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"She stopped on the rocky outcrop and looked at the scene before her. Great stone towers rose from the forest at amazing heights, it was hard to imagine now that this place should be so hard to find. She had finally found it, after months of searching. She shifted her grip on her staff, letting the large red stone catch the light and glow within a hook of dark wood. She then carefully tucked some stray red hairs back into the bun which sat almost on top of her head and straightened the broad shoulder pads on her blood red robes. Suddenly she laughed, the clear bell like sound ringing through the valley.
"Why am I preening myself?" She asked with a smile, "Everyone here has been dead for a millennia, there is no one here to see if my hair is a mess or not."
No one responded, but the woman didn't seem to mind, she had already turned to find a safe path down to the pillars. She used her staff as a walking stick, limping slightly. The going was slow and twilight was almost over by the time she reached the based of the first tower. She ignored the glowing darkness, except to tap the ground lightly with her staff three times. Upon the third tap the red stone began to glow with its own inner light, giving the stone a bloody hue. She circled the tower twice, beating the plants away so she could see it clearly. On the second circle she stopped and pulled some vines off of the pillar, revealing an archway.
"It's true, they're towers." She whispered, "But so many of them, what could they hold?"
She looked up when she reached the center, marveling at the intricately carved marble staircase. Their were six archways in all, including the one containing the hall leading to the outside. She tapped her staff on the ground again and the light grew brighter, but she couldn't see as far above her as she would have likes. She went to the closet archway and entered. she poked at the items still surviving, chairs, a kitchen, and a bed frame in a connecting room. She ran out to search another room.
"All houses, little mini homes, that can't be right." She muttered.
With angry steps she climbed to the next level, and then the next, searching for something different. There were some differences, empty rooms, rooms full of shelves. They weren't the rooms she was looking for though. The spiral staircase turned to rubble about five floors up, there was no way to go any higher.
"Homes, dormitories, maybe the other towers." She muttered, her thoughts weren't really connected at the moment.
She returned to the ground floor and looked outside, the full moon was already high in the sky. She sighed and went back inside to make a camp.
The next morning she tapped her things with her staff, making them disappear and went to search another tower. They were mostly homes, which confused her, what sort of place was this? Until finally in the center she found the buildings she was looking for. The three of them were more ornately decorated than any of the others, with dragons and winged serpents seeming to climb their walls. She entered the closest. Her mouth fell open, it was better than she had ever imagined, a skylight lit the entire town with a golden glow. The walls were lined with shelves filled with clay tablets. A spiral staircase reminiscent of a great wyvern spiraled up through the empty center joining regularly with thin balconies to allow access to the rare tablets.
"It's in perfect condition where do I begin?" She said to herself, marveling at the echoes the walls threw back at her."