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2016 Artwork Acolyte! Illustration eyes and bars

In a low voice, you whisper the password through the grate. For what seems like ten minutes, nothing happens. So you lean towards the grate and say the password slightly more loudly and slowly. Still nothing.

You are just about to shout it through the door, when the croaking voice says ‘I heard you the first time, acolyte!‘ You hear movement behind the door and something that sounds awfully similar to the chanting you heard on the car radio earlier.

Looking over your shoulder, you can see the seventh curse moon of Garlach Koch staring down at you forlornly. Once again, a sinking feeling fills the pit of your stomach.

Finally, you hear a clicking sound and the voice says “Come in acolyte, if you will.” The door creaks open an inch. Curious to meet the doorkeeper, you fling the door open – only to be greeted by a small candlelit antechamber with ornate wooden walls and what looks suspiciously like a hidden trapdoor underneath the doormat. The doorkeeper is nowhere to be seen.

After carefully stepping over the trapdoor, you consider searching the antechamber for hidden passages, but you decide against it. After all, you wouldn’t want to ruin this room’s exquisite decor before you’ve even joined the Order.

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