Fitting Venusian apocalypse into the larger setting plot.
The black temple dates to before the human colonisation and contains 3 sarcophagi containing the remains of people and carved with scenes showing people familiar enough for the PCs to read expressions and make no mention of alien body shape. If they did not appear entirely human I believe this would have been mentioned
Mutants and heretics as well as the dark soul and dark legion campaign books describe the ancient’s as being significantly taller than humans with disproportionally long limbs and fingers, 4 arms and a vertically elongated scull. It would not be possible to mistake them for human.
So who are the warriors in the dark temple. I have several theories, none really satisfying.
Prior to the ancients, a race of humans evolved on earth, trapped the tempter in the dark temple and was then defeated, the ancients probably knew of this and simply defended the site. This contradicts the story point that the ancients where the first race to have any success against the dark soul.
It is described in one of the books that humanity had evolved before the end of the ancient’s war, however they were unnoticed by the ancients until the very end of that war. It is possible that a group of ancients equipped some humans to fight in the war and the 3 bodies are among those. This contradicts the statements about the ancient’s war but doesn’t cause further problems.
I did consider making them be ancients to better align with the history but in dark legion it is a major plot point that there is a very powerful faction within the brotherhood devoted to suppressing all information relating to the ancients to support a narrative that humanity can defeat the darkness without leaning on nonhuman predecessors. But in the second adventure in Venusian apocalypse it is a key point that items are on public display in a museum.
With the corpses and iconography in the temple being human they could easily decide that this supports there narrative, while questions of the place and timing are problematic (on venous, before the development of space flight) it is humans that successfully contained the tempter at some time in the past.
If the corpses and icons where four armed aliens this would be exactly the kind of thing they would be working to suppress.
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