The year is 1290 B.C.E., during Dynasty 19, during the reign of Seti I. The place is Thebes,
located in Upper/Middle Egypt, a city of majestic beauty and full of life; it is no wonder, then, that the ancients called
it the City of the Living.
But, it is here where death dwells, as it is the location where Imhotep—Seti's High
Priest of Osiris and Keeper of the Dead—chooses to kill Pharaoh, in hopes of taking over his rule, along side of his
mistress, Anuck-su-namun, with whom Imhotep falls in love. Their plan goes array, as the bodyguards—the Med-jai—of
Pharaoh catch them in cold blood. More goes wrong when Imhotep tries and fails to resurrect his dead girlfriend’s soul
from the Underworld, at Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, where the sons of Pharaohs and their treasure are buried.
he dared to disturb the corpse and sacred canopic jars of Anuck-su-namun, Imhotep and his priests are buried alive; Imhotep
suffers the most, though, having the curse of the Hom-dai
performed on him, a curse that gives the victim ultimate
power once he or she arises. To keep this from happening, the Med-jai and the generations of Medl-jai that follow are sworn
at manhood to watch over and protect the secret of Hamunaptra and the location of Imhotep.
However, the word of the
mysteriousness and the purported richness of Hamunaptra spreads by way of Arab storytellers, amusing Greek and Roman tourists;
by way of the Egyptian locals, amusing American and European tourists with the story; and down the generations. In other words,
everyone know the story of Hamunaptra, even the soldiers and officers of the French Foreign Legion—a group of miscreant
men who believed in it so much that they traveled through Libya and into Egypt to find it; even sweaty prison workers and
inmates of Egypt; even scholars of the Cairo Museum.
The adventure officially begins in the year 1926, in the Cairo
Museum, after a library disaster of disorganized proportions. Here we meet the heroic librarian and amateur Egyptologist,
Evelyn Carnahan, whose brother—Jonathan Carnahan—presents to her an ancient Theban puzzle-box, inside which is
contained a map to Hamunaptra. Despite discouragement from the curator of the museum—Dr. Bey—and a fiery catastrophe
to the map, Evelyn and her goofy brother set out in search of the Lost City of Hamunaptra.
Their first stop: Cairo
Prison, home of Cairo’s most evil criminals; slimiest of wardens and guards; and Richard O’Connell, supposed deserter
of the French Foreign Legion and searcher of good times. It is in this last person whom the Carnahans are interested, as he
was the last to posses the puzzle-box and map—of course, Jonathan would know this, as he stole it from the dashing man,
who was drunk at the time at one of the local casbahs.
One little problem, however: O’connell’s hanging
is scheduled for this day. How can the Carnahans find Hamunaptra if the only man who knows its location is going to die? Never
fear, it is Evelyn to the rescue; by haggling and dealing with the warden to save O’Connel’s neck, literally,
she eventually proposes a deal to the slimy man, which surely saves Rick’s live. The deal: what else but the riches
So, it is on the boat to Luxor these four go. As luck would have it, the Carnahan-O’Connell party
runs into another band of adventurers who are in the pursuit of Huamunaptra as well. This party consists of three American
cowboys—Mr. Burns, Daniels and Henderson; an Egyptologist of English origins; and, to the surprise of O’Connell,
Beni Gabor, a former soldier of the French Foreign Legion and acquaintance of O’Connell.
From here on out, these
two parties share in the thrills and the chills that the pursuit of Hamunaptra brings: several attacks by the sacred sect
of Med-jai warriors—once on the boat to Luxor and another time on location, at Hamunaptra experiences with booby-trapped
and cursed objects; and run-ins with flesh-eating scarabs and a 3,000 year-old, walking, talking corpse, who is the bringer
of death and of plagues and who seeks to resurrects his dead girlfriend, Anuck-su-namun.
In the end and with the help
of Ardeth Bey—one of the chief commanders of the 12 tribes of the Med-jai—Evelyn, Rick, and Jonathan make it out
of Hamunaptra alive, not without a few obstacles, of course: almost being sacrificed on an alter; being attacked by resurrected
priests, bodyguards, and a mistress of Pharaoh; and nearly being buried alive beneath the sand dunes of Hamunaptra.
may be only the beginning, but life for the Carnahan’s and Rick is just beginning, as the dashing American hero and
the clumsy, yet clever librarian fall in love and Jonathan finally gets his riches—although, none of them know it at
this time, they will all truly live happily ever after.Back to top
The Mummy Returns
Thebes, 3067 B.C.E.: It was exactly 5,000 years ago that the most famed of all Egyptian
rules—the Scorpion King—led a political campaign to conquer the know world with the aid of an army of thousands.
Hope the gods—and especially Anpu, also known as Anubis—are on his side, he and his men take the first running
steps toward hand-to-hand combat, a battle to the death, something rarely seen in modern times. However, seven years latter,
the opponents of the King and his army win the battle at Thebes, after which the latter party retreats into the Desert of
Ahm Shere, which slowly takes the lives of all the warrior king’s men.
Rather than be conquered yet again—this
time by death’s hand—the warrior king bargains with Anpu and exchanges his soul for invincibility. The god accepts
and donates his army of jackals—called Anubis warriors—to the now powerful warrior. Like a plague of Biblical
proportions the warrior and his army of millions comb and conquer the known world—that is, the whole of Egypt and surrounding
countries—thus becoming invincible.
Having achieved that for which he asked of Anubis, the only thing left for
him to do was to hand over his soul to the mortuary god. However, this the Scorpion King did not do, for how could he ever
enter Paradise, the Field of Reeds, the Afterlife, without his soul, his precious Ba?
Appeasing the gods when they
appear angry is something all Egyptians would support, but they did not trade in their souls for power. An angry god is one
before whom neither man nor would woman want to be. So, with a blaze of fire, Anubis scoops up the Scorpion King’s soul
and also made his army return to the sands from whence they came, where they would wait until the next person with designs
on would world domination would unleash them.
According to legend, the Scorpion King and his Army of Anubis awake
once every 5,000 years to wipe out the world, a hackneyed ploy. But first, someone must find the Bracelet of Anubis, a magical
“key,” a “guide” to the now Lost Oasis of Ahm Shere; wear it; find the oasis without being the latest
victim of vicious pygmies and quicksand; wake the Scorpion King; and then command him and his army to continue their quest
in world domination.
When next we meet our heroes from the story, it is 1933, the year of the scorpion according to
Egyptian astronomy funnily enough, and just seven years short of 5,000 years since the warrior king was condemned and petrified
within the confines of a diamond-topped and golden pyramid at Ahm Shere center, which was created by Anubis especially for
the Scorpion King. We return also to the place where our ancient story started, at Thebes, at the Ramesseum, otherwise known
as the mortuary temple of Ramses II. It is within this sacred place that we find the O’Connell family: Rick, Evelyn,
and their nearly eight year old precocious son, Alex, whose bravery and intelligence matches his father and mother, respectively.
They are awarded the concession at the Ramesseum and begin their archaeological dig, which results in the finding of a few
broken pottery jars, statues and two very important objects: an insignia of a Med-jai symbol and…the Bracelet of Anubis.
If it had not been for Evy’s recent premonitions, she and her family would have dug elsewhere. For some reason,
Evy and her family are connected to this place, to the Bracelet of Anubis and to the Scorpion King.
an ancient Egyptian curse in the form of an avalanche of water that drives the O’Connell family out of the mortuary
temple; a band of English hit-men hired by the curator of the British Museum and his accomplice, Meela, whose designs on retrieving
the Imhotep’s corpse, the Book of the Dead, and the Bracelet are of the sardonic kind; pharaoh’s guards; the wrath
of Imhotep, reanimated once more, this time by the curator’s team so that he could battle the Scorpion King; and a kidnapping,
Evelyn discovers the connection, which includes her family. She was once Nefretari, the daughter of Seti I whose son was Ramses
II. She was also the protector of the Bracelet of Anubis, about which Alex becomes curious and lets lock on his wrist, which
shows him the way to Ahm Shere and endows him with the power to understand the ancient Egyptian language. In addition, Rick,
branded with the Med-jai symbol on his right wrist, finds he is a protector of mankind, a warrior for god, a Med-jai, just
like his old friend Ardeth Bey, who joins the O’Connell family once more to help them save the world from the Army of
Anubis, the Scorpion King, Imhotep, and from Meela, who is the reincarnation of Anuck-su-namun, secret lover of Imhotep, who
brings her soul back into her modern body. Jonathan, too, has a role in all of this: he discovers that his one and only evidence
of his Hamunaptran fortune, now lost to rather unscrupulous characters, is actually a spear, the Spear of Osiris, which is
the only weapon that can destroy the Scorpion King and send him back to the Underworld.
All of our key players, separated
in the beginning now come together at the Lost Oasis of Ahm Shere, but by different means of transportation: Evelyn, Rick,
Ardeth, Jonathan, and Izzy—a long ago friend of Rick—by dirigible and the curator and his crew, Meela, Imhotep,
and Alex, whose wrist still wears the Bracelet and will continue to do so until the seventh day is spent and who is kidnapped
by the curator and his team.
Facing death, skeletal pygmies, quicksand, and a rising sun, which announces the final
day in which Alex must get inside the golden pyramid or else get the life sucked out of him.
Happily, the O’Connell
family end up where they must be, but only momentary is this happiness; just as Rick saves Alex’s life, the life of
his wife ends abruptly after Meela/Anuck-su-namun stabs her in the stomach.
Just as this happiness ends, it soon breaths
life again when Alex, clever as he is, and with the help of his Uncle Johnathan, tricks Anuck-su-namun who is at this point
waiting for her mortalized Imhotep to return from calling forth the Scorpion King from his chamber: Alex steals the Book of
the Dead to chant the same spell that brought back Imhotep to bring his mother back from the dead as Jonathan attempts to
fight Anuck-su-namun-sun-amun and as Rick fights Imhotep and the Scorpion King. This is all interrupted shortly when Evy is
rejuvenated, fights Anuck-su-namun in a sais fight similar to one she had with her when she was Nefretari, and pulls her husband
from the edge of a precipice that leads to the Lake of Fire.
With this newest turn of events, everything else turns
out as happily: Rick impales the Scorpion King and sends him and the Army of Anubis back to the Underworld; Imhotep and Anuck-su-namun
die, the latter from repeated scorpion bites and the former from a broken heart and from willingly throwing himself into the
Lake of fire after Anuck-su-namun leaves him to die; and the O’Connell family escape the self-destruction of Ahm Shere
with the aid of Izzy, his good timing, and reconstructed dirigible, which suffered from a fatal crash to the ground caused
by Imhotep’s will in the form of a tidal wave.
Experiences such as these are never forgettable and hopefully
unrepeatable. In what other pickles will we next find the O’Connell family? The world will soon find out. Back