Through The Mirror’d Portal

“Well, let’s not let that stone beast lay a trap for us! The sooner we’re through, the better!” Without waiting for discussion, her withdrawn sword went back through the portal, and this time all of Saeth followed it. Hasan shrugged at the debating humans and followed her.

The dwarf guffawed loudly at his elven companion’s straight-forwardness. You’d think she was part dwarf with an attitude like that!

Feldard finished padding his wounds, tying off the bandages tightly, then the dwarf strode forward once more, closing his eyes just before reaching the mirror.

“Stubborn as mules them two,” Nicolai muttered, as he followed them through the portal.

As Nicolai passed through the portal the priest turned to the mage. “So much for wisdom, common sense and logical surmising. I’m surprised that Dwarves and Elves are reknown for longevity.”

“Ahh, but you only hear from the the ones who have lived the longest!” Miklos chuckled. “It seems our decision is made for us. Still it was encouraging that Saeth could withdraw her weapon from the surface. Let us hope that it wasn’t the fact the the weapon was enchanted that this was possible!” Miklos stepped through the mirror’d interface.

Maruc rolled his eyes and offered a prayer to Halav in case that beyond the mirror was a plane of existence that his powers could not penetrate. Madness and foolishness all of this. He followed the others.

* * * * *

Those that walked through the portal felt a tingling sensation upon their body, and their surroundings became an unfocused blur. It was disorienting, but not terribly so. After walking a few paces their view became sharpened once more and they could see where they were.

Saeth, the first to enter, had been the first to emerge. Disappointingly, she found herself in the same room that she had just left. The portal had merely reversed her direction. She was soon joined by the dwarf, the mage and cleric.

But, where on Mystara were the rogue and the Siswa? They could see no sign of them.

* * * * *

Hasan had charged forth ready to join his fellow elf in battle, but quickly found that there was no sign of the elven swordswoman. Instead, he found himself companion-less in what appeared to be an old laboratory. He quickly took in his surroundings. The portal was still behind him. In front of him were two rows of tables covered with lab equipment. Dust covered the ancient glass beakers; brass coils were tarnished with age. Cobwebs hung like lace between the cracked jars on the shelves. Two alcoves were in the eastern wall. And, in the corner of the room, on a peg in the wall, hung the Pendant of the Elyan.

Though his friends were missing, he was not alone. Guarding the Pendant that it had stolen from his twin, the stone creature prepared to attack.

* * * * *

Nicolai was not as brash as his comrades. He was always careful to put his skills to use to avoid the pitfalls and traps that could kill so quickly in an environment such as this. Though he could not see, he could still feel. As he bent to examine the floor, he noticed the tingling sensation lessened as he held himself lower to the ground. Adhering to the Tingling Is Bad Theory, he crawled carefully forward. After a few feet of crawling, he too emerged in the laboratory, and saw Hasan about to engage in battle.

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7 responses to “Through The Mirror’d Portal

  1. Miklos (Mu 3)

    As Miklos’s focus returned and took stock of where he was he said, “What a waste of magic, a magic portal to nowhere, lets just hope it’s also to nowhen eh?” he then noticed the missing party members. “Ah, perhaps not so usless. Its an intruder filter, very clever. I have not overlooked the irony of your words before you entered Saeth. Now the question remains, do we attempt to re-enter? Assuming that the mirror lets two through at a time or do we assume that someone intelligent designed it and it will only let pass certain individuals who meet a set of criteria?”

  2. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc grinned, “Knowing at least that Nicolai does not lack common sense, I’ve yet to make up my mind about the Siswa, I suspect they will attempt to draw the creature to us. Especially if my theory that it may only be harmed buy enchanted weapons or magic. Interesting that only those without magic items where allowed to pass. The sword, the axe and the wand were barred. Mighty Halav may have intervened in my case, or it may be that I am a spell-user. But then why did Hasan pass? The ring of Elyas perhaps?”

  3. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “All this conjecture does rather lean on the fact that the Guardian is actually beyond the mirror, it could be anywhere. Either way, I’d suggest preparing ourselves against the event that our friends will withdraw with it in tow.” warned Miklos.

  4. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    The dwarf, obviously not as swift as the others when it came to things magical, was still a bit confused. “So where are we exactly? It seems we went no where.. ” He looked to the still burning edges of the curtain and frowned.
    “Where are Hasan and Nicolai? What are you saying about the mirror? You think my axe is keeping me from passing through?”
    Feldard grimaced as he considered such. He’d felt the tingle going through and his beard was still itching because of it. He didn’t particularly relish the notion of trying to go through that again WITHOUT his trusted axe.
    “Fine. We set up here.. ” As he spoke, he put himself to one side of the magic portal and waited tensely.. this could take awhile. He tried not to ponder the possibility that the missing two may not be able to return the same way.

  5. Hasan

    Hasan’s eyes widened in surprise. The ancient laboratory could well have been from Elyas himself. But where were his companions? Still, there was no time to mull over such issues. The fallen elf construct clearly had malevolent intent.

    Readying himself for a battle he felt woefully unprepared for, Hasan looking down at his Siswa blade. Doubt grew. Recognizing that it was a weapon with more ceremonial importance than offensive power, he backed away from the construct. Panicking now, he’s eyes flickered across the room, looking for something that could even the odds in this fight.

    That was when he saw the Pendant of the Elyan. The match to his ring and something Elrond had promised from beyond death would bring power when it was needed most. That pendant must be his goal.

    Hasan’s instincts took control. Easing himself away from the construct, he recalled in an instant the time when he stumbled as a young elf into a cave still occupied by brown bears. Panicking and totally weaponless then, he had survived when scrabbled dirt clouded the vision of his pursuers and give him time to flee. He would do the same now.

    Slowing down, Hasan let the construct approach closer and closer, while he tried to get a table and a large cluster of laboratory equipment between them. Brandishing as fiercely as he could the sword he feared was worthless, he challenged the soulless elfthing to melee. But when the moment was ripe to attack, Hasan swung not at the construct, but used his sword to broom the equipment at his opponent. Hoping an arc of debris would slow his opponent, Hasan turned and sprinted to the pendant.

  6. Saeth Tegau

    “Set up here?” Saeth was confused enough about the portal’s result that she was quite prepared to listen to the others. “Sounds as good as anything. If you think the issue is my magic blade, however, what if we were to reach something unensorceled through, something we could tow Hasan and Nicholai back with? Does anyone have a rope?”

  7. Nicolai (T4)

    Seeing what Hasan was aiming for, Nicolai fires an arrow the stone Elf in an attempt to distract it. If this fails, he will throw any available object to hand. But will attempt to avoid hand to hand combat.

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