From Feldard’s dwarven sense of direction underground and Miklos’ map it looked like the door at the other end of the hall led to the Beholders’ room and said as much to the group. “Nicolai, Hasan and I will check it to be sure, while Miklos, Saeth and Maruc discuss what that red glow is.” He continued ahead with Nicolai and the Siswa elf, first listening at the door then fixing in his mind that the floating eye he would likely see was only an illusion.
Hasan lagged behind Feldard and Nicolai. While he was fairly sure the dragon was an impossibility, he was decidedly less skeptical about the clearly magical ‘beholder’ Miklos had described. A dragon is a living creature that needs food and water like any other, but the creature of pure magic … well, who could know what rules govern such creatures. Hasan knew he should stand by the sides of his two companions, but suicide was not of much interest.
Getting the all-clear from Nicolai, Feldard threw open the door. When the menacing creature appeared, Nicolai fired an arrow towards the floating eye. As expected, the illusion dissolved, revealing an identical, small square-shaped room to the one that had held the dragon illusion.
“Interesting light there.” Miklos passed his hand into the corridor so the light reflected off it. “No heat.” He commented. “So I guess we need an arrow or something shot down there just to see what happens to it.”
“The power of Halav protects those who are not foolish. I will see what I can from here.”
It seemed safe enough so Maruc, shielding his eyes, leaned into the path of the light to peer into the glow to see what was there. The entire southern wall of the hallway glowed with intense redness. Nothing could be seen.