|A new chamber greets Tak-tha's bold risk-taking move.|
(Oh, and the portal on the right is actually silver.)
Tak-tha takes a deep cleansing breath, standing before the red portal. Traversing portals is a very risky proposition. You have no control over where it takes you, and it can take you to instant death, or a very slow drawn out one.
Tak-tha steps through the red portal and vanishes... to discover himself in a new chamber, a shrine illuminated by hundreds of candles that sit in hemispheric niches in the walls. He's standing among four bone-white pedestals, each identical to those seen in the Great Hub. A silver portal is set into the far wall, its swirling mists filling the chamber with a low oscillating hum.
In the north is an alcove which displays a large, intricately-sculpted clay statue. It is 8 feet tall and depicts a middle-aged human wearing a long breechcloth and draped in all manner of ornate feathered vestments. A thick collar is visible, which bears the holy symbol of all four gods.
A real golden talisman – not clay – is draped around the statue's neck.
OOC: Tak-tha, this is the sixth time I've run Crucible of the Gods (five table-top, and this play-by-blog), and of those runs NOBODY has ever discovered this chamber. Well done on your astute observation and risk taking, it may well pay off yet.
Since this is a game that encourages meta-gaming, the rest of you can follow Tak-tha into the chamber if you wish, considering his knowledge as party knowledge. Do what you want. (Oooh, the meta gaming sacrilege!)