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Ciara's Egyptian Nightmare 2 by Torqual3D Ciara's Egyptian Nightmare 2 by Torqual3D
Ciara's Egyptian Nightmare (Continued)
Story by Torqual / Text by Rosellafan

As she made it to the foot of the large slab sealing the entrance, she took a moment to catch her breath and groom herself, brushing sand off her tights and shaking the pesky stuff out of her sandals. Ciara studied the symbols on the door while gathering her thoughts. Despite three thousand years of erosion, a pattern was barely visible. It was definitely similar to that of the constellations in the clear sky above. The answer had come to her in the middle of the night, and the excitement of putting that answer to work was electric. She traced her hands over the pattern as she had in her mind an hour previously. They proved to host a series of shallow holes that made up a secret way of unlocking the pyramid entranceway. It had been a mystery earlier, but the answer had been right up there in the night sky all along.

Upon pressing a finger deep into a central hole that must - Ciara thought - represent the North Star, a deep groan ushered forth as a series of machinations ran their course. The thick stone entrance of the pyramid began to slowly swing open and up, counterbalanced by a heavy weight and pulley system. The air that rushed forth, thousands of years old curled around Ciara’s slender body like a centuries old ghost, filling her nostrils and causing her to squint her eyes and cup a small hand over her nose and mouth. Despite her best efforts her eyes could not penetrate the darkened path that lay beyond the doorway. Looking around the excavation site, her eyebrows rose and she allowed a smile beneath the hand covering her nose and mouth, as she found a lantern and a box of matches resting outside the base of the entranceway. It was as if the little guy was just waiting for Ciara Nightingale to solve the mystery of the lost Egyptian pyramid entranceway, and now it was ready to help guide her into the depths beyond.

With the gritty strike of a match, the air smelled of sulfur and the trusty lantern crackled to life. A healthy flame created a warm glow that cast off the darkness as it bobbed up and down in Ciara’s hand while she gingerly stepped into the tunnel, nervously looking back. It would surely be a better idea to wait for the morning when she could enter the tomb with the rest of the expedition party. Somehow she knew that it was a bad idea to go in there alone at night, but she was so excited about discovering the way. In her years of study she had never imagined that she'd have the secrets of a undiscovered pyramid all to herself! It had taken her a long while to get there, and she wasn't going back without taking just a quick look inside first. She promised herself that she would only take a cursory look through the tomb before returning to her sleeping bag.
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skirtkis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
in sexy "Hot Pants" (shorts) and tights!
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davidhanseat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting in the picture is absolutely stunning.
Love your artwork.
Hope to see much much more of it ;)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow seriously? Walking in heels in the dessert? LOL Nice render though! Kool.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, it's absurd.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!
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suyuku-san Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
this looks awesome though I wouldn't wear heels in the desert not really practical shoes for snooping :XD:
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know - the impractical clothing is semi-explained in the story but it's also a hint taht she's dreaming.
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acurmudgeon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Excellent! Thank you. Glad you are feeling better by the way. :thumbsup:
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exciting!
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:iconsimonjm:
SimonJM Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Great lighting
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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shade-shadow007 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice shoes. inpracticle shoes.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the nature of a dream.
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:iconjsgumby:
jsgumby Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
very lovely! great job
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:iconwonder-christina:
Wonder-Christina Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Love the shoes!!

The steps look very realistic too, so well done.

This story id absolutly amazing, VERY impressed
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I love the shoes too! Glad you like the story. It was not a small amount of work.
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Wonder-Christina Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I can believe it wasn`t a small amout of work, each picture has such amazing detail and soo much thought I`d guess. I think maybe thinking how much work and time doing stuff this good must take adds to how truely amazed I am with your work :o)
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - you're too kind!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the series is magnificent
well done
the girl looks so natural, very good 3D and god knows there is a lot of very bad stuff around, but yours is perfect
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much. I hope you keep following the story.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes i saw it all, it is amazing, so well done, congrats
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NakajimaKiro Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Love the outfit, especially the stockings and heels... impractical but hot.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - that's the idea :-)
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TheBookie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
May I point out if there were matches and a lantern INSIDE the door, this tomb is a tiny bit less undiscovered than Ciara may think? Methinks she's a tad ditzier than your other heroines.

Props on the art, however.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking around the excavation site, her eyebrows rose and she allowed a smile beneath the hand covering her nose and mouth, as she found a lantern and a box of matches resting OUTSIDE the base of the entranceway.
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TheBookie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Oh, oops. okay.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You had me worried there!
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope - the lantern and matches were OUTSIDE the door. Look at the first picture and you will see the lantern. I will go back and check the text to make sure this is clear.
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HOLYSPELL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Where can I download this model?
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Send me a note and I will reply with details.
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:iconlonermade:
lonermade Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, good posing, lighting and expression
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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zmallshooz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Dressed nicely for the occasion....of her demise
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What makes you think that....
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zmallshooz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I'm a pyramid half-full kindah individual ;-)
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:iconamaniwolf:
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Wow, she is gorgeous, Can't wait to see where this will lead!
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like her. She's been waiting to break onto the scene.
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Tazirai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome scene, you can see the dread in her face, but her feet keep her going forward. Love it.
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masterpogo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Gotta show that midsection.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Compulsory.
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BobKO Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Do you always export at 1280? I would love to have them in even bigger res if you can make those available?
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is double the resolution of previous adventures! Problem is - you go higher and both render times and postwork increase exponentially. And most people don't even realize that you can click on the image to make it bigger. :-)
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BobKO Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I like it either way :) thanks for sharing your talent !
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:iconbobko:
BobKO Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Wow the quality of this one is amazing!
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. That's most kind.
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Doesn't it seem odd that she's wearing high heels in the desert?

Yeah, I know. Limited inventory and all that, but as much as I like them, I do find it a bit disconcerting, to say the least. :hmm:
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it is rather odd. Did you read the first part? There is an explanation.

And, overall, there is nothing sensible about how Ciara is clothed in this story. She got up in the middle of the night and didn't exactly plan her outfit.
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Yeah, I read the first part. I just found it odd enough to comment on, that's all.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. It's odd and totally impractical. It's kind of intentional on the part of the artist. To make her seem both quirky and out of place. I'll stop there because the moment I have to start explaining, I have failed. But thanks for commenting. I hope Ciara's silly golden sandals don't ruin her adventure for you.
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Oh, no, I'm enjoying this so far..
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