The stairway brings you into the corner of an antechamber, you suppose, since the place is open to the left, an area that seems wider. The checkerboard floor is everywhere, so it's impossible not to step on it unless you remain on the stairs.
A few strange spheres of nauseating green and orange float in the air. Each sheds an ugly light in a 5-foot diameter, leaving great patches of darkness between it and its many fellows, more of which can be seen much farther away within the larger area to the left. Most are about eye height, but some hover 15 or 20 feet above the floor.
The walls slope gradually inward as they rise, perhaps as if to form a dome somewhere in the darkness overhead. They are made of gneiss, green and flecked with brown and black. Pictures thereon depict ancient Khemitian troops, but with skeletal features. These pictures are inlaid with some burnt-orange material, in ugly contrast to the green stone. Yet the columns, seemingly placed every 10 feet throughout the area are much worse. Never did you dream such stuff could exist: clashing green and orange striations, shot with veins of wormy maroon and splotches of filthy brown and black.
Suddenly a twittering giggle slices through the air. The cry reminds you of a hyena, and it echoes long and alarmingly to the left. And then the ugly floating globular lights go out. OOC: The darkness is absolute. Neither infravision nor even Eilkhan in her current state as a creature of shadowstuff is able to penetrate it....
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