Tiberious and Storm move back to the wounded Turok, who is recovering under Helm’s healing spells, and stand guard by the red crystal door and the tunnel where they came in. Kvothe sits in silence near the fallen figure of Stercus, who is breathing in very shallow sucking breaths and appears to be semi-conscious.
Kvothe, wounded from Stercus’ fire blasts, kneels beside him, “My father is avenged,” Stercus seems not to hear, as Kvothe demands to know where the others that killed his troupe are. Helm is healing Kvothe as Kvothe futilely tries to get information out of Stercus. A smile comes to Stercus’ lips, he coughs and dies.
Helm begins prodding at the armor that Stercus wears. Sterccus is armored in some sort of banded mail that looks as though it is made of iron, riveted together. But the straps and cloak that would be of leather or fabric look to be this same “iron” material. It seems to flow as if fabric, but was hard as iron when you struck it. The armor all looks to be one piece, as you take a closer look it is almost like a “onesie” You haven’t tried to remove anything yet, but all the parts look connected all the same color iron grey material
He has no helm and his face is that of a handsome albino elf, with silver hair yet he has two small horns protruding from his forehead belying that he is spawn of a demon, you know his daddy to be Iuz.
He had been attacking with a ray of fire that shot from his right hand which is unarmored
His left hand has a metal gauntlet on it He has no other weapons or equipment on him.
Helm eventually figures out how to remove the armor on Stercus’ corpse. Small latches connect the pieces. When a latch is unlatched the armor piece changes back into “regular” armor rather than the malleable iron fabric it is now
He undoes a boot first, as he unlatches it the boot “hardens” into steel and looks to be as any other scale mail boot
Now to what he was interested in, THE GAUNTLET! he undoes the latch and the gauntlet slides off Stercus hand. Helm recoils, “what the fuck….” Stercus wrist and hand look like opaque jelly, he even thinks he can see the outline of bone beneath.
Helm remembers when The Cuckoo died, his body decomposed into odd green worms that burrowed into the ground. Rotcodohw warning then not to touch it, but to apply fire. Kvothe readies fire bolt and Helm readies sacred flame …fire is applied until the hand is nothing but ash.
The result is similar to when you fried the “Kou Toa” shaped jelly mass that was locked in a cell. The jelly sizzled and burned away into a black mass looking and smelling of burning grease, like animal fat used to cook with that has caught fire. The other parts of Stercus body have not (yet?) become gel-like. His head, hand he was shooting fire out of and foot that Helm removed his boot are still his ashen white skin.