"Leave it to a man to always end up getting in trouble," she whispers. Akasha begins to ready a small ball of flames, "I hope Blackbird is quicker with his feet than he is with his wit," she whispers, knowing she can't take the beast down, but slowing it down is all she really has to do.
Blackbird catches the glint of a flame out of the corner of one eye. He knows what's coming next and takes cover. Lifting the pair of tomes to his face, Blackbird McAllister braces for the sudden whoosh and explosion to follow.
With the momentary distraction in place, Blackbird bolts toward the open grate. He head dives across the floor and slides along years of dust that layers the floor. Akasha drops down into darkness, and immediately illumines the interior with a small flame in her palm.
Blackbird McAllister's head clears the portal and dives straight down. In a moment he is to his feet, and scrambling back up the to the hole. Reaching outside the break in the floor, Blackbird grabs the grate and slides it over the hole. They are safe for the moment, and not too soon, as the Hoarse Hound bounds toward the grates and breathes heavily into the dark chamber below.
The dark is complete save for a small magical flame in Akasha's palm. A large metal mesh grate seals the passage above the party. At their feet a lightly flowing stream of filthy water and run off tumbles toward the larger sewer system of the City.
No items of importance are visible.
No other creatures or people are present.
East: Follow the sewer side passage to the East.
West: Follow the sewer side passage to the West.
Up: Life the grate and re-enter the Hall of Genealogy.