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A bit like an amphitheater, the Death Chamber is rectangular, symmetrical and stone. The immediate walking surface is actually the first step of many toward the sunken center of the room. In keeping with the Greco-Roman arrangement of the space, marble is used throughout including the dais at the center of the sunken space upon which sits an old looking arch that looks as if it could crumble at any moment. Hanging loosely from the arch is a veil tattered and so worn that it's black colour appeared shades of bone, green and blue at times. Voices of those passed into the great beyond can sometimes be heard in faint whispers by those to whom they were close in their corruptible states....but impossible to properly converse with.

For a room that boasts such a grim field of study, there are actually not a great deal of things in the sparsely decorated room that could cause severe damage to a person. There is only one but it happens to be one that no one comes back from.

After the Third Wizarding War and inspired by the efforts of Unspeakable Jane Howard, a pristine and sterile laboratory was constructed around the topmost platform of the chamber's amphitheater structure. With a subtle curve to it's shape, the laboratory is an exclusive to the Death Chamber Alchemists and boasts the most elite equipment known to the wizarding world. All other Unspeakables must receive explicit permission from the department head before entering or else risk their hands turning bright red and turned to a flimsy gummy consistency.
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The Death Chamber was changing. With the new lab equipment were new sights, smells, and sounds. Various liquids were bubbling, and emitting often rather sweet vapors, making the room seem alive for the first time.

With the more obvious changes came the smaller ones at the employees initiative. The lighting was brighter to accommodate the alchemists, though there was a master lantern near the entrance that would allow someone to dim, or even change the color of the rest of the torches or candles.

Another change was that one of the employees decided to take the cleaning duties into his own hands. With his ever-standing cane keeping a vigil at the top of the room, the man himself was about halfway down, a broom in hand. The dusty old chamber never looked cleaner.

It was a time for new beginnings.
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Jane had been so engrossed in her work in the new laboratory that had been set up in the Death Chamber that she hadn't even noticed that anyone else had come in. How long she had been in there working, she wasn't even sure. She was looking subtly different from her usual self this year--dark circles were starting to form under her eyes, a strand or two of hair was slipping out of her usually neat bun, and she seemed very serious, without her former understated cheerfulness.

As she reduced the flame to very low, the potion she'd been working on subsided from a low boil to a barely noticeable simmer, and in the resulting quiet, she suddenly thought she heard a noise in the room.

"Hello? Is someone there?" she called out, stepping cautiously out of the laboratory area and nearly tripping over a cane that had been left at the top of the stairs.
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The cane teetered when Jane bumped into it, but it quickly brought itself back upright. If the Ministry were to collapse right now, the two things left standing, would likely be that cane and the archway in the center of the room.

"Jane!" Damian exclaimed in surprise, in the middle of a broom stroke. "To me." Calling to the cane, it zipped to the unspeakable's right hand, while letting the enchanted broom go about it's business unaided. "Not that I don't appreciate the gloomy atmosphere. It really sets a mood..But I've grown tired of working in a dusty mausoleum."

Cane in hand, he confidently climbed up the stairs. His bad leg wasn't giving him much trouble today. Thanks for asking. "How was your holiday?"
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Jane noted vaguely the self-righting cane and briefly thought what a handy bit of magic that was. She looked around at the Chamber as she slowly made her way further down the stairs--it was indeed much cleaner than it had been. She hadn't really been aware for a long time now of the condition of the Chamber; its atmosphere of gloom and disuse rather suited her current mood. Or maybe that was her imagination--the work she was doing could have a depressing effect.

"My holiday?" she finally responded. Had she been on holiday? Oh yes, the trip to Europe; she supposed that might count as a sort of holiday--at least things had turned out more or less all right in the end. "It was all right. I did manage to see some of my old colleagues at the Alchemical Institute at Göttingen." Including the most important one, the meeting she wasn't going to mention to anyone. "But Europe has gotten a bit...strange," she continued, frowing slightly at the memory of the signs she'd seen of Neo-Alliance activity in Germany--their influence had definitely spread beyond London, or Britain.
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"Ah." There was a brief pause, knowing that she wasn't telling the full story, but he had no right to pry. "I keep in touch with magical musicians across the world. We share music, practically a language in it's own right, and some of it has been rather distressing to hear." Few truly knew the secret messages that were sent around the world through song. It could often be felt, but the feeling was hard to decipher without an understanding of their hidden language.

"They took their shot at us first. Even if they couldn't topple the ministry, they did enough damage to embolden their ilk around the world. We have to be vigilant that their evil doesn't take root here again." Giving the cane a squeeze, the weariness in his heart was starting to show through his youthful demeanor. He could see the witch felt something similar. Damian wanted to say something funny to try and lift her spirits. Even if his humor fell flat on her ears, he at least could offer a brief respite from her woes. But today wasn't the day for mirth. What he said next was as cold and serious as the grave.

"I'm going to find him. I've heard rumors that he never escaped the ministry, and has been feeding on employees. I investigated the scene of one of the attacks, and luckily the woman was found alive. But he has killed in the past. Though we have treaties, and accords, saying that his kind deserve to be treated like any other witch or wizard, he's broken every single one. It's his actions that has made a monster out of him." Damian knew that Jane knew who exactly he was talking about. The classification of vampires had been a hotly debated topic throughout the centuries. The unspeakables of the Death Chamber often classify them under their purview. Other departments would sometimes argue against Mysteries claims, at least until MLE needed a specialist.
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"I'm going to find him. I've heard rumors that he never escaped the ministry, and has been feeding on employees. I investigated the scene of one of the attacks, and luckily the woman was found alive. But he has killed in the past. Though we have treaties, and accords, saying that his kind deserve to be treated like any other witch or wizard, he's broken every single one. It's his actions that has made a monster out of him."
The slight crease between Jane's brows had steadily deepened as Damian spoke and she nodded her head slightly a few times. "There is definitely something amiss still at the Ministry, whatever the cause," she replied at last. "I don't know if you were here for the first of the year gala, but I'm sure you've heard about what happened." Jane thought of the sinister blood-like substance that had spurted out of the fountain; she still had a sample of it in one of the labs elsewhere, but had still not managed to identify it completely. That was elsewhere in the building, of course--not in the new lab here in the Death Chamber. This one had to be kept clear of negative influences--at least, outside negative influences; the current experiment was capable of producing quite enough negativity on its own.
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"Though I try not to be here before noon, I did make it there for breakfast that day." Damian said nonchalantly, taking a seat on one of the steps, as the enchanted broom came sweeping by. His work outside the ministry building kept him on the graveyard shift, because the ghastly and the ghouls rarely kept regular business hours. Showing up midday, half asleep, earned him a reputation as lazy to those who did not know the nature of his occupation.

"The pancakes were quite delectable. Even the fountain spouting a viscous red liquid couldn't bring me down from the heights of syrup induced joy." Finding the cold stone rather comfortable against his back, the man sprawled out on the step, letting his head hang off the edge, observing the chamber upside down. "I was actually rather happy to see it. My previous hypothesis was that he was trapped in the ministry. Attacking out of desperation. But the theatrics shows there is more method to his madness. Or, at the very least, he isn't acting alone."

Though it was grim business, he always did it with a smile. It helped to know that he had the epitome of professionalism watching his back.
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Ordinarily Jane would find the sight of someone lolling off one of the steps in the Death Chamber to view it upside down amusing, but nothing lately seemed amusing to her. It was the work, she knew--this phase of the experiment was bound to cause negative feelings to well up in a person, Jane knew that. But still, even knowing it in advance did not keep it from depressing her.

And the fact that she, along with other Ministry staff, had been unable so far to discover exactly what that liquid in the fountain really was.

Seating herself on another of the stone steps, Jane rested her head on one hand. "No, he's not working alone," she commented glumly. "He doesn't have the capability of producing that liquid in the fountain. So far, it's defied all of the combined abilities and knowledge of the Ministry; no one in any of the departments has been able to analyze exactly what it is." Jane felt rather a failure at the moment and gave a sad sigh.
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"Hmm." Though he was listening to every word, Damian was easily distracted. With an upside-down perspective, he was looking around the chamber. The tower inverted, death inverted. But whatever truth he was trying to find was not easily revealing itself.

Raising his head to look at Jane (The Empress? Queen of Pentacles?), Damian did not notice her melancholy until he turned his view upright. "Have some chocolate." Reaching into a pocket, there was a jingling of coins, and various trinkets, before he pulled out a black wrapped chocolate bar with gold inlay. Unwrapping the bar, the unspeakable was unaware of the pair of notes that had tumbled from his pocket, an origami frog and crane. "Pair of unspeakables came up with this specific brand of chocolate in this very chamber. It was meant to treat dementor sickness, but it's good enough to have as a treat when you're feeling a little blue." Handing Jane a square, the pair of notes were making their attempt to hop/fly away.

"Always thought 'The special ingredient is love.' was just a cute bit of marketing, but I checked the Love Chamber logs. It's true, believe it or not." After snatching up the rogue origami before they could escape, those blue eyes watched intently. Wondering if the woman was being overworked, or that the sanguine substance was having some effect on her. Maybe both.
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Jane walked toward him, not seeming to really hear what he was saying, but all the same she did reach out for the chocolate. Love, eh? Maybe that would help, though she doubted it. She was well into the Black Phase of her alchemical work now, and that required delving into your deepest shadows and facing you worst fears.

Still, chocolate probably wouldn't hurt. She had been working very hard. "Thank you. If nothing else, maybe it will wake me up. I hadn't noticed until just a while ago how late it was. But I wanted to finish what I was doing and put it on a low simmer before leaving it alone."

Jane stood here, meditatively chewing a bite of the chocolate. Maybe a cup of coffee would help...Then she noticed the escaping notes. "Don't let any get away," she commented with just a touch of her dry humor. "They have a tendency to try to jump through the Veil. Whatever is behind there probably doesn't know what to make of them."
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Not sure if the chocolate was having any effect on Jane, seeing her try it at least gave his mood a slight push in the right direction. "I'd like to think they would read them." Damian said hopefully. "Sometimes, at night, when I have the chamber to myself I play my guitar for them. My first published paper was about how ghosts react to music. I figure it's worth a shot, and to be quite honest. the acoustics are pretty great in here." He added with a small smile, harkening back to his first time in this chamber.

"I know it'd be a practice in futility to try and convince you to go home and get some rest. So, perhaps I could talk you into hitting the break room for some coffee, and a little time away from your experiment? Can't have you running yourself ragged. Anything happens to you, who is going to have my back?" They were complete opposites. Night and Day. Life and Death. Through these differences, and the importance of their work, a fierce loyalty was forged. Jane's professionalism and work ethic were two things Damian severely lacked, but deeply respected.

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Jane considered this for a few minutes as she chewed on the rest of the chocolate. It probably would do her good to get away from the Chamber for a while, at that, away from the melancholy vibrations emanating from her experiment and the eerie air that always pervaded the place. And she was at a good stopping place.

"You're right," she finally answered, wiping her hands on a pocket handkerchief that she produced, seemingly from nowhere. "I've been in here too long today. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the Third Floor Break Room." She preferred that one when she wanted to be by herself, and besides, she just remembered she had a biscuit stored away there.

"But fair warning--if I don't get back in time, you may find an oily black cloud that smells like sulphur and rotten eggs emanating from my lab," she remarked wryly over her shoulder to him as she headed up the stairs to the exit.
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With a bit of a grin on his face, Damian felt rather proud of himself for convincing his superior to practice a little self care. How very grown up of him. Wait, what did she say? "You're kidding, right?" He stammered.

"I can't tell when you're kidding!" That grin fell right off his face. "I've worked so very hard to clean this place..." The wizard muttered sheepishly.

What was this chill running down his spine? This sense of impending doom?
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