I’d prefer not to hang around here any longer myself, Moralane says to no one in particular, and then she turns to Hallister and asks Do you think Stephanie was right? If one of those creatures was the same one we fought last week and it came back then does that mean that no matter what we do these will come back as well?
And then Moralane turns and stares at Stephanie as she moves away.
Miagnik looked at Moralane.
"We already knew that they wouldn't stay destroyed. I hope that means the time it takes for them to reform, or regenerate is a week of time. It's likely part of the curse of this palace. It probably means that even if we destroy the Vampire Queen, she'll come back too. If we end the curse, none of them will come back. But first we have to deal with Omara."
He watched the words exchanged between her and Atharessa. Not going to be make it easy for me, are you?
"I saw a door right around the corner when we were fighting. Maybe we should try there." he said, answering Atharessa's question.
There is a set of double doors just beyond where the encounter unfolded.
Stepping through and over the fallen bits of rusted plate armor and the dust and debris of the destroyed monsters, Rownig leads the others to it.
A quick examination reveals the doors are neither trapped, nor held shut with any locks or bars.
Pushing the doors open, Rownig and Hallister reveal a large room about forty feet on each side. The room is filled with torture equipment, racks, an iron maiden, pillories, and other devices, as well as stands for whips, flogs, and devices too cruel to enumerate. Entering the room slowly, wary of any sort of potential trap, you can get a closer look at these devices, and it becomes clear that it looks as though all of this equipment was brought here recently. None of it shows any signs that it has seen use. There are no gouges in the wood (which you would expect from the use of a cat-o-nine tails or a barbed whip, of which there are several) and there are no blood stains, anywhere.
"Well... at least nothing's been used here." Miagnik said stepping back out of the room, feeling sickened just by the sight of what was to go on here if they failed to stop Omara.
"We can't let her go unpunished."
The others stand near the doors as Miagnik takes a quick look around. When he is ready to leave, he looks back and sees Atharessa standing close to one of the small racks. She is touching a light leather whip, and when she sees that he has seen her, she blushes, stammers, drops the whip and hurries to leave the room
Miagnik gave Atharessa a strange look, clearly not understanding what has come over her. "Something I said?"
Moralane gives Rownig a glare of disapproval, and then cautiously creeps to the north, staying close to the east wall.
She disappears from sight, in the darkness to the north, and returns almost as soon as she is gone, hustling as fast as she can.
This passageway goes on for a long way to the north, and there is a small side passage on the left. I can see dirty foot prints going that way. These are not foot prints made by the armored boots of those skeletons, but more like dwarven mining boots. They come from further north, and go down the new passage to the west. I didn't follow them and thought I should come back and tell the rest of you.