Loundre awoke to a world filled with pain
and he was thirsty. He forced his way through the agony and managed to lick the insides of his parched lips
but his teeth felt 'strange'.
A familiar voice sounded in his ear..... “Aha, our friend is stirring!”
The dulcet elven tones of Taenaran registered in his foggy brain, and Loundre attempted to open his eyes – managing the task with one, but his right eye remained firmly closed. His efforts were rewarded with the view of a dingy room.......... but NOT the interior of the Mad Mage's dungeon.
“Where am I?” was the question he tried to ask – but he thought the words sounded like a muted garble.
“Relax Loundre. You are safe and back in the Yawning Portal.” The face of Nakelus came into view as the mage carried on..... “Allinn saved your life, and we managed to get you out of the dungeon. Allinn is away at this moment arranging for you to visit the temple for more healing. Now, you must drink, let me help you” and with that the mage brought a waterskin to his lips.
When we left The Wormriders they were examining two apparently unrelated statues in the recently cleared section of the dungeon.
There is a non-magical link between the two, but it is quite difficult to spot, and so I'd decided that successful “Perception” or “Knowledge” tests were required by the same character on both statues for anyone to realise the connection.
Oh well, perhaps they'll find out another day - if they decide to retrace their steps!
Refreshed slightly by the cool water, Loundre asked “Wha...... What happened?”
The elf took a seat by the bed and recounted the events...............
“We had fought off the creatures in the chamber and spent some time examining the two statues. We found nothing unusual about them and there was nothing else in the room, so we followed you through the left hand door into a short corridor.
You were almost at the next door when a trap was sprung. I saw you try to dodge it, but it was too close and too fast – did you feel the loose stone beneath your foot which triggered it?
He didn't – which was a Failed Perception Test. A couple of rolls on my Traps Table, and Loundre was in the path of a pair of battering rams which were swinging down from their hidden upright position in a hole in the roof of the passage.
The heavy rams smashed into his face and chest, causing a LOT of damage – and the dice gods refused to smile when he rolled to try and block some of it, leaving him KO'd and bleeding out on the dungeon floor!
You were out cold and Allinn was hard pressed to save you, but praise be, he did.
We were unsure of what to do next – there was no doubt that you needed carrying out to safety, but our quest was incomplete. I took it on myself to see what was behind that door before we headed for the exit.
I knew I was taking a risk, but as it turned out we had reached a dead end.
The passage had completely collapsed and there was no way through towards the under workings of the City Of The Dead and so with that, we brought you back here.
Now my friend, are you hungry? I'm sure they'll have some soup or broth in the kitchen...... and I've heard that the healers at the temple can work wonders to replace teeth...and reset jaws"
"Shush!" whispered Nakelus.