“Does that way look clear, Feldard?” Saeth’s voice called from the doorway into the hall. “There seems to be a tunnel this way. It’s a bit rougher than the halls so far… do you suppose it could be newer, or even our foes’ work?”
“A tunnel, you say? That doesn’t sound promising. How big is it? I shouldn’t like to be caught in a place where our numbers cannot be brought to bear,” Hasan worried.”But our concern lies with ancient things. If the tunnel looks old, let’s pursue it. But if it is young, it will surely be little more than a distraction—intriguing as it may seem—from our main task. Perhaps Feldard can investigate.”
As the others chatted, Nicolai investigated the tunnel, and silently getting on with his job. He could not find any indications of traps. The tunnel was 5-ft wide.
“It is unwise to leave unexplored areas behind us,” replied Maruc. “I would not wish to become entrapped between two groups of foes. But equally it is unwise to allow the Sisters more time than necessary to prepare for our arrival. Let us be swift in our examination.” The priest turned to the dwarf, “Come Feldard, lets take a quick look.”
The mage entered the room after the others. Although he was no stonemason he studied the nature of what was used to make the tunnel and its shape. “Perhaps it would be wiser to let Hasan follow Feldard, Maruc. You would not spoil their vision with your lantern. Mistress Saeth could stay here and guard the rear with us, if she wished.” Miklos didn’t mention that this also meant the added protection of the Radu blade.
The priest nodded his assent to Miklos and stood back to allow the elf to pass.
Though the tunnel was unfinished and rough, it appeared to be structurally sound. Using their infravision to peer inside, the demihumans could see the tunnel began a downward slope, which continued for about 20-feet before ending in what appeared to be a rock slide.