Approaching the Entrance

After an hour of quiet grumbling about vines and undergrowth that seemed to snag at his every step, Feldard paused as he came within sight of the castle walls. How he’d ended up in the lead position, the dwarf wasn’t sure. Perhaps it was another subtle slight devised by the Elf—quietly telling the others that ‘the clumsy dwarf’ would surely become lost if not kept in sight at all times. In any case, here he was at the forefront of the group, the castle looming ahead.

“Fortunately we have arrived relatively early.” Miklos was glad of the walk this morning, it gave his tried limbs a chance to release the knots in his muscles and the sores of an uncomfortable nights sleep.

“Nicolai, can you and Saeth scout around the back together and see what other possible entrances there are other than the front gates?” suggested Feldard. “Also keep your eyes out for any sign of recent use. Maruc, Miklos and I will await you here and come up with an initial plan.” He looked to the others for their agreement or other suggestions.

Nicolai had not enjoyed the trudge through the trees. He was much happier in more civilized climes. However, he realised that this needed to be done. “Saeth, I recommend we stick together as we circle round, I don’t think it would be pleasant running into difficulty on our own around here.”

“One might hope there is a nice secret way into the bowels of the castle,” offered the spellcaster. “But it wouldn’t be a good defense if a few casual travellers passing could spot it in the fog. I don’t think by the looks of things we will glean much information bar the overall size of the castle by a swift circumnavigation. Which I hasten to add would be safer if we all went rather than split up.”

“I’m sorry master Feldard, but I think it would be better if we stuck together. I don’t think there will be an ever-vigilant guard in a reputedly abandoned castle. But, if there were the undead watching would you not rather have Maruc at your side?”

Maruc nodded and agreed with Miklos. “I understand the need for seeking within the castle walls, but I also think if we split up too far we are placing ourselves at unecessary risk. We shall all scout the castle then if there are no obvious entrances we shall atempt the gateway or with Nicolai’s help, traverse the walls.”

Miklos scanned the gateway to see how secure the castle was. Not secure at all from the looks of it. “If the way is significantly barred against us, I fear we may have to rely on the bravery and fortitude of Nicolai to gain access.”

The dwarf grumped sourly at being out voted by the humans – a ‘merry’ walk through the woods was not what he had in mind this morning – that’s what the Elf was for!

“Fine, we scout together. No wait! I like the mages idea of scrapping the whole scouting idea altogether. It’s just a nuisance anyways. I much prefer walking blindly in through the front gates with no knowledge what I am getting into. That’s a much better plan!” Oh yes, Feldard was in one of those moods that dwarves were quite famous for. And with a last scowling look towards the others, Feldard stomped off towards the castle just to prove how much he liked that plan.

The castle doors were cracked and breaking. If there was a lock, it was no doubt rusted through. No lockpicking skills would be necessary this time! Indeed, as the dwarf neared the entrance, Feldard could see one of the double doors was already cracked open.



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7 responses to “Approaching the Entrance

  1. Journey to the Castle
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp +10xp

    Saeth: 2980/4000
    Maruc: 2875/3000
    Miklos: 2860/5000
    Nicolai: 2675/4800
    Feldard: 2800/4400

  2. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth didn’t know how that foul-tempered dwarf managed to get in front of the pack again. It seemed like a coincidence of his anger, but it almost seemed as if he thought she deserved the insult of being in the rear all the time! Not that it wasn’t an important role, but eating the others’ dust was… well, would have been a lot worse in a bigger group.

    That didn’t stop her from a slight irritability as they approached the front doors. “You waiting for something up there? Too many ghosts blocking the way?” Even from the rear, she could see the damage. To Miklos, in front of her, she murmured, “What do you suppose would be a bargain price for a castle in this condition?”

    Did Miklos ultimately give the sword to Saeth, someone else, or keep it for himself?

  3. Feldard (Dwf 2)

    As foul tempered as he was at the moment, Feldard still had the presence of mind to take in more than just the cracked open door. Ignoring the Elf’s mocking question, he took his time glancing about the entrance – noting the stability of the stonework of the door arch, as well as the outer walls. Once satisfied that the human built stonework wasn’t about to come tumbling down on him he proceeded on. He took hold of the open door and widened it, so that he could enter. His hand went to his axe out of habit and he lead the way in.

  4. Miklos (Mu 2)

    Miklos didn’t wish to abandon the idea of scouting the outskirts of the castle, indeed it is an excellent idea to determine what they are getting themselves into. And off the dwarf goes in a bad mood, this famous Dwarfish anger might get them all killed, or worse.

    “Hold on there Master Feldard! Just because I didn’t agree with your plan to split us up doesn’t mean I disagree with a quick look, judging by the state of the gateway there may be a less obvious entrance. A fallen wall for example?”

    Seath – Yes, you have the Longsword +2!

  5. Maruc (Clr 2)

    Maruc said nothing. Miklos had said it all, but you couldn’t doubt the dwarf’s bravery. Even if it was fuelled by anger. And now the elf was winding him up, this could turn ugly really quick. Maruc couldn’t understand why Feldard had taken such umbridge against the party staying together then deliberately ignoring the caution he first espoused. Dwarf’s were complex creatures. Maybe this was a sort of fear? Who knows, Maruc was no Dwarf psycologist. Maruc grinned absently to himself.

  6. Nicolai (T3)

    Nicolai follows the Dwarf, his eyes ready to spot any traps for the unwary that they may come across.

  7. Can you guys write me a post about Saeth getting the sword from Miklos? Either from when you were at the tavern, while you were preparing to leave or during your journey to the castle.

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