03-14-2012, 11:26 AM
In about half an hour, when Cecy was starting to get sweaty and as he hair was starting to fall down, they reached the ruins.
Impossibly tall beams of some sort of metal reached up, up, up to claw at the sky, indicating the structure of what had once been some sort of metal tower. Some of the actual tower remained near the base, a marvel of metal and glass.
Clearly, in its time, it had been a marvelous thing, sparkling fiercely in the starlight. It had stood straight, a literal block-shaped building. How had they managed something to simple, something that wasn't dramatically wider at the base?
The Cetaceans had it all figured out, but structural engineering wasn't exactly Cecy's strong point. All she knew was that, within, there were exquisite portraits of a fifth race, a race that had come before the other four. The members of this race looked vaguely like the other four; two legs, two arms, forward-set eyes, and mostly furless. But their noses always matched the rest of their skin, and their ears were te same fleshy color, lower than the ears of the Cats and Wolves, but stuc out, unlike the Avians and Cetaceans. This race appeared to have no tails, either, another oddity.
Some believed that four races of the different continents had sprung from this first, others argued that the fifth race had lived alongside the others, and had brought about their own destruction.
Either way, the tall towers they'd occupied freaked Cecy out; they weren't natural. How could something so tall be nothing but glass, metal, and concrete, and last all those centuries?