Pendant Lost

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The sight of the stone-skinned elf was a bit surprising, but after a moment Feldard lowered his axe into a merely defensive position and backed off a few steps to allow Hasan entrance. It was best to let the Siswa find out this story that Elrond spoke of and talk their way through the guardian rather than fight it. Odd notion for the dwarf, but then he was still feeling his earlier battle wounds. What the dwarf wanted most right now was a moment to sit down at an inn and quaff back an ale and then sleep for about a week. But such was not to be.

Feldard glanced beyond the Stony Elf to the room itself, looking for other passages or exits, as Hasan answered the question. Someone had wanted in quite fervently. Why? To speak to the Elf or for some other reason? Feldard puzzled this over.

Meanwhile, the cleric filed along the wall to allow the others entrance to the room, still wary of the strange new creature. Halav be blessed that it hadn’t attacked out of hand.

Miklos shivered as it inhuman voice intoned its words. If only he’d mastered his magecraft to such a level as to create such a marvel. It was wonderful and frightening at the same time. He stood in the doorway mesmerized by its grace. If it chose to attack he could do very little except flee so he didn’t, for the moment step beyond the threshold of the door.

“Yes, I am Hasan,” replied the relieved elf, still gasping from the tension of the entry into what he feared was surely a clever snare by some living dragon sprung from a young elf’s nightmare. “And you, what may I call you? Our meeting was foretold by my great clanhead, Elrond, who has now faded into the earth. After he left, he appeared to me as if in a dream and told me to seek out an Elf of Stone, which you do seem to be.”

“My name is Ular-Taman,” responded the rocky-fleshed elf, switching to the Common tongue. “Born from the conjurations of Elyas, I am tasked to guard the way to the Elyas’ Tower and the Halls of Grandeur. Elrond had hoped that you would find me.”

“Tell me, if you can, what you know of Elrond’s end and what lies ahead and below,” requested the noble Siswa. ”For know this, these brave companions of mine, as unlikely as they appear to us who know only the Peaceful Path, share my charge to seek out that which has poisoned our fair temple and animated those fallen spirits that now haunt our paths. We seek the Sisters Three that fell long ago, the Pendant of Elyas and—yes—even the Opal Eye itself.

“When last I saw Elrond, he entrusted me with the Pendant, lest it fall into the hands of those who serve darkness. But, there is another of my kind that lurks within the ruins below. Dark powers have perverted its noble purpose and it now serves the enemies of the Siswa. It entered the chamber. Aided by the undead, it was able to obtain the pendant. Bound by enchantment to the confines of this room, I was unable to pursue.”

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7 responses to “Pendant Lost

  1. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth slowly backed into the room, hearing only the last bit of the conversation between the two. Turning her head halfway towards the conversation, she called, “Ask it if its twin has a weakness.” She returned to her guard stance, but added as an afterthought, “And it could probably tell us something about the Eye we don’t know, come to think of it.” She trusted Miklos to handle the rest of the questioning–he seemed to be keeping that notebook of the quest. Speaking of, she’d have to ask for it later, see if she could put it to rhyme.

    I don’t think she’s as attentive as she thinks she is!

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (Is the Elf of Stone is speaking Common rather than elven at this point? Trying to keep clear if he would be understanding any of what is being said.)

    “Excellent idea, Saeth. By the look of it, like the golem above, common blades would seem to do little to it. Perhaps Miklos’ magicks, as much as I hate to say it, may save the day against such unnatural creatures.”
    As it seemed the Elf of Stone was content to talk rather than battle, Feldard moved into the chamber further, examining the route the lay beyond. “Also can it tell us of some of the other traps or such that lay further within?”

  3. Hasan

    Hasan approached the stony elf. “Ular-Taman, you serve Master Elyas well. Would this binding enchantment allow you to guide us to the Tower and Halls? It would seem that is your purpose, as there is no way better to guard those places than by bringing one who follows the Quiet Way safely there, to restore these places to their lost glories.”

    (Assuming Ular cannot actually leave, follow up with this.)

    “Very well then, faithful servant. Discharge your duty as you must,” said Hasan with no little sympathy to the endless task. “But tell us then, how should we go forward? What should we expect on that journey? Has Elrond gone beyond this chamber? Have you seen a dark man, a man of the north and west my companions tell me, called the Rahib? And last, if it is true that we will find your doughty, depraved brother on our way, tell me, friend, what put these scars on you? I fear my humble blade will be no match for your enchanted flesh.”

  4. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “I have such magic’s that can harm these creatures, Feldard, but none at hand.” replied Miklos. “Even if I were to memorise such an invocation I fear it would do little to stop them. Yet if you are all prepared to trust the Elf of Stone I see no safer place to rest and heal. I doubt it would be intelligent to proceed as we are. Both you and Maruc himself are still in a weakened state. Let the guardian guard us and if his brother appears we should fair better here would we not?”

  5. Sorry, we can assume he switched to common after Hasan introduced everyone. I’ll add that to the post.

  6. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth’s eyebrows rose slightly at the Dwarf’s praise of her, though she held back a retort that came instinctively to her, whether it be in contrast or kind.

  7. Saeth: 10xp+10xp+10xp
    Maruc:
    Miklos: 10xp
    Nicolai:
    Feldard: 10xp+5xp
    Hasan: 10xp+5xp

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 8515/16000
    Maruc: 8775/12000
    Miklos: 8805/10000
    Nicolai: 8045/9600
    Feldard: 8795/8800
    Hasan: 8200/16000

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