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Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 07-05-99 08:09 ET (US)         
Well, it seems we are done with the Barge Trip.

Our little group of travellers traveled from Alexandria to Aswan, more or less during Cleopatra's time. Incontinentia suggested w move further back in time and pay a visit to that well known boy king Tut-Ankh-Amun.


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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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mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 08-24-99 17:31 ET (US)     76 / 151       
Everybody trooped down the hall into the vast room. Wow mouse whispered is this class. Angel Jayhawk started to explain the decorations. BT and Luther the Lion brushed past everybody and headed for the food. There was a special table just for Luther and BT set off to the side. Incontinentia said grab BT I think that barrel on the table has beer. There was a mad rush manners forgotten to grab BT.

*sheese* ET mumbled can't even go to a fine dinner party without BT acting up. Was really looking foward to fine food and drink. Maybe we all should have given BT the speech you give to children on how to behave in public. Mouse was rolling around on the floor laughing and giggling.

Ok mouse enough come on and help with BT Lion Tamer, MRed, Gustavia and I can't handle him around beer. Incontinentia said that as she rushed by mouse grabbing mouse's tail to bring her along.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 08-25-99 04:36 ET (US)     77 / 151       
For a second there I thought this thread was lost, how silly of me

The crowd of Priests and Nobles scattered as the elephant, followed by Luther, Icon, mouse and the others rushed at the table. Belt knives were drawn, guards jumped into action and things were about to get seriously out of hand. BT was scowling at the guards, mouse was wringing her hands and mumbling
"woe is me, woe is me".

Suddenly laughter peeled through the room, bright as bells. All faces turned to the opposite, the Royal, entrance. Tut-Ankh-Amun, was grining and holding on to Ankhesenamen who was gigling so hard she could hardly keep upright.

The guards flushed, and so did Incon and, on closer observation, so did Jayhawk. Tusky mad quick use of the opportunity and plunged his trunk into the beer barrel, and sprayed two gallons of beer down his troat.

"Don't worry, Incon-Ti-Nentia," the king spoke ,"let the elephant enjoy himself"
"On your head be it, " she heard Jayhawk mumble.

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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)


ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 08-26-99 00:59 ET (US)     78 / 151       
..ET..refusing to look embarrassed...calmly states..'Got to admit BT really puts his heart into the things he likes..'

I just hope there's some left for the party-goers..they look like a thirsty lot.

mmm..I can relate... A Jay 'You just HAVE to work on BT's manners. Sometimes this just isn't all the funny.

..About that time BT take a barrel of beer and expertly with a hind foot gently 'rolls' it toward ET.

***WOW**...thanks BT...now I call THAT service..HEY BT..forget anything I might have said derogatory about your character. *smiling*

A Jay...now wasn't that a neat trick...Did you teach him that in Memphis? I bet you did, (mouse is totally hysterical, laughing, and pounding little paws vigorously

ET ...fills his mug...and shakes his head in wonderment...what a group...no where else on the planet could he have this much fun...takes a sip..this is true.

Unseen..the King smiles a wise and knowing expression of understanding...

Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 08-26-99 22:10 ET (US)     79 / 151       
In a distant corner of the hall and generally unnoticed, a young man of modest heighth wearing a white toga was sipping wine and watching with great amusement the antics of the guests and the elephant. He was leaning back in his chair and pushing back on a table with his knees while balancing his own weight and the weight of his chair on the chair's two slender rear wooden legs.

He would have remained unnoticed but for the noise he made as the chair slipped out from under him and both he and the chair crashed to the floor. The goblet of wine he held emptied immediately onto the toga man's face and clothes and spread reddish pink on the marble floor all around his head and shoulders.

Jayhawk and all of the others jumped up at the sudden noise and looked in the direction from where it had come. Surprise faded to amusement on Jayhawk's face as he recognized his acquaintance from Roma, Civis Romanus.

"Civis! What are you doing here?" Jayhawk said, trying hard not to laugh at Civis' predicament.

"Just visiting!" said a red-faced Civis. "And now, just leaving! Farewell Jayhawk, see you again sometime." And Civis left the hall to find a fountain somewhere to do what he could for his formerly white toga.

Incontinentia
Pleb
posted 08-27-99 09:17 ET (US)     80 / 151       
Incon approached the group. "Where's Civis? I just got him a fresh goblet of wine."

"Gone to tidy up - he shouldn't be long," Jayhawk replied. He looked at Tusky, by her side. "Your elephant's surprisingly sober."

"Well, all this drinking's not good for him," Incon patted the mournful pachaderm's trunk. "So, I've put my foot down. I told him he can get sozzled this evening - and lose his sugar cane rations for a month."

Tusky looked at the wine goblet with pleading eyes.

"Erm, Jayhawk," mouse piped up, "I think the Queen's trying to get your attention.

Sat on royal thrones on a high marble plinth at the head of the hall, Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamen watching the party in full swing. When the Queen caught Jayhawk's eye, she smiled. And winked at him.

"You've certainly made an impression on her," MRed grinned.

"Go on - she wants to dance with you!" Et shoved the angel in the direction of the plinth.

"Speaking of dancing...fancy a twirl round the floor, cheeky?" a voice behind mouse asked. She turned around and looked right into the whiskers of the handsomest rat she'd ever seen.

"Who are you?" she asked, preening.

"I'm the King's personal pet," the rodent told her. "My name is Rat-Ah-Too-Ee. How about that dance?"

Mouse giggled and joined her partner on the dance floor. Incon sighed. "I should be so lucky..."

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 08-27-99 09:28 ET (US)     81 / 151       
"Who was that?" Gustavia asked leaning over Jayhawk's shoulder.
"Civis," the angel replies absentmindedly, "we met in a different place and time, he was a magus apprentice at that time. I guess he's passed his apprenticeship."
He smiles.
"We went through some dangerous times when th ehuns were assulting the Empire."
"The huns, " mouse asks?
"Never mind, it's all history now."

Music starts to play and the Queen moves over to where Jayhawk and his friends are standing.
"AJ, I think you're wanted." ET grins as he dips into the barrel oncemore.

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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)


ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 08-28-99 03:39 ET (US)     82 / 151       
ET ..just keps on grinning as A Jay is swhooshed away by the Queen..."ah to be tall and dashing once more..ET thinks..and an Angel to boot..!!

Mouse is catching her breath, as mmmwhatzitname Rat-to-atee..or something...starts dancing without her.

ET raises his goblet in the direction of an onlooking King...a powerful Pharaoh...who attention is definity focused on one more dance with the giggling Incon...who is looking likewise towards the Throne area...

Music and laughter everywhere, and the party slips farther into the night,...ET's very pleased with such a wonderful life.

AHem...yet I should keep an eye on A Jay...his services are always needed...just about same time he when he 'disappears'...so I'll stand the first watch....*yawn*...well maybe not.

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Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 08-30-99 21:38 ET (US)     83 / 151       
Civis' mind raced on as he dipped and wrung out, dipped and wrung out the upper section of his toga in the courtyard fountain. Just superb, Civis. Quiet entrance, grand exit. Lucky you didn't drown in your own goblet of wine! They'll never forget you and your public poise, provided pharaoh and the queen even know your name. Well, there's one positive thought, they probably don't know who you are.

"Is it free of wine, now, man from Roma?" It was a young woman's voice. Civis whirled around in surprise, nearly loosing his grip on the material about his waist. Several clumsy grabs and he had it under discreet control once more.
The young woman giggled.

"I didn't mean to startle you," she said.

All Civis could manage was a stuttering reply.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 08-31-99 11:10 ET (US)     84 / 151       
Civis, minor caveat, the story is set roughly between 1333-23 BC. Rome didn't exist yet, Hellas wasn't even there But hey, you could have timewarped here, like we did, but at least the natives wouldn't know anything about Rome.

I only know realise that we've made a couple of these anachronisms ourselves in refereing to Londinium and Carthago. Must be because of the previous trip

Don't mind me, this was just a message from the Society for Historical Accuracy

Incontinentia had had enough. She didn't want to be a wall flower for the rest of the party. At least she didn't want to be aware of it. She took a large goblet of poppy steeped wine from the table and put it to her lips. She tipped he head backwards and...
"Incon-Ti-Nensja, woul dyou dance with me?" a voice sounded behind her.
She choked, wine shot down the wrong side of her throat, spattered on her immaculate white dress and deep red stains appeared like she'd been seriously wounded. She gasped and the king looked worried.
"Are you alright?" he asked.


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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 08-31-99 13:18 ET (US)     85 / 151       
"....uhhhh, humina-humina," Incon managed to reply.

"That's Northern dialect for 'Yes, your Royal Majesty, I would be honoured to dance with you, just as soon as I see to this stain on my dress,'" MRed said, suddenly appearing at Incon's side with a bottle of carbonated water and a cloth.

"You're a lifesaver," Incon whispered to her friend.

Tutankhamun looked around. "Your friends seem to be enjoying themselves. You have such interesting names, where you come from. Do they have meanings?"

"Well," Incon said, "MRed means She-Whose-Herbs-Are-Divine. Et Flavius means He-Who-Quaffs-Mightily. Mouse means She-Who-Is-Cute-And-Furry. Gustavia means She-Who-Is-Most-Wise. Jayhawk means He-Whose-Wings-Are-As-An-Eagle's. Lion Tamer means...er, He-Who-Tames-Lions."

Tut nodded as he listened. "And...what does Incontinentia mean?"

"It stands for She-Who-Chases-The-Togas-Of-Gladiators-Nightly," smiled MRed, cleaning job finished, and pushed the shocked Incon off toward the dancefloor with her new partner.

They swept past Civis and his new friend on the floor. Incon tapped his shoulder. "Hey, Civis," she said, "the Pharaoh's interested in our names. What does yours stand for?"

"He-Who-Pratfalls-At-Public-Gatherings-Most-Amusingly," Civis informed her. His dancing partner giggled fetchingly.

Just then, to everyone's delight, the band struck up The Lambada...

Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 08-31-99 15:39 ET (US)     86 / 151       
"Well, Apolita," said Civis to the young woman at his side, "It's time we leave. I hope Titanicus has learned his lesson and is more careful next time he practices one of his time travel spells."

"Yes," said Apolita. "My father always said 'Never be bold and spellcast with a cold; the results of your sneezing will not be pleasing'. He was right, don't you think?"

"Indisputably," said Civis. "Well, let's go outside and get it over with."

Quietly, so as not to disturb the others, Civis and Apolita slipped out of the ballroom and walked back to the fountain in the plaza. They were in luck, no one was around to observe. Following instructions given to her by Titanicus, Apolita took Civis' right hand with her left, then placed her right hand on Civis'shoulder. In turn, Civis placed his left hand on the right side of Apolita's waist.

"Okay, now two steps forward and two steps backward...No, Civis! Together. Okay, try it again...two steps forward, two steps backward. That's better...Do you feel that tingly sensation?"

Suddenly, everything around them was bathed in bright light and fading fast from view. Then the light faded out as well and the familiar surroundings of the Isle of Celtia became visible before their eyes.

"Back again, at last," sighed Civis.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 years in the past, couples jigged to the newest dance sensation along the Nile, the Lambada.

ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 08-31-99 22:26 ET (US)     87 / 151       
ET...'taps' Angel Jays shoulder...before you and the Queen start your own Lambada...I have a question *looking puzzled* ET says.

'Did you see that line of Camels outside...loaded with huge packs.. what is it, tribute for Pharaoh..or something like that..?'

( A Jay..peeks around the pillar..and mumbles...'... I hope they're invited guest's...'

...over the din of the party...almost muffled...but distinctly the sound of BT ...and he sounds upset ??

What's happening in the beer room...?? Is someone trying to disturb BT's current malted affection.?

Cherub ET FLAVIUS
Follow me to Pharaoh
Pharaoh Heaven

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Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 09-01-99 04:29 ET (US)     88 / 151       
So ET wants a bit of action...
As Jayhawk turned back to Akhensenamen, Lion Tamer walked up to them.
"Jayhawk?"
"Hmmm?"
"Luther was outside just now when those camels came in. He said they smell strange."
"How strange, " the angel asked.
"He said, they smelled of men."
"I think we'd better take a look." He turned to the young queen and said:
"Your Radiance, I'm sorry but something urgent has come up. Could I take a raincheck?"
Akhnesenamen looked disappointed,
"Do you have to go, winged one?"
"I'm afraid so, oh Flower of Thebes."

They left her standing alone on the dance floor and trooped of to the courtyard. Several time hte were stopped by courtiers, but finally they managed to escape the crowd and enter the moonlit court.

The camels were still there, but their burden seemed to have disapppeared. Then they heard a groan from beneath a nearby shrub. The angel and his friends hurried over to fiend a guard lying on the ground, tied up with coarse rope.

"What happened?"
"I...heard a strange noise from the courtyard after the camel driver left and came to investigate. There were men climbing from the camels. I think, I saw an Aten amulet on the one that hit me. Oww, my head."
"I think there's trouble a foot. We need to get back to the King."

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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 09-01-99 09:47 ET (US)     89 / 151       
mouse and Rat slip from behind a bush and tug at ET and AJ's clothing. The men have gone behind the palace. We'll go and spy on them mouse and Rat said together.

Meet us by the beer room BT is keeping watch. Not that he could sneak anywhere.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 09-03-99 04:00 ET (US)     90 / 151       
Rat and mouse sprinted through the shrubs growing next to the palace. ET together with Liontamer and Luther carefully snuck around the other side of the palace, while Jayhawk and the luckless guard entered the palace proper.

Suddenly they heard BT trumpet loud and and excitedly. Jayhawk turned to the guard:
"I think we need to hurry"

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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 09-03-99 11:49 ET (US)     91 / 151       
Tutankhamun and Incontinentia were giving it some on the dancefloor when they heard Tusky's trumpet. "Whoa - he sounds upset!" Incon said, slowing down. "Do you mind if we go check him out?"

"By all means," Tut replied, leading her off the floor.

They nearly bumped into Jayhawk, ET and the guard coming up an adjacent corridor. "What's going on?" Incon asked. ET filled them in.

Suddenly Tusky's furious trumpet filled the air nearby. Mouse and Rat-Ah-Tu-Ee came scampering up to them.

"The Beast with the Strength of 100 Men is bouncing an intruder off the walls of the private garden!" Rat announced.

They entered the garden to find Tusky angrily swinging a dark-robed and masked man around by one leg. It took Incon several minutes to calm him down, then several more to get him to drop his new toy.

"We can't question him - he's unconscious," Jayhawk informed them, pulling off the man's hood.

Tutankhamun gasped. "I know that man! He's a Royal Guard at the Temple of my father!"

"But what would they be doing here?" mouse asked.

Suddenly, Jayhawk looked around. "Where's Ankhesenamen??"

ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 09-05-99 04:17 ET (US)     92 / 151       
ET looks over to A. Jay..and winks

Hey BT he yells...are you thirsty? ...mmm what a foolish queston he thinks..'I am... so he has to be..heheh

Well we will use BT too revive this 'party-crasher' ( a tear forms in the corner of ET's eye...he thinks...all that wonderful brew...and the night WAS so young.)

Oh well, OK, big guy..I want a trunk full of beer...AAH yes that's it.... now watch where I point.. YES.. YES him....

Let'r RRIp.....FFFOOOWOOShhhh BT cuts loose.... OK, OK don't drowned him...

Is he Awake A Jay....??

A. Jay replies...OH Yes...and now he's probably going to be intoxicated...he must to have swallowed a gallon of BT's shower

'uugh'..says ET..don't mention it that way...I don't want any vision's of Elephant spouted beer in cup in the future. It's too uncivilized.

As A. Jay is holding up our 'unwanted' guest...here come mouse and rat pack...I mean back; mouse looks out of breath again...heehheh What's up mouse ET asks...


Cherub ET FLAVIUS
Follow me to Pharaoh
Pharaoh Heaven

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mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 09-05-99 10:38 ET (US)     93 / 151       
The Queen the Queen she's been kidnapped and taken to a temple across the river mouse shouted out of breath. Left Anhky watching, Rat and rushed right back. Angel Jayhawk gasped we have to save the Queen.
mouse
HG Alumnus
posted 09-06-99 13:20 ET (US)     94 / 151       
Anhky is laying on the cool temple floor hidden in the shadows. growl growl they don't ever talk about me anymore and don't let me talk. But when they need help who do they call on Anhky the poor little kitten. growl growl Well where are they can't save the Queen by myself. Just a poor little kitten sent by the gods to help them. Oh dear only mouserrr ever thinks about me anymore. soft mouserrr
Mouserrrr will bring help. purr purr purr
ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 09-06-99 18:18 ET (US)     95 / 151       
and by special mouse request.......Incon are you ready.


Lambada Baby


[This message has been edited by ET FLAVIUS (edited 09-06-99).]

ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 09-06-99 18:21 ET (US)     96 / 151       
Well I hope it worked...he's one happy guy as Pharaoh's elephant learns so quickly



Move over Baby



Lambada Baby


[This message has been edited by ET FLAVIUS (edited 09-06-99).]

Incontinentia
Pleb
posted 09-07-99 05:43 ET (US)     97 / 151       
(Hey, guys...ROFL!! That's so CUTE!!! I don't think even Big Tusky can move that well on a good day.

On with the story...)

The huge gong in the main hall sounded and echoed throughout the Palace. "The Queen has been abducted! The Queen has been abducted!!" The Pharaoh's Chief Advisor cried, running up to them.

"We *know*!!" Et Flavius threw up his arms in exasperation.

"We're just trying to figure out what to do about it," Jayhawk added.

Incon suddenly had an idea. "Does anybody have anything the Queen has worn recently?"

Jayhawk looked down and realised he was still holding the Queen's silk scarf. "It must have come off while we were dancing," he said, handing it to Incon.

"Thanks," she said, took the scarf to Tusky, and patted his trunk, encouraging him to get a good whiff. "C'mon, fella...get the scent...that's a good boy...now - SEEK!"

Tusky snuffled at the scarf, looked left, looked right, looked left again, then grabbed Incon and popped her on his back and took off at a surprising pace.

"Everybody - follow us! He's got the scent!" Incon's retreating figure called back to them.

"What a talented animal!" Tutankhamun sighed.

"Yes - and she's not a bad provincial governor, either," Et nodded.

"He meant Tusk-- oh, never mind!" mouse tapped her foot impatiently. "Let's hurry before they get too far ahead!"

Jayhawk spread his wings and prepared to take flight.

"Guards!" Tut cried to the quickly massed troop. "FOLLOW THAT ELEPHANT!!"

ET FLAVIUS
Pleb
posted 09-08-99 03:39 ET (US)     98 / 151       
OK OK Lots of action..I'll bring up the rear...in case there's a double-back with these guys.

Better grab some survival supplies, this looks really a trek into the wilds of the night...

***Shoooosh**** a there goes A Jay..heheh and he looks a mite miffed...this IS the Queen you know...wwowowhee what a back draft..nearly pulled me out of my socks..

Go get'm A.Jay and ET plods along ...hmmm never a dull moment..is there.

Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 09-08-99 04:40 ET (US)     99 / 151       
The angel's wings blot out the moon for a moment and then he's a lost against the nightsky. The dark wings beat as he follows Tusky and Incon towards the Nile.

The elephant comes to a halt on the river bank. He trumpets and points his trunk towards the other side. There. with moonlight scattering in it's wake a small boat can be seen. Behind it, somewhat in the distance a temple looms large and well-lit.

Jayhawk crosses the Nile with a few beats of his wings and then glides ot the temple's first pylon. From out of the temple the smell of incense wafts up, the sound of drums can be heard, a slow but steady beat, accompanied by an eerie melody played on a reed flute.

The temple square is filled with people, but there is no sign of the Queen. A priest looks up and sees the angel perched on the pylon, the wings a shadow behind him, a harsh cast to his features. Eyes seeming to glow in the torch light.

The priest shakes his head, looks up again but the angel is gone.

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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 09-09-99 01:07 ET (US)     100 / 151       
mouse and Rat slip through the shadows of the temple. They bump into Anhky in the dark. Mouserrrr and Ratrrr you came back poor Anhky getting worried. The High Priest has taken the Queen into that room across the hall.

It's ok Anhky whispers mouse we'll keep you company the others are on the way. Angel Jayhawk was just here to check things out.

Oh yes whispered Rat the big ones are on their way. With that lovely big elephant leading the charge.

Oh good mouserrrr and Ratrrr getting very worried know we can't rescue Queen by ourselves. Let's just snuggle down here in the shadows to wait whispered Anhky.

Only if you promise not to lick Anhky whispered mouse.

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