Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder


“By all the Immortals they don’t make it easy for us!” Maruc grumbled as he sprinted across the room avoiding the bundle on the ground and the hole.

Miklos quckly assessed the situation as he watched their bid for freedom. Its a shame he hadn’t noticed the ladder in the first place, they had a good half a rooms lead on them. Nicolai was fast on his feet and would probably catch the second man as he climbed after but that would leave the other at the top – any sensible man with the morals of a sewer rat would cut the rope ladder whilest his companion delayed his capture. He would then be able to summon help this he realised the party could ill afford to contemplate. He had to delay them and this would be a perfect opportunity to question someone once they were tied up.

He silenced his thoughts as he summoned the calm required for the arcane ritual the greasy tang of source-magic filled the air as it began to warp and stretch almost imperseptably, only the most trained can percieve the arcane.

“By my beard! I will skin you two witless, lily-livered cretins for making me run!” Feldard roars as he charges after the two fleeing scoundrels.

If his axe were smaller he might consider trying to throw it at their backs but like any good battle axe, it is of immense weight and size and not easily thrown over any distance. “Elf, don’t you have a bow or something…”But Saeth was already in motion, drawing one dagger after another and launching them at the fleeing men, already breaking into a run.

Nicolai, faster than the others, even the elf, had sprinted ahead. Great, they made a break for it, perhaps he should have moved round quietly, he thought, but it seemed more appropriate to make a stand here. Still, you can’t change the past. He hoped he would have back up as he approached the ladder.

The young rogue needn’t have worried for Miklos released the tendrils of the magic and it leapt with frightening speed toward the two men slowing their minds and legs making them buckle and stumble. He had aimed the spell upwards, ensuring that only the hooded thugs would be affected. They dropped from the rope ladder, landing with a resounding thud at the feet of Nicolai.



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9 responses to “Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder

  1. Great job with your posts everybody. This is going really well!
    Flight Not Flight:
    Saeth: 10xp +5xp combat
    Maruc: 10xp +5xp 2nd Post +5xp combat
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp DM choice (nice magic description) +5xp combat
    Nicolai: 10xp + 10xp 1st Post +5xp combat
    Feldard: 10xp +5xp combat
    Saeth: 415/4000
    Maruc: 395/1500
    Miklos: 345/2500
    Nicolai: 250/1200
    Feldard: 160/2200

  2. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    Feldard slows his charge to a walk, not that it had gained much speed, and approaches the two downed and sleeping men. He lightly nudged one with his booted foot and glances over towards Miklos with a grudging nod. Dwarves and magic don’t mix well. Just knowing he’s in the same area that magic has been cast makes his beard itch but the mage did keep them from escaping. “I see you are of some use in battle after all, Mage”

    He turns back to the two diggers and assists in tying them. “Has anyone checked their sack?” Though he has a suspicion of what is within.

  3. Saeth Tegau

    They dropped from the rope ladder, landing with a resounding thud just a few steps ahead of Saeth. Her eyes widened, and she looked back at Miklos, his arms outstreched and quivering with power, with a newfound admiration. That was a timely channeling worthy of Milenya the Avenger!

    Turning back to the men, she knelt, retrieving her daggers and quickly frisking their prone bodies. Without looking up as she did, she asked, “So, what’s this bundle that they thought so important?”

  4. Hmm… shouting and falling bodies make a lot of noise. Nicolai steps over the prone bodies and climbs the ladder to see what is above.

    He does this carefully, so as to try and hear any noises from above as well

  5. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    He glances over to the Elf with an oddly sour look as their actions and similarly timed comments show them to be of like mind. How is that even possible!? He grumps, leaving her with the still unconscious bodies and goes to check out the sack.

  6. Miklos (Mu 1)

    Miklos sighed as he came down from the rush of magic.

    “I see you are of some use in battle after all, Mage”
    Feldard commented.

    Miklos’s eye glinted, “Naturally, mighty Feldard. Remember they are sound asleep, not unconscious. Tie them well.” He added.

  7. Maruc (Clr 1)

    Maruc stared as the men folded neatly infront of him. It was like watching a souffle sag. He remebered the young Magi’s words and fumbled in his backpack for rope. He hadn’d got any… by all the Immortals, rope!

    “Does anyone have rope?” he asked. Then he realised the bundle must have been tied with something. “Pass that rope over please Mistress Saeth when you’ve finished untieing that bundle – many thanks.”

    After Maruc and Feldard finished tieing them up Maruc gently wakes the first one.

    “Good morning my friend. I trust you’ve had a nice rest after your labours. I have one or two questions that you can provide the answers to.” Maruc continued.

    “Firstly, who are you, why are you here and what is the purpose of the tunnel network?”

  8. Saeth Tegau

    >“Pass that rope over please Mistress
    >Saeth when you’ve finished untieing
    >that bundle – many thanks.”

    Saeth will, by all means, check the bundle if nobody gets to it first, but I’d be stunned if nobody else had by the time she finishes her search of the bodies (hence her question).

    If the bundle’s tyings don’t prove strong enough, I’d recommend taking a couple rungs off the rope ladder. Shouldn’t be a problem… Except maybe for the dwarf (~_^)

  9. If there appears to be noone at the top of the ladder, Nicolai will scout the room out and listen at doors etc, to see if there is anything else.

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