The Dark Tower - Level The Second.   Posted by Skald.Group: 0
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 160 posts
Mon 8 Feb 2021
at 10:47
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Right then, one final look around then bAurion will return to the fold.
Brindle
 player, 979 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Mon 8 Feb 2021
at 14:58
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Do you suppose this smoky room could just be the chimney for that fire giant's bonfire?" he wonders.

"I don't suppose any of you would have a spell prepared that could summon a creature that isn't bothered by smoke, which could explore that room for us?" he asks, not expecting that anyone actually would.
Vashalla
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 04:35
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
The priestess of Ishtar shakes her head at Brindle's question.

"The goddess might grant me that boon, but not until the morrow when I perform the rituals.  I can protect you from a fire's flames," she offers, "but not from such choking smoke as this."
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 364 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sun 21 Feb 2021
at 13:40
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn shakes his head in frustration as he sheathes his ghost-oiled sword.  "There is no point entering where we cannot see.  And we should avoid going any further north into Haffrung's workshop until we've found the belt.  I'd like to speak with Samalgidaceon again, and perhaps find Berkam-Shem's lair.  But first let's see where Aurion got to." He heads back toward the room with the staircase rising to a blank wall.
Skald
 GM, 1437 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 28 Feb 2021
at 06:19
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
With a plan of action decided upon, Tesseryn agrees to abandon the investigation of the smoke-filled room (perhaps lacking the patience to wait around for a day to test Brindle's clever theory) in favour of a search for the holy Girding of Mitra ... once you find out where Aurion has got to that is !

As luck would have it, by the time you reach the end chamber, your wayward Elf is sauntering back down the stairs, looking rather pleased with himself. 

Quick pause to allow you to share your tales and choose which route you wish to take to make your way back to Samalgidaceon ...
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 365 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sun 28 Feb 2021
at 23:29
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn is surprised to find Aurion safe and well, relieved as well, and only mildly irritated at the elf's smug grin.  He briefly relates the search downstairs and concludes "We have run out of doors down here, and have decided to return to Samalgidaceon to search for the belt.  Have you discovered anything useful up there?"
Wrukaog_
 player, 79 posts
Sun 7 Mar 2021
at 14:03
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
“Yeah, like another way outa here that won’t freeze our  carking nuts off and don’t involve climbing back up a rope again?” Wrukaog snarls.
Brindle
 player, 980 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 7 Mar 2021
at 14:25
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
 Brindle rolls his eyes at Wrukaog’s crudeness but doesn’t try to persuade him to be more polite. No point wasting time trying to achieve the impossible.

He turns to the priestess instead.

”We need to leave and make preparations before we think about going any deeper into Haffrung Helleyes’ lair if we are to have any chance of success. Are you ready to come with us?” he asks.
Skald
 GM, 1438 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 14 Mar 2021
at 04:05
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Vashalla shares Brindle's distaste for Wrukaog's coarse manner and is grateful to the Halfling for his concern.

"Of course," the priestess tells him.  "We are prepared to follow your lead in the hope that we might find our lost companion."

At Tesseryn's prompting, Aurion tells of what he found on his impromptu scouting mission, speaking of the illusory wall, the small temple to Set and the door leading to a corridor beyond at the extent of his explorations, offering up another option for you to return to the level above ... should you so choose.
Brindle
 player, 981 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Fri 19 Mar 2021
at 13:47
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Sounds like another back way in or out of this place, rather than the main entry. Probably worth exploring it anyway," Brindle suggests. "The main entry probably goes a bit too close to Helleyes' lair and a lot more guards. These trolls were tough enough already."
Wrukaog_
 player, 80 posts
Fri 19 Mar 2021
at 13:53
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog grins nastily at the mention of more guards but at least he doesn't suggest looking for another fight straight away.

"You all ready? Then let's go!"

He turns and heads for the stairs.
Skald
 GM, 1439 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 21 Mar 2021
at 13:41
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
With Brindle and Wrukaog's encouragement, having returned in triumph, Aurion now retraces his steps with equal accomplishment, leading the way to the top of the stairs, nonchalantly walking through the solid wall at the top.  Forewarned, you follow the Elf and find yourselves in an entirely empty room, perhaps forty feet wide by twenty feet long, with only a set of drapes hanging on the southern wall for furnishings.

With a wave of his long fingers, Aurion points out the illusion of the wall that covers the opening to the stairs, the sweep of his hand indicating that the illusion spreads across the entire north wall.

Even so, he approaches the drapes cautiously, pulling the drapes carefully aside to reveal a small chapel of the unholy kind.  A black, eight foot tall basalt statue of the evil god Set with twinkling eyes stands in an alcove to the south between two unlit braziers.  There is a far less ominous door to the east.

Stepping forward a pace, the Elf holds up the ring of the now deceased mayor and you all enjoy seeing the statue move, almost imperceptibly, at his approach, as if shifting position slightly, though it offers no other response.

Crossing to the door (whether the statue's glass eyes follow him or not, is a matter for scholarly debate), Aurion opens it to uncover a corridor stretching northwards out of sight.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 161 posts
Sat 3 Apr 2021
at 12:35
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Using the serpent ring to keep the statue at bay, Aurion ushers the party through the shrine and into the passage. "I don't know where this leads. We shall see. I've already checked behind the statue for valuables - there were none. Make free with the eyes if you must, although I cannot guarantee the statue will agree." Once they're all through he'll close the door to the shrine and head up to the front of the line to explore some more, this time with backup.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 366 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sat 3 Apr 2021
at 12:39
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn moves ahead into the passage, his eyes having no trouble seeing in the dark.  He'll keep going until he finds another branching or door, but wait for Aurion to catch up before entering either.
Skald
 GM, 1440 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sun 4 Apr 2021
at 04:56
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Leaving the statue behind you and closing the door, you head off down the passageway ... which Tesseryn, Brindle and Wrukaog soon realise they've trod before !

Sure enough, as you follow it along and quickly scale the stone stairs that you find at the far end, you find yourselves back in the passage that stretched between the pool with the guardian water-spirit and the cells where the ex-prisoners were held.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated (you're now back on the second level of the dungeon complex) ...
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 162 posts
Mon 5 Apr 2021
at 07:40
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
"Well that solves Wrukaog's problem. Come along, there a another shrine just around the corner that needs to be explored." Aurion heads back past the pool and along to yet another shrine to Set. This time he enters with the mayor's ring held high.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 367 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Mon 5 Apr 2021
at 07:41
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn has no objection and follows Aurion as swiftly as his heavy armour allows.
Wrukaog_
 player, 81 posts
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 13:35
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog looks slightly disappointed that there wasn't actually anyone else to fight on the way  out but for once he doesn't grumble about it. Perhaps the promise of another shrine to pillage explore is enough of a sweetener after all of the previous excitement.
Brindle
 player, 982 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 13:42
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle offers no objection either. As they all follow Aurion on his marvelous mystery tour of the subterranean shrines of Set he drops back for a quick question with each of the others to check they are all fit and healthy enough to continue.
Skald
 GM, 1441 posts
 Licenced to Kill
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 14:49
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
The Mayor's ring proves effective in quelling the attentions of the water creature, in its pool and Aurion leads you on with the tempting prospect of another evil temple.

As you walk, guided by Tesseryn's pace, Brindle concernedly questions everyone as to their well-being, judging the scratches suffered by the ex-Paladin and the minor cuts that Wrukaog swears quite eloquently are carkin' nothin' are nothing to worry about ... though now he consider the matter, your guiding Elf confesses to feeling a bit off, though knows not the cause.

The end of the passageway whence Aurion leads you is blocked by a solid wall of stone but the Elf's slender fingers unerringly locate a stone projection that moves beneath his touch ...

The stone grinds noisily as it swings aside to reveal another temple to Set, very similar to the one on the level above with awful mosaics lining the walls, a black marble floor with gold tracery, and a black-stone statue of the god, some twenty feet tall standing prominently against the east wall.  The statue is flanked by burning braziers and behind it is the same cold black stone that is the outer wall of the Dark Tower.  This temple lacks the wooden pews but instead has a blood-stained altar, complete with the corpse of what was assumedly the latest sacrificial victim to meet his end thereupon. 

An opening at the western end of the room provides a glimpse of a similarly decorated room beyond.

OOC: Map of the proceedings updated ...
Haltashaar
Fri 16 Apr 2021
at 07:27
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Though Aurion's earlier description had convinced Haltashaar that the poor wretch on the altar was not his friend Vastavaar, he ne'ertheless peers through and around those crowd before him to catch a glimpse, just to be certain.

With grim relief, he tells you that, "This man was one of the merchants with the caravan. He sold woodcarvings, I believe."  A poor epitaph.
Aurion Moonbeak_
 player, 163 posts
Sun 18 Apr 2021
at 00:00
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Aurion swans into the awful temple, holding aloft the Mayor's ring that has served him so well so far. He has a head full of new spells that he has just puzzled out while sneaking alone through dark passages and is feeling pretty pleased with himself. As he walks he relays what his detections have revealed: a magical aura upon the statue, a strong one with the feel of abjuration and enchantment, and a faint trace upon the wall and ceilings, that of conjuration. "Nothing to worry about really." He heads for the back to see what may be lurking around the corner there.
Tesseryn Brightsoul
 player, 369 posts
 Fallen Paladin
 Broken Arm of Dauros
Sun 18 Apr 2021
at 00:07
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Tesseryn is not feeling anywhere near as pleased with himself, or confident that the room is safe.  Sword drawn, he approaches the corpse on the slab to search and work out why it has been left here.  Maybe there will be some clue as to where Vastavaar may be held, and whether he may still be alive." he announces grimly as he clanks into the room.
Wrukaog_
 player, 82 posts
Sun 18 Apr 2021
at 12:43
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Wrukaog squeezes through the secret doorway to follow Tesseryn into the evil temple, stopping on the western side of the altar to have a good look at the huge statue of Set and practicing his own imitation of the menacing snarl on the statue's face.
Brindle
 player, 984 posts
 Brindle Thistlefoot
 Halfling
Sun 18 Apr 2021
at 12:48
The Dark Tower - Level The Second
Brindle has a quick word with Valshalla before following the others into the temple.

"Would you mind giving Wrukaog another dose from that wand of Lesser Vigor, please? I have a feeling he may need it soon enough."

Then he hurries to stay close to Tesseryn.