Fara i Viking - Chapter 21
Chapter 21 – Hostile Negotiations
Mathias searched the entire chamber, high and low, for another exit. There was none. Not even a natural passageway through the cave system. “Who builds a secret underground room with only one way out?” he muttered angrily.
“Easier to hide,” Aleksander pointed out.
“Easier to guard,” Tino added.
“You’re not helping,” Mathias snapped. He was still upset about the chamber being empty. The others knew it was best to let him just work through it; wait until he was calm again before trying to come up with a plan. It was taking longer than usual, though. Searching for a second exit and being similarly denied any reward for his efforts did nothing to improve the captain’s mood, but he was slowly becoming more reasonable. He had stopped swinging the axe around so carelessly, and now that his secondary search was over Mathias sat down on a broken stalagmite to fume silently.
Fara i Viking - Chapter 20
Chapter XX – The Vault
The interior of the building was dark. Light filtered in from holes in the roof where time had taken its toll on the structure, and now from the open door, although this was still blocked by Berwald and the others as they quickly crowded around him to peer inside. Mathias was the first to push past them all and step inside. It was not much to look at. Rather a disappointment. Dust and filth lay in a fine coating over everything. The room in which they currently stood was lined with benches, most of which were broken or upended. Those that were not still did not appear very sturdy. Windows high on the walls had been shuttered permanently centuries ago but some of the boards were beginning to come loose.
At the far end of the room there were two doors, and as soon as he spotted them that was straight were Mathais headed. He did so recklessly and without hesitation, barely sparing a glance at the rest of the building. Clearly this room was not what they were
Fara i Viking - Chapter 19
Chapter XIV City of the Gods
It was well past midnight or so they thought, because no one yet knew the length of days nor nights on Asgard but the sun was not yet on the horizon. The stars that glittered between clouds in the sky were in unfamiliar constellations, but space travelers were not troubled by this the way a planet-bound person might be. The crew of the Hofvar gathered everything they could need for exploration of an unknown planet.
For Aleksander, this was his portable scanner, the three strange keys they had already acquired these wrapped carefully in a scrap of cloth and tucked into the inside pocket of his coat and a set of curious looking disk-shaped devices with an array of buttons on one side, an extendable antenna, and the other side coated with adhesive. Tracking devices, he explained when asked, to prevent them from getting lost and to help chart a map of the city ruins.
Eiríkur had similarly outfitted himself with wha