Nímbasa Sanctuary. Jan 1, 2013 4:02:56 GMT -8
Post by Estilo on Jan 1, 2013 4:02:56 GMT -8
N Í M B A S A
S A N C T U A R Y
Deep within the wet and unforgiving jungle growing over the great turtle, a ruin of a civilization long forgotten hides. Its clandestine stone entrance is masked by the waves of vine and flora that dominate the landscape, sheltered in the shadows of a territory where terrifying beasts dwell. But if one were brave, daft, or lucky enough to come across it, they would stumble upon the doorway into a sanctuary few have seen for more than thousands of years. The stone that the entrance and its following hallway is compromised of is riddled with ancient carvings, the deep gray surface of its walls depicting legends and tales that seldom can ever read in this day and age. The archictecture of this ancient haven brims with an everlasting elegance-- dominated with examples of circular-shaped doorways, neatly tiled stone floors, and many depictions of dragons carved within its pillars, pedestals, statues, and walls.
The entire temple is approximately seventy by seventy meters all around, a squared piece of uncharted territory lost and shrouded within the jungle of the great turtle. While it undoubtedly delivers an impressive sight to behold at close distance, the mere fact that the stone sanctuary is overrun with leagues of vine and flora thousands of years in the making makes it near impossible to simply "stumble" upon. And, if past discoveries here had anything to prove, it was that the best compass was that of an individual who had already been here, and known of this locale beforehand. Traversing through the wilderness, amidst giant man-eating predators and poisonous death-traps, and without a proper sense of direction, mind you, had more than a few unlucky explorers killed in past ventures.
Aside from the perils preceding its discovery, however, any visitors fortunate enough to find this haven will find themselves being one of the few to have step foot into the ruins within a span of several millenia. While its hallways are engulfed in shadow, nary allowing enough sunlight to filter through the cracks in some walls, the rooms following the labyrinth along the sanctuary's sides are still very much accessible. Some contain treasures, others makeshift beds from adventurers of yore, and several other oddities. But the grandest of all the temple's rooms can be found at its center-- as the Pale Shrine. This circular area encompasses a radius of twenty meters, and the rooftop above it is built like a spire, reaching thirty meters above with a twenty inch square opening at its top. At the very center of this "shrine", and the sanctuary itself, the vicious bust of a pale dragon is carved into porcelain white marble.
The glistening pillar on which it resides glimmers with the sunshine that comes down from above, standing amidst a small pool of water that is nearly knee-deep. Carved into the walls of the Pale Shrine are hieroglyphics with visual representations of this "pale dragon" and its many battles. And, on a few portions of the wall surrounding the shrine, mummified corpses wrapped in ancient linen occupy the burial slots formed therein. Aside from the stone tables adorned with ancient embalming tools, the old campfire, and the exits to its north and south end, however, there is not much more to tell about the shrine.At first glance.
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