But the peddler hurries to catch him. Peddler: Wait, don't go! Traveler: What? Peddler: I can see that you're only interested in the exceptionally rare. I think then, you would be most rewarded to consider He then pulls out what appears to be a bronze-coated lamp from out of his sleeve, and shows it to the Traveler. Peddler: Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts. It once changed the course of a young man's life. He then leans in close to the Traveler with a smile. Peddler: Eeh? Traveler: Do you really take me for a sap?
I know the story; about a poor beggar boy, living on the streets until he discovers a lamp containing a powerful genie. A genie, who helps the boy win the heart of a princess while dealing with an evil vizier who wanted to use the lamp to take over the kingdom. Trust me, I heard it told in so many ways and in so many versions that no two are alike. So, believe me when I say that nothing you say will convince me in buying that lamp.
So with that the Traveler walked away, the Peddler was stuttering, attempt to think of someone to convince the Traveler to stay. Just then, the Peddler remembered something that would help him. Peddler: WAIT! Curiosity wins. Traveler: What kind of pirates? Peddler: Ah, interested I see. These pirates came from another world, pirates who, like the young man and the lamp, were diamonds in the rough in their own way. Perhaps you would like to hear the tale? The Traveler said nothing but nodded yes. Once he approved, the peddler pours shiny blue sand from the spout of the lamp and into his hand, and then the throws the sand into the sky, where it forms a starry landscape.
He makes it to the top and hops off his horse. The first man was a vizier of the Sultan in Agrabrah named Jafar. Wearing black and red robes, he gives off a sinister personality. Beside him, is a tall man with a wide chest, broad shoulders, muscular arms and legs, and a thick neck. He has pale skin and nape-length dark hair, which is kept neatly slicked back.
He had a long-stitched scar at the bridge of his nose that stretches across his face and a large hook made from a tough gold alloy in place of his left hand. The man also wore a bright orange, black-striped button up vest over a long-sleeve peach shirt, along with a blue scarf, dark brown suit pants, and polished black shoes with gold buckles.
He also wore a long, thick, dark gray pelted fur coat with a regular gray fur trim over his shoulders. The two men glared at Gazeem with irritation as he approaches them. Jafar: You Gazeem: A thousand apologies, O patient ones. Jafar: Do you have it then? Gazeem pulls out what appears to be half of a golden scarab medallion, showing it to Jafar and Crocodile. Crocodile: Good, now hand it over. Crocodile reaches out to take the scarab piece, but Gazeem yanks it back. Gazeem: Ah, ah, ahhh! The treasure!
Gazeem held out his hand for his payment. Then he flies back to Jafar and drops it onto the palm of his hand. Jafar: Trust me, my pungent friend.
You'll get what's coming to you. Then Jafar pulls out the second half of the scarab medallion. He slowly connects them together, and the insect medallion becomes alive and glows. Finally, it flies out of Jafar's hand, scaring the horses, and is off towards the dunes, leaving a sparkling trail behind it.
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Jafar: Quickly! Follow the trail! The glowing golden scarab medallion continues to fly, until it reaches a large dune. It separates into two and the halves plunge into the dune. And all that remains are two glowing points of light on the dune. They arrived where it stopped, just before the ground starts shaking violently.
Its mouth opens to reveal the entrance to the deep cavern. Jafar: At last, after all my years of searching, the Cave of Wonders! Iago: Awk! Cave of Wonders! It is said that within the depths of its maw contains the treasure of a hundred kingdoms. Then Jafar grabs him by the collar and pulls him up close to his face, with a serious look.
Jafar: Now, remember! Bring us the lamp. The rest of the treasure is yours, but the lamp is ours! Crocodile: Now get going! Jafar lets Gazeem go and Gazeem proceeds towards the cave, chuckling with greed as he goes. Iago: Awk, the lamp! Awk, the lamp! Iago: Jeez, where'd ya dig this bozo up?
Jafar puts his finger to his lips and shushes him. Gazeem reaches the mouth of the cavern and looks down. A stairway then formed, reaching down into the deep depths of the cave.
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Before he plants his foot inside, he was suddenly blown away by the roar of the cave itself. Cave: Who disturbs my slumber? Gazzem: I-It is I, Gazeem, a humble thief. Gazeem nervously bows to it, in hope of appeasing it. Cave: Know this.
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Only those who are worthy may enter here. Those whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough. Gazeem then turns back to Jafar and Crocodile with a questioning look. Jafar: What are you waiting for? Go on! Cautiously, he moves one foot onto the first step inside the cave.
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With great apprehension, he plants his foot down, and braces for the worst. But surprisingly, nothing happens. Relieved, he begins his trek again. But then, an earth-trembling roar comes. Jafar: NOO! Iago then unburies himself from the sand, coughing as he does so. Iago: I can't believe it. I just don't believe it. We're never gonna get a hold of that stupid lamp! Just forget it! Iago angrily gathers the halves of the medallion, noticing that some of his feathers were starting to fall off his body. Iago: Look at this. Look at this. Jafar: Patience, Iago.
His heart was filled with greed and material desire. Iago: Oh, there's a big surprise.
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