First day on Professor Blake's dig site, and it was already a doozy the minute I walked in. According to one of his workers, Blake has a habit of letting his bright, promising young students make fabulous discoveries... then claim them for himself and send the students home without even a recommendation. Charmed, I'm sure.
Before getting started on the dig, I decided to look around the base camp a bit. Good thing too, as I ran into Anna and Felix, who showed me an interesting small shrine that showed signs of still being used by the locals. Odd symbols on it, though... an ankh, a water lily, and some unknown cartouche?Before I had much chance to figure it out, we all got dragged into a tour of the pyramids, hosted by The Most Boring Man Alive. Seriously, I've heard dead people more lively than Professor Blake when he's lecturing. First chance I got, I slipped away.
As soon as I slipped away from the main group of students, I discovered an interesting wall with an unusual script regarding a Lost King, the 'Original Ankh' and the requisite curse of the gods etc etc. But I wasn't the only one interested... that strange Brit Roland showed up just as I found it. He claimed he was an intern (ha!) and he wasted no time in picking out something else odd about the wall.
There was something hidden underneath all the sand caked on the brick, so I tried blowing away the dust to get a better look. It just flew in my face and made me sick! Maybe I should try an alternate approach...That wall in the pyramid had been on my mind, so I returned to the pyramid to try again.... and lo, so did Roland.
There was something hidden underneath all the sand caked on the brick, so I tried brushing away the dust to get a better look. But it was taking forever with my tiny brush, so I got frustrated and stopped. Maybe I'll try something that requires less patience next time.That wall in the pyramid had been on my mind, so I returned to the pyramid to try again.... and lo, so did Roland.
Working together on the wall, Roland and I gained access to a mysterious underground tomb, not far from Professor Blake's Egyptian digsite.
After experimenting, we found the doors were opened by steam, of all things. We tried the first door and saw, on the far side of the chamber, a canopic jar that practically had PLEASE TAKE ME FOR PUZZLE written on it.
Unfortunately, our exploration of the tomb was cut short when we found a trapped floor. Roland thought we could just jump over it, but we hit a little, er, snag, and were lucky to escape without triggering any of the traps. Next time, maybe we should try a different tack.Roland and I re-entered the secret tomb in the pyramid and attempted to get past the trapped floor.
Unfortunately, our exploration of the tomb was cut short when we found a trapped floor. Roland tried jumping over it, but he came up short. Honestly, we were lucky to get out of there alive! Next time, maybe we should try a different tack.Roland and I re-entered the secret tomb in the pyramid and attempted to get past the trapped floor.
With some fancy footwork, we bypassed the floor traps and got the first canopic jar... or first replica of a canopic jar, I should say, as it wasn't quite the real thing. Still, it seemed significant, so we tried the next room. This one had next to no floor, some precarious footing, and another canopic jar.
I couldn't manage to figure out the mechanism to help me get across, so we decided to head back to base camp and come back later. I hope Roland doesn't get any funny ideas of coming back without me!Roland and I returned to the pyramid and the room with the giant pit to try our luck at getting across again.
We made our way across the pit and collected the second canopic jar.
The third room had, surprise surprise, another canopic jar, along with an actual genuine surprise, a rock fall. Luckily, Roland took his meat shield duties very seriously.
Still, the whole incident really upset me, and I began to wonder if I was getting in over my head and risking both of our lives.
The pressure was too much, and I booked it out of there. I should probably stay away, not let myself be tempted to return... I should just stay here, nice and safe, at base camp...Despite everything that happened in that secret tomb, despite knowing that I might be putting my life and Roland's in danger... I still couldn't let it go. I went back there today, and sure enough, Roland was already waiting for me. How does he DO that?
We came to the fourth chamber, which featured yet another bottomless pit - what is it with this place and pits? - only narrow and claustrophobic. Roland, proving himself to have no fear or survival instincts, lowered himself down into the pit and emerged triumphant with the final canopic jar.
In the final room of the tomb, Roland and I discovered that a pharaoh called 'The Lost King' used 'The Original Ankh' to protect his people.
Roland got really interested in the story, and announced he would find the Ankh himself! Of course, I couldn't let him do all that on his own... I have no idea who this guy really is! This could be the most important discovery of the century! I agreed to look through my parents' things in New York for more clues.
So I guess I'll be seeing a lot more of Roland... and I'm not sure if I'm excited or apprehensive.
Maybe I'll even find out what he actually does for a living. Intern, my foot.