Chapter 3.0: The Gift of the Nile [02/05/1925]   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 30 posts
 T 8/8
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 21:19
Chapter 3.0: The Gift of the Nile [02/05/1925]
In reply to Rosalie Elias (msg # 32):

Fredde gives Rosalie a raised eyebrow. She shrugs, pops a match with her thumbnail, and ignites her cigarette. She blows a smoke ring at the ceiling.

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The Keeper
 GM, 1795 posts
Fri 1 Feb 2019
at 22:17
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"I will send a messenger over to him, letting him know that you wish to engage his services. He will meet you here at the hotel, and you can negotiate a rate with him directly. Do you know how long this will be for?"

The concierge took down the information from McNeil, and then relayed it in a brief Arabic conversation with a young boy no older than twelve, who promptly made for the hotel exit, walking in a dignified manner, though McNeil saw him take off running as soon as he had cleared the doors.

"I believe he can meet you here in the hotel in an hour. I will ring up when he arrives if you would like, Mr. McNeil."

OOC:

I didn't want to hold up the interaction for the answer, but would be interested in knowing how long you plan to engage Asim's services for.

Dominic McNeil
 player, 27 posts
 Archaeologist
 T 8/8 | APP: 9 | SIZ: 12
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 04:03
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“I would appreciate that. Thank you for your help,” McNeil said politely, ”Please let Asim know that we will likely be in need of his services for a week, possibly two.”

Returning to the suite, he related the details of his talk with the concierge to the others, along with his selection of Asim. ”I have the sense that we may end up well off the beaten path,” he told them, in explaining his decision.

”I have a friend, a fellow archaeologist, who is employed by the Egyptian Museum. I’m going to try to look him up, either late this afternoon or in the morning. Speak with him regarding Faraz Najir. See if he’s familiar with the man and his business practices.”
Harry Price
 player, 130 posts
 T 6/6 | APP 14 | SIZ 13
 Retired Army Major
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 21:44
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Harry ignored Freddie's joke by excusing himself for a quick bath before changing into a well tailored linen suit and a Panama hat.
Dr. Leonardo Elias
 player, 746 posts
 Physician
 T 7/7 APP 12 SIZ 11
Tue 5 Feb 2019
at 22:08
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Leo nodded at Dominic's suggestion. "That sounds like a good plan. Perhaps we should target the meeting with Mister Najir for tomorrow afternoon."

The physician touched his breast pocket. "I've a letter of introduction from Lord Balfour to one of his contacts here. I may try to connect with him tomorrow."
The Keeper
 GM, 1808 posts
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 17:24
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Once everyone had discussed their plans briefly, to speak to Faraz Najir the next day, they retreated to their rooms to freshen up, change clothes, and rest. McNeil was able to make contact with his friend at the Egyptian Museum, and set up an appointment for later that afternoon. Moments after he hung up the phone with the museum, the phone rang in McNeil's room again. Upon picking it up, he was greeted by the concierge.

"Mr. McNeil, Asim has arrived. Shall I send him up, or do you wish to come down to speak with him in the lobby?"
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 35 posts
 T 8/8
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 20:24
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Fredde sits in the armchair of the room she is sharing with Rosalie, smoking and watching the other woman 'freshen up.'
Dominic McNeil
 player, 29 posts
 Archaeologist
 T 8/8 | APP: 9 | SIZ: 12
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 21:32
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Once installed in his quarters, McNeil changed into a fresh set of clothes. They were the same kind of garments he would choose for a dig, or for a day spent among the familiar streets of Bangkok: a camp shirt, canvas trousers, and boots. He had just finished filling his flask, and taking a long drink from the supplying bottle, when the concierge rang.

”I’ll be down momentarily,” he said in response to the inquiry. He took a moment to comb his hair and have one last sip of liquor before heading downstairs.
Asim
 NPC, 1 post
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 22:18
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By the time McNeil arrived in the lobby again, the concierge waited there with a rather large man beside him.

"Mr. McNeil, this is Asim, the man I spoke to you of," he said. "I will leave the two of you to discuss your terms of engagement, but he has indicated that he is available for the indicated period."

"As-salam aleykum, Ustaaz," the large man greeted him. Asim's voice was deep, warm, and resonant. "I am told that you want for a guide for Cairo, and there is none better to meet your need than Asim. What sights do you wish to see?"
Dominic McNeil
 player, 31 posts
 Archaeologist
 T 8/8 | APP: 9 | SIZ: 12
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 18:04
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’ahlaan McNeil responded with a smile. ”I am glad to make your acquaintance, sir. My employers and I, we are hoping to see some portions of the city that are not as regularly visited by tourists. Among us, there is some interest in antiquities. It’s my understanding that there are dealers in such items of note in Cairo’s Old Quarter. That’s one of the first stops we wish to make.”

“I had hoped to retain your services for two weeks or so, Asim. I can assure you, you will be well compensated for your time.”

Asim
 NPC, 2 posts
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 18:29
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"Very good, Ustaaz. No one knows the old city like Asim, and people make way when I walk through," the large man said with a smile.

"For 40 piasters a day, I will guide you through these streets to any place you wish, and will be with you for that time, and can help you speak to people if you don't know Arabic well," he said, extending a hand to McNeil as if to shake on the deal.

OOC:

The exchange rate is $1 to 20 P.T. (piasters).

Harry Price
 player, 133 posts
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 21:31
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Rosalie Elias
 player, 472 posts
 Historical Consultant
 T 7/7 App 11 Siz 11
Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 06:21
Chapter 3.0: The Gift of the Nile [02/05/1925]
In her room with Fredde, Rosalie patted her face dry and then began to button up her skirt.  Her eyes met the other woman's in the mirror.  "You are a queer sort, aren't you?" she commented.

Moving to her side of the room, she pulled a jacket from the clothes press and brushed it out with her hand.  If dressing casually was an art, Rosalie was a master.  She wasn't so foolish as to wear silks in the desert when linen breathed so beautifully.  Her suit was a smart cut that downplayed her figure, marking her as a tourist, but not one particularly of wealth or note.

She threw the woman another glance as she pinned on her hat.  "If you keep me up with your particularly loud snoring, you might find yourself smothered with a pillow by morning." 
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 37 posts
 T 8/8
Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 15:10
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In reply to Rosalie Elias (msg # 46):

"Yeah, I've always been different than most." Fredde shrugs. "I just do what I want and anyone doesn't like it, well... I don't let it bother me."

She shifts around to lace up her boots.

"Look here, though, Miss Elias, I'm not looking to get up your... That is, I don't want to fight with you. Let's be pals. I'm good to have in your corner, I promise you. Here's my hand on it."

Standing, she crosses a step to the other woman, her rough and weather-beaten hand extended.

"As for the snoring," she shrugs, "You wouldn't be the first to put a pillow over my face. No hard feelings, if you do. And if it gets too bad, like I say, I can always doss down in the sitting room or even the bathtub. Wouldn't be the first time for that either."

She laughs heartily.

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Dominic McNeil
 player, 33 posts
 Archaeologist
 T 8/8 | APP: 9 | SIZ: 12
Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 15:55
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McNeil couldn’t help but feel an immediate kinship with the guide. They were both hirelings after all, their knowledge at the service of others’ will. For McNeil, it was the price he paid to live in relative freedom. He hoped Asim enjoyed some degree of liberty as well.

McNeil took Asim’s extended hand, returning a firm handshake. “Excellent. Your terms are more than reasonable.”

“Would you be able to meet me here first thing in the morning? There is a specific merchant in the Old Quarter I and my employers would like to visit tomorrow.”


He opened his wallet, counting out a week’s pay and handing it to Asim. “Shall we say around nine?”
Asim
 NPC, 2 posts
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 04:07
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"Very good, Ustaaz," he said, happily accepting the offered payment. "I will gladly be here at that appointed hour, or earlier if you wish." Asim bid him goodbye, promising again to meet him in the morning.

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Rosalie Elias
 player, 474 posts
 Historical Consultant
 T 7/7 App 11 Siz 11
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 03:47
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Rosalie's hand was softer and feminine, but still strong as she gripped Fredde's.  Her gaze was direct and serious.  "Pals, then, or at least working at it.  Just how handy are you in a fight?  Backed into a corner?  What's your background?  These crazies have already killed my cousin and three other people I loved most in the world.  Chances are, we're going to die in the attempt to stop them.  So why get involved?"
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 39 posts
 T 8/8
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 06:19
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In reply to Rosalie Elias (msg # 50):

A smile ghosts around Fredde's lips. "Haven't had a pal in a long time.

"I grew up around miners in the gold camps. I can fly an' drive better'n most men, brawl as well as many. I'm a fair shot. I don't like t'back down from anything.

"I don't like those that hurt my people an' I got nothin' I'd rather do than help you lot chase down this bunch an' put paid to 'em. Once I'm in, I'm in. I won't quit you."

Rosalie Elias
 player, 475 posts
 Historical Consultant
 T 7/7 App 11 Siz 11
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 07:09
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"Good.  We've come too far to simply let it go now.  This isn't justice.  It's revenge."  Rosalie straightened her collar and smoothed down her jacket.  "I know we should probably get some rest for whatever we're going to be doing tomorrow, but I'm damned hungry.  You?"
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 40 posts
 T 8/8
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 15:37
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"Like a starved hyaena," comes the grinning reply, "Let's eat, Ro."
Harry Price
 player, 135 posts
 T 6/6 | APP 14 | SIZ 13
 Retired Army Major
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 06:53
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Seeing the title of the book Dominic handed him, "Life as a God? Well, that certainly sounds promising."

Unless otherwise occupied Price will be engaged in reading the strange text.
Fredde ten Boom
 player, 44 posts
 T 8/8
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 17:08
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Fredde doesn't quite stomp as she leaves Leo's presence, but it's clear she isn't pleased. She comes to a halt in front of Price where he sits reading some moth-eaten book.

"C'mon, Harry. Doc wants us t'go promote some transport. We'll stop at th' front desk an' get directions."
Harry Price
 player, 138 posts
 T 6/6 | APP 14 | SIZ 13
 Retired Army Major
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 23:53
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Price looks up, "Honestly I don't really see the value in acquiring an automobile here. This is an old city and none of us know it well."

"But probably best no one wonder around on their own. So I shall escort you.  In any case, I needed to speak with the concierge to ask for the last week's worth of English newspapers."

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Dr. Leonardo Elias
 player, 751 posts
 Physician
 T 7/7 APP 12 SIZ 11
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 00:28
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Leo nodded at Price's commentary. "While I've never been to Cairo before, this doesn't seem a particularly good place for driving. These small, labyrinthine, er, passageways are hard enough to navigate on foot. I imagine driving is far more difficult."
Rosalie Elias
 player, 478 posts
 Historical Consultant
 T 7/7 App 11 Siz 11
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 07:07
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After grabbing a bite to eat with Fredde and being entertained by the woman's eccentricities, Rosalie took her uncle's advice to accompany Dominic to meet his contact at the museum.  Not only did she have a fascination with the museum, itself, but she was interested in meeting Dr. Kafour.  Considering what had happened to Stanley, she also agreed it was best if no one traveled alone.