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Antoine - Den of Thieves
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Flamerule 11, 1373DR
Early Afternoon



Antoine made it down the stairs with no further bodily harm.  A pair of nearly rabid looking dogs strained on their chains as they snapped and lunged at her to no avail as the human handlers that held them were diligent in their duties.  The half-orcs that apprehended her slammed the door behind her leaving her to new captors.

Antoine's eyes quickly adjusted to the darkened room and she found that in addition to the two dogs and their handlers, across the room a muscular woman cloaked in shadows regarded her cooly and next to her was the half-elven scoundrel she had followed.  "You shouldn't have followed me now should ye have?"  His tone was mocking and self-assured.

"We'll know what you want, why you came here." said the woman as the edge of a sharpened blade glinted in her hand.
Antoine D'Marque
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Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 10:44
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The adrenaline still pumped through Antoine's body and she felt a part of her want to change to the wolf-hybrid and rip the throats of the dogs who dared bark and yelp at her.  Of course, if she had assumed that form, the dogs would most likely cower behind their masters with tails between their legs.

Her attention from the mutts was drawn away quickly by the guild members.  She recognised the half-elf immediately and wondered how he could have been so careless in offering his services without any form of disguise.  Paying it no further mind, she replied to the woman.

"The offer from the half-elf intrigued me and I wished to discuss it further but it seemed he did not.  I am not one to give up on a potential business transaction so easily so I followed him.  Now, are you authorised to do business with me or do I need to speak with someone else?"

The tone Antoine used to the woman was businesslike and to the point.  The guardian would not bandy words with this woman for time was of the essence.
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A sharp pain exploded inside Antoine's head turning the world a brilliant shade of yellow before fading to black and then melting back to normal.  "Resssspect." hissed a masculine serpentine voice in Antoine's mind.

The half elf and the woman smiled smugly at the sight of Antoine's discomfort knowing full well what she had just experienced.  "Do not underestimate your situation country bumpkin, you live or die at his pleasure.  Remove your weapons and place them on the ground.  If you're allowed to leave here with your life you'll have your weapons returned as well." a snicker of one of the dogs' handlers was caught by Antoine's keen ears.

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Antoine D'Marque
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Mon 12 Feb 2007
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Antoine grimaced and stifled her pain with a muffled, "hnnngh!" sound.  The personal attack did nothing to improve Antoine's mood and once again did the wolf threaten to emerge, the rogue managing to surpress the blood rage for now.

Slowly, Antoine took the bow off her shoulder together with the quiver of arrows and placed them upon a small table which was set against a wall in the near-darkness.  In a like motion, she also placed both her short sword and her dagger on the table, although whilst doing so, attempted to peer into the darkness to see what was responsible for both the attack and the hissed warning. Spot: 28

"How can I show respect to someone I cannot see?" enquired the rogue, diplomatically but matter-of-factly.
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There was no reply to Antoine's question though she did spy a vaguely shaped form in the darkness retreat deeper within and then disappear entirely making Antoine wonder if she had indeed seen something or if the explosion of pain still distorted her vision.

Now relieved of her weapons she was ordered to follow the woman with the half elf walking behind her, a bare rapier in his hand.  The dogs and their handlers remained behind.  They moved briskly down hallways and through rooms, several times they headed directly for walls only to have a secret door split open at the last moment to allow them passage.  It was clear she was being led around in circles, passing through the same rooms several times but always from a different direction.  The quickened pace only served to confuse her more and finally she gave up trying to remember the directions as she had already lost track several times.

Eventually they came to a nondescript looking flagstone wall where the woman paused, withdrew a talisman from beneath her cloak and placed it in a matching indentation in one of the stones.  The wall swung inward and she proceeded through but not before grabbing Antoine and forcing her to enter first.

Unlike the dimly lit rooms through which they had passed this room was well lit by torches on the walls that generated no heat but plenty of light.  Another pair of thieves stood guard at this entrance and met Antoine's entrance with the brandishing of poisoned daggers.  Around the room other ne'er-do-wells stood in small groups drinking, throwing daggers or rolling bones.  All noticed her arrival but few acknowledged her in the least as she was prodded forward through the room to another door.  The woman and half-elf stood back slightly.  "What you want is through there, if you make it through alive.  This drew the laughter of several nearby thugs who watched to see what Antoine would do.
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Mon 12 Feb 2007
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The turns and double-turns of the thieves wondering through the labyrinth of corridors and passageways made the place feel massively larger than it probably was in reality.  Antoine considered that the guild had probably been formed for some time now and the practice at which the woman led an oustider along with a view to confusing them demonstrated that she had been a member for some time.  Antoine also guessed that the route may very well be part of a guild initiation ceremony with a wrong turn by any potential new recruit would result in his or her death.

Eventually, they reached the room by which egress could only be made with a specific passkey.  Antoine did not fail to notice the poisoned blades drawn by the thugs outside, obviously a warning to her not to try anything foolish rather than to attack her outright.

Without a word, Antoine entered the room and her sense of smell took over.  Tobacco smoke, both fresh and stale lingered towards the ceiling and the unmistakable smell of body odour mixed unpleasantly with alchohol of all types polluted her nostrils.  Warily and silently, Antoine walked across the floor, ensuring to keep her wits about her all the while.

On approaching the door and at the woman's cryptic warning, Antoine decided that she would not simply grasp the door handle and open the door.  Instead, she examined the door for a booby trap, possibly in the form of an injected toxin and if found, would attempt to bypass the mechanism.

Listen 25
Spot 23
Search 12
Disable Device 17

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Antoine's search of the door turned up nothing out of the ordinary  but as she worked she heard a whispered voice far across the room "At least she's got the right idea, maybe we'll see that fine hide of hers again after all."

Her search was cut short however when the burly woman swung the door open in front of Antoine. "You think we'd trap a door here right by the lot of us?"  The room erupted in derisive laughter that ended only once Antoine passed through the door and it closed behind her.  The grating sound of iron on rough wood sounded from outside the door and Antoine immediately knew there was no turning back now.

The hallway in which she now stood was long and narrow with heatless torches mounted on the wall every fifteen paces or so.  The walls were straw and mud brick while the floor was wood planked and seemed to creak on rusty nails with every step.  At the end of the long tunnel, fifty feet at least, was a single door with a small iron grate set into its middle.

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Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 19:58
Re: Antoine - Den of Thieves
Before Antoine could offer a retort to the man pretending to be a woman, the door was slammed in her face.  It was a pity, Antoine would have enjoyed making a cutting remark even if it were not considered ladylike.

Instead, the rogue faced forward to what she considered a trial by fire.  She guessed that the way ahead were trapped somewhere along the line and if she could outwit the devious crew, Antoine will have earned her right to do business with the guild.  Thankful that the guild did not remove her equipment, Antoine patted her pack which contained her trusty toolkit.  She had a feeling that she would need it.

Slowly, Antoine crept along the corridor, checking the wall sconces as she walked.  The door at the end of the passage was what Antoine considered her last resort and thought that perhaps a secret egress lay hidden somewhere.  Every step was tentative and each plank was tested for sounds that might allude to a drop, many feet below to an unknown fate.

Listen (general): 18
Spot (general): 25
Search sconces: 17
Search floorboards: 12

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Each floorboard was a test of nerves to tread upon but Antoine went ahead having little other choice in the matter.  Her decision to follow the rogue and her skill in doing so had brought her there to that hallway and she had nowhere to go but forward.

She found her examination of the sconces holding the torches to be quite rewarding as the base of each pulled free from the main assembly to served as a handle to a thin bladed dagger, perfectly balanced, razor-honed and expertly crafted.

Finally, one hundred and eleven creaky floorboards later, Antoine stood at the far door with the small iron grate.  Three bars were set vertically in the small hole that was no more than a hand's width high and wide.  No doorknob, hinges, or other visible means of opening the door were apparent.  Through the small grate Antoine could see a small squarish room with a black marble pedestal of some sort in the middle.  Upon the pedestal resting on a trio of thin metal posts was a large glass globe with a swirling crimson fog held within.

4 MW daggers in all are retrieved from the sconces. (one from each)
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Tue 13 Feb 2007
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Even the finding of the master crafted daggers could not lighten Antoine's mood.  If it were a few bloodstones or perhaps a finely cut amethyst she might have taken time-out to smile.  As it was, she placed one of the daggers in her currently empty sheath and the remaining three inside her pack.

Finally, after much precise checking of the floorboards, Antoine reached the 'door'.  At least, it was the same shape, size and look of a door and yet its method of opening was not readily obvious.  The rogue peered through the small window and gazed intriguingly at the prize globe within.  Her natural love of beautiful objects took over for a few seconds and she had to shake herself free of the mesmorising effect of the globe to return herself to the here and now and to the task in hand.

Carefully, she examined the door for signs of a mechanism which would ease its opening and also, for any type of trap that might be present.  Additionally, she couldn't help but notice that three metal bars were present in both the small hole in the door and upon which the globe was set.  Mostly likely a coincidence, yet Antoine would try manipulating the bars in the door to see if there was a link.

Search: 22
Disable Device: 17
Open Lock: 25

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The bars in the small opening in the door rotated freely but would not move up or down more than a couple hairs width and spinning them had no effect upon the three rods holding the heavy glass sphere.  The door was sturdy and obviously thick but pushing on it heavily Antoine could notice the top right corner moved ever so slightly as the rest of the door remained completely motionless and locked in place.  Depsite that subtle movement Antoine judged that the door could not be forced open.

A thorough search of the door revealed no lock to pick but at the base of the door three iron bars extended upward from the floor into bottom of the thick oak door.  The bars there were spaced and placed identical to the bars in the small opening and through no small feat of contortionism Antoine found that spinning a bar in the opening did not spin the corresponding bar below. but a soft grinding sound within the door indicated they may be touching each other.

The fact remained however that no matter how much Antoine turned the bars in the opening, nothing happened.
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Tue 13 Feb 2007
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For a few minutes, Antoine tinkered with the door and the bars and whilst she hadn't yet gained entry into the room beyond, she had made a discovery.  The fact that the top, right hand corner of the door had a little give in it whilst the rest of the door didn't suggested that the portal was most secure either on the left hand side or the foot of the door (or both).  The other fact Antoine discovered was that the door was stopped from opening by way of three metal rods which either protruded from the door into the floor, or from the floor into the door itself.

With these facts in mind, Antoine began to search the areas on the walls to the sides of the door and on the floor itself.  She hope to find a stone or somesuch protrusion that could be manipulated into releasing the iron bars that secured the door.

Search: 26
Disable Device: 11