- Dr. Gretta Von Flue- Parapsychologist and occult enthusiast
- Allen Challenger- Antiquarian and dealer in forged artifacts
- Michael Hunt- 45 year old dilettante in search of diversions
- Helen Alexander- Archaeologist and author
- Machmud- street urchin, NPC guide
- Omar Shakti- powerful plantation owner is somehow involved. Reputedly a danger man to cross
- Edward Gavigan- disgraced Penhew Foundation chairman and Black Pharaoh Cult Sorcerer. He is visiting Shakti, on what business, who knows?
- Clive Expedition, funded by the Penhew Foundation, is camped near Memphis. They discovered an unusual female mummy new Giza, but it scandalously and mysteriously disappeared
- Janwillen Vanheuvelen, a former Clive Expedition member, used to be a regular at the Turf Club but is now down on his luck, living somewhere in the Old City
The camp itself is quite well protected, with barbed wire fences and armed guards. Knowing that the expedition recently fired an archaeologist, the investigators talked their way in, saying that Helen is looking for a job.