Do'olnar slows as we approach the intersection, checking the floor and walls for (hidden doors and traps and) signs of passage or anything seemingly unusual. He listens intently for what he can pick out over the babble of water. Any unusual odors?
Post by trineshhissanmarin on Apr 9, 2009 7:01:13 GMT -6
Trinesh continues to move ahead slowly checking for traps, etc.(He will stop immediately if he detects any or sees any movement ahead other than party members.) He stops just shy of the end of the tunnel in which we have been traveling, standing against the right wall of the tunnel. Does he detect any traps amd what can he tell about what is ahead of the party?
No traps or hidden doorways are found by the party as they advance to this new passage.
A cursory glance from the edge of the tunnel's edge is sufficient to perceive what the new subway is or rather was: a sewer. It is much wider than the tunnel that lead you here, with time-begrimed walls and floor of polished rock, the ceiling is an angular arch.
Do'olnar, while not familiar with the style of construction, can determine that the passage is fairly recent. Hundreds of years old at the most. (Successful Tomb Robber roll)
The stench associated with conduits of human waste is absent, as the shallow course of water running down the canal is clear and fast-flowing, unlike the lazy and muddy Equnoyel river above...There is however a curious musty smell about the air.
The water is running down toward the right from the direction you are facing coming from the smaller tunnel. The sewer passage continues both ways as far as you can scrutinize with the lanterns' light.
Hrahyosh notes "So, right with the water, straight ahead against the water, or left with no water? Which way? Remember, the people that lived in this area seemed to scuttle into the sewer when we were passing by. I'm guessing as we get further away from the warehouse, we may meet some of them down here. Especially with the sewer system down here looking so.... clean. Which way shall it be?"
How far are we from the river? We could go right until the water gets too deep (this being defined as deep enough for something that can bit your leg off to swim in) then return to the left. One way seems as good as another.
Does the water cover the entire floor or is it confined to a channel? Does the musty smell hint of cinnamon and, if so, do I know what that means?
No, the smell is more fungoid/mushroom-like no hint of cinnamon. Do'olnar doesn't know what "smells like cinnamon" means but our Pechani friends Hrahyosh and Trinesh certainly do.
The water is confined to a channel about a meter deep but itself appears to be just ankle-deep.
Both sides of the corridor have a ledge wide enough for two persons to walk comfortably; going "across the water" of course involves jumping down into the channel and climbing on the other side. The tunnel that brought you here appears to be the only side passage avaiable; at least as far as you can see.
You have no idea where you stand in relation to the river, no one knows Jakallan geography that well.
Post by trineshhissanmarin on Apr 9, 2009 19:47:04 GMT -6
"No, let us go upstream for several reasons. First, we need to find another way into and out of this section of the Tsu'rum besides the warehouse. I do not think our noble Salarvyani merchant will be willing to allow us free passage thru there, especially if he has the pit sealed. Second, we are not prepared to go deeper into the Underworld either from the point of provisions and equipment or from being strong enough to survive things much greater than dlaqo.
Once, we find a way to the surface, then we can go deeper."
While I bow to your superior wisdom, my thought was that this steam must betimes enter the river and thus reach the surface. But so long as the path leads upward, I will follow you -- that is, you will follow me ... er, where you lead ... ah....
Do'olnar's eyes roll a bit and he mutters to himself as his brain overheats.
Hrahyosh answers Do'olnar's question by striking out on the same side toward the left quietly adding, "No reason to cross the cut while the path is clear on this side and there are no openings within sight on either side."
After a good 5 minutes walking "upstream" the party comes to end of the tunnel. Or rather, their progress is impeded by several tons worth of masonry, earth and rock. This part of the passage appears to have collapsed a long time ago. The water that flows down the channel is trickling down trough small gaps and fissures forming small rivulets and waterfalls.
Removing the debris seems humanly possible but it would require more bodies, tools and time than the adventurers have available. Still, that water must come from, and flow to, somewhere.