Masks of Nyarlathotep

Ali Kafour of the Egyptian Museum
Francois' Notes

Even here at the egyptian museum we were followed, I'm sure of it.  My sisters whispers, whispers in my ears.  I need to get to her before they stop me.  I miss her.

Ali Kafour is a short thin man, looks weathered but alert and intelligent.

*Believes Queen Nitocris is related to the Black Pharoah.

*The mummy that was stolen was for sure Queen Nitocris, she was buried alive in the secret chamber founded in the Clive Expedition.

*The Great Sphynx in Giza, was supposed to play an important part in hideous rituals committed by Queen Nitocris.

*In the end of the third dynasty a man known as Nephren-Ka came to Egypt, he was a powerful sorcerer.  He brought madness and death to his enemies at the flick of a finger.  The stories say he came from an ancient city in the deserts of Arabia.  The city's name was Irem also known as the city of pillars.  This place is mentioned in the Al Azif, also known as the Necronomicon.  All who knew of it, held it in dread. Nephren-Ka revived the worship of an old foul god, the Black Pharoah.  Soon Nephren-Ka and the God were interchangable in the minds of the people and the sorcerer became known as the Black Pharaoh.  Now no one can distinguish their deeds and legends.  For many years the Black Pharaoh fought with Zoser's successors of the third dynasty for control of the land.  So great was the power of the Black Pharaoh that no record of them remains.  For a time Nephren-Ka ruled the Nile and it's peoples.  At last sneferu's rose and founded the fourth dynasty and with the aid of Isis and thwarted the evil magic and slew Nephren-Ka.  Remarkably however a pyramid was built to contain the Sorcerers body but the structure collapsed even Sneferu was building a second one.

*Kafur speculates that this perhaps insulated egypt from still potent magic within the corpse. 

*The collapsed pyramid is located at Medum. The second pyramid is known as the bent pyramid at Dashur.  Records imply that Nephren-Ka's corpse was moved to the Bent Pyramid in Dashur. But exploration has discovered no trace.  Another pyramid at Dashur, the Red Pyramid is also attributed to Sneferu.  This pyramid is said to guard Dashur, lest Nephren-Ka rise from the dead.   Upon his triumph, Sneferu ordered all traces of the Black Pharaoh stricken from the land.  Nevertheless worshippers of the Black Pharaoh remained and schemed for his return.  In time the worshippers were driven south out of egypt in into the hideous swamps of Sudan.  In the sixth dynasty, the cruel Queen Nitocris was thought in league with a new cult of the Black Pharaoh which Kafour believes to be true.  Is it worth mentioning,  that the Black Pharaoh is known by the name Nyarlathotep.  

*Some say the Black Pharaoh was part of a patheon of abdominable deities more ancient than the gods of egypt.  These old gods were utterly inhuman and dedicated to chaos and madness.  Nephren-Ka was said to poses a huge beast of which the Sphynx of Giza was a small inaccurate representation of.  The voice of Nephren-Ka was said to carry throughout the land on a Black Wind, a wind which destroys at his whim.  There is a prophecy that implies that the Black Pharaoh will rise twenty fingers and toes after the great good one rises, thought to be 20 centuries after the birth of Jesus.  A new age then begins destined to end the dominance of mankind over the earth and bring freedom and stark truth to the Black Pharaoh's followers.  

*Manlike but inhuman worshippers of the Black Pharaoh are said to lurk underground, waylaying passers by.  

*Kafour thinks that the Black Pharaoh and Nephren-Ka did exist and he calls these the Elder Gods and he thinks they are led by the Demon Sulton, Azathoth.  He has seen servitors of these Gods in the desert and know for a fact they exist in present day egypt.  He doesn't know much of the organization, leadership or activities.  He also suspects that worship of the Black Pharaoh is growing in other parts of Africa.  For example, He had heard of a Cult, called the Bloody Tongue in Britain's Kenyan Colony.  This cult worships a monstrous god which is another aspect of the Black Pharaoh.  

*He believes the Carylye expedition uncovered a secret containing to the Black Pharaoh and lead to their slaughter in Kenya.  Penhew was interested the Black Pharaoh.  When last Sir Aubrey Penhew came to egypt he did not seek Ali Kafour out.  When he tried to visit the expedition dig in Dashur, Sir Aubrey rudely turned him away.  He did however recall marked changes in Sir Aubrey, physically he seemed younger and emotionally he was withdrawn, aloof and curiously malicious.  He doesn't know if they were trying to resurrect the Pharaoh.  

*Since Sir Aubrey died, ten expeditions had been lead by the Penhew Foundation.  And among them there has been at least 20 deaths, many suicides, disappearances and one case of madness.  

*The museum contains a copy of the Necronomicon, he had learned was to protect himself against these things.  

*Said he could research the location of The mountain of the Black Wind in Kenya.

*The majority of the spells he knows are ritual magics and take a long time to prepare.  We can ward certain places.  

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Breaking into Omar Shakti's Plantation
Francois' Notes

I'm dragging Victor with me into this break in.  I need to keep an eye on him.  Someone is following us.  I can feel their eyes on me.  My sister whispers all day long.  She let's me know they follow.  They follow.

*Found a safe in the study, requires a key.

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Cairo Bulletin Archives
Francois' Notes

Victor is a lazy typical white male, didn't even stay awake long enough to read a single article. 

I heard noises outside our hotel door room while we were researching, did Nigel send someone to spy on me???

*Photo showing Sir Aubrey, Roger Carlyle Doctor Robert Hudson, Hypatia Masters leaving a Dinner in their honor at the Turf Club.  A man in the background in a tight tuxedo might be Jack Brady.

*The expedition arrives in 1919, here to excavate in regards to the third dynasty, a shadowy time.

*Black Pharoah was mentioned several times.

*Later rumor had pertained the expedition had made an astonishing find. A mere two months after arriving they for Mombasa for vacation, Roger Carlyle was sick at this time.  Also implied the incoming flooding season of the Nile would cover an important site for several months.  Several show Hypotia Masters with her Camera, with the caption that Ms. Masters was preparing for a safari in Kenya.  In the background of one of these photos is a Calendar and it shows the month of May, but the article implies they left in July.  In later reports Ms. Masters fell Ill in June.  She had not recovered from her illness when they left for Kenya.  

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Cairo Bulletin
Francois' Notes

A much more impressive operation than The Scoop, they definitely have much more integrity.

Victor lead us to the editor, "Nigel Wassif".  

Well, up to do gentlemen, very english compared to most egyptians.  He could be part of the cult of the black pharaoh.  Has he also been having people follow me?

*Penhew Foundation was the financiers of the Clive Expedition at the pyramid where the mummy sarcophagus, with it's contents were stolen.

*Expedition has a lot of help Mr. Omar Shakti who lent most of his workers to help.  

*He knew of Edward Gavigan's disappearance.

*Nigel's father was British, close to his family in Britain.

*The Clive Expedition started this year

*Clive is Doctor Henry Clive – and his party have been excavating in Memphis for 5 months.  He is a part of the Penhew Foundation.  Arrived with members of his party:  Martin Winfield, Agatha Broadmoor, James Gardner, Johannes Sprech.

*The mummy was female was found in a secret chamber in the smallest of the three pyramids, several authorities have speculated it was Queen Nitocris.  She was mysterious figure of the sixth dynasty.  No leads on her theft, only one entrance to the chamber and it was well guarded. 

*Carlyle Expedition was horrible at keeping visitors from their sites, reporters were able to get in at any time.  They did investigate near Giza, then they moved to a Saqqara site, then Dhashur.  They said they came to investigate third dynasty but most of their digs seem unrelated.

*Recommend an exceptional Egyptian Museum, Doctor Ali Kafour - speaks fluent english

Nigel was too helpful, it's probably to throw us off the trail.  I think he knows I am on to him.

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Speaking with Tewfik Al-Sayed
Francois' Notes

*Translated Scroll for group – seemed to be most likely from memory

*Didn't give too many places that he gave tours with in the past

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Yalesha from Blue Pyramid
Francois' Notes

*Hey boyfriend was killed by the brotherhood of the Black Pharoah

*Brotherhood of the Black Pharoah members often go to the Blue Pyramid

*Tewfik Al-Sayed is a member, she believes

*Boyfriend had found something out on the Brotherhood of the Black Pharoah

*Hewas found with an Upside down Ankh carved on him

*She knows this symbol to be connected with the Brotherhood of the Black Pharoah

*Her boyfriend was Abdul Jaseravic

*Once a month a truck appears in the vicinity and about two dozen Blue Pyramid members climb in and they drive away

*Truck is driven by Tewfik Al-Sayed

 

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Interview with Mr. Shipley (Painter)
Francois' Notes

*Alistair Crowley bought all other paintings

*Painting: Giant Mountain in a savannah like terrain with a Giant Figure rising above it.  With temple like building, worshippers with heads showing the Cult of the Bloody Tongue symbology.  Called Mountain of the Black Wind in Kenya

*He mentioned dream where he was hundreds of years in the past and men were chanting to their god

*House smelled like the reptile house at the zoo.

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Interview with Constable Tumwell
Francois' Notes

*Tumwell thinks it's a Dog and had shot him with a shotgun.

*Said one victim survived

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Victors Conversation with inspector James Barrington of the Yard
Francois' Notes

*Mentioned that the murders in the "Slaughter in Soho" article, are the victims were native egyptian

*Interviewed Edward Gavigan on the occult side of the murders

*Had info that these were ritual killings of the Black Pharoah Cult

*Jackson Elias was James Barrington of the Yard's informant that thought this was work of the Black Pharoah cult

*Jonah Kinsington was the go between for Jackson Elias and James Barrington of the yard

*Another individual was interviewed who had guided an egyptian expidition for penhew foundation

*Tewfik Al-Sayed was that person

*Predecessor was killed investigating this case: Chief Inspector John Smith

*One victim yelled out "Hotep" before dying, Edward Gavigan said it translates to "peace" or "rest"

*Night spot for egyptians was at the "Blue Pyramid in Soho"

*Tewfik Al-Sayed's Spice shop: Ardor St. Soho open 9-5 Mon thru Sat

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The Scoop
Francois' Notes

*Mr. Shipley – 6, Holbin Mews

*Jackson Elias was here, wanted to read the news stories

*Derbyshire Monster, people involved: George Osgood, Miss Lydia Perkins, Harold Short, Constable Tumwell

*Slaughter in Soho – mentioned James Barrington of the Yard

*Also called "A Serpent in Soho"

*Tewfik Al-Sayed was mentioned?

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