The boat seemed overbuilt - too much wood, too much iron and it was accordingly very heavy. Giden strained to pull it out of its tomb-like boathouse. Eventually all of the others, save Jhoric, were heaving at the boat, pulling it out into the meagre light to get a better view.
Hrofgar looked towards the water and groaned - there was easily a hundred foot of rough stone between the boat and the waterside, and there, a low stone wall would need to be navigated. Tomb-like. Hrofgar took a look into the interior of the boat and saw a figure interred within, equipped for battle. Shining chainmail, a bejewled helmet and a stout round shield bearing a painted startburst of gemstones stood out, as was a wicked warhammer clutched in a steel gauntlet.
Unseen by Jhoric, still staring at the small heads with trepidation, a small cloud of pinpricks of of light arose from the ground about and spread towards the leathery corpses.
He was still staring, waiting, when the creak of aged leather alerted him to something untoward....