Cairo III.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 310 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 09:52
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Doctor Phillip Weston (msg # 194):

Lighting a cheroot, Alexander climbed up into the lorry. He had a couple German Stielhandgrenaten (stick grenades) stuck in his cartridge belt. He was also armed with a SMLE rifle and Webley pistol. He then helped a couple of his Bedouin workers up into the ned. They were armed with SMLE rifles.
The Keeper
 GM, 1678 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 10:11
Re: Cairo III
The small convoy set out across the western bridge from the island of Boulaq. Once across they turned left on a dirt track that led south into the desert. Not too far away to the west loomed the Giza plateau and atop that the three dark masses of the ancient pyramids.

Their yellow headlamps disappeared into the cool darkness. In a short while they were no longer passing clusters of darkened huts sitting along the banks of the Nile. They continued south along the track, palm trees scattered to both sides and a thick line of palms to the east marking the Nile river. A mile or two to the west was the escarpment marking the verge of the desert to the west. About ten miles down the track even the palm trees were gone save for those along the Nile.

They traveled for hours, stopping once for about fifteen minutes to fix a flat tire on the lorry. At that point the party got out and stretched their legs, have a drink of warm water and a cigarette. All the while keeping a wary eye on the darkness while Alexander's men wrestled a spare tire onto the wheel base. The heavens wheeled above them in absolute splendor. The night was alive with the chirp and buzz of insects.

Finally, about an hour or so before dawn they were getting close to Dashur. There was a faint glow to the East marking where the sun would rise.
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 51 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 10:24
Re: Cairo III
While stretching his legs Chalky sucks in the night air, wondering is what in front of him. He shares out the grenades between vehicles and quietly reminds people of the important safety aspects of the Mills Bomb.

"Remember, after you pull the pin Mister Grenade is no longer your friend."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1029 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 14:42
Re: Cairo III
"It's hard to appreciate distances when you fly everywhere. I hope we don't arrive so late as to miss our date. Nearly looks like last call."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 999 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 05:04
Re: Cairo III
JM takes several of the grenades with great respect.
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 52 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 10:06
Re: Cairo III
As the truck motors through the night Chalky rests his Lee-Enfield across his lap and stares out into the desert, keeping an eye out and ready if action should come upon the group suddenly.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 822 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 21:44
Re: Cairo III

The Count also takes some grenades as they other had as he then mounts up putting his rifle next to him. He makes sure the garb they took off the attacker at the bar was also present.


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George Perkins
 NPC, 154 posts
 Catalogue Agent
 Abingdon Rare Books
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 21:46
Re: Cairo III

Mr. Perkins made his way inside and returned with his rifle and both of his large revolvers. He then takes a few grenades and checks on the AP and explosive .303 ammunition they have left, making sure it all goes into the vehicles while handing out some to those who have weapons that could fire it.


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John-Marc Falcon
 player, 1000 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 05:08
Re: Cairo III
Like an old campaigner JM naps as they drive.
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 44 posts
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 19:26
Re: Cairo III
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 203):

Matt drives, keeping an eye out for the usual dangers plus watching out for the sudden appearance of unexpected vehicles or pedestrians.
The Keeper
 GM, 1683 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Tue 12 Feb 2019
at 05:31
Re: Cairo III
They were drawing closer to Dashur. The dirt road was treacherous indeed!

OOC: Everyone can make Spot Hidden rolls. Matt can make a Drive check.
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 311 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 01:10
Re: Cairo III
In reply to The Keeper (msg # 205):

"Blast! Another flat tyre!" exclaimed Alexander. He was behind the wheel of his Renault touring car. It was obvious he had blown a tyre, which was not unexpected during a journey of any duration on rough roads at night.

He pulled over and called out to the lorry. "We have to stop because of the flat tyre. We are about two miles from the fishing village near Dashur, maybe another mile west to the Lesser Bent Pyramid. Do you want to wait and fix it, or leave the car and continue on?"
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 46 posts
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 07:20
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Alexander Hussein Mahfouz (msg # 206):

"We can go on. You lot can all pile in the back of here if you want. Sort out the flat in the morning. Unless you think it'll get lifted before dawn." Matt calls back.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:20, Wed 13 Feb.

Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 312 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 10:39
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Matthew 'Matt' Clancy (msg # 207):

"I don't think anyone will disturb the Renault if we leave it by the side of the road for a few hours. We are in a rather primitive part of the world now. Only perhaps twenty miles away from home, twenty-five from downtown Cairo, but back centuries in time.

"All right, let's all climb into the lorry. No point in setting a guard. We've only a couple miles to go to the Lesser Bent Pyramid. There is apparently a guard set there now for some purpose. We should approach cautiusly.

"I am also led to believe that the Clive expedition is residing in Dashur, although it is more to the west near the pyramid of Djoser."


With that he grabbed his Enfield, a couple canvas bags loaded with food and canteens full of water, and climbed into the canvas-topped bed of the Thornycroft War Department (WD) lorry.
The Keeper
 GM, 1685 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 10:43
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Alexander Hussein Mahfouz (msg # 208):

As they got set up in the lorry, Chalky happened to glance east towards the vast, dark river. There were no palms here, just a dark body of water perhaps a quarter mile across, if that, much narrower than where it ran through Cairo and the delta.

Far out on the water, he thought he saw a large, dark shape like a barge or sailing vessel floating several miles downstream.
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 54 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 10:49
Re: Cairo III
"What's that?!" Says Chalky. "Dumb to to sail a boat, you can't see what you'll hit in the river. Only a nutcase would do that."

He shifts and says to the driver. "Stop for a sec', let's have a look at this."
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 47 posts
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 16:10
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Andrew 'Chalky' White (msg # 210):

Matt brakes gently and pulls to a halt to have a good look at whatever Chalky has seen.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 823 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 20:37
Re: Cairo III

The Count hops out as well and looks towards the river. He rummages around in his carpet bag before producing a set of field glasses. He scans the boat with them looking for anything a miss.

Count Sigismund Bathony rolled 78 using 1d100 with rolls of 78.  Spot Hidden = 72%. That dice roller!


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The Keeper
 GM, 1687 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 21:32
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Count Sigismund Bathony (msg # 212):

Once pointed out, everyone noticed the dark shape on the river. The almost-full moon was setting but the glimmer of light on the water was enough to show there was something there. It seemed to be a medium-sized barge or boat of some kind.
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 49 posts
Sat 16 Feb 2019
at 14:45
Re: Cairo III
In reply to The Keeper (msg # 213):

"I don't know if that's something we need to worry ourselves about or not but it won't be able to keep up with this truck." Matt says. "Shall we just bolt? After all it's likely nothing to do with us."
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 55 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 06:00
Re: Cairo III
"I dunno Matt," says Chalky. "You'd have to really be desperate to move a craft like that at night without lights. It smells fishy."
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 50 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 08:39
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Andrew 'Chalky' White (msg # 215):

"Of course it smells fishy, it's a boat!"
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 56 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Sun 17 Feb 2019
at 09:16
Re: Cairo III
Chalky looks over at Matt in the dark but his wry look is lost to the gloom
Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 313 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Thu 21 Feb 2019
at 10:20
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Andrew 'Chalky' White (msg # 217):

"Are we going to continue on, then? Or wait here a while?"
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 51 posts
Thu 21 Feb 2019
at 15:46
Re: Cairo III
In reply to Alexander Hussein Mahfouz (msg # 218):

"Keep driving then." Matt says before shoving the truck back into gear and pulling away. "You might want to keep an eye on that boat thought Chalky, in case a bunch of magic men  suddenly jump off it to get us."