The hideous spider-like creature advanced menacingly towards us. "Kill them! Kill them!" shouted Professor Clasius then continued reciting the incantation that had materialized the evil thing into our presence from some other, darker dimension.
"Can you not stop her Johannes?" shouted Winslow frantically.
I had but one avenue of hope left to us, but first I must silence the Professor and break her hold on the creature she now controlled. I focused my attention… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on September 11, 2011 at 4:15pm —
The great flash of light and smoke succeeded in distracting Professor Clasius and breaking her concentration. In fact, my aim was so precise in nature that I succeeded in singing the dreadful woman's hair. She let out a howl of great surprise! "Damn you Leopold! " she shouted as she madly patted her hair to put out the burning embers. The great serpent which encircled us with it's massive coils dissolved away into nothingness. "Good show old man!" said Winslow patting me on the… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on September 11, 2011 at 11:00am —
Greenfield lay on the stony ground bleeding from his shoulder. I knelled down and helped Winslow to aid my fallen comrade. "Bernard, help Thomas into the circle." I whispered.
"Oh Johannes, I don't think now is the time for such..." started Winslow.
"Do as I say!" I snapped "Our lives depend on being in that circle!" As I stood to confront the approaching Professor I said dryly "Your aim is as poor as your character my dear Profesor."
"At this distance it shall be… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on September 11, 2011 at 9:00am —
From my vantage point on the ancient stone bridge, the sight before my eyes was truly amazing. To my right was the two colossal statues who's bottom halves I had become acquainted with in our dim lantern light. Now fully revealed by my illumination spell, the statues could be seen in their complete glory reaching upwards to the ceiling of the great cave. Two my left across the bridge, much to my wonderment, stood two statues of a similar nature! So great was my surprise at the… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on September 5, 2011 at 3:30pm —
It has been ten months since my last journal entry. As I sit here in the study of my London home, surrounded by things of comfort and familiarity, pipe in hand and brandy at the ready (as it were) I find it difficult to pick up my tale from where I left off. So many things have transpired in the preceding months that now in the quite and solitude of my chambers I wrestle with the memories of that most fantastic adventure. So dream-like do some of my recollections now seem to me that I… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on September 4, 2011 at 1:00pm —
The sun was setting over the jungle canopy as the Freedom of Africa came to a slow stop . We had arrived at the location where the entrance to the underground river should be located according to the ancient map and amulet. Capt. Fahiz and his crew set about making quick work of the task of mooring the ramshackle craft in a stationary resting place above the trees. Below us the sounds of strange birds, monkeys and other exotic jungle dwellers filled our ears with a deafening cacophony of… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on March 7, 2011 at 8:43pm —
Morning. As the sun rose, we left the town of Al Fashir far behind us. Our mode of transportation, an air ship named The Freedom of Africa (a rather ramshackle contraption of dubious air-worthiness) sailed South-West and within hours the dry grasslands below us gave way to random patches of trees then light forest, then heavy jungle. We were over the great Congo jungle.
Sadly, little could be seen through the vast green canopy of trees that stretched as far as the eye could… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on February 10, 2011 at 8:43pm —
"The secret of the map is obvious! Honestly Bernard," I Said with a smile "how can a man as brilliant as you be so thick?"
"Really Johannes, you are going to hurt my feelings. You should not say such things, even if you think them." said Winslow.
I chuckled at his mock hurt and continued "Do you not see the secret of the map Bernard? The map will show us the way, that is when it is when it is combined with the amulet like so." I placed the amulet upon the map just as I had done… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on February 1, 2011 at 9:08am —
As the door to my room flung open a voice rang out in the hall "I say! You there! What are you up to!" It was Greenfield, he had caught the intruder just as he was entering my room. "That is Mr Leopold's room."
The intruder turned to face Greenfield. Lifting his hand to shoulder height, he savagely hurled a knife at my fellow traveler. I raised my revolver and with quick, deliberate aim, fired! The intruder fell to the ground with a thud.
Within moments the hall was a buzz… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 24, 2010 at 9:29am —
Morning: This morning was spent in transit to the town of Al Fashir. Taking little more than two hours to reach by camel, the journey was a delightful excursion in contrast to the subterranean ordeal we had just completed and our spirits were high by the time we reached our destination. The departure of Boilinger and Cline was of little concern as I saw them (Boilinger in particular) more of a nuisance then of a help to us. Al Fashir is a rather large town and an important stop on the greater… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 23, 2010 at 8:46pm —
Morning: I awoke this morning with a ravenous appetite and feeling much rested. The past day (yesterday) seems to fade away into a vague dream. my recollection of arriving at this small town north west of Al Fashir on the afternoon of the 7th with my fellow expedition members is quite vivid, but every thing after our first meal seems distant and unreal. The physical tole of our subterranean river journey was, no doubt, far more exhausting and fatiguing than any of us had expected. Winslow,… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 17, 2010 at 9:00pm —
Forward movement was hopeless, there was no possible way to get our boat over the huge boulders that blocked passage to the river beyond and the violent force of the water forcing its way through the small opening at the top of the caved-in boulders would drown a man in mere seconds. Our only path was to go back to the stone steps and ascend to the surface.
The river's current, though somewhat slower, was still ferociously strong and we had to cut loose our raft containing all of our… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 16, 2010 at 9:09pm —
Little of any consequence occurred during the next few days except for the quickening of our pace. The tunnel that the river moved through narrowed noticeable and the current of the waters flow increased. So rapid was our speed we soon began to fear being dashed into the rocky sides of tunnel. We spent a great deal of effort trying to keep our small boat (and the raft we had in tow to carry our supplies) from being swamped by the rivers tumultuous waters. The sound of the rushing water was… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 16, 2010 at 10:07am —
Afternoon: Prof. Clausis' attack left us angry and unsettled and we spared little time in getting our boat into the water and beginning our journey into the unknown. A great stroke of luck was that the sound of our boats small steam engine terrified the enormous white crocodiles that infested the subterranean lake so much so that the beasts stayed clear of us as we passed out of the temple/cave and into the swiftly moving waters of a narrow underground river.
Our boat, was equipped… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 11, 2010 at 10:05am —
Morning: We began our journey in earnest this morning having spent most of the previous day moving our boat and supplies into the temple/cave. We slept near the temples entrance under the protection (in my mind anyway) of the massive statues of Sobek that guard the temple. It was necessary for one man to stay awake at all times to watch for the gigantic albino crocodiles that infest the underground lake for we were all fearfully uneasy that the great reptiles would devour us in the night!… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 10, 2010 at 9:25pm —
We entered the temple in amazed silence, even old Boilinger did not know what to say. It was finally Winslow who spoke "It is utterly unbelievable Johannes!" he whispered excitedly.
"Indeed it is!" I replied. Before us was a vast hall of columns that stretched out beyond the reach of our lamps. As we moved forward the sound of running water was clearly audible and we soon came upon a large altar and two statues of the god Anubis. The statues were remarkable in that they each held in their… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 8, 2010 at 10:53pm —
Preparations were made for the journey. The expedition would consist of myself, Prof. Winslow, Prof.Cline, Mr. Greenfield and (unfortunately) the perpetually unplesent Prof. Boilinger. To give the man his due, Boilinger was of great help in outfitting the expedition for he had, as it turned out, extensive experience in the art of potholing. His vast knowledge on the matters of cave exploring and geology will, I am sure, be of no small value to us.
Afternoon 30th... I write this as we… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 3, 2010 at 9:30pm —
Several day passed in much debate among myself and the members of the expedition as to wither the undertaking of the journey should be made. Prof. Winslow had sent a letter to the Museum of Antiquities in London asking for funding for the new excursion into the unknown but it could take weeks for a responce. So after much argument amongst all involved, it was decided that we would precede on our own.
During this time there was no word of Prof. Clausis, she had for all purposes… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 3, 2010 at 8:16pm —
The scroll, a large papyrus measuring approximately 13 inches in height and five feet in length, lay on the table brightly lit by lamps. "It is a mystery Johannes." said Winslow. After regarding the ancient scroll for some time I had to agree with my old friend "It is of a highly unusual nature." I said. And indeed it was unusual for the scroll, which appeared to be regarding funerary rights, was comprised of text in hieroglyphics but in its center was what seemed to be a map.
"A map… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 2, 2010 at 8:00pm —
The box did not open. "Why on earth will the box not open Johannes? I do not understand." asked Winslow. "Because Bernard, the key only unlocks the physical lock that hold the top, it does not release the spell that holds the box frozen in place." "Oh I see Johannes..." Winslow paused and scratched his balding head then continued "But how then do we remove the spell?" "We shall have to try a counter spell." I said and removed from my box of magical equipment an ancient looking book of spells.… Continue
Added by Johannes Leopold M.O.S & F.G. on November 1, 2010 at 8:13pm —