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An ecological crisis in Egypt, which began on July 11, 2004 and still continues unchecked. The Nile is becoming polluted with fast-spreading algae that are turning the river undrinkable and sulphurous. The algae began in South Egypt and have been spreading northward along the Nile since then.

This flow of algae and sulphurous water is defying all attempts to stop it, and following the Nile to its delta. So far it has progressed as far northward as Seven Lakes. Algae Plague

Crisis History

The catalyst of the algae plague was a dramatic eruption of the South Egypt volcano on July 11, 2004. (This eruption occurred about an hour after the consecration, elsewhere in Egypt, of the first Pyramid of Many Wonders, which was itself accompanied by a local earth tremor. Immediately after the eruption, onlookers observed that the waters near the volcano had begun to turn sulphurous, and dead fish were found on the shores. This effect started to spread upward along the Nile, and has been moving northward ever since.

The problem was identified as a form of algae added to the water during the eruption. The side effect of the algae growth has been to turn the affected water sulphurous and toxic.

The Priests of Osiris

On July 25, two weeks after the eruption, a group of Egyptian priests -- Saduat, Nefer-Aaru, Akert-Hotep, Asernakht, Ammit-Khu, and their . To this end, they established an artists' guild near the DoS Mega, and urged Egyptians to come and build sculptures to please Osiris. The land around the sculpture site has seen grass and tree growth, proving that Osiris is indeed responsive to our efforts. Many people believe that Osiris, if sufficiently pleased, will cure the Nile of the algae plague, but it has yet to be seen if this is true.

The priests also brought an ancient scroll, which they had partially translated. As explained by the priest Saduat, this scroll reveals that the Nile has faced such an algae plague before, during the time of King Octec. The scroll also hinted at a priest name Madu who somehow saved the people of Egypt, though exactly how is unclear. On July 28 a bizarre incident occurred. Saduat, apparently believing himself a reincarnation of this Madu, attempted to convene a small number of Egyptians (hi "chosen few") to join him in a suicide pact to built a pyramid and seal themselves in it Recognizing Saduat as a madman, his would-be followers were sceptical and refused him. Saduat fled into the desert and remains at large.

At about the same time, Nefer-Airu also disappeared. Foul play was suspected at first, and it was believed she was in the wilderness with the scroll. The Priests Akert-Hotep and Ammit-Khu were very worried. The Acolytes kept praying, and these prayers have led us to an amusing discovery... Astmma found a piece of robe stained with blood, and soon a bloody stone was found, too. The worshippers used those items as an offering on their altar. After long payers, RanaIb-Asar had a vision n which she talked to theoul of Nefer-Aaru in Duat. She has been killed by Saduat during a dispute about the scrolls. She also has told the true story of the past times...

The Past

During King Octec's reign over Egypt, a similar plague has struck the Nile. While it was consuming the Nile, Madu has led his chosen to a "ritual" suicide in his pyramid tomb. The souls of these chosen, and the soul of Madu, still dwell unrested in it. Son, Octec has ordered his people to make an elixir, the recipe of which was on the scrolls Saduat has burn, in a huge quantity. Then, once the elixir was ready, he raised his right hand. On this command, the barrelfuls of elixir were poured into the Nile. No sooner than that, Egypt was saved! The algae plague was gone!

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