‘Hurry, Yagret!’ Lilelle hissed as the howling scream echoed around them. She would have said that the cacodaemoniacal sound issued from the bowels of the earth, except for the fact that they were both already deep within the ground. This most likely meant that whatever manner of beast was skulking in the shadows was lurking in one of the nearby chambers
Yagret, a dwarf, was used to underground spaces, and was less discomfited by their circumstances than the Elfin Lilelle.
Yagret was hunched over an intricate lock on a large, seamless door in the rock wall, sweating profusely. ‘I am hurrying. If I hurry any more, the trap mechanism’s going to dump acid all over the floor, and possibly us. You don’t want that. Believe me.’
Lilelle fell silent. A keening screech echoed, nearer than the last. She muttered a prayer and prepared a spell, pre-emptive fire crackling through her fingers.
Meanwhile, in another chamber not far away, a dwarf and a huma