Death’s Door

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“Dwarf! You alright in there? I hear not a thing!” The Elf’s voice echoed up the hallway, reverberations emphasizing the silence of the dispatch of the spider.

Feldard worked his way towards the sleeping arachnid, avoiding the webbing as needed. He didn’t dally or waste time in finishing off the spider. “Well, that was a challenge.”

“Well Master Feldard a challenge was not what it was meant to be.” Miklos said. “Fortunately there was only one of them it could have been much worse. Now that you mention a door ahaed of us I see that my fears of raising alarm for the other dwellers of the castle were unfounded.” Miklos then left to return his studies.

Feldard noted the door, and pointed it out to Nicolai. “Can you check to see if it’s locked, without announcing our presence to whatever is behind it?”

“I think it might be a good idea if we used a torch to burn away this webbing whilst we have time,” suggested Nicolai. “I would hate to get stuck in it if we need to retreat urgently at some point.”

So, they set about to do just that. The webs burned away quite easily, clearing the hallway. After searching for traps and examining the ceiling, Nicolai moved towards to door, with Feldard backing him.

The sturdy door had no knob. In the center of it, there was large keyhole located in the mouth of a skull which seemed to rise menacingly out of the metal surface.

* * * * *

Miklos returned to the quiet room where Maruc was mumbling to himself. Miklos did’t catch the words but it wasn’t disturbing. He sat down next to him and flipped open his book and bent to the task of learning a new spell. This time he set about memorising magic missile. He guessed it would be more useful against the undead.

Maruc hardly noticed the young mage sit down beside him. Since there where no crys of alarm Maruc guessed that Miklos’s plan had worked. “Well done.” he mumbled trying not to break his concentration, then he returned to communing with his God.

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10 responses to “Death’s Door

  1. The Webbed Passage:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +10xp
    Miklos: 10xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 3455/4000
    Maruc: 3400/6000
    Miklos: 3350/5000
    Nicolai: 3105/4800
    Feldard: 3250/4400

  2. Can anything be seen through the keyhole?

  3. Nothing can be seen through the keyhole

  4. Feldard (Dwf 2)

    “We’re just looking remember that,” Feldard reminded Nicolai.
    The fact that the door had no knob made it a bit of a puzzle. And when they returned, he made a point of asking the group whether a key had been found on any of the bodies encountered so far. Unlocking otherwise might present a problem. The workmanship of the metal seemed sound. It would likely take more than their brawn to bust through it.

  5. Saeth Tegau

    “A key?” Saeth answered the Dwarf, “Perhaps the blow it dealt addled me, but I seem to recall that great skeletal goblin had such a thing around its neck. You might want to search its corpse.”

  6. “Ack! I thought someone had picked that up. I’ll go and get it.”

    Nicolai moves back to where they had fought they Bugbear Zombie and searches the corpse.

    On his return he again checks the door for traps.

    Once Miklos has finished stufying, Nicolai will ask him if he can discern anything magical about the door or it’s mechanism

  7. Maruc (Clr 3)

    From Defeating the Guardian of the Key:

    When Maruc has finished his meditation he will search the corpse of the undead Bugbear, at least to retrieve the key from around its neck. He will then pass it to Nicolai to see if he recognises the key type or style to give a clue as to what it might open.

    Nicolai has the Key already 🙂

    Maruc continues to Pray…

  8. Miklos (Mu 2)

    Miklos continues to study. At Nicolai’s question he looks up. “What? Oh, a magical door you say? Quite possibly. Considering the keyholder was on the outside of the door suggests that the Master of the castle has left. Look here, Nicolai, there is an incantation here that will unbar even magically locked doors. See this part of the incantation reverses the flow of magic ions through a twist Nihibraal flux thus releasing the….oh I seem to have lost you. Quite fansinating though devilishly complicated stuff, I’m going to need alot of practice before I can employ much magic though.”

    “But saying that I doubt if that door is magically held for two reasons. If someone with just a little more magical experience than myself can defeat the enchantment, its not worth the energy to seal the door. The second point being that we are facing a Necromancer and he has placed his trust in his craft noteably rasing the Bugbear to protect his belongings. Yes very apt. Magical enchantments, even ‘permanent’ ones, never last forever. Undead do, according to some of the texts I have read. No its not likely that the door is magically barred.”

  9. Miklos (Mu 2)

    Miklos returns to his studies if there are no other questions.

  10. The post where Maruc picked up the key didn’t make it into the narrative because it was commented while I was making the new post. Sorry I missed it.

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