Three great domes, each large enough to house thousands, stood connected as one. As I approached they towered proudly above me as if to say "Remember how small you are." And I did, feeling truly blessed to stand beneath them.The Ytzklatolix is the grand temple of Ytzklapon, resting upon the head of the great lizard Ytzkla. In here, their leader, the Ytzklatich resides.
Larger Than All
The interior is lit not by windows— for there are none— but by the glow of the spine itself. A lurid orange light fills the entirety of the temple from every direction— eliminating shadows, giving the impression of an ethereal plane within. A grand hall fills the lowest floors of the front and the entirety of the central tower, connecting to the straight path from the entry and carved into two great circular forms. It is here where crowds may gather for occasions such as the Ytzklatich coronation, mass prayers, seeing off the dead, and other rituals. The floor here is smooth, except for the incense drums which have been carved over it in a sparse grid. The front tower contains two wide curving staircases on either side which bring one downwards, meeting at the center, leading to a lower floor where bodies of the dead from throughout the nation are collected. A number of rooms carved into the sides of this allow for the bodies to be prepared for prayer and ritual before being brought to the grand hall. The mid and upper floors of this first tower house the various yiltz who live within the temple. The final tower contains four spaces, some may argue that it is the singular most important of all three.
A Guarded ExitWhile the rest of the temple is guarded by an elite unit of Ytzklaxoli known as the the Tolixoli, the exit is especially heavily guarded. Those who attempt to sneak through— regardless of whether they seek to commune with Ytzkla or harm them— are killed on the spot, often being bound in rope and rolled off the edge of Ytzkla's head, screaming until they hit the ground.
A Grave MistakeWhile excavating a lower floor of the third tower, a terrible mistake had been made.
"Nual, this white spine is getting extraordinarily tough to carve." "White spine? Everything's shaking...Xoco— what have you done?!"They had dug into Ytzkla's skull. Those working on this floor were boiled alive as Ytzkla heated the spine, and the entrance was sealed by the Ytzklatich— who killed the yiltz who had helped them do so. None must know.
A theocratic nation set atop the back of the great pale lizard Ytzkla, in pursuit of a horrid goal— seeing all of humanity devoured by the great lizard.