In March 1774 the renowned British explorer James Cook visited the small Isle of Easter, being the first British nationalist to walk upon its shores.
At first, the natives were friendly, and even tried to teach the English their religion. Their attitudes changed, however, when the English stole their most powerful symbol from the Moai temple. Violence broke out swiftly, and the English only escaped by great bloodshed, and with more than a few casualties, the Rapa Nui symbol in their possession.
Cook eventually returned to England, and gave the Rapa Nui Symbol to the King as tribute, with a story. The ‘Keystone’ as it became known, was a powerful relic, capable of bringing about the greatest prosperity that the British Empire had ever known. The only catch being that the keystone required certain. . . sacrifices.
The Church rebelled against such godlessness, and the King was forced to store the keystone in the Tower of London, and its promise of power and of danger were forgotten. . . at least until Napoleon Bonaparte rose to rule France, and the Napoleonic wars began.
England was in a bad way, and the powers that be decided that even a bad bet was better than no bet at all. In secrecy, they had the Keystone retrieved and the ceremony enacted to activate the dread device.
Soon England began to gain ground, and some years later the battle at Waterloo put to rest Napoleon’s hopes forever. The British Empire became the greatest power in the world. But secretly, at the heart of that power, a darkness throbbed. Killing, corrupting, and destroying.
A scandal of the highest level was discovered, and power changed hands. The new leaders of the nation discovered the secret of the Keystone, and the debased ceremonies that had grown around it. They immediately decided that it needed to be returned to the Rapa Nui, the risk of moral corruption too great, and that no further usage of the device should be attempted. The Keystone needed to be returned, before the storm clouds on the horizon coalesced any further.
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Layne H (DubiousDestruction)
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