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The Staff of Hatshepsut


You remember that you have a book of matches and a small torch in your backpack. You light the torch, then proceed slowly.

The tunnel slopes sharply downward. You almost lose your balance. You walk on for what seems like forever, with the tunnel sloping downward in a straight line. Dust fills the air. You choke a couple times but don't feel any pain. You remember stories of people having problems when they breathed this kind of air, but you don't have any problems.

Every now and then, you hear sounds of scurrying feet in the walls. It must be rats, but you don't see any in the tunnel you're in. At one point, you hear lots of squeaking (Must be rats!) and then a loud bang. After that, nothing. You still see no signs of any branching tunnels or even any cracks in the walls. This tunnel is amazingly well preserved. In fact, you see nothing on the walls at all.

This is odd. Usually, the tunnels in the pyramids had carvings on the walls. But this is the Sphinx. Maybe this is different, you tell yourself. Satisfied that the loud bang was nothing to worry about, you march on.

Eventually, you reach the end of the tunnel. You are far underground now. Behind you, you see only darkness. Ahead of you, you see only blank wall.

Wait a minute. Is that a hieroglyph on the wall? It is! And it looks like another of the new ones you saw the other day. You pull out your tracing paper and hold it up to the wall. It's another match!

Learning your lesson this time, you press gently on the spot in the wall surrounded by the hieroglyph. The wall shudders this time, and the other walls around you groan in concert. But nothing else happens. The shuddering and the groaning stop, and you're left in silence.


What do you do?

Yell for help
Pound on the wall with your fist
Call to the Egyptian gods
Call on the Pharaohs

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