Discworld Series, Book 7eBook - 2008
'Look after the dead', said the priests, 'and the dead will look after you.'
Wise words in all probability, but a tall order when, like Teppic, you have just become the pharaoh of a small and penniless country rather earlier than expected, and your treasury is unlikely to stretch to the building of a monumental pyramid to honour your dead father.
He'd had the best education money could buy of course, but unfortunately the syllabus at the Assassin's Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not cover running a kingdom and basic financial acumen...
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Teppic lives in a country that is much like the earth's country of Egypt. As a young man he is sent to Ank Morpork to become an assassin. Once his father the pharoh dies, Teppic is expected to return home and become the new pharoh after him. Upon returning home he finds that being pharoh is not all it is cracked up to be, and no one actually listens to him. The old pharoh his father, mean while is haunting the palace as a ghost hoping to convice someone that he does not want to be burried in a pyramid forever. Teppic can sense this, however he is ropped into building the largest pyramid of all time. The contstruction of the pyramid is dangerous because pyramids absorb and store time, they need to be flared each night through their capstones. Before the great pyramid can be capped and flared it creates a rip in space time and the whole country disapears to a new dimension and caused all of the gods and things they believed in to become real. Teppic who was escaping with a harem girl named Ptraci at the time, now has to find a way to return to a country that no longer exists. You Bastard his camel is particularly adept at calculus and is able to calculate them into the country in his desperate search for water. Teppics father and all the ancesters before him have returned as mummies. Teppic then climbs the pyramid with the help of the mummies and uses a dagger to flare it off, which causes a huge explosion. The explosion destroys all of the pyramids allowing the country to finally move forward in time after thousands of years. Time for some aqueducts, plumbing, beds, etc!
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