This post is accessible to ALL patrons for a few reasons. First being that it’s been a few months since I’ve been able to deliver stuff to y’all consistently, and I want to thank you for your patience regarding that. Second, this chapter should be able to stand alone if you’re at all familiar with the world and the basics of the story. Third, I’m at the end of section 2 and I AM SO THRILLED TO FINALLY BE HERE and I wanna share my joy with everyone. Thanks to all the folks who’ve stuck with me through the very quiet months. :)
A shade after emerging from the world of night, born again from the womb of Nut, the Kheper-sun’s rays reached into the Beetle Bay, lighting up the seven scarab heads aligned just so to catch the earliest morning light. The light and heat grew stronger, and from within ushabAny’s machine Ibi could sense the steam begin to course through the pipes. It had taken several days of meditating while in zepitep with Atet for her to become sensitive enough to subtle energies within and around her body to identify them. Next step would be learning how to manipulate those energies. That would come later. Right now she focused on her breath, slowly pulling the air into her lungs and controlling the release, all in an effort not to let anxiety overwhelm her.
The steam pressure inside reached the optimal level and six ready bells sounded up and down the Bay.
:Let’s go,: she pulsed to all the ushabs. All seven copper scarabs of the High House rose up on their legs, stepped out of their berths, performed perfect 90 degree turns, and walked out of the Bay together into the morning light.