Saturday, September 6, 1650, midday
Weather: pleasant temperatures and clear conditions, with a moderate breeze
As Andrej descends the stairs, he takes note that there has been some recent disturbance. Past the point of his first descent, he finds that the rock shows that perhaps three or four persons, with no signs of having been armored, have descended and climbed this stairwell in the last week. This seems surprising, for it suggests that no one who labors beneath - a jailer, say - comes out of the dungeons on a regular, daily basis.
The circular staircase turns until it faces the west, some 22 feet below the floor of the nave. The wall of the roof is cut right from natural stone; the floor and walls have been constructed of mortar and flagstone.
There are three stairwells from this point, all descending from a small circular chamber about 8 feet in diameter. One to the north, one to the south and one to the west. The human-made marks on in the dust show the passage to the west was entered. There's been some disturbance in the dust of the other two passages, but made by someone with odd, narrow feet - perhaps seven inches long, and two inches wide, curved in an inward-turning semicircle. Not human feet at all, not even those of a child. There are quite a number of these steps, indicating something has passed into all 'three dungeons' perhaps twenty times in the last three months (judging by the dust).
The stairs in all three wells go down a long way; the candle shows the first fifteen feet or so, but beyond that it is blackness.