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All employees of the Department of Mysteries are dubbed Unspeakables. This name is well-deserved given the oath every Unspeakable must take before being allowed to begin training as one. People outside the department do not know of the oath, nor that the magically binding oath brings with it dire consequences if broken.


Requirements Edit

Applications to become an Unspeakable are hardly staggering. The fact that not a single person actually knows what they do tends to not draw much attention to their department from Hogwarts students and the like. Among the twenty or so applicants the department sees in a year less than six get beyond the interview and reach the stage of training, if any. Recruitment serves them far better than the open application does, however they do not often have need of seeking new Unspeakables unless one dies or retires.

Intelligence is absolutely paramount to becoming an Unspeakable whether working in Intel or Operations. The divisions all have different standards for their employees, however. The academic requisites for Unspeakable applicants are listed in order of importance per department.

An applicant, or recruit, who passes the phase of the written application and meets all the academic criteria they are asked to come into the Ministry and meet with the department head. The ensuing interview consists of a standard job interview (why do they want to be an Unspeakable, what do they think they will be doing, etc) as well as an extensive psychological profile. Both the interview and psychological exam are conducted under veritaserum. All people coming in are given the option of taking the potion or not, however they are also informed if they refuse the potion their application for employment in the Department of Mysteries will be considered withdrawn.

Grades Edit

For those who did not complete their education at Hogwarts, or any equivalent institution and therefore did not take their NEWTs they may opt to test in each required area of study and any other optional ones for their intended division if they believe themselves to have adequate experience and knowledge.

Death Edit

NEWTs are required in at least four of the following:
• Ancient Runes
• Charms
• Transfiguration
• Potions
• Herbology

OWLs in any of the following are favourable:
• History of Magic
• Arithmancy
• Defense Against the Dark Arts

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Dark Arts
• Healing magics
• Myth/legend dealing with the dead, underworlds and spirits
• Divination specifically dealing with the spirit
• Necromancy
• Anatomy/physiology
• Muggle life support technology

Love Edit

NEWTs are required in at least three of the following:
• Herbology
• Potions
• Charms
• History of Magic

OWLs in any of the following are favourable:
• Defense Against the Dark Arts
• Care of Magical Creatures
• Divination

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Love potions
• Cardiac anatomy
• Memory charms
• Viral weapons (muggle)
• Mystical aromatherapy

Space Edit

NEWTs are required in:
• Astronomy
• Arithmancy
• Ancient Runes

NEWTs or OWLs in any of the following are favourable:
• Charms
• History of Magic
• Transfiguration

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Spacetime
• Planes of existence
• Alternate timelines
• Alternate dimensions
• Theory/myth/legend regarding extraterrestrials
• Intricacies of apparition
• Specific knowledge of any known planets (gravity, atmosphere, etc.)

Thought Edit

NEWTs are required in at least four of the following:
• History of Magic
• Ancient Runes
• Charms
• Arithmancy
• Herbology

Additional NEWTs or OWLs in any of the following are favourable:
• Care if Magical Creatures
• Defense Against the Dark Arts

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Brainwashing techniques
• Desocialisation
• Resocialisation
• Sociology
• Anthropology

Time Edit

NEWTs are required in:
• History of Magic
• Arithmancy
• Ancient Runes
• Charms

NEWTs or OWLs in any of the following are favourable:
• Transfiguration
• Defense Against the Dark Arts
• Herbology

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Spacetime
• Theories of relativity
• Paradox theories relevant to time
• Theories regarding the flow of time (linear versus non-linear timelines)
• Chaos theory

NCOs Edit

NEWTs are required in at least four of the following:
• Defense Against the Dark Arts
• Transfiguration
• Charms
• Potions
• Ancient Runes

Additional NEWTs or OWLs in any of the following fields is also favourable:
• Herbology
• Care of Magical Creatures
• History of Magic
• Muggle Studies

Knowledge of any of the following is preferred, though not required:
• Espionage
• Disguises
• Glamours
• Fluency in other languages/cultures
• Hit Wizard or Auror training

Personality Edit

There is an overwhelming need for Unspeakables to be as completely neutral as possible by nature. On a scale from 0% being white/light and 100% being black/dark they need their employees to be as close to 50% grey as possible. With this tends to come the Devil's Advocate quality. Both sides of a situation must be easily identified at the very least. Often times there are multiple perspectives to be considered and the better a person is at doing this the more likely they are to be accepted for training. A person must be able to justify anything as much of the work that goes on in the Department of Mysteries can easily be used for both good and ill. There is a definite feeling of the ends justifying the means.

Pragmatism is highly valued, but so is a person's trustworthiness. If a person cannot be trusted with Top Secret qualifying information they cannot be an Unspeakable. The things that go on in this department qualify as state secrets and it is a matter of national security the Unspeakables be able to hold their tongues.

Mental stability is another key issue. Unspeakables tend to work with concepts most people cannot wrap their minds around. They also have a tendency to do the safer, low-level experimentation on one another. People have been driven clinically insane from working in the Department of Mysteries. Anyone not found to be unquestionably stable will not be accepted for training.

Training Edit

Testing Edit

Once accepted an applicant has to go through rigorous testing. These are primarily psychological testing with emphasis on mental stability, IQ, and adaptiveness. The psychological battery applicants are put through is one of the most thorough and scrutinising in the world. It is the same for every Department of Mysteries in every country. A background check is also done on everyone applying for a position. Those transferring from one Ministry to another must go through the background check and psychological evaluation anew for each Ministry they become employed at.

The Oath Edit

After an applicant passes the background and psych testing satisfactorily the oath must be taken. It is required and no one enters training without taking it. The oath is a magically binding contract wherein an Unspeakable vows to tell no one outside of Unspeakables and the few who have been granted security clearance anything pertaining to the department or the work it does.

The oath Unspeakables take is a magically binding contract. In it they agree to not divulge anything pertaining to the department or the work it does to anyone who is not also an Unspeakable or among one of the very few who has gained the appropriate security clearance. They are not permitted to discuss their work with Unspeakables of other countries without clearance. Intel and NCOs know who is who within the department, however Unspeakables are forbidden from disclosing any knowledge of divisions or subdivisions to outsiders. The oath does not prohibit an Unspeakable from speaking of things they should not, however when such a thing happens the head of the department, Liam Jameson is made aware of the admission and the exact words spoken during it. Unspeakables are made aware of the fact that if anything at all is discussed with someone outside their department without prior clearance there will be severe consequences up to and including death. This applies even to unintentional slips.

People have very rarely been known to live through such a failing of their duty. Often people simply "disappear." There are rumours of Unspeakables found days, weeks and even months after their disappearance. Always they are dead and horribly mutilated beyond recognition. Usually they are not left anywhere near London or any place they may have ever called home. It has taken a great deal of time and diligence to positively identify the few Unspeakables who turned up dead after having gone astray of their vow.

Training Edit

Because the influx of new personnel in the Department of Mysteries is so irregular training is done on a person-by-person basis. The length of training varies depending upon the individual's current knowledge, background and the division which they wish to join. There is a basic training regiment all Unspeakables go through, Intel and NCO alike. After the basic course Unspeakables go through a much more specialised training specific to the division they'll be working in. Training, while intensive, is much more effective because of the individualisation of it.

Work as an Unspeakable Edit

A person may choose to work in up to two divisions of the department's intel division at one time. Most choose to work in only one area to concentrate their efforts. Unspeakables may choose to change divisions with the approval of the department head. All divisions freely share information amongst each another. Unspeakables working in any of the Intel fields are essentially a combination of researcher, field agent and scientist. Each department looks into a specific area of magic/humanity: Death, Love, Prophecy, Thought, Time and Space. Each of these divisions works on furthering magical abilities of each specific area and on creating new magics (spells, devices, potions, etc.) which are then tested, sometimes on individual test subjects and sometimes on the public. The latter is always unaware testing is being done and no official approval is needed beyond the head of the department.

While the Intelligence Department and the Non-Official Cover Operative Department work very closely Unspeakables do not move between these departments occupationally. Non-Official Cover Operatives are recruited from the Auror department most often, and after several years being successful on the job, while the Intel slots are filled by the sharpest minds they can find. The Intel Unspeakables are the only ones in the Ministry who know the identities of the NCOs and what they do outside of the Operational Dept. The divisions often to go each other with requests for needed information to be gathered or with information for which they need to acquire a test subject. Inter-division cooperation is common, members of different divisions are often working on projects together at any give time. Rarely do projects only require one division from start to finish.

It is not uncommon for the NCOs to "acquire" test subjects for experimentation done by the others. One could easily infer that everyone in the Department of Mysteries is at least slightly shady and has an ambiguous sense of morality when it comes to certain things. These people really understand the grey area very well as they all live in it.

Research Edit

Research begins were all research does, with books and an idea. Concepts and ideas may be drawn up and discarded often in this phase of the process. Once enough information is gathered for a hypothesis and proposal for testing Unspeakables then take the proposal to the division head who will then go to the department's Director, or second-in-command. When a testing regiment is approved things take on a more experimental phase. Many of the initial experimentations, which are generally relatively small and safe, are done on one another. Conclusive results at this phase informs another, more thorough, outline for testing. At this point test subjects are involved so all the Unspeakables are free to concentrate on the work itself and producing results. Sometimes group or mass experimentation is needed. Timing for this sort of experimentation is carefully chosen, though to keep the results pure there is no notice given to those being tested on (See: Mathwall). Often their memories are wiped after. Muggles may or may not be involved in this type of experimentation. After experimentation has concluded at this point a theory is drawn up and sent through the chain of command for approval to conduct more experimentation to prove it more fully.

Their method follows a modified version of the muggle scientific theory:
• Define the question
• Gather information and resources (observe)
• Form hypothesis
• Perform experiment and collect data on a small scale
• Analyse data
• Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis
• Form a new hypothesis
• Perform experiment and collect data on a larger/more intensive scale
• Analyse data
• Form final hypothesis
• Retest (by other Unspeakables than those who ran the initial tests)
• Form theory

Test Subjects Edit

Test subjects are acquired through a variety of means. Most often Unspeakables in the Intel divisions use people brought in by the NCOs as their test subjects. These people are often enemies of state or those who have intimate knowledge the Unspeakables need but whom they cannot acquire said knowledge from through "traditional" methods. This is, of course, entirely involuntary on their part and once the NCOs are finished with accomplishing their own goals with the person it is generally not very pragmatic at all to simply let them go walking freely.

The second most common source of test subjects is Azkaban prison. Sometimes prisoners are only marked as deceased or executed at the prison while they are instead shipped off to the Department of Mysteries. Some of the inmates even actually volunteer, believing nothing the Unspeakables will do could be worse than the dementors. Sadly, it's really not that simple.

On a very rare occasion someone volunteers. Someone who isn't a convicted felon. People decide they simply have to know what it is that the department does and so they go to Jameson and offer themselves as whatever help they may need. They have to be dogged bordering on obsession to end up as a test subject, but some of them do. Some of them even enjoy it. The Unspeakables tend to think they're the worst ones to have for subjects and the least reliable for gathering data as they are clearly already completely crazed and for some reason giddy to be there.

Relationship with the Minister Edit

The Department of Mysteries is hardly the sort of place that should be broadcasting what it does or what methods it employs. The Minister, therefore, is largely kept out of the loop as to the goings on in the department. It has been found that him not knowing is safer for all parties involved. Plausible deniability is more valued than being informed. As such, the department head, Liam Jameson, sometimes gives the Minister vague reports regarding the goings on in the department, but nothing concrete or detailed is ever discussed. When conclusive results and evidence is found and a project ends it is at the sole discretion of the department head whether or not the Minister is informed. The Department of Mysteries head is, therefore, the single authority controlling the flow of information from within the department to outside of it.

The Minister can, however, request direction of the department's investigations. He may make special requests that one division or another concentrate efforts on a particular point of interest for the country. Such requests are, of course, always heavily weighed and either discarded or obliged.

Clearance Levels Edit

Level 6 - This is the clearance level given to NCOs. It is identical to Clearance Level 5 with the sole addition that it also clears them to take unsanctioned measures while on the job outside of the physical department. (It is completely unknown outside of the DoM that there exists a Level 6 Clearance at all.)

Level 5 - This is the clearance level given to Unspeakables. They may take part in research and experimentation, come and go freely from the department, move within the department unsupervised, access archives, and speak freely to all those with clearance for information reception.

Level 4 - This is the clearance level given primarily to Trainees. They may come and go from the department freely, move within the department unsupervised, and may converse freely with all those given Level 4 clearance or higher.

Level 3 - People receiving this clearance level may speak to all those with a clearance of Level 5 openly, though specifics regarding potions, charms, transfigurations, incantations and other DoM specific magics may not be divulged. Those with Level 5 clearance may also speak openly and without being questioned first to those with this clearance level. They may come into the department so long as they are supervised by the same Unspeakable the entire time they are within it. While they may not access archives they may request those with Level 5 clearance access information within the archives and verbally pass the information on given the previous stipulations. It is up to the discretion of the Unspeakable and their division Commissioner if she or he does so.

Level 2 - People receiving this clearance may not enter the department under any circumstances. They may speak to all those with a Level 5 clearance openly regarding the current and recent work done within the department, however Unspeakables will very likely not divulge much information. Specific spells and how to do them cannot be divulged. Likewise, specific potions and how to create them may not be divulged either. No archival requests may be made, nor should such persons be aware of what information is contained within the archives.

Level 1 - People at this clearance level may speak to persons with a Level 5 clearance. They may only receive information without details given. Topics of research and points being researched may not be discussed. No archival requests may be made. Persons at this clearance level may not enter the department under any circumstances.

At no Clearance Level below four should any person have the knowledge disclosed to them that the Department of Mysteries has subdivisions or what they are. No one outside of the DoM should be at all aware that there is an Operational aspect to the division.

Clearance is very rarely given to anyone outside of the Department of Mysteries.

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Pages in category "Unspeakables"

The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total.