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Dark_Master
05/03/2002 2:21 PM

Tukensakem looked out over the city. From the balcony of the Pyramid he could see for miles....with his magic even further. He was dressed in a robe of gold silks, jewls sparkled on his fingers and anround his neck....the amulet of Anubis. A circlet of pure gold was placed on his head.....being the Pharoh's sorceror had its advantages.

His long black hair fell over his shoulders and down his back. In his hand....he carried a hooded cobra staff....in its mouth...a ruby was held. He stroked it lovingly.....

"May i speak with you Great One....." Tukensaken turned to see the Pharoh's daughter addressing him. She was beautiful.....a star amoung the gods. "Of course princess...it is always a pleasure."

"I'm afraid that this is of a serious matter Tuk...."Her nickname for him. "I had another vision.... you head is upon a spear displayed in the central plaza....he finds out about us."

His face grew grim "Are you sure?" She looked at him. "Of course you are...i am sorry....yuo're visions are never wrong. We must leave then....or i must at least....it would look less suspicios if i leave."

"But where will you go." She said

"I will go into lower Egypt and hide for a while.....we will reunite soon...i cannot be held back for long." he said

"Very well my love....."

He embraced her and kissed her tenderly....passion boiled in his blood. He wanted her....as she wanted him....

"I must go."

He left her and and walked into the palace. gathering what he could....Tuk made his way through the secret tunnels and out of the city.

Exiting through the caves...he entred the desert.... So it has come to this.....very well Tuk began to walked across the desert.....the blazing sun relentlessly attcking him.


OOC: I will need someone to play the princess....she is a seer of sorts who can predict the future....she is also a training sorceress.


Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Kalia_Majere
05/03/2002 3:26 PM

Nephratira stood at the edge of the balcony to her chambers. She turned away from the Setting sun and walked to the alcove behind her main rooms. She looked up and stared at the huge statue of Bast. Tears stung her eyes, but she refused to allow them to fall.

The Goddess looked past her, staring forever to the west. The statue was made of Pure Black Marble. The body of a young woman, and the head of a noble cat. Gold Glittered in the ears, and a Diadem of Gold and Silver sparkled around the Goddess's neck. Polished Star Sapphires gleamed for the Goddeses eyes. Soft, White Linen completed the statue...gracing the Goddess with the contrast of Black and White.

Two Statues of Cats stood to either side of the main statue...And one large Marble statue of a Panther stood at the center, laying at the Goddess's feet. This center statue was in tribute of Nephratira's mother...Who was a priestess for Sakmet. This Marble panther sported a gold and Sapphire diadem around the neck.

Nephratira sighed and fell to her knees in front of the Goddess. Her gold and white linen skirts pooling around her. Her long Black hair spilled across her shoulders, and touched the floor. The slender circlet of gold with the Cobra that depicted her station fell from her head and rolled to the Statue of the Panther. Her arms crossed her chest, and she bowed forward slightly...finally the tears fell.

"Mau Bast, Mau Bast. A Basti, Per Emstat. Erta-nachu Emasui. Neter Sentra Semu Hena Net'emmit Hetep Em a Sui Tauheqt."

The last word of her prayer echoed through the chamber...and the eyes on the Panther Statue Glowed...The malachite Shimmered bright green, and the Black marble seemed to melt and become fluid. The Marble blurred, and reformed...The Panther Snarled and stretched. She turned her head, and stared at Nephratira, who was still sobbing. She stood and padded over to the Princess.

Purring softly, the Great Cat rubbed her head against Nephratira's shoulder. The Princess gasped, clearly startled, and she stared in awe and fear at the panther. She glanced at the Statue of the Goddess and noted the panther statue was missing. She looked back and noticed that the Panther had her Circlet in her mouth. She took it, and the Great cat opened her jaws to allow her. The Cat's huge Green eyes locked with Nephratira's Blue ones.

I am Pasht...Your guardian from here on in..... Came a rough mental voice.
Storms Do not respond to heartfelt pleas
all the words of man cannot calm the seas.
Nature-Always Beneficent And Cruel-
will not change for a wise man or a fool

Dark_Master
05/03/2002 3:44 PM

Tuk wondered the desert aimlessly. The sun pounded upon his flesH. He decided to use sorcery. Lifting his arms...he prayed to Ptah.... Lord of magic here my prayer and grant my power.....raise the sand and cool the heat...let me dwell in sleep.

The sand parted and Tuk entered the cool sand pit that formed before him....he lay his head upon his arms and fell asleep..leaving enchantments around hmself, Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

[Edited by Dark_Master on Friday, May 3, 2002 3:51 PM]

Tybolt
05/03/2002 4:30 PM

Amenaphis pushed open the door to his daughter's chamber. The anger at her betrayl burned his soul. He pushed past his personal guards and strode into her main chamber, bellowing her name.

"Nephratira!!" He shouted, His hands clenched at his sides. Nephratira stood suddenly, her long skirts swirling around her. "Father!?" she cried, stepping forward, out of her private temple. Pasht Followed her closely, hidden completely by her skirts.

"Father...What is wrong?" she asked, her blue eyes locked on the floor. Anger boiled Amenaphis's blood as he heard her ask so innocently what was wrong. He stepped foward, dark eyes blazing. "wrong? What could be wrong with My only daughter...the only heir to my kingdom....What could possibly be wrong with her being found sneaking off with my personal Magician!?" He roared at her.

Nephratira blanched and stepped back, her right leg bumping Pasht. Amenaphis glared at her...his suspicians proved by her silence. He turned and walked to her chamber door. "Keep her here....When I find that Traitor, he will suffer for this outrage!!" He Thundered.

Panic filled Nephratira's mind and she rushed forward, only to be held back by the guards. "NO!" she cried. "you'll never find him anyway!! I sent him away...The Goddess showed me your plans for him...I won't allow you to kill him in that way!!" She cried.

Amenaphis turned, the anger in his eyes glittered like a dark fire. He walked back to her, hand raised. "Insolent Brat! Where is he!?" he hissed, and struck Her across the mouth, sending her reeling. Only then, too late he saw Pasht. The panther Lept and pinned the astonished Pharoh to the marble tiled floor.Then the dream Dreams the Dreamer
The dreams are the real
when the song sings the singer
Thats when the spell is revealed

Kalia_Majere
05/03/2002 11:12 PM

OOC: FYI. Tybolt is a good friend of mine...so when he types he is free to use my character for mild reactions...


BIC: Nephratira's hand went automaticaly to her cheek. Her father's anger had caught her off guard. But Pasht's reaction left her dumbfounded for a moment. Her shock dissapeared as the nearest guard drew his sword, and lunged for the Huge cat.

"NO!!" she cried. But Pasht stood there as the sword passed through her as if she really wasn't there. The panther panted and stared at the man indignantly.

"Pasht! Please...let him up!" she cried...her blue eyes filled with tears. The Panther looked at her for a long moment, then padded over to her. He sat in front of her...staring at the undignified Pharoh. Nephratira draped her arms around the great Cat, buring her face in the feline's fur.Storms Do not respond to heartfelt pleas
all the words of man cannot calm the seas.
Nature-Always Beneficent And Cruel-
will not change for a wise man or a fool

Dark_Master
05/04/2002 1:19 AM

He hadn't slept long....the sun was still high...maybe an hour or so. He needed to get to the Valley of the dead....it was possibly the only place where he would be safe....the Pharoh would not follow him there.....at least he hoped so.

But the Valley was weeks away on foot.....he needed to get their fast. It was in Lower Eygpt....he was in the Upper. Not a problem...

Raising his staff high....the ruby sparkled in the sun....he brought it down sharply hitting the sand hard with the end. All around him the sand whipped up as soon as the staff impacted. It whirled around him....sand and wind....it howled and screamed in his ears.

Then he was gone....as was the sand strom around him.....both had vanished. Mere moments later...the sand reappeared out side the Valley of the Dead.....Tuk in the centre of the small cyclone. He waved a hand and the sand stilled....laying around him. The entrance was nothing but a barren waste land....everything was dead.

He had to reach the City of the Dead...Hamunuptra (don't think i spelt that right)...there he would be safe for now....he only had to get past its gaurdians.....Tuk sighed heavily....They might prove a nuisance. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/05/2002 4:10 PM

((OOC: Either of you remember how Maji was spelled in the Mummy? I can't remember...))

Hamunaptra glittered as a jewel in the desert sun. An untouchable legend holding the wealth of a mortal god and a vast civilization, it was seen by few and inhabited by even fewer.

Acolybis (Ah cole u bis) saw none of the City of the Dead at the moment. His dark eyes were trained on the distant horizen, ignoring the sting of the sand on his skin, watching the small figure that approached. It was so unusual to see someone in the endless sand that the Maji had to rub his eyes several times before he believed what he was seeing.

"He is there." The voice was soft and otherwordly. Acolybis glanced at his companion. He trusted the Sphinx but rubbed his eyes one last time. She laughed, sending her dusky mane scattering in the dry wind. Acolybis smiled, and laid a hand on her strong but elegent back, feeling the tingle the soft fur spread through his fingers.

"This is a good opportunity for you," she continued. "It shows that he is starting to trust you."

Acolybis didn't reply. His face was grim, his lips thin. The small tattoos on his cheeks stretched, the only sign that he was tense. He was a relatively young Maji, the newest guardian of the Creature and Pharoah's vast wealth. He was normally assigned to guard the Book of the Dead, a last defense and position that was guarenteed to get no action ever.

The Sphinx was his constant companion, his ally. All Maji had one, in various forms, and it signalled the intervention of the gods--in his case, Anubis--in their respective fates.

He had been poor before she had come. An orphan living on the streets before she had came. One day she had just appeared and he had been taken immediatly to train. Only he knew her name and it would never be muttered in the presense of others, but here...

"Perhaps you're right, Pashteari, perhaps you're right." He shaded his eyes and then wondered, "What does he want?"

The Sphinx shrugged and started licking her paws. "It hardly matters; our path is clear."Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/06/2002 11:56 AM

Tuk approached the entrance of the City of the dead....he wondered if they would let him pass...he had the Pharoh's seal....he could just pretend he was here on offical buisness for the Pharoh....he only needed the book..if it was here...as far as he was aware it hadn't been moved since he last visited. But he wasn't sure.

Reaching the Maji Tuk stopped and looked up at the guard. "Lord Tukensakem, Sorcerer to the Pharoh. I am wishing entrance into the city...i have some buisness to take care of for his majesty. Important research that i must not be held back from carrying out. May i enter?"
Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/06/2002 1:57 PM

Acolybis bowed to the Pharoah's personal Sorcerer and hid the puzzlement from his eyes. This was unprecedented. Never before had the Pharoah--especially this Pharoah--sent someone in his stead...he loved and protected the City of the Dead too much for that...

However, Acolybis had seen this man before...he was well trusted and powerful...to be rewarded all curtesy...

Nonetheless..."Be careful," Pashateari muttered in an undertone only he could hear. The Sphinx stood and bowed before the Sorcerer, before purring in respect and offering her back to him. Close servants of Pharoah hardly ever walked by themselves if there were servants around to walk for them.

Though he did walk all that way... Acolybis thought, becoming more and more confused. Bowing again, he silently asked for permission to speak and recieved it.

"Lord Tukensakem, High Sorcerer to the Great Pharoah of Upper and Lower Egypt, please accept my sincerest welcome to Hamunaptra, City of the Dead. I would be happy to personally assist you in your research..." he paused somewhat uncomfortably. "I assume you have orders from Pharoah...?"

((OOC: He means written orders. :P))

Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

[Edited by starlite4774 on Monday, May 6, 2002 2:47 PM]

Dark_Master
05/06/2002 2:01 PM

Tuk raised an eye brow "You would question my word Maji and that of your Pharoh's? Please stand aside i have no time to waste...i must have access to the Book of the Dead. Where is it?" Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/06/2002 2:17 PM

Acolybis tensed slightly and behind him immediatly appeared several more Maji, dressed in black and all with somber impressions. Hamunaptra shone behind them, the same forbidding jewel, so tempting...

"I apologize, High Sorcerer, but surely you know that the Book of the Dead has been moved by the strict order of the Great Pharoah of Upper and Lower Egypt. Its wherabouts are to remain unknown to those that are not Maji unless taken by Pharoah himself...we cannot risk the ressurection of the Creature that was given the Hum-di...to do so would bring about the end of Egypt!"

Acolybis waited tensly. He wasn't accusing Lord Tuk...not yet. However, the High Sorcerer might not see it that way...the number of Maji and their magical servants continued to increase silently behind him...

((OOC: The Hum-di (sp?) is, if you guys don't remember, the greatest punishment given out in Egypt. It was only used once, on Imhotep, and, if he were brought back, it would spell the end of the world.))Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

[Edited by starlite4774 on Monday, May 6, 2002 2:50 PM]

Dark_Master
05/06/2002 2:24 PM

Tuk stood dumbfounded.....he was staring at the maji, he noticed the increasing number of maji and grew angry. "I hope...Maji...that you are not insinuating that i would raise the creature....i would be most displeased if you were."

"Why do you need so many of them...i am but a simple man....surely you do not perceive me a threat....we are not enemies afterall?" Tuk smirked..I'll show you a threat....should you cross me.

Tuk thought of the odds...he didn't want to risk it....one slip and they would have him. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/06/2002 2:37 PM

Acolybis's eyes hardened as he gazed at the man. It was becoming increasingly more and more unlikely that he had been sent by Pharoah. He hadn't looked surprised at the mention of Imhotep--and certainly he shouldn't have!--but didn't he know that such risks could not be taken?

When he spoke, the Maji's voice was resptectful but low, carrying the weight of a hundred black shadows whose very lives where dedicated to nothing but stopping the Creature...

"No, sire, we are not enemies. We, in fact, share a common enemy, the Creature, and you must understand, your Eminence, that we cannot even let you work with the Black Book...not without direct threat to Egypt and orders from Mighty Pharoah. The risk is simply too great and our lives will be spent for its prevention. If it is entry to the City that you wish, we are honored by your presense. But the Black Book will not be yours."

Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

[Edited by starlite4774 on Monday, May 6, 2002 2:52 PM]

Dark_Master
05/06/2002 2:58 PM

Tuk stared at the maji. "You will regret this...Maji." With that he threw his arms wide and burst in a shower of sand and wind. The mini cyclone blew past the maji the turned back towards the desert. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Dark_Master
05/07/2002 3:27 AM

Tuk dispelled the cyclone that had carried him back into upper Egypt. He stopped some distance outside the city limits. No doubt the Pharoh knew of his depsrture and reason behind it....he didn't want to risk being seen by any guards or city folk that could alert the Pharoh of his presence.

Walking over to a small sand pit.....he took out a pinch of silver dust and let it sparkle down upon the sand....whisperig a word...the sand parted leaving behind the opening of a tunnel....he entered it and close the entrane behind him.

Utter darkness surrounded him. Tapping his staff on the sand covered floor...the ruby within the hooded cobras mouth let out an errie red glow...giving him some illumination. He held the staff out in front of him and walked the tunnel.

Eventually..Tuk came to a solid wall. He placed a hand on it. A soft light came from under his palm...then died. He pushed softly on the wall...and it slide open silently. He poked his head out first....the place was clear. Emerging from the wall...it closed behind him...leaving no trace of a door being there.

Tuk crept towards the Princesses living quaters....he wondered what had become of her.....surely the Pharoh would attempt to harm her.....not that it would be an easy task anyway. The gods favoured her....one feline goddess in particular. The Pharoh knew this and so did not want to anger the gods. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Kalia_Majere
05/07/2002 9:50 AM

OOC: I guess I'll post for Tybolt....Geesh...lol

BIC: Amenaphis Stared in Awe at the Panther...He knew that this was a sign from the Gods....A sign that he didn't like...He stood quickly, and turned away from her. "Very well Nephratira....you have made your choice." He snapped, glaring at the wall. He wanted to throw her from the palace...without a thing. But he knew the displeasure of the Goddess if he did.

"Take what you need...In one hour, my guard will escort you from the palace...I no longer recognize you as Daughter....." He snarled, and strode from the room, the guards followed after.

Nephratira sprang up quickly, she pulled out a pack from one of the huge closets, and stuffed it full of rich looking clothing, and all her jewels. The pack was heavy but she hefted it easily...giving the impression that she was prepared for something like this to happen.

Pasht growled softly and rubbed up against her leg. Nephratira turned and, with her pack, walked over to the Statue of her Goddess. She fell to her knees and mumbled softly under her breath. Her last clear words where "Thank you Bubasti...Thank you." She stood and walked to the altar where there was a simple Bast statue carved out of black marble. The statue could fit comfortably in Nephratira's hand, she picked it up and held on to it for all she was worth.

Pasht suddenly tensed, and walked over to the furthest wall. The panther Growled softly and pawed at the wall, her claws scratching at the stone.

Moon, sister Moon
Shining so high.
Smile down upon me
Full face in the sky
Moon, sister Moon
With your silver glow..
Whisper your secrets
Tell me what you know

Dark_Master
05/07/2002 10:10 AM

Since when has she had a panther....but that is no ordinary cat.... He looked at the statue and waited for the Pharoh to leave.....he then came into her view.

"Nephratira...its me....Tuk" He stared at the panther to see if it would react towards him.

"I need your help....but that can wait...come we will sneak out of the palace...." he stopped and glanced at the pack in her hands. "I see that you are already leaving.....your afther i presume?" Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Kalia_Majere
05/07/2002 10:16 AM

Nephratira nodded and lifted the pack. "Father has banished me....But he told me to take what I would...I took Jewels, my more expensive clothing...so that I can exhcange them, for something more practical." She said and dropped the pack. Pasht stepped out of her way as she threw herself in Tuk's arms.

"Thank the Goddess you are safe..." She mumbled, her face buried in his chest.Moon, sister Moon
Shining so high.
Smile down upon me
Full face in the sky
Moon, sister Moon
With your silver glow..
Whisper your secrets
Tell me what you know

Dark_Master
05/07/2002 10:25 AM

Tuk stroked and kissed her head tenderly. "I'm fine....you must give me more credit my love...the Pharoh's High Sorcerer isn't easily defeated....." He lifted her head and stared into her eyes...but then he noticed something...her cheek was slightly bruised....he touched it and she flinched.

"Whats this?" Anger seethed in him. "Did he strike you? Why of course he did....that man has a short temper....perhaps it is time to put him in his place...Pharoh or not....he will beg for mercy at my feet!!"

Tuk split from her and turned around..."Wait here. I shalln't be long." Staff in hand he started towards the throne room. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Dark_Master
05/08/2002 1:55 PM

OOC: Sorry if you wanted to stop me Kalia. Hope it is ok to knock the Pharoh around a wee bit...don't worry i am not going to kill him.

BIC: Tuk stormed through the halls towards the throne room....the servants and noblity he passed threw themselves out of his way when seeing the raging look on his face and in his eyes.

Several guards approached him when he neared the room. Raising a hand...they were sent reeling backwards and crashing through the huge doors of the throne room where they lay unmoving.....sprawled over the marble floor.

The Pharoh shouted for his personal guards.....who appeared from everywhere at once. The Pharoh gloated at the Sorcerer...who only smirked in return. Webs of magic sprang from the magicians fingers.....the guards were either paralysed or hung from their feet in the air. But they wouldn't last long.

The Pharoh ran at him...blinded by rage....Tuk pointed his staff towards him.
The Pharoh thrown back against a wall....with a gesture of his staff...the Pharoh was thrown backwards and forwards about the floor.....the webs were about to fail....

He stopped and looked at the disorientated Pharoh....walking over to him Tuk grabbed the man his shaking arm and squeezed it tightly...."Listen oh Great and Powerful Pharoh....your daughter and i are leaving ...together...you are not to follow...or harm her again....least you bring the wrath of the gods upon yourself. I hope i make myself quite clear?" The Pharoh only nodded. "Good." Tuk turned and ran back to his love...."Are you ready?" There was a note to his voice that carried a silent message....Don't ask Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Kalia_Majere
05/09/2002 10:53 AM

Nephratira smiled at him, and took his arm. "Tira...That shall be my name outside these walls." She said softly, her blue eyes staring ahead of her. She felt Pasht Butt her in the back of one leg. She turned at Scratched the panther's ears. "Dearest Pasht...Thank you..." She said softly...then looked troubled. "How do we manage walking through the city with you? You'll cause a panic...."

Pasht growled, and her fur shimmered, blurred and formed into a bright gold, and silver mist, that coalesed and rushed to the small Bast statuet in her hand. The statuet seemed to melt and reform in her hand. The normal statuet of Bast suddenly resembled a Panther in a Crouching position, ready to spring, the Malachite eyes bright, and the Gold and Sapphire Diadem around it's neck.

Tira smiled and held the statuet up to the light. And laughed. "well that works!" she smiled at Tuk and followed him out of the palace.Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence doe we come? Where are we bound?
Through each day, each lonely night
We long to find the splendid light
That will cast a revelatory beam
Upon the neaning of the human dream

starlite4774
05/09/2002 3:47 PM

((OOC: I'm going to add a character cuz I feel like playing both sides. If you don't like the idea, just send her away. ))

A slim figure stole through the dusky shadows of Pharoah's palace, gliding by on bare feet, her milky white tunic barely raising on the subsequent winds. Rumors had flown through the kingdom as water through a parched land and Thalia had been most distressed by the news that her beloved Nephratira was leaving.

Taken from her home village in Greece when she was very young, Thalia had been put into the service of Pharoah's daughter and had since known nothing but Egypt. The Spires, the heiroglyphs...it seemed as home to her, but made so only by Nephratira. Pharoah's Daughter was the only one who called her by her real name...who taught her to read and write, and learn...the serve her as best she could...

Everyone else called her Kadeem. Servant. Nothing more, nothing less.

Thalia peered around a corner, her jade eyes blazing from a crown of unkept obsidian hair. She had run before the Head Servant to the Daughter could come and claim her for her daily washing. The servants must always look their best...

Thalia hardly looked her best now. She was dirty, tired from redecorating Pharoah's main hall. A lack of sleep didn't help any...but the young slave had much determination...

There! Nephratira and the Pharoah's Sorcerer! Abandoning all thought of what little she was leaving, Thalia ran forward and threw herself at the beloved Daughter's feet, begging that she be taken with...to serve them and help them...she knew people Outside and...

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Acolybis was back guarding the Black Book. It almost felt like a punishment but not...he had requested it after all. His bout with Pharoah's Sorcerer had ended well but now it seemed appropriate to be here, following through on his promise...away from the front lines...

Pashateari laughed softly and Acolybis frowned at her. "I though I told you to stop reading my thoughts."

"Your posture all but screams them to all, dearest Acoly. Relax," she purred with a smile.

The Maji nodded but didn't relax.

"Acolybis."

A dark man entered the chamber through a small set of unnoticed columns at the back of the room. He idly tipped back a large metal plate, allowing more light to reflect off the cold stone walls. His right hand rose then, and a screech announced the arrival of a large hawk with glowing red eyes.

Acolybis bowed and Pashateari flicked her tail at the hawk playfully. The dark man frowned and the Sphinx backed off. Suddenly sighing, the dark man handed the other Maji a small slip of paper.

Quickly reading, Acolybis's expression hardened and his eyes were crystal when he looked up again. "The Sorcerer had the nerve...Do you believe he will come back here?"

The dark man nodded. "There is no reason to believe otherwise. You did right in turning him away." A small pause. "You will stay here. This is the last line no longer. Not when facing someone so powerful."

Acolybis bowed again in respect and hid his concern. Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Kalia_Majere
05/09/2002 9:58 PM

"Thalia!" Tira exclaimed actually kneeling down to her friend. "Are you sure? I don't know where we will be going...But you are welcome with us..." She said, hugging her former servent...now her friend.

She looked at Tuk and smiled. "where are we headed Love?" She purred.Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence doe we come? Where are we bound?
Through each day, each lonely night
We long to find the splendid light
That will cast a revelatory beam
Upon the neaning of the human dream

Dark_Master
05/09/2002 11:33 PM

He didn't smile....should he tell her....she may know the Books location.....he smiled to placate her....."I'm afraid that i dare not mention it while still within palace walls my dear....but hurry we must leave as soon as possible."

He walkd over to the wall and opened the entrance to the tunnel...."In here..." Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/10/2002 2:42 PM

Thalia gasped in surprised as Pharoah's Daughter hugged her and gave her the choice of coming along. Of course she would! How could such a question even be asked?

Thalia followed without questions. She made no noise and was careful not to disturb the two lovers. She noticed the Sorcerer looked tense but thought nothing of it; she, in fact, thought little of anything and everything other than she was here, ready to serve. Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/11/2002 11:08 AM

Tuk lead the two of them through the tunnel and into the desert out side the city. He looked at the slave girl that Tira brought with her...his eyes narrowed...Don't be stupid...she is no threat...i doubt she is a spy ...

"Tira...i know this will sound rather odd...but...do you know where you're father his the black book...i know it must be in the city of the dead but i couldn't get passed the Maji..." Tuk's blood boiled at the mere thought of the insolent gaurd....That one will pay soon...

He turned his attention back to Tira..."Well? He must have told you where he hid it....he trusted you more than his personal advisor....me!" He held her gaze....would she tell him

Does she even know.... Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/12/2002 5:27 PM

((OOC: No, she doesn't. Only I know. Mwhaha. :P))

Thalia frowned. She didn't like the way the Sorcerer was talking to Pharoah's Daughter. Stepping between them unconsciously--though she knew perfectly well there was not a thing she could do--the slave glared at the Sorcerer. As she did, her tattered clothes shifted and a small tattoo came into view. It was a pyramid obscured beneath a starburst and drawn in black ink onto her arm. Small tendrils wrapped lovingly down around her wrist and through her fingers where they became so thin one would not have noticed without seeing the rest of the drawing.

((OOC: Don't ask me why I threw that in there. Maybe it'll come in handy later. :P))Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/13/2002 11:07 AM

Tuk stared at the slave girl....utter surprise filled his eyes....his mouth parted in near shock....Who does she think she is....i must admit though...she has some courage....not many would stand as such before me....

Tuk smiled at the slave...but then something caught his eye....her arm....he grabbed her wrist and looked at the tattoo on her arm.....his eyes grew wider "How did you come by this....tell me." His voice was low, but ice filled...death danced in his eyes....If she doesn't speak....kill her.... Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

Kalia_Majere
05/13/2002 11:31 AM

"Tuk! What are you doing!?" Tira cried, laying her hand on his. Her sudden panic triggered Pasht, who lept free from the statuet in her hand.

Pasht growled and paced, not sure what to do, so she kept her distance, but her growls where menacing.

Tira stared at Tuk...for the first time icey fear cluched at her heart...Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence doe we come? Where are we bound?
Through each day, each lonely night
We long to find the splendid light
That will cast a revelatory beam
Upon the neaning of the human dream

starlite4774
05/13/2002 4:44 PM

Thalia's eyes widened slightly as the Sorcerer grabbed her arm and hissed. But she was used to being manhandled.

Her voice was calm when she spoke. "I've always had it...since before I can remember. It may have been engraved when I was brought here...you know, taken from my home, my family..."

Surprised at her bitter tone and words, the slave stopped. She decided a second later that it was Pharoah's Daughter's actions that had spurred her confidence...turning, Thalia gave Tira a smile. Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/14/2002 2:49 PM

Tuk let her arm drop and turned his back on her...."Very well.....however that is no ordinary tattoo." He watched the wind stir the sands slightly. He frowned and turned his attention to Tira....."Sorry...i'm just a little stressed just now....but....we need to get out of the sun....what city do you think we would be safe in.....or.....there is the desert Oasis.....a secret place known only to myself.....it a little sanctury upon which i visit often....we would be safe there."

Tuk stood slightly apart from them and drew symbols in the sand with his staff. He took out a little vial and broke the seal. He let the viscous liquid drop onto the symbols. Throwing the vial away....he raised his staff...the head beamed a red light....and Tuk brought the staff crashing down upon the symbols.

From that point a swirling array of sand formed a circular opening..... "Please...ladies first...." Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/15/2002 2:51 PM

Thalia glared at the Sorcerer and muttered cryptically as she turned away, "I know it's not ordinary."

She refused to say anything else even though his look suggested it would be wise to do so.

When he opened the portal, she could only stare in wonder. He motioned for Tira to enter first, but the slave leapt before her and jumped in, determined to go first to make sure there was no harm awaiting Pharoah's Daughter on the other side.Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/18/2002 12:50 PM

Tuk waited for them to enter the portal and followed after them. They exited the portal and stood within a tropical oasis within the desert. "Welcome to my sanctury....ladies." He smirked and walked towards a small cave....."please come in.....you will find food and wine inside....i will return shortly....i have to make sure that my defenses are still in place. Until i return."

He walked over to Tira and kissed her softly. He nodde to the slave girl and left. Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/20/2002 3:38 PM

Thalia stared after the Sorcerer and then turned to Pharoah's Daughter. She knew better than to question their love but...

"We are here...Do you know what he plans to do?"Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/21/2002 1:59 AM

Tuk walked the perimeter of the oasis....his defenses and enchantments still held....no-one had been here while he had been gone. Satisfied he returned to Tira and the slave, Thalia.

"Please make yourselves at home." Upon entering the cave....the very size of it was impressive. A spiral staircase led upwards from the centre of the cave. He walked up it and into his ante-chamber. A desk was placed at one end , a chair behind it. An unbelievably large book case took up one wall....from floor to ceiling it was packed with papyrus scrolls and leather bound books.

A small opening led into another chamber....this one was more delicately furnished. A large circular seating sofa, covered in silken pillows. Rugs littered the floor....he sat down and gestured for the other two to do the same.....he made a strange geture with his hand and a tray of wine goblets, and two pitchers, one with wine the other filled with water....floated over to them.

"Can i offer you something?" Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

starlite4774
05/21/2002 3:38 PM

Thalia looked around the cavern with wide eyes. She saw much...the books intriqued her and the dust spurred years of reflex that had been drilled into her head.

Following Tira whenever she might go, the slave automatically staved off her longing to pick up a book and start reading. When the platter appeared, Thalia immediatly poured two drinks for Pharoah's Daughter--one water and one wine--and tasted them before bowing before her mistress and holding out the cups before her lowered head. Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Kalia_Majere
05/21/2002 10:49 PM

Tira accepted both glasses, though with a pang of guilt. she set them both down untasted, and turned to Thalia. "Thalia....please. Just as I am no longer The Pharoh's daughter...you are no longer my slave. I free you. please...join me, eat and drink...and be my friend, not my slave." she said softly. She noted the look of surprise on Thalia's face.

"Thalia...my father has banished me. His daugher...and Princess of Egypt...I am no longer." She murmered softly, tears filling her bright blue eyes....eyes so uncommon amung the people of Egypt...Blue eyes had never before been recorded amung the Egyptian peoples....Only in far of legends where blue eyes ever heard of.Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence doe we come? Where are we bound?
Through each day, each lonely night
We long to find the splendid light
That will cast a revelatory beam
Upon the neaning of the human dream

starlite4774
05/22/2002 3:19 PM

Thalia stared into Tira's blue eyes, her own reflecting surprise. She waited till Pharoah's Daughter was done and then nodded. "I know I am free. I have been free since I left the palace...and it is of my free will that I serve you now."

It was Tira's turn to look surprise. Thalia smiled softly. "Pharoah to me is not the same as Pharoah to you...I was born a Greek and though it has been many years..." she paused. "You are still Pharoah's Daughter...the Daughter of a great God who rules his people wisely...and one day you will find that Pharoah again. Until then...you remain as great as you once were and I pay my tribute willingly."

Almost belaying the most intelligent thing the slave had ever said, Thalia stepped back and sat down to obediantly to wait for her superiors to finish their meal.

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A presence wound itself through the desert with the speed of an imagined dream, creeping towards the cities with the power and blessing of the Gods. Dark and forebrooding, it told the sands of an evil that would pass over this land, till there were Nothing but blood and tears...

The Nile wept and the Priests screamed in horror, crying out to a deaf Pharoah. He brushed them away, pacing around his palace with barely contained rage, blind to the world.

By morning, the Priests were dead.

By nightfall, the Pharoah was hunting, his advisors banished to sacrifice whatever they may wish as long as they didn't bother his Worship.

The presence was broken and fled the civilized worlds of Egypt. It sought out hope and found it in a remote location where there was a strange amount of power...and not a little ambition.

Permission was asked and recieved. The presence reached for the mind of the Most Powerful and called him to the cool sands of the desert... Computer games don't affect kids…if Pacman had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching on magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Dark_Master
05/22/2002 3:29 PM

A strange feling overcame him....he stood up and shook his....something was drawing him...pulling him...."I'll be back in a moment.....wait here both of you." His voice was dark...his eyes cold...there was no questioning allowed from the tone of his voice.

He raced down the stairs and out into the Oasis....he traversed through the trees and past the still waters, to reach the sands....someone or something wanted his attention .....

He opened his mind to the sands and listend to their whispers.

OOC: I hope i understood you right and its me that they are wanting to talk to..... Til the heart's blood boils or the bones be ash,
til the tallow be dust and death's teeth gnash
this one be mine.....

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