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Post by hihama » Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:49 pm

I volunteer. Down comes natural for dwarf...

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Post by agathokles » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:39 pm

Anyone can levitate on its own? It would be better to avoid sending only one person in.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:59 am

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Scene XXIX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


"Sure, that's a good idea, I and Hasan can go down with Junggu to take a first look, then we will signal if it is safe to go down", Rahasia says.
Alki also decides to go immediately after them just for extra caution.
Bofar will go nect as first of the warriors, then the others.
The first three go and, as planned, signal all is quiet with a magical light, sending the magical platform back up. Bofar steps into it and goes down too, then all the others descend. The blue disc comes to rest atop an ornate carved pedestal in the center of a 10 meters diameter room. This room is identical to the room above; the three statues and the bronze doors are copies of the ones in that room. Double doors lead to a corridor similar to the one above, with more platinum statues, and another set of double doors.
Jujur and Sunggu study them and then open them with extra caution.
There is a 7 meters square room bathed in soft golden light. Glowing 5 meters wide silver arches open through the north and south walls. A pair of steel doors is set in the west wall in front of you. Elyas’ treasure room lies beyond the north arch. Light from its glowing domed ceiling reflects off the polished marble floor, brightening this room. There must be thousands of gold pieces in the treasure room, spilling from ornate chests! The room
through the south arch is identical to the treasure room, but it is empty.
"There is some strange magic I cannot identify in these arches. A trap for thieves probably", Alki says.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:03 pm

Let's check the doors first, then.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:02 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXIX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Again Jujur and Sunggu open the doors with great caution, to find a dark corridor 10 meters long. A pair of bronze doors are in the west end. The north and south walls each contain a single wooden door, reinforced with iron bands. Those doors are directly across from one another.
"Which one now?" the halfing Junggu asks.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:47 pm

Let's start with the first one on the left.

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Post by Sturm » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:07 am

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Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


The door is locked, and neither Jujur not Sunggu are able to open it. After a short discussion and a bit of trials, Alki manages to open the lock with magic. Beyond the door the walls and floor of this room are covered with rare and expensive carpets. Pillows and cushions lie scattered around the room. In the center of the room is a large carpet with a phoenix embroidered on it. A large pile of pillows sits in the southwest corner of the room. An arch in the west wall leads to a 3 meters square alcove. Near the alcove, a 30 cm long lever projects from the wall.
A willowy, golden-haired elf maiden is asleep on the pile of pillows.
"Sylva!" Rahasia gasps, but quickly muting herself.

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Post by agathokles » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:59 am

Assuming the girl is still asleep, Lucius makes hand signals to Jujur and Sunggu to sneak up to her and muffle and tie her.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:59 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Jujur and Sunggu try to some near, but they make some small noises getting near among the pillows, and the girl wakes up.
"Rahasia, you have come!" she says, apparently happy and relieved.
"Sylva?" Rahasia asks, uncertain, starting to get near.
Bechak too goes to the girl, clearly eager to hug her, but Alki stops them both.
"This could be a trap", he says.
"What trap? - Sylva asks innocently - I was kidnapped and imprisoned here for an unknown purpose, please take me back home!", she says.
"I see no evil - Kesh mutters to you and Alki - but powerful sorcerers could avoid such detections".
"But she is Sylva", Miryala says to the other elves.

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Post by agathokles » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:15 am

Lucius replies: Why would the real Sylva speak to Rahasia in Thyatian, and signals with a (subtle, possibly) gesture to Jujur and Sunggu to go on.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:29 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Kesh nods slightly and begins to cast a spell. Alki must have understood too, because he does the same, while Jujur and Sunggu jump toward the girl.
"Sylva", however, is quicker. She quickly rises to her feet and moves her hands, creating a wall of roaring flames between most of you and her. Jujur and Sunggu however are beyond the wall with her, and try to tackle the girl. She however avoids the elf and the halfling and run to the south wall, touching it and opening a secret door. But somehow, Kesh or Alki must have gotten her, because she suddenly falls down, immobilized.
You hardly have the time to rejoyce, however, as Myriala, the elf you rescued earlier and Merdiz, the Ylari mage who was imprisoned near her, scream at the back of the group.
A huge black panther has entered the room, much bigger than the two which were with the Rahib. The beast throws Merdiz away with its right paw, and hits Baik with the left one. The Skotharian warrior however barely manages to parry with his shield, and is partially pushed back by the strenght of the panther.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:02 pm

Lucius turns towards the panther and attacks (assuming there's enough space), leaving it to Jujur and Sunggu to deal with "Sylva".

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Post by hihama » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:22 pm

Bofar follows Lucius.

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Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Despite the incredible strenght of the panther and its agility, you are a numerous group and the animal is hit multiple times, including by Lucius and Bofar, until it falls down. Kesh soon goes to help the wounded Merdiz.
Jujur and Sunggu in the meantime tie "Sylva".
"What should we do now? shouldn't we free her?", Rahasia says.
"We cannot try now. Multiple tests would be necessary to be sure the witch does not control her anymore, or she could just lie to us. I'm afraid we will have to take her with us, tied and gagged", Alki says.
The others agree, so the Skotharian warrior Baik, the Ylari wizard Merdiz, the elf wizard Alki and Bechak, the elf warrior who is also the bethrothed of Sylva, stay on the back guarding the tied Sylva and Myriala, while the rest of you take the front, the thieves Jujur and Sunggu first, then you, the elf warrior Benar, Taran, Bellithiel, Kesh and Rahasia, Hasan, the female warrior Kepala, the female elf wizard Mati, the male elf wizard Sinar and the female elf priest Suchi.
The secret door from which Sylva meant to escape leads to a 6x6 meters room with a platform and more doors to the east. The door lead to the south treasury, which you could not enter before because it was protected by the strange magical lights in the now northern archway.
This room is an octagon, 12 meters across. Both the east and west walls have a pair of steel doors in them. A glowing silver arch, 6 meters wide, is set in the north wall. Some words in an ancient script are carved above the arch. The entire room is lit by bright golden light from the ceiling, 15 meters overhead. The ceiling is covered with decorative carvings. A large black gem in a setting hangs from the end of a chain suspended from the center of the ceiling.
"It is the Black Opal Eye!", Alki gasps.

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Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Rahasia, Alki and the others begin to discuss what they should do but decide eventually to take the gem as it may be needed to free Sylva and Merisa, who you haven't find yet, from the control of the witches.
Alki levitates to the gem and after some cautious spell to see if there are traps, take it. The opal gem is bigger than a fist and Alki says he can see great magical powers in it. From this octagonal room you cannot fo north, as there is the mysterious glowing archway. To the east the steel doors lead to another smaller circular room, with a teleport platform.
"Probably better to go back to the corridor and take the door north or west", Taran says.
Bellithiel and Rahasia agree, so you return to "Sylva"'s room and then to the corridor, where Sunggu and Jujur open the northern door.
This is an extravagantly furnished bedroom. A gilt framed bed stands in the middle of the room. Tapestries hang on all four walls. A large wardrobe stands in the southwest corner. A vanity and mirror sit next to the wardrobe. Six small jars and a large glass vial lie on top of the vanity. An iron gate is set in the north end of the east wall. The gate leads to an empty 3 meters square alcove. A 30 cm long lever is attached to the wall near the gate. A woman’s wide-brimmed feathered hat hangs on a peg near the lever.
"Bet here is where the witch who controls Merisa is sleeping, but she is not here now", Rahasia says.
"Wait for her could not be wise, probably we should go to the west door in the corridor", Bellithiel says.
The others agree and once the double doors to the west are opened, a 10 meters square room is revealed. Lowered steel portcullises block stairways leading down from the centers of the north, south, and west walls. A huge statue of a tremendously fat man sits cross-legged in the center of the room. The statue’s chubby hands rest upon its huge thighs. The statue’s open mouth gapes at the ceiling in a permanent smile. An engraved plaque is attached to the base of the statue. It reads: “I judge by taste”.
"And now what is this?" Kesh says.

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Post by hihama » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:36 pm

I think you have to puor some liquid in his mouth for something to happen.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:31 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


"Indeed it seems likely, and we know we had to find three bottles of wine. The ones we have are:
The Wizard of Wines Winery, Purple Grapemash N°3 with code 14231241-S
The Wizard of Wines Winery, Champagne du le Stomp, with another code '3132-N"
The Wizard of Wines Winery, Red Dragon Crush' with a code on the label '331422-W'
Which one do you think is better?
", Bellithiel says to you and the others.

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Post by agathokles » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:25 pm

I'm not a sommelier... Wait, those code at the end, what can they refer to?

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Post by Sturm » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:56 pm

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXX - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Everyone is quite baffled.
"No idea on the codes but note that the shorter code match the highest quality wine, Champagne. Red Dragon is a good wine, but less expensive, and the Purple Grapemash is a mixture of grapes, much less expensive. I have some knowledge of the subject", Merdiz says smiling.
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Post by agathokles » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:20 pm

It is indeed noteworthy that the codes have different lengths, but are always composed of only 4 different digits, plus one letter at the end. I suspect there is more to these code than it appears.

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Post by Sturm » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:05 am

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"Should we go with better wine quality and shorter code then? It could make some sense, I suppose", Taran says.

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Post by agathokles » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:24 pm

Let's try.

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Post by hihama » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:16 am

I can take care of the Purple Grapemash...

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Post by Sturm » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:20 am

Temple of the Gray Mountain
Scene XXXI - Hralen, Thaumont, Early Spring, 20th day, 993 AC


Rahasia and the others decide to pour Champagne in the mouth of the statue. The northern portucullis opens. Beyond it there is a stair going down, then a 3x3 meters room with 3 alcoves labelled with numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the floor.
"It seems likely we have to follow the code on the bottle, 3132, right?" Rahasia asks.
As everyone agrees with her, you take the archway labelled 3. You find yourself in another 3x3 room, where you take the archway 1, then another, where you take archway 3, and another, where you take archway 2.
You suddenly appear inside a 3x3 meters alcove. An archway in the west wall opens into a 10 meters square room. Two other identical alcoves are also set into the east wall of the large room. Golden doors stand in the centers of the north, south, and west walls. In the center of the room, a 15-foot-tall stone obelisk rests on a short, stone pedestal. There are no markings on either the obelisk or the pedestal. The high, domed ceiling is covered with a fresco of a night sky. Many constellations are marked on the fresco.
"What now?" Rahasia asks, but before anyone can reply, the obelisk speaks. Its deep, hollow voice fills the room, saying, “Answer me and I’ll answer thee in truth, if but to questions three; What is your name?
Rahasia answers, and the obelisk asks, “What is your quest?
Rahasia replies you are trying to stop the witches who have taken over the Temple, and prevent an evil wizard named Skarda from taking control of the Black Opal Eye. The obelisk then asks, “Do you know the first name of the last creature you killed?
Rahasia is uncertain here, but answers no.
The obelisk replies "I will answer three questions".
Now Rahasia look at everyone, waiting for suggestions.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:40 am

We should probably ask how to stop or destroy the witches. It is a question that is relevant to this place, at least -- I'd like to ask where Skarda's mirror leads, but the answer might be less useful.

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