It is March 1924. The hysteria surrounding the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun has abated slightly, only to be replaced by mutterings of a curse following the death of Lord Carnarvon. Archaeologists have had their hopes of significant new finds reignited, however charlatans abound, and sorting fact from fiction has become the first stage of any new venture.
The Lotus of Hath Sa’art, stories say, had almost miraculous properties. The stories attribute it with a number of abilities, from reanimating the dead to granting eternal life, but the most frequent–and the most likely–are of healing properties beyond anything known to man. Previously dismissed as pure fiction, new evidence has come to light in the form of a map purporting to show the oasis in the desert at which it once grew. Unfortunately, the Century Club has heard rumours that Dr. Hashim Al-Safaga, an old adversary of the club, has also heard the news and has been making his own inquiries after the map.
The Century Club has been concerned enough to arrange an expedition into the desert in the hopes of finding a surviving plant. After all, there are no guarantees that this is the only map, or that its current holder may not have made copies, hoping to make yet more money from the deal. You have been selected to represent the Century Club on this mission, and have been urgently summoned to Egypt.
It won’t be plain-sailing, of course. There’s the heat and the harshness of the environment, as well as the competition. But your superiors have been in contact with the current holder of the map, and a meeting has been arranged with them in Luxor. Surely you can find the plant well ahead of Dr. Al-Safaga and return with it to the Century Club, where it can be used for the good of all mankind.
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