OOC: Ok, i really do need to know what "Upstairs" means. Right now i believe that you are in an inn. So upstairs in the traditional sense means going upstairs into the inn by getting and paying for a room, where Callista, you will probably find that you are not welcome to continue wrecking the place as the property manager is most likely under that current impression.
If you mean going inside the abandoned house and upstairs to a bedroom, then i will just tell you now that the front door is unlocked, the bottom floor looks very much like a haunted house with dust and spiderwebs and a general eerie feel everywhere. The second floor will look the same except for a closed door, which was clearly never used and looks to have been recently unlocked, which is now (could you have already guessed?) unlocked. That will lead to a whole second half of the second floor which is dramatically different from the first half. It is obviously in constant use and you would find a single hammock set up in one room and one set up in another. Each will contain a dresser with a change of grungie rags in them that look nothing like what you would normally wear. You can make up anything you want about the rest of the second floor.
There is a single door which leads to the third floor. It is made of a thick sturdy wood and is securely locked and bolted shut from the inside. In fact, there is no way to open it from the outside which suggests that somebody is currently up there right now, or that there is another way in (both are just as likely).
Still OOC: So that goes for whichever action you wish to take. Of course that is not to say that you cannot stay out, but it is to give aid for either of those actions. However it is very important that i know which if either, you are taking, as it does change what my character will do.
Oh yes, one last thing, there is a small spot on the wall where the wood looks like it has literally been melted away on the first floor. It is directly across from a knife shaped hole in the outer wall.
IC: Meanwhile, Serraph was doing some research. Unfortunately there was very little information on this dark Mage. However there were some useful pieces of information on the girl and the monk which Serraph would hold onto for a later time.
His other venture involved a forgery which he needed to pay for and also some clothes which he needed quickly. It was not needed to be exceptionally skilled forgery, so it only cost him twelve silver, but it did cost him some money.
The clothes were not of particularily fine quality either, but they were particular. They cost him an additional ten Silver pieces. They would have been cheap, except that they needed to be done in the dead of night under complete secrecy, no questions asked, and that was always worth a few extra silver.
No matter, it was better than taking chances. Especially with a mage. Serraph didn't like mages. He despised them. Mages were mortal enemies to him and he liked to take every precaution when one of them were involved.
It all depended on how competent he was. The problem with mages is that they could adapt to any manner of situations. It was very annoying. And Serraph doubted that this one had any sort of foolish honor system that he would abide by. That might give him an advantage over the monk, but it would only put him on even ground with Serraph. It was one of his key rules. Never fight for honor, fight to win.
And had Serraph been after her, she would probably be dead right now. Not that she was not competant, but she was naive. She did not watch her surroundings, nor did she bargain or negotiate. She was honest. Not like the monk, who, at heart, Serraph figured to be almost as dark as himself (just more deceptive about it). Serraph would have taken her apart, simply because she would have never seen him coming.
But he was not dealing with another like himself. There was a good chance that he could expect almost every trick in the book to actually work, and work well.
He would have to be cautious first, just to be sure. Never underestimate your enemy, nor overestimate him. And as long as he travelled with this girl, there was no doubt that this person was his enemy. This Dark mage may be after the elf, but he would no doubt kill Serraph without a second thought if he saw him as preventing him from getting the girl, which Serraph was, in effect, doing....