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    And Dawn Came

    Osiris’ barge arises just over the red lands beyond the river, its rays burning along through the cloudless sky across the shadowed valley and onto the brick walls of the tidy apartments that line the edge of the bluff, in through the windows of the apartments to light the rooms and wake the occupants. Among the apartments, chickens scratch and cackle and roosters crow. Most of the people in the living town of Saqqara yawn and stretch and rise to their days. Among the more ornate brick and stone edifices of the dreaming city of Saqqara, the night watch turn eagerly toward their homes.

    It is the first hour of rations, and the bakers and brewers – already up for two hours - are opening their doors. Some people line up outside those doors with their bread baskets and their beer jars, waiting to present the script-marked ceramic tokens that the dispensaries will turn in to the nomarch later that afternoon in order to receive their supplies of grain and honey. Others begin to gather in gardens outside their apartments, waiting for their family to bring them breakfast. A few have started cooking onions and lettuce with a few drops of sesame oil in copper pans held over smokeless fires of very dried dung.


    Widow Hasfa was an elderly woman who supplemented her pension by offering hospitality. She and her ten year old grandson were handling three pans of vegetables over two fires, under the brown brick front wall of their apartment.

    Tehuti, Eshe, Semmopet, and Tarkasan all had spent the night under woolen blankets among the flowers of the widows garden. Upon waking, they rolled their borrowed blankets and left them at the doorstep, sleepily murmured "happy morning" to the widow, then walked along the desert side of the apartments to the nearest bakery.

    The previous afternoon they had presented their passports to the nomarch’s scribe and had received their weekly ration tokens – Semmopet and Tehuti a few more than the others, as befit their educated status. Now they each handed over a token to the baker and got a hot round loaf of millet bread, three fingers thick and heavy and as wide as the span from thumbtip to tip of the little finger.

    Next they went over to the brewer with their pottery beer jars, presented another token, and dipped their jars in the communal vat. Dribbling drips of barleyjuice and juggling hot fragrant bread, they sauntered back to the garden and squatted down in a circle amid the flowers, joined by three others whose names they had not yet learned.

    “Happy morning,” said the broad-shouldered man with fresh reed marks across his back. He smiled at them. “Spare a bit of bread?”

    One of the other two, who had an old scar that split her nose from side to side, broke off a decent size piece from her loaf and handed it over. “That’s all from me for you,” she said. “Happy morning. Going to look for honest work today?”

    “First I need a new passport,” said the man with the stripes. He looked over at Tehuti. “Could you pour me a sip of the beer?” He held out a fancy copper jar. “My name’s Sesochris,” he said. He nodded toward the other two. “Atut and Nethet know me.”

    The last of the three, an unremarkable man who wore a narrow silver ring around his wrist, swallowed a big chunk of his bread and brushed crumbs from his lips. “Too well” he said with a narrow smile. “It’s the fourth time we served you last night.” Glancing toward Tarkasan, he added, “happy morning. Who are you, and where you from?”

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    "Happy morning, everyone." Tehuti is a bit uncomfortable in the bright dawn light, wearing a wrap of cloth to keep the worst of the bright light and any sweat out of his eyes. Without a word of protest, he immediately fills the man's cup with beer. "I am happy to share, my friend. I only ask that you pass the blessing on to someone else in need when the time comes. Bes will reward you for your generosity. In regards to your passport, I may be able to help you. My name is Tehuti, and I am a priest of Bes. I will look into your situation if you are interested in honest work." The priest is shorter than most, with bronzed skin and kohl around his eyes. He is impeccably clean, having woken up as early as the bakers to bathe in the cool dark of the night. He wore some finery, but only of the most common metals and stones across several rings and a necklace. Many would call him handsome or beautiful, and his words carried a charismatic charm that seemed to draw the listener in to focus on those shapely features.
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    "Name's Tarkasan. Blessings of the gods upon you, friend. Came upriver from Memphis, the other day." He regarded the malcontent (for that is what he clearly was) carefully. Not his problem, but not someone to trust, either, before turning back towards the other man. "Heading back to Thebes. Thought I'd come and pay my respects to some old friends." He nodded in the direction of the necropolis.

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    Eshe wipes her hands on her linen kilt, keeping an eye on the crew around her. None looked the type to be hiring a mercenary right now, but you never knew.

    "Eshe. Just finished a run with a hunting party last evening. Like this one, looking for more work. Is there anyone looking to hire a spear in these parts?"

    She shrugs her shoulders, allowing a necklace of crocodile teeth and a hippo tusk to clatter on her chest. Good advertising.

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    Semmopet, like Tehuti, had risen early to bathe, then sat in the pre-dawn light over a small fire of herbs he pulled from a pouch on his belt. He had taken note of the other priest, but not made much of an advance just yet. There would be time later. And... was that one of Tadukhipa's retainers here as well? Interesting. Definitely somebody to speak with before he left.

    He kept those thoughts to himself, for now, and instead smiled over his beer at the strangers. "My name is Semmopet. Just an old man visiting the city of the dead--not anything unusual, I'd say?" He gives a wry smile which is broken by a small coughing fit. "I suppose I am here to pay some respects, same as you." He nods towards Tarkasan. "You are returning to Thebes, you said? Have you any news from the capital?" he asks evenly. "It has been some time since I last left the city."

    Semmopet is by far the oldest of the little group gathered at the table, and though his face is wrinkled and his bones stiff his eyes are still sharp. His head is bald--perhaps by choice, perhaps not--and he wears a simple linen tunic and belt, and carries a long staff. A careful eye might notice a small knife tucked carefully into the belt.
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    Tarkasan is wearing a long tunic in the style of his homeland. It is not terribly clean. He takes a long drink of his beer and spits out some of the bitter dregs before answering. "The moon has waxed and waned again since I was in Thebes. But last I heard..." he begins passing on some out-of-date gossip. Mostly about the men of Tarkasan's clique and standing; mid-ranking officers in the army. He does note that a few high-ranking officials have lost their jobs and been replaced by followers of Aten; Neferiti's influence at work he says, sagely. "Spear work, eh? Not much call for that around here. Masonry, carvers, goldsmiths... and embalmers."

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    In the usual course, Tarkasan would have been the nomarch's guest and Tehuti would have slept in his chamber at the Osiris Temple.

    But Tarkasan had found the nomarch's only guest suite occupied by Pharaoh's own messenger, who had been quite close lipped with him. And as a priest of Bes, Tehuti naturally had lent his chamber and servant to an older priest who had come to visit sleeping family and to examine the construction of his own modest mastaba.


    "This one's short on respect," said Nethet with a small gesture toward Sesochris. She grimaced. "Fourth time caught in the tombs."

    Sesochris chuckled. "This time, I'll go straight," he said.

    "You haven't even given the widow a hostess gift," said Atut sternly.

    "I know what," the tomb robber replied. "The soil of the garden is dry. I'll haul up mud from the river bank. A dozen buckets. No... Thirty. I used to be a gardener, you know." He looked around. "What did each of you give?"

    Atut frowned. "We're the servants of Maat." (A fancy way of saying, the nomarch's justiciars.) "Our gift is the daily order."

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    Eshe pauses in her chewing. "I've been on the hunt for the past several days. I brought in some fresh waterfowl eggs. Something simple. The ducks themselves, you know, they take so much work to prepare that I'm not sure they're a gift."

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    "Little toy for the kid" Tarkasan said. He'd picked up a few carved wooden animals from a craftsman in Memphis. There were a few kids running around the servant's quarters back in Thebes. One of them even looked a lot like him, so Tarkasan was saving the best for him, a carved and painted lion. He had given the widow's grandson small carved horse, and he was still carrying it around with him.
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    "Along with a blessing from Bes, I gave her several stone bowls that I across in the market. A small luxury, but one I hope she will treasure all the same." Tehuti finished his bread quickly, eating like a man who is afraid someone will take his food away from him. He makes sure to brush off any and all crumbs from his clothing when he is done. "So she may better serve the humble travelers who she aids so often."
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    Indeed, the duck eggs made their appearance, scrambled together with lettuce and onions in the polished new red stone bowls.

    As the group finished breakfast, Atut stood and stretched, and said, "I'll bring the bowls back to Mother Hasfa. Servant of Bes," he added to Tehuti, "could you help me carry them?"

    This was an unusual request, for a policeman to make of a priest.

    Meanwhile, Sesochris talked animatedly to Semmopet about his past life as a gardener for a noble of Pharaoh's court. That life had ended when his master had been caught in an affair with the wife of a deputy to the Vizier, leading to the master's exile to a minor diplomatic post in Libya. All the household servants had been left adrift, and although a few had found positions with other houses, Sesochris had not been so lucky and had fallen into a dissolute and reckless life. He had been a tomb robber for several years now, and had been caught only a few times. But now, he insisted, he was ready to start a fresh life of honesty.

    Nethet rubbed the last of her bread around the inside of her bowl and grinned at Eshe. "It's nice to meet another woman of action," she said. "The chief would be glad to have a new face in the ranks of justiciars. It's not an easy job to fill. You're from ... Nubia? Somewhere further upriver? Nubians have a good reputation."

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    Eshe stifles a belch. “From as far upriver as it is possible to go. From the forests of the lake country. My people get included with Nubia when the Egyptians are talking, but the Nubians do not always agree.”

    She smiles, a slash of white across a dark brown face, “My people are hunters, mainly. Come mealtime, we don’t distinguish between man and woman, just who can hold a spear and who can’t. But since I’ve come to Egypt, I’ve done most anything you can do with a spear or a javelin. I just finished a tour as a hunting guide, I’ve taught spearwork, even did a run as a gladiator once. Worked as a guard for a time, with the Mittani delegation -” she nods towards Tarkasan.

    She dusts the crumbs from her hands, “But now, what sort of order does a Justicar gift, down in these parts? It seems a quiet enough place, all tombs and monuments.”

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    "Certainly, Atut. Let us gather and return these gifts, and show appreciation for the fine cooking." His heart beat a little faster as he gathered the bowls together and made to follow the justicar. It'd been a long time since he'd had a negative interaction with one of his creed, but old scars still remained, and it was always prudent to be cautious around those who so strictly adhered to law and order, even if you were blameless. Which is something Tehuti could not claim in honesty, but would profess eloquently if questioned.
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    As a bodyguard and foreigner, Tarkasan was used to watching conversations. But after a few minutes, he said, "Probably going into the necropolis later to pay my respects to an old comrade. Then I'll try to catch a ship heading back upriver to Thebes. Maybe see you on the river?" With that, he found a clear spot, girded up his loins, and began going through the motions of the spear. Never hurt to stay in practice.

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    As Tarkasan began his spear drills, Nethet watched with interest and a crooked smile. "A Mittani?" she asked after a minute or so. "I recognize that slicing counter parry ..." and she thoughtfully touched the scar across her nose. "It's been a few years since I used a spear in battle." She rose and stretched, nodding to Eshe. Her movements matched her appearance - a woman in her mid 30s, a mother of children, once wiry and still athletic.

    Nethet added, "there's a counter to the counter parry. Saved my life." Glancing at Eshe, she asked "May I borrow your spear for a few moments?"

    Meanwhile, drawing Tethuti aside from the widow and her grandson, Atut said urgently, "There's a special guest at the nomarch's house. Pharaoh's own messenger. I spoke with his charioteer last evening.

    "I'm telling you this only because my family remembers the favor you did my wife's cousin. You may not recall it, I know you've treated many patients. But she couldn't conceive - until after the entreaty that you made to Bes. She has beautiful twins now, five years old, a boy and a girl. So I'll do you this favor, please don't tell anyone that it's me who gave you the warning.

    "Stay away from the Temple today. They'll be some trouble there, and I don't know how it will come out. But Pharaoh's sending troops soon to see that we've done our task.

    "That's all."

    More loudly, Atut added "Happy morning to the company! I have to get off to my duties now. ... Nethet, see you soon at the nomarch's mansion."

    Sesochris looked around, smiled at Semmopet, stood and stretched. "I'll have to get the widow's permission and borrow a basket for hauling the mud," he said casually. "Happy morning to you, father of gods."
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    Eshe passes her spear over to Nethet. "Careful. This spear is made from the bones of my late husband. *snort* Just kidding. It's the standard issue from Memphis. I've got a chit for two more if you need one."

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    "Thank you for the warning, Atut. I cannot thank you enough. If there is to be trouble I wish to be as far away from it as possible, though I will of course keep my ear to the earth. And you have my congratulations that the blessings of Bes have gifted your family with two healthy babies!" He pats the man on the back, wondering how he will spend the day if he is to avoid the temple all day. His curiosity almost makes him want to go anyway, but his instinctual caution denies that urge. He returns to the group of boarders with much on his mind- what could Pharaoh's soldiers be coming to enforce?
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    As Tarkasan began his spear drills, Nethet watched with interest and a crooked smile. "A Mittani?" she asked after a minute or so. "I recognize that slicing counter parry ..." and she thoughtfully touched the scar across her nose. "It's been a few years since I used a spear in battle." She rose and stretched, nodding to Eshe. Her movements matched her appearance - a woman in her mid 30s, a mother of children, once wiry and still athletic.

    Nethet added, "there's a counter to the counter parry. Saved my life." Glancing at Eshe, she asked "May I borrow your spear for a few moments?"
    "Aye," Tarkasan said. "Not much call for excitement lately in the land of plenty. Not faced battle since I came here. Sometimes wish I were back at home, fighting against our enemies. It's a lot different when you're fighting from the chariot. You can let the shield-bearer protect your side. But if you're fighting afoot, alone... I will remember your advice."

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    The morning sun warmed the dirt and the people in the garden, and glowed from the walls of the apartments. Out in the desert the sun gleamed from white marble on the flanks of pyramids and tombs that outnumbered the mud brick buildings of the living city. Those buildings stood in several long and tidy rows parallel the ragged edge of the bluffs above the river valley, the rows being separated by flower and vegetable gardens with foot paths along the edges of the gardens. Roughly at the middle of the row closest to the desert, there was a broad flat area of packed dirt with tables covered by awnings. Among the tables, pilgrims were gathering with guides who would lead them out through the tombs to the sleeping places of their ancestors. A few hundred yards from the market square, out into the desert but not quite in the city of tombs, stood the marble edifice that was the Osiris Temple. In the porch of the temple, clean shaven priests had finished their public morning baths and were donning their sheer white linen robes. Soon they would go out among the tombs to perform the rituals of their god.

    Breakfast had ended.

    Nethet returned Eshe's spear with a friendly smile, clasped Tarkasan's forearm firmly and briefly, and strolled off with Atut toward the nomarch's house - a sprawling one story structure of mud bricks built atop a low promontory of red sandstone. Atut gave Tehuti a final nod and admonition: "Take care, father of Bes."

    Bidding Semmopet a happy morning, Sesochris obtained a basket from the widow Hasfa and headed toward the broad path that broke the bluff edge down toward the distant river. He would be all day hauling mud.

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    Eshe, belly full, is in no mood for a long journey just now. Perhaps someone around here might be hiring some muscle? Failing that she could always do a little hunting. She gathers her meager belongings and heads to the nomarch's building. That would be the most likely spot to find someone with resources willing to trade for the services of a spearwoman.

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    Tarkasan had saved a little bit of his bread and beer. He was going to head into the necropolis, to visit the tomb of his friend Kannets. He'd been an officer under Amenhotep III, and had been something of a mentor to Tarkasan when he first arrived in the pharaoh's court. Helped him learn the new language, introduced him around the court. They had been good friends, although unfortunately the older man had taken sick shortly after Amenhotep III had died, and had been cashiered by Amenhotep IV to make room for his own loyalists. Kannets had died last year and been buried in his family's tomb in Saqqara. Tarkasan had promised the widow that he'd drop off some offerings at the tomb for Kannets. A small cake, a jug of beer, and a few arrows, for him to use in the afterlife. Once that was done, Tarkasan would probably head over to the barracks to see if any soldiers there would be up for a game of three and some beer.

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    Noticing everyone heading out and not having anywhere in particular to go, Tehuti gets up and follows Eshe, watching the woman walk for a while before shouting "Hey there! Eshe, was it?" He made his way to stand by her side, smiling wide. "I was wondering if you would be interested in some employment. Not for long, just a day or two, while everything settles down from a recent upset. Bes has warned me that there may be trouble for me, and I am a cautious man. What would it cost for two days of your service?"
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    Semmopet offers the widow a few herbs which can be chewed to relieve aches and pains--"I can vouch for their usefulness myself"--and an open offer to take a look at any injuries, illnesses, or other health problems she or her family might have while he is there.


    Semmopet listens to Sesochris' stories, quietly making notes of the names and filing them away for potential future use. An affair with the vizier's wife? I wondered why he'd been reposted so suddenly. Someone went to a lot of effort to keep it quiet in the court. At the man's insistence that he's going to stay on the straight and narrow, Semmopet smiles and nods. "Of course. It is never too late to return to the good graces of the gods, or the dead. A happy morning to you as well, and may your works be profitable."

    He watches the others train from the sidelines. That is a young man's--or woman's--game. Instead he helped clean up from breakfast. Once the others begin heading into town, he follows Tarkasan towards the tombs of the dead. "If you will indulge an old man, I will walk with you," he says, leaning on his staff. "I have plenty of old friends and acquaintances resting here, as well."
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    The morning sun glinted from white marble walls along the many streets in the sprawling city of tombs. Pilgrims walked reverently among the tombs, guided by priests from the Osiris Temple. The city was vast and even those who had been there before often found it difficult to track down their particular loved one's resting place amid the many similar low rectangular buildings. Only the pyramids and their accompanying shrines loomed vast and distinctive above the gleaming sprawl.

    Oddly, only visitors and their priestly guides moved down the streets of sleeping Saqqara. The usual patrolling justiciars were absent this morning.


    Semmopet had visited the city of tombs a few times before; Tarkasan, never. Both of them, looking out at the dreaming metropolis, realized it would be helpful to have a guide from the Temple. Turning aside, they mounted the low steps to the temple porch, where a cluster of several dozen priests stood talking amid the tall square stone columns that supported the reed bundles that shaded the porch. Three priests sat at a low broad table with a pile of scrolls, which they consulted as pilgrims approached the table one by one. Based on their reviews of the scrolls, the priests at the table called forth guide priests from the gaggle of conversationalists, and sent the pilgrims and their guides into the tombs.

    The main doorway of the temple was open with the white doorcloth drawn aside by soft ropes. A novice priest went in and out the doorway to fetch scrolls from inside the temple. Two of the numerous temple cats followed him in each direction.

    Given the crowd of several dozen pilgrims, it took about half an hour to sort out who would be guiding Semmopet. Fortunately, Semmopet waited to see Tarkasan on his way - and it turned out that Kannets' house was near that of Semmopet's old friend and fellow priest of Amun, Taharka.

    As they followed their guide down the steps toward the tombs, he introduced himself: "I am Pen-ba-kak-amen. Call me Pen-ba. I have been a priest for two years and have only recently passed the examination as a tomb guide. I am assigned to sector Raven Four, where your friends' tombs are. It will be about an hour to walk out to there. I carry water." He patted a leather flask slung under his left arm. It looked like it held about ten or twelve hins.

    Osiris' barge had risen about halfway up the sky.

    As Semmopet, Tarkasan, and Pen-ba turned away from the temple toward the tombs, they saw a large group of people walking rapidly northward from the nomarch's mansion toward the temple. There were about thirty people in the group, mostly men, all carrying clubs. The group was about twelve hundred cubits away. Their feet raised puffs of red dust from the ground.

    Someone up in the porch of the temple raised their voice above the surging chatter in a question "Why are all the justiciars coming here?" and the conversation fell silent.

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    Eshe turned to look at Tehuti with a raised eyebrow.

    "You're expecting trouble? In this place of the dead? What could cause ..."

    They both watch as the club-wielding group heads toward the temple.

    "Fair enough. Looks like there's trouble in these parts after all. I'm at loose ends right now. How about we see what's about to happen, then settle up after two days? I charge based on the amount of trouble, not the time it takes to deal with it."
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    Tarkasan eyed the soldiers, running his practiced eyes over them. The justicars, servants of the nomarch. Were they conscripts or trained veterans? And were they coming towards the crowd of mourners and tourists, or were they heading to the temple? He nudged his strange companion. "You know anything about this, priest? What's the nomarch plotting at?"
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    Pen-ba frowned. He seemed anxious. He spoke slowly. "Excuse me," he said. "It doesn't seem good that all of the justiciars are marching at the temple. I'm not sure that I want to wait around and find out what they want. I've been assigned to guide you to the tombs of Kannets and Taharka. I would like to do that now, I think. But it's no point to go ahead without you, if you want to insert yourself into this situation." He looked at the older priest. "What do you counsel, father of gods?"

    The marching group had approached to about ten hundred cubits away. They walked casually without bumping into each other, spaced just far enough apart to easily swing their clubs. Veterans. They seemed to be headed straight for the temple porch, where about fifteen visitants and about the same number of priests stood silently and anxiously waiting their arrival. Tarkasan could not yet make out the expressions on their faces. He could hear a low murmur of talk from the group, but could not interpret the words.

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    Unable to catch up with Eshe, Tehuti decides to head to the safest place he knows other than the temple, which is apparently dangerous today. Turning around, he heads into the poorest section of the city, intent on providing blessings and hearing from the people. If he is unable to do work at the temple, he will do Bes' work among those who need his help most.
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    Tarkasan shrugged. "Not my business. My business is with my friend, to pay my respects. Lead on," he said, turning away.

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