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.

“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?”

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.

Hasan approached the stony elf. “Ular-Taman, you served 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.”

“I may not accompany on your mission, for I am bound to this chamber,” the stone elf replied stoically.

“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?”

“There is a secret exit…here,” said the elf-creature as he gestured to one of the walls in the chamber.

“What should we expect on that journey? Has Elrond gone beyond this chamber?”

“Nay, he did not venture beyond this chamber.”

“Have you seen a dark man, a man of the north and west my companions tell me, called the Rahib?”

“Aye, he too tried to access the tunnel. I repelled him, but he found another way to the Tower Ruins”

“Last, if it is true that we will find your doughty, depraved brother on our way, tell me, friend, did he put these scars on you? I fear my humble blade will be no match for your enchanted flesh.”

“My wounds have accumulated through the ages as I have fought all those who sought to pass. No ordinary weapon may harm those of my kind. This holds true for my other.”

“I have such magicks that can harm these creatures, Feldard, but none at hand.” replied Miklos. “Even if I were to memorize 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?”




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14 responses to “Ular-Taman

  1. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard studied the wall the guardian indicated, seeking the secret exit that it claimed to be there.

    Then he looked over towards the Elf of Stone as it claimed the Rahib was beaten back. “You say the Rahib found another way to the Tower? Do you know how? Is it back before the cave-in?”
    Feldard frowned heavily at Miklos’ suggestion. “Each moment we spend in rest gives the Sisters that much more time to accomplish their foul plan – whatever that may be.”

  2. Hasan

    Hasan turned from Ular-Taman and faced his companions. “I agree with Miklos. There will be no safer spot than here for the rest of our journey. Certainly we shall have no stronger ally should we be forced to fight than we have here. I too can prepare some modest enchantments that could be of assistance on our path.”

    (Assuming consensus of the party is to stay, Hasan will use the time to rest and memorize protection from evil, hold portal and magic missle spells.)

  3. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Seeing that he was going to be lose this battle of words to others who wished to rest, the dwarf brushed past the others in the doorway. ” I’ll keep watch at the tunnel entrance. Call me when you’re ready to move on”

  4. Nicolai

    Nicolai will listen at the secret door, and then check it for traps.

  5. Saeth Tegau

    Saeth bristled as the Dwarf pushed past her, but calmed down and joined the others as they got comfortable and retreated to their studies. Ultimately, she engaged the Elfin construct, Ular-Taman, in conversation. “How long have you been down here?” “What do you do to pass the time? Do you sing?” “What sorts of songs are typical this far West, anyhow?” “You want me to teach you one from up North? It’s about this barmaid, and I added a last stanza of my own…”

    I’ve lost track of what spells Saeth’s cast and how many rest periods ago it was. Has she expended any?

  6. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos finally addressed the Elf of Stone in elvish.
    “What do you know, or guess, about the nature of the Sisters? In your long years here, despite being bound to this room doubtless you may have overheard something?”

    “Was it the Sisters that subverted your brother? If so why did they not subvert you? And was your brother similarly bound and yet is now released? This suggests that there might be a method by which we could do the same for you?”

    “If this is not possible, our best chance of defeating your brother is to bring him here, but he is unlikely to approach if you are still functioning. Could you ‘play dead’ so that we might lure him in here and entrap him?”

    Miklos turned to the others and in common tongue he said, “I think the best course of action is to remain here so that we may be properly prepare for the onward journey. If he is willing, Nicolai could determine what lies beyond the secret door whilest we rest and meditate. If it is possible, and he can achieve it in realtive safety, he could draw the other guardian here into our trap? This is of course if they meet.”

  7. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos will remain here and learn Magic Missile x2 and Mirror Image if the party chooses to stay here.

  8. Maruc (Clr 4)

    The priest lowered his guard and rehooked his chain flail. He felt much relieved at the fact that the Guardian was prepared to talk rather than attack, despite the lack of his ability to understand what was being said. At the wizards’ words he sighed, a chance to rest was just what he needed and Miklos was no fool. He certainly seemed to think that the Guardian would keep watch over them. “Well I for one am unused to this armour and any opportunity to shed it is a welcome one. I am extremely tired and I need some rest. I insist that Feldard remain with me so I can complete his healing, I myself am still wounded and engaging in unprepared combat would be folly.

    DM: what time of day does Maruc think it is?

    Maruc will cast his remaining cure light wounds on Feldard and meditate for 2 further cure light wounds one of which he will cast on himself.

  9. Maruc (Clr 4)

    I am assuming that Maruc still has his Hold Person memorised?

  10. What time of day? haha, who knows…roll a d24 🙂

  11. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (as Feldard has already left.. you might be best to use the cures on Maruc first and then save the memorized ones for him later. He’s a tempermental dwarf.. but ya gotta love his spunk! LOL)

  12. Nicolai (T4)

    “Unless Saeth is prepared to lend me her sword again, I’m not too keen on venturing far a head. I will scout the passage, but if there are any problems, I will return straight here. And if you are all still preparing yourselves, this could prove extremely dangerous.”

    Nicolai will then move through the door, leaving it open. “If I return, be ready for me. I will try and warn you in advance if I am being pursued.”

  13. hasan

    “Be well, Niolai, and do be cautious,” said Hasan. “It’s sad the dwarf went the other way. Should he return, and Ilsundral knows I wouldn’t count on it, we will send him to guard your back.”. And the elf returned to his spellbook, while listening with half an ear to the responses of the party’s stony ward.

  14. Saeth: 10xp
    Maruc: 10xp
    Miklos: 10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp

    Saeth: 8525/16000
    Maruc: 8785/12000
    Miklos: 8815/10000
    Nicolai: 8065/9600
    Feldard: 8815/8800 +1lvl
    Hasan: 8210/16000

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