The party trudges up the stairs once again awash with sea water from above. As they climb they can hear Owl shouting in excitement over the roar of the water, presumably to the Albatross.
"HAHA! DIDN'T I TELL YOU!" He's holding his spear now with a line attached to the end. The other end of the line is in water near the stairwell. As he sees you emerge his exuberance turns into disappointment, and he says: "Oh, it's you again."
"HAHA! I told you! Didn't I say!?" he cries to Albatross, while tugging on a line tied to the end of this spear.
Then Owl looks again and suddenly looks disappointed. "Oh its just them." he says and tosses down his makeshift fishing rod in disgust.
There's a roaring waterfall tumbling from the mezzanine above.
The water and debris in this chamber is like a shallow bog.
"Better you than us!" says the Owl without hesitation.
Remember, diplomacy usually takes a minimum of a minute to use, and often much more time.
There is water coming down the stair as well but, because it is a metal grill stair most of it just splashes though to the dark sub-basement below. Like the mezzanine has a rail that most of the water pours though so there is only about an inch or two of water up there. None of this hampers anyone's movement (though stairs just by themselves are difficult terrain).
And finally, the stairs on this floor have an elevated two-step stone riser that keeps the foot or so of water your PC is standing in on this floor. Otherwise it all would have drained into the basement, which folks can see (by looking down through the metal grill stair) has about 3 or 4 feet of water in it at present.
Tofang Siyaah wrote:
"Well, he's sort of about size of your troglodyte friend." Owl says nodding to Fentar.
fly (not move half speed): 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24
The Owl does better, and while it looks like he was about to soar off into the library, he stops short, and casts a familiar spell (color spray Will DC 14) upon Bernard. and Xusius (and Albatross).
"Taste the rainbow." snarls Owl.
Kolris Isimlothe wrote:
"Amateur doggerel." says the Owl. "To think that you would think that that has anything whatever to do with us. Hrumph."
Knowing less than nothing about the natural world, Pau confronts the creatures. ”You there! Do you two know anything about the flooding of our library? We are here to stop all this and dry the place out. Owl, have you caught anything interesting,” he calls out, hoping the dumb poem applied here.
The Albatross hides a smile behind one wing, while the Owl bristles and shouts: "Of course I haven't what with big job, ninnies like you tramping around, and scaring all the fish!"
Derkhan Ashgale wrote:
"That is quite a catch," Derkhan says to Mr. Albatross. "Beware, though. Books here could be as dangerous as the Sleeper--if not more so."
"Bah! We've been fishing for so long that no one alive can tell us anything about the sport that we don't already know." scoffs the Owl.
1d20 + 8 ⇒ (7) + 8 = 15
Derkhan notices a bit of scroll suspiciously similar to that bit Verml showed the party in the reading room amid the Albatross's catch.
Owl shoots him a look, and continues. "Anyhow, after some consideration I decided it best to move to deeper waters and cast our lines there. So off we went. Almost immediately I got a bite, and after a long, and terrific battle, I was finally able to reel the beast in."
Owl pauses for a moment reflecting with pride upon the memory. This goes on for quite a while until the Albatross clears his throat meaningfully.
"Where was I? Oh yes. The Sleeper. One of our lures or sinker must have awaken it from the deep. A huge monster fish as big as the sea itself came galumphing up out of the depths, and SNAP! swallowed us whole."
Derkhan Ashgale wrote:
"Aye, and I'm afraid you're a Derkhan too." says the Owl. "And the place seems to be gittin sorrier all the time."
Kolris Isimlothe wrote:
He chuckles when he sees the small creatures. "Gathlains," he begins, stoically describing the creatures, as if reading a text. "Fey creatures; from the First World, obviously. Those leaf-wings allow them to fly. Mischievous, capricious, and discordant, even for fey." He gives a glance over at Jezu. "It's said that even gnomes find them to be a bit extra."
GM awaits Lezu's reaction to "even gnomes" line.
"Aye? And do those pinty ears tell you that you're A GREAT CLOD-HOPPING NINNY!!" shouts the owl.
"Just look at that spine will you. I'm mounting this tome over the mantle in the den." says the owl proudly.
Translation (from Sylvan) of the parchment fragment wrote:
Handouts (pg 2) updated.