A Candlekeep Mystery (IC)

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"I, this one, thread where you lead. Deeper is better, the source of infestation."
Cairn detaches from the wall and awaits instructions.
 

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DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
"Going in both directions gives us a large circle to go around. Although on the far side of the circle is a pit full of this disgusting..." He raises his arm and pulls the hem of his sleeve open to allow a bit of goo to slide out of it and to the floor. "...crud. But there are tunnels off of that circle further into the mountain that we could certainly go down."

He nods towards the tunnel that Argenti motioned to... the one he and Kaliban traveled down initially to find Crock Jon. "If we head down there the tunnel splits. Kaliban and I took the right path-- right as in direction, not in terms of correct... although we did find Crock Jon, so I guess you could say it was right correct as well-- but nevermind, that's neither here nor there. Point is... we could take the left-hand passage instead and travel further in. I'm good with that myself... rather try and get this all done before these things can completely regroup."
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Having agreed on the passage near where Kaliban and Hawthorne had encountered a meenlock and chased it off, the Agents travelled there, and then kept to the left-hand passage, working their way deeper into the strange, unnatural tunnels.

Ahead, once again, the tunnel split, with a left-hand passage that widened (the ever-present moss seemed to be dry and crumbling here) and a right-hand tunnel that twisted downward into dampness.

OOC: A new choice: 1) Left, wide dry tunnel; 2) Right, downward dampness. Also: I'm going to need a marching order. For no reason at all.
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
Cairn leads the way into the darkness, his superior darkvision and innate sense of the stone and everything that touches it making him natural choice for the position.

His front arm flattens into a resemblance of shield and he advances carefully.

Once they got to the split, he stops and looks into the dry tunnel.
"This tunnel, the left one, it looks like it doesn't support the growth. Maybe a quick look is in order?"
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
Argenti pauses for a moment, some voice having caught her ear. From the middle of the pack she muses: "Whatever is in that tunnel repels the moss, which means it might be dangerous, or it might be just what we need to exterminate these bugs."
 

Steve Gorak

Adventurer
Argenti pauses for a moment, some voice having caught her ear. From the middle of the pack she muses: "Whatever is in that tunnel repels the moss, which means it might be dangerous, or it might be just what we need to exterminate these bugs."
I agree” Ethian says, “let us see why there is no moss there
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
"If that dryness in the air can absorb the dampness currently pervading my shorts, I am all for it. To the left!"

OOC: Hawthorne will take a spot in the middle to middle-rear of the line.
 



FitzTheRuke

Legend
Cairn began to lead the way into the dry, wide tunnel. The Agents had replaced their earlier precaution of a rope-line, this time tied a little closer together, hoping to avoid the possibility of a meenlock cutting the line between them. Cairn was followed by Ethian, Argenti, Kaliban, and then Hawthorne, with Crock-Jon watching the rear.

The big rock-creature had only taken a few steps onto the dry, crumbled moss-bits in the widening chamber when the ground began to slide away under his feet. Cairn dropped into the ground, lurching everyone off their feet. They all slid forward, but Ethian was able to wedge his feet on a solid stone found somewhere under the dry moss and everyone piled up behind him, until they too were wedged. The rope strained under the enormous weight of the elemental, who had fallen through an opening not unlike that of an hourglass, with the dried moss acting as the "sand".

Down about ten feet below him, in an open chamber under the one that the others were wedged in, Cairn could see the desiccated corpse of a humanoid wearing a leather satchel.

OOC: I'm gonna roll the saves myself, both to save time and because it could complicated. In the end it didn't, because Ethian held strong; everyone just fell prone.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
"WHOA!" Argenti takes a moment to ready herself after the weight of the falling elemental knocks her off her feet. "Cairn! Are you all right down there?"
 
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Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"There is one humanoid under me that isn't well." Cairn responds as he pulls himself back and as he reaches the edge of the opening gratefully grabs solid stone for support. This 'rope' thing made of weak organic materials saved him some pain, but he doesn't fully trust it. But Ethian-leader proved himself worthy of the title.
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Like sand in the hourglass, dried moss clumps slid past Cairn as he pulled himself up through the hole, partly burying the body in the lower chamber.

OOC: Leave it behind or go investigate?
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
From the back of the line Hawthorne shouts "Someone's down there? Are they moving? Cairn... check on him if you can... we should pull them out of that hole." He glances at the rope they shortened up between them all and scrunches his face. "Do we have enough slack for him to get the person? Ethian-- Argenti-- can we give the big guy a bit more length?"
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"He, the trapped one, only needs some water, I believe, you, the fleshy ones, need water for your blood."
Cairn pulls himself fully back.
"This one can lower one of you, lighter weight on the rope."
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Lowering Cairn was definitely going to be the harder task (when compared to someone else). On the other hand, they would have to retreat into the hall and rearrange the ropes to lower someone else.

OOC: Can be done, though. Who's going?
 




FitzTheRuke

Legend
OOC: How deep is the pit? Can I reach the body with my telekinesis?
OOC: The body is only about 30 feet away from the stable part of the cavern, but if you need to see it, you'll have to go through the loose dried moss. It's like an hourglass, and the moss is the sand (though it clumps up and stops running through after a moment). The weight of a person will push it (and them) through, though. Body is in the lower chamber.
 

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