Old-School Essentials: Stonehell

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"Sounds perfect. Our interests are separate and we provide extra defense for one another. Seems like there are few downsides.

However I must ask, I was not aware there were Dwarven constructions here. Was Stonehell built or designed by your kind? Or maybe it sits over one of your complexes?"
 

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However I must ask, I was not aware there were Dwarven constructions here. Was Stonehell built or designed by your kind? Or maybe it sits over one of your complexes?
The stout scholar nods vigorously. "Our own records, meticulous though they are, mention no such thing. But legends have come back to us over time through explorers such as yourselves."

Snorri sighs dramatically. "There are theories, of course. Some say it's just wind, but some of the accounts are just too precise, considering they come from younger races," he says, indicating yourselves as an example.

"Others hypothesize that there were a few dwarven prisoners among the multitude who were consigned to Stonehell in its time as a prison, and chambers like this," Snorri gazes all around the room, "are good evidence of that. But other accounts suggest greater marvels of my people that put this to shame.

"And so there are other academics," the dwarf begins, pausing significantly, "fewer in number but more daring in thought. This school of thought believes that Stonehell was home to a clan of free-thinking dwarves, exiled from our cities for their own daring ideas," Snorri adds, provocatively.

The other four dwarves listen to their leader attentively. "Anyway, those are some of the theories," he concludes.
 

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Hildegard thanks the Dwarves for the information.

"How much of the complex have you explored. We've covered much of this level ourselves. Have you being mapping the place out?"
 

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Ridgel perks up at the history lesson. A topic he's always loved. "Fascinating! So it's possible a clan of dwarves lived here so out of dwarven norms that they were erased from history?!?" he says incredulously. "What would be so misaligned with your culture to cause that kind of action?" he asks.
 

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"How much of the complex have you explored. We've covered much of this level ourselves. Have you being mapping the place out?"
Snorri replies, "We have mapped our route, but I can't say that we've made it very far. We came the same way as you, and as with you, we are forced to forge ahead."
"What would be so misaligned with your culture to cause that kind of action?" he asks.
The old scholar looks a bit nonplussed by the question, and the other four mutter in obvious irritation. Snorri turns to them and holds a palm down in placation. Turning back to Ridgel, he replies.

"You must understand, our scholars are held to a very high standard. Learning is one of the Three Highest forms of Worship, so we are expected to live very pure lives. Some find the Vows to be...excessively restraining. It doesn't take much to become a heretic, and heretics leave. They are stricken from the record, and technically," he glances nervously at his four attendants, "they never existed in the first place."

Snorri raises a finger. "Keep in mind, good sirs, that this is just a theory," he intones like a mantra.
 

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Snorri replies, "We have mapped our route, but I can't say that we've made it very far. We came the same way as you, and as with you, we are forced to forge ahead."
"Well then we can discover the unknown together. It think travelling together will make us a significant force. Maybe we can clear out this whole level.

Unless you suspect there is a secret exit from this room, shall we head back toward the cross section we just came from. There's a door we have yet to open"

OOC: Marked purple just below the caves
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Unless you suspect there is a secret exit from this room, shall we head back toward the cross section we just came from. There's a door we have yet to open
The weathered scholar smiles ever so slightly. "Easy, young ones, we're still surveying this room. It may not be impressive, but as true seekers of knowledge, we know that exciting discoveries result from tedious observations.

"Besides," he says with a gesture towards the direction you came from, "it looks like forward is the only option."

Indeed, to your puzzlement, the door you came through is no longer visible. A section of wall decorated with graven dwarves is all that meets your gaze.

The four junior scholars shuffle to different corners of the room, examining the walls and jotting notes on small sheaves of ribbon-bound papers.
 

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"Well you can't beat a dwarf at this game, but let's help" Hildegard says searching the walls.
 

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The party joins the dwarves in their inspection, although they seem to regard you as mildly annoying in the course of cataloging the room's details, their script as dense and precise as the architecture.

After about ten minutes, the dwarves seem satisfied. The most interesting thing anyone discovers is the inability to return from whence you entered the room. The door you passed through is an almost seamless wall from this side, and you can find no crevice to gain purchase. Only a hairline crease betrays its existence, though a dwarf clucks in disapproval that a human could spot anything at all.

The torches reach their final throes, so Ingri and Hearthglow swap them out with fresh ones. Eyeing the one remaining egress, Snorri gestures magnanimously. "Shall we?"

Obvious exits:
  • Down a hallway leading back the direction you came on the right side of the room, flush with that wall.
 

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The entire troupe leaves the room, heading down the corridor, with Snorri and his group leading the way. It extends 20' before turning hard to the left. Snorri leads the way around the bend, inspecting the masonry.

"Amateurish, no dwarfish influence worth mentioning," he sniffs.

Continuing without pause, he rounds the corner before coming to a stop after 20' more. The rest of you catch up to find him and his scholars standing at a four-way intersection. There is a rising scent of rot and filth.

"Hmm, what looks most promising?" asks the seasoned scholar. "Or smells least offensive?"

Obvious exits:
  • Back around the corner to the right to the room with dwarven carvings.
  • Straight across the intersection, where it reaches another four-way intersection in another 20'.
  • Down the right corridor, where it opens into a dark room after 20'.
  • To the left, where the hallway opens into a room after 10'. That room contains a heap of stinking trash that you can easily detect from where you stand.
 

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The entire troupe leaves the room, heading down the corridor, with Snorri and his group leading the way. It extends 20' before turning hard to the left. Snorri leads the way around the bend, inspecting the masonry.

"Amateurish, no dwarfish influence worth mentioning," he sniffs.

Continuing without pause, he rounds the corner before coming to a stop after 20' more. The rest of you catch up to find him and his scholars standing at a four-way intersection. There is a rising scent of rot and filth.

"Hmm, what looks most promising?" asks the seasoned scholar. "Or smells least offensive?"

Obvious exits:
  • Back around the corner to the right to the room with dwarven carvings.
  • Straight across the intersection, where it reaches another four-way intersection in another 20'.
  • Down the right corridor, where it opens into a dark room after 20'.
  • To the left, where the hallway opens into a room after 10'. That room contains a heap of stinking trash that you can easily detect from where you stand.
Ridgel says "It might seem counter intuition but at the academy Master Fireowl opined 'The latrine is where the most base animals often deposit their valuables. If you can overcome your pride great riches can be had so long as you can hold your nose or stomach'. He did warn about particularly foul monsters that sometimes congregated there. I suggest we look there for perhaps easy if smelly treasure."
 

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While they are momentarily paused, Hekima maneuvers her way closer to the leader of the dwarves. "Master Snorri," she says, hoping the form of address is an acceptable one, "when our two groups first met, you made reference to something called the Zog... and not in a particularly flattering manner. The word is unfamiliar to me. Who, or what, are the Zog?"
 
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