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As he walked Vorgith passed several windows, all showing the high placement of the Palace and giving views of the city below them, shining like a jewel in the evening light. The glow globes were activating through the city, making it sparkle gently, and giving the whole scene an ethereal quality.
The young seeker observed none of it, seeing the sight many times over the years and having lost interest in it long ago. Where he went now held far greater attraction to the earth elemental. He eventually reached the room he had been aiming for, deep inside the palace, a place only fully qualified seekers could walk and sealed against all but the earth elementals who came here, the Dark and Air elementals using other parts of the vast palace of their business.
Before the Seeker stood a vast slab of granite, darkly contrasting against the lighter stone walls surrounding them. It was through this block that Vorgith needed to proceed, as his goal lay beyond. There was an access panel inset in the wall, but this was merely a ploy, and would shock anyone who tried to use it, alerting the guards to any unauthorised entry. Instead the Earth elemental put his hands against the rock, and concentrated for a moment, focusing his power on a specific point and pushing with his mind.
There was a groan, and suddenly the Granite split, folding away from the focus point like a flower to open a man sized hole, just big enough for two people to walk through side by side.
Vorgith turned and gestured to a pair of human surfs who had been following him, their downcast eyes showing their servitude as they carried a large crate between them.
The group entered the passageway beyond, this one dimly lit and full of doors. Vorgith led the Humans to a specific one, telling them to deposit their cargo inside and remove it from its crate. The two humans produced a pair of pry-bars and set about removing the nails, each one being removed an placed in a special bag, ready for re-use.
When they finally opened the crate they revealed a humanoid form, wrapped in a white sheet and apparently sleeping, the faint breaths showing through the material. The pair then lifted the form from the crate and un-wrapped it, placing it on a wooden chair in the room, a plain thing with wooden manacles attached. It also seemed that it was rooted into the floor, the legs blending smoothly with the stone.
They removed the sheet and placed the figure in the chair, attaching the manacles as Vorgith watched dispassionately. It was a woman, in her middle years, which he had caught several days before, hunting in the wild far from the main paths walked by people of Loftas even when they were on a usual hunt.
She was also an elemental. Quite possibly a Brigidites caught far from her underground stronghold. He did not know her powers, or how strong she would be, but the room they were in would prevent all but a particular Seeker from using their abilities, so he would be safe.
The Humans finished attaching the Woman to the chair, with all her limbs and her neck shackled to the seat, allowing her no movement and keeping the interviewer in control. Vorgith waved the humans out, and then turned to the Woman. He touched a wall panel, turning all but one glow globe off, and turning the remaining one to a bright beam, eliminating only the Elemental and keeping the room dark. He then walked over and administered a small vial from his belt pouch, pouring some into her mouth and holding her head so it would go into her stomach and not her lungs.
Stepping back he didn’t have to wait long before she came around. Her eyes fluttered open slowly, then widened as she realised she had been bolted to a chair in a black room. She began to struggle, but stopped when Vorgith spoke from the darkness.
“It is useless to struggle, you are quite powerless here.” He said, his deep voice designed to evoke fear in the mind of a captive. He walked be slowly, going in behind the chair before putting his mouth close to her ear but out of her sight line. “Tell me, do you know where you are?” He asked.