Dec 3rd 1933
All three camps prepare for a flight into the Mountains. There is a furious gale in the morning which slows the work.
Cissy had a talk with Acacia and found that the BFE had not mentioned Dyer’s text to her. She says that she will keep her eyes open and pass on anything she can, but she has a deal to take some members of the BFE into the mountains, which she is bound to.
By the end of the day, the Belle is packed and ready at the end of the runway, the Weddell has collected Starkweather and is on its way back. Dinner is tense, with a constant current of excitement.
Shortly before midnight, Starkweather arrives and rouses the SME camp for a rousing speech. Then everyone returns to bed.
Dec 4th 1933
The Lexington Belle gets away first in the morning, followed 20mins later by the Weddell and Enderby. The flight into the mountains is difficult and radios stop working. Flying through the pass tail wind speeds the planes past enormous mountains, which look like they have some regular patterns upon them – some kind of buildings? Some people hear some high pitched sound.
The Enderby and Weddell burst through the swirling cloud patterns and angle down towards the plateau beyond. No sign of the Belle has been seen. Before them stretches an enormous ice-shrouded city. Incredibly massive and impossibly ancient, its crumbled towers and streets extend as far as the eyes can see.
The two planes circle, for a quick survey and to find a landing site. Cissy films, Moore takes notes.
Moore points at a broad circular plaza with a pit in the centre ans tells Archie to land there as he flips through his notebook. The two planes land (the Enderby with a bit of a bump) and everyone gets out onto the ancient ice.
Moore tells the explorers that he thinks that this plaza is the one in Dyer’s text. Camp is set up and some initial scouting is done. The pilots check their charts and determine that there is enough fuel to fly the long way back if the pass cannot be used.
Lucinda, Eric and George decide to have a look at the rubble mound in the centre of the plaza that looked like a pit from above.
Climbing the rubble, they find the bottom of what must have been an immense tower, with a ramp descending with ancient arches and stone carved murals. The murals appear to tell the story of the city and if the pictures are to be believed, then it is much more ancient than can be imagined. Eventually they return to the camp, which has been moved to the interior of a building at the side of the plaza.
Starkweather returns with some carvings from pieces of ‘fallen’ walls and some green soapstones.