“This gentleman is the esteemed historian Ovarind Prenduleck, whose forays into literary naturalism have led him to inquiries similar to yours. Passing as his valet Zodecrute — though not a youth at all — is his ward Sophelaide, who has suffered offenses for which we believe the Iron Frond are to blame. As for me, I shall go by the name of Auldomouche for the time being.
“The carved face above represents a grimacing bandit, and so marks this door (according to local customs) as the servants’ entrance. From here, we should be able to access Zerzandebeck’s storage chamber and obtain the unique costumes that will allow us to infiltrate the society as they gather this evening. I must warn you, however, that only certain safe-passage keys (which I could not obtain) can disable the traps that guard the room. We are unprotected, and must take immense caution.
“But now a storm is brewing. Let’s hasten in!”
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