Prologue II-1

Out of nowhere on a quiet night in Swapton, a figure appeared atop the Swapton Museum. The silhouette peered through the skylight they stood on. After a moment they snapped their fingers and a hinge formed on the window, and with it, the skylight swung open underneath the figure’s feet. Instead of responding to the pull of gravity, they slowly floated downwards.

This particular room in the museum was a rotunda filled with various old skeletons. A T-rex from ages long past formed the centerpiece of the room, silently roaring at some forgotten foe. Other archaic remains encircled the fossil around the room on various floors. The figure sunk half the height of the rotunda before suddenly disappearing from sight.

The only indication that the stranger was still present was the sound of footsteps. They walked in darkness, silence, and total invisibility, with the leisurely pace of a summer stroll. Both the museum’s camera system and infrared motion detection system went untriggered and unbothered. It was as if no one was there was all.

The footsteps progressed down hallways of vintage furniture, displays of geodes and precious gems, and glass boxes of preserved wildlife. They finally paused in front of an exhibit with a sign that read “Dark Artifacts of Our History” hanging above in an eloquent script style.

With a scuff, the footsteps set into the exhibit and approached the rear of the room. Five pedestals lined the back wall. The footsteps proceeded to the case on the far right and came to a halt to examine the object inside.

The title below the glass of the case read “Queen Mab’s Crown.” Inside, a weathered circlet of dark quartz sparkled under the minimal lighting inside the case. Multicolored gems glimmered, engraved into grooves of the crown. The footsteps paused a moment before moving to the next case.

Within that case, a massive obsidian talon gently glowed under the lights. At the base of the glass in the pedestal, a label read, “Camazotz’s Thumb.” Though the footsteps paused, they did not pause long before moving on to the central case.

The End

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