[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XVI - Into The Southlands
marjannec at netzero.net
Wed Jun 4 22:31:21 BST 2008
Entranced, the lizard man checks for obvious traps and then reaches out to move the guantlets and take the hilt of the sword.
-- Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com> wrote:
For a moment there is nothing, and then there is a distant chugging as if some old engine were starting up. The steel door slowly... haltingly slides up to reveal another chamber.
The air is musty and a little rank, the fading smell of ancient death. The room itself is dimly lit by reddish glowing stones set in the ceiling. There is a simple granite slab in the middle of the chamber, and on it, coated in a layer of dust, is the shriveled, wizened remains of a Wolfen.
On its body is battered, scorched old-style Coalition armor painted in bright gold and red colors in the form of a dragon. The heavily damaged and punctured remains of what looks like an ancient, non-megadamage shield, lay across the figure's feet, and laying upon its breast, clutched by gloved hands, is a mighty broadsword, though it's bleached white, looking like bone
rather than steel. In its hilt is a nude female figure carved from diamond or some other gemstone, impressive in every detail, save that there is no face.
In the granite slab is carved: "HERE LIES AKIRAX, SON OF ENKIRAX, REAVER'S BANE, PRINCE OF POUGHSKEEPSIE, UNTIL THE FINAL BATTLE."
The voice speaks again, quieter this time. "You have found the key, but the demon must be extinguished."
Koba's bag suddenly bursts into flames. There is a faint scream, and a wisp of blue smoke, almost human-shaped, hovers over the company before fleeing out of the chamber.
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