"Oh, good. They're showing us how to get out of this miserable place," Murt said as he followed his brother toward the tunnel. Dennis sighed, but he followed as well.
With some painstaking effort in the form of charades, Dennis and Goom were able to explain the plan to Murt.
He was at first reluctant to go along with it, but he realized that they did owe something to Fewla, and that he really didn't have much of a choice in the matter.
He could break off from the group and attempt to navigate the caves on his own - he even figured that he could convince Dennis to go with him - but Goom was right that they'd need Fewla to make their way out of the caves.
The Fire Sprites, with their neck-puffs illuminated, continued to lead the trio through the caves.
They were led across natural bridges that spanned silent rivers and over mountainous piles of boulders that they had to scramble up and over.
When they had to choose between forking tunnels, the Fire Sprites almost always led them down the largest of the options. Those were the only tunnels that the Vaerkuna could fit through.
Besides being skilled navigators, the Fire Sprites served a second purpose for the smugglers.
Because of the Vaerkuna's tremendous hearing ability, it would been incredibly difficult to sneak up on them without being noticed,
but the Fire Sprites were able to use their echolocation to somehow catch and deaden any sounds that the dwarves and Dennis made.
If one of them kicked a stone for example, the Fire Sprites would chirp, and no echo would be heard. It was almost as if the Fire Sprites had been dreamed up for this very purpose.
After some duration, the Fire Sprites stopped with their normal leap-frog pattern, and instead, they all grouped together near the end of the current tunnel.
Crawling toward the threshold where the tunnel met a new chamber, Goom, Murt, and Dennis tried to steady their breathing and their beating hearts. They had to hold in all their farts too.
With nervous eyes, and clenched butt cheeks, they scanned the chamber for Fewla. What they saw was a room littered with the skeletal remains of thousands of men and beasts.
It was a nightmarish scene unless, of course, you were a dog. Scattered among the bones were all types of weapons, shards of clothing, wizard staffs, elven gems, and several inhalers.
Lots of cool stuff.
On the far side of the chamber there was a sleeping Vaerkuna, and Fewla laid near its feet. She was alive.