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Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 05-07-99 10:26 ET (US)         
Let's try this a gain with a fresh thread.
The first post here will contain most of the story. I tried to get most of the formatting in there, but if I missed out on anything...I'm sorry



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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

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Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 05-31-99 06:58 ET (US)     76 / 98       
Just outside the Senate building, two soldiers wait for Glabrus to exit. As he walks past them they each grab an arm and the bigger of the two whispers in Glabrus' ear:
"Oy, jus'calm doon, ye will be teken to a villar outside o'Room an'stee there. If ye keep quiet nothin';; happen to ye."

Shivering in his sandals Glabrus is led of and to a patrican villa on the outskirts of Rome. Here he meets Pompey and a few of his advisors.
"Splendid my lord, " one of them congratualates Pompey. "A wonderful trick to get that pompous ass to announce his son in charge of the force to attack Caesar. Now if he just stays here we can go an meet him in stead. Mars, will he be in for a surprise..."
Pompey silences him with a curt gesture.
"You," he says to the cringing Glabrus, "will stay here and out of sight. We'll release you once we've beaten Caesar.
Leaving the youn gpatrician with half a dozen scurvy looking legionaires he walks of.

North of Rome Brutus and Anthony's legions are marching towards Caesar's encampment on the banks of the Tiber.

mouse and friends are making ready for another foray into Rome.
"We got to disguise Incontinentia again or else she'll be arrested"
"I'm not going to dress up as Cleopatra."
"We could dress her up as Boudiccea?"
"I will not dress up in a top that's only painted on!" She replies vehemenently
"Couldn't we dress her up as a market lady?"
"That wouldn't work, she'll be lynched by the outrages mob."
"A librarian?"
"Not with those legs..."
"What's wrong with my legs?!"
"Nothing, that's the problem."
"Why, thank you, 'Hotep."
"I know, " mouse pipes up, "we'll diguise her a Greek actor, she can wear one of those masks and nobody will recognise her"
"Hmm, that might work."


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

Incontinentia
Pleb
posted 06-01-99 08:06 ET (US)     77 / 98       
"Yippee, another night on the town!" Incon smiled at her friends. Which they couldn't see, due to the Tragic Mask she was wearing.

"Where shall we go first?" MRed asked as they strolled down the Via Bathgirlea.

"How about Reckless Rodent's House of Lark's Tongues for dinner, then on to the Lion Taming Compound for wine and dancing?" mouse suggested.

"5 dinarii says Incon'll ask if we can Lambada," 'Hotep whispered to the others.

"You're on," MRed replied instantly.

Incon turned to her friends. "Hey, guys! The Taming Compound - cool idea! Can we Lamb--"

"AIRBAGGUS! STOP!!"

She was cut off by a middle-aged man in silk robes who ran out of the theatre they were passing and up to them, out of breath. "Airbaggus - there you are! Thank the Gods!" He grabbed hold of Incontinentia's arm and started dragging her inside. "You're on in 5 minutes!"

"Huh?" Before they could stop him, the theatre manager had hauled Incon through the backstage area and shoved her into the wings. MRed, mouse & 'Hotep hastily bought tickets and dashed inside. They were seated close to the semicircular stage.

"We've got to help her!" mouse squeaked.

"I don't see how we can," MRed shrugged, lighting up a herbal. "What's the performance, anyway?"

"'The Plight of Pliny The Elder'," 'Hotep read off his ticket stub. "How good is Incontinentia's historical dramatic knowledge?"

The look MRed and mouse gave him was answer enough.

The lights dimmed, the small quartet of musicians struck up a somber tune. A backdrop displaying the hills surrounding Rome unfurled. The audience quieted.

Nothing happened.

Just as the slight murmers of concern began, they were rewarded with the sight of a masked actor being prodded on stage by a broom handle. He didn't seem too happy to be there. He stood in the middle of the stage, looked around at the audience, tried to dash off. He stopped just short of the spear that suddenly poked out of the sidestage curtains. He wandered back to centre stage, looking terribly lost and confused.

"Airbaggus doesn't seem to be on good form tonight," the person sitting next to mouse commented.

Incon spotted her friends, and dashed forward. "What's the PLAY?" she whispered frantically.

"Pliny the Elder!" MRed replied. "Want a herbal?" She held one out helpfully.

"Save it for me," Incon replied, and returned centre stage. Looking upward, and raising her hands dramatically, she boomed:

"How many of you have seen this play done over, and over, and over? Always the same way?"

The was confused silence from the crowd.

"Tonight," Incon continued, "I propose to deliver the writings of the Great Pliny in a...new, innovative way. And for this, I will need a volunteer from the audience. Anyone?"

Mouse, MRed and 'Hotep immediately sat on their hands.

"You, sir!" Incon pointed to a gladiator seated stage right. "Would you be so kind?" The gladiator started to shake his head, but was egged on and hooted by the party of friends he'd come with. He sheepishly stepped onto the stage, grinning at the smattering of polite applause and cheers from his mates.

Incon whispered something in his ear. He nodded. She then trotted over to the musicians, had a quick word. They all nodded. She returned to the gladiator.

"Ladies and gentlemen," she announced, "I give you The Trials of Pliny The Elder. Using Interpretive Dance!!"

On cue, the band struck up some very familiar music. Incon and the gladiator started swivelling and swaying around the stage.

"She can't be," mouse gasped.

"I don't believe it..." 'Hotep muttered.

"You're kidding me, right?" MRed inhaled deeply. "She's portraying the Life of Pliny - using the *LAMBADA*??!?"

"Any ideas on how we can get her off the stage before she's rushed by an angry mob?" mouse asked.

mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 06-02-99 11:37 ET (US)     78 / 98       
a soft trumpet is heard. an elephant trunk taps mouse on the head gently.

M: ummm yes BT. Oh wow great idea.

elephant tip toes back stage
then dances on stage to join the play in progress.
everybody stand up and claps wildly
LI slips off stage and the elephant backs off stage on the otherside. quietly slipping out of the building before the crowd notices they are gone.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 06-04-99 08:01 ET (US)     79 / 98       
BT and Incon, now wearing a smiling mask instead of a tragical mask, meet up with mouse, Mred and Jahakemhotep at the backstage entrance.
"Phew, that was a close call, " Incontinentia sighs
At that moment a load roar of boo-ing and hissing sounds through the door.
"Closer than you thought, methinks," Jahakemhotep mumbles

"So where next," Incon says cheerfully, "I know this nice place along the Tiber, where we can have pizza and lambada until it gets light again."
The evening is young and the sky still retains a glimmer of pink and mauve in the west. The first stars appear in the east, the Evening Star a beacon in the sky.

"Can't we do some sightseeing first?" Jahakemhotep asks.
"This is the first time I'm in Rome, really. Earlier I was stuck on errands and the Olympics took up most of my time."
"Well, where would you like to go?" MRed asks.
"I don't know...anywhere where it's nice, I guess."
"Want to visit the Senate?"
"I don't think that's a good idea. The last time I was there they tried to arrest me."
"I know," says mouse, "Let's go to the Catacombs."
"What's that?"
"Well, it's Rome's answer to the pyramids, I guess."
"Sound good to me."

"Hey guys, " Incontinentia calls, looking at a leaflet she just got of a seedy looking man. "It says here that they have secret meetings in the Catacombs, maybe they have dances too?? So let's go."

The round a few corners and open a door next to the aquaduct, a staircase leads down.
"This must be it. The leaflet says follow the fish signs and enlightnement will follow. Hmmm, must be one of those New Age/Millenium groups.
MRed, they're gonna love your herbals."



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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


RSC
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 06-06-99 17:42 ET (US)     80 / 98       
Note to everybody participating in the story: I believe Marc's last name is Antony...if I missed something at the beginning of the story that explains this, sorry !
PACowan
Inactive
posted 06-06-99 18:00 ET (US)     81 / 98       
AJayhawk is that you or RSC? Have I drunk too much already?
RSC
Pharaolympics 2000 Competitor
posted 06-06-99 18:12 ET (US)     82 / 98       
Shhhh! Wouldn't wanna interfere on the story . It's me, RSC. Maybe you should take a break from wine and have some of my peanuts... ...see you at the party..
Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 06-07-99 11:36 ET (US)     83 / 98       
...drip...
...drip...
...plunk...
...drip...
"There's another fish!" Incon says as they come to another crossroad in the dark. The flickering torch shows a fish sign next to a niche in the wall.
"What's that?" MRed wonders.
"A skull..., " mouse mumbles, "loads of skulls"
"You people don't really care about your dead do you?" Jahakemhoteps asks "you don't even bother to wrap them up..."

Suddenly they hear singing in the darkness.
"What's that?"
"I don't know, sound like..."We shall over come" or so..."
"Strange..."
"Hey, it's a new tune. 'Hotep you know that one?"

In the distance people are singing:
"Go down Moses, go down to Egypt's land,
Tell old Pharaoh, to let my people go."

"Never heard of that song. Heard of MOses though, he was a troublemaker. They had to chase him out of the country before he stopped making mischief." the Egyptian replies.

Suddenly, the here the sound of hobnailed sandals approaching.
"Decurion, they're over here!" a Roman voice shouts.
"Okay men, arrest these heretics!"
Sounds of screams and running approach quickly.

"Err, guys, let's make a quick right and run, " MRed sugggests.
They look at oneanother and start running....


Disclaimer: Okay, there weren't any Christians in Caesars time, but we've had enough time distortions to allow for this one, not?


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


Mozes
Inactive
posted 06-07-99 12:11 ET (US)     84 / 98       
Pssss... come here... A strange voice whispered.
They turned into a small secret room.
MZ: Hail. i just sneeked away from the barge trip, and i ended up here. strange. You will be fine here, as long as you'll be quite.
JH: What are you doing here?
MZ:long story...
Meanwhile, Anthony and brutus (that's his name right?) were murching with their legions.
MA(Marc Anthony): Where are they?
B: who?
MA: That Group Hotep was with.
B: Maybe send a scout?
MA:Good idea. we are getting really close to Caesar. where are they?
SO...........
Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 06-08-99 11:43 ET (US)     85 / 98       
They huddle in the side corridor as the a bunch of scared Christians run by followed by a dozen or so legionaires.
"Mozes, " Jahakemhotep mutters under his breath, "it must be a different one, but, dear Horus, what a coincidence. Oh, well, just have to be careful..."
"Guys! " Incon's stage-whisper shatteres the silence, "overhere, there's a corridor."
She runs off.
"Wait! Darn, she's gone." MRed follows Incon, the other's close behind.
"I don't like this, "mouse mumbles, sitting on the Egyptian's shoulder.
"Oh come on mouse, what can happen..?"

The corridors, get drier and dustier. Broken cobwebs show where Incontinentia has past. Strange carvings begin to show up of people walking in a desert. Sun high above, carrying a litter. Beards down to their chests, wrapped in robes.
'Hotep's fingers trace the carvings.
"There is power here somewhere..."

The the corridor opens int a lrage room, with faded paint still clinging to the carvings. In the middel of the room, on a little island guarded by a moat, stands a pedestal.
"Look at that!" Incon and MRed are gazing a the pedestal, "isn't that pretty?"

A box stands on the pedestal, with four poles next to it to carry it. The box is beautifully carved and inlaid with gemstones. On top there are two figures.
The figures kneel towards each other and wings sweep upwards off their back.
"Look, they are angels..."

Jahakemhotep looks around carefully, sniffing the air.
"Strange, there's a lot of power here. It seems to be emanating from...the box? Can you feel it too mouse?"
"I can feel it. It makes my fur tingle, like St Elmo's fire...it reminds me of a story..."


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 06-08-99 19:16 ET (US)     86 / 98       
mouse sits up and leans back against her tail
"Once upon a time in the long ago and far away
MRed94
Pleb
posted 06-09-99 01:18 ET (US)     87 / 98       
Moses prayed to God about his people. God directed him to come to the top of Mount Sinai to talk. Moses traveled up the mountain as God had directed him. Entering a clearing, Moses looked around him. Suddenly, he heard a Great Voice, saying, "Moses, take off your shoes, you are standing on Hallowed Ground." Moses did this, then fell to his knees.....

Suddenly, he noticed a bush. This bush was burning! Strange thing was, the bush was just burning, it was not being consumed by the flames........Moses knew he was in the presence of the One God......

Then......

MRedrm



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Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 06-10-99 11:13 ET (US)     88 / 98       
"Mozes..." Jahakemhotep mumbles, "there's that name again."
He looks at the kid besides him, who looks at the box in rapt attention. His eyes sparkle.

"And I remember that story..." he thinks. "He was the one that wreaked his god's vengeance over Egypt. Just because he didn't want to accept the fact that his god was just one amongst many. Why can't people accept that there isn't just one truth?"

"Just where do you think you're going, " he yells as Mozes walks towards the moat.


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 06-10-99 20:37 ET (US)     89 / 98       
mouse grabs Mozes leg and hangs on for dear life. Anhky grabs on too. They must stop him from entering the moat. There is too much strange power in the cave.

M: oh Angel help us to stop him. We have to get out of here there is too much power. We have to get back to the war. Who knows how the battle could be going by now. The Egyptian troops will be waiting for us.

Mozes
Inactive
posted 06-11-99 05:13 ET (US)     90 / 98       
Can i be the bad guy for a while? (If it's okay by you. but if not, then i will edit this reply.)

They couldn't stop him. he reached it and touched it while
the power flow thru him.
MZ:'At last... i will possess such great power.
Hail me, or i shall strik you!'
JH:'i think all that wine in the trip finally efected him.'
Hotep:'No. he really is powerful as he say.'
MZ:'i think i will help Caesar...'
Mozes said while popping out of there with a smoke cloud.
M:'he seems crazy.' she said and they all agreed with her.

Incontinentia
Pleb
posted 06-13-99 10:26 ET (US)     91 / 98       
Mozes re-appeared in a distant stone corridor in a puff of smoke. "Now - on to badguy-type, dastardly deeds!" he grinned.

"Are you sure you really want to be a bad guy?" a voice right by his ear asked. Mozes gave a startled little shriek.

He turned to see Incontinentia standing next to him. "How did you get here?" he asked.

"I caught the tail of your disappearing smoke," she replied. "Now - do you *really* want to be a baddie?"

He thought about it. "Sure, why not?" he shrugged. "Think about it; the bad guy's always better-looking, has cooler weapons, is smarter and gets cuter girls."

"OK...you've got me there," she agreed. "But - the good guys always win."

"Bad guys have better haircuts."

"Good guys have whiter teeth."

"Bad guys drive snazzier vehicles."

"Good guys never have to pay for fuel."

"Bad guys get bigger salaries."

"Good guys get more paid vacation time."

"Bad guys ALWAYS have better comeback lines."

"Good guys always get the LAST line!"

"Bad guys dress better!"

"Good guys - have a huge clothing allowance!!" She was reaching here, and they both knew it.

"Give me one more reason why being a baddie isn't cool," he grinned smugly at her.

Incon thought. Her brow furrowed. Then, inspiration struck. She reached into her robe pocket, and brought out Ankhy. He looked at Mozes with big, friendly eyes, and purred.

"Bad guys never get along with soft, cute kittens," she told him, holding Ankhy toward him and stroking his soft fur.

Mozes looked into the adorable kitten's eyes. "Hm," he said. "I suppose I should give this some more thought."

Incon placed the purring Ankhy in his hands, leaned against the damp stone wall and lit up a herbal. "What's it gonna be?"

Ankhy looked up at Mozes adoringly, and purred like a little outboard motor.

Mozes
Inactive
posted 06-13-99 10:35 ET (US)     92 / 98       
"Arrgghhhhh! i can't stand the look of a cute cat!
your right Incon. i will be good." he pickes Ankhy
"You could have showen him to me earlier though...
Shall we pop back to the group?"
"Yes. maybe you can use your power for good things
like Hotep does.
Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 06-13-99 15:16 ET (US)     93 / 98       
*Puff*

Mozes and Incontinetia appear back in the room that held the artifact.
Yes, that's right, held. Listen closely...

"Hey, " Mozes look surprised, "where did the Ark go?"
"I don't know," Jahakemhotep replied. "It disappeared right after you did."
The Egyptian walks back to the others, planning to shield them from Mozes even if it kills him.
"Incon, " he ask, "you alright?"
"I'm fine, you can calm down. Ankhy convinced him being a bad-guy is not all it's brought up to be."

Mouse runs over to Incontinentia, and jumps up her leg into her arms.
"Oh, Incon, you saved us from giving Caesar an unstoppable alley."
Ankhy gives her a huge lick.
"I love you too, Ankhy, but please stop licking me."
She starts cleaning her face with her paws.

"Okay guys, I think we should drop in on Marc Anthony and Brutus. Mozes care to give me a hand?"
"Sure 'Hotep"
Together they draw a thaumaturgic triangle on the floor and, with a soft implsion they disappear from the room only to appear moments later on a hilltop. Below them in the hazy sunlight the Armies of the East are gathered.


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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 09-16-99 12:01 ET (US)     94 / 98       
A thread long gone, but not forgotten...please familiarise yourself with the story and it's tone before joining in.
Thanks!

"Where did Mozes go?" Incontinentia asks.
"I don't know, lady" Jahakemhotep answers her,
"maybe he'll show up again?"
"Err, 'Hotep?"
"Yes?"
"Would you mind seeing Anthony without me? I still feel bad about our last meeting. Besides I want to find his body-double"

She throws the young Egyptian a radiant smile and runs down the hill, her dress fluttering around her legs. He sighs and picks up Ankhy.
"Are you coming, Lady Red?"
"Sure, why not? I'll tan his hide when he's as rude as the last time we met though."

Together they walk down the hill

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Homage to thee, Osiris, Lord of Eternity, King of the Gods, whose names are manifold, whose forms are holy, thou being of hidden form in the temples, whose Ka is holy."
-- Book of the Dead (1240 BC)


mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 09-16-99 12:26 ET (US)     95 / 98       
mouse ran after the Lady Incontinentia calling Lady Lady please slow down I know where he is.

A grey trunk sweeps down and picks mouse up on the fly and plops her down on BT head. The elephant is moving fast and not wasting breath on words. The trunk snakes out again and grabs Lady Incontinentia in mid step. Ploping her on the elephant's neck. In a big cloud of dust the elephant comes to a stop.

In the distance there is the faint sound of music, is it a tune we've heard before? Laughter floats on the air and there is the sounds of dancing.

Lady Incontinentia pats BT's head and scratches mouse's ears.
Follow that music mouse whispers to BT that's where Marc's body double is waiting the Lady

Incontinentia
Pleb
posted 09-19-99 12:36 ET (US)     96 / 98       
Tusky walked through the wide double doors of the Temple of Venus, where a party was in full swing.

"See him anywhere?" Incon asked, scanning the crowd for the lambada'ing hunk.

Mouse perked up her ears. "No, but I see somebody else - Mighty Caesar!"

Tusky walked to the head of the hall, where Caesar sat on a podium, chatting with a saucy bathgirl. He looked up and directly at the elephant's trunk in front of him.

"Ah - there you are!" he beamed at the riders, ignoring the fact that Tusky's trunk was presently draining his wine goblet. "I knew Lambada music would get you to come a'runnin'."

"Caesar is most wise and all-knowing," Incon humphed. Mouse giggled.

"Yes, well, you can dance the night away later," Caesar told them, and handed a scroll up to mouse. "I have an important mission for you and your friends..."

mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 09-19-99 17:32 ET (US)     97 / 98       
Blast muttered Incontinentia just when I spotted Marc's double. Yes oh Mighty Caesar your wish is our command Incontinentia spoke in a bright clear voice.
Mouse hopped to Incontinentia head so she could peek at the message. Oh dear oh dear she mumbled another dangerous mission.

BT continued to drink Caesar's wine and his smile kept getting bigger and bigger. Caesar waved a servant over Get a barrel of my best wine for the elephant and cups for my friends before they leave on their mission. Yes oh Mighty Caesar.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 09-20-99 07:56 ET (US)     98 / 98       
"Where on a mission for whom? Jahakemhotep cried when Incontinentia showed him the scroll.
"And whats Caesar doing in Lord Anthony's camp anyway? We're here to put an end to his rule."
"Don't get excited, " Incon tried hard to get a word in sideways.

"Ouch," the young Egyptian shouted when mouse bit him in his earlobe.
"That was uncalled for." His fingers brushed at the dark red drop of blood.
"You should listen to the Lady Incontinetia, 'Hotep." I read the scroll and it is a mission more important than teh current fueding between Julius and Marc.
So calm down and listen closely."

Incontinentia, took a deep breath, the n a deep draught of wine and another deep breath.
"Listen..."

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