Part of the September challenge.
Tombs of the Naruth
Room Four: Hidden Crypt
Accessed via the secret door in room two.
A five-pointed star shaped room, with the middle point where the secret door opens.
This vaulted chamber is shaped like a five-pointed star, with standing sarcophagi in each of the other four points. The floor is painted with a multitude of wide-open eyes, and each stone coffin is embossed with the image of a robed figure.
The ceiling is also painted, with a starry sky. Each coffin is over 8 feet tall, the lids hinged with bronze and locked into place by bronze clasps.
Inside each coffin is a dessicated corpse, taller than a normal human, with its eyes sewn shut, wrapped in a silk shroud dyed black. Each is seemingly human, other than the height. If a closer examination is made, there are tell-tale signs that it is not human: there are no genitalia, nor nipples or belly button; no nails on the fingers or toes, and no trace that there was ever any hair.
If the eyes are cut open, or the skull examined, a lump of dead flesh will be found nesting where the brain would be; shrivelled tentacles fasten to the backs of the eye sockets.
One of the four bodies is interred with a slender rod of unknown black metal, 6″ long, 1″ wide, tipped on both ends with a crystal similar to quartz.