Helmut is currently standing in a U shaped crater in the wall structure. He can see through the bottom of the wall, in places, into a dim chamber below--but there isn't space for a man to get through these wounds in the stonework--not without some work at clearing a way through. However, the undamaged part of the wall surrounds him to a height of about 5ft on three sides, so he can't see into the interior of the abbey without clambering up the edge to gain the summit of the undamaged part of the wall...
...so, seeking for local intelligence, Helmut climbs further up the precarious wreckage, holding on to protruding stone and timber with both hands, in order to crane his neck over the catwalk and peer into the abbey.
Within he sees a foul sight!
Where he expected to see a thriving and verdant garden protected by the abbey walls, there is only a blackened waste in the courtyard! Where he expected to see a serene and alabaster chapel, he instead sees the Holy place has a collapsed wall, and the whole is made filthy with ash and smear and profane markings! A trench has been dug around the chapel as if to defend it--or undermine it--and filled with an Unholy filth that smolders still! There appears to be damage to some of the other buildings also--among those to his left there appears to have been a serious collapse.
There is no activity to been seen, but there are a number of bodies scattered throughout the courtyard.
the Elf Medium (MV 12", AC 9, HD 1, hp 1/1, AL N) great cloak, lantern
; spells: color spray; scrolls: sleep, sleep, charm person
Hirelings: Georges; torch