Almost before the creature toppled over in its ruin Maruc dashed toward the recumbrant Saeth. Miklos’s hands were covered with blood in his attempts to stop the flow. “Thanks Miklos. You’ve done what you could.”
With the undead dealt with, the dwarf turned his attention to the downed Elf. “How is she? Priest, can you aid her?”
Maruc assessed her quickly, fortunately there was just one major laceration across her midrift amongst the minor cuts. The Axe had bitten deep but wound shock had stopped her blood before too much had been spilt. Much deeper and that cruel weapon would have taken her life. Maruc swiftly staunched her wound and stabilized her condition. “This, my dear Saeth is going to really hurt when you wake up.” He looked up, “Someone give me a strip of cloth before her inside become outsides!” Miklos dashed off and returned moments later with the curtain from the library. Acknowledging him with a nod Maruc returned to his task.
Leaving the elf in the clerics knowledgable hands, Feldard moved to retrieve the bugbear’s weapon. Picking it up, he tested it’s weight and balance. For its size, it was not all that heavy. Its worksmanship was excellent, and was in much better condition than the dwarf’s battleworn axe.
After Miklos had wiped his hands of much of the blood he rolled his sleeves back down. Two things had caught his interest. One, the robed figure on the floor and, two, the Axe that Feldard was investigating. It certainly gave him that urgent feeling of arcane discovery. What luck! To possibly find two powerful items of enchantment within a fortnight of his shearing. Miklos searched the corpse of the robed man on the floor thoroughly.
He discovered a dagger, a small handful of gold pieces, a waterskin and a bag containing a thick book. It was a spell book. Most of the pages were empty, indicating that the deceased sorceror was not much more advanced than Miklos.
Meanwhile, Maruc finished dressing Saeth’s wounds. “Its the best I can do for now. But I insist that we retire from further investigation until we have had a rest. I know we have only been in here about an hour but I am not yet high enough in the favour of Halav to stitch you lot up every ten minutes.” Maruc wasn’t grinning this time, he looked tired. “I must pray, here or outside if you prefer. I don’t lose people on my watch.”
Concentrating on the book so intently, Miklos didn’t even notice the cleric departing. After some study, he determined the spellbook held the incantations for Read Magic, Detect Magic, Light, Magic Missile, Hold Portal, Mirror Image and Knock. Suddenly, he remembered the axe. He looked up from his newly acquired book to the Dwarf. “Feldard, may I study that axe while Maruc is meditating? If its not obvious to you, I think its powerfully enchanted like Saeths Blade.”
Miklos opened his spell book and read a spell that would allow him to determine the axe’s magical qualities, if it had any. He recited the spell, and then held the axe in his hands, as required. The axe did have an enchantment of moderate size upon it. Not as strong as the blade they had taken from Radu, but still it would be a powerful weapon in the hands of the dwarf. He informed Feldard of the good news, and handed him the mighty weapon. “Feldard I don’t suppose you could ensure there are no other surprises about to spring on us from the the creatures lair.” Miklos then pulled out his map, added the room to it and made the note: ‘Kitchen(?)’ (1 Bugbear, deceased (again))
At the priest’s request for a break, he nodded. “We’ll head to back to where the door had been blocked. Nicolai, would you check the lair. I’ll keep watch along this hall, while you do that.” The priest returned and helped the mage take the Elf to the ‘Dining Room’. Feldard backed Nicolai and kept a watch down the unexplored hallway.
Nicolai searched the room carefully, and picked up his own short sword, sheathing it. For the timebeing, he would Saeth’s blade until she recovered to a waking state. Searching the dead goblins, he found a few silver and copper pieces, and various rusted weaponry. The bugbear had nothing remarkable on him other than the large key that hung from the necklace around his neck. He found no secret passages or other items of interest.
Peering down the hallway, it was dark, as there were no elevated windows here as in the rest of the castle. The dwarf’s infravision allowed him to see further in. He was alarmed to see thick spider webbing start to appear deep into the passage.
Afterward, they made their way back to where Miklos and Maruc were, and once in the room, they braced the door with a heavy weight. “Nicolai, I’ll take the first watch”. As he did so, he roved the already explored rooms to be sure nothing new appeared to threaten the party.
“Instead of waiting here, would it make sense to journey Sisak. Or failing that, retreat to one of the side rooms. At least that way we will only have one entrance to worry about,” Nicolai proposed as they rested inside the castle.
It was approaching noon by their best estimates. In less than two hours, the cleric would finish his meditation and be able to heal their wounded companion.