After several hours had passed, the group finally awakens together and they all fill their water bottles from the lion-headed fountain. Next, they then take the journey back towards the Choose Your Fate room.
They approach the door that had the writing on the wall next to it ‘The Chambers of the Guardian.’ Next, Karna presses the button and the door opens, up; they slowly enter through the portcullis and into the corridor. They follow the corridor to the south and it opens, up into a larger chamber, after taking another turn to the right. Next, the entourage sees another group of three blue, Ant creatures armed with wooden clubs. Karna readies her shield for battle, she then draws her sabre, followed by Rheill’s falchions. Unfortunately, luck is not on their side this time as the sound of the weapons being drawn, alerts them to their presence. The three Ant-type creatures move swiftly towards the party, but Karna is ready for them and jumps in the way. She manages to block all three of their blows and stands her ground.
Rheill stabs the first Ant creature inside of its head right over the top of Karna as she is ducking and remaining hidden behind her shield, the creature then falls down dead. Karna then reveals her head as she is no longer ducking behind her shield; she then swerves her body and moves around them, making them turn to face her. With the two remaining Ant creatures now turned from the group, both Sana and Isai throw their shurikens and daggers into their backs; they fall, down and Karna makes sure they are dead by stabbing each of them in the chest area.
“Well, they are getting easier every time to kill, but we still must take them as a serious threat,” said Karna after the battle.
Sana notices that there is another large, drumstick laying in the corner of the chamber on the ground and it is much like the one that they found earlier. She quickly picks it up and places inside of her backpack, before the group press onwards through the chamber; they find a passageway leading out of the chamber into another corridor, “Be careful! Let me check that it is clear around the corner,” declared Karna.
Next, she moves around the corridor and sees that it is clear, but there is a left turn that goes into to a dead end. Also in the corridor, there are several portcullises; there are a total of four in view and on the walls, are several blue, diamond-shaped buttons on the walls to the left of each door.
“It is clear, but we have another enigma to solve,” explained Karna.
The others rejoin Karna and Sana, looks around to see if she can solve the puzzle, however, before they even get a chance the sound of moving boulders and rocks can be heard faintly in the distance.
“Looks, like we have another Rock-pile to deal with!” mentioned Rheill, as he draws his weapons out.
Karna gets ready as well, although she motions for them to go back into the chamber. The others realize why Karna motioned them back as they realize the space is very narrow inside the corridor. They move to the centre of the chamber and await the Rock-Pile, which took ages to get there. Finally, the Rock-pile arrives and moves slowly into the chamber; Karna shows no fear and engages the fiery, rock-piled entity. She bashes it with her shield and jumps back to avoid the fiery, hot fangs that come out from beneath the creature much like before. Karna is much quicker than the Rock-pile and easily avoids the contact; she then lunges and connects into the fang with her sabre. Next, Rheill follows up with a double slash, but the injured Rock-pile quickly goes back underneath the rocks and boulders and the blow has no effect at all.
“Move Rheill!” yelled Karna as she shoves him on the ground and her momentum causes her to fall, down on top of him as the Rock Pile lashes out with it fiery fangs, Karna’s quick actions have saved both, of them from being burnt to a crisp. Sana and Isai quickly pull Karna and Rheill back away from the evil Rock-pile so they are safely able to get back to their feet.
Karna blocks the path of the Rock-pile again to the others, “This one seems to be a lot smarter; it is hurt though from my blade, that feels extremely hot now. Use your ranged attacks when I make it strike me, I am going to use an evade move to the right,” explained Karna.
She engages it again and leaves herself open on purpose and then she quickly shifts her body to the right using the evading maneuver she mentioned earlier. This has left the Rock-pile vulnerable; both Isai and Sana then throw their missile projectiles right into the weak spot of the creature. The Rock-pile finally succumbs to the damage of both the dagger and shuriken and then all that remains is the scattering of the boulders and rocks.
“Thank you, Karna… that was too close! I did not anticipate that these rocky creatures were so smart and cunning; I will have to be less reckless in the future with trying big offense moves,” said Rheill.
“It was nothing, Rheill, I know what these things can do to you, if they touch you,” replied Karna as she shows her covered arm where her, burnt scar is.
“We should check out the rest of that corridor, just to be sure there are no more creatures,” suggested Sana.
“Yes, a good idea, Sana! We can now try to work out what to do, to solve this area as there are several buttons,” answered Isai.
They all make their way down the corridor further and find a few more portcullises; but, on the right-hand side of one of the cavern walls midway down the corridor is a new device. The device is shaped in the form of a semi-circle and it matches the colour of the cavern walls; however, there is a blue, coloured circle in the middle of it, “Stop!” said Sana.
“What is up?” asked Karna.
“There is a symbol here on the wall, we should not touch it for now, though,” answered Sana to Karna.
Karna moves further down the corridor and discovers it only leads to a dead end with a few more buttons and closed portcullis doors on the left, much like the start of the corridor. Although, there is another golden treasure chest; it is inside the final closed portcullis. However, there is no apparent way to reach the chest or get it out of the door as it is too large, to fit though the holes in the door.
“I think we need to get this chest out and inside it is the item that we need for that mechanism on the wall,” explained Sana.
“Yes, Sana, I agree maybe these other buttons do something; try pressing the one to left of the door with the chest in it and see what happens?” suggested Karna.
“Get ready! I will push it now,” replied Rheill.
Rheill then makes his way to the diamond-shaped button and presses it with his right, index finger and a vortex appears and the chest is suddenly sucked inside the vortex. After a few seconds had passed; the teleporter/vortex animation, much like what they had seen in the past is now gone from existence, although the chest never came back.
“Well, maybe the chest moved to one of the other doors?” said Isai.
“Let’s check then, since there is nothing else we can surely do here,” declared Karna.
Rheill moves back down the corridor and then points at the golden chest that has simply moved into another small section, beyond a different Portcullis.
“The chest is here now, seems we have press each button on the left where the chest is currently situated and eventually it will come outside and we can grab its contents?” explained Sana, using her knowledge and wisdom.
“I think you are right, Sana,” replied Isai.
“I agree also with, Sana. What about you, Rheill?” answered Karna.
“Yes, let’s do what, Sana, suggested… she has yet to fail us yet!” stated Rheill.
“Sana, you do the honours and press the buttons. I am going to draw my weapon and shield just in case anything teleports in or any walls suddenly open,” said Karna to the rest of them.
Sana begins to press the next button and the chest moves again it happens several more times as she presses each button; the chest simply keeps on moving to a different, small chamber behind a different closed portcullis. After every switch had been pushed the chest finally comes outside at the end of the passageway; Karna examines the chest thoroughly to see if there was any possible booby, traps protecting it or inside of the treasure chest. She decides to open it up after she checked it and inside of it is a strange mirror, there is some encrypted text carved into the base of it, Sana reads it aloud, ‘Mirror of Dawn.’
The mirror’s base is coated in a blue colour and on the top of it is a white colour, but it still shows off their reflections perfectly. Karna takes the mirror from out of the chest and shows it to the rest of them.
“Wow, Karna, your reflection is just as beautiful as you are in the real world,” said Rheill, smiling at Karna.
Karna Blushes slightly and she simply replies with, “Awww, you are just too sweet!”
She then holds the mirror up in front of the device. Suddenly, the wall to left of the blue mechanism begins to vibrate and opens to the left of it; she quickly places the mirror on the ground. Both Karna and Rheill unsheathe their weapons and they were right to do so; as two more Mummies covered in the same bandages were contained inside of a dead end.
“Mummies, do what we usually do and burn them from behind!” Whispered Sana to Isai.
Isai silently draws his torch out, Sana whispers quietly the incarnation of the, Ful rune and the torch sets alight and he throws it at them. The Mummies stood zero chance as they didn’t even get a chance to turn around, as only the horrific sound and stench of burning charcoal, could be seen and heard throughout the corridor.
They now examine inside the dead end and there is another Leather Jerkin laying on the ground; Next, Isai takes off his robe top and Sana takes her time to look at Isai’s naked body from the top all the way down to his robe leggings. She certainly loves what she sees and smiles gracefully and happily. Karna also takes a little sneak-peak of her own at Isai as well; then Rheill whispers jokingly into Karna’s right-earlobe, “Hey… Do not forget me!”
Karna simply smiles and whispers back to Rheill softly, “I will never forget you, silly,” she then places a kiss on his cheek very quietly behind Sana and Isai.
Isai then puts on the leather jerkin, which offered a lot more protection; they then notice there is another red apple and another large drumstick laying also on the ground.
“Sana, grab the food,” said Isai at Sana as she was still startled, by Isai suddenly taking his top off earlier.
After she puts the food away inside of her backpack, she notices another golden Key and she passes it to Karna, “Karna, another golden key, since you have the other three,”
“Thank you, Sana,” she replied as she takes the gold key from her.
Karna then puts it in her pouch, section of her backpack.
Next, she motions for them to leave this area and head towards the locked doors down the passageway, which branches off to the right to the Choose Your Fate room.
The entourage finally arrives at the third locked door after passing through the archways of the previous two. Karna then takes out one of the four, golden keys from her inventory and opens, up the next door. The passageway then takes another ninety-degree turn to the left.
Before they decide to pursue it, they notice directly in front of them is an alcove and resting inside of it is a very strange looking golden key. This key is carved in lots of different ways, which form the magnificent shape of it. At the top of the key are two capital letters ‘RA’ that are carved directly and perfectly to fit the keys image.
“This key is most strange indeed, but we should take it. It looks extremely important,” stated Sana.
“I will take it and keep it safe along with the other, three golden keys,” replied Karna to Sana as she picks it up from within the small, semi-circular alcove and places it inside her pouch.
The party then follows the passageway left and that leaves to another alcove that is perfectly carved into the wall in an oblong-type, shape.
Laying inside of the alcove is another dusty, old scroll, which is coloured yellow, Sana then takes it and reads it aloud, “Cast the symbols, (DES) (EW), to weaken non-material beings,”
“This means anything that is not physically part of this world, but somehow still exists. It is hard to explain, but the easiest example would be a ghost,” explained Sana.
“Yes, I have heard of hauntings before, but I have never seen one before,” replied Isai.
“I will memorize this Rune and practise so in case we do meet one of these creatures I will be able to send it back to the realm it belongs in,” said Sana.
The tunnel then turns another ninety degrees to the right and leads into a larger chamber, which branches out to the right of the tunnel that they are currently standing in. The Tunnel leads straight after the branching of the chamber a few paces more before it forms another ninety degree turn to the left again.
“Let us explore this chamber,” said Rheill to the group.
Karna takes point and leads the group into the chamber, but they find no signs of life. Although, inside the room are two sconces with unlit torches hanging inside of each one. Next to the right sconce is an alcove with lots of food laying in it; the food is another large drumstick, some cheese, bread and finally another red apple.
Sana collects all, of the food from the alcove and stores it with the rest of her food; meanwhile Isai collects both torches and puts them inside of his backpack as well.
Next, the group of four follows the passageway around the next corner to come to another portcullis, which looks exactly, the same as the other three doors that they passed through to get to this spot. It also has the same type of golden lock. Beyond the door is another sharp-left turn, which is visible through the holes of the portcullis, Karna begins to speak, “I will open this door, but on your guard as we cannot see around this corner yet.”
“I will get my weapons out now as you never know what is lurking in this horrible place,” replied Rheill.
Karna takes out another golden key out of her pouch and inserts it inside of the golden lock and the door opens automatically. However, this door opens horizontally rather than vertically; unlike the other three doors they passed through to get to this spot.
Rheill takes point as he already has his weapons out and he arrives inside a small room. To the left is a new type of wooden door, which seems to be locked as there is another golden lock present; It looks the same as the previous ones they had just used. On the wooden door are two reinforced iron latches preventing you from chopping through the door, they are situated at the upper part of the door and the lower part of the door.
“Another locked door, but we do have the key for this; also, there is some stairs leading down to next level. I suggest we open this door and see what it contains; you were wise, Rheill, for us to search all the rooms or we would not have been able to open this door. However, we still have one key and the Ra Key,” explained Karna.
“I agree with, Karna, there could be worse stuff down on the next level of this cursed place and we need to rest soon and we can refill our water bottles and explore this level when we are fully awake,” replied Sana.
“Karna, open up the door, we are ready,” said Isai.
“Sana, I sense and have a feeling that something is inside and is waiting to be let out.
“Sure, Karna,” answered Sana, as she takes the golden key from Karna.
Karna’s senses could not have been more spot on as inside of the wooden door, were two more Rock-piles; they were just lying in wait and become visible as the wooden door opened automatically.
“FREAKING, ROCK-PILES!” shouted Rheill, as he draws both of his weapons out and gets ready for combat.
“Wait, Rheill! There is hardly any room to move inside where they are; let’s lure them out into the larger area and kill them there,” suggested Karna intelligently.
Rheill heeds the advice of the woman that he is slowly falling in love with as he then backs off not lunging into the corridor; even though they had only just met before they entered inside of this place. Both, of the Rock-piles move slowly as the sound of moving boulders and rocks echoes throughout the room that they are standing in. Karna quickly jumps and attacks one of them, but not striking it as she knows she cannot damage it from the top and then she quickly side-steps to her left; so that she can avoid the deadly crimson, red-hot flames. Rheill sees a slight gap in the Rock-pile’s defences that Karna jumped towards a few seconds ago; he then trusts both of his falchions deep into the deadly red fangs of it. Suddenly, he drops both his swords after as the blades became too hot to hold. Next, Karna kicks both, of the blades towards the party quickly. Rheill retrieves both of his weapons from the ground where Karna had kicked them; since they had now cooled down, after a few seconds had passed with the falchions not being in the flaming area of the rock-pile. Karna stands between the party and the remaining Rock-pile preventing it from reaching Sana and Isai. Now that Rheill has both of his weapons back, he rejoins Karna in the battle once again; Karna continues to evade the incoming attacks by swerving her body; she jumps backwards and finally is, able to find the opening that she was looking for. Karna quickly thrusts at the fangs, which kills the second Rock-pile. Although, again her sword gets too hot to hold and it flies out of her small hands to the ground; she waits patiently for about a minute and then picks it up off, of the ground again.
“These Rock-piles seem to have hotter fangs, than previous ones, that we had fought earlier in the level!” Said Karna, shuddering the thought of these two possibly, burning her arm.
“Phew! We have now defeated more of these creatures without any major injuries,” mentioned Isai.
“What is inside? We should check it out,” replied Sana to Isai.
“Yes, we should!” declared an over eager Rheill.
Karna just simply sighs; she then looks at Rheill and speaks in a gentle tone, “Oh go on ahead then, Rheill,”
Next, Rheill goes ahead into the locked door and finds nothing at all, “There is nothing here, but why would we need a key to get inside of this small corridor?” asked Rheill sounding slightly irritated, to the group.
“Look for a hidden or small switch. We have seen this mechanic before!” replied Sana.
Karna looks around in the small corridor where the Rock-piles had come out of and she finally sees a small crack in the wall. At, first she glances over it and then realizes it is a switch in the form of a small crevice.
“Here! There is a small switch, get ready I am pushing it now,” declared Karna.
Karna slowly and gently pushes the crevice in and makes the same clicking sound before; suddenly, the rumbling of a wall opens, up very close to them as it is very loud, “Get out of this small dead end quickly,” stressed Karna.
“Good Idea, Karna!” replied Isai.
They all hurry out of the dead end; it was a good thing that they had taken Karna’s advice, yet again as two blue. Ant creatures emerge out of a new small corridor, which was situated only two paces to the left of the now opened, wooden door. Karna quickly blocks the incoming blows from their wooden clubs; just in the nick of time protecting the rest of the group.
Karna was unable to get her sword out so she was limited to only her blocking skills, which are magnificent to say the least; however, luckily for her, Rheill had his weapons out as he was not busy blocking their incoming attacks. Next, he flanks one of them from the left and chops off it’s head; the ant creatures body just falls lifeless to the ground after it’s head was decapitated. This now left, only one Ant creature; Sana then launches her poison, bolt spell along with a ranged projectile attack from Isai. He tosses his, throwing star that now lands square in the middle of the other Ant creature’s head. It then falls down dead instantly with the throwing star sticking right into its skull; Isai then pulls it back out, but it is covered in the green substance of the ant creature.
“Rheill, did you really have to get it all over me again!?” said Karna jokingly as deep down she was very thankful for his aid, she simply then smiles at him.
After the battle had finished; they then look, into the secret area that they had just opened and they find a lot of nice equipment that they could upgrade their previous armour and weaponry. There is another type of sword, which looks deadlier than the falchion and Sabre as its blade is sharper and a lot longer. There is also some heavy. Chain-mail, which looks to be the chest piece, it is a Mail Aketon.
“Karna, would you like the sword? Also, I think you should take the Mail Aketon as you are usually taking the brunt of the enemies’ attacks?” suggested Rheill.
“I would like the sword, but this Mail aketon looks a bit too heavy for me to wear. Also, I feel greedy if I take both the sword and the armour, dear!” replied Karna.
“You could give me your Sabre, Karna, and that way, I will have two different types of swords and this will work really well for me. The sabre is great for cutting compared to falchion as the falchion is designed for piercing. Please take this new sword,” replied Rheill to Karna.
“Okay then, take my Sabre then!” said Karna, as she passes her Sabre to Rheill.
“It looks good on you, Karna,” said Rheill.
“Awww, thank you Rheill!” replied Karna.
Isai and Sana just look on and Sana speaks, “Are you all set then, Karna?”
“Not yet, Rheill, did not answer about the armour!” she replies as she passes him her sabre and kneels, down to pick up the sword. She wields it in her right hand, which is her weapon hand and tests it a few times; realizing it is a bit heavy, but will be able to cut and pierce any adversary. She then takes her shield in her left hand; whilst awaiting Rheill’s response to her armour question.
“Oh sorry, Karna, yes, if you insist I will wear the armour, it is kind of heavy, I remember when we first met you had custom armour designed for more flexibility?” queried Rheill as he picks up the Mail Aketon, chest-piece.
“Yes, at Rune the woman use a rare material called Mithril, which was only discovered a couple of decades ago. It is stronger than steel and the best part about Mithril armour; it is light as a feather.
Rheill then takes off his leather Jerkin exposing is muscular frame to the party; Karna, licks her beautiful lips with excitement. Luckily for her she is not facing Rheill as he has his back turned; or he would be asking her some questions.
‘Mmm, I wonder what he is like as a lover in the bedroom’ she thinks to herself continuing to look at his body as he places the Mail Aketon over his body giving him a far superior form of protection.
“What do you think?” asked Rheill.
“Looks pretty good on you and matches the, berserker helmet in colour, also we are ready now to continue, Sana!” responded Karna.
“Now, it is time to refill our water bottles up and eat before we explore the next level of this place,” explained Isai.
“Good Idea, Isai,” replied Sana.
All of them head back up to the previous level of the dungeon, as there is not a single water fountain inside the cavern at all, other than the flooded area. They eat and drink from their water bottles before filling them back up from the Lion-headed, fountain and get some rest; eight hours later they all begin to stir.
Firstly, Sana illuminates the area with her Ful rune; they all then begin washing themselves at the fountain. Next, they then all head back down to cavern and head all the way down and descent down the stairs and they appear back inside of the grey stone walls of the dungeon again.
Some writing is presented to them on the north wall, which Karna reads out, “Prepare to meet your doom,” she shudders after reading those words.
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