The Eastern Vault

“Aha. A secret door.” With the others still in the midst of meditations, spell studying or just plain sleeping, the dwarf joined the rogue in his assessment of the secret door, trying to find its release and listening carefully to hear what lay beyond.

If the truth be told, the dwarf was more than a little adventure-weary himself. He glanced towards the sleeping Hasan somewhat wistfully. Battle with the skeleton had taken it’s toll on him, more than in just flesh; but if he were to stop now, it would take a natural disaster to wake him from his slumber. Better to just keep active.

As he made his way over to the door, the cleric cornered him and quickly laid hands on him. Better to just get it over with quickly before the dwarf could grumble too much. The dwarf would never let his battle wounds appear to slow him down, but he felt much better after the healing, though he was still not fully recovered.

Miklos’s eyes flickered from his book momentarily at the new opening. Time to worry about that later. Aha! Here he was, line 24…. ‘first the the conjuration of elemental forces which binds to the thought-line focus. This energises the flow through the toral foci….’

Meanwhile, Maruc too was not paying attention to the two companions at the secret door, mentally shutting out the babble and Hasan’s snoring, he continued to pray.

Nicolai crouched by the paneling. Intuitively he lent against it and it swung open. He allowed a narrow beam from his lightstone to pierce the gloom beyond. Feldard joined him, looking over his should, battle axe ever at the ready.

The two saw before them another vault chamber, seemingly identical to the other where they had found little save for a decapitated body and swinging blade. The secret door opened up at the top of this chamber. A ladder led the way down to the vault’s floor.



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6 responses to “The Eastern Vault

  1. Nicolai (T4)

    Nicolai waved the dwarf to silence and listened for a few seconds. Hearing nothing he turned to the dwarf. “Its a wonder you lot haven’t designed armour that doesn’t make so much noise.” He winked, just to ensure he would take it the wrong way. He flashed his light around the new vault once more. Seeing no movement he turned to his companion. “Fortune favours the foolish.” he entoned the old sea merchants addage. As lithe as a cat he spun and feet first he tested the first rung of the ladder. In this way with expert flicks of his feet he gadged the strength of each rung as he decended. He waited for Feldard at the bottom, then knowing the lack of imagination shown by temple designers since the dawn of architecture he went to the doors that would lead to the twisting stairs upwards…. just the check that they were alone.

  2. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos is still studying.

  3. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc is still praying.

  4. Saeth Tegau

    I think Saeth’s with the other spellcasters also, as much as she’d like to be getting into trouble with the others.

  5. Hasan

    Just as the thief complained the dwarfs’ lack of inventiveness, Hasan trashed in his sleep and his chain mail jingled.

  6. Feldard

    Feldard peered down into the darkened vault room with a scowl. No doubt Nicolai expected him to clamber down the ladder – a ladder built sized for human. Ignoring the rogues request for quiet, the dwarf sat heavily at the top of the ladder, his heavy armor clanking loudly. Then he rolled to his stomach and the armour scraped audibly as he slid over the edge until he could reach the first rung of the ladder. From that point, Feldard took hold of the side poles of the ladder and let himself slide down. It was awkward but he managed it. Once on the floor of the vaultroom. He moved to inspect the vault itself to see if this one had been robbed like the other.

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