The Altar Jan 1, 2023 21:39:01 GMT -6
Post by NPC on Jan 1, 2023 21:39:01 GMT -6
A temple towers before you, it’s jagged edges and high steps creating a pyramid-like monolith, imposing to those standing before it. Polished black stone and pale-gold carvings glint like the skin and blood of a mythical creature, once great and now slain, and the larger designs that flank you on your ascent its long-faded pelt.
On its eastern side, great beasts are carved with care - a serpent, monster, feline - their forms familiar yet distorted, the details hard to make out. Opposite that, portrayals of worshipers kneeling before a great stone block are displayed, blood dripping from their palms and ritual items laid out before them. From just a glance, its evident that this place is dedicated to both gods and their avatars, to pay homage to… or communicate with.
Should you climb to the very top, there you will find the depicted altar, simple in design yet heady in its presence. Exposed to both sun and rain, layers of both old and new blood coat its surface, but no scent or acrid smell reaches your senses - as if it refuses to relinquish anything it has been offered. Four piles of sun-stained bones rest in each of the corners surrounding the altar, and across from you sit the speakers of the gods atop three stone thrones.
Their robes are primarily red, golden belts resting around their waists; but for all the intricacies of the temple, their attire seem fairly plain. No lacing or embroideries adorn their cloth, just a deep, sanguine red. None of these speakers, two of whom appear to be men and one a woman, have any hair that you can see, and their eyes are almost a bottomless black in color.
There are no smiles to greet you (or any possible creatures with you), but instead an expression commonly reserved for gazing upon an irritating insect, perhaps, or an unwelcome guest. They say nothing. Instead, they await the reason for your presence before the gods.
Perhaps it would be wise to just begin.