Rejoining The Party

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?”

* * * * *

‘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.

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6 responses to “Rejoining The Party

  1. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    The fact that Nicolai could provide no better answer than himself didn’t improve Feldards humor. This tower, the mystery of the Dread Night with its evil mages and such was all too disturbing for the simple dwarf. He stood off to the side of one of the doors arms crossed sullenly. “It’s yet another mystery. We’ll continue checking the rest of the rooms, then once everyone is safely upstairs I’ll trigger it and see what happens. But for now lets move on with freeing any prisoners”

  2. Nicolai (T4)

    “When you do trigger it, I suggest a very long pole, or a crossbow bolt from another room.”

  3. Saeth Tegau

    “A crossbow bolt? Would that have enough pressure to trigger the thing?” Saeth wondered aloud. “I’ll go upstairs to find that pole.”

    She does.

  4. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos, who had studied balistics during his lectures in kenetics at the guild, raised an eyebrow at the thought of trying to activate the switch with a crossbow bolt.

    “Crossbow bolts would indeed have enough power to activate the switch and possibly distroy it in the process. Although more acruate over long distances than longbows, you would need to be an accomplished crossbowman to hit such a small target from any distance.”

    Another thought struck him. “In a tower that has only recently been constructed why not make the switch out of the original stone? I doubt even Feldard would be able to tell stone that has been worked but months apart from the same source. It only leads to one conclusion, it isn’t secret, you are supposed to notice it. It may be a trap.”

    “I agree with Feldard, it is something to investigate after all is done.”

  5. Maruc (Clr 4)

    “Ok let us see who Denetiata conciders a threat.” said the priest as he approached the first door.

    Maruc lifted the keys and went to the door in what he guessed was the north wall. “I am a Halavist Priest by the name of Maruc,” he called loud enough to be heard in all the cells. “My friends and I will unlock each door one at a time and give aid and freedom to those within who would not attack us.”

    “Be ready Feldard. Just in case.” he said the the surly dwarf.

    Maruc proceeded to unlock the door and open it. Lifting his shield he entered to see if it was occupied.

  6. Saeth: 10xp +10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp
    Miklos: 10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp
    Feldard: 10xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 6255/8000
    Maruc: 6220/12000
    Miklos: 6215/10000
    Nicolai: 5900/9600
    Feldard: 6370/8800

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