Getting Unstuck

“What a clever way of resting we’ve discovered,” Saeth murmured. “How long before this wizardry consumes us both?” She tried to keep a touch of fear out of her voice, but this was really not how she wanted to die; on her back, immobile, and quite possibly of starvation.

The priest turned around, “Miklos what do you think?”

Miklos stepped in next to Maruc. Feldard, quite possibly the stronger of the two, had limited movement. Saeth, he could see, had a good degree more she only seemed pinned by her sword. What was strange was the way Feldards chainmail seemed to be being sucked onto the surface it a bizarre gravity-defying way and the flat of his axe blade firmly affixed to the object his iron helmet making a valiant attempt to pull his head off by the chinstrap. Possibly this was some sort of giant lodestone?

“Maruc, you were wise not to enter the room. See how the stone seems to suck at the metal, yet not at Mistress Saeth’s leather armour?” He paused, “I will need your help. Remove any metalic items you have and place them safely away from this area.” Miklos, not taking any chances, removed his silver daggers. He tied a rope around his waist and looped it around the railing and gave the other end to Maruc. Leaning his staff against the railing within ease reach he gingerly stepped forward to untie Seath’s scabbard.

“This is no wizardry. This is a giant lodestone as our mage suggests. I should have recognized it before but for the size of it” The dwarf mumbled grumpily. He had managed to get his helmet off and turn over onto his back. His battle axe laid next to him. With enough effort, he was able to raise his arms, and even his shoulders slightly, but could not get up on his own.

With her scabbard released, Saeth was able to rise. Though she still had a few small pieces of metal on her person, such as her belt buckle, the magnetic pull was not strong enough to restrain her.


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11 responses to “Getting Unstuck

  1. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth glanced across, and thought of teasing the Dwarf’s incapacitation some more. Then, recalling her momentary predicament, she thought better of it, and crouched, striving to pull her blade off this ‘giant lodestone’. Perhaps later she could write a tale of “the lodestone that didn’t point north”, but now was hardly the time.

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    “Would you louts quite dwaddling and help me here! I need a hand or two to get me up”
    The dwarf reaches out for the offered hands and with the help tries prying himself loose and towards the railing rather than further onto the stone.
    (assuming with help he can manage to get up and out)

    Afterwards, free of the pull of the lodestone, Feldard removes his armor and all other metal on him then goes back to retrieve his battle axe and helm. Dragging both across to the edge of the stone and then pulling with all his might.

    (I’m away from a computer for the next couple days. I hope to be back on line late Thursday or Friday)

  3. Nicolai (T4)

    “Did anyone notice if such an area existed at Sevatian’s castle? And is this right above the altar?”

    Nicolai removes all metal from his person, and leaves at the top of the stairs. He then attempts to free both Feldard and Saeth from their armour.

    Once they are free, he tries to move their weaponry and armour from the fenced off area.

  4. Maruc (Clr 3)

    After Miklos proved his point Maruc aiaded the others and helped them retrieve their equipment. He then redressed.

    “Well that was a learning experience. Don’t walk near giant lodestones or all your metal will get stuck to it.”

  5. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “Iron.” Interrupted Miklos.

  6. Maruc (Clr 3)

    “Pardon? I saw you remove your silver daggers.” The priest said nonplussed.

  7. Miklos (Mu 2)

    “I am not as strong as Feldard.”Miklos replied, “If the blade was just silver coated, the iron within would still be affected. I just don’t trust merchants, thats all. As to your question Nicolai hopefully the Book of the Sons of Night will reveal the necessity of the lodestone. I have heard of the use of lodestones by Magi but its more alchemic in nature. Not an area I have studied in particular depth. One thing is certain, Dentiata would not have placed this here for no reason. Some alchemtic practioners have suggested there is iron in blood, maybe Dentiata was one of those, perhaps there is a relationship? There seems to have been alot of blood split on that altar and it was channeled very specifically. But this is all conjecture. I must futher study Dentiata texts before I can provide a logical explaination. Perhaps we should retire downstairs I shall retire to the library and you fine fellows can locate any prisoners.”

    That said, Miklos collected his gear and lead the way down the stairs, he turned into the library, brightened the glow globe and sat at the desk. He pulled out the map, the Book of the Sons of Night the lockless book case and his own spell book.

    Miklos wishes to achieve the following:
    1 Cast Analyze on the case to determin how to open it.

    2 Study the Book of the Sons of Night. Miklos knows he will not be able to read all the book whilest the other collect any prisoners so he will look for and make separate notes of:

    The names of the members and their whereabouts.

    Their main objectives.

    Key names and places for further study.

    What is the main use of lodestones and altars in their methods.

    If there is any reference to Dentiata himself, Nyx, Nithia, Taymora, Sevastian or Darker within the texts.

  8. Maruc (Clr 3)

    Maruc nodded to the Mage and followed him down the stairs into the Altar Room. He turned to the others as they filed down after him.

    “Would you mind giving me a hand searching these shelves briefly? Then we can all go hunting for prisoners. They may need medical or spiritual attention and I would like to be there. But firstly we may discover items of interest to Miklos and his studies here.”

    (Hopefully with his friends help), he finished the his searches and gave any items of interest to Miklos as they passed the Library on their way down to the dungeons below.

    “Miklos, you have that Wand if you get into any difficulty but do call us if you require assistance we will be back up here in a trice. See you soon.”

    Maruc allowed the others to file passed before joining the end of the party.

  9. Saeth Tegau

    The boy seemed to know something about the lodestone, but Saeth admitted that it didn’t make much sense to her. As they walked down the stairs, she siddled up to the boy and asked her question. “How does such a lodestone work, if it does not guide us northward?”

  10. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “I’m not schooled in the current theories athough many rumours abound, Some say it is latent magic from the forming of the world or some mighty conflict. Others say it is the power of a benevolent god. Some think it is charletanism. I’m sure Master Feldard has his own folklore conserning the properties of lodestone. Properly shaped and placed in the correct vessel I have seen lodestone align itself as if by magic. Although the magic itself appears to be undetectable or beyond current detection methods.”

  11. Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp+5xp
    Miklos: 10xp +5xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+5xp

    Saeth: 6195/8000
    Maruc: 6150/12000
    Miklos: 6155/10000
    Nicolai: 5820/9600
    Feldard: 6300/8800

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