It seems very fast for this store front to be completed. I am sure that the other guild members, Vlod and Starn, took it from someone. It is unfortunate on their opening day that Vlod ended up getting trampled and stabbed. Not sure where he crawled away. He might find me in time and repay me for his “accident.”
Starn is not willing to work for us either. At least he left the store unprotected. It allowed us to find an accurate map of the region. And the store is already filled with products from Estilin. The guild must have sent a boat a couple days after we left. Efficient.
Of course how did we get to this point. Vlod and Starn attempted to extort our services to supply them with 5000 gp in goods per month to be sent back to Estilin. That was not the arrangement. The arrangement was simple, we go to the new location and set up an extension of the guild. No other arrangements.
We tried to play along—we took everything of value out of the house, just about 5000 gp worth and took it to the store. Vlod claimed it was worth no more than 3000 gp even though I clearly showed him it was at least 7500 gp. Working with other thieves is just challenging.
After purchasing keys to every room in one of the local hotels and checking the entire store for goods, we head out and lock the door behind us. Hopefully Starn has a key. Hopefully Starn realizes the he needs to work with us. Especially since we took his ability to contact Estilin.
The next day we decide to join a tourist group that visits some old island ruins. Since we are here we might as well do the tourist things, plus there are rumors that a section of the ruins exist that the tourist are not allowed to see—potential treasures!
On the way to the ruins, the wagon train is stopped by fallen trees and ogres being controlled by cloaked figures. An attempt to take all the valuables. Good thing I jumped from the wagon as soon as it stopped. Ike protected the cart with a wall of green flames. When one of the ogres fall, I tried to get the drop on the cloaked rider—roughly halfling height and hard to see in the underbrush. The cloaked figure throws a powder at me—later I identify it as Dust of Decay, when I find myself with my weapons, bracers, jewelry, cape, and boots—everything else falling apart. Fortunately someone has a shirt I can cover up with, after all it is a family tour.
Once we reached the ruins, the tour was pretty sad. One peek into a dark room. It was very disappointing for 100 gp a ticket that we never paid. But it was easy to sneak past the allowed areas and deeper into the ruins. Now to see what was left behind.
We venture into the area until we reach some doors; doors that reached up above the ceiling. What is beyond them? We send Ike under the door to see as he was a mouse. A few minutes laters, Ike opens the door to a lighted room. At the far end of the room, there were two large brass snakes that began to move as the door was opened.
The snakes were massive and quick. They rushed toward us, dodging the columns with precision. I duck behind the wall just in time to feel the snake crash into the wall. Looking down at my barely covered body and my light blades, I realize that these massive creatures will be a challenge. I will have to use the environment against them.
When the snake comes through the door, I very non-elegantly leap over the snake and into the lighted room. The snake continues into the other room—it needs space to turn around. I wait a moment, but the snake does not seem to come back toward me. Good thing, I am not sure if this building would have completely collapsed if the snake destroyed too many of these columns. Not sure what distracted the snake.
At the end of the room, where the snakes had been guarding, a door awaited. I headed to it. Unlocked it. And opened it. The room beyond was filled with ice and had a glowing blue light in the middle of it. Taking a rock, I throw it at the blue light, destroying what had been creating the glow. The icy room was dark now. Snakes do not like the cold. Winters back home, the snakes would always sleep like the bears.
One of the snakes took notice of me so I put my plan into motion. Standing in front of the doorway, I would get the snake to attack me. Before I was eaten by the massive mouth, I would dive out of the way and the snake would barrel into the icy chamber. Then I would just have to close the door. It was perfect.
The snake came charging at me. I waited. I waited for what seemed like forever—I suppose that is how it feels when there is a good chance of being eaten. I time it perfect and leap to the side—but my foot did not follow as it was stuck in a crack in the floor. The snake lands its attack and pushes me with it into the icy chamber. Then we are falling.
The floor in that room was ice and the snake and I fell into an icy river below. The snake noticeably slowed and was washed away. I found a small ledge. Some clothes would be nice at this time for the cold water is taking a toll. I was too weak to climb out of the river. All I could do is hold on.
I awaken later, in a small cave near the icy river. There is a fire. Ike and <the> seemed to have rescued me. Must sleep some more. At least I am no longer freezing. I listen to the rushing water as I fall back to sleep.