“What does that mean? ‘A part of the treasury you will make?’” asked Maruc. “Is it some sort of forced labour trap? You are transported somewhere any made to make jewelry for the rest of your life?”
“Ignore it Maruc, unless you want to test Elyas.” said Nicolai whilst he inspected the door opposite. “But I doubt he is too forgiving if you choose to rob him.”
Maruc blustered, “I am no thief! I was merely trying to understand the nature of the riddle.”
Miklos watched Feldard’s expression and thought for a while. “The fabulous wealth in platinum statues alone that Elyas owns ….” He raised an eyebrow. “One moment.” He retraced his steps into the previous corridor and studied one of the statues.
Miklos returned, “I have a theory thats all to do with the expressions on the platinum statues. Have you noticed their wide smiles? The obsessive attention to detail, but more importantly they are all dressed like us? Not one of the Elyan pose amongst them. Do you not think that is strange? If in fact may I be so bold Feldard, that it was your expression upon entering this room that lead me to the thought that who we have been passing are those unfortunate enough to cross the portal.”
“I agree with Miklos. None of the Siswa would crave such wealth. Indeed, I doubt such wealth ever existed in my tribe, no rumor—exaggerated as rumor may be—would suggest as much. Come. Follow me! The witch is what we crave, not illusory wealth.” With those words and heartfelt sense of mission to the missing Siswa girls, Hasan turned abruptly away from the riches before the party. He seized the heavy ring of one of the aged doors ahead of the party, braced himself momentarily, and threw his weight against the door, attempting to push it forward into the next chamber. He followed it forward, brandishing his sword.
On the other side of the door was a dark corridor, 30 feet long. A pair of bronze doors were at the west end, and single wooden doors were on either side directly across from each other, in the middle of the northern and southern walls, reinforced with iron bands.