The invading army left the gates in splinters and charged towards the palace. They came on with a cacophony of cries, each man imagining the valuables hidden away in the emperor’s treasure room, and his harem. When they reached the first of the marble steps, a fantastic and terrifying thing occurred.
The stone lions that lined the stairway came to life. With stony roars, they leapt from their perches and met the army with their rocky claws and fangs. The weapons of the men bounced off their magical flesh. When the lions were done, they returned silently to their vigil.