9 Coldeven, 592 CY (Continued)
Karamus entered the now empty hall using his new slippers of spider climbing while the others waited by the door. The cansin spotted a golden incense burner upon the altar, which he swiftly stashed in a sack. The room seemed to contain nothing else of any particular interest.
Karamus noticed a lever on the other side of the closed portcullis, but he had no real way to reach it. They idly considered having Ashton summon another skeleton for the job, but then discarded the idea. Karamus walked along the wall and ceiling until he reached the stairs. Then Jarvyk suggested that he remove the slippers, and put them in a bag with one of the dwarf’s hammers and toss them back so the others could cross as well, completely avoiding the fingerling swarms in the pool of water. This plan met with complete success, depositing the party on the stairs.
At the top of the stairs were a pair of carved stone doors. Karamus donned his goggles of minute seeing and carefully searched the area for traps. Satisfied that there was nothing there, and noting that the doors were unlocked, he opened them boldly. The smell of ozone tipped the cansin off to his mistake and he dropped flat to the floor. As a result, the lightning bolt trap only struck the rest of the party. Healing was applied to the wounded by various means.
Karamus and Ashton entered the next antechamber while the others waited on the stairs. The rogue noticed the trap about six seconds after he and the mage had set it off. Spears crisscrossed the room, flying from either side. Each of the party members was impaled, and Karamus succumbed to the poisoned tip. Ashton retreated back to the stairs for more healing, and when Karamus declared the room to be “safe,” the others warily entered to discuss what to do next.