Tap Tap Tap

“Hmm, that’s odd. Now why would dwarven engineers slope the ground here? Makes no sense…” Feldard scritched at his beard, pondering the slope. It didn’t seem to be related to the towers collapse and it was gentle enough to hardly be noticeable by humans or elves. A secret passage perhaps? or a trap? The dwarf stopped suddenly and took careful note of the area where the sloping began. “Nicolai, you mind checking the area around the fresco for traps or a secret passageway?”

Hasan half-watched his companions examine some architectural feature of the room. Mostly, he looked again at the painted wall. What, he wondered, were the lessons that should truly be drawn from the fall of the Elyria. Power, especially magical power, had corrupted some of his ancestors. But it also saved them from powerful alien threats, whereas an invader even as modest as the Rahib overcame the puny power of the current Elyan village. Hasan wondered at what great things would need to be learned and sought out, if the surviving villagers wished to avoid the oblivion of anonymity or yet another conquest. Could the Quiet Way survive such quests?

Miklos stalked over the the dwarf who seemed confused about something.

“Whats the problem?” he asked.

“There’s a 1 in 850 pitch to the floor. See?” he replied absently, forgetting he wasn’t speaking to another engineer.

“Oh.” replied the Mage, “A slope you mean? Is it important? Perhaps its subsidance caused by the fall of the original tower? I doubt its going anywhere now after all these years.”

The dwarf shook his head, it was pointless entertaining the Mage with dwarven mining knowledge when it served no purpose. “Dwarves build strong houses.” he grunted simply as if that was all the explanation needed, or was forthcoming.

Miklos left him to it and returned to the entranceway and kept an eye out for surprise guests.

The priest turned his attention to the alcoves after Nicolai and wondered what purpose they served. He tapped the walls in the alcove vaguely trying the copy the expert tapping the rogue performed. To be honest, he was wondering what he was listening for.

Nicolai finished his investigation of the remaining alcoves and finding nothing of interest he spent a few more minutes and another circuit of the room tapping the wooden panels of the fresco to see if any were hollow. Though the wood was thick, he did detect a slight hollow echo as he pressed his ear against the woodwork.



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10 responses to “Tap Tap Tap

  1. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    At the rogues silence, yet seeing the man pause and pay close attention to the sound his tapping was making, the dwarf tromped forward impatiently. “What is it, Nicolai? What do you hear?”

  2. Nicolai (T4)

    “Its probably nothing.” he replied. “Batons nailed into the wall, paneling nailed to the batons. It creates a gap. But then again…”. He slipped off his pack and fished around for a few seconds until his questing hand found the jemmy. Returning his attention to the panelling he carefully ran his fingers around the edges of the filigree trying to feel for something he might get his jemmy into. Then he laughed to himself and stood up. Trying to be subtle in a ruin of all things! He backed out of the way.

    “Open it with the back of your axe Feldard. Unless you want a bunt axe if there is stone behind there and I’m not going to be held responsible for doing that!”

  3. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos stayed by the door keeping an eye out, but on hearing Nicolai’s suggestion he pushed the door closed, no point in advertising their presence too far.

  4. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc wandered over to the others and stood at the back and waited to see what the panel revealed. He bit back a comment about how much time they were spending, but he didn’t want to miss some vital clue or walk straight past the entrance to some dark vault that contained their quarry.

  5. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    Feldards expression brightened at the offer to smash something. The only problem being his axe was, as typical for most dwarves, a double-bladed axe. There was no back to it.
    “Stand back.” Feldard motioned the others back a distance behind him and angled himself to the panelling so that his blow if it did strike something more resistance than mere timber, such as stone, that it would glance off harmlessly. He swung at the wall in a sheering stroke, attempting to peel off the wood fresco panelling from what lay behind.

  6. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    (resistance = resistant)

  7. Saeth Tegau

    Ah, Saeth realized. This must be why Dwarves prefer axes to other weapons. Just as well–better that than wearing down a perfectly good sword blade on it. She winced, seeing the fresco crumble beneath Feldard’s axe, but knew that it had to be done for the sake of their quest.

  8. Feldard (Dwf 4)

    (*pounces on a Saeth-player* We missed you!)

  9. Hasan

    Hasan turned away, unwilling to see the defilement of his clan’s history. Still, he listened close, curious what the dwarf’s rough labors would yield.

  10. Saeth Tegau

    It’s good to be back!

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