The Temple itself is as it ever has been. Massive, black and forbidding. Iron Horse, despite being an adventurous young lad, has never entered here. His mother would never have approved, nor would have his father.
The massive entrance hall is utterly empty, except for the ruins of great greeting tables and the ancient, broken vessels once sealed tight. The decaying flying machine hanging from the ceiling of the vaulted chamber creaks slightly.
Through the single available corridor, there is a chamber with only a few doors. One, set straight up in the ceiling rains bits of dust. The others are untouched, one leading left, the other leading right. A splash of Mendhari's blood stains the flagstones of the empty room.
The two doors in the walls are closed, massive slabs of stone that still look as if they'd open at a shove from a strong arm, despite weighing more then mammoths. The door in the ceiling, wide open, shows nothing but darkness.
The door remains closed, but no sense of threat emanates. A faint feeling of encouragement emerges from shadows in the back of Iron Horse's mind
The door bursts open with a rush of dust that sets Iron Horse to coughing. As it clears, the young man can see an echoing chamber beyond.
Nothing moves, or seems to have moved for many millennia, within the dusty chamber. Iron Horse can not even see the floor of the chamber, so caked is it in dust and darkness. Nothing seems to exist within the room, though in some places there are dark lumps and bumps in the carpet of dust and dirt.
The scent of good, aged wine wafts toward Iron Horse through the dusty air. But as he walks into the dust-filled room, he finds himself protesting, sure that something lurks in the covering of dust.
From the feelings in his mind and the smell of wine, Iron Horse is sure this is the Chamber of Wine, where they'll be safe. But it's on the other side of that depression in the dust, across the carpet that seems so malevolent.
The lump shatters, an empty vessel of ancient ceramic. A purple-red mist rises from it and dissipates