Miklos breathlessly followed after the much fitter Nicolai wondering what all the hurry was suddenly about. Appearing at the passageway he noticed the note left by Maruc. He scanned it and spent a few moments studying the door mechanism and entered the dungeon.
Thinking aloud he said, “I wonder why he went to such lengths to conceal his prisoners? Perhaps they are important?”
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‘The Dwarf should stay ready?’, thought Saeth. ‘What about me, caught in this underground pit. I’m not worth being ready?’ Thinking the better of opening her mouth, she readied her daggers alongside Feldard’s picture of vigilance, ready to show them who knew her stuff in a fight.
“What do you make of this Feldard?” Asked the priest gesturing to the anomily.
Feldard moved forward to inspect the patch of stonework. That the discoloured stone was a trigger of some sort was obvious.. but to what exactly was something the dwarf was studying the engineering of it to determine. Was it a trap or a hidden means of opening something?
The only thing the dwarf could determine was that the stone was not an original part of the wall, the rocks around it had been chiselled in order to make room for the new stone.
Maruc beckoned the serving girl over. “Ashira, have you noticed this before? Do you know what it does?”
She looked at the stone, “I have not seen that before. It has been several weeks since the last time I’ve been down here though.”
Feldard scratched at his beard as he looked over the discoloured stone and then the walls around, the floor and then peering up towards the ceiling. Traps were more Nicolai’s trade, but some where not beyond the knowledge of an engineer such as himself.
Then, they heard the mechanical sound of grinding gears. Someone was coming down to the dungeon. The group assumed it would be their two young friends, but they were prepared for anything. Thankfully, they were right, and Miklos and Nicolai rejoined the party.
After getting briefed on the situation, Nicolai searched for traps. He discovered that the rock was indeed a trigger, but for what he could not determine. There did not seem to be anything in the room that was a threat. No venting for gas like there had been near the Stone of Sacrifice. No holes in the walls for darts. No trap door in the floor.