They stood there for thousands of years. Humanity built bridges connecting them, and used them for transportation.
One day they activated. Both rockets simultaneously exploded into the atmosphere. The fortresses that humanity had built around them fell off and the bridges crashed into the harbor.
The force of the takeoffs left nuclear-sized explosions that flattened the entire castle-city and its environs, eventually leaving the planet in ruins.
In the rockets were all of the greatest thinkers throughout history, their bodies preserved in special chambers. When they awoke, they knew what their mandate would be: Make peace and resettle.
== 100 words ==
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