Background: Colossi

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  • Background: Colossi

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    I met a traveller from a southern land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Serve well the words on which the stone feet stand.
    'My name is Phatep, king of kings:
    This mighty city shows wonders of my hand.'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
    Parzeval Schalle

    9th of Blühenzeit, 962 A.S.
    Entering the necropolis, we passed an avenue of colossal statues
    that might have stepped out of Schalle’s poem. There are few
    works of sculpture that could have rivalled their size or grandeur when
    they were intact. Even in ruins, they towered over our party to the
    height of the largest guild houses on the Geldstrasse.
    Grunstein, as always, is convinced that these colossi were animated by
    the magic of the Naptaan priests. He claims they were used as labour
    to construct the pyramids of the pharaohs, quite ignoring the historical
    evidence that the Naptaan empire used flesh and blood giants for this
    very purpose.
    In fact, we have found several immense burial pits on the outskirts of
    the necropolis that can only have been dug for such creatures. I tried to
    convince the men to excavate them, but even Gunther was reluctant
    to do so, finding excuses about his men being “tired” and “thirsty”.
    The Society is really going to have to start hiring a better class of servant.

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