Cairo III.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 1596 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Mon 24 Sep 2018
at 08:39
Cairo III
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 30):

Cynthia knew what to do, as she had learned at least some of the secrets of the Morror of Gal from one of the ancient tomes she's read, the Libre d'Ivonis. The procedure is to draw an inverted ankh on the mirror using the silvery-black Ganesh/Gabre-se Gal powder.

As a precaution Dr. Khafour had her face the mirror against a blank stone wall. "If the target senses they are being scryed, they can turn the tables and see out the mirror. Best to give out as little information as possible in that case."

Keeper's Note: Cynthia knows what to do. trace the powder on the mirror in an inverted Ankh and concentrate on the target. Please RP how she does this!
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1000 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Tue 2 Oct 2018
at 20:38
Cairo III
Cynthia gets her niqab back on and adjusts the mirror until the wall is the only visible background (and she herself looks as common as stunning Cynthia can appear). She moves furniture and curtains around as well, to block off the side should the mirror be able to peer outside of its flat plain.

With that done, she dips a hand into the black powder and feels its weight against her skin. Carefully, with the tips of her fingers, she draws the inverted ankh. "Show me the girdle of Nitocris."
The Keeper
 GM, 1601 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Fri 5 Oct 2018
at 21:12
Cairo III
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 34):

Cynthia donned the niqab and everyone made sure to get out of sight. Dr. Khafour had called for dropcloths brought in to cover the wall behind her.

Using the syrupy red substance she drew the inverted Ankh on the sickly shimmering surface and then waited. It began to simmer and something began to happen. Cynthia suddenly felt a surge of some kind of otherworldly power and her eyes grew wide as if in a trance...
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 935 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sun 7 Oct 2018
at 04:37
Cairo III
JM watched uncomfortably as Cynthia prepared the ritual.
The Keeper
 GM, 1602 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Mon 8 Oct 2018
at 09:58
Cairo III
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 36):

The strange activity continued. Everyone could feel like there was a charge building in the room. Not electricity but something equally powerful and mysterious.
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1003 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Tue 9 Oct 2018
at 16:47
Cairo III
"I see them... They have it on a mummy they are carrying. There is a priest with scepters. They are going to a small pyramid. Not Giza, but another one. They're going inside of it. They are about to perform the ritual. There are very many guards though. I don't think we could fight them ourselves. There's too many.

"What can we do?"

John-Marc Falcon
 player, 936 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 00:32
Cairo III
JM considered. "We could probably get help from the authorities with Alexander's help or through the Imam at the mosque.  They have an interest in seeing these people defeated."
Dr. Ali Khafour
 NPC, 50 posts
 Head of Ant. Dept.
 Cairo Museum
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 00:40
Cairo III
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 38):

"Miss, can you describe the pyramid in question? How do you know it was not Giza? How many such pyramids were there?" asked Dr. Khafour.
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1004 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 13:35
Cairo III
"It is small, and misshapen. Close to a larger pyramid. Perhaps those same we visited before. There are soldiers there loyal to the Brotherhood."
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 804 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Wed 10 Oct 2018
at 19:07
Cairo III

The Count watched the performance take place and made notes through out the ceremony while staying out of the way.

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The Keeper
 GM, 1608 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 21:30
Cairo III
In reply to Count Sigismund Bathony (msg # 42):

Strangely, the Count could see nothing other than the wavery silvery surface reflecting only what a normal mirror would. That is, Cynthia and the wall behind her. He of course was able to note everything she said.

Keeper's Note: The Count's actions were a little ambiguous as to whether he was trying to directly observe the ceremony in the mirror or not, that is, whether he was in direct LOS of the surface instead of behind it like everyone else but Cynthia. Either way it seems he otherwise had no effect on the proceedings.
Dr. Ali Khafour
 NPC, 51 posts
 Head of Ant. Dept.
 Cairo Museum
Wed 17 Oct 2018
at 21:37
Cairo III
In reply to The Keeper (msg # 43):

Listening, Dr. Khafour commented, "I would guess that the priest was Omar Shakti.

"I believe the Pyrmamids were the Bent Pyramid and the Lesser Bent Pyramnid located in Dashur.

"It is believed the lesser pyramid is not from antiquity as there is no record of its construction or even presence until long after the end of the last Dynasty. Perhaps constructed only in Roman times or after. The record is confused. However, if it is what I think it is, then perhaps there are other reasons it has been erased from human memory and documentation.

"It is important that we have a look inside the Lesser Bent Pyramid."

Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 298 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 03:29
Cairo III
In reply to Dr. Ali Khafour (msg # 44):

"The "Lesser bent Pyramid"? I was told it was erected by Napoleon. Or the Turk in mockery of the real Pyramids. And now it may be somehow connected. Astounding!

"Be that as it may, have we accomplished all we can here? The boys (Roger, Karlheinz, Dr. West, Prof. Fulty) are having a pint at a tavern near the RAF Base and Almaza Airfield in Heliopolis. They are trying to see if there's a different place to hangar the aircraft, as Almaza Airport is a little easy to get into and we can't keep them at RAF Heliopolis."

Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 805 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 03:33
Cairo III

The Count put away his notebook and pencil and listened to the Doctor before nodding in agreement. "Yes it would seem this "bent" pyramid is somewhere we have to search."

OOCV: The Count was behind the mirror with everyone else, just making notes and observations for himself.


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John-Marc Falcon
 player, 941 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 03:59
Cairo III
"We could take the aircraft to speed our travel to investigate this pyramid."

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:15, Fri 19 Oct 2018.

Alexander Hussein Mahfouz
 NPC, 299 posts
 Expedition facilitator.
Fri 19 Oct 2018
at 07:19
Cairo III
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 47):

Alexander explained, "Dashur is about twenty-five miles south of Giza, on the far side of the Nile."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1006 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Sun 21 Oct 2018
at 22:31
Cairo III
"Will we be able to rally our allies from Dashur? If not, we will need to do that here before we go--or agree we're ready for the tremendous loss of life we will face in a direct assault with our small numbers."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 944 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Mon 22 Oct 2018
at 03:19
Cairo III
"It's only 40 kilometers away from here.  It's not worth the plane flight.  I do know of a couple of other fliers who are in country.  They are Americans but don't hold that against them.  I can vouch for their bravery and trustworthiness and they may be up for a bit of adventure."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 1008 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Thu 25 Oct 2018
at 15:28
Cairo III
"And do they carry weapons? I'm sorry, you said they're Americans. Yes, any help we can get. I wouldn't be opposed to hiring mercenaries if we can get them quickly, as well as pulling fighters from the mosque. They carry this debt more than we do."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 946 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sun 28 Oct 2018
at 07:08
Cairo III
JM chuckled.  "They are Americans.  They will be armed to the teeth."  He considered their options.  "The Imans of the mosque should be eager for vengeance against the evil doers.  Perhaps Alexander and I can talk to them immediately."
The Keeper
 GM, 1613 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 08:06
Cairo III
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 52):

Alexander packed up the Mirror of Gal, in order to bring it back from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo to his estate on Gezirat Boulaq island, west across the Old Nike Bridge.

JM, Cynthia and Cound Bathony borrowed Alexander's Renault touring car to make the 7 mile trip out to the bar where Roger Bedford and Karlheinz were drinking with one of JM's American friends, a Great War veteran and pilot named Matt. Unbeknownst to JM, Matt's partner (another American named Bob) had decided to dissolve the partnership when their business ran into mechanical difficulties. Bob then fled Cairo with what little funds they possessed and Matt was reassessing his life choices, along with his remaining partner, Andres "Chalky" White.

The bar was run by quite the pair. Pierre was a Frenchman who'd served in the Armée de l'Air (although not as a pilot) while he was assisted by Mehmet, a Turk who was a former naval aviator in the now-former Ottoman Empire. As such they were reasonably popular with pilots from the nearby RAF Heliopolis and Almaza Airport.

Currently, Matt and Chalky were drinking with two Europeans, a Brit named Roger and a German named Karlheinz. Roger had served in the RAF as a combat pilot, Karlheinz as a Zeppelin crewman in the Imperial German Navy.
Roger Bedford
 NPC, 52 posts
 Former RAF pilot
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 08:08
Cairo III
In reply to The Keeper (msg # 53):

Roger signalled the barkeep, a middle-aged Turk named Mehmet.

"Hey there, old fellow. Another round for these good chaps! Gin and tonic for me."
Karlheinz Bergmann
 NPC, 77 posts
 Fmr. Zeppelin Crewman
 Pilot/Navigator/Mechanic
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 08:11
Cairo III
In reply to Roger Bedford (msg # 54):

"Ya. One beer for me. They I am done. I haff to be able to operate the motorcycle on the way back, ya?"

Karlheinz didn't want to mention that his therapy with Dr. West was having results and he felt the urge to drink himself to stupour much less often. The fact they borrowed Alexander's Triummph and sidecar was a convenient excuse!
Andrew 'Chalky' White
 player, 5 posts
 ANZAC Horseman
 Short and stocky
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 09:07
Cairo III
"Sure thing sport." Says Chalky, sipping his beer. "You'll 'ave to come out to the aerodrome next week if you get a chance, I'm about to change the big end bearings on the Liberty 400 Matt got us. She's sweeter than a shearer's daughter."

He took a long drag on his cigarette and looked at the mirror behind the bar. The image that looked back at him was of a middle aged man, short and stocky, with a smiling face and cheerful blue eyes. He was wearing a cotton suit and had his hair fashionably slicked back. The hand holding the beer had scarred knuckles from stubborn engine bolts, bar room brawls and was tanned from the desert sun. He was relaxed and sublimely indifferent to social class. He had another sip.

He grinned at the German, no animus at all in their conversation. The shared experiences of The Great War bound them all, willing or not, with ties stronger than steel. If one of them felt jittery the others just let it slide.

He had no idea he was about to experience another hell.
Matthew 'Matt' Clancy
 player, 3 posts
Mon 29 Oct 2018
at 16:45
Cairo III
In reply to Andrew 'Chalky' White (msg # 56):

"Cheers blue." Matt says raising his glass. He'd picked up a bit of Chalky's venacular and made it his own although it sounds strange with a New Orleans twang added. Lounging back in his chair, the tall, black man seems oblivious to the heat. He is wearing a pair of khaki shorts and a grubby white t-shirt, his face cracked with a wide grin. "Once Chalky's got the bloody thing working I can take you all for a little ride in it. Hey Chalky, there's an idea. I could fly it low over those big pyramids, charge some suckers to look out of the windows at it."