The Imperial City was in frenzy. Prophecy proclaimed that the birth of a princess to the royal family would usher in a new age of prosperity never seen before. The birth of Nephthys attracted nobles and journeymen from far and wide; all wanted to be present to offer tribute.
With the words of Giah echoing in his conscious, Lysander was determined to sacrifice Nephthys at the Pillars of Light. The Pillars stood on hallowed ground. It was believed that the Gods reigned down from the Heavens on their grand chariots and gave rise to the first dynasty to rule over the land of Egypt at that very spot. If there was any place that provided a link to the Spirit World, Lysander was certain that it lied there.
Under cloak of night, Lysander made travel for the Imperial City. Aware that patrols would be on high, he knew that it would be suicide to infiltrate the Grand Palace head-on. Lysander decided to enter as a temple servant. Being a slave, he had knowledge of the garments and markings temple servants donned. 3 moons after the birth of Princess Nephthys, Lysander implanted himself in the ranks of the Chamber maids. The princess was placed separate from Pharaoh and his Queen, for ceremonial purposes, in the throne room of Horus. Royalty were said to have been the earthly manifestation of the great deities the Egyptian people worshipped. Nephthys’ prophetic birth affirmed the age-old belief, and she was to be honored to the highest decree.
Sneaking past the throne room guards, Lysander descended upon the throne room of Horus during one of the day ceremonies. The child, barely a week-old, possessed a calm about her that initially startled Lysander. Casting aside doubts, he bundled her gently and escaped down one of the service tunnels being constructed alongside the throne room. Lysander proceeded to follow a river bank in order to conceal his tracks, but was spotted by chamber maids doing routine washing. The Palace Guard’s trumpet of immediate assembly sent a chill down the spine of Lysander. And so the great chase ensued.
Knowing that the fiercest warriors in the world would pursue him with every living breath he took, Lysander made the gamble to head straight to the Pillars of Light. “The Stairway to Heaven” he chanted to himself, as he fought off exhaustion traversing the country-side. When he reached the mouth of the cave entrance to the Pillars, Nephthys broke out into an uproar. Her cries ravaged the entire Kingdom. Tremors occurred, and great stones began to fall from the heavens. It’s said that the cries of the princess helped give shape to the Nile and the Sinai Peninsula. Watching from the cave, Lysander assured himself that his cause was Just, and that this was the only way to escape imprisonment on Earth. He prayed for forgiveness and began his ascent through the catacombs that lied before The Pillars of Light.
Reaching the summit, Lysander unveiled the new-born princess. She had stopped crying and was fast asleep. He walked between the Pillars and placed the princess down on the offering table. Instantly, an aura arose from the Pillars and covered the entire site. The stars overhead aligned into a direct path from the Polar star to a distant point directly in front of The Pillars. Last, a great white door appeared right off the edge of the summit, hovering in mid-air. “In the name of the Great Pharaoh I command thee to halt!” yelled out the Palace guards, weapons drawned, prepared to strike. Lysander’s pursuers had finally reached him. Leaving the child, Lysander approached the door. He closed his eyes, turning to Giah for strength, and took a step of faith in order to open the door. As light began to shine through, the Palace guards watched in awe as the distant stars revealed a cosmic stairway, leading into the upper echelon of the heavens. Lysander was lifted from the ground and drawn through the door.
A blinding flash followed.
The guards who remained at the cave entrance claimed that a tremor ended up sealing off the route through the catacombs. Lysander, Nephthys, and the other guards were never seen again. Legend has it that every 400 years, when the first rays of spring bless the lands of the Old Kingdom, you can see the stairway of stars that led Lysander home.