“Braedan leaned closer to the corroded surface of the object. Even to Malena’s inexperienced eyes the function of the technology was obvious – a metallic protective suit of some sort eaten by sand and time. The petrified remains of its wearer was just visible the the eye.
Malena was nervous, she had violated the taboo of Dosh’Hvat Kandah that forbad any Sadusi to enter the area. The signs of the sand salamanders that they had encountered earlier lower down in the canyon were fresh and the faintest taint of carrion on the wind told her that they were not far away…”