Have You Brought the Final Maiden?

At the creaking of the distant door, Nicolai stopped pushing the door and then closed the door as quickly and quietly as possible. He waved the others into silence and urgently whispered, “Something’s coming!”

Maruc started to form a question but at Nicolai’s gesture he remained silent and carefully unhooked his flail.

Hasan looked down at his two swords, one battered and enfeebled from decades, maybe centuries in the crypt above, and the other a mere ceremonial blade that was little more than a toy. Neither offered much comfort. “Oh for a longbow,” he thought. He drew both of the swords and wondered if he could wield the two together. It wouldn’t be easy, but what choice did he have? It seemed unlikely whatever they saw next would be of good intent.

“Rahib!” called the voice of an elven female. “Have you brought the final maiden to us at last?”

* * * * *

Feldard remained steadily silent, and tensely waited for the disc to slow to a stop or slam them to the ground below. They were halfway there—this ride seemed to last forever! Standing at the dwarf’s side, Miklos remained artfully silent noting the white knuckle grip Feldard had on his axeshaft.



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8 responses to “Have You Brought the Final Maiden?

  1. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc whispered back. “We have little time before she becomes suspicious. We must stop her casting a spell from afar and we cannot risk missing with an arrow. I will cast a holding spell on her that we might capture her and extract information from her. Nicolai where beyond the door is she?”

  2. Nicolai (T4)

    “Beyond the door is a corridor. I doubt you’d miss her.” the rogue repiled.

  3. Maruc (Clr 4)

    “Very well be ready to open the door at my signal. Everyone out of the way please in case something goes wrong.” Maruc began to swiftly summon the spirit of Halav Incarnate. At the last moment he nodded at Nicolai.

  4. Nicolai (T4)

    He yanked the door wide open.

  5. Maruc (Clr 4)

    if the elf is there and within range of the spell:
    Maruc’s eyes meet the elf maid and with a dissmissive gesture he released his holding spell concentrating all its power on his foe. “By the blessed hand of Halav you are restrained from your evil!” he cried.

    if the elf is not there:
    Maruc bit back the last sylable of the spell seraching the darkness beyond for the foe. “Either the voice was a ruse or the Witches have mastered invisibility!”

  6. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos reached into his cloak and produced Denetiata’s wand. Oh for a sleep spell! He stood to on side of the door in case Maruc was blasted off his feet with a surge of elemental magic.

  7. Hasan

    Hasan wished they were the ones hunting, and had seen their quarry. While there was little room for maneuver, this approach seemed dangerously headlong. He shrank back, behind the pillars, to watch the outcome of the brave humans’ plan.

  8. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (if I read correctly Feldard and the Mage are still ignorant, travelling down the elevator shaft)

    As he stood waiting for the disc to end its descent Feldard was given plenty of time to ponder how it was that he came to be on such a quest when in truth he should be seeking his betrothed, not black opals, elven maids and witch-sisters. Not for the first time, he wondered of his sanity at getting involved in such a plot. Would this disc ever reach its destination?

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