Heads Up!

“.. or a decapitated body.” The dwarf finished off for Nicolai. But the rogue did have a point it could be a trap – something or someone killed that poor fellow- and surely a vault this large held had been intended for much more than the few coins present. He stepped back out of the way and motioned the rogue to take the lead in further investigating the vault. While Nicolai did that he ambled over around the room, checking for further concealed exits – the ladder was interesting but without Nicolai’s light to shine upwards there was little he could see of the roof except for by his infravision which annoyingly was disturbed by the ambient light of the torchs and lantern.

“Do those coins seem like the remnants of a larger cache?” Saeth asked of those up front inspecting. “Who’d have left it behind?” After a moment, she added, “And any sign of what it was that decapitated that fellow? Odd to have a headless body in a safe…”

Miklos avoided the crowded entrance to the vault and went over to the ladder that Nicolai had been investigating. Miklos looked to see if it was used to access some hatch in the ceiling, but from his position on the ground, he couldn’t see the top of the wall very well.

Looking and the corpse Maruc guessed that it was simply that, a corpse. Not some unholy revenant, at least not an effective one without a head. “Hasan, I doubt if he was a descendant of yours. Especially if Nicolai’s assessment is correct. Although this has the markings of a political err… ‘removal’ apart from the clothing. Were I more in favour with mighty Halav, I might have been able to beseech Him to draw this soul from the void and question him. But it is distasteful, not possible and wasting time. I don’t think there is anything down here to surprise us in the upper halls. If there are no further hidden panels within the vault I suggest we return to the main circular entrance chamber and seek what is behind the double doors in the northern wall.”

“May I see?” Nicolai started to approach the corpse.

“Do not disturb the dead, Nicolai,” warned Hasan. “This may be the remains on a long-dead ancestor of mine, and it pains me to see these remains defiled as they have been already. What could have motivated such brutality?” Hasan, hoping to identify whether the remains are elvish and glean some hint of the origin of the coins, moved into the vault and approached the headless body. Old bloodstains were spattered about the floor in front of the skeleton.

Suddenly, a large secret compartment quickly popped open in the top of the vault. Long steel blades pivoted and swung in a swift arc through the chamber. Hasan moved with the quickness and agility of his race and avoided the same fate as the headless raider, taking a wound on the shoulder for his trouble.

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5 responses to “Heads Up!

  1. Nicolai (T4)

    At the rush of air Nicolai ducked before he realised what he was doning. He gingerly rose and gently patted the top of hid head pleased to note that blade hadn’t given him an unstylish haircut. “Well that explains that. Nobody move I need to see what Hasan did that activated the blades and try to deactivate it.”

    Nicolai spends some time locating the trap activation switch. or at the least tries to wedge a rock or knife into the blade-hole.

  2. Maruc (Clr4)

    The cleric picked himself up. He didn’t remember quite how he had managed to avoid the blade then saw Hasan clutching at a deep wound in his side. “Come Hasan let me have a look at that scratch. Glad to see you didn’t lose you head!” he grinned as he cast his healing spell on the stricken elf.

  3. Miklos (Mu3)

    Miklos, too busy to turn and see what the cries of shock were all about produced one of his lightstones and shone it up the ladder to get a better look.

  4. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    Feldard, standing ahead of Miklos and hearing the comments from the others, half-turned only to be near-blinded by the sudden unveiling of the lightstone by Miklos. He stepped back, almost bumping the ladder, shielding his eyes. “Some warning next time,” the dwarf grumbled.
    A glance towards Maruc and the others at the entrance to the vault, confirmed that the vault had indeed been trapped – but it looked like the elf Hasan had fared better than the corpse.
    With the vault and the corpse mystery being somewhat solved, Feldard hoped that the others would ignore the ladder and follow Maruc’s suggestion to head back to the main circular entrance chamber and try to find the maidens along another route. But his hopes of such were dashed as Nicolai tried disabling the trap and Miklos shone his light up and along the ladder obviously intent on finding its purpose down here. Feldard shook his head and moved back towards the stairway to keep watch while yet more time was wasted.

  5. Hasan

    “Aiii! That was harsh knock,” said Hasan, who submitted to the cleric’s healing hands willingly. “I can’t imagine such a trap would be set as a diversion, or to safeguard nothing. What do you see, Nicolai?”

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