Post by waysoftheearth on Jul 17, 2012 20:31:38 GMT -6
None too convinced, Dorgan opens a second and a third crate with similar effort.
The second crate contains similar, but differently shaped plates of steel. The third contains what could only be described as half a huge steel, gauntlet? If one can call a claw-like mitt limited to two thick fingers (each missing a joint) with no thumb and no wrist a "gauntlet". Curious...
Olaf keeps glancing at the others tinkering with the metal plates and the pedestal and then back at the vermin holes.
"We're getting off track here." he says, "We came down here to rid the basement of vermin, secure the place, and then we were going to go do something about the Abbey of the Sisters of Mercy."
"Why don't you put some boards across that pit and pile a couple of those heavy boxes atop it?" Olaf suggests, "That will keep anything down there from coming up here while we're gone. Then let's deal with whatever vermin is inside these holes and get going."
"We can always come back down here in a few days, with a good stout ladder and go down that hole if we want." Olaf takes a quick look around at his friend's faces, "What do you say?"
"I think our man Olaf is rather keen to get back to the "ministrations" of the Sisters", quips Gustave with a grin.
"We can hardly leave this unexplored", he adds, nodding toward the gaping maw of the pit, "and in any case, I am yet to see any vermin worthy of the tip of my sword, and I have had enough of squeezing myself through tiny gaps already this morning without trying my luck in one of those", he finishes, indicating one of the mucus-lipped receptacles.
"Right then", he says, turning to assist Dorgan, "someone mentioned some rope?"
"So... putting a few boards over the pit passes for... securing it?"
"If that works for you guys..." He looks around near the crates for any large boards that might be used to cover the pit opening.
As he looks around for boards, he asks, of no one in particular, "Assuming those crates filled with the steel plates are heavy, how were they moved to their current location? The passageways below the pit have to be pretty sizable. Maybe there was some mechanical way of lifting them up? Like a block and tackle system?" He also looks to see if there are any remains of a block and tackle system laying about.
OOC Question for WOTE: How big IS the opening, say, relative to the crates?
Last Edit: Jul 20, 2012 15:05:01 GMT -6 by ehiker133
"The presence of the ladder offers some hope that this is man-made," she speculates; "Or at least man-used. It might help if we had some idea of how deep it is and what lies at the bottom. A dropped or lowered torch, perhaps?"
This said, she returns her attention to the walls and ceiling.
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Dorgan will examine the pedestal, the steel plate and rivets attached to it, and the metal plates found in the boxes.
Can he make any sense of a connection between all of them?
Do any of the plates have any indents or connections where it seems they would attach to the rivets?
Dorgan spends a good while examining the pedestal (without touching it). If there is any association between the content of the crates and the pedestal, it is a very obscure one. The pedestal is of stone. It was clean, efficient stone masonry when it was built, probably fewer than a score years ago. But now it is grimy with misuse. But it is still solid as any rock. The metal plate that stands a chest height looks to be mostly iron. It is basic; functional but and artless, and beginning to show tinges of rust around the edges -- Completely unlike the metal in the creates.
The two big rivets a fist-sized, round face elevated off the metal plate by some half-inch. The temptation is to push one, or other, or both of them.
He also looks to see if there are any remains of a block and tackle system laying about.
Desmond and Mondes scan the place for any pulley or tackle system -- the dual headed Hobbit searching doubly efficiently!
Desmond doesn't see anything resembling a mechanical system laying about the cellar, but Mondes happens to looks up when the light is just so, and says "Oi! What's that there?".
The others look up too, and it is clear now that the ceiling above the pit is different. It is not solid stone; but perhaps a great wooden trapdoor the same size as the pit cut into a purpose built, circular opening in the stone.
Dorgan is not so impulsive as to push any buttons but he will venture his professional opinion, as a card-carrying Dwarf, as to the location of the chamber relative to their manse.
It's so obvious to Dorgan that he hadn't thought to point it out to any of the others; the cellar begins under the manse, and extends out to the yard behind it. The trap door in the cellar ceiling likely opens some 20ft away from the manse itself. In the back garden.