Fire, Doors and Anagrams

“Well it seems this was recently occupied, there is a lit fire. We must have made a terrible din for us to be heard through three closed doors and a stairwell, if Dentiata was here.”

Seeing the still well lit fire, Feldard frowned in agreement. After 6+ hours of not being tended, it should be naught but coals. He pulled loose his axe and prowled the perimeter of the room using his keen engineers eye to look for subtle clues that tell tale of a secret passage or doorway in the construction. “That fire should have died by now..” He hissed to the others. “There is at least one other still up here. Stay alert!”

“It could be magical fire Feldard.” Miklos suggested.

The dwarf scowled at the mages suggestion. “Then check it!” The ornery dwarf then turned his attention to examining the walls, where he saw a silver panel located near the door they had entered, and a matching one on the door at the south side of the room, which was being checked by Nicolai.

Miklos’s eyes lit up at the rows of books. “This must be worth a fortune. I have only seen such a collection in the Mage’s guild library in Specularum. Even if these are not magical tomes each is worth a years salary to an artisan. Paper is dreadfully expensive.”

Like a boy in a sweet shop he settled at the reading desk and scanned the pages laid there, lost in thought.

The papers on the desk mostly dealt with day-to-day matters. For example a letter to a merchant in Specularum requesting the immediate delivery of some unspecified supplies. The letter was signed “Thaddigren Dentiata”.

Another piece of paper, covered with doodles and odd writing. It appeared that Dentiata was keenly interested in anagrams. For example, the letters of Duke Stefan Karameikos were rearranged to read Duke Take Arms Of Snake. Another was Big Mouth Learn Safe from Bargle the Infamous, court wizard of the Black Eagle Barony.

Meanwhile, the priest scanned the titles. Most of them were meaningless to him. “Treatise in Planar physics by Mortius Dire.” He fingered along the row. “Preparations and Ointments by A A Milne. Ahh… Flystitching by J R Heartbleed…” He spoke to Miklos without turning. “Books of Blood by Clive Carver, is this what you Magi call a little light reading?”

Maruc didn’t expect a reply, anyway he was too busy trying to locate information on the words Miklos had read from his notes. “Hmm Taymora…taymora…ahh this looks interesting.” He flopped out a book and readed its cover…

“Not even sturdy Feldard will be up to carrying these home for you, Miklos.” Saeth shivered a bit, imagining that the humans would insist on reading every one before they left. “Perhaps I’ll go take a look at the other rooms while you look around this one.”

The Elf, eager to complete the exploration of the tower, then left the room to listen at the second doorway in the hallway. She heard no noises coming from behind it.

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9 responses to “Fire, Doors and Anagrams

  1. Hey guys, try to be specific about your what your characters are searching.

    Saeth: 10xp+10xp
    Maruc: 10xp+10xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp+10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp+5xp
    Feldard: 10xp+5xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 5690/8000
    Maruc: 5620/6000
    Miklos: 5585/10000
    Nicolai: 5245/9600
    Feldard: 5735/8800

  2. Just updated the post with Feldard’s last comment and updated the last sentence about Saeth.

  3. Saeth Tegau

    Hearing nothing from the room, Saeth threw the door open and peered inside.

    A weak hint/idea: “Airtight Addenda Net” is an anagram for Thaddigren Dentiata… but not the only one…

  4. Nicolai (T3)

    “Oh great a dark mage with a liking for word puzzles. Anyway, where abouts in Specularum is this merchant based, and are there any others that we might need to trace.”

  5. Maruc (Clr3)

    DM: Maruc was seraching the titles of the books for Nithia, Nyx, Taymora, Dread Night etc. as Miklos had instructed. if he finds nothing pretaining to this he will aid Miklos in any further searches.

  6. Miklos (Mu3)

    At the Dwarf’s comment. “If it bcomes an issue I will waste even more of your valuabley time and my magic determining if the Fire is magical. O we could just continue?”

    Miklos noted all the anagrams on his parchment with the other notes. But soon realised that this might have just been a passtime. Still it might mean some things could be easily overlooked.

    Miklos continued to study the titles with maruc for a while. Any books that seem of immediate interest he will take. But Miklos will not overload himself. He has every intention of returning and transporting all these books into storage in one of his fathers more secure and dry warehouses.

    DM: If there is nothing else of interest Miklos will leave to continue the

    No time for delaying, “Time to move on Maruc my friend, thank you for your assistance.” He nodded as the cleric gathered up his bits and prepared to leave. Miklos followed suit.

  7. Nicolai (T3)

    Nicolai looks up from his searches and realizes that Saeth is no longer present.

    “Saeth seems to have gone on ahead, much as this room may prove to be interesting, I suggest we follow her, at least that way if there is any creatures left here, we will not allow them to pick us off one by one.”

    Nicolai leaves the room and follows Saeth.

  8. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard grumbled to himself at Miklos’ reply. “Nevermind.”
    His grumbling became more vocal hearing that the elf had gone on. “Damned impatient elf!” He didn’t mention to the others the paneling on either side of the door but made a mental note to check back on it afterwards. He followed out after everyone else, closing the door behind him and continued further down the hall.

    (Can you PM me what was of note with the silver panels on either side of the door?)

  9. Everything of note about the silver panels was in the post.

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