Also by alsartahs
LOST DESERT - When the whole 'Life Styles Behind Neopia's Rich and Famous'
activity launched up in The Neopian Times Appreciation Guild's front page, my
immediate thought was to write all about King Coltzan III. His history and childhood
memories and such…
Then I thought: There's already plenty of information on him. He features
in books, cards, legends, and in the shrine. I know for a fact I'm almost sick
to death of hearing about him, despite my sympathy towards the fact he is dead.
People could gain any information on him if they wished to…but what about his
At first it was challenging, and I was inclined to spend about a fortnight
in the local library reading up on all the guests that attended the dinner party
on the night of Coltzans murder. (Seeing I didn't pay much attention when the
actual thing was going on.) The librarian eventually banned me, because I always
left with the books without paying. The library was practically useless anyway.
It rendered me with the prime suspect of who the Usurper was which I had entered
with anyway. With a bit of help from Wubba (I hate to admit) we became certain
that is was Sankara. Princess Vyssa was pretty suspicious also, however she
didn't strike me as intelligent enough to plan a murder.
I digress... here's the hefty load of information I gathered about the usurper.
You've probably heard about her from the infamous Usurper game that was played
out a few years back. However the main purpose for this article is to see what
Miss Sankara is like behind the conniving, suspicious reputation she upholds.
What is this Aisha like behind the pout?
The Lost Desert has two halves. There is the 'Upper Lost Desert', known to
its natives as Khemet, meaning 'Black Land'. This Half of this Neopian world
is the one King Coltzan III ruled over for a great deal of his life.
The other division is 'Lower Lost Desert', also known as 'Deshret', or, 'Red
Just for the record, red land was the more barren and dry (actual) desert
area. The Black land was named so for the Great River often flooded and rendered
Khemet as a temporary ocean, leaving the land (once dried) very fertile and
worthy of growing crops.
More to the point, Princess Sankara's life began somewhat smoothly. Her
father, King Sobek the Wise, was ruler of the Deshret. Her mother, Queen Ubekh-t,
was very famous for her line of popular jewellery craft and her singing talents.
Sankara was born on the
12th of the Month of Gathering; and although Khemet had
all the food and water needed for survival, Deshret was rich with minerals and
valuable stones, which could be used to buy needed necessities.
Sankara's full title, is: Heiress to the throne of the Fourth Khonsu Dynasty.
From the ages of 3-9 she received daily tutoring lessons by the King's most
trusted and intelligent scholar, Heksas. Heksas came from the humble lower region
of Mentu (A Deshret city), and qualities such as ambition and determination
which was passed on in his teachings to the sombre mind of the young Princess.
She took an interest in anything sweet, Desert PetPets, Tchea Fruits, Cheops
juice, Gems, Gold, bright colours… at one stage she even got given a rare PetPet
on her 7th birthday. The name of the Petpets' species is unknown, and remains
it today. However, recent findings show she nicknamed the creature 'Ah,' or
sometimes 'Aha' (Which means Cow, or any cow-goddess; could this be a hint?
Sankara hasn't changed much physically during the years. She's fairly pale
for a Lost Desertian; her hair is straight, jet black and almost shoulder-length.
Her eyes are fairly dark and she prefers to wear drape-like white linen with
the traditional gold trim.
She took up the hobby of gem collecting. You'd often find the short princess
wandering the desert sand dunes with a white-linen cloth and a free hand digging
around for rare gems or stones. Often her mother used some of her findings for
jewellery or trinkets. All of these along with her growing influence over the
Deshret were valuable to her life. At the age of 9, however, Heksas rallied
against the royal family with an army of his own. If a faithful watchman had
not alerted King Sobek, Sankara would not have been able to flee the palace
before the forces reached their home and overthrew the Fourth Khonsu Dynasty.
Heksas became king.
"Of course I didn't want to leave my family, but we didn't have much of a
choice. My father insisted that, as his only heir, it would be up to me to continue
the Fourth Dynasty." (A quote from Sankara herself.) She was told to seek refuge
far up north in Khemet, where a kindly stoic king by the name of Coltzan would
care for her.
Sure enough, when she arrived she was taken under Coltzans wing. Sankara was
raised alongside Coltzans' own daughter Princess Vyssa. When Sankara aged into
a mature 19-year-old, she became somewhat dark, silent and distant, and her
heart was set upon one thing and that one thing alone: To avenge her family
and reclaim the Deshret.
Coltzan III had refused any pleas of hers to gather an army and attack Heksas
and his followers. It was at this point Sankara knew any hopes of revenge while
Coltzan still lived became apparent.
How did she solve the problem?
She poisoned the food the King of Khemet ate at a feast he and all his closest
workmates and family were invited to.
Even now she still hopes Vyssa will allow her an army. A personal interview
was unfortunately unavailable seeing I ran out of time… however, if you as the
reader, have any further information on Princess Sankara, look her up in the
Neopedia, or ask someone.
Preferably not me. I don't like mail.
might not mind however.