Centurion Chronicles #2: Sandstorm in Cairo
And the Story Continues
Mokgosi Ramotswe and Dr. Wyrd are approached by Henry Smith to become consultants for The Centurion Club. Mr. Smith has learned that Lady Laura Bancroft and Dr. Joseph Kenrick are being targeted by The Whirlwind and The Brotherhood of Set. He requests that Mokgosi and Dr. Wyrd travel to Cairo, Egypt and aid them in securing the dig site at The Tombs of Aratakumba.
Meanwhile, Laura, Dr. Kenrick, and Jeeves Cutler are holed up in a new hotel. Dr. Kenrick notices that the dig maps he got from Achmed Al Atrash are fake and that he would need Dr. Edward Radcliff’s research on the Heart of Hakkar. His research is interrupted by a sudden attack on the hotel by the Brotherhood and The British Consulate of Egypt.
Mokgosi and Dr. Wyrd arrive on scene and see that the British troops have surrounded the building and that they are being commanded by Special Agent Allen Irons requesting for the arrest of Laura, Dr. Kenrick, and Jeeves. It becomes apparent that The Shadow Consortium is in command of the British Troops and that they are after Dr. Radcliff’s research. They then notice that the assassin’s of the Brotherhood of Set are also storming the place, causing Mokgosi and Dr. Wyrd to sneak inside.
Bullets and Words fly as Laura and Dr. Kenrick face the Whirlwind and Mokgosi and Dr. Wyrd face Agent Irons. Dr. Wyrd finds an ally amongst the British Officers, a soldier he once rescued, Lt. George Jefferson. The Battle comes to ahead and the Centurions are forced to retreat, but they manage to drive both The Whirlwind and Agent Irons off by blowing up the hotel (Mokgosi firing into a room filled with gas by Laura).
The Centurions flee in truck carrying Chicken Coops, crashing through the Bazaar on a way to a hideout controlled by The Centurion Club. Dr. Wyrd plants false memories in Lt. Jefferson in an attempt to convince the British Troops that they left. They fool their pursuers and are able to get to the hideout and meet-up with Henri Raoul Gaston.
The Centurions decide to go to Radcliff’s office that Dr. Kenrick knew about. The Centurions learn that the Heart of Hakkar can be used to transfer life energy after reading the research, and Dr. Wyrd mentions that their is another related relic, the Soul of Hakkar. Henri reveals that The Shadow Consortium has control of both The British Consulate and The Egyptian Royalists; however The Wafd Party has granted access, along with a map to the Sewers of Cairo. The Centurions disguise themselves as British Soldiers and make their way to the office by stealth.
They arrive at the office only to find that Agent Irons and the British Consulate are already there. Utilizing subterfuge the Centurions are able to trick Agent Irons out of the office. Agent Irons was able to discover the ruse use utilizing Bone Dust Paper. Dr. Kenrick was able to figure out that burning the paper would blind the seer and they were able to distract Agent Irons. They secure the research, but again find themselves ambushed by The Whirlwind and the Brotherhood of Set. A three way fire fight ensues, with the Centurions bringing a large carbine to bear, forcing both Agent Irons and The Whirlwind to retreat.
The Centurions fall back into the sewers only to be confronted by a giant crocodile. Dr. Wyrd is able to mesmerize it and Mokgosi is able to tame it. They quickly run by to the Centurion Club’s hideout.