“What are you daft woman!? He said NOT to touch!” Feldard’s tirade continued on more for venting than to chastize the unconcious elf – given that there was nothing he could do to assist. “It seems a gender trait common to all races to ignore common sense.” He switched over to dwarven expounding on the faults of women and their lack of care and common sense. He fumed, as he waited for the cleric or mage to give their pronouncement as to the elfs fate.
Startled by the Dwarfs outburst Miklos stalked over to the fallen elf. “…them.” he finished. He knelt down and raise one of the elf’s eyelids and gazed at her pupils. He looked up at the glowing red gem, and saw that it had turned green. “So much for ritual. What I would like to know is how the first witch escaped. By the looks of it all the Siswa were male and one elf maid would have had to have been inquisitive indeed to have stumbled down here by accident to release them. You could argue that the Rahib released them but it doesn’t make sense. He was a servant of Dentiata and was woo’d by his ‘new masters’, I doubt the witch’s ghosts visited him passed all of Dentiata’s wards. He could have been hedging his bets long before I suppose. The disappearances of the elf maids from the village must have been happening for some time for the Witches to have developed such a comprehensive reconstruction of Elyas’s defenses. No, we are missing something.”
Maruc knelt the other side of the fallen elf. He checked her over. Hmm, no outward sign of damage. “This is some sort of mental jolt.” he said.
“Based on the facts we have, my guess is that she is no longer Saeth but that a witch dwells within her body.” Miklos looked up at the green gem. “That is Seath, there. Didn’t you warn her that she might suffer this fate Maruc? As a replacement for Rahasia? Alas I fear you spoke true. The question is what do we do with her?”
Nicolai rubbed his bristly chin. “Much as I’d like to, you can’t leave her tied up. You’ll have to keep her unconscious. I would like to guess what would happen if the other two got hold of her.”
“We’ll need a stretcher. We’ll need to gag and bind her first.” Maruc hunted in his pack for rope. As he did so, Saeth awoke. “What has happened?” she asked, blinkingly clearing some cobwebs from her head.