The Missing Princess part 3: Temple of the Dino Men

In the last chapter of War Rocket: The Missing Princess, Captain Atrius rescued Princess Taegan from a fall to certain doom and carried her into the great caverns beneath the surface of the world Dormientes Draco, only to hear a terrible scream of strange barbaric sacrifice! What new Terrors await our Princess in Chapter 3, Temple of the Dino Men?

Down into the tunnels away from the burning wreckage of the mighty Class 3 rocket the Anzu and the mysterious Zenithian towers the Imperial survivors fled. While strange; howling; inhuman voices screeched and clamoured as great caverns were torn asunder by tumbling metal rock; further detonations and the fire of the Zenithian saucers.

Princess Taegan; Captain Atrius and the others ran deep into the labyrinthine red rock tunnels knowing that behind them Zenithian troops were descending to hunt them. Deep into the twisting tunnels they went, The Princess using the divisibility by two of the first letters of each stanza from an ancient poem written by her father millennia ago as a way to choose which path, left or right, to take till they hit a dead end – a tactic she’d often used when she needed to seem to be lost in a maze but need her and her troops to be able to find their way out.

Eventually they came to a large; round room carved by stone tools from the ancient rock. It had two levels and reminded them all so much of a gladiatorial arena that all had weapons drawn and at the ready before the first of the native troglodytic beings was seen. The first of the strange green-skinned Dino-men, with its frilled head and beaked mouth, died before it could fling its strange grenade. The second perished as its grenade went aloft while another beam caused the grenade to explode high above them! But the strange purple smoke that drifted down was a gas weapon! Yet, even as all the brave Imperial soldiers were driven unconscious by the gas they continued to kill every one of the attacking Dino-men as they appeared – ‘till finally the toughest of them all, Captain Atrius, succumbed to the mysterious gas…
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