The goblins step into the hallway, not finding any guards there. Not yet anyway. A few feet to the left was a room with the door left open, to the right were a couple storage rooms and then finally a hall splitting off to the right in a T-section. Further down the hall they were presently in, at the end, was likely the warlord's room.
Zex and Xez look at each other cautiously but Ranathrox moves forwards cautiously. The place had gone mad. The Scorpions caution gave the Goblins the chance to try and sneakily get a look into the storage rooms and the room on the left only proceeding if they didn't see anyone.
There was nobody in any of the rooms, though the room in the left contains an unrecognizable, evicerated corpse. The other hall seems empty as well, and merely leads to a staircase.
Ranathrox moves towards the staircase the Scorpion forcing the Goblin brothers to force it. Their standing orders to protect the Scorpion they weren't about to disobey their master, though Zex was supremely discomfited by the body. One could only get so eviscerated by something powerful with a lot of anger.
As they enter the hall and get halfway to the staircase, they hear a few guards voices at the top of it. It seems they only had a few seconds to decide what they were going to do before guards would enter their hallway.
Zex and Xez look at one another their minds ticking quickly. With a moment of silent agreement they put their Blunderbusses onto their backs in their holsters and gripped their spears with both hands as they decided to creep quietly up the stairwell making themselves hug the walls as closely as possible. Ranathrox sensing danger moved behind the brothers as they advanced up the stairwell his tail raised high over his head ready to strike.
One guard starts descending down the stairs, mace still on his waist. He seemed a little tense, though it was understandable for the present situation. "Hello?" He asks.
Ranathrox moves suddenly with insectoid speed its tail lashing out to try and catch the man in the chest as the two goblins thrust forth with their spears as they had been taught so many years ago.
The guard is stabbed in the chest, unable to cry out for help and quickly going limp against the scorpion's tail. There were no more voices nearby that they could hear.
"Zex, check him" Xez said as he watched up the hall. Zex does a cursory search. "Nuffin. Not even a bleedin coppa coin." Zex seems disappointed but the brother soon proceed up the hall with Ranathrox leading the way, but slowly, they heard voices before, either the guard was alone and talks to himself or someone less courageous told him to check down the stairwell.
They get to the top of the staircase, entering another hall on the second floor. On the opposite end was the guard captain's quarters. The door had been busted down--It seems M'yon's body was found. The armoury is empty of equipment as well. There are two rooms on the right with closed doors, on the left was the guard captain's office with its door open, the armoury with its door open, and M'yon's quarters with its door open. There was another staircase on their immediate right that led to the third floor.
Ranathrox moved confused for a moment. It knew forwards. But... Zex and Xez see the hesitation of the Scorpion and move cautiously. People had been through here recently and this was too quiet. Deciding that forwards represented too much of a danger the Brothers decided to be at their stealthiest and took the staircase to the immediate right. With all the trouble on the second and first floors perhaps the guards had cleared out of the third?
They reach the third floor, a long hall moves forward with several rooms on the left that seemed primarily made for storage. The smoke was thickest here, and on the other end of the hall was the generator room to the right. A young woman stumbles out of one of the storage rooms, looking at the goblins. "Oh, thank goodness. I'm not alone here." She says in relief. Past her was the end of the hall, on the left was the training room with a dead ogre in it. The right, the anti-magic chamber.
The Brothers are startled by the womans appearance, and Ranathrox flinches at something they don't see. Probably the smoke or something. Something just seems... off. Xez and Zex decide that cowardice is the better part of valour and the woman just feels out of place panicking they head right trying to avoid the woman. Right into the anti-magic chamber.
She follows them, up to the edge of the chamber and then looks inside. "Wait! I'm not going to hurt you!" She says, whimpering. It seemed she didn't want to be alone. The anti-magic room was bathed in a red glow, and it common tongue it rang out. "Warning! Low reserves! Mages still using magic may harm themselves! Warning! Low reserves!..." What that meant, the goblins couldn't possible know.
Xez was, arguably, the brighter of the two. Panicking he turned and climbed the chair that unknowingly was left there by Xixis. Looking at the controls he did the only thing that came to mind. He flipped all the switches and pressed the green button. Zex was less intelligent and pulled out his Blunderbuss. "Keep away lady." He said frightened. Ranathrox had retreated slightly taking his cues off of the brothers.
"Warning: Impending Overload." Those words. Those words the goblins knew. The woman opens her eyes widely for a moment and then immediately runs away, not even attempting to explain why.
Zex and Xez look at each other and run. They emerge into the hall and head for the training room. There was a hole in it that they saw before. Maybe it was a way out. Ranathrox no longer moved slowly enough to keep up with his handlers as his master wanted. It knew that something very very bad was going to happen.
As they enter the training room, they find that the sand bridge was gone. The moment the shaman had left, he no longer had boosted magic, and thus could no longer keep the sand bridge up. Ranathox can make it down by climbing down the outer wall. The goblins... Well...
Ranathrox paused allowing his masters bodyguards to catch up. Zex grabbed onto the Scorpion, his master could ride it for long lengths of time. Surely it could bear their weight long enough to reach the ground. Xez on the other hand didn't wait. He dragged one of the bodies to the hole in the wall and pushed it off the ledge before jumping after it hoping to land on it. Ranathrox clambered down the stone trying to keep stable with Zex gripping tightly.
Xez free falls after the corpse, slamming onto the metal experior and breaking half a dozen bones including his spine and his legs. He dies instantly on impact, painless at least. An explosion rocks the third floor, the wall just above the scorpion and Zex blowing out with a couple pieces flying several hundred feet through the air before landing in the city. The scorpion nearly falls, but keeps itself on the wall thanks to the aged quality of the stone leaving enough knicks and cracks for the scorpion to grasp at. Zex hangs on for dear life, nearly falling off but managing to hold onto the scorpion's pincer until they reach the ground, safely.
Zex looks over at his brother tears unbidden come to his eyes. He couldn't remember even a moment of his life that wasn't spent within ten feet of his brother. Not when they ate, drank, whored or pissed. And now his brother lay dead and broken. He walked over rubbing tears from his eyes as he closed his brothers open, and very surprised, eyes. Taking the Blunderbuss and belt with powder and shot he slung them over his shoulder. His brother would want him to have them. Lifting his body onto the Scorpion which seemed to sense the mood Zex turns to Ranathrox. "Take us to the Master." Without another word he followed the Giant Scorpion.