Further searching of the cave revealed a narrow tunnel behind a tapestry in the rocky wall. I volunteered to head down it and investigate but teyla_fjord
insisted on sending Adeleth. I continued to search the rest of the room finding some healing potions which I passed on to shoneleth
, a very nice quill and ink in the desk, a brass goblet. In the chest were found some musty clothing and a few books, one of which appeared to be the spell book of Solynor as per the inscription from his mother. anne_peleter
decided to keep the "History of Magic" book which I thought a bit odd but perhaps she has an interest in history. teyla_fjord
took a liking to the last of the books "Poems of the Mountain Orcs", although from the peak I got at it, it looked fairly bad and not really worth keeping. We also found a money pouch that contained 50GP which I dutifully handed over to shoneleth
before she could think I was "stealing" from the group again.
Adeleth returned and reported that the passage was long, rough, dark (no surprises there) and ended behind another tapestry from which she/it had "heard" voices, apparently orcs. Like it should be trusted to know what an orc is after our earlier fiasco with the ogres which had been reported as orcs.
We then snuck out towards the main chamber with me scouting ahead. The dead ogres and orc were still where we had left them (thankfully) but as I neared the opening I heard rhythmic susurrations which I mistook for the wind blowing across the smoke-hole in the top of the chamber. Sticking my head out of the tunnel I was quite surprised to see the seven orcs standing there ready to ambush us. As it turns out, orcs breathe rather loudly and that was what I was hearing - I must remember that for future. I obviously high tailed it back to the others, the orcs close on my heels.
It was tough fight what with us being fatigued and injured from our previous altercations but we did manage to kill all the orcs. anne_peleter
at one stage discharged some smaller versions of teyla_fjord's
energy ball thingies which were rather helpful in at least distracting the orcs but I'm not sure how she did that.
At the end of the fight, the dark-haired man appeared at the opening of the tunnel into the main chamber. He made some strange movements and all of a sudden we were caught in what was very similar to a large spiders web. The more I struggled in it, the more I got entangled. teyla_fjord
tried to shoot something at him but he escaped leaving us trapped in the sticky mess. He did leave rather quickly though so possibly had used another spell.
We finally broke free and headed out of the caves. The weak sunshine never felt so good. We headed into the woods and made camp out of sight of the cave and the path and well away from any potential patrol routes. Once we had made camp and organised some supper cooking over a low fire, discussion turned to the powers anne_peleter
had revealed. She was not very forthcoming with any details as to what they were or how she came about to have them. I am not entirely certain she knows how come she can do what she can do but it is certainly handy in a pinch. shoneleth
said something about her powers possibly being sorcery as she knew a little about it from her training. We were unable to read the spell book, even I could not decipher the script and I am usually pretty good at illegible writings. We suggested anne_peleter
keep the book as she possibly would get the most use from it.
Standing watches as usual we slept the night in the woods.
The strange man started acting very strangely when we all entered the cave. He started waving his hands about and muttering in a strange language which bore the marks of a spell being cast. We charged him but were too late and he disappeared. Deciding that he hadn't enough time to completely teleport we carefully searched the room to try and find where he could be hiding. While searching a giant oily-black scorpion with black marking materialised and attacked us. We defeated it fairly easily but could find no trace of the man who no doubt had managed to escape while we were occupied with his apparition.