Ancient Egyptian Senet
Finally night! The crescent moon shines dimly in the Egyptian sky, leaving the north face of the smaller pyramid in deep darkness. Slowly, carefully, you make your way up the steep slope, furtively hiding your light from the desert expanse and unfriendly eyes tracing your movement up the dark face. Soon you reach your goal -- a hidden passageway, high and centered -- cleverly hidden for thousands of years until you blundered upon it a few days ago. Your watching, scheming, and patient waiting has paid off. You begin to pry and dig -- carefully clearing the entrance. Then, you are in! Crawling, snaking along the narrow stone passage, twisting around a pile of rubble here and there, until deep into the stone heart of the massive mount you reach the point of no return -- the long sought entrance to the tomb.
On the tomb door, engraved deep in its surface, lies the seal of the jackal over nine captives -- the sign of great nobility and power. You pause; hesitate. Should you break the seal pressed by the ancient priests and open the tomb?
Thoughts of wealth and the dreams of avarice steady your courage, and the sealed door yields to your blows.
An overwhelming sense engulfs you -- the outward rush of ancient musty air and . . . something else . . . something evil and menacing . . . the electric, shocking realization of an equally ancient and alien presence . . .waiting, watching, hovering, and protecting for these thousands of years.
You are in big trouble!