Ranofer is a porter at the shop of Rekh the goldsmith, but he is not an ordinary one; his father Thutra was a master in the the trade. However, he has recently died and now Ranofer's half-brother Gebu is his guardian. Ranofer loves goldworking and is very skilled at it, but Gebu will not allow... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Ranofer is a porter at the shop of Rekh the goldsmith, but he is not an ordinary one; his father Thutra was a master in the the trade. However, he has recently died and now Ranofer's half-brother Gebu is his guardian. Ranofer loves goldworking and is very skilled at it, but Gebu will not allow Ranofer to be further instructed in the craft and often beats him. During Ranofer's time at the goldsmith shop, he and the other workers notice that the weight of the left over gold dust is less than it should be. It is then that Ranofer discovers that his brother has hired an accomplice to smuggle gold dust for him. Gebu soon forces Ranofer to be an apprentice at his stonecutting shop, which he hates. Ranofer and his two friends, a goldsmith's apprentice named Heqet and an old man known only as the Ancient, begin to meet privately by the marshes of the Nile as Ranofer becomes more suspicious of his evil half-brother.
During these meetings, they all decide to spy on Gebu since Ranofer has noticed that Gebu is becoming increasingly wealthy. Nothing happens until one day, when Ranofer goes into Gebu's room and finds a golden goblet hidden there. Knowing instantly that it has been stolen from a ruler's tomb, Ranofer confides in his friends concerning how to catch a tomb robber. The Ancient says, "They are followed (into the tombs)".
While the feast in honor of the river goddess Osiris is taking place, Ranofer sneaks out of Thebes and follows Gebu and his friend Wenamon to the desert where they enter one of the sacred tombs. Ranofer discreetly pursues them and watches from a distance as they steal treasures from the resting place of Queen Tiy's royal father. Ranofer extinguishes their torch and runs out of the burial chamber, but in the process one of the large boulders is dislodged within the structure, trapping Gebu and Wenamon inside. Ranofer runs to Thebes to inform the king and queen of the crime. After some amount of struggling, he is able to gain an audience with the queen, who tests his story and finds it to be true. Soldiers are sent and Gebu and Wenamon are captured.
As a reward for his loyal report, the queen asks Ranofer what he wants. He says that he wants a donkey so that he can live like the Ancient. Instead, his biggest dream is fulfilled: he becomes a pupil of Zau, the greatest gold worker in Thebes.
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