Monday, July 16, 2012

The Cross Dimensional Room

As Lukas climbs up to the door, he can stand on the machine and look inside.  There is a room, about 15 feet square, clearly inhabiting cross-dimensional space.  There are about a dozen round metal balls, like the kind that was rolled into the machine.  There are four metal rods which the men inside before were using as crowbars to roll the ball.  There is a slight upslope, perhaps of 1 degree, between the back of the room (where the balls are) and the lip of the doorway itself.  There's no door jamb, or frame - the floor is unnaturally smooth right to the lip of the door.

There is a door inside; it does not seem fixed by hinges of any sort, but it is attached to the doorway.  This door is set on the left side, from the perspective of being outside the door.  Lukas cannot put a finger under it to see if it swings - there appears to be no space between the bottom of the door and the smooth floor.

The room is umber-colored inside; the walls seem less the solid in appearance ... and although Lukas can put his hand flat on the floor and feel its concreteness; his eyes tell him the floor is - for lack of a better word - oozing.  There is a slight shift in the coloration that causes this effect.  When Lukas' eyes are level with the floor, he can see the plane of the floor clearly; but when he lifts his eyes and looks down, that clarity evaporates.  The perspective is thus disconcerting - and causes a slight illness in the belly.

Knowledge further than that will require climbing into the room.

14 comments:

Lukas said...

Lukas pauses at the description of the room, but being the inquiring mind he is, (You don't get to his Int without asking questions) he climbs on in to investigate further. For one thing, he takes the time to investigate the bars, the balls and the view at the stinger from the door.

Ahmet said...

Ooh... begin the journey into Hammerspace!

Ahmet said...

I put this comment on "View from the Tower" but I suppose I should leave it here, if we're using this thread today:

Ahmet retrieves Mr. Green's crossbow from 0604 -- if it appears to be still in working order -- and any bolts Mr. Green had. He gives it to Klaas and takes back his own heavy crossbow.

I believe there won't be a potential problem with Klaas having Green's crossbow "fully loaded" -- the 3/4 loading (more accurately, 2/3 loading) is only used when you're walking around, so you don't accidentally shoot yourself in the foot. I think having it fully loaded, as long as he is stationary, won't be an issue.

However, Ahmet 2/3rds load his crossbow, as he does intend to walk around. He sheathes his scimitar and straps on his shield so he can carry the crossbow.

I suggest we station Klaas at 0704 instead of standing right over the ladder at 0705 (where he could be sniped at from below). Or we could put him at 0805, where he could crouch and have some cover with the pillar, but be low enough that he's not exposed to fire from over the wall.

Alexis said...

Ahmet, your comment is answered in The View From The Tower; I'd like to reserve this for the Hammerspace angle.

Alexis said...

Lukas,

When you climb into the room, sound outside the room ceases. You can still see the party; you can see them discoursing with the prisoners. They seem to be moving slightly slower than usual - it isn't very much slower, but it is distinctly recognizable. Time, you would guess, moves a little faster in here.

Once in the room, you also note that the balls which were previously 6 inches in diameter now appear to be at least 18 inches across; the crowbars have also increased in size, and Lukas doubts he could lift one. The door and the size of the room have not changed.

The walls have ceased to 'ooze'; they now appear to be quite solid, distinct, and shadowed as though there were a light in the center of the floor - where there is no light you can see. Still, Lukas can see his own shadow on the wall and ceiling, as though the light were there.

Lukas said...

Lukas is indeed fascinated now...
Noticing that the world inside seems different, he will tempt fate and try and push one of the crowbars, just to see if it in-fact weighs as much as it appears.

After that, he will walk over to one of the spheres, and investigate it via tentative taps and closer material examination. AKA, reflective or not, resembling a metal he knows and whatnot...

I wonder if anyone with some artifact knowledge or something might be able to find out more.

Finally, if nothing yields anything particularly interesting, he will investigate the what appears to be continual light spell in the middle of the room.

Lukas said...

(OOC: this is when I see something terrible about to happen outside, or someone sees something terrible about to happen inside, and a warning cannot be given.)

Alexis said...

The spheres and crowbars seem to be made of ordinary iron; the bar would seem to weigh about 120 lbs, judging from the balance. However, although Lukas can roll it from hand to hand, he cannot make the bar leave the floor - cannot lift it. The bar also seems to be impossible to 'lay down' ... if pulled from the wall, and allowed towards the floor, it stops at a 65-degree angle and hangs there, as though supported from the ceiling.

The balls of iron on the floor would seem to weigh more than a ton. Lukas cannot budge them, although they are quite smooth, and he should be able to make one at least rock, despite the weight.

Alexis said...

Regarding the light from the floor, further information would require that Lukas had a specialty in physics, could use a detect spell of some kind or knew how to cast light or continual light.

Lukas said...

Indeed, in other words, investigation would roughly be summed up as making shadow puppets on the wall.

Finally, he will tap along the wall ensuring there are no 'hollow spots' or grooves.

After that investigation comes to naught, he will look out the door and hopefully not see somebody being held over the side of the tower.

Alexis said...

No one outside seems to be in any especial danger. They might seem to be moving a fraction slower - that might be Lukas's imagination.

There does seem to be something on the wall directly opposite the door; no grooves or hollow spots, but the light is distinctly different ... more diffused, one might say. After some investigation (a prism, if Lukas had ever bought one, would be phenomenally useful right now), there does seem to be some unidentified structure in the wall about the size of the open door.

Lukas said...

Lukas, will be feeling around this and ensuring that he knows if this is or is not an open door. (Aka slowly reaching his arm up to the half forearm to conclude it is in fact an opening)

Nothing unexpected happening (getting kidnapped by demons or whatnot) he will return to report his findings.

Alexis said...

It is not in fact a doorway, as far as you can tell - it is only a discontinuity in the wall. it has no depth, and thus you cannot reach your arm into anything - but there is definitely a shape corresponding to the SIZE of a door.

In actual fact, you cannot feel it with your hands ... the best description would be that you "feel" it with your eyes.

Lukas said...

Lukas leaves the room to return to his comrades.