The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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Obsidian the walls of the next vault
Circled around a single sacred flame
From a jagged crack, a riven fault
Consecrated to Hephaestus lame:
A glossy liquid seeps, which humans name
PETROLEUM. The suns of ancient days,
Absorbed by herb, compressed, transformed: to claim
This prize, the blood of industry, the craze
Of Ares’ wrath will spur undending battles’ blaze.