Victor & Kwerve had landed the corvette on a large rock, close to where the unnatural energy had emananted. Most of the immediate landscape had been blown to oblivion when the unlikely pair arrived. The island appeared to be a vast catacombs. Victor & Kwerve followed what appeared to be a path through the rubble, unti lthey came to a spherical chamber. The walls, floor and ceiling were covered in remnants of great works of art, blown to bits by whoever. In the center of the room was a large stone pedestal, and an empty glass case. Victor examined the case. It appeared to have been containig something not too long ago. Victor swept through it with his fingers, looking for a clue as to what had been inside. There. He removed a small crimson shard.
"What's that you got there?" Kwerve asked, a teensy bit anxious.
"The reason I wanted to come here." Victor replied gloomily. This was obviously the holder for the now removed Baklah Claw. Kwerve lowered his head too. He also seemed disappointed. Victor hurled the glass case against the wall of the chamber. It struck the wall & shattered. He punched the top of the pedestal in fury, slamming the shard onto the stone surface without noticing it. Thank heaven for happy accidents. The pedestal began to sink into the ground, and so did the platform Victor was standing on. Victor jumped off the downward spiraling platform. What was going on? The platform sank into the ground, revealing a descending spiraling staircase.
"What's this now?" Kwereve asked, surprised.
"Dunno." Victor answered, euphoria more than apparent in his voice. The two travel-buddies descended down the staircase. After two minutes of anticipated descent. Victor & Kwerve were stopped abruptly by a man in bright purple robes, a bright purlpe tophat, and a golden theatrical mask. A smiley face mask.
"Well hello! Guess you figured out the decoy up top. Good show for making it thus far. Noone's ever done this before. Hell, noone even got to the decoy before! Well, that's not true. Earlier today, a devaronian swiped the decoy. Guess you got lucky he didn't figure it out, huh? He just grabbed the dupe & left.Nice work opening this passage without the decoy. Guess you found a piece or something. My name is Phillip. I am the Baklah Claw's guardian. Good luck. But know it'll only get you so far." And with that, Phillip vanished.
"Well." Kwereve replied to the empty air.
Victor pondered the mysterious man's words. A devaronian? Victor was positive he knew who that was. That Devaronian was getting to be a real thorn in his side. He'd probably kill him once he got the Baklah Claw, just for the sake of it.
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