| The Book Of Shadows Part II: The Curse Of Qa'a|
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|Written By|| (music) Holmlid, Mörck |
|Preceded By||The Book of Shadows Part I: A Story Yet Untold|
|Followed By||The Book of Shadows Part III: The Glendora Outbreak|
In progress March 16th, 1884: Thebes, Egypt
- "As the collection of academics reaches a small village in the outskirts of the great desert of Sahara they are taken by surprise by a huge sandstorm. The winds seem to speak an evil, forgotten tongue, made out of imagined words making them feel most unwelcome in the hostile climate.
Within a few days the harsh winds are stilled and they begin looking for guidance through the vast desert. To their surprise the villagers they speak to make bone-chilling faces of horror as soon as the acient tomb is mentioned, with their eyes telling a story of an ancient fear.
After residing four days in the village, they receive the aid of a man, Hanif, proclaiming to be a descendant of the imprisoned prince himself, a claim out somewhat backed up by his seemingly regal features and stature.
Thus a great struggle begins as they push their way through the vast desert for what turns out to be nearly two days, and just before dawn of the second day they reach the site described on that last page in The Book Of Shadows. After a brief moment's rest they begin the hard task of unearthing the prince's tomb.
Sweat riddles the faces of the party members excavating the site as they dig their way through the sand, and waves created by the immense heat ripple the air which form horrifying mirages that send chills down the party's spines. But all hardships are soon forgotten as the first shovel hits stone with a loud clanging sound, and as they carefully wipe away the sand from the uncovered stone they find a simple handle covered with age-old engravings.
The professor pulls it with remarkable ease, and a huge door opens in the sand dune. On the inside of the door Winterborough lays his eyes upon the same glyphs as in the final passage of the tome. As he lowers his torch he makes a remarkable discovery: symbols that seem to be inscribed by the fingernails of the entombed prince Qa'a, and he begins to read it out loud for everyone to hear:"
In my dreams I see a land of might
One ruler, I see the image of myself so bright
Beneath an ocean of sand,
I have been buried with my love
I will sleep for ages
but a shadow in my mind
Haunted by the memories
of what has been left behind
But in thousands of years
You will come here
and release me from my slumber
- "Winterborough pauses for a moment, and with slowly dawning horror he declares:
"Hmm, most disturbing words indeed, yet there is something else below here, it's a bit worn, I can't quite make it out... Oh dear, it cannot be! Honoured colleagues, we'd best make haste and get our things out of this site, for a most terrible mistake we have made. Written in this last passage is a detailed description of ourselves, how I found the Book Of Shadows in the library and how we will wake the sleeping prince and all his raging fury! I suggest we run!"
- "As the professor utters what would be his final words, a huge mind-numbing roar makes everyone present cover their ears in terror. The sand inside the tomb begins to swirl, faster and faster, until a large humanoid shape is formed out of the cloud. There is no longer any doubt in their hearts that their daring escapade has indeed awakened Qa'a himself. As the prince opens his mouth to speak, in a language to none of their comprehension, the very earth beneath their feet begins to tremble from the sheer weight of his words, and the horrendous faces he makes seem to emphasize the evil spoken by his sand tongue. Ancient curses, foul incantations and terrible prophecies of his ravaging of the world begin to fill their heads, and with a mind-numbing roar their very souls are extracted from them, leaving them as empty shells devoid of any life essence. Poor Hanif observes one of the most horrific sights that can be seen by human eye as the ancient prince feeds upon the party with the hunger of millenia passed. With his legs almost unable to bear his own weight he flees back to his home, and as he reaches the village he begins to notice strange rashes covering his face. He passes away a few days later, and another village inhabitant finds not only the man dead, but also his entire family. Yet only Hanif shows any signs of infection, leaving the only conclusion that the inflicted man himself was the instrument of his loved ones' terrible demise."
- "The people of the nearby located villages are soon inflicted with that terrible disease, making them lose their sanity and go berserk upon their surroundings. Ravaging and plundering follow in the footsteps of the sickness as it spreads throughout the Nile, and soon a large part of Cairo is in ruins. A desperate attempt to quarantine the disease proves to be in vain; the plague spreads from land to land, and the nations of the west gather their military might in an attempt to control the onslaught. After months of war ravaging the earth, the disease is finally contained and controlled, and the world unites in common celebration."
- "The destruction caused by the plague is rebuilt and the inhabitants of the world return to the trivialities of their normal lives. The terrible sickness crawls from the minds of the afflicted into the dusty books of history and as medical science advances a sense of security sets into peoples minds, leading them to believe they will now be spared from such tremendous horror in the future. The differences of the nations throughout the world resurface with the extinction of their common foe, friendship changes to conflict and the two great following wars scar the earth to such extent that it overshadows the ravage of the plague.
Yet, such evil as the curse of Qa'a is not lightly quenched and isolated cases of the disease surface sporadically, though without any great loss of life.
Now, for the final chapter of my story, the setting changes into modern age, and the telling of a sacrifice made by a young brave warrior. A sacrifice greater than anyone could ever imagine..."
- In the Japanese release, the artist info for this track is listed as "Dragonland/Johanna Andersson".