Monday, March 13, 2017

Passageways Below Pazarli

The three of you leap down into the hole, to find that the rubble has made a mound below.  You bang your hands and knees on some timbers and stone rubble, but experience no damage.  The rat's torch reveals a masonry tunnel that has been made a very long time ago, the floor of which is about 15 feet below the surface.

If you're with the rat, you're running now, along the tunnel.  "This will take us under the nearest hill, towards the east.  From there you'll be able to climb up a series of tunnels and stairs until you find an exit in the forest.  Once you do, go north along the ridge, until you reach the sea; you'll see a beach there.  I will do my best to send your horse there.  The soldiers will probably seize the horse for a time, but when they search for you my rats will cause the horse to flee; they'll herd the horse towards that beach.  It should be there by sunrise."

You take a series of left and right turns, passing other tunnels, for about fifteen rounds, before reaching a flight of stairs up.  "I must go back for my friends," says the rat.  "Just keep climbing.  Don't take any steps that go down.  You may get lost, but so long as you climb you'll find your way out."

10 comments:

Kismet said...

Kismet raises a finger for a moment then nods, essentially succumbing to the time is of the essence issue.

Then he starts climbing as instructed.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

"Why did you help us?" Sofia asks the question perhaps on Kismet's lips, unspoken.

Sofia stops to bind her wound.

Alexis Smolensk said...

"You're quite obviously innocent foreigners," says the rat. It smiles, a rather gruesome show of teeth. "They are looking for me, and they found you. Most of them don't even know they are looking for me. But you had better move along."

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

"We have met before, in the village?"

Alexis Smolensk said...

"Yes, that was me. Quite a disguise, eh?" He looks worried, back towards the way you've come. "Forgive me. My friends are dying."

He will leave you then, rushing off back towards the collapsed tunnel entrance he made earlier.

Enrico Guerriero said...

"Take care of my horse!" Enrico implores as the rat-man dashes off.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Sofia follows Kismet up the stairs once she has bound her wounds.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

"Thank you!" She calls after the departing rat.

Alexis Smolensk said...

I had said 15 rounds earlier ~ if we waited that long for you to bind your wounds, you'd be dead now.

Let's presume you had a chance to do that just two rounds after departing from the hole; once you start binding, the wound stops causing damage ~ so lose two hit points. I will update the experience table and the party can get moving forward after that.

Alexis Smolensk said...

The x.p. are listed and the next post is up.