After completing his morning prayers, Kyrus stands, cracks his knuckles, and looks at the others. "I pray the Goddess will grant us he favour. Let us make more progress, and uncover this tomb's hidden secrets today!"
He too moves up ready to advance...
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Marius wakens and stretches out his aching muscles from sleeping on the cold, hard ground. Digging in his pack he pulls out some hard tack and jerkey which he washes down with some water "The breakfast of champions." he says to no one in particular. Once finished he packs up his pack and stands. Going over to the doors he removes the spikes and opens one and, with a flourish of his hands, he asks "Shall we?"
You exit the chamber and make your way back to the stairwell where you fought the sand creature. Making your way down the stairs, taking extra precautions against the return of the creature, you make it past the rubble strewn center of the stairs without incident.
You find yourselves in front of a pair of stone doors, a carving of a gold painted scarab, it's wings spread beneath a gold painted sun, is bisected by the doors themselves.
Akbari took the front along with whoever else was going to be helping look for traps and such. He descended the stairs, trying to be moderately quiet in his gait. When they found themselves in front of the large stone doors, he looked them over carefully sword in hand, not touching anything. "Beautiful, but I wonder is it dangerous also?" He wasn't really asking anyone, just wondering aloud in his quiet but strong voice.
Perception: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (16) + 11 = 27
Stealth if applicable: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (12) + 5 = 17
Kyrus opens the doors to reveal a large 20x30 room. Double doors lead from this room to the north and west, as well as the one you just opened.
A large tapestry hangs from a frame along the southern wall. The hanging depicts an otherwordly vista of where the souls of the dead are being shepherded by strange beings into an ethereal river leading to an impossibly tall tower in the distance.
The tapestry shows the souls of the recently departed being guided by Aeons, Pharasma's servants, into the River of Souls to be judged in the Boneyard by Pharasma herself atop her spire.
Four columns, each carved in the likeness of an Osirian warrior, stand in each corner their khopeshes held at the ready. The floor itself is tiled with a white spiral pattern upon a black background, a motif that is repeated on all three sets of doors.
Caius cautiously steps into the chamber. Taking a moment to look at the tapestry in wonder.
"What is that upon the tapestry?"
Akbari slowly strode in to the room. He stopped and stared at the tapestry for a long moment...finally broken when Caius and Dr. Hibbins talk about said tapestry. He checked out the columns one by one to make sure there were no traps there...or the warriors weren't about to be animated.
He shook his head and started to turn away. He hesitated and finally looked behind the tapestry just to be on the safe side.
Perception: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (17) + 11 = 28
Seeing Dr Hibbins at the western doors, Marius will make his way to the northern set and listen for any noise behind them before trying to open them.
Perception check: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (6) + 5 = 11
Akbari searches the room and cannot find anything wishing the party ill will or malice.
Marius cannot hear anything through the thick stone doors and, when attempting to open them, finds them locked just like the western doors.
Akbari then slowly made his way over to be closer to the doors soon to be opened, not wanting to leave the others open to attack without his aid. He had said he would try to stand more in the front for the group, and he was trying to keep his word. He readied his sword and then waited for the doors to be unlocked and opened.
"Both locked, eh?" He pulls a pair of thieves tools out of his vest before joining Marius at the northern doors. "Let's have a look then" he says, dropping down by the lock. He'll pause for a moment before touching the lock, looking for any traps.
Perception: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (14) + 5 = 19
He will then begin the delicate process of working on the lock.
Disable Device: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (11) + 9 = 20
If he discovers a trap, the above roll is to disable said trap, and this roll would be for the lock itself. If not, then maybe we could use it for the other door too? Just trying to keep things moving by giving options.
Disable Device: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (13) + 9 = 22
Rashim kneels down next to the northern door and examines the lock carefully before removing his tools and working on the lock. With a little effort he manages to unlock it. Perhaps learning from the first lock Rashim easily unlocks the western doors.
Caius nods at Hibbins as he explains the tapestry. "Interesting. Hope it's worth some decent coins."
He then walks up to the tapestry and examines it.
Appraise: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (11) + 8 = 19
Recognising the motifs and icons of Pharasma in this room, Kyrus approaches the artwork with reverence. "This art - I cannot say how old it is, but aspects of it mirror those in every shrine of the Grey Lady I have seen, from my homeland to here. It is humbling to see time, counted across hundreds of generations of man, unaltered in the worship of my Goddess."
Kyrus kneels in front of the tapestry and sinks into reflective prayer, ignoring the rest of the party during his devotion.
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Hibbins opens the western doors to reveal a small landing which narrows sharply to a set of stairs which ends abruptly at a rough stone wall. The finished tiled walls of the landing stand in stark contrast to the rough hewn walls of the stairs.
Caius walks away from the tapestry while Kyrus kneels in front of it. Making his way to a vantage point to overlook both doors.
"So everyone...which door should we check out first?"
Kyrus rises from his prayers and wanders over to look at the dead end. He turns to the others, "Really? Doc, you're an archaeologist - is in normal to find such unfinished sections? We ought to check it, in case..." Just to be sure, Kyrus goes down to the blank wall to inspect it for possible hidden doors.
spot hidden doors: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (4) + 4 = 8
If he finds nothing, he returns to the others and heads to the other exit, weapon at the ready.
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Kyrus begins to descend the stairs when he hears a clicking sound coming from the darkness below. Suddenly three sets of glowing light appear from tunnels burrowed into the stone walls. Kyrus sees three cat-sized beetles emerge from these tunnels and begin making their way up the stairs, their mandibles clicking menacingly.
Rashim, still standing right by the doors at the top of the stairs, hears the sound of the clicking mandibles and visibly startles. Bugs again! Why is it always bugs? "What's going on down there Kyrus? Sounds not good!" Rashim closes his hands on the door, ready to slam them shut if Kyrus makes a retreat.
Ready an action to slam the bloody doors if Kyrus comes back through them.
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"Woah! Kyrus turns and legs it as fast as he can back up the stairs, hurling himself through the doors as Rashim slams them shut. "By the Gods - this is meant to be a hall of the dead, not a zoo of the living. How frequently are adventurers exploring this tomb, to feed all these ravenous vermin?"
Pausing with one hand on his knees (the other holding his kukri) and panting from his sprint, Kyrus looks around at the smirking faces of the other party members watching him, "I apologise. I am prone to impatience - it often causes trouble. I wish only success for our group and prosperity ahead for all of us. It's just...sometimes I wish it would happen a little faster"
I thought you were going to slam the doors on him.
So did Kyrus for a second...
Caius stands there with a look of shock on his face, as the scene unfolds before him.
"Good work both of you. Let's just leave those shut and move on...shall we."
"You see my good man, left over construction tends to happen in tombs. You build tombs while you are alive, you die mid construction, you are buried with what you have. Then mass amounts of vermin get in through tunnels in the weaker portions and this is what you get. Now shall we?"
Hibbins reaches over to open the other door.
Akbari had crouched down and hauled his large sword back, making ready to attack the beetles if they got through the doors before Kyrus closed them. He looked only mildly disappointed. "What, we aren't going to clear them out of the tomb? What if they come up behind us by another way later on?"
Then he grinned and shrugged, giving it up. He moved to the next set of doors, backing up Dr. Hibbins.
Oh how soon we forget that these creatures can burrow through stone.
The good Doctor opens the northern doors to reveal another set of stairs which descend 10 feet to another pair of doors.
As if to lend credence to Akbari's words you all can hear a scratching sound coming from the western doors as the creatures begin to break through.
Everyone will have one round to prepare whatever actions they're going to take before the beetles manage to eat their way through the door.
Akbari: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (6) + 3 = 9
Caius: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
Dr. Hibbins: 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (20) + 8 = 28
Kyrus: 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (20) + 3 = 23
Marius: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (3) + 4 = 7
Rashim: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (1) + 6 = 7
Beetles: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20
Marius, standing beside Dr Hibbins, turns his head at the sound "Uh, oh. That doesn't sound good." he says as fine crack begin to appear in the double doors. Thinking quickly he Yells "Everyone to move to the sides of the doors, I'm going to summon a patch of grease in front of them for when the little buggers break through."
Kyrus readies himself for the fight to come, standing 15' back from the doors. Raising one hand to the image of Pharasma on the tapestry, he invokes the blessing of ice for his favoured kukri. "Sorry guys..."
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Akbari released one hand from the hilt of his sword to gesture back towards where the beetles had been with a 'See? I told you so' sort of look on his face. He grinned and moved to the side of the door, readying his weapon for when the beetles entered, hoping to chop one down as it moved in.
Rashim moves quickly back from the doors, gladly following Marius' request for clearance. His eyes quickly track to a nearby rock, which begins to hover and spin slowly in the air right next to him.
Ready an action to fire a telekinetic blast after the grease spell has had a chance to affect the buggers, at the closest one to me still standing, or the closest one to me period if all three fall.
The rock quickly goes flying toward one of the bugs. However, in his haste to smash the devil spawn of pure evil in front of him, Rashim fires too quickly, and the stone goes wide.
Attack, PBS: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 4 + 1 = 7
Caius moves to the side of the door with a audible sigh, as he hears the creatures breaking through the door.
He leans against the wall and crosses his arms as he waits.
"Persistent little bastards aren't they."
Once everyone is in position Marius casts his spell, immediately coating the area in front of the doors with slippery grease just as the angry beetles manage to gnaw their way through. Rushing headlong through the gap the beetles begin to slip and slide on the greased floor.
Acrobatics check DC:15 (beetle #1): 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (5) + 2 = 7
Acrobatics check DC:15 (beetle #2): 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (12) + 2 = 14
Reflex save DC:14: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (14) + 2 = 16
Acrobatics check DC:15 (beetle #3): 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (12) + 2 = 14
Reflex save DC:14: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (8) + 2 = 10
The first beetle through the door slips and falls upon enter the grease and ends up on it's back, it's legs flailing in the air. The second beetle fairs a little bit better as it slides across the oily surface but manages to keep it's multiple legs underneath it. The third beetle suffers the same fate as the first as it flips over and stops as soon as it enters the room.
Hibbins lobs one of his bombs as soon as the beetles break through catching them in the splash as the grenade explodes on the floor.
Reflex save DC:15: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Reflex save DC:15: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20
Reflex save DC:15: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 2 = 19
The acid severely burns the soft underbelly of the first beetle as it tries to right itself whereas the others take the splash on their carapaces, which smolder and pop as the acid burns the hard shell.
Beetle #1 attempts to get to it's feet is interrupted by Akbari's sword slash as the creature stops moving altogether, it's ichor poling on the floor beneath it.
AoO (Akbari): 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (11) + 4 = 15
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (2, 2) + 4 = 8
The second beetle bites at Kyrus but it's unsteady footing causes it's mandibles to click shut on empty air.
Attack roll (bite): 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (7) + 3 = 10
The remaining beetle flips itself over onto it's feet drawing an attack from Caius, whose rapier skitters harmlessly off the creatures oily shell.
AoO (Caius): 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (4) + 7 = 11
Rashim rushes his attack, causing his missile to sail over the attacking beetles and shatter against the chamber's wall.
Beetle #2 is considered flat footed until it's next action. Everyone can go.
Caius chuckles at the sight of the beetles slipping and sliding.
"That's a fine trick Marius."
He then thrusts his rapier at the beetle in front of him.
Rapier: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (8) + 7 = 15
Damage: 1d6 + 4 ⇒ (5) + 4 = 9
Akbari lets out a grunt of satisfaction as one of the beetles stops moving after he hits it. He turns towards the next beetle attempting to attack one of his allies. He hefts the large sword once more and swings it down on this one as well. He has to stay still, however, to avoid stepping in to the grease area while avoiding hitting his ally as well. It makes him a little awkward.
Attack: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (6) + 4 = 10
Damage: 2d4 + 4 ⇒ (2, 4) + 4 = 10
Rashim grimaces at his miss, then steels himself and fires again, sending another piece of rubble spinning in towards one of the beetles.
Standard action to fire telekinetic blast at beetle #2
Attack, PBS: 1d20 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (13) + 4 + 1 = 18
Damage, PBS: 1d6 + 4 + 1 ⇒ (2) + 4 + 1 = 7
Marius steps up, drawing his sword, and attacks the beetle in front of Caius, cracking the creatures carapace and slicing the flesh underneath.
Attack roll: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (17) + 2 = 19
Damage: 1d8 + 2 ⇒ (6) + 2 = 8
Cauis attacks the beetle in fron of him but once again his rapier fails to penetrate the creature's natural armor as the blade glances off it's carapace.
Akbari lunges at the beetle attacking Kyrus but his wariness of stepping into the slippery area of the spell causes him to underestimate the distance as his thrust falls short of it's target.
Rashim's missile finds it target this time and crashes into the beetles head, lodging itself deep in the creatures brain as it falls to the ground, dead.
Marius steps up to confront the remaining beetle and his sword slices through the juncture where the creatures head joins it thorax, separating the one from the other as it too slumps to the ground, bleeding out.
Dropping his guard position, Kyrus lowers his kukri and pokes one of the dead beetles with his toe. "Is everyone OK? Good. Well done everyone. Do you think there might be more of them down there?" he asks cautiously, "I feel bad for getting us into that fight - I'm reluctant to go back down there and possibly attract more of them unless you guys think it worth doing."
He looks round at the others "Well? What do you think?"
Marius dismisses the grease with a wave of his hand and gently nudges one of the beetles with the toe of his boot. Satisfied that it is indeed dead he looks at Kyrus and then at the gnawed upon door "Given how intent that they were to get at us I don't think there are any more, otherwise they would have been here by now."
"Then I shall go find out!" Kyrus opens the doors and dashes down to the foot of the stairs, expecting to draw further beasts from the walls before dashing back upward. If not, he takes ten to spot anything of interest (exits, items, etc).
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While Kyrus examines the the hallway for further beetles, Caius makes his way to the other doorway, and attempts to open them.
"I wonder wait treasures...or horrors await us further within this tomb." he says absentmindedly.
Akbari cleaned off his blade. He looked at Kyrus and tilted his head. "Do you wish to go alone? Or shall I accompany you?" He didn't sound like he minded going in, but would prefer Kyrus not get in over his head (or anyone in the group for that matter). "We are a team, so if you would prefer not to go alone...."