Chronus pulls all the stops imaginable to win the chambers and their incredible secrets but is prevented by a boy, the Zusalem and his former consort.
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Pathandu is the sequel to The Find, the 2nd and final Zusalem Chronicle. The Zusalem expand their numbers and powers, reaching into hidden chambers around the planet in places like Iceland, Pakistan and Tibet to oppose Chronus who seeks nothing less than the total domination of mankind. The Cephilim, the most mysterious society on earth, join them to assist their efforts by wielding the fear intrinsic to their forms. Chronus resurrects ancient armies to fling indiscriminately at his enemies in an all out war of wrath but finds himself opposed by equally potent forces, including the American army. The ploys and tactics by both sides pile on each other according to an old, agreed upon set of rules that are still regulated by the spirits of those who formulated them. Eventually, they reach a final facedown in the last surviving chamber where Chronus is compelled to fight personally for his life and the Zusalem for justice.
He came close and extended his right hand to greet the man who had traveled such a great distance. The stranger rose to shake it. Just as their fingers were about to make contact, the man visibly altered his appearance. The hands were no longer skin and bone, but displayed the traits of hard wood, as though his body was a personified tree extending a limb. The monitors later revealed that the face altered itself into a ,aterial that seemed to duplicate bark, even as the limbs attempted to grasp Egan's hand. Although the creature's movement was swift, sufficient to tax the camera's image-capture processing speed, it was not fast enough to deal with old man Egan.
In fact, the strange guest was startrled when he grasped nothing. The figure of Egan, from the moment it stood up until it walked to the visitor's chair, was actually a cunningly designed hologram, programmed as an action video. The speed of the visitor became superfluous. The entity was only temporarily puzzled when Egan's cheery countenance flickered and vanished. Soon he recognized his predicament and resigned himself to his fate. His plight was rapidly clarified when jets of hot flame surrounded him from the opening holes in the floor. The creature immolated quickly in the hypoer-intense fire. Scant minutes later its ashes and those of its luggage and chair were washed away and carried into a floor drain. Only then did human beings attempt to approach the spot.