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Mid-morning- March 15, 44 BC
Awan returned, escorting Story, Lucius, and Brook. The room was a vast square chamber. Murals and carvings, all Egyptian-themed, covered the walls. Some of them were rather disturbing, depicting people being sacrificed to the gods, Thoth being prominent among them. There was also a large idol of Thoth, the same size as the one of Anubis, in the center of the chamber. At Thoth's feet stood a sandstone altar on a raised platform with horns rising from the four corners. Akana lay on her back on the altar, her wrists and ankles tied to the horns on its corners and a gag in her mouth. She was badly wounded, but her wound had been treated. Another archway led onwards from the rear of the cavern. All of these underground rooms lay beneath the villa. It would have been expensive in terms of both time and labor to have them constructed, but Scaevola was surely not without those resources.
Elizabeth was here, and she looked overjoyed to see her friends. Also present were Caelia Alba, Titus Iunius Philo, Aricus Callidus Gladio, and the three cavalrymen: Decius Lupus, Artemis Sylvius, and Spurius Paprius Valens. Additionally, there were five Egyptian guards here. Artemis held a lit torch and was peering through the archway at the rear.
"Your man referred to the queen being worried about Caesar and needing assistance. I'm probably being a bit thick headed but I did not realise you or your men cared so much about Queen Cleopatra's opinion?"
Caelia glances towards the room of scrolls, "Scaevola must have a wealth of knowledge here." She says, her eyes bright. "One might say burn it but what a waste that would be." Caelia has spent most of her life seeking such knowledge, traveling to Greece and Egypt many times. She has an almost hungry look in her eyes.
"Beastmen? Are they any relation to the giant sphinx in the front garden? But let's head through this other exit, perhaps it is the secret escape route?"
The room beyond the archway was long and relatively narrow. It was lined on both sides by shelves filled with papyrus scrolls. In the middle of the chamber, though with room to go around them, were a table and a writing desk. Lying on the table were three knives of excellent quality and a small, thin object that looked like some kind of magic wand. At the far side of the room was another archway, beyond which was an upward-sloping tunnel.
Awan joined Decius at the far end of the chamber. The tunnel continued upwards into darkness. A fresh breeze was coming down it.
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