The Meeting Chamber

“Well if this isn’t a time for preparation I don’t know what is.” The urgency in Miklos’s voice was matched by his desire not be heard by the people up ahead. “I’m not sure how long I can hold a preread spell in my mind along with a pre-meditated one, I need more practice. But I’ll give it my best shot. Could you guys hold back a few moments while I read this before we disturb them?

“Take your time.” Saeth wasn’t entirely sure how sarcastic she meant to be–the boy had proved effective before–but it was ultimately irrelevant, given her position at the rear.

Maruc was feeling strange. It was bizarre, he was in a closed, clamped tunnel but he had the destinct impression he was in a wide open space. He couldn’t seem it place his finger on it. It felt like he was surrounded by friends, of course he was, but these were different friends. Old friends like back when he was in the cloister.

It was like deja vu. Despite the perilous situation he didn’t feel the usual stress, he was calm and prepared. Not invulnerable but stoic. He waited patiently for Miklos to finish his preparation.

Feldard tried not to grumble at the mages request. He looked to Nicolai expectantly. Nicolai told the others to remain silent, and moved towards the individuals below. Feldard edged further along the passage his battle axe at the ready, his dwarven skills with tunnels alert for false floors and other obstacles that might have been built into this obviously Secret Lair.

Miklos flipped open his book again and mouthing the words he bent his concentration to controling the magic. However, as soon as he finished reading, the spell vanished from his mind. Unfortunately, he wasn’t yet capable of holding more than one conjuration in his mind at a time.

Saeth drew her blade, picturing herself going through forms as she breached the archway. Finally, as the small band moved forward, she murmurred once again the mystic words of her protective spell.

They saw a large room, gloomily lit by smoldering fires. Standing along the walls of the room are 20 men, all dressed in robes and hoods. At the far side of the room is a man wearing a red and gold robe and a large wooden mask. He is speaking to the crowd in a hollow echoing voice.

“And now is our time! The city will lie helpless before us! The people will side with us. Our enemies can be crushed. The Duke will feel our power, will hear only our voice. Those who oppose us are weak. Those who betray us are traitors.” Shouts of agreement fill the air.

“Then take him, take the traitor!” he shouts and points to one of the robed men. “The woman should not have been killed!”

At this, the hooded men spring towards the accused, an inarticulate growl of rage in their throats. His screams of panic rise above all.

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5 responses to “The Meeting Chamber

  1. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth glanced behind her, confirming that the companions would not suffer a unhappy surprise from the rear. She’d only gotten a moment’s glance at the men in the room before her, but if they were aristocrats rather than brawlers, she thought her odds pretty good–and did not the pervasive hoods suggest that the wearers had much to lose from being identified, just as their actions suggested an imperative from the elites?

    Despite a twinge of impatience, she was largely content with the slight delay as those in the front steeled themselves. She didn’t feel half sorry for the Veil’s most recent victims, and was willing to let the mob’s frenzy run its course before rushing in.

  2. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    Feldard watched from his semi-concealed position along the stone passageway as the crowd grabbed the “traitor”. To his mind one less person to fight given the Veiled’s greater numbers was worth a bit of a wait – that is unless they could convince the traitor that he had a better chance of surviving by fighting wtih them against his former friends.. eh in either case they were still badly outnumbered. Surprise only helped so much.
    He glanced back towards the mage wondering if he’d cast his spell yet. He hadn’t seen anyone drop yet.. maybe he did some other protective spell.. as much as the dwarf hated magic.. something to help would be of use right about now.
    He looked to each of his companions a moment then stopped at the mage and gestured to the room mouthing silently. ‘Whenever your ready..’

  3. Miklos (Mu 1)

    Miklos, too busy to really appraise the situation properly, couldn’t judge whether an assualt would be worthwhile. There seem to be alot of voices comming from the chamber. If he’d been in a position to see, he probably would have bulked at the idea of going in simply because of the odds. But by Feldards assesment they could take them on with a reasonable chance of success. Beading over persperation trickled down his forehead as he tried to control the magic. Through gritted teeth he hissed, “I’m ready now, do we go in or leave get help from the Tribune?”

  4. Maruc

    As the voices raised in the room beyond Maruc risked a look from behind Feldard then ducked back quickly. It looked a folly to charge in there, they would have to put down four men each and by their current experience all of the ‘veiled they had met so far had been seasoned brawlers. Even if Miklos could fell five as he had done during the assualt it would take him a while to fell another five with the magic left in him and he would be useless until he read the spell again by which time they may all be dead.

    They may also be able to save the ‘veiled man being perseciuted. He may have valuable information that he would be prepared to tell such as Nicolai had, but by the sounds of it they may well be too late anyway.

    That still left at least two men each and these guys were fanatical so were unlikely to flee unless severly outnumbered or outclassed. Let us hope that the felling and engagement of three quarters of their number may be enough for the others to rout. Maruc took a deep breath.

    “The odds don’t look good, but there is a slim chance if we attack them while they are otherwise engaged. With surprise Miklos may have enough time to fell half the ‘veiled before we attack if we are luckly. But, my vote would be to get the Tribune as Miklos suggested, but we may loose them.”

  5. The Chambers of the Veiled Ones:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +5xp +10xp DM choice
    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 1715/4000
    Maruc: 1625/1500
    Miklos: 1575/2500
    Nicolai: 1525/2400
    Feldard: 1520/2200

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