Geometric Archipelago:Ignorance on Circle Island/Chapter 11
Chapter Eleven: A Pillow Slam, A Big Door Jam, A Prison Gab.
<mainstreet> ---BEGIN SESSION---
<Capn_Marcus> Realizing that all the guards are dead, the tentacles raise themselves up and wave around like they're in a dance video. Woop, woop!
<Capn_Marcus> "Yeah, yeah, good job. Hold tight for a sec." Marcus looks away from the tentacles and at the others. "Okay, so now what?"
Kanzel slides up to the door and peeks inside, trying to avoid the tentacles.
<Sanni> "Marcus, could you call off the tentacles? They're not likely to bottleneck themselves. It would give us the tactical advantage. They're going to make us come to them."
Emphasis on "Trying", as Kanzel accidentally steps into the tentacles
<Capn_Marcus> The tentacles lunge meneacingly at Kanzel, but Marcus snaps his fingers ans dismisses them before things get X-rated.
Elysia bites her lip, thinking
<Kanzel> "My whole life flashed before my eyes.. It was really boring.."
Kanzel peeks inside the door again
<mainstreet> The door leads to a rather blank corridor, lit dimly by similar lighting to the empty base you saw.
<Kanzel> "Do we go in? Or offer them cake to come out?"
<Elysia> "Do you HAVE cake?"
<Kanzel> "we don't have to have any, we just need to offer some."
<Brellius> "We may as well just go in."
<Kanzel> "the cake is always a lie, after all.
Kanzel makes a sweeping motion at Brellius, "After you then"
<Elysia> "Lying is for less cultured minds."
Brellius confidently steps through the door
<Capn_Marcus> "Pfft. Don't be an elitist. Never underestimate the power of untruth. Why just last week, I killed three dragons and a hill giant with a clever lie."
<Elysia> "I didn't say I had a problem with lying."
<mainstreet> Brellius: You come to a T-junction. Your choices are Left and Right.
Elysia smirks wickedly
Kanzel follows lightly
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus pads along, making sure the meat shields are in between him and potential danger. Also, the view is nicer from back here. *stares at Elysia's behind*
Elysia shakes what she's got
<Capn_Marcus> "Ooh, yeah. I mean...uh, which way do we go?"
<Brellius> "Umm...I'll flip a coin," Brellius retrieves a silver piece and flips it
Sanni sighs, following behind Marcus. "Ugg, can you not waste time on shaking your butt Elysia?"
Brellius points to the right. "That-a-way!"
Elysia shrugs. "Why would I want to?"
<mainstreet> Brellius leads the group to the right. They find a sealed door at the end of the corridor. The sign on the door says "DO NOT ENTER - WRONG WAY"
<Brellius> "I bet it's a trick."
<Elysia> "And if it's not?"
Kanzel turns and looks down the opposite hallway
<Sanni> "Brellius Do we really want to take that chance?"
<mainstreet> Kanzel: You see a very long hallway. You'll probably have to walk down it to notice anything interesting.
<Brellius> "Fine, let's try left now. I bet it'll just lead to an identical door."
Brellius pouts and marches down the other hallway
Sanni giggles softly, following behind Kanzel
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus follows, plodding along.
<mainstreet> As you all walk down the left path, you come to a point where you can see that it's going to open up into a sizeable room.
Elysia follows, thinking and staying alert
<Elysia> "Well. If that don't beat all..."
Kanzel approaches the opening cautiously, trying to see through it into the room
Sanni presses against the wall oposite of Kanzel, and peaks around the doorway into the room
<mainstreet> You noitce that the shadow near the opening indicates that the room is definitely occupied.
Kanzel notices the shadow, and stops suddenly, edging back the way she came.
Kanzel whispers to the others "at least one person in that room. I think we should try the other door. they're waiting for us to go in there."
Elysia (Elysia@120.20.294.37459) Quit (Ping timeout)
Sanni erases her last line
<Capn_Marcus> "Maybe we *should* check out the other door..."
<Sanni> "Sounds like a better plan than going in there blind."
<Elysia> "And when we all die?"
<Capn_Marcus> "Look at it this way: the sign door *might* be dangerous. This way definitely *is* dangerous."
<Sanni> "Well we could all die in there Elysia."
<Kanzel> "They knew we were coming. They may have put the sign up hoping we'd go the other way."
<Elysia> "We can ascertain what we're getting into this way. Not so the other."
<Sanni> "No we can't, not really, unless one of us turns invisible and checks out the room"
Kanzel stares at Sanni. "I like that Idea."
Kanzel pulls out two of her wands and points them both at herself, muttering incantations.
<Sanni> "You would like that idea. But who to send?"
Kanzel turns invisible. "wait here."
<Elysia> "As I SAID, we can ascertain what we're getting into."
Kanzel looks at Elysia before heading back down the hallway. "Just wait here.. Be right back."
<Capn_Marcus> "Try not to die out there."
Kanzel sticks to the wall that sanni almost went down to and quietly makes her way towards the room.
Kanzel is at the doorway.
Kanzel looks around into the room
<mainstreet> You notice that there is a large desk, in general disarray, with papers scattered everywhere. There isa small woman seated at it. She seems to be reading a paper, but glancing up at the doorway every few seconds. There is a door behind her in the far corner.
Kanzel slides intot he room, sticking to the wall to go around behind the woman, looking around the room for any other people or anything useful.
<mainstreet> The room seems to be deserted save for the woman, though you do notice a few of the floor panels are slightly bent, which would make the room quite difficult to run through.
Kanzel sneaks a peek over the woman's shoulder to see what she's reading
<mainstreet> She seems to be reading some essay about the virtues of an efficient file system. Fair enough as she apparently needs one.
Kanzel makes her way back to the rest of her party. "there's a small woman sitting at a desk in the room, and she expects us. I don't know that I can do anything about her sitting there. She's sure to hear anything I do."
<Kanzel> "My thinking is, we can eiother all turn invisible and catch her by complete surprise or, try that door. Anything else she'll know about."
<Capn_Marcus> "Did you try knocking her unconcious?"
<Kanzel> "No, I don't trust my skill in that area."
<Brellius> "I could try, but I'm not currently invisible."
Kanzel pulls her wand out and points it at Brellius, muttering the incantation.
Elysia wonders what'll happen if we get caught
Brellius summons his halberd, this time with a pillow in place of its axehead, and slowly creeps up on the woman
<Kanzel> "Okay, so while Brellius is doing that, the rest of you make your way over to the door and keep to the shadows. If we can't knock her out efficiently, you may have to jump in."
Kanzel quietly follows Brellius
Elysia takes up position in a good shadow
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus twiddles his thumbs.
Brellius quickly downs an elixir as he approaches, and positions himself to strike. Then he flails around with the pillow-on-a-stick like a madman.
<mainstreet> With one swing, the woman goes DOWN. It's a good thing that was a pillow, or she'd be quite DEAD.
Kanzel mutters, still invisible, "Well, that was simple." She looks towards the door. "Get the others, I'll check the door."
Kanzel heads towards the door.
<mainstreet> You see a door. It's unlabeled, but otherwise looks a lot like the other door you saw.
Kanzel grabs the handle and attempts to silently open the door as slowly as posible, hding behind the door.
<mainstreet> The door is locked.
Kanzel sighs and pulls out her tools, getting to work on the door.
<mainstreet> The lock crumbles before the skillful skills of Kanzel.
<mainstreet> The door springs open.
Kanzel slowly peeks through the door.
<mainstreet> You see a corridor. It goes a short way then bends to the right
Kanzel opens the door and makes her way to the corner, peeking around it
Brellius goes back to the others. "She's unconscious."
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus scurries through the room , glancing at the unconcious, pillow-ravaged woman. "Dang. Wish I could get women to go down that easy."
<Elysia> "You could if you really tried."
Elysia looks at the woman, wondering if she needs medical assistance
<mainstreet> Kanzel: You see a long corridor. There do appear to be a pair of doors down the right-hand side, but the corridor itself goes some way.
Kanzel sneaks down the coridor to the first of the two visible door and presses her ear against it
<Capn_Marcus> "I guess this was their secretary. Er, is. She's not dead, only sleeping. SLEEPING."
<mainstreet> Kanzel: You notice that the door has a very heavy-duty lock requesting a key. You try to hear inside but the door appears quite thick. However, there is a small window in the door.
Kanzel looks through said window
<mainstreet> It appears to be a cell. Bunk, person in rags sleeping on bunk, chamber pot.
Kanzel slips to the next door and looks through this window too
<mainstreet> It also appears to be a cell, except this one is empty.
Kanzel looks further down the hall.
<mainstreet> The hall continues along until it bends to the right again.
Kanzel scurries down the hall and around the corner
<Kanzel> and peeks around the corner*
<mainstreet> The corridor goes a ways.
Kanzel heads back to her party.
<Kanzel> "So, this place has endless halls of misery."
<Elysia> "Let's do something about it."
<Kanzel> "Really, really long hallways. I think we're safe from an ambush for now."
<Kanzel> "So, I'm starting to think we should have gone into that door back there."
<Elysia> "How do we know what's on the other side?"
<Kanzel> "I'm going to try it. Wait here, out of eyeshot from that door."
Kanzel heads down the hallway and slowly tests the doorknob
Elysia waits out of eyeshot with Marcus
<mainstreet> Kanzel: Nothing happens.
Kanzel sighs and heads back down the hallway. "Sanni, can I borrow your knock wand?"
Sanni takes it out of her pack, "Sure Kanzel" she hands it to her.
Kanzel grabs it. "Thank you." and walks back down the hallway, pointing it at the door and uttering the incantation from several yards away.
<mainstreet> Nothing happens.
Kanzel stares at the door, then at the wand, then back at the door.
<Elysia> "Any luck, dear friend?"
Kanzel leans over and tries to pick the door open.
Kanzel sighs and goes back to the room where everyone else is.
Kanzel pops back into existance "Door hates me." she hands the wand back to Sanni. "guess we go this way then."
Kanzel heads back the the opposite doorway
<Elysia> "I had a thought... what did the sign say?"
Sanni follows Kanzel
<Kanzel> "It said 'Do not enter. wrong way'"
<Elysia> "What... what if we try walking into it? That's the 'wrong way' to enter a door..."
Kanzel thinks. "That is really the only way a knock spell wouldn't have worked.."
<Kanzel> "But I'm mad at the door. I don;t want to keep trying it."
<Elysia> "I'll try it."
<Kanzel> "Be my guest."
Kanzel contiunues down the hallways.
Elysia wanders off to the door and with a quick prayer to Olidammara, walks towards the door
Kanzel sighs and waits just past the prison doors for Elysia to return
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus yawns, and decides to search the unconcious secretary-esque person while he waits.
Elysia bounces off the door, not terribly surprised by this, looking at the door curiously
<mainstreet> Marcus: You spot 32 gold in coinage on her person, as well as some sort of ID card.
Elysia kicks the door experimentally and sighs, walking away
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus examines the ID card.
<mainstreet> Marcus: The card has her picture on it, a strange symbol you've never seen before, and "Megan Graham: Receptionist" written on it.
<Capn_Marcus> "Yoink." He pockets the card.
<Elysia> "Well, I'm out of ideas."
<Capn_Marcus> "I found an ID card."
Kanzel is still waiting in the next hall for Marcus, Elysia, and Brellius to catch up.
Brellius finishes standing around and catches up to the rest of the group
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus heads over to where Kanzel is and shows her the card, with the others presumably following to see as well. "It's an ID badge, or possibly a card key. Not sure."
<Kanzel> "Might be useful."
<Kanzel> "What's that symbol?"
<Elysia> "It looks like a strange symbol we;ve never seen before."
<mainstreet> Specifically, it looks like 4 concentric circles, with breaks at seemingly random intervals in these circles, with a red K spanning the inner two circles.
Kanzel turns and heads down the hallway. "Let's find out"
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus also follows as well, too.
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus peeks into the occupied cell. "Who's this?"
Kanzel stops. "I dunno."
<Capn_Marcus> "Yoo hoo..." Marcus tries to get the prisoner's attention. "You awake in there?"
<mainstreet> He can't hear you. The door's pretty secure. You'll have to open it to communicate.
<Capn_Marcus> "Grah. Can somebody Knock this thing?"
<Capn_Marcus> "Or maybe Kanzel does her locky-picky thing."
Kanzel walks over. "Not everything has to be forced." She tries to open the lock
<mainstreet> You don't see anything wrong with the door, so you proceed. The lock opens, however as it opens Kanzel notices a slimy goo has gotten on her hand. She feels faint.
<mainstreet> Fortunately, she isn't otherwise affected.
Kanzel opens the door for Marcus and leans agains the wall beside the door.
<Capn_Marcus> "Are you okay? You look pale."
<Kanzel> "I think I'm fine, just nauseous."
<Elysia> "Need healing?"
<Kanzel> "no, I'm good."
<Kanzel> "thanks though."
<mainstreet> The prisoner starts to waken, noticing the door opened. "Urgh... ugh..."
<mainstreet> "Who... who are you?"
<Capn_Marcus> "Hey, that's our line!"
<Capn_Marcus> "Who are you, and what are you doing in here?"
<mainstreet> "I, uh... can't remember. What is this place?"
<Sanni> "Some sort of prison. Do you have any idea how long you've been here or anythign really?"
<mainstreet> "Uh... I'm in here for... failing. How long... I don't know..."
<mainstreet> "Failing... the mission... something..."
<Sanni> "What's the scar on your head from?"
<mainstreet> "What scar?"
<Elysia> "The scar that makes you look like an ugly sod."
Kanzel digs a mirror out of her bag.
Kanzel holds it up for him
<Sanni> "That scar, on your head"
<mainstreet> "Oh... that... that's uh... punishment... yeah..."
Kanzel tosses it back in her bag. "You don't remember what for?"
<mainstreet> "Failing... that's normal... I get beaten regularly... must set example..."
<Sanni> "Example for whom?"
<Capn_Marcus> "I think his brain is fried..."
<mainstreet> "For all who might fail? I guess..."
<mainstreet> "Hey, why's you asking me these questions anyway..."
<Sanni> "We wanted to know why you're here. If you deserve to be here."
<mainstreet> "Hasn't Mistress... oriented you properly?"
<Kanzel> "Sadly, no. we're tough cases."
<Sanni> "Mistress, no I've not meet your Mistress"
<mainstreet> "Then how'd... wait... you's an intruder or somethin'? ...uh... intruder alert... intruder alert," the prisoner mumbles. "call the guards, call everyone, stop these people..."
Elysia looks at the prisoner and considers
<Sanni> "Oh no, we've gotten turned around. Yours was the first door we found that wasn't locked. Where might we find your Mistress?"
<mainstreet> "in her office, I guess... if she's not busy with other things... intruders..."
<Brellius> "Could you point us to her office?"
<mainstreet> "uh... no..."
<mainstreet> "I... uh... forgot where it is..."
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus whispers to the others. "I don't think this guy will help us much. Maybe we should let him go back to sleep and fetch him on the way out."
Kanzel nods and whispers back. "I think he'd rather be with these people than leave with us. Unless we end up killing more people, then..."
<Sanni> "Then we might have to take him with us or let him die. If there's no one around to take care of him"
<Capn_Marcus> "Yeah, we can figure out what to do with him after we finish this."
<Elysia> "We could let him die quietly."
<Brellius> "I don't think we should just leave him here. We gotta do something about this."
<Capn_Marcus> "Look, he was doing fine until we got here. I say we just re-lock the door and let him chill until we come back this way."
<Capn_Marcus> "We can't take him with us in this state or he'll get us in trouble."
<Capn_Marcus> "And we don't dare leave him out for him to rat on us to the next guard he sees."
<Elysia> "Let's either kill him or move on."
<Capn_Marcus> "Ugh, you guys want to kill everyone."
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus turns to address the prisoner. "Alright, don't worry about this for now. Just go back to sleep and we'll send someone for you, uh, later." He closes the cell door, and looks for a way to re-lock it.
<Elysia> "It prevents betrayal of the fifth kind."
Elysia nods sagely
<mainstreet> Marcus: Turn the handle to the lock position before you close the door.
<Sanni> "There's a fifth kind of betrayal Elysia?"
<Capn_Marcus> Marcus does so.
Elysia nods at Sanni. "Indeed."
<Capn_Marcus> "Alright, let's motor." Taking one last look at the prisoner throught he door, he heads off down the corridor, seemingly tired of waiting for someone else to take the lead.
Elysia follows Marcus
<mainstreet> The corridor bends, and you all keep walking.
<mainstreet> Eventually, you have what seems to be a similar setup as before. The right wall ends, opening into a room.
Sanni sighs, "I guess someone's going invisible again."
<Capn_Marcus> "Geez, another room. Haven't these people ever heard of antechambers?"
<Brellius> "I need to conserve my psychic power. Could someone else handle this one?"
<Kanzel> "I'll do it."
<mainstreet> ---END SESSION---