We Shall Soon Discover the Truth

Miklos swept his eyes around the cavern. The bones of many victims had been consumed to fed the dark hunger of the ghouls not all of them human. He wondered if this place was some sort of burial site. It would be challenging to bury anyone in stone, perhaps these creatures had a regular supply of bodies? The piked corpses on the road in spoke of a warning, but would the ghouls wish to ward off potential victims? Miklos didn’t think so. Something else was in play here. ‘Lower’ undead were not renowned for hoarding treasure but powerful creatures such as these might inadvertently cast aside a valuable trinket or two.

“Before we leave I shall search with magesight in case there is a clue as to what we might find ahead.”

Miklos cast off his Detect Magic spell and searched the debris in the cavern and its tunnels, but there was no tell-tale magical glow to be seen.

“Good. Let us clear the other tunnel of evil before we depart.” Miklos followed the others.

Maruc hooked his mace onto his belt and nodded with satisfaction. “Do not be surprised if the wailing came from the ghouls. I agree with Miklos let us clear it to cleanse this place of evil.”

Maruc looked about and thought perhaps the two passages were linked. “What are the chances…”

“No need,” said the dwarf gruffly, cutting off the priest. Typical humans, he thought, lost when underground. “The other tunnel is connected to this system.”

Hasan picked at the detritus alongside Ludo and Miklos. Filth, muck and worse were all the elf found. “Come now,” he said, “More awaits us for sure.” The elf followed Feldard reluctantly. “By all that is holy, I hope we can stay above ground,” the elf complained to Ludo.

“Above or below, I feel we shall soon discover the truth,” replied the cleric.

“Da,” Stephan said sheathing his sword. “Now, let’s go a-wailing.”

“Well it least any remaining rats will have a good meal” Ludo said offhandedly. “Yes, I agree Stephen. Let’s investigate this wailing and determine if they are responsible for the slaughter of the three men. Maybe we can use these tunnels to get closer to the wailings source without being detected. Feldard with your natural underground affinity can you guide us in the right direction”?

The dwarf nodded at Ludo’s question, then took a moment to assess the tunnels leading back further to the left than their original tunnel. “This way.”

Feldard set off in the lead. Eyes alert for foe and trap, ears straining to hear the faint echo of footfalls that were not their own. Eventually they came to where the tunnel exited to the surface. In the mist beyond, they saw a wooden hut. More skull-topped stakes surrounded the dwelling.



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8 responses to “We Shall Soon Discover the Truth

  1. 3:40pm, Nytdain, the 9th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Cloudy, cool.

    Maruc: 10xp+5xp
    Miklos: 10xp+5xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp+5xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp

    Maruc: 27,520/48000
    Miklos: 27,430/40000
    Feldard: 27,920/34000
    Hasan: 26,980/32000
    Stephan: 27,010/32000
    Ludo: 26,640/40,000

  2. Ludo

    Ludo looked at Hasan and whispered, “maybe a stealthy approach would work best here”, let’s find out who is in this hut. He crawled out of the tunnel hole and crawled through the brush to the side of the hut, crouching down he placed his head close to the side of the hut and listened for any sounds coming from within to try and determine who or what was inside the hut.

    DM – If he can determine how many people (or what is in the hut) he will signal this to the rest of the party (without using noise).

  3. Maruc

    “If that hut is occupied you can bet they know we are here, ” Maruc said, “what with all that fighting in the tunnels. If I was the occupier I’d have left with all my gear.” he shifted his shield round and released his mace. “If I was was powerful enough I’d still be here.”

  4. miklosdostevar

    Miklos looked at the rude hut. “Who’d live here anyway? Right by a – what did you say – a burial site?”

    “Priests.” said Maruc darkly.

    “Oh well that’s fine.” said Miklos, “We’ve just about done everything to desecrate it so we’re going to be popular. I’d get that silence incantation ready if I was you.”

    Miklos made his way over to Stephan. Somehow the woodsman made him feel less like an unarmoured man.

  5. Maruc

    Maruc nodded, he kept alert for the whisperings of spells and prepared his silence spell for swift casting.

  6. Stephan

    Stephan also readied his shield and made sure he had his favorite grip on his hilt.

    “Halav…,” he whispered to whomever could hear, “This hut…it’s a fright. Just like the old hag’s house we were told to avoid growing up in the wood. Mark my words…there might be an old had witch in there!”

    Stephan took a side step when Miklos sidled up to him. He’s going to cramp my sword arm, he thought to himself.

  7. Out of the tunnels now, and with Ludo sneaking up to the hut, Feldard remained by the tunnel entrance and covered Ludo’s approach with his crossbow.

    (sorry so short – too tired to think of more to post)

  8. Hasan

    “Psst, wait! Ah!” Hasan grimaced as he saw Ludo sink into the mists ahead. “I don’t like this,” the elf muttered, shaking his head, as he moved forward himself to join the human. The elf stowed his bow and drew the light scimitar he carried at his side. His mail clinked in the dark, but the elf found the noisse more reassuring than troubling.

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