Snake - "I'm not... But I understand the value of knowledge. I also understand that some knowledge is only of value to those with the skills to utilize it. I've no interest in keeping any notes but I would request that you allow my group to view what you find, for the sole purpose of furthering knowledge specific to our task."
**The group takes their time, the workers hacking at the floor in shifts. Bandages aids with his water magic, flowing and freezing water to help crack the earth. They eventually find a tunnel leading straight down into the room below; the worker with the green scarf heads down to check it out.**
Snakeitsu's left arm disappeared and reappeared on the ceiling over the water pool. The initiate leaped over the pool, swinging on his own arm before landing lightly on the other side. His arm was suddenly on his shoulder once again. He approached Bandages as nonchalantly as if he had simply walked across normal ground. He moved to see the discovery.
**Jougo and Snake arrive in the dim, candle-lit room below to find a sizable storage room that is itself connected to three other rooms. Bandages stands in the opposite corner holding a jar filled with plant bits and small, translucent egg sacks. Various other samples and books line the wall.**
Bandages - "It appears that our dead scholar was the one stealing from other researchers. I'm sure the group I have looking for the thief will be sad to learn that some lizard got to him first."
**It was just various books and samples related to unusual creatures and mutagens. Most of it was highly technical. Although there was surely bits on fire breathing and reptiles there wasn't really a smoking gun pointing towards the late researcher actually doing anything involving that. The other rooms were an operating room, a room that was apparently under construction, and a third room filled with caged animals - most of them dead.**
Bandages - "I am not. But you have reason to believe one was involved in the attack, yes? If another researcher had done him in I doubt they would have missed this room."*Voids the Jar* "The upper room had been ransacked, and I do not... see anything that looks like the our late scholar's research notes here.. so it was probably taken by someone insufficiently familiar with the sort of work he was doing to realize they should try looking for another room. I do not belive he was the target. I would say that I am quite sure he was not working with reptiles at this point in time."
**Some of the books had bookmarks, sometimes numerous bookmarks, but Snake didn't find anything like a diary among those present. He did find some old research journals detailing early experiments with various small animals in an attempt to combine them together. Nothing about tigers or rhino wargs. Bandages sifts through some of the bookmarks to get a gist of the man's focus.**
Bandages - "Intelligence... although I still do not think this has anything to do with your mission, I would be interested in making it a part of it. The attackers likely took the most recent journal with them... perhaps we could work out a deal?"
Bandages - "I'll give you the location of a middle man. If you recover the researcher's journal, bring it to the man and he'll pay you for your troubles. Let's say 250 gold to divide as you choose among yourselves.