“That must be it…”
There wasn’t really anything else there. The walls were black and curved upwards to the ceiling. The place seemed like a dome.
Not knowing what else I could do, I headed towards the altar.
As I had casted Shield on the monsters who worked to extend the railway as well, it would be fine if something did happen. Besides, the Mithril Golem Number 15 would protect them.
And so I, Shiel, Taran, Fule…and Mappa, who was with us for some reason, walked through the room.
When I reached the altar, I saw that it was covered in glowing stones.
The stones were lined up perfectly, and it seemed like they were half buried inside of the altar. There was something about their shape that made me want to start touching them.
Wait a minute, wasn’t this…
“It kind of looks like the thing we saw in the wine cellar. There is even a lever.”
“Yes. But there are so many more stones on this one. I don’t know if it’s a good idea to start touching it.”
As Fule said, I had a feeling that something big might happen if I touched even one button.
Before I even said anything, it seemed like Taran was wordlessly applying pressure to Mappa so that he didn’t touch it.
Mappa held his hands in front of him as if to say that he wouldn’t think of it.
So that meant that even Mappa didn’t know how to use it…
In that case, Shiel was our only hope.
“What do you think, Shiel? Can you control it?”
Shiel appeared to nod, and then hopped up onto the altar.
After scanning all of the stones for a while, she pushed one of them.
And then suddenly, the area around us became brighter.
Fule couldn’t help but move her head in every direction.
On the walls and floor of the dome we were in…were pictures. And they were so detailed and perfect in scale that they looked real.
It was so surprising that I averted my eyes.
As shocked as she was, Fule opened her mouth.
“Are these…people? It looks like they are all sleeping in water…naked.”
Yes. The walls were covered in pictures of naked people sleeping in water.
At a glance, I could see that there were male and females of all ages.
These were likely the bodies of Shiel and the others.
The original bodies of the souls that now inhabited the slimes.
However, there were some places that were normal walls. Actually, most of it was normal walls.
I looked towards Shiel.
Shiel was looking around her, and seemed quite gloomy.
So, were they also dead, just like the dwarves we had found…?
“Shiel… Are you alright?”
Shiel shook her body as if to nod.
And then she pressed a different stone.
“Is that the one to control the Golems?”
However, it didn’t seem like anything had happened.
Shiel seemed to think that the silence around us was strange, and so she pressed the same stone a few more times.
But there was no reaction.
Perhaps she was pressing the wrong one?
Well, it was supposed to control the actions of the Golems. And there weren’t any Golems here, so maybe that’s why…
However, Shiel probably knew.
And she was visibly flustered.
She even tried pressing some other stones, but there was still no reaction.
That’s when it happened.
A hole suddenly opened in the wall on the opposite side of the altar.
“It’s no use. You can’t control my dolls with that.”
A cold and unfamiliar voice echoed. And then two lights flashed from the darkness of the hole.