Mero's pebbles bounce off the wall in an perfectly mundane fashion. Boggs observes the tell-tale signs of rat movements. Its nothing atypical; just a few strays looking for food or tiny crevices to explore...
Once everyone is finally thru the tunnel, with the barrel-gate latched behind them, the double file marching order is assumed. It occupied about 40ft of the corridor length, so it is not big deal for Werner, Klaus, Schlags, and Anton to advance a dozen cautious strides to occupy the corner, while Morin uses his great height and silver tongue to intimidate Erbert and Rudler at the rear.
"Well?" calls out Boggs .
"All's well!" calls back Klaus after a moment.
"What do you see, idiots!" retorts Boggs with all the decorum of an anti-social rat catcher.
There is a bit of muttering and neck-craning before Schlags replies "It's another passage. Can't see too far, but I think we got a door up here..."
The referee notes the poor red shirts are being asked to lead this company into the mysterious Underworld... a duty well beyond their pay grade.
Nothing scary has happened yet, but when things go pear-shaped their willingness to continue up front will be tested...
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