Nicolai peered through the keyhole, but could see nothing but darkness.
“We’re just looking remember that,” Feldard reminded Nicolai. The fact that the door had no knob made it a bit of a puzzle. The workmanship of the metal seemed sound. It would likely take more than their brawn to bust through it.
“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.”
“Ack! I thought someone had picked that up. I’ll go and get it.” Nicolai moved back to where they had fought they Bugbear Zombie and searched the corpse. He gingerly pulled the necklace with the key from around its neck.On his return he again checked the door for traps, but found none.
The key was quite unlike any other had ever seen. First, it was very large, which made sense given the size of the keyhole in the door. Second, there were no notches in the key, which were usually necessary in order to properly turn inside the lock.
Nicolai returned to the group, and asked the mage if he could discern anything magical about the door or it’s mechanism.
At Nicolai’s question he looked 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 fascinating 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.”
Maruc and Miklos continued their studies and meditations. By mid-to-late afternoon they were finished.