Did any of us see a safe passage through the lightning, then?
There is one exit from the room - the double doors across from where you came in. You could walk over to it and try to open it up, but you have yet to find a safe way through the room without risking the wrath of the toadstools. You might be able to keep rolling at this, though. Maybe.
Eryndir's last roll was a botch, so he's been staring at his navel unhelpfully. That said, it also means that he's pretty game to try any idea that anyone else has.
In anticipation of bad things happening, Charn will defend the kobold.
No bad thing appears to immediately happen.
Does anyone want to do anything else in this room?
Eryndir would like to examine the sarcophagi. It's interesting to him that they were providing power to the toadstools.
Would investigation work?
Eryndir's observation is no longer hindered by the flying sparks from the electrified mushrooms. As a result, he's able to safely investigate the glass. The sarcophagus has a seam that is hard to spot but notable up close. Opening that seam would expose the front of the sarcophagus so that a body could be lain to rest, admittedly vertically. Eryndir's eyes follow that seam to the base where he gently pushes aside some of the toadstools to see what happens when the sarcophagus seam transitions from the side to the base. He is surprised to discover tracks underneath the bed of mushrooms - there is evidence that humanoids were coming and going to the sarcophagus with somewhat dirty shoes on. Further examination reveals that the humanoids were coming and going into the sarcophagus.
I'ma roll perception for Cor'val, just in case he spots something Eryndir missed. If it isn't needed, just ignore this die roll.
All of a sudden you guys start rolling well. Shenanigans.
Cor'val looks over Eryndir's shoulder, watching his wood elf comrade inspect the sarcophagus. Where Eryndir looks down, Cor'val looks up. He sees the faintest outline of a handprint on the inside of the sarcophagus. There is something off about the hand - there is an extra finger and three of them are far too long.
1 = head.
2 = tails.
Don't think that you're unable to proceed because you didn't roll well here. You can use all the stats on your sheet.
Caleb thinks it could be a bite, although whatever has fangs that size is horrifying.
He will resist the urge to recommend that one of the elves climb inside the sarcophagus so we can figure out where the body came from. He is desperately curious to find out, but knows it is reckless and stupid.
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken
Eryndir knows that things which bite often have a venom of some sort. He's not great with Medicine, but knows some basic first aid. He'd like to see whether he can determine whether venom played a role in the Halfling's death.
It's possible, but Eryndir isn't really sure. The body is basically going to crumble to dust wherever he touches and that makes forensics pretty damn difficult.
Since Eryndir botched an investigation roll, he'll have to examine the casket the hard way. He'll climb in and see if he can find a hidden door.
No hidden door. Once he's fully in, however, he feels a thrumming of magic, like the entire sarcophagus is just chock full of spell energy. Something can activate it, Eryndir's sure. What, he's not so sure.
Guess we're down for whatever fuckery awaits us on the other side of this portal, then.
Assuming nothing untoward has happened since the kobold solved the lightning fungus puzzle, this room is probably pretty safe for him. I guess he can post up at the stone pedestal and be the trigger-man for each of us to take turns teleporting into the other room.
I figure either Pryth or Charn should go first, then Caleb, then whichever dragonborn didn't go first. After that, it doesn't really matter to me who goes in what order; but we obviously have to go only one at a time, right? This sequence of the first three characters at least ensures we have plenty of muscle and a dedicated healer going through the portal at the beginning of combat, so (hopefully) we can establish a beachhead and all still be alive by the time the rest of the party makes the trip.
We should discuss more IC. The confusion is my mistake; apologies for that. Eryndir wasn't intending for folks to go down. He'll explain on the IC side that there are swarms and swarms of bad things, and vast numbers of passengers(?) trapped. He'll argue that the solution likely lies in this room.
I'll say more on the IC side.
OH, that's way better. Going wherever Eryndir went sounded dumb as hell but Caleb felt like he was going to lose that argument before it started so he had to come up with a plan fast.
Sorry for the delay. Beach week had very little internet. Does Charn know any historical events about such devices as the altar?
Not a clue. It's clearly some sort of magic item but it doesn't have any familiarity to poor Charn.