RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:10 pm

Not possible. It's a loose stone that leads into an alcove space - not a box.

She opens it after a trap check - and it contains the remains of an old chandelier, with some crystal and highly tarnished silver involved. Probably value about 100gp, thinks Freya, when Anna finally gets down off Talin's shoulders.

Lootz! Well hid. You realise if there is anything of value around here, it is going to be well hid like that.

You could get all the crystal and good metal out (an hour, weight down to 10 pounds) or carry the ugly thing around with you (30 pounds).

Now what? Back to room 6? Further north? Incidentally Anna can now hear that rumbling noise that Freya was talking about and it seems to be coming from the north west...
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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:01 am

"Nice find, Anna!" Freya congratulates her once she scrambles down. After a quick conference, the dwarves decide to haul the whole chandelier for now, and to carve out the valuable parts during the night watches.

Anna and Freya talk about the rumbling. Any ideas what it could be? Waterfall, ironworks, a dragon snoring, Kilian's stomach? Most importantly, is it a constant volume or getting louder? Tiana will pull out the anciente mappes and see if they can pinpoint the room/direction with the map.

Next up, 5cde. Anna and Freya can decide whether to put Anna in front (checking for traps) or Freya in front (sneakier). To Freya, it really depends on whether either of them can other creatures about.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:25 am

5e, d and c are very much empty. The noise - Anna and Freya both concentrate and can hear it if everyone else shuts up - is coming from the halls north from room 11. It could be coming from upstairs from there, and is obviously coming round numerous bends and corridors.

It sounds like

- a big scary monster
- a volcano / earthquake
- running water

?

You are at the doorway of room 11. Ann and Freya are together right now. (Please elect a leader between Anna and Freya and let me know if you have revised the marching order.)

Incidentally do you have torches lit or is it just the light helmets? And are you still carrying all those torches you brought?
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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:56 am

Freya. Sorry Anna, but you get to stay next to Talin. 8-)

They will go investigate 11. I've decided that I'd rather see the tunnel up to the surface -- so they can get an idea where they are -- more than talking to the mimics again.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:01 pm

11 is empty but there are still some rather cool carvings around the doorway into room 12 and some of these contain bits of inlaid snowflake obsidian, which Freya thinks might actually fetch around 30gp if you dug them out (half an hour in safety or ten minutes with a roll, 10# worth.) No one knows why they haven't already been removed except maybe that whoever has been in here did not consider that stone to be very valuable. Other stones have been dug out of the archway and the obsidian has been left behind.

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There does not seem to be anything much in room 12. The secret door north seems to be open, just from Freya's initial inspection. The noise has stopped.

PS I am assuming she is looking for traps so I will tell you if she sees anything suspicious. Or, if she misses it and falls into a pit and dies.
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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:41 am

Grr... my post last night didn't go through. :(

Freya in front, the party will investigate #12. If that goes swimmingly, they'll head north toward the Temple of Underground Pillars.

They'll leave the stones for now. Without knowing the source of the noise, the party decides the dwarves should leave the pickaxes stowed.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:21 pm

There is a bit steaming pile of NOTHING in room 12. The secret door is long gone. The rat debris and so on continues and there is no difference in appearance between the room on the north corridor.

Freya thinks she can hear something else coming form the north. It isn't the rumbling noise this time. It's movement of some kind - a shuffling sound, maybe footsteps or the like. Anna cannot hear this from further back.

You are at the old secret door leading north. The door off to the west (into room 13, not marked yet) is gone. After that the corridor heads east and out of sight.
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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:43 pm

Tiana and Anna will watch the north passage while Freya and "the boys" sweep the alcove. If it looks clean, then Talin will keep watch with Tiana; Anna will check for traps. Once it is varmint free and trap free, the elves and dwarves will check for oddities. Abigail always watches the north/south passage. If she is willing, she can scout ahead a bit.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:18 am

When you say the alcove you mean the room off the the west up the passageway to the north pas the former secret door, right? That is room 13.

Freya sweeps the room with the dwarves behind - there is the ancient remains of a stone bench in here, up against the entire west wall, with some carvings in the now familiar style. No sign of life or much of interest. Anna moves up and searches for traps - it contains none, she thinks.

The movement noise from the north is no longer to be heard by Freya or anyone else.

Are you moving up to the north?
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Re: RED OAK: Beyond the Mirror

Post Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:00 am

Did Abigall go up to investigate? If she did, they'll wait for her to return.

The party will check to see if the bench seat can be opened.

Think girls! Does the noise start and stop based on a preset rhythm or duration?

If Abigall didn't explore and they have no new ideas about the noises, yes. They'll slowly move forward up to the north. Opting for caution, both Freya and Anna will work together; Freya listening for monsters and Anna checking for traps. I know this invalidates Freya's surprise bonus.
Freya HP 24/24 AC 16 (17 two weapons)
Kilian HP 20/20 AC 19 (18 no shield)
Talin HP 29 AC 16
Tiana HP 11 AC 12 SP 8/8
Fido HP 9/9 AC 16
Anna HP 12/12 AC 15 (19 defensively)
Bruce HP 20/20 AC 16 (15 no shield)

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