England to Egypt.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 592 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sat 25 Jan 2014
at 22:05
Re: England to Egypt
JM shook his head.  "I don't think we should move the artifacts to a third place.  They should stay on London or come here with us.  As well, if the point is to use them then we want them here."  He considered;  "One option would be to send the Commercial back to London to pick up the items.  It can be there and back in a week and with far less risk of interception."
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 186 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Tue 28 Jan 2014
at 07:55
Re: England to Egypt
"That sounds capital. When your friend, Roger, the pilot, makes contact, he may accompany you? Or you can just take your friend Karlheinz as copilot?"

He pulled out a bowl of fruit from the icebox.

"Ah, splendid. And we are almost to Cairo, I see. Not long now.

"?My estate is on a large island in the river. It's a rather exclusive island, with embassies, consulates, some government buildings, clubs and museums, but many parks and sports clubs."

John-Marc Falcon
 player, 593 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 02:33
Re: England to Egypt
JM considered the options.  "I think that it would be best to move directly once my comrade brings the plane from the desert.  With the two of us flying we can travel around the clock and make very good time to London and back."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 520 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 14:50
Re: England to Egypt
"At that speed, we may be able to simply outrun any sort of opposition!"
Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 421 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 15:30
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 471):

Molly nodded.  "That is certainly an option.  You flyboys be careful.  The adrenalin from the flying will make you crash at one point.  Just make sure it's AFTER you are on the ground."
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 187 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 04:25
Re: England to Egypt
John-Marc Falcon:
JM considered the options.  "I think that it would be best to move directly once my comrade brings the plane from the desert.  With the two of us flying we can travel around the clock and make very good time to London and back."


"I think it would be better for you to go to the landing strip in the desert. Not have the plane anywhere near Cairo or Alexandria.

"As a further suggestion, have your friends take the items part way to Germany or Berlin. Meet them part way? That way you are not flying into Croydon weeks after you supposedly left London."

Doctor Phillip Weston
 NPC, 69 posts
 Professor/Doctor
 Psychoanalyist
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 04:28
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Alexander Hussein Mahfouz (msg # 473):

"John-Marc, we shall hold the fort here until you and Karlheinz return. Our only lead is this letter. From this man, we may be able to find out more of where the expedition went or what they were looking for. I doubt the dig site they were excavating is a matter of public knowledge, on account of they wouldn't want thieves to rob then when they weren't present."



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John-Marc Falcon
 player, 594 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 08:17
Re: England to Egypt
JM nods at the suggestion. "Yes, it would be well not to return to England.  I will contact our friends and have them take the ferry across the channel and then head to Berlin."  He met Cynthia's eyes.  "We will meet in them Berlin and return quickly.  That should put them at minimum risk and reduce the chance of interception.  Certainly the opposition will not be able to physically keep up with us and we have enough options on the return trip to avoid ambush."

At Alexander's further suggestions JM smiled.  "If you can send word to Karlheinz Alexander I will head directly to the desert landing strip.  We can be in and out at night and avoid notice."

He smiled at Molly.  "Oh we will certainly save our crashing for when our feet are firmly planted on Terra firma!"
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 521 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 14:57
Re: England to Egypt
"Excellent. And the rest of us shall continue on to Cairo to begin the investigation.

"Be careful, Mr. Falcon. I have no question about your skill in the air. But our enemies are like snakes, all too happy to bring down their prey from a dark alley."

Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 422 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 15:16
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 476):

Molly humphed at John-Marc's comment about no crashing until on terra firma.  "I would still imagine Mr. Falcon that you wouldn't want to crash at all.  If you crash at Terra Firma it might be that your plane would be digging your own grave.  I really do look bad with puffy eyes so try not to crash at all.  Pay head to Cynthia's words.  Our enemies will not care if you are in the air or on the ground, they will come after you if they spot you."

John-Marc could tell that Molly was worried but she wouldn't let it show.  In fact she was already planning on what lecture she might give him if he wasn't careful.  Nothing like having a man being incapacitated and not being able to run when you wanted to lecture him.  Captive audiences do come in handy at times.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 514 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Thu 30 Jan 2014
at 19:52
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Doctor Phillip Weston (msg # 474):

The Count reached for the letter:

"Doctor, may I."

I have heard of this street before from colleagues in London. It would be the most logical place to start.

"Mr Falcon please be careful at all times, I do not think anywhere is safe. Especially after my experience at the Vatican."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 595 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Fri 31 Jan 2014
at 00:16
Re: England to Egypt
JM smiles ruefully at Cynthia.  "From the nature of that note I'd think that there might be more danger in the alleys and back streets of Cairo than in the air.  Still, I will be careful as I am sure you will be in my absence." He wrote down a quick itinerary and handed it to Molly.  "You can telegraph me at any of these locations if something comes up.  We will stop for fuel and check with the tower at each spot.  That will let you alert me if anything changes."

"Count, do you think the attack in the Vatican was planned or an assault of opportunity?"

He reached out and took Molly's hand for a moment and gave her a squeeze.  JM's eyes sought hers out and he nodded.  "I don't intend to crash at all until I'm back in the company of my friends, all of you."  He sighed.  "And then it's only metaphorical of course.  I want you to be careful Molly while I'm gone."
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 515 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Fri 31 Jan 2014
at 00:25
Re: England to Egypt
John-Marc Falcon:
"Count, do you think the attack in the Vatican was planned or an assault of opportunity?"


The Count thought for a moment before answering;

"Opportunity if I was to guess, it was just the last place I would have expected it and that was why it was so effective. They could have infiltrated anywhere. Just be careful."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 597 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sun 2 Feb 2014
at 02:24
Re: England to Egypt
Count Sigismund Bathony:
"Opportunity if I was to guess, it was just the last place I would have expected it and that was why it was so effective. They could have infiltrated anywhere. Just be careful."


JM frowned.  "I'll expect enemies in every shadow."
George Perkins
 NPC, 40 posts
 Catalogue Agent
 Abingdon Rare Books
Sun 2 Feb 2014
at 03:31
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Count Sigismund Bathony (msg # 480):



Mr Perkins looked up from his paper and tonic;


"I it was effective, but if the truth was to be known it was only a couple of cult members I'll wager. Rest seemed to be local toughs. Still best to be vigilant and all that."
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 188 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Sun 2 Feb 2014
at 11:48
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 476):

"Over the next few days, I intend to talk to my contacts. Both in the government, and in the expedition outfitters field. I should think that it be best I make most enquiries, so that your presence is not known, although you may want to visit Faraz Najir yourselves. But that should wait until after our friends are returned."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 524 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Sun 2 Feb 2014
at 14:18
Re: England to Egypt
"Very well. But do you think we would be able to visit the libraries or museums without issue? How much will we truly stand out here? I read that hajibs are common custom for women. I suspect Molly and I would in no way look out of place if covered from head to toe."
Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 423 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Mon 3 Feb 2014
at 04:39
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 484):

"It would be great to go visit some of those places.  Even if we are covered head to toe, are the women allowed in those places?  No offense to anybody but I have heard that they are restricted to what they can see and do."

Molly looked at Cynthia and smiled.  It appealed to her that they go undercover under the very noses of those who might be seeking them.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 516 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Mon 3 Feb 2014
at 20:14
Re: England to Egypt


The Count gave back the piece of paper back to the Doctor;

"I have letters of introduction which would gain us an audience with various Directors and Curators. The problem of course is they are in my name not some alternative. I would not risk them, if the Cult were able to infiltrate some of the oldest western archives and museum then it is a certainty they are present at say the Egyptian Museum."

"Faraz Najir would seem to be our first port of call."
Doctor Phillip Weston
 NPC, 70 posts
 Professor/Doctor
 Psychoanalyist
Mon 3 Feb 2014
at 21:53
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Count Sigismund Bathony (msg # 486):

"My good Count, speaking in terms of the criminal mind, it makes sense that if any place in Rome would harbour cultists, it would be the Vatican for precisely the reason you went there: the collection of forbidden and unholy knowledge they possess and safeguard from the world.

"Infiltration might have been difficult. I believe Father Salvio said that Brother Casimiro had been to Egypt and on a mission to Africa in the past, perhaps he was the one that was converted? Once he was the keeper of the Vatican's dark secrets, as it were, he would be on guard for one such as yourself, who is not a usual visitor or part of the cult. In a matter of hours some hired thugs were all set to give a welcome to unsuspecting academics, perhaps to wash up later in the Tiber or found, equally dead, in some other place entirely."

He lit his pipe, and puffing it to life, gazed out the porthole at the distant banks. The outskirts of Cairo were coming into view as the yacht's engines took them up the Nile past farms, plantations and countless fishing towns and villages.
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 189 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Mon 3 Feb 2014
at 22:00
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Molly 'Mungo' Fuller (msg # 485):

"I would be glad to provide such disguises. As well, I doubt the cult would distribute physical descriptions to every possible member. Although, as it makes sense that Egypt and Cairo would be the home of an Egyptian cult built around the mythical "Dark Pharaoh". They probably have many resources and men to call upon. Your names are the key identifier, if those are not used then we may sail under the horizon, as it were, for quite a long time.

"That means that official letters and introductions may be of little use for now, until perhaps the cult becomes aware of our identities and subterfuge is no longer of use. But after, those letters may come in handy, as will my contacts.

"I agree that Faraz Najir is a good place to start. A caution: if events move quickly after that we may miss the presence of our stalwart JM and KH. We may save a week by acting now, but then if we are forced to move on then how will the pilots know where to find us? An aeroplane flies swiftly but still needs a destination. "

Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 525 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Tue 4 Feb 2014
at 14:00
Re: England to Egypt
"We leave a message at the telegraph office. Perhaps a devise a quick code as well, so he knows if they've been interfered with. We use the word 'map' somewhere in the message if things are safe; we use the word 'gun' if they are dangerous. If neither word appears, it means the message is not from us. A second location, perhaps the airfield, can be used to manually courier messages as well."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 599 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Wed 5 Feb 2014
at 07:18
Re: England to Egypt
JM nodded as he sipped his drink.  "Yes, a good mix of code words should work well if we need to communicate if separated.  There should be a set of words for likely destinations as well."
Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 425 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Wed 5 Feb 2014
at 14:31
Re: England to Egypt
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 489):

Molly cocked her head to one side as she listened to Cynthia and John-Marc talk.  "I think code words would be good but I'm not sure which ones to use.  I would think that gun and map would be too predictable don't you?  Everybody who read it would most likely pick up on those words.  It's the thing that all curious people look for.  Guns and maps jump off the written page.  Sells all sorts of papers."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 527 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 5 Feb 2014
at 22:36
Re: England to Egypt
"Of course, the author would complain. Perhaps we should use the past participle for 'everything is alright' and the future conditional for 'danger'?"