“You want to try that lever? Or shall we put Feldard to work on it with his axe?” Saeth’s voice didn’t betray her own opinion.
At the Elf’s comment, Feldard snorted, “What? Can’t figure out how to get into it? Here, let me take a look. The dwarf will amble over and look over the trapdoor and take in its construction with an eye for engineering.
Studying the lever located underneath the feedrack, the dwarf could see where the gears were hidden that lead underneath the stall floor. As he studied it, he mused out loud. “I wonder if this, instead of leading to the Tower, is a exit for the underground dungeon with the man-eating plants?”
“No, just dwarf eating ones,” joked Nicolai.
Miklos caught himself smiling at Nicolai’s comment and quickly assumed a somber expression. “He’s got a point, this might be a trap, but either way we must investigate it in case it is a secret tunnel. Afterall, it has been concealed. Most traps are designed to catch the unwary blundering into them. They aren’t by and large secreted in hidden tunnels. I’d be more wary in the Tower itself. However, considering the speed the Tower was erected by orcish labour, I doubt many traps have been installed. Now if the locals had mentioned Dwarven engineers building it, my opinion would be different.”
“Unlucky, Feldard old boy! Sadly, you are most qualified of all of us to go first. But to boost your confidence, I’ll be right behind you.” Maruc grinned broadly. “I expect that will make you feel so much better.”
The dwarf threw Nicolai a slight glower at the teasing, but the both the Mage and Priest were correct. Dwarven engineers and stoneworkers could have built a better Tower if they so wanted; and he was the most qualified to lead. Feldard looked to the Cleric with a snort “That eases my mind to no end. Remind me again of that promise I had you make about me going after evil mages?”
“I, for one, have no problem leaving the Dwarf in the rear.” Saeth saw fit to interject a stronger opinion now than a moment before. “I certainly don’t lack the courage to lead. Open the door and clear my way.”
“I’d suggest Saeth and Feldard at the front, followed by myself, Miklos then Maruc,” recommended Nicolai. “And if Maruc, myself or Miklos can carry a torch, so that we humans can see, that should not interfere too much with your infravsion Saeth and Feldard.”
“I think you overestimate the limits of my eyes, Nicholai. Not that I would lament the ability the torch provides to see colours, but I trust your plan doesn’t rely in any way upon our infravision?” asked the elf.