Ludo thought investigating the cave asked for trouble, we still need to get across the gorge, I will climb back up, grab the ropes and make my way across and secure them to the top so you can all make your way up the cliff with a safety rope to guide you. With that he started climbing.
Stephan put his light stone away. He was not at all unhappy to leave the cave alone. He was impressed at Ludo’s easy ascent. The rogue hardly used the ropes!
Meanwhile, Hasan seemed to be “at one” again with some rock beetle that had emerged. Stephan approached to see the insect but quickly saw that his presence was not welcome. When the beetle made a buzzing sound, Hasan turned to see what it was and saw the woodsman. The look on the elf’s face sent Stephan away.
He then surveyed a hundred foot perimeter noting a variety of interesting rocks. He attention was divided, however, as he kept track of Ludo’s progress.
The rogue was halfway up the chasm, when suddenly he heard the rattling sound. He turned his head to see a large rattlesnake headed right for him. There was no way to avoid it. He would have to defend himself with one hand while holding onto the rockface with the other.