The Reign Of Winter
Hermann's Tales 19
The crow gave us a medallion, then flew off into the pond. Yep, into.. the.. pond.
Leaving this strange room we continued along the corridor, and again the corridor curved back onto itself, having now formed two sides of a weird triangle, one where you have loops at the points.
We came across a second door here, which led to a second strange room with an equally strange bird. It came as no surprise when we could converse with it easily, and also came as no surprise when it offered us a riddle and a challenge. In the next room we found five chalices, each with a weird symbol on them, and each opposite an alcove.
Digging through my scroll cases I found a ‘Comprehend Languages’ spell that I cast in order to read aloud the symbols on the chalices. Benedictus deduced that the symbol furthest away from the corridor, the hourglass, was the likely solution to the riddle, and promptly drank a large dose of the wine therein. A set of stepping stones rose out of the murky water between the chalice and its alcove, where he found a small hourglass. Foul magics struck the instant he picked it up, and the stones started to sink away. He raced back, but slipped off one of the stones and immediately sank out of sight under the water. Kjell turned into a walrus and dived into the water after him, but when he hadn’t surfaced some seconds later I became worried and started using my magics to help. First I made myself fly, then made myself large and flew over to where Benedictus had sunk. Immediately I was beset by the same foul magics that seemed to have befallen my comrades, and found myself unable to help even with my now vastly increased reach. Frustrated I flew back to those still on dry land and proffered them my help.
The foul magics continued to assault me, and as Kjell broke the surface with Benedictus I tried drinking some of the wine in the chalice, in the hope it would protect me, but as soon as I swallowed it I realised I had made a mistake. My guts burning like fire, it was all I could to do cry out in pain.
Despite the combination of Benedictus’ great healing spells and my feverent rubbing of my magical ring the fire in my body refused to burn out, causing me to almost faint from the pain for ages.
Whilst I was out of things, the party presented the hourglass to the bird, which accepted it, gave us a clue how to catch another of what I believe to be a coven of witches, and flew off into the distance. Into.. the.. distance. Inside a room.
We followed the corridor until we came to yet another extreme curve, which again looped back into itself. Viewed from above it would indeed look like a triangle with a loop at each point. We found another door, leading to another room, with another talkative bird, with another riddle and challenge in exchange for yet more information.
This time the corridor out of the room led to a portal that separated Idrin and Kjell from the rest of us, just as a large beetle attacked them. Luckily my magics seemed to work through the portal, so I Hasted the pair of them and sat back to watch Idrin do what he does best.
After they killed the creature and removed its tusks (which we had guessed was the answer to the bird’s riddle) I suddenly realised my guts weren’t hurting any more. Obviously my ring had finally managed to work its magics and nullify the poison affecting me.
We took the tusks back to the bird, who accepted them, and gave us a clue how to catch the third of the witches we were fated to meet. It then, as had its brothers, flew off into the distance. Inside.. a.. room.
Continuing to follow the corridor we got back to just outside the room we had started in, when we heard a click, and a secret door opened up just opposite the one we had originally come through. We entered the room behind, which (of course) was larger than the space inside the triangle that we had just walked around. Go figure.
We girded our loins, and prepared to investigate.