Seeming to have climbed out of the ghost dunes, the namesake of the Dragon Shrine is more accurately described as the upper torso, shoulders, head and arms of a massive troglodyte assembled from massive stone blocks. Stone tiers and rows of parallel columns lead up to the idol’s chest where a copper door covered in a deep green patina allows access to the interior of the beast to those who know the command word to open it.
In the idol’s left hand is a large bowl. Depending on the season, this bowl can be found filled with evaporating stagnant water, crusty residue of dried algae, or rarely with wood for a great fire (or the ashes from the fire). While the shrine is usually alone in the dunes, there’s a 1 in 6 chance that…
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