Upon her return, Aloysa and Kiji are approached by Ibankhkhnum, a captain of Pharaoh's guard. He explains that he has been assigned to investigate the murder of the Wati guards (which the party had reported). After interrogating Velriana and Uzoma, he investigated both the Wati gate and the Sanctum of the Erudite Soul. From this, Iban has a lead as to the whereabouts of the suspected murderer. Unfortunately, he cannot trust his own men to investigate--for the perpetrator may be a member of the Order of Medjay, a special branch of the royal guard. As you had expressed interest earlier in assisting the investigation, Iban was hoping that he could call on the party now.
Your particular skills, he believes, will be an asset--for he is relatively certain that the murderers are hiding out in the Valley of the Princes, beyond the Pyramid of Sekh-pa-Mefer III. Unearthed at the same time as the pyramid, the tombs in this valley remain untouched--only a few just outside the valley, in the shadow of the pyramid, have been looted. In addition to not being able to trust his men with the identity of the murderer, he also cannot trust them not to damage history in their investigation. An unbiased team including both an archaeologist and an inquisitor is ideal.
PeratenPeraten is the new capital of the empire. Construction of the city began under Atenhotep I, and was completed under his wife Moshet. Atenhotep II continues to rule Nefret from this city. Religious practices other than worship of the Aten are not permitted in the city. Believers of other traditions are permitted, and each is allowed to practice their own faith privately--but public displays of devotion (including spellcasting) are forbidden. Temples to other gods are not to be constructed; and the devout of any other tradition may not gather in groups of 4 or more.
The Valley of the PrincesThe Valley is a dynasties-old burial ground for long dead, non-royal nobility. It is located across the river from Wati and Peraten, equidistant from the two sites. This necropolis was unearthed more recently than the Dead City. The majority of the tombs have been carved out of the rocky cliffs in a natural valley near the pyramid, while others exists outside the entrance of the valley. The only free-standing tomb is a pyramid outside the entrance to the valley. Parties thwarted by the pyramid have sought to plunder the smaller, outlying tombs--but many of their treasures have long decayed, consumed by the kas of those interred. Few, if any, have entered the valley proper.
The valley consists of three, connected corridors; each with distinct features:
- The Entrance Corridor, running from the Pyramid of Sekh-pa-Mefer to the the Central Junction, the tombs in this area are the youngest--dating to approximately the same time period (give of take 75 years) as the Pyramid.
- The Northern Corridor extends north from the Central Junction; this region is the most densely populated of the Valley.
- The Eastern Corridor, extending east from the Central Junction, is the least populated region of the Valley; an avenue running town the center of this corridor is lined with sphinx statues, alternating through the various known varieties of that creature.
Pyramid of Sekh-pa-Mefer III, also called the Pyramids of the Pharaoh of the Sphinxes, marks the entrance to the Valley of the Princes. While not the oldest tomb at the site, it is the largest, and the onl one [supposedly] dedicated to a royal personage. Our heroes are the only party known to have ventured inside the pyramid. This tomb contains imagery of hieracosphinxes (haw-headed),
Tomb of Fen-Ra-Shep is located in the Eastern Corridor. The only unusual tracks found in the Valley led to this tomb, and may be the hiding place of Ekram Iffek (see below). This tomb contains imagery of canisphinxes (jackal-headed).
Important PeopleIbankhknum (or simply Iban; male ramfolk fighter) is a captain in the ranks of Phararoh's guard. He has asked the party to investigate a possible lead related to the murder of two Wati guards.
Order of Medjay is a special branch of Pharaoh's royal guards responsible for imperial level investigations, intelligence gathering, and the safety of Pharaoh and his immediate family. A member of this order, Ekram Iffek, is a person of interest in the investigation of the murder of two Wati guardsmen.