T. BRAVEN LAST SURVIVOR
15 MEN FROM [unreadable] GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
TRAPPED IN CAVERNS [unreadable] DAYS
DETAILS BURIED AT [unreadable]
SAVE YOURSELVES

The name rang no bells, but they had clearly done their best to make their mark, even if it was in a weak and unsteady hand on the cavern’s sculpted limestone walls. It looked like whoever had left the message had meant to continue it, as a partially carved list of what appeared to be peoples’ names, dates of birth and death, and location of their buried bodies within the cave system followed.

The body of the author, partially decomposed and partially mummified, lay nearby.

Another observer might have felt a surge of pity or respect at the end of a man who, up to the very last, had apparently tried to do right by his fellows. But the being that read it was one intricately linked with the caverns in which Traven had found himself lost and confused amidst geological impossibilities.

With no emotion whatsoever other than that of duty, the silent watcher began to chip away at the surface, smoothing over the rock so that it would appear as if no human eyes had ever beheld the area before.

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