YvtW: Entry to Egypt scene
What has gone before: Urd's messed up spell (most of them don't quite work as expected, even if they didn't get interrupted near the end) sends our company of travelers hurtling through a portal into realms unknown. Reminded at the last moment that she'll need one of our bunch to stay behind as a marker, Urd grabs the last person to go through and falls through the portal herself.
I'm not getting paid enough for this, CBY thought irreverently as the ground broke his fall. He could've sworn that being dead came with benefits like not getting smacked around. Well, at least another fall wouldn't kill him again.
Picking himself up from the dusty ground, he looked around at his surroundings. He was in the middle of a wide street that led up to a large cluster of buildings. It was a street lined with pedestals. A street of pedestals on which rested rows of lion-sized sphinxes. A street of sphinxes who were all staring at him with glowing eyes.
Note to self, he thought glumly, don't complain about meeting too many giant metaphysical critters unless you want Murphy's Law dropped on your head.
FBH #1 found himself overlooking a grand valley from the side of a steep rocky slope. It was a spectacular scene, worthy of a kodak moment. However, he was much more concerned by the fact that he was looking out upon it from a large nest of dried reeds. Even more troubling, he was sitting next to a large pearly egg that was half the size of a grown man. He had a sinking feeling that things were about to go wrong, fast.
FBH #2 found himself in a similar circumstance to CBY, though he did not know of the other's plight. He, too, was dropped in a wide street that led up to a large stone building. This street was lined with ram-headed sphinxes. And they too had noticed his arrival among them.
FBH #3 had perhaps the least apprehensive and anxiety-filled arrival into Egypt. He barely had a glimpse of a wide expanse of clear water before he fell head-first into the Nile. However, he had not noticed the pair of crocodiles on a nearby river-bank who took sudden notice to this intrusion of their habitat.
Elladan barely had time to keep his balance as his feet touched solid land before he was ungracefully crushed to the floor by another warm and curved body on top of him. Blinking away strands of silver-grey hair, he idly wondered if Fate was trying to tell him something by consistently placing him in compromising positions with the Lady Urd.
"Skuld'll never let me hear the end of this," Urd muttered as she got to her feet. Not as quickly as she would normally, though... the half-elf was rather cute... Then all idle thoughts left her mind as she realized where they were. Or rather, who were in the room with them.
"Lord Osiris! Eh-hehe, fancy meeting you here! And Isis! Nephthys! How're the kids? Er... Thoth! I see the... er... feathers finally... um... grew back."
Is this what it would be like to stand in presence of the Valar? Elladan wondered as he also rose to his feet. He looked around at the solemn and definitely unamused faces hovering high overhead. Pray let it be not.
Urd sweatdropped at the looks sent her way. She had some fast talking to do.
Mattias stumbled to a stop, cursing at the darkness that surrounded him. His sharp senses detected movement behind him, and his quick reflexes caught the large jar-like object that he had bumped into, saving it from crashing onto the floor. Looking around blindly, the lack of the tiniest hint of light to his awareness, and the stale smell of air told him he was entirely sealed in some kind of room. Morever, he could not sense any other human presences within the range of his awareness. With a sigh, he placed the object in his hands onto the shelf behind him. It was just as well that he did not need to breathe.
Elrohir landed on the sandy ground with the grace of the Eldar. Immediately, his mind automatically seeking his twin. To his dismay, the response across the bond was muffled and distant, telling him little that made sense to him. Meanwhile, his keen eyes could spot no familiar faces among the expanse of sand before him. Turning to get a better look on his surroundings he noted that there were two high stone walls to his sides, and a even higher wall behind him.
"Brother! Are you there? Lady Tanith? Lady Urd?"
The only answer to his call was an ominous crunching sound from somewhere above him. Slowly, his gaze followed the highest wall upwards... until he found himself staring up at a large stony face that was bending to look down upon him, its eyes glowing bright.
Elrohir stared. The Great Sphinx stared right back.
Tanith also stumbled to a stop in the dark. Her efforts to keep herself from falling were rewarded with a stubbed toe and the edge of something waist-high and stony jabbing into her ribs. Blinking in the darkness, she tentatively sent out a tought-tendril. However, like Mattias, she could detect no human minds within range.
Conjuring up a light, she looked around at the room she was enclosed in. The first thing she noticed were the colorful hieroglyphics and scenes which adorned the stone walls -- they were obviously Egyptian. With a sinking feeling, she looked down onto the structure that she had bumped into. The gilded covering of a sarcophagus stared up at her.
Abruptly, she sprang back with a barely-stifled squeak. Were the shadows in the room playing tricks on her eyes or did the sarcophagus cover just... move? Scenes from horror movies featuring zombies wrapped in dusty white papyrus flittered across her mind.