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The pendants. They were each about the size of a fat encyclopaedia and trapezoidal in shape. Embedded in the exact centre of each pendant’s upper surface was a round diamond-like crystal. On the front slanting side of each pendant was a series of intricately carved Symbols: an unknown language that looked kind of like cuneiform. It was an ancient language, a dangerous language, a language known only to a chosen few. West gazed at the three golden pendants. One of them was the Second Piece of the Golden Capstone, the mini-pyramid that had once sat atop the Great Pyramid at Giza.
With pleasure,’ he said. And with that he stomped on the trigger stone set into the floor at his feet, activating the Master Snare. The spectacle of Imhotep’s Master Snare going off was sensational. Blasting streams of black crude oil shot out from the hundreds of holes that dotted the cavern: holes in the rockface and its sidewalls. Dozens of oil waterfalls flowed down the rockface, cascading over its four levels. Black fluid flooded out from the sidewalls, falling a clear 200 feet down them into the croc lake.
Down the length of the entry hall, beneath its wide lowering ceiling. Smoke now began to enter the chamber from outside, creating a choking haze. They came to the oil moat. ‘If Callimachus is correct, it won’t be too deep,’ West said. Without missing a step, he strode into the pool—plunging to his waist in the thick goopy oil. ‘Jump,’ he said to Lily, who obliged by leaping into his arms. They waded across the moat of oil—West striding with Lily on his shoulders—while above them the fiery torches continued their descent toward the pool, the entry hall’s ceiling coming ever lower.