standing with the litter on the platform, Gludog reached up over the edge of the large bucket to find a ladle. Still puzzled, Nomis watched in fascination as Gludog began to ladle water from the large bucket into the ‘lake’. Very gently, Nomis felt the platform they were standing on begin to rise as Gludog stopped ladling. He looked up in alarm, expecting to see a giant Dynol hauling them up.
“It’s all right. This is the usual way that we get up the well,” Gludog reassured the rather startled Nomis. “See, up there, there’s another bucket and platform coming down to take this one’s place at the bottom.”
When they had reached the fourth tunnel entrance travelling upwards, Gludog grabbed the knotted rope ‘brake’ that was hanging down from somewhere high above. He reached into the barrel at the tunnel entrance with their ladle, to transfer enough water to stop the bucket-and-platform going any higher, whilst he made it secure against the wall. After they had left the lifting apparatus, Gludog emptied a little water from the travelling bucket before replacing the ladle as he had found it. He then undid the restraining rope and the bucket moved rapidly upwards, leaving the long restraining rope, attached to the side, dangling way down into the water below.
“What’s that long knotted rope for?” Nomis asked curiously.
“It’s so we can haul the ‘Water Hoist’ down to any of the levels to go up or down again, using the water ballast from barrels like this one. It all gets a little ‘exciting’ though, if you inadvertently drop the ladle into the well!” Gludog finished with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, but a perfectly straight face.
Nomis was not too keen to negotiate the Water Hoist again. “Is there another way into the Hunters’ Tower … or, from my point of view, another way out?”
Gludog laughed. “Yes, there are other entrances. I suppose we could use the courtyard exit for your return, as that would shorten your journey back to your own tower considerably.” Gludog couldn’t understand why Nomis wasn’t very enchanted with the Water Hoist; he had always been fascinated by it.
“Hello there! Hey Gludog! Wait for me! Where on earth have you been? I’ve been looking for you all over the place!”