Saturday, 3 January 2015

27 Thaumont 1000 AC - Chasing the Rahib

Stairs led down from the trapdoor. The staircase was only narrow so Broneslav led the way. Ten feet down the staircase turned to the left. Broneslav paused and listened. He poked his head around the corner carefully. Nothing. Down another short flight of steps and he was standing in an octagonal room with faded and peeling paintings of peaceful forest and mountain scenes. Wooden doors led from the centre of the wall ahead of him and to either side. So, three options. He paused to think, moved to the left door, listened. Nothing. He did the same at each of the other doors but to no avail. Suddenly Alki gasped. Broneslav turned. A spectre had appeared in the middle of the room. It stood unthreatingly and began to speak.

"By the Rahib's hand
Was I here felled
And long awaited
You to come

Rahasia's pain
I have dearly felt
But you have come
To free her

Hasan is in the dungeon south
My gold is toward the north
An ally in the dragon guard
Waits before the gold

The Rahib is but a pawn
A darker evil lies below
The dragon guard knows the story
And guards the way below"

The ghost disappeared as silently and quickly as it had arrived, leaving Broneslav to mull over its words. It sounded like Rahasia's love was through the door opposite the stairs. It would be a good thing to rescue him now, but then he was probably safe enough, if still alive. They would not kill him now if they had not done so before. So, that left the gold to the north and the Dragon Guard ally. Gold and an ally would both be useful but there was no northern way out, so it would be a choice between going left or right. Perhaps that other trapdoor led to the northern chamber. That might be worth investigating.

Broneslav discussed the options with Alki and they agreed to try the other trapdoor. If that did not obviously lead to the dragon guard then they would return here and try one of the other doors. They scooted quickly up the stairs and were soon poised to open the other trapdoor. Broneslav grasped the hidden handle and pulled ...

Broneslav Torenescu (S16, D14, C15, I12, W10, Ch14, F1, HP 8/9, AC4, Sword 1d8+3, Bow 1d8)
Human (Traladaran)
XPs: 358

Torenescu Family Member 1
Hunter 1
Keen Vision 1
Good Education 1
Empathy with Animals 1

Goal: Prove that he is an adult following the Shearing Ceremony
Goal: Slay a red dragon
Quest: Deliver a parcel to Merisa in Gray Mountain Village

Alki (HD 2, AC 4, Att 1, DAM 1d8, Skill Bonus +2)

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