Tomb Raider: Scion of Atlantis Chapter 7
Published Dec 15, 2010

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Lara woke up to the annoying beeping of her alarm. Oh how she hated that sound, such a pure hatred for such an innocent noise. Sleepily she turned off her alarm and started packing everything up. Before she headed off to the last two doors, she grabbed some sandwich like sustenance and made her way for door number three. Hephaestus. Hephaestus was the Greek God of fire, especially the blacksmith's fire and was the patron of all craftsmen. When he was young he was abandoned by his mother, Hera, away from Mount Olympus because he was born weak, crippled and ugly. To gain revenge for his rejection, Hephaestus crafted a golden thrown for Hera, which was presented to her on Mount Olympus. When the Queen Hera sat down on the thrown, she found it impossible to rise from it, making her a prisoner. The Gods on Mount Olympus pleaded with Hephaestus to help his mother to which he replied he had no mother. However Dionysus drugged Hephaestus and dragged him back to Mount Olympus mounted on a donkey. Hephaestus made a deal with Hera, he would let her go in return of making Aphrodite his wife. After a while Hephaestus found that Aphrodite was cheating on him with Ares, the God of War and set about publicly humiliating them and revealing their secret. The God's only laughed when they found out, and Hephaestus returned Aphrodite to her father and demanded back his bride price. Hephaestus went on to fashion all kinds of metal crafts, becoming well known for his blacksmith services. He crafted his father, Zeus' thunderbolts, Achilles armour, and at the order of Zeus, formed the first woman from clay. Naming her Pandora, and from her supernatural box, unleashed the evils of the world on mankind. Lara always did feel sorry for Hephaestus, he didn't have a terribly good life for a Greek God. She continued to make her way through corridors and found herself again at an open room. It was pitch black in there and Lara couldn't see a thing. Lighting a flare revealed the objects in the room: a giant hammer and anvil and on the far wall a lever. She walked over to it and tried to pull it, this particular one was a bit tougher, it seemed to be a little sticky. But Lara managed to pull it down, and left the room. Three levers down and only one left. 'Finally the last door' Lara thought to herself. She read the inscription above the door.

Damocles was said to be an obsequious courtier in the court of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine and Life, and the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy. Damocles exclaimed that, as a great man of power and authority, Dionysus was truly fortunate. Dionysus offered to switch places with Damocles so he could see first hand, that fortune. After the transference, Damocles held an evening banquet, where he very much enjoyed being waited upon like a king. After the meal was finished however, Damocles noticed a sharpened sword hanging by a thin horse hair directly above his head. Immediately he ran, as far as he could as fast as he could. After a while Damocles went in search of Dionysus, no longer wishing to be so fortunate. In doing what he did, Dionysus managed to convey the fear in which a great man must live.

'The value of the sword is not that it falls, but rather, that it hangs'
Lara found herself in yet another room, with nothing very decorative about it. Just a bland, empty room with absolutely nothing in it, well nothing but a lever on the far wall. She started walking up to it, and as she got a meter from the lever she heard a noise. An unusual noise, and she paused mid-step. Just as she did a big, huge, heavy sword landed in front of her with a loud boom. If she hadn't stopped, well who knows what she'd be feeling now. Her heart was still racing, as she stepped around the sword and pulled the lever. Running now, she left the room and it's corridors, hoping that there was only one sword. Lara found herself back again in the familiar room, with the five doors. Staring at the Large door in the middle, she found that all four logs of the doors mechanism had been unlocked, and she walked over to it. With a strong tug on the door, it magically outstretched its doors in an almost welcoming fashion.

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#2clairepitts1994Dec 16, 2010

I just wanted to say a big HUGE THANK-YOU to everyone that's been commenting on this story\:D and also apologize to anyone I haven't gotten around to thanking personally. Next chapter will be out in a day or two \:\)

#3MangioDec 16, 2010

Congrats on having it featured once again \:rah\: The screens were amazing and you told the tale well \:wub\: Glad the sword didn't fall on her \;\) I wonder what awaits on the other side, can't wait for more

#4dreamjuiceDec 17, 2010

I agree with Mangio... always beautiful shots! Well writtten too \:D I'm lookjing forward to the next chapter

#5fredbrennyDec 18, 2010

Story within a story. That's really wonderful! \:rah\:

#6dsrhnryDec 19, 2010

you sure do know how to make a story interesting, i love the twists and turns, and the side stories. I was holding my breath with the sword hanging over his head. lol, you have me holding my breath sometimes, and others i'm almost hyperventilating. my oh my, and this story was published on my birthday, weeeeeee, what a present. I can't wait for the next chapter. which i already read but. shhhhhhh.  thank you so much for sharing, you really brighten my day with your wit and talent. 

#7kat*Dec 21, 2010

More, more! This is getting interesting... Congrats!  :P

#82freddieDec 21, 2010

lovein it

#9topaz27Dec 22, 2010

Amazing, fantastic pictures, you have put Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much work into this story, well done \:rah\: \:wub\:

#10martoeleDec 28, 2010

Great idea to have the Greek legend interwoven in your story! Great job! Congratulations on the feature \:cool\:

#11tcancelOct 18, 2011

great story i cant believe how wonderful the pictures are\:rah\: \:rah\: \:rah\: \:rah\:

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