All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk
Lets see…the body count is officially two. The queen is dead, pharaoh is dead, and that’s not counting the people this power hungry psychopath has tried to kill, wound, maim, and generally bend out of shape. Nellifer is the queen of Egypt. But as I said earlier it’s one of those pesky in-name only positions. Right now she has all the power of a camel breaking wind.
Shortly after pharaoh dies an ankh is rung to announce his passing. People go into the streets to hear heralds officially announce his death. Mikka goes outside his dwelling to confirm the worst. Once he hears a herald he goes back inside to report to Vashtar. “You were right. The heralds are going through the city telling the people”. Senta makes a comment directed at his father. “I didn't expect it so suddenly. Did you, sir?”. Vashtar responds “I thought we'd finish our work, our people would go free. And we would have a number of years still to live. Don't be frightened, nothing can happen to us
...until our task is completed”.
The Ankh is rung
Vashtar learns of Pharaohs death
Back at the palace things are a bit more subdued and formal. The young prince is worried he will cry in front of the priests. “I am afraid I'm going to cry. I don't want them to see me”. Hamar who is formally dressed assures the prince he is his fathers son, and will not cry. Nellifer makes her entrance and offers the prince empty condolences. After getting permission from Hamar to leave the prince leaves. With the prince gone Nellifer starts making demands that poor Hamar has no choice but to obey. “It is my wish that the doors to
the treasure vaults be opened”. Hamar and Nellifer walk towards them. Suddenly Nellifer stops in her tracks, sees the doors open , and the empty vaults. “What is all this? All the doors are open, it's gone. Where is the treasure?”. Hamar has wisely anticipated this outburst, and has planned his response. “In that place for which it was destined. The tomb in the pyramid”. She throws a typical spoilt brat hissy fit. “Have it brought here at once” she shrieks. Once more, with as much diplomacy as Hamar can muster, and a certain amount of glee Hamar answers Nellifer. “When you are in fact the queen, you will be obeyed, by myself, as by all”.
Nellifer is shocked to learn she is not yet queen of Egypt. “What do you say? That I'm not the queen?” she barks. Hamar continues. “According to the laws of Egypt, when you have given burial to Pharaoh, when his body is laid within the tomb, you will inherit all that was his. The treasure, the power, the state.
Until then, the will of the Pharaoh lives on. The treasure remains in the tomb. That is the law”. To say Nellifer is having a bad day would an extreme understatement. When she heard she was not queen a few dozen expletives of Cypriot or Egyptian origin were either said or thought. To make her day a really cruddy one she learns she must wait 30 days until the pharaoh is buried. Then and only then will she be queen. When she asks why she is only learning this now Hamar says quite bluntly “Shall we say I would save her majesty from being told in public?”. She then goes on to express her extreme dislike for Hamar. Hamar tells her the dislike is reciprocated. Nellifer tries to get the last word, but Hamar beats her to the punch. “A long time ago, Your Majesty, I made a pact. I swore to be buried with my friend and ruler. Therefore, madam, when you are queen, I will not be here. And you no longer need to worry about me”. Nellifer goes back to her chambers. To exercise her anger she probably assaults a few slaves and redecorates by tearing down some curtains.
Back in Vashtars dwelling the topic of discussion gets decidedly gloomy. Mikka asks Vashtar a question he is reluctant to voice. “Vashtar, you've never told me or our people and we ought to know. How are you and Senta to?What is to be the manner of?”. Even though the complete question is never asked, its meaning couldn’t be clearer. Vashtar answers as best he can. “I believe that Hamar intends to be sealed in the tomb with Pharaoh. He and the mute priests. I can only presume it will be the same for Senta and myself”. Kyra, the slave girl Senta saved from a whipping, gets emotional and runs into the sleeping quarters she shares with Senta. Senta holds her tight.
The next day day Vashtar is with Senta as they get the final instructions for sealing the tomb. As the discussion take place they pass two objects that baffle Vashtar. Hamar explains the meaning behind them. “They are solar boats, for Pharaoh to use after his burial. They are the means by which Pharaoh will journey across the skies with the sun.With the god Horus. Each day they will sail from east to west. And each night Pharaoh will return to the
east by the river which runs under the earth”. Hamar asks what work, if any, remains. Vashtar responds “Only the setting of the mechanism. Apart from that, our work is finished. You remember the stone we lowered for Pharaoh and you, so many years ago? This is exactly the same. When those bits of earthenware are broken, the sand will run out and the cover of the sarcophagus will be lowered. While it's coming down the lever will release a stone in the chamber beneath this one. That stone will set in motion all the forces for sealing the pyramid.Within a few moments of that cover coming down, every passage will be closed. only this room will remain. Once that starts down, no power on Earth can stop the rest. That will be the end”.
Hamar is more than pleased and shows it. “You have lived up to your bargain.
Now as to our part of the bargain...I will give orders that when the burial procession starts your people will be released. Those orders will include both of you. You may lead your people home”. Not sure he heard Hamar correctly Vashtar interrupts. “You mean that...”. Hamar continues. “Yes, my friends.
There is no need for either of you to die. When the tomb is sealed, the secret evaporates. When it's solid stone, what does the way through the labyrinth matter? I will believe always, or choose to believe, you planned it this way.
I also believe...Pharaoh would approve of what I'm doing. Will you set the mechanism now?”. With their death sentence lifted Vashtar and Senta make plans for the journey home.
Inside the tomb Pharaohs funeral takes place. Hamar leads it. Nellifer plays her part as the grieving wife. “People of Egypt. In this moment, our Pharaoh puts down the burden of this life. Let his lawful successor now claim the power and the glory that was his. Are you, Nellifer, prepared to do this?”. Nellifer comes forward to assume the throne. “I, Nellifer, wife to Pharaoh, as regent for his son and heir do assume the burden he has put down”. She thinks she has come one step closer to the throne. Hamar now asks her a question that will seal her fate. “Are you then prepared to give him burial according to our laws and customs that you may inherit that which was his?”. Nellifer completes the funeral or at least her part of it. “I am prepared”. Hamar informs Nellifer that only she can give the order. She does. Stones slide down corridors, walls close, and doorways vanish. The rumbling continues and stones slam into each other.
A priest breaks earthenware and sand begins to pour out. The sarcophagus is covered with a gigantic stone. The gold that was behind the statues is slowly covered in sand. Nellifer notices the entrance she came in no longer exists. She turns to Hamar. “Show me the way out, I command you. Show me the way”. Hamar now bellows at her. “This is what you lied and schemed and murdered to achieve. This is your kingdom”. Nellifer starts saying no over and
generally freaking out. She collapses on the floor of the tomb sobbing, and muttering quite incoherently. Her sobs can’t be heard outside by Vashtar or any of his people. They’re too busy going home.
The Time Tunnel pilot that you
have never seen !