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The Staff of Hatshepsut


You awaken the next morning feeling groggy but excited. Your dreams had you racing along darkened corridors, searching for the famous Staff.

You get up and check the symbols in the book again. They match what you had traced. You eat something and then go quickly back to where you were yesterday. You set up camp directly in front of the column on which you saw the new symbols appear. You know that the Sun won't be in the right spot for hours yet, but you don't want to miss anything.

Several small animals scurry by in the time between your arrival and the expected revelation of the magical symbols, but you take no notice. You're too focused on the column of hieroglyphs. You look away only to check your watch, and that takes about a second.

It is hot today. The wind blows sand everywhere, including in your eyes. You brush it out immediately and continue your vigil.

Finally, the time arrives. The Sun shines on the same row of symbols. The same new symbols arrive. You run up to the column, hold out your tracing paper, and look from one to the other. They match! They are indeed clues on finding some artifact of Hatshepsut. The only exception is that the ones that recently appeared are greater in number. You are somewhat of an expert on her, and you know that only the Staff remains missing (if it even existed at all).

You decipher the hieroglyphs. They read:

In the Shadow of the Sun in the Hour of the Moon, the Staircase will be revealed.
At the bottom of the stairs is a secret panel, behind which lies a key.
The key fits into a secret lock, which keeps shut an ancient vault.
In that vault is the Great Staff of Hatshepsut.

Well, the last line is easy enough. And the middle two lines are clear enough. But when is the Hour of the Moon? And where should you look for the shadow of the Sun?

Sun and Moon

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