Dan looked at Lenny. He said, "Are we going to wait here while they are looking around down there?"
Lenny said, "I do not think we should. And Mr. Perechnel is sure of what he is doing."
Dan said, "Alright, we will go."
The passage below was dark, but there was an area with more light around where Rodston held the Flowergem light he had brought.
They gathered in that passage and they could see it went on in both ways. Ebert suggested they would go the way he and Rodston had gone before, as far as the image displayed on the side along the passage.
Mr. Perechnel was interested to see it, and so Ebert and Rodston went that way where they had gone before with the others there now, along this passage, which curved slightly here. They came then to the image along that wall. The others saw how it was just like the image on the book Ebert and Rodston had brought back.
Mr. Perechnel said, "This sure is the representation of the Ezel Star. You should know it is not something the Sons of Sharalden use. We know of it, but this stems from representations used by the followers of Endemort. So it would be that followers of Endemort used this passage."
Ebert said, "So we want to know if that Mr. Endemort that some of us met was looking for something here, or if he was here, where you say he could have summoned the huge snake that I and Rodston saw here. Further on in here we found that book, with history of Sharalden and the Sons of Sharalden. Why would that be hidden in here?"
"Endemort could appear here, and that Mr. Endemort you met must have been him. It is his followers who had this underground place prepared, and he would then come to it, if he saw some opportunity with it. His followers must have obtained that book, and left it hidden in here. Perhaps it had information he still wanted, and he had come looking for that."
Ebert said, "But there might be an artifact with power, right?"
Mr. Perechnel said, "There is no reason I can say why there is not a great artifact with power somewhere here along the passages. But why would one be here, in passages prepared by followers of Endemort which Endemort has now come to? Any of us among the Sons of Sharalden do not know where artifacts of power for controlling things are hid, why would they know? If the book was left hidden in the passages, for Endemort to find, it would have been taken from the works of the Sons of Sharalden, and there would be no information of where such artifacts are hidden, from that. Any of the artifacts are well hidden, with no information we are aware of left for locating any of them."
Ebert said, "If that would not be it, the followers wanted Endemort to know some other information, in what they left."
"I see. We should now go to the location along here where you found the book hidden."
"Alright, it is not very much further along here." Ebert and Rodston, with his light, went on, with the others, who had looked at the image on the wall long enough. They went on along the passage as it turned, and saw where the passage ended further on, with another passage that went on both ways, right and left, from there.
As they all came to that place of the intersection, with Rodston's light they could all see the several streaks of dirty water that were brushed to that place, where those turned in the direction from which they had come. Ebert considered, and said, "All this was from the huge snake that slithered after Rodston and me when we ran out from the passage to get away from it. I want to be more sure it is really gone."
Mr. Perechnel said, "It was a summoned snake, that does not otherwise dwell here, it was surely sent back to where it came from, after chasing you out. Endemort is capable of that. But if it were still here, I brought a weapon along to deal with it."
Ebert said, "Some of us should then still watch, in those other directions, for that if it is a possibility. The place Rodston and I found the book, and some papers related to it, is this way."
Ebert and Rodston led Mr. Perechnel to that small room they had found, and Dan and Lenny followed that way where they could be where there was light with what Rodston carried for it, and after a glance into that room, both of them turned to watch for anything coming that way still.
Mr. Perechnel was shown the space below the trap door. He said, "So you found the book with a pile of papers here?"
Ebert said, "Yes, they were in a closed bag."
"This is much more space than what would be needed for that. This space was made for holding more things. There was something, or were things, besides what you found, that would have been taken before you found those."
Rodston asked, "Why then would the bag with those things be left, then?"
Mr. Perechnel said, "The bag with those things would not be valued much if there was something of much more value that was already being sought, found here."
Ebert asked, "Could it not be one of the great artifacts we read about?"
"Such would not be left hidden here if it had been found, even for Endemort. But possibly it could be something informing Endemort of what Endemort really wanted to know."
Rodston said, "I would hazard a guess. So then Endemort was here as you say, as the one we saw as Mr. Endemort. If he wanted to find something in here, such that this is why he came as though to work at Supernatural Promotions, and it was not actually an artifact of great power that Sons of Sharalden have recorded there are, hidden to never be found, it would then be something else about the Sons of Sharalden, such as the writings we have found."
Ebert said, "But Endemort did not take those items, there was something more that he found that he neglected the things we found still there."
Mr. Perechnel said, "Then it must be what would show the location of the writings of the revealed things to come, which testify against Endemort. Many are deceived with thinking and ideas which he was involved with spreading, and the writings would show it."
Ebert said, "If Endemort found information showing the location of that, he would already be going there to acquire it, then. Can anything stop him?"
"If anyone did have any one of the artifacts of great power, that could stop Endemort. The only other way is for the writings to be moved from the location where they are shown to be, to somewhere totally safe from Endemort."
Ebert thought, and he said then, "This Endemort can just move from one place to another, with no obstacles being enough to be in the way for that. If that is the case, if he knows where to go to get those writings, before you or any of us could get there to move it."
Mr. Perechnel answered, "We ourselves could not do that. But I come prepared for any of many possibilities. So it is that I right now can reach someone for dealing with this."
Mr. Perechnel then brought out what looked like a small orb with a handgrip attached to it. A glow was seen in the orb. He brought it up before his face, and called out, "Abenott! Answer me quickly!"
After a pause, all there heard a voice from it responding, "Perechnel! What is up?"
"I am at Washing Walls, with others here. Between us we have found a hidden site where Endemort came, and it appears he found information that had been hidden, for him to find, about the location of the writings of the revealed things to come, which testify against Endemort. Those are not safe there anymore. They must be moved immediately to a new location where they will be hidden, that he will not have access to them. You know the plan for alternating the location for the next place. It needs to be done immediately, Endemort will not waste time to come and get those if he can, and there is nothing we have to stop him."
"Yes, it will be done right now. The information of the new location will be kept for us in another place we have hidden, I do not know the place arranged for it myself, that he would have no way to find it."
That other Son of Sharalden left to do that right after that short call. Mr. Perechnel turned to those in the room at the end of that passage, and explained, "The places to alternate to are preplanned, but those guarding there where important documents are, and most others, do not know where the new alternate hiding places are, that information is kept by others appointed previously for that."
Ebert asked, "Should anyone know where they are?"
"Yes! A time is coming when things written on them must become known more generally, and Endemort would try to keep that from happening."
Rodston said, "Then maybe we are done here, and we can go on back out."
Mr. Perechnel said, "Maybe we can leave here, but this was no simple solution. With the valuable manuscripts moved from where they have been, that Endemort could get to now, the ones on duty there to guard over that place could leave right then, not having something left to guard. But we do not know how quickly Endemort would get there. If he comes too late for getting the documents he wants, it does not mean he would be too late to put the lives of those there to guard the items in danger. They need to leave quickly from there, as Endemort is very powerful, and would be a great threat to them, as he could torturously destroy them."
Ebert said, "I hope that Abenott and any at that duty get out from there right away and too soon for Endemort to know who had been guarding there and where they went. But then we don't need Endemort to be found down here. He remains a powerful danger that we cannot stop. Maybe all the officers could never really stop him either. There is then no way to deal with him, is there?"
Mr. Perechnel said, "There is no natural way to deal with him. So there is nothing we can do, as we cannot stop supernatural beings, to stop him, other than effectively hiding things from him that he won't find those. There is though one most powerful artifacts, which can effectively banish any supernatural and immortal being, short of archbeings, that they would never return. Such things are so effectively hidden that they would never be found, the supernatural beings themselves really do not want any to find any of the artifacts."
Ebert said, "Than that means knowledge of the artifacts is useless to any people, as they won't be found. Is that right?"
"Even if they are not found yet, there is a time, in the end, that there will be artifacts found, still, as they could not be hidden in a way that would effectively last forever. That is one of the things written. And some individuals effectively using some of those precedes the actual end."
"Wow! There is then no everlasting life anywhere, then."
"Not in this world or its realm. But there are realms outside of this realm, that can remain unaffected, remember?"
Ebert said, "That won't help people here, will it? Unless there are ways to go to other realms that won't end, while the end will come to this world."
Mr. Perechnel looked at Ebert for a moment. He said then, "This is the reason for the Sons of Sharalden continuing. It is what Endemort wanted to stop, and to have the Sons of Sharalden forever discredited. We keep the knowledge, that we try to have others join, that there is the way of Sharalden to reach that Great Grotto of the other realm outside of all this reality, where beings do not die, and those of us going to that would be changed to be like ones there. It will continue on, with each of the ones there, while this world with those in it who come to an end will itself all come to an end. Shall we remain here anymore? If not, let us come out from these passages."
Ebert said, "Well we should all know that Endemort, as the man we remember of Supernatural Promotions giving instruction to Rodston and Dan, came out from that building directly to these passages not connected to it to get away from the officers looking into him, as he has that supernatural ability to jump to other places without connection, and we would not find him, or even overpower him if we did. So I don't think there is a reason to stay here anymore. But we have not taken care of everything, because Endemort remains loose to cause any further mischief."
Rodston said, "Then let us go on up out of here, we don't need to stay."
They went from that space like a room at the end of that passage, and went on toward the turn to the passage that would lead out. But they saw ahead of them before they came to the turn they were going to a seeming manifestation, much further on. It was appearing as a female being, like a human but discernably different from humans with longer limbs with big hands and big feet, and a long face with eyes further apart than what would be seen in any human or near human. This being walked along gradually coming toward them.
Mr. Perechnel called out, "Who are you?"
"I am a petriad, such as those of the Great Grotto you know of. There is a region below ground near here linked to it. We petriads there know about Endemort passing through these passages. He found the information of the writings of the revealed things preserved for the end, along with a large map that had been rolled up. The followers he had used this place of passages to leave things for Endemort. The sign of the Ezel Star was clue to him for that. What you should still know is that the map included things most maps do not, with important spots that were made to be made known to Endemort. The place of those manuscripts was shown on it, also the connection here to the region we petriads use, which is linked to the Great Grotto. If he comes, there will be a great battle that will be destructive in this world. Endemort has gone to get the manuscripts he desires, if he can. If Endemort does not accomplish that, he will come here again and find the connection here to the region we are using."
Mr. Perechnel said, "Endemort will not find those manuscripts, when we knew he would go to take them, I called where I know they were guarded, and they were immediately moved to a location unknown to any who knew this location where the manuscripts have been. So it means Endemort will return here."
Rodston said, "If he is so powerful, he is a danger to us."
The petriad said, "He is a danger to all of us, and many more, whenever he returns here."
Rodston still said, "We might as well know of this danger to us all that is ahead. But what can we do about it, now that you told us? There isn't anything, is there?"
The petriad speaking with them said, "There is nothing any of you, or any among us petriads ourselves, could do against Endemort effectively. He is one of the immortal beings greater than we are, with powers he would use, and with those serving him who would come with him against us in our place near here, and we would fight them with all we have to keep him and any with him from passing through our area here for access to fight any in the Great Grotto. That is what we must not let happen, even though battling him and those forces with him will be very destructive over much more area. Only one of the great artifacts would be powerful enough to stop Endemort from that aggression."
Ebert said, ""And to think I thought he was a man just hiding where a fugitive went to hide, and was lying about ways to leave this reality. But if only one of the great artifacts could stop him, those are hidden and we have no way to get one."
The petriad said, "Maybe not. But we have information that may make it possible to locate one. Just possible."
The others looked at one another. Mr. Perechnel said, "If there is such a possibility at all, the information should be given for the attempt to get it, to use for that. Is there not a way for you, or any petriad, to try that for getting one such artifact?"
The petriad speaking to them said, "We the petriads who came to this hidden place near here are not idly there doing nothing but waiting for the confrontation that Endemort now presents to us. We are very busy with an essential work we are sent for. But we may send someone we designate to the hidden place we know of where there is probability where such a great artifact would be, that could stop Endemort and those with him from coming and fighting with us. So one of you here can be chosen for that."
Dan said, "What? Not all of us to help one another? I can't be one chosen to do that all by myself!"
The petriad said, "Others of you can help the one chosen get to one spot close to where it might be. But only one can go through an opening to go further to it, with instructions I will provide, and find if the artifact is in that location. This one needs to agree to do this, and to not share the directions with any others, including any of you who will help. This is essential and the one who is chosen must swear to that."
The rest of the party was silent, looking at each other. Ebert said after some time, "This has to be done, or Endemort will be back and would be victorious, if we do nothing. I will go, if you choose me, and I will swear to those things that are required."
The petriad said, "You choose rightly. Speak your name to me, and come with me this way, while the others wait here still. You will see special things if you succeed because you willingly will go for the artifact to stop Endemort."