I wanted to look and see if my directions were “off” and they were. The general meanings for the directions are as follows, according to McCarthy.
South Forward Future
North Behind Past
East Left Into Life
West Right Into Death
I was back at the wall with my dual face. We began moving back to the large open cavern we had stopped at the previous journey. I could hear oars in the water, but couldn’t see them or those pulling them. I could see ropes from the boat being pulled along, but couldn’t see the people pulling it or even their outlines.
As we continued and entered the large cavern, a snake came up from somewhere, towering over the boat itself. This was Apep. It’s mouth opened and I could see it’s fangs, despite the darkness.
A shot of light came from behind me, from the left, another from the right followed. More followed from different directions. These were the Justified and Priests that were to subdue Apep, to allow the boat to pass. I knew I wasn’t to fight in this scenario, but didn’t know why.
Apep, fell back into the water and this caused a wave to come over the side of the boat, getting me wet. I tasted the water and it had a hard water, a mineral taste to it that I identified as raw and earthy.
We continued through the cavern lake and I could see large cauldrons with large tall fires marking the entrance to the Third Gate. Trouble was, every time we got close to it, it would move or the terrain would change, such as shoals blocking our path or water levels rising or lowering to make an area impassable.
Me : “I don’t understand why it keeps moving as we get close or even remotely close.”
Ma : “Have you asked it to appear?”
This struck me as odd, but I accepted it. “I ask the Third Gate to appear for me.”
An impenetrable section of rough, sharp rock somehow moved and the illusion of there not being a passage fell away. I didn’t know how I knew it was an illusion and this was never expanded on.
The boat approached the gate and could see the Guardian, the cobra Renenutet stood there, swaying slightly as her tongue flicked in and out. I could sense a “measuring” of me, but not hostility. I held up my hand and as I went to dissolve whatever was blocking my path, she moved before I could.
As I pondered why she moved before performing the act, the ground shifted again, the water levels rose, the Gate swung open, and the boat continued through the gate. It was almost pitch black on the other side.
Ma : “There are no light sources here.”
Me : “Then I must make my own.” and I let my light shine through the tunnel as the boat started moving slowly. She nodded and returned me.