so far?"

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Kardat Blacksworth » Sat May 26, 2018 1:50 pm

“We just go to the door, so we don’t have much so far,” Celso replied.

“We can go in and take a look. There are formulas all along the walls leading to the barrier, much like words for a seal,” Leland said as he began walking towards the entrance.

The witch by the entrance looked up, and after Leland nodded at her, she waved her wand and gestured for them to go in.

“Blacksworth hasn’t seen it yet, either,” Celso said. “Apart from the formulas on the walls around the barrier, we also found scattered pieces of formulas and what seem to be calculations.” Records created by wizards were often in better shape than the ancient papers of non-magical folk, but time and the elements still took their tolls. “I was hoping you’d look at them with me.” Celso’s eyes were basically sparkling.

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Jacran Toreel » Sat May 26, 2018 1:53 pm

Jack just gave him a nod and followed him toward the entrance! He was not, shall we say, a chatty guy.

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Re: The Silver Muir

Post by Kardat Blacksworth » Sat May 26, 2018 2:44 pm

The tunnel lead downwards in a gentle slant, lit magically by the excavators. Magic permitted the easier creation of such underground cavities. Non-magical individuals would likely have chosen somewhere easier to dig through.

As they walked, two wizards carefully transporting items they’d found further inside passed them, and gave a greeting. Tunnels split off from the main one, and as they turned right, they heard two wizards in the tunnel to the left, speaking of ‘not enough time’.

Shelves were carved into walls, along with flat surfaces that resembled beds or tables. As they passed something that appeared to be an overturned chair, Leland said, “It is high likely that this was a place to live, rather than simply for storage. It seems that a group of people lived here for a while and attempted to make this place comfortable.”

The tunnel branched off several times, and after a couple more turns, the walls opened and they stood in a chamber one and a half the diameter of the entrance tunnel. Words and symbols that likely formed spells twisted across the walls, converging to meet on a set of doors that resembled dark, rough metal, firmly shut with more embossed symbols on its surface, including a flower within a circle at the centre.

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