Masks of Nyarlathotep

Arrival in Cairo, and Upon Being Forcibly Disarmed

On the passenger liner Edward learned spell “pain blast,” though he lost some sanity in reading The Book of Pain. Sir Arthur William Fitzgibbon Vane read a book about the devil and learned 3 spells:
“food of life spell” preparing human flesh for consumption to gain their strength
“the 7th Incantation” to summon the demon, should have a bloody sacrifice
“Spirit of the Air” to summon a spirit of the air

March 3
The party arrived in Cairo, after a few days on a passenger liner. Vane and Call read tomes, Monty rested, and Ion picked up some Arabic from a fellow passenger.
Vane learned three spells: The 7th Incantation, a powerfully destructive spell that requires a blood sacrifice and calls some demon; Spirit of the Air, a summoning spell; and Food of Life, a spell requiring human body parts. Call learned Pain Blast.

Meeting some European-looking visitors, the party determined that Uzbekiah Gardens was the location of the government house and the luxurious Shepherd Hotel. A local offered his guide services, but ended up attempting to rob the party at knifepoint with a group of his relatives. Call cast his pain spell, causing one would-be attacker’s arms to shrivel up into his body as he screamed in death-agony. The attackers fled, leaving behind switchblades for the party.

A small child named Mahmoud offered his services to the party and was warmly welcomed by Vane. He showed the party to the government house, where they purchased their visas, and then to some reasonable accommodations.

March 4
Seeking the curio dealer Faraz Najir, the party came across a burned out lot, where locals told stories of a burning demon who descended to destroy the shop. After a tense scene involving a costume scimitar and Monty drawing his pistol, Faraz eventually met up with the party to disclose that he had had contact with Warren Bisart, the agent of Robert Carlyle, and had sold him various artifacts, including a scroll detailing a secret room in a pyramid, a drum with glowing runes, a bust of the Black Pharaoh, and a circlet of the Black Pharaoh, rumored to be the key to his triumph over death. He also confessed to having stolen the artifacts from a powerful businessman and cotton plantation owner, Omar Shakti, who is likely responsible for the fiery destruction of Faraz’s shop and face.

Doris Stinson met Dr. Ali Kafour, an Egyptologist, at the museum. Kafour had extensive knowledge about the history and legends of the Black Pharaoh.

According to historical records, Pharaoh Nephren-Ka, ruled the third Egyptian dynasty for 2000 years. He was from Irem and everyone who know of Irem, was terrified of him. He revived the worship of “the Black Pharaoh.” Nephren-Ka was often called the Black Pharoah which caused some confusion. Sneferu founded the 4th dynasty after ousting the black pharaoh with the aid of Isis. Sneferu is said to have killed Nephren-Ka. Sneferu built a pyramid in Medum to insulate the body of Nephren-Ka, but it collapsed before completion. A second pyramid was built in Dashur, called the bent Pyramid. Sneferu also built the Red Pyramid to guard the tomb of Nephren-Ka should he rise from the dead. The Black Pharaoh worshipers were driven south and believed to became the BloodyTongue. In the 6th dynasty, Queen Nitocris was rumored to be a worshiper of the black pharaoh, also known as Nyarlathotep.

According to legend, Nephren-Ka brought madness and death with the flick of a finger. The Black Pharaoh was one the most ancient of the pantheon of the elder gods (elder gods lead by Asatoth). Nephren-ka owned a beast of which the sphinx is a small and inaccurate depiction of it. The black pharaoh had a black wind that spoke with his voice that destroyed all who heard it. He will rise-up in 20 centuries which will bring freedom and truth to the followers. Finally, The sphinx is said to have had some important roll in Nitocris’ rituals. Legend has it that inhuman desert creatures live underground and abduct passers-by.

The party learned of the Clive Expedition (which discovered the sarcophagus of the goddess Nitocris) and its dig sites at Dashur and Medum. The sarcophagus and mummy had recently been stolen under mysterious and improbably circumstances, and the Cult of the Black Pharaoh is suspected. One member of the Clive Expedition, Jan Willen van Heuvelen was reported as being fired for drunkeness and still in Cairo seeking work. The party left Kafour the scroll from the Penhew Foundation to decipher.

Additional locations in Cairo are the police station, Cairo Bulletin news agency, Red Door (on the Street of Scorpions) and Omar Shakti’s house north of Cairo.

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