Author Topic: Age of Retribution Part III: Shards of Eternity  (Read 36611 times)

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"If it's important to you, then I suppose I shall join in for that too." said Wondu.

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"Good." Tarek replied with a nod, "We'll return to Stabul and get provisions there, away from the..."

He threw a contempt-full glance back at the casino and the people mulling around outside it.

"...prying eyes of less desirable folk."

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"Fine with me."  Marliea said as she mounted her horse.
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And they were off. It took another day's journey to return to Stabul, where they had first met a couple days prior. The roadhouse in which they met happened to have rooms for rent, so Tarek suggested they stay there for the night.

At dawn they set out again, passing a small troop of Cerulean soldiers along the way. Tarek noticeably kept his face hidden under his wrappings until the foreigners were well out of sight.

"Damn crusaders." he muttered softly.

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Marliea bowed her head slightly as they passed the soldiers, though her efforts were not as obvious as Tarek's. She noticed his actions, but did not comment.
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And Wondu had his head facing behind Tarek and Marlia and said nothing.

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The group met few other travelers on the road as they headed toward the more Cadmium badlands, a stretch of desert that where crumbling multicolored cliffs mixed with occasional rock spires and rocky hills. Various types of desert shrubs and small trees grew here, as water was a little less scarce than it was dunes. The tomb spoken of by Tarek was supposedly burrowed out of a hillside, near a formation of rock spires that was said to resemble the head of a trident.

The trip, and subsequent search in the badlands, took a few days, though luckily they had brought enough water and food to hold themselves during this time. They passed several other tombs of varying ages and types, from ancient stepped pyramids built from stone blocks to pits dug nearly straight down into the ground. The badlands were indeed an ancient burial ground of an older civilization long-since gone, but still saw use among some of the modern desert sheiks and even the Sultanate of Corsai.

Eventually they spotted the trident spires in the distance and began to draw toward them. The day was calm, clear, and hot. On the way toward the tomb, they passed a number of desert reptiles, particularly snakes, which were out sunning themselves. Tarek occasionally cast a glance over his shoulder to see if they were being followed, but otherwise kept his attention focused forward.

At long last, they reached the entrance to the tomb. It was hewn from a cliff face and lined with stone blocks with relief carvings on them. This particular tomb seemed a bit newer than some they had passed, though it certainly wasn't recent by any stretch.

"This is it." Tarek pointed-out uselessly as he dismounted and found a place to tether his horse.
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Marliea rolled her eyes when he said that. She also dismounted, but immediately began to study the carvings on the stones.

"Any history would be helpful." She said as she remained focused on the images.
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"This tomb is final resting place of the last Veridian Emperor." Tarek stated, "When the empire was toppled two hundred years ago, the last followers of the old order buried him here to protect the remains from being desecrated by rebels or Cerulean crusaders."

He scoffed slightly.

"Ironic. To hide his body from foreigners, they hid him among foreigners."
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Marliea frowned, drew one of her swords and pointed it at Tarek.

"If this in any way involves desecrating the body of a deceased, I want no part of this endeavor." Her voice was firm, though she wasn't actually threatening Tarek.
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"Of course not." Tarek replied calmly, "I'm Veridian and have the utmost reverence for the heritage of my country. But there is an item that would have been possessed by the last Emperor and almost certainly buried with him. That is what we have come for."

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"I've seen things a lot worse." Wondu said and began to worry, "But, nothing about this place. Although, would this place still be alive with the remaining warriors that still serve the emperor? If they're not dead."

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"No." Tarek shook his head immediately, "But they likely left traps and safeguards just in case tomb-robbers attempted to sack the place. If we're lucky, a few will have already tried and failed, leaving bodies to mark the locations of any traps."

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"Otherwise we're going in blind..." Marliea mumbled as she looked for the opening into the tomb, if it wasn't already apparent.
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"Well, then you get the challenge you want so badly." Tarek remarked as he lit a couple torches to use when inside the tomb, "You both ready then?"

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"Always." She stated as she grabbed one of the torches, though there was a hint of hesitance in her voice.

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"Lead the way, Lad." added Wondu after he got off his horse, "Just as long as we don't get ourselves killed."
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Tarek nodded, then proceeded down the steps into the tomb. After a moment he switched his torch to his left hand and drew out his sword, partially for defense, partially to use to probe for traps. However, the tomb initially seemed pretty devoid of anything dangerous.

At least until they reached an area where there appeared to be a door-frame built from stone blocks jutting out of the wall. It somewhat obscured whatever lie directly beyond it, particularly whatever was behind the frame itself.

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"Something's not right." Marliea whispered as she stopped. She drew one of her blades as she glanced around the opening.
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Tarek waved his sword through the opening, but nothing happened. He contemplated starting forward, but noticed the floor ahead of him was cobblestone. Furthermore, the first stone on the floor looked just a tad suspicious.

He slowly lowered the tip of his sword to the stone and pressed it down. For a moment, the stone seemed solid, but after he applied a little more pressure, it began to give-way and slide downward, revealing itself to be a pressure plate. A moment later, six spears, three on either side, shot into view and stabbed the air where a person would have been standing had they casually walked through the door.

"Hm..." Tarek mused, releasing the pressure with his sword, resulting in the spears retracting from view again.
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Marliea, not caring to sit and ponder the situation, lightly pushed Tarek away and tried pressing the next stone with her own sword. Finding that it was safe, she began to cautiously walk across the stones, testing each before she made another step. The stones were not big enough for her whole foot to fit on them, so she tip-toed, though she didn't seem to have any trouble with that.
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After seeing Marlia successfully navigate over the trap, Tarek followed, using the same method, albeit less gracefully. He then stopped and waited for Wondu.

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Wondu Carefully walked across the stones using their methods as well. But it wasn't easy for him since accidently step one of the stones which then began to slide downward. Then the spears shot into the air again and were heading towards him.

"YIKES!" he screamed with his eyes wide open and began to run.

Luckily, Wondu quickly ran out of the way across the stone floor stepping each stone as the spears shot through the air behind him until he made it to the other side.

"Kids, don't do this at home."

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"Are you done?" Tarek deadpanned at Wondu.

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"Eh, yes." Wondu replied while getting up, "We may now continue with our journey."