Golem Theory

Saeth looked across at the spellcaster, a sardonic laugh in her good eye. “So, what makes the two of them worth fighting, and the two of us not?” Her gaze flicked to the creature standing on the other side of the altar. “And what can we do to stop it, as needbe? You think it’s merely that the Dwarf attacked it, and we’ll be fine if we just smile politely?” She waved slightly towards it, an exaggerated wave one might give to a child. “I hate just ignoring it, however. It could come alive at any time, couldn’t it?”

By the time she finished her question, she turned to the mage to see Miklos’s Siswa robes disappear out of the temple doors. Uncharacteristically for the talkative mage, Miklos had not paused to expound upon the nature of the strange, undoubtedly enchanted guardian.

Feldard groaned as consciousness returned to him. The ache of his remaining wounds reminding him that at least he was alive. “Did I finish it off?”
He slowly opened his eyes. At first, all he saw was the Siswa robes that they had disguised themselves with. He flinched, reaching for his trusty axe to defend himself, but then he saw that it was the priest kneeling next to him obviously having just prayed for a healing. He forced himself to sit up and looked back to the priest. “Before I forget, Maruc—thank you.”

The dwarf glanced around noting that they weren’t in the worship room anymore but rather out in the hall once again. “Are the others okay?”

“I’m not sure about Nicolai, Feldard. I was too busy with you my brave friend.” Maruc smiled kindly.

Miklos caught his breath after a few moments. “You dropped this Master Feldard.” He handed the Dwarf his axe back.

“What do you make of it?” Maruc asked the mage. “A creature that chooses its foes with a singularity of purpose? I though it might have been the magic weapons looking at who attacked it.”

The mage considered the priests words for a long moment. A smile crept across his face as he formulated a theory that seem to fit all the current evidence. “What you make of this idea? Do you remember the creature who guarded the key in Sevastian’s Castle? I theorised at the time that it might have been a construct, a ‘Golem’ as they are refered to in the mages guild. A mindless ceature with a series to basic instructions to follow.”

Miklos continued, “Now consider that before we entered the castle we were warned of a ‘guardian’. I believe this construct is he. Keep in your mind that the term indicates defence rather than attack. Next, consider we are in an elven temple consecrated to Ilsundal the Protector and the only person powerful enough to create the Guardian that we know of is the elf lord Elyas.”

“Now look through the eyes of an elf lord.” Miklos glanced at Feldard, “A somewhat bigoted elf lord and see who the guardian attacked. Dwarves and Thieves.”

“He obviously felt no threat from the clergy or fellow magi, but when all things are considered is not the wisest course of action.” He effected a Maruc-like grin. “For whom is he guarding the Black Opal Eye from if it was not from his fellow Magi? Yet both I and the Rahib were allowed to approach. A somewhat foolish lapse in thought in my opinion.”

Maruc listened carefully to the mage and replied, “But as you can see it ceased its attack. Surely it would not stop as it did not against Feldard?”

The group turned with a start at the sound of someone approaching. It was a Siswa! No, actually it was just Nicolai, whose Siswa robes were torn where the beast’s swords had wounded him after the young rogue had struck the golem. “Guys, I need that Siswa guy dead, like now, or we’re all in big trouble.”

Miklos paused in thought for a moment, “Perhaps so great a summoning needs a tight leash? I know not the full instructions it was given. However, for Nicolai’s sake I am glad it has some restrictions.”

The priest turned to Nicolai. “I’m glad you are alive, I’m assuming you mean the Rahib? He is not Siswa, he controls them, but that is no matter. Indeed we are determined to foil his plans and destroy him if possible. Have you discovered anything about him or his plans that might give us an edge?”

“Actually your story must wait, we have to find somewhere to rest up. The Rahib may well escape but facing him injured as we are, we would surely be slain. Miklos himself would agree we are facing a man armed with mighty magics?”

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7 responses to “Golem Theory

  1. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc realised the Feldard would swiftly require more healing and sommoned Halav to blees the dwarf once again with renew’d vigour.

    Maruc cast his final Cure Light Wounds on the dwarf.

    “Nicolai, in your opinion can we afford to spend another half-night resting ourselves or not?”

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard kept his grumbles to himself at the familiar feel of the prayer. Mentally he noted, ‘I should consider paying the cleric service fees! It seems I’m the only one that require use of him!’ It was not a pleasant revelation.

    The dwarf looked around, noting Saeth was not present. He frowned and stood, wincing slightly as freshly healed wounds protested the movement. “While resting, is definately needed. I doubt there is a safe enough location to do so until the Rahib has been killed. Where’s the elf?”

  3. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “Praying?” Miklos replied trying to keep the smile from his face.

  4. Nicolai (T4)

    Nicolai says, “No we cannot wait out the night, the Rahib is not working for Denatia any more, and has awoken something here, that would appear to be his new masters.”

    Nicolai then relates what he was doing since their parting of ways.

    “We have two choices, either we kill him now, or we go and camp in the woods for a few hours, and sneak back over the walls.”

  5. Is Saeth staying in the chamber with the golem or following Miklos to join the others?

  6. Saeth Tegau

    I suppose she’d’ve followed on Miklos’ heels after a moment if he wasn’t saying anything when she spoke.

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

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 7320/8000
    Maruc: 7460/12000
    Miklos: 7450/10000
    Nicolai: 7030/9600
    Feldard: 7470/8800

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