WWU Call of Cthulhu

Session 5: Cairo Pt.1

The group was on the run from the Brotherhood as well as the police. They booked passage on a freighter the very next morning headed for Port Said, Cairo. Upon their arrival, they found Cairo to be a swarming metropolis inwhich finding almost anything would be a challenge if not impossible without a guide. Fortunately the group was able to get a (somewhat) reliable one, Ma’Muhd the beggar boy. After getting settled on a hotel (across the street from the Cairo Bulletein) The investigators headed to the Street of Jackals in the Old City to find Faraz Najir, the only lead they had which was tied with the Carlyle expediditon. But Faraz was rather difficult to find. After hours of searching through the labyrinth of the Old City they found only a burnt ruin where his shop should have been. But by questioning the neighboring shops they determined that he was still alive at another address. Checking at the American Consulate they found him registered as an antiquities dealer and were able to track him down from there. Even after finding his new dwelling they had to jump through numerous hoops to have a word with him, until they finally cornered him in a mosque and calmed him down enough to get some information. The learned that he had sold artifacts to the Carlyle expedition through their agent, Warren Besart. These artifacts included a crown said to be the source of the Black Pharoh’s immortality. The group had a lot of leads and avenues of investigation to cover at this point. Each of them will be summarized to avoid making this the longest entry to date. Warren Besart, a nearly mad hashish addict and former contact of the carlyle expedition, told them of the changes in the expedition members and of the aweful things that transpired in the desert. (More information can be seen in the hand out “Warren Besart’s Statement”). This in turn led them to Nyiti of El Wasta, who had a peculiar hieroglyph of protection on a slab of limestone as old as the pyramids. She couldnt explain its relevance in the state she was in, and died shortly afterwards. Nigel Wassif at the Cairo Bulletein warned them of the powerful Brotherhood of the Black Pharoh as well as his suspicions of the wealthy cotton grower, Omar Shakti. Dr. Ali Kafour of the Egyptian Museum provided a wealth of information about the Black Pharoh and the ancient and malevolent Queen Nitocris of that same period. Especially portentuous was the fact that the Bloody Tongue, the Black Pharoh, and Nyarlathotep are all the same being, therefore they’re respective organizations are atleast somewhat unified. Dr. Kafour predicts that Nitocris will be ressurected witht the aid of 3 ancient artifacts (crown, circlet, and girdle). He also (after much persuasion) let the Herman study his translation of Al Azif “The Necronomicon”. This tome proved to be particularly mind-shattering to poor Herman. Visiting the Mosque of Ibn-Tulun, they discovered that the Girdle of Nitocris was kept under the Ulam’s protection (6 old men with scimitars). Examination of the girdle proved it to be indestructible by common methods. An interview with the Clive expedition proved rather awkward and difficult. The members insisted that they had NOT uncovered the sarcofagus of Queen Nitocris and that they were baffled by its theft. The mummy was apparently stolen right out of the tomb, and there was no evidence as to how the theft was executed. The group decided that there next course of action would be to investigate the pyramids and sphinx at Giza on the night of the new moon. To the “shock” of everyone, the Mosque of Ibn-Tulun was vandalized, and the girdle stolen. Achmed Zedavi, in shock from the attack, was able to relate the general location of a secret passage that led under the sphinx. Their course is clear: go to the pyramids, find the secret passage, and proceed carefully.

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