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chink... chink rang through the humid, mid-summer air. chink... chink; the sound of pickaxes chipping away at the stone. "Strange," thought Fraphe, as sweat dripped from his thick elven eyebrows. He was referring to the stone "sarcophagus" the diggers had found in the upper level of the ancient temple.

 

"There were no flaws in the stone that the scanners could find. How did that... thing... get in there?" asked Suratugh as his axe tore another chunk of rock from the block. chink... chink was his reply from the pickaxes as Fraphe remained silent, still contemplating the composition of the "body" contained within the limestone casket. Mostly metal, probably t-enertronic circutry contained within a metal skeleton. "What I want to know is.. how can there be living organic tissue within stone that is 1700 years old" was Fraphe's reply to Suratugh's query. chink... chi-ting!

 

DAMAGE RECEIVED. INITIATE DEFENSIVE PROTOCOLS. OFFENSIVE SYSTEMS... ONLINE. ELIMINATE HOSTILE ENTITIES.

 

"Wha d'ell?" exclaimed Suragugh, looking at the dessicated foot his last swing had uncovered, and torn a chunk of flesh away from the now-visible toebone. "Extraordinary!" Fraphe said, as he watched some kind of liquid, viscous but free-flowing, fill in the hole the pickaxe had made. "It looks like it is bleeding t-energy! How can tha...." SMASH! Fraphe's pondering was interrupted by the sudden "explosion" of the ancient sarcophagus.

 

ENCLOSURE BREACHED. REGAIN VERTICAL STANCE. SCANNING FOR HOSTILES

 

"It's getting up?" "What in the name of Lumen is going on!" "It's a monster! Kill it before it gets us!" Those were the last words these archeologists ever spoke.

 

IMMEDIATE THREATS DISPATCHED. ACTIVATING SECONDARY SYSTEMS. INVENTORY... ATTRIBUTES... COMBAT SYSTEMS 1/15... SKILL SYSTEMS 0/10... CHECK PRIMARY OBJECTIVES... LOADING WORLD MAP... TRAVEL SOUTH TO BASE OF TEMPLE AND UTILIZE ROADWAYS TO REACH INDICATED POSITION. PROCEEDING. ALERT! VISUAL AQUISITION OF STORAGE DEVICE. OPENING... ITEMS AQUIRED: CHESTPLATE. SHORT SWORD. COMBAT SYSTEM UPGRADES "T-ENERGY SHROUD" AND "FURIOUS EMBLAZER". PLEASE WAIT. INITIALIZING.

 

"Well, I had better get moving if I am to relocate the great machine and seize control of its power." droned from the Temple Guardian's mouth as he started his long journey into the darkness....

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