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Chizra - Nali Water God
Myscha the sled dog
After the horrors of Rrajigar Mine, a return to the surface was welcome; and now, with yourself still reeling from the mines as you enter this Nali temple, it seems so peaceful; you are intelligent enough however to realise that this is unlikely to last, so you keep your wits about you.
You are sealed into the temple now, so the only way to go is onwards. You begin just beyond the antechamber of the entrance, so follow the corridor through to the next big room, collecting an Automag on the way.
You will arrive at a room with a pool in the middle. Circum-navigating the pool you will find 3 Nali Healing Fruit if you need them, plus the corpse of a Slith. If you enter the corridor at the far end of the room, you will see that it turns into a vertical shaft that is barred off. Return to the pool.
Collect the ASMD from the water feature in the centre of the room, and break all of the vases in the room to reveal 2 Clips. The water contains nothing but a few harmless Biterfish, so ignore it.
"Only a warrior who has touched the face of the water god idol may enter this temple."
Can't go this way yet then. If you need to, collect the two Nali Healing Fruit here, and shoot the vases open to get 2 Clips. Return up the steps and go round to the left.
"Beyond this stone seal lie the inner ceremonial chambers of the Nali water god."
"Only a warrior who wields the stick of 6 fires may enter the inner ceremonial chambers. Once the stick of 6 fires is in your grasp the stone seal will rise."
Only one way to go now; kill the Slith that jumped off the bridge and its friend in the water below, then jump off yourself and land in the water. As you kill the Slith, a plank comes out crossing the gap between an inscription at the pool edge and a small pillar in the middle. Climb out of the juice and read the inscription.
"The Nali water god Chizra and his holy temple has been overrun by the water serpents and the demons who came from the stars. Only the messiah can purify the temple now."
Walk the plank and press the small carved pillar of a face. It sinks into its pedestal, and bars open revealing an exit from the pool. Well, it seems that you have "touched the face of the water god idol", so maybe you can get into the main temple now.
There are Tarydium Shards here but beware; as you move along the corridor a stream of arrows fires down the centre. Avoid these and step up on to the lift at the far end (collect Nali Healing Fruit from either side of doorway by the lift if you need to).
Note: If you have had any Nali casualties then a SkaarjScout may be lurking behind the moving wall. If you didn't meet one up here, then you will meet one beyond the gold door. However it happens, there will be a SkaarjScout you have to fight.
Return to the room with the stairs down that were barred off before. Kill any Skaarj here and descend the steps. Descending the steps, you will see that the corridor at the bottom is broken by an opening and closing pit in the floor. A useful item can be found down there, so drop down while the slabs are open.
Upon entering the chamber, watch out for the Fly that comes down from above. Destroy it and step into the chamber, but beware the wooden pole which swings round and can damage you if you're not careful. Vases in this room reveal nothing useful, but there are Nali Healing Fruits here that you may find useful. When you are done, return down the wooden walkway and go along to another antechamber where there is another pole trap and another Fly. Vases here reveal a Flare.
"1400 hours Commander Mac Harrison: SITREP: These local natives have a 6 barreled rocket launcher on an altar but it is heavily guarded by those Salamander things. "The Stick of 6 fires" is what the Nali keep calling it. I'll try to sneak in tonight."
Proceed down the corridor until you reach a junction with a water feature ahead. First things first, jump on to the loose stone and from there to the Super Health Pack on top of the feature. If you fall in the water, climb out and try again.
Climb the ramp and kill the Slith that meets you at the top. Go past a dead Nali with a knife, and down the ramp through a doorway. You will find a dead human on the walkway below with an ASMD. Continuing down, you will find a room with a hydraulic tank in the middle and an ASMD Core. Collect the core then shoot the barrel under the ramp to get a box of 50 Bullets.
"Look into your own eyes. And when your courage is strongest, your last step to your prize will be upheld by your faith."
The cubby-hole continues to the right. Follow it through and you will arrive at the top of a deep pit with a central pillar. A green bar goes out and follows round above the pit below. Step on to the beam and use it to go round behind the pillar. Beyond, you will see a mirror on the back of the central pillar. Floating in the gap between the beam and the pillar is a Shield Belt. Do what the inscription says; stand directly facing the mirror then walk forwards off the beam. You will not fall down the pit. Get the belt and return to the beam, then go back round and return to the room with the hydraulic tank.
Shortcut: A quick route to the holy altar of the stick of 6 fires is to press the lever on the hydraulic tank and return to the top of the ramp in the main room. A platform will arrive; step aboard to chug to a gold door on a balcony below, which accesses a later part of the level (go to § ).
Otherwise, you need now to return to the junction where the Super Health Pack was. Go either by the way you came or by the water; kill the Slith sometimes found swimming here and drop in. On the floor of the pool near where you came in is an entrance in the floor with Nali Healing Fruit. Follow the tunnel until you arrive at a large underwater room, then swim up until you reach the base of the water feature at the junction. In doing so you will attract the attention of two Devilfish so kill them.
"Climb the loose stones to reach the lagoon of lightning fire. Beware the demon who came from the stars lurks in the shadows. A fool shall surely perish."
Drop into the water ahead until you reach a collection of loose stones acting as a kind of staircase. Jump up the stones via Tarydium Shards on the way until you reach the top one, then jump across to the stone ahead on which there is an ASMD Core.
"Beyond this golden door lies the holy altar of the stick of 6 fires. Only by touching the outset stones of the lightning fire pillars may one enter."
A nearby alcove is also walled off, so return to the wooden walkway and take the left in the direction of the two blue torches.
Each of the two pillars with blue torches on has an outset stone. Press both. The wooden platforms in this area also yield two ASMD Cores and four Nali Healing Fruit.
As you enter this open area another Slith will attack from the far side, so dispatch it. Don't jump into the water yet, instead go on to the wooden platform over the water and read the blue inscription at this end of the holy altar.
"The stick of 6 fires can only be accessed by a warrior who has bathed in the pool of thunder, past the obelisk of the clouds."
Moving along the platform you will see two barred openings on either side of the room. Read now the pink inscription at the far end:
"The pyramid is the key to the chamber of death. Here you shall find more power for the stick of 6 fires."
§ At this end of the area there is another hallway, this time with just one Slith. A gold door to one side is a way back to earlier in the level, so go instead through the end door, into another room with wooden platforms and water. A small flat-topped pyramid is at the far end. Kill the two Flies that attack you here, and dispose of the two Tentacles that snipe from under the walkways. Read the white inscription at the far end:
"The pyramid's center is the focal point of Chizra the Nali Water God's power."
So, jump on to the pyramid's centre, which presses down, and bale out on to the wooden walkway. Lightning will strike the pyramid and blast a hole in the wall. Climb the fallen plank, pass through the short corridor revealed and enter the next chamber.
Your arrival in the chamber of death will wake a SkaarjScout who will attack you. Kill it then take a look around. There are three crucified Nali; put them out of their misery with ASMD secondary fire. Now, move over to the raised dais and collect the four cans of 12 Eightballs (Eightball Gun ammo). That done, return to the pyramid room.
"This is the obelisk of the clouds. Beyond here lies the pool of thunder."
"To reach the pool of thunder one must climb the loose stones."
"Powerful strength comes from those who let the waterfall wash over them at the pool of thunder."
"Beware those of impure motives who enter the pool of thunder shall face the demon from the stars."
Take the tunnel that was on the LEFT as you entered and kill the Slith there. Follow the waterway, collecting a box of 50 Bullets from a corner on the way, until you reach a set of loose stones. Climb the stones and collect the Tarydium Shards as you go, until you reach a corridor to a large pool.
Skirt the pool, passing meditating Nali Priests on the way, and read the two inscriptions.
"This is the pool of thunder. Impure souls who bathe in the water shall face the demon that came from the stars."
"The demons came from the stars in a metal chariot as a punishment for the sins of the Nali."
Did they? Anyway, climb the steps and collect the ASMD Cores from behind the pillars at the top. Enter the waterfall to get a Super Health Pack.
From the loose stones,take a left and duck into the inner corner as the waterway goes round. You will see a concealed entrance in the floor (pictured). Take a dip - the SCUBA Gear will activate automatically - and follow the tunnel. You will find a box of 50 Bullets, and further along two Nali Healing Fruit, two ASMD Cores and a Kevlar Suit. The tunnel continues in a vertical shaft but it's a dead end, so don't waste the SCUBA gear. Return to the hole and surface. Return past the obelisk of the clouds to the holy altar, where one previously barred opening is now accessible.
Extra: Return to the pyramid room and dive down so that you reach the hole in the floor that you didn't go down earlier. Now that you have the SCUBA gear, you can do it without risk of drowning.
At the holy altar, go to the newly opened alcove.
Within the alcove are a lever and two inscriptions.
"THE STICK OF 6 FIRES CAME FROM THE NALI WATER GOD WHEN THE STAR FELL FROM THE SKY. TO FIND THE STAR ONE MUST PASS THROUGH THE CEREMONIAL WING."
"Take the stick of 6 fires and go forth to the inner ceremonial chamber. There you shall find your way back to the place from whence you came and the metal chariot that fell from the stars."
Press the lever and a ramp rises to the Eightball Gun so that you can collect it. Do so. Now... the ceremonial chambers... remember that stone seal earlier? Well, no need to retrace all your steps bacause the remaining bars open to reveal a gold door that creates a shortcut.