The group cleverly forge good relations with the guardians of the pyramid, the dervishes, and look inside the temples. They find much untranslated language of an ancient sort and set to work deciphering it. They also find a plundered tomb, quite clearly a false one placed to fool (rather dim) would-be robbers.
Flying up a sluice pipe, Kolibri Little Bird finds herself detached from the others and face to face with a fearsome Androsphinx, left to ward the massive building. He asks her a riddle with a clue for success and a surely unwinnable combat for a wrong answer. She answers correctly, however, aided in no small measure by the crystal ball promptings of Glitterstone and Tialys Nylar.
They move further into the structure, taking advantage of an old teleportation device, but are transported into the very maze the sphinx had warned them not to visit. Adrastea maps it intelligently, and they use ropes to ensure they are not too far separated while mapping it. They see evidence of long sprung traps and wonder which ones have been left in place all this while…
Eventually, they meet an odd bunch of elves mourning over bones but then take their leave of them. However, they are attacked each in turn by them and realise all is not what it seems. Upon capturing one they discover its true identity: they are dopplegangers! Still, four of the five have been cut down. Where has the other one gone though? And where is the exit in this maze?