While they were arguing what to do Chuck slinked away and snuck into the Clive camp, killing a guard and taking his coat and rifle. He found the artifact tent and slipped in, using a lighter in his pocket to see. The shelves and tables were empty. There was only one truck in camp, he figured the Clive expedition had already left. He snuck out of camp barely avoiding a guard who discovered his deceased comrade and raised an alarm. Chuck went running for the car and they sped away.
The spent the res of the night driving from pyramid site to pyramid site, looking for who knows what, but finding nothing. They were running out of gas and headed back to Cairo. The cat in the hallway tried to get in their flat. They got a few hours sleep and went to see Dr. Kafour at the Egyptian Museum. They walked their and eventually had a dozen cats following them. For luck he was in. They showed him the broken stone from the Red Pyramid, he said he thought it was a legitimate warding symbol of some kind, but he didn’t know what. He thought if it could be combined with it’s other half it might still hold power. For some reason they thought if they put the two pieces back on the Red Pyramid all would be rosy. Dr. Kafour explained the value of locking the barn door 6 years after the horses had escaped.
They showed Dr. Kafour the scroll they took from Van Heuvelen. He was very excited to see it. He agree to keep it safe and study it. They expected Dr. Kafour to tell them what to do, but he had no idea. Taking a wild guess, they thought they would find secret tunnels in the Temple of Bast Van Heuvelen had told them about. Dr. Kafour knew of no such temple.
Leaving they passed a beautiful Egyptian woman in a slinky white dress. She stared at Chuck. When he tried to talk to her, she told him he was a rude rude man and she scared him for some reason. Going outside (where all the cats were) they decided they needed to hire a car, time was of the essence. They sent Mah-Mud off to get a car and driver for the day. Meanwhile Sean went back into the museum to talk to the woman. She seemed to know who he was and where their secret flat was! She asked him where the scroll was, she wanted it returned to it’s rightful place. Sean told he Dr. Kafour had it. She asked if they were friends of the foolish Dutchman. She advised them to convince him to return the rest of the scrolls before something bad happened. This creeped Sean out and he left.
They went to Van Heuvelen. He screamed at them to leave him alone, he cried “murder, they have come to kill me!” Nobody came to his aid. He was insisting they leave immediately, but Sean got his attention with a promise of treasure and more artifacts, including the scrolls from the burial chamber of Nitocris if they would take him to the temple where he got the scrolls. He was leery, but eventually convinced. He insisted on taking his scrolls with them because he thought they might just be trying to lure him away so some accomplice could steal them. He led them to the hidden temple deep in the heart of the old city through a winding path. It was lit with a burning brazier, had an altar to Bast and lots of nooks filled with a dozen cats. The sexy woman from the Museum was there. She insisted she be given the stolen scrolls. Van Heuveleun tried to escape running for the stairs, Charlie and Gavin stopped him. The priestess pulled the satchel with the scrolls from his grasp and thanked them. Van Heuvelen began to cry, tears ran down Chucks hand which was clamped over his mouth. They asked the priestess about the secret tunnels in her temple, she told them there were none. They asked her to answer their questions about how to stop the cult, she did not know. They asked her if her goddess could help, she paused and looked at the statue on the altar and said “She does not want to get involved, it is much too dangerous for her”. The priestess dismissed them, and they climbed the stairs. Sean wanted to ask her one last question and went back down. When he reached the bottom he was quite surprised to see the woman gone and a large black panther in front of the altar! It roared at him and he fell over himself scrambling back up the stairs. They got out of there quickly and abandoned Van Heuvelen to his fate back at his hovel.
They decided to go look for the Vengeant Ulama Husam that had saved Gavin. It was late afternoon and when they arrived at his mosque they found out HE was looking for THEM at their apartment! Eventually they met up and he told them he needed their help. He had been poking around in the town of Gezira Muhammed looking into the dealings of Mr. Omar Shakti. He said everyone seemed afraid to talk, but one man suggested he check the plantation tonight. He went to the plantation and found quite a bit of activity there. Realizing something was going to happen, he determined to crash the party, but needed their help if they were willing.
They all drove to Gezira Muhammed and dismissed their driver and car. The streets were deserted, it seemed people were hiding in their homes. They walked north to the plantation, there were quite a few people gathering there. They watched as night fell, people coming from all over and gathering at the plantation. Around 10pm, a procession left on foot of about 500 robed cultists led by Omar Shakti carrying his white cat. They people had lanterns and torches and walked in a long column south.
They followed, easily able to track the lights in the night. The procession walked through town and into the desert. They walked for 3 hours all the way to Giza!
The cultists gathered around an obelisk about 150 yards south of the Sphinx. One of the robed figures stepped forward raising his hands and saying something they could not make out from their hiding place amongst the ruins some distance away. The obelisk shimmered, went transparent, and the robed figure stepped into it and disappeared. The throng of cultists followed.
They thought about attacking as the crowd thinned, but Husam suggested it might not be good to give up the element of surprise just yet. So they waited until the last cultist disappeared into the obelisk and ran for it. By the time they got there, it had returned to it’s solid state and they could not follow into it. They were alone in the necropolis of Giza in the darkest part of the moonless night.