This week the group found themselves in a room that was devoted to book restoration, and were met with a door that had signs of rot. The room was checked for loot. Cautiously the door was opened, opening into a room filled with shelves full of books, and a wooden floor lined with carpet. Lighting a few of the sconces a ticking was heard, with its source being a rusted automaton with a crossbow in its chest. A fallen familiar, a broken crossbow string, a few javelins, spears and torches later it was Sledge’s shield wall that proved to be the trick to retire the old guard.
A search of the shelves were met with little success, so the group decided to continue through the door at the far end of the room, still standing at 25 feet tall. Slightly opening the door the group heard what appeared to be a male gnomish mage, a female elven ranger, a female gnome rogue and a human male fighter rappelling down, talking then leaving out of vision. Darius tried to spook the other group with no avail before deducing that it was an illusion due to a lack of fading steps. At the far end of the room the group found a 3-foot deep crevice with a clockwork-like wind-up mechanism above it. Deducing it was the place that the automaton was held before patrol, the group continued down a flight of stairs armed with their new knowledge.
Due to Horven possessing darkvision he scouted ahead to find another automaton, ticking yet parked inside its crevice, at the end of the flight of stairs. Remembering their success with the shield wall it was employed again with the same success. The main difference this automaton had was a pair of arm-mounted blades. Seeing the potential to sell it for reverse-engineering in Awnira the blades, along with the arms were removed. After checking the tables nearby the group continued onward.
Around the corner the other fighter and the mage appeared again, dressed in dark blue robes with symbolism similar to the librarians above ground, but in different styles. One was worried about the robes, and was reassured by their ally that the gnome was sure that they wouldn’t be attacked as it won’t attack scholars. They opened a door and travelled through it. Then, the next time the adventurers blinked or averted their gaze from the door, the door they just saw opened appeared closed and locked.
After the watching the illusions walk through the door the group noticed the numerous books strewn across the floor with three bookshelves leaning against the wall. Investigating the area around the bookshelves a door was found. Knowing there was danger behind the previous door the group decided to move the bookshelves aside and open it. Not checking for traps changed everything as an alarm went off and a couple of members started to hear ticking.
The party was quickly rushed into action:
- Caelano opened the door, setting off the alarm again and closed the door behind him.
- Sledge and Darius started to barricade the other door.
- Horven started to look into disarming the trap on the door
The room that Caelano searched through contained a variety of valuable books, deducing that the room was meant to have restricted access. Books would have been taken out only be read in the next room before returning back to the shelf. He rifled through the books, taking as many as he could.
Outside something started to hit the door at the other end of the barricade, trying to get through. Ball bearings and caltrops were set below the barricade. Soon blades ripped through the top of the door as an opening appeared. Seeing the urgency spears and javelins and the occasional spell starting flying through the hole trying to weaken what was coming through.
Caelano and Horven both found the trap on each side of the other door and it was disarmed then opened. Daggers were soon being thrown at the hole in the door.
Soon the two automata burst through, unhindered by the ball bearings and caltrops. A fight ensued and gouts of fire were involved, turning the trampled bookshelves into small embers. Teamwork made the fight brief and with little incident. Once the fight ended the embers were put out and the room full of books were taken with no rush.
The group decided to have a rest before they continue onward.