“Brilliant, Stephen. They never expected us to attack from within the tower,” congratulated Hasan. “But did anybody see a way up there?” asked the elf, pointed to the floors above. “We must have missed something, maybe in center of the tower.” The elf left to return to site of Vlaak’s death and began a careful search for secret doors or passageways.
The dwarf dragged the bodies out of sight and then followed the group into the main hall where the elf was looking for secret doors before speaking up. “There was another door in the library.”
Ludo after finding nothing of real value on the dead hobgoblins joined Hasan in the centre room and helped him search the room. “That other door in the library leads outside,” Stephan said in response to Feldard.
After assisting Feldard with the bodies, Stephan kept a watch while those more adept at finding hidden things searched the chamber.
Maruc wiped the remnants of the hobgoblin from his flail. His mind hadn’t really been on the job and he was glad of Stephan’s battle plan and Hasan’s timely sleep incantation. He offered a brief prayer of thanks to Halav for his companions. Feldard was struggling with the corpses so Maruc lent a hand. “Where are we going with these?” he asked, Feldard grunted. “Behind the curtains.” Maruc looked dubiously at the trails of gore and blood spatters around the guard room and recalled the howling wolf battle and Miklos’s deafening lightning magic.
“Why?” he asked. He thought about it for a bit, he supposed in a rushed attempt to flee they might trip over them. Or the Feldard just might be naturally a tidy dwarf. He looked at the fierce warrior, it was a struggle to make the two ideas meet. He helped him anyway.
Miklos was still preoccupied with scanning the books in the library. He was about the offer his services when Hasan had stepped in with his elf magic. Miklos was still interested in the subtlety of his gestures and the economy of casting. He would never tire of watching the ancient races at work.
He smiled at Maruc’s question though as he followed the elf and aided in his search of further passageways. The group finished their exploration Vlaak’s quarters, finding bedding behind the curtains, one alcove for Vlaak and the other for his pets. Alcove doors opened into a smaller room with a stone circular staircase leading upward.