The Stone Of Sacrifice

The squat figure disappeared into the dark, and silence filled the room. All that could be heard was the slow breathing of the four companions, waiting for news of the fifth. Finally, after an interminable wait, the elf called in her singsong voice, “Master Dwarf, has the darkness swallowed you whole?”

Miklos waited to see if the surly dwarf replied. The rope hadn’t gone slack so there was still hope. he had stopped though he must have reached the obstruction. “What have you discovered Feldard?” he asked trying to keep his voice level.

Maruc paid out the rope until the dwarf stopped. He kept the rope from draggin on the ground and waited for Feldard to reply to the questioning.

“Sod this.” Nicolai drew his sword and with one hand on the rope followed Feldard in.

“When touching the stone in here you can see. It is a sacrifical alter—an eight pointed, dark red stone alter about 15 ft across. Has grooves on it for channeling blood I think. It’s been used extensively by the stains I see. In front of the stone is a pedestal, for holding a book. ” He pauses a moment hearing footsteps and feeling a tug on the rope. “I suppose that means the rest of you are coming in now too?”

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13 responses to “The Stone Of Sacrifice

  1. Note: The pedestal is for holding a book, but there is currently no book upon it.

  2. Saeth Tegau

    “I, for one, have little care for seeing this sacrificial altar, or enjoying whatever use you might put it to. If our apprentice wizard here wishes to take a look, that couldn’t hurt, but I’ll just as soon wait out here.” The Elf relaxed, hearing Feldard’s voice from the darkness, but was not entirely comfortable with the wizard’s spell.

  3. Miklos (Mu3)

    Miklos’s mood darkened slightly at the ‘apprentice’ comment. He tried to keep it for his face. Who was this Elf to question the training of human Magi? Perhaps it was the Elven unique approach to magic. Perhaps he should not be as swift to judge her as she had judge him. Feeling slightly more superior at this thought he relpied, “Indeed I wish to experience these things as it will enable me to identify simliar artifacts and form opinions based on personal observation in the future.”

    That said he now had to brave the darkness. He still wasn’t entirely convinced that it wasn’t some clever ruse by a malevolent mimic. Still he couldn’t back down in front of Saeth now. He stifly drew himself up, took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. Before he could change his mind he closed his eyes and walked straight toward Feldards voice.

    He walked straight into Feldard.

    “Ow, sorry.” He said absently and blindly his arm reached out. Into fresh air. Stumbling he cursed and picked himself back up climbing up the alter. He could see and the first thing he saw was the Dwarfs surly expression and the slow shake of his head.

    “I’m sorry.” ‘I must stop apologising’ he told himself.

  4. Maruc (Clr3)

    Maruc’s jaw dropped at the same time as his hold on the rope. Miklos breezed past him. “But you arn’t protected.” He breathed, too late.

    He glanced over to Saeth then into the darkness. “I still wouldn’t advise going in there.” Then he directed his next question into the darkness, “Are their any ways on from in there?”

  5. Nicolai (T4)

    Ooops, miss read about the book pedestal

    Nicolai, walks back out of the darkness following the rope. “There was a pedestal for a book, it might be an idea if we work out which book was to sit on that pedestal. And then burn it. This kind of knowledge should be destroyed.”

  6. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard studied the alter more as he waited for Nicolai and Miklos. The clerics question had him searching about for hidden doorways or secret paths under the alter. A little far fetched to be sure but.. these were evil mages they were dealing. Might as well check..

  7. Miklos (Mu3)

    “Hmm interesting.” Miklos studied the alter. “Our asumptions were correct. A blood collection bed? Or perhaps just a method of keeping the surgeon and the floor clean whilest he works?” This sounded more dispassionate than he intended. “And the book stand, reminds you of a recipe book stand I have seen in kitchens does it not? Or church pulpit…”

    Miklos traced the direction of the deep groove to see where all the blood collected.

  8. Nicolai (T4)

    “I very much doubt it was a kitchen, unless you can force a cow up several flights of stairs, through a magically darkened area and then up onto that slab. Miklos, do you fancy trying that?

    “But it is unlike any church I’ve ever entered.”

  9. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “What? Eh?” Miklos paused in his investigation and turned to Nicolai. “Sorry, I was thinking aloud. No, no this is no kitchen. I was refering to the nature the tables’ design. I was likening the ‘book stand’ to what you might find in say a kitchen or a church not the room or its function. Judging by the size of it I’d imagine this was used for disecting creatures no bigger than a man.”

    Miklos returned to his searches.

  10. Miklos (Mu 3)

    From Nicolai:

    “There was a pedestal for a book, it might be an idea if we work out which book was to sit on that pedestal. And then burn it. This kind of knowledge should be destroyed.”

    Miklos bulked at this comment. “Would you then surrender your weapons so that you may not harm anyone further? Weapons are not evil people are. The fact that a man might use Dentiatas knowledge for evil intent does not in itself mean that knowledge is evil. Its not the search for the secrets of life a noble calling? It is only what Dentiata and his Sons of Night have done with this knowledge that is reprehensible. It would be wise to take his studies to the Mages guild so that they might better understand the foes set against them.”

  11. Nicolai (T4)

    “Miklos, I understand that argument, but there is also the point of view that the more you study your enemy, the more you think like him. And the more you think like your enemy the more you become your enemy. This should be destroyed, not so that the rituals are lost forever, as with evil men and evil powers nothing is forever, but so that these rituals are much harder to rediscover. And so that good men, with the best of intentions do not meander down that road without realizing it.

    “Do we know Denatia’s or Sevastian’s original intentions when they discovered the material in the first place? No, they could have had just as good intentions as you do, and just carried on in their relentless quest for knowledge.

    “Just my Kopeks’s worth.”

  12. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos would find the distruction of any knowledge abhorrent. Be it evil or no. His phylosphical view would always err toward the ‘arms race’ method of hording knowledge. There is always something a little mindless about this – intelligent people are not always blessed with common sense…..

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

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 5980/8000
    Maruc: 5925/6000
    Miklos: 5910/10000
    Nicolai: 5605/9600
    Feldard: 6055/8800

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