Date: April-May 1901
Location: Terra Incognita and Dongolo
Situation: Postscript and Curtain Call
See: Chapter XXII Buried Alive posted 15 October 2012 here: http://generalpettygree.blogspot.com/2012/10/chapter-xxii-buried-alive.html
MAY 1901 POSTSCRIPT
Colonel Lawford's Final Narrative
"Expedition To Alexandrapour's story essentially concluded with my previous remarks entitled, Buried Alive. Our extraordinary adventures in Terra Incognita were very possibly the most remarkable experiences in human exploration. How could one honestly argue otherwise when learning the facts?"
"Recall the appearance of long extinct animals, near constant opposition by nature allied with intemperate humans and the singular discovery of Alexander The Great's amazing underground city. But that was not all. Now buried by an earthquake under millions of tons of stricken rock strata lies abundant treasure and an infernal energy device possessing incalculable and shocking destructive power. May it remain entombed, shattered and destroyed forever."
"Unfortunately we were unable to bring artifacts back. Our escape allowed us only the garments worn on the day of the earthquake. It will therefore be easy for scientists, authorities or anyone to abuse our story. They will cry: Impossible! No evidence! Liars! Charlatans! Others will dismiss us as as pitiful seekers of undeserved notoriety and riches. A pathetic carnival act."
"Of these criticisms I can only fall back upon my honour until another much more powerful expedition penetrates Terra Incognita. Then will my story achieve validation. Should I be called to take part in some capacity, my answer will be yes."
"Meanwhile, perhaps it will be useful for the reader to obtain a little more closure."
Lawford: "Please recall dear reader there were three expeditions."
"#1: The Romanov Expedition led by Countess Alexandra and her Uncle, Colonel Villainovich. Terra Incognita dealt it terrible blows."
"#2: Mine which pursued the Romanovs to ascertain if Alexandrapour existed and discover its significance. I later learned more than half my party lay buried in Terra Incognita"
"#3: Professor Grenvilles in league with the mysterious Keepers of Alexandrapour to prevent its discovery. We believed it utterly destroyed. A survivor of a much earlier expedition, a Professor Sutherland, had apparently succumbed to becoming a Keeper as well."
Giant Temple Snake of Terra Incognita
Our juvenile Mokele-mbembe.
"One that stops the flow of rivers."
May still reside in the Congo and
was apparently seen in the Amazon in the previous century.
Pterosaurs (Some think they still reside in New Guinea)
Barmanu (Pathan word for Yeti)
Treasure Room and Alexander's Infernal Device
OUR CAST OF CHARACTERS
Left to right: Colonel Boyle, Chargé d’affaires, Brigadier (ret.) Graham Day,
Mr. Albert Wyatt and Mr. Jitters.
Romanov Consul-General Kuragin
Captain Tumarkin (left) and Colonel Count Ivan Villainovich
Professors Grenville and Sutherland
Hastooch (left) and Mogambo
Mr. Hitch (front left) and Sir Richard Stirling (front right)
Lt. Colonel James Lawford, 9th Bengal Lancers and commander of the Britannian Expedition To Alexandrapour. "It will be for future expeditions and generations to safely rediscover the secrets of the lost ancient city of Alexandrapour."
Countess Alexandra Elaina Volkanskaya, joint leader of The Romanov Expedition To Alexandrapour. "Ve' alone saw Alexandrapour's historic significance and its utterly dangerous secret. Current machinery needed to open a way into the underground city could do it with years of labor. However, I doubt Terra Incognita will allow it."
Nazim, 9th Bengal Lancers Sowar and Lawford's loyal batman. At the end Nazim brought the Guides Cavalry Regiment to the rescue. "Terra Incognita was a terrible and intoxicating region. I would appreciate the honour and opportunity to return but we are returning immediately to Britannia to report. Afterwards I would not be surprised by rest and a wedding in St. Petersburg."
This is the end of Expedition To Alexandrapour. Thank you for your support, interest, enthusiasm, assistance and kind remarks. I especially want to sincerely thank my friends who donated collections, time and ideas to produce this Adventure Blog Story.
Chuck L. (Miniatures, terrain, ideas, support and table top battles)
Todd B. (Miniatures, terrain and table top battles)
John B. (Animals and table top battles)
Randy F. (Character miniatures)
Der Alte Fritz Jim P. (Structures)
Earl K. (Miniatures)
The Terrain Guy in Texas (Table covering and river)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Pellucidar series)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Lost World)
We may return to Terra Incognita someday.
I hope you will join me, if we do.
I am respectfully your Obedient Servant,
6 January 2013
Remarks as always welcome below.