El Mansura, EgyptLate April 1939
The sun was just beginning to set as two male figures walked quickly through the desert. They had left their camels behind and now they were getting closer to their destination. One of the men was tall and well built with broad shoulders and a confident stride. The other man, who was also tall and well built was stocky and carried a rope over his shoulder.
Moments later, they came to a great temple, a magnificent structure that stood at least one hundred feet tall.
The Temple of the Eye of Horus.
One of the men struck a match and lit a torch and moved forward in the dark. The one holding the torch passed it to the other man, and he moved his hand across the wall in front of him, located a hidden lever to the side of the temple and pushed, hard. With a great loud creak the door rolled open to reveal a lit dusty staircase. Together, they breathed in the dusty ancient air and thought about the task that lay ahead.
"Indy, my friend", said the Egyptian. "This is it. We are here. Shall we proceed?" The other man looked at him. He looked slightly out of his usual attire dressed in a galabayo.
"Okay, Sallah", said Indiana Jones. "You ready?" he asked.
"Yes, my friend. I am." As they proceeded down the stone steps, there was an eerie silence and Indy had a feeling that they were being watched. As they proceeded down further, Indy and Sallah glanced around at their surroundings. A gentle breeze swept across Indy's face and there was almost a sense of foreboding as they ascended down further to their destination.
Indy had done some research into this particular temple and had heard about an artefact, an artefact that consisted of a necklace, but not any ordinary necklace. He had heard little about it but, what he had heard was that it was a triangular piece of clay and had various symbols written on beads surrounding the main part of it and there in the centre of it was a symbol representing the Eye of Horus. It was said to possess a strange mystical energy and when Marcus Brody, his friend and colleague had told him that there would be an Egyptian themed display of artefacts, he knew he just had to find it, so he contacted his old friend, Sallah in Egypt:
"Indy, by the Gods. It is you! How can I be of assistance?"
"Sallah. What makes you think that I'm phoning about an artefact?" asked Indy in jest.
"Indy, my friend. You know as well as I that you are interested in something happening in my lands. Now, how can I be of assistance?"
And so they had met in Cairo.
It was great seeing Sallah again. Indy had always promised to write and Sallah had done the same, but with the world's best intentions, had never quite managed to get round to doing so as often as he would have liked. Sallah had told Indy that he was always more than welcome to visit his home anytime, and his wife, Fayah felt the same. After catching up on old news, they had travelled to El Mansura by camel and planned to arrive there by sunset.
They carried on walking down the steps, their steps making an odd clacking sound as they did, and when they had reached the bottom, they both stopped. Both men could have sworn they heard something.
"Wait", said Indy, holding up a hand.
"Sounded like a cat", said Sallah.
They walked on further and were met with a series of passageways and tunnels, all lit by torches attached to the walls.
"Now what?" asked Indy.
Sallah thought a moment. Then he began to walk through the second passage.
"What makes you so sure", asked his friend.
"I have been given some information about this place. There is something that troubles me. I feel that wise to be here. Indy, my friend, we should not spend too much time in this place. It is dangerous."
"Relax, Sallah", said Indy nonchalantly. Nothing is going to go wrong or so he hoped.
Just then there was a strong breeze, which made the torch flames flicker.
"Okay", said Indy. "Maybe we should think about moving."
As the walked further down the corridor, Sallah took them down a series of intricate passageways, which seemed to go on forever. It was almost as if he was instinctively knew where to go. As time moved on, the air seemed more stifled somehow. The Egyptian seemed to know where he was going and Indy would have most likely been able to work it out, but he had the feeling that this was no ordinary Egyptian temple. Moments later, they came to an awe-inspiring view. Ahead of them was a large room lit with torches, and on each side was a statue of every Egyptian deity that Indy and Sallah had ever seen including Bast, Horus, Anubis and Osiris. The torches flickered against the walls, giving of a strange eerie feeling. Slowly, Indy and Sallah stepped into the room and glanced over to the far end, which was pitch black. In the blink of an eye, the torches lit up, leaving the darkness behind to reveal a giant Statue of Horus, looking proud and majestic, which reached the ceiling. He wore a double crown, representing Upper and Lower Egypt, and on the crown a hissing cobra was depicted. Cautiously, the two archaeologists approached the statue. What happened next was even more bizarre. The torches dimmed and then began what Indy thought was a strange humming sound. The sound gradually got louder and seemed to come from the great statue. A great loud boom reverberated and now the whole room was shaking violently, dust and debris scattering about in all directions. Another loud boom shook through the room, throwing Indy and Sallah onto the floor and then suddenly the entire room went black.