Jan Van Quirm wrote:
Dios' tomb is open because he uses it quite frequently to recharge his mortal body enough to keep going as High Priest - I can't remember whether it's said he locks it up in some way, but given that the earliest mummies (including Khuft?) may have known he had one for himself perhaps they have broken into it to try and nail the horrible git.
While I don't disagree really with what you said in your full post, I realize I didn't make myself clear in one respect (or at least I think I didn't). Dios is lying when he tells Teppic that he has a tomb which one of the prior rulers had made for him. Yes indeed there is a tomb that he uses to recharge himself--and has for 7000 years. It's Khuft's tomb - as we realize when Teppicymon, Gern and Dil reach Khuft's tomb, find it open and find the marks inside.
And if you look at the 2nd page of the paperback , there is a description of Dios as he gets up after "recharging himself" Terry writes:
"He swung his legs off the slab in the little chamber. With barely a conscious prompting from his brain his right hand grasped the snake-entwined staff of office. He paused to make another mark on the wall, pulled his robe around him and stepped smartly down the sloping passage and out into the sunlight, the words of the Invocation of the New Sun already lining up in his mind. The night was forgotten, the day was ahead. There was much careful advice and guidance to be given, and Dios existed only to serve.
Dios didn't have the oddest bedroom in the world. It was just the oddest bedroom anyone has ever walked out of."
Now it seems clear to me that Terry makes this tomb that Dios rests in the tomb of Khuft--found empty with markings at a later time. The question is, if Dios isn't Khuft (and I don't think he is), then where is Khuft?
The problem with this book is that Terry is trying to do too many things. Some of what he does is indeed pretty much slapstick--having Dios stopped by the spit of a camel comes close to that. But on the other hand, this isn't your average camel.
And if you look at Dios "transportation" to the beginning of the Kingdom, it does correspond somewhat to what Khuft told Teppic (in Teppic's dream) about how the Valley came to be. So my question, perhaps re-pharased is if Dios isn't Khuft, then where is Khuft?