Thankee kindly, Boc, for picking a theme that meshed so nicely with my entry to RiaR: Silence over on the Bolthole. I had to trim it down about 50 words to fit with this slightly more stringent wordcount, but it still works quite well, I think.
What sphinx of plascrete and adamantium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination? Imperator! Imperator!