"I have to get uncomfortably close to use my magic," says the oracle. "So keep your eyes open for an ambush. I would rather not be perforated over a trinket." And with that Shendra makes a motion in the air, this time not feigned, and cautiously advances to a point where she can attempt to grab the necklace with her eldritch reach.
OOC: I was also expecting a possible helping of murder tree so I was just trying to be cute with Shendra trying to communicate the question, 'Should I risk trying to grab it with my magic?' without actually saying it out loud in case there are enemies about. The reach of mage hand is 30 feet in any case.
"Some kind of protective magic has been placed upon the amulet, though I cannot tell whether it is an enchantment for the wearer or just something to anchor it to the tree," says the seer. "This all seems a bit elaborate though for this not to be a trap. Perhaps Poe will have to chance retrieval after all."
"Can someone summon a disposable creature instead. I would hate for something bad to happen to Poe," Michael says as he tries to see what he can about the state of the bodies from the distance he is standing at.
The eagle appears above the tree and dives at the amulet. Although the summoned creature seems to hit the object it appears to remain in its place. The eagle makes a second attack, which misses, before winking out of existence. Meanwhile Teodor has had time to circle around the Edge of the area finding nothing of interest. It is difficult to determine the cause of death of the men from this distance.
"If no one can think of a different plan, I'll go forward and at least try to retrieve the men while avoiding the tree and amulet." Michael is not keen on the idea he has vocalized, but it's the best that his own mind can come up with. "The rest of you can observe from a distance and cover me."