The Diary of Merer is the name for papyrus logbooks written over 4,500 years ago that record the daily activities of stone transportation from the Tura limestone quarry to and from Giza during the 4th Dynasty. They are the oldest known papyri with text. The text was found in 2013 by a French mission under the direction of archaeologists Pierre Tallet of Paris-Sorbonne University and Gregory Marouard in a cave in Wadi al-Jarf on the Red Sea coast.
The text is written with hieroglyphs and hieratic on papyrus. The diary of Merer, a middle ranking official with the title inspector, is thought to date to the 26th year of the reign of Pharaoh Khufu and describes several months of work with the transportation of limestone from Tura to Giza. Though the diary does not specify where the stones were to be used or for what purpose, the diary may date to what is widely considered the very end of Khufu’s reign, Tallet believes they were most likely for cladding the outside of the Great Pyramid. About every ten days, two or three round trips were done, shipping perhaps 30 blocks of 2–3 tonnes each, amounting to 200 blocks per month. About forty boatmen worked under him. The papyrus is exhibited at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. [X]
anyway, speaking of maria … you know the drill, annual maria rant ( under the cut this time because it’s long and i’m sure some people might get tired of me talking about her lol )
i think if i ever did actually bring her in as a guest muse ( which … idk, maybe ? i’ve always wanted to at least lol ) i might rethink the way that i’ve been envisioning her for the past few years. keep in mind that the only time maria is brought up in - game is during leon’s proposal event, although she is subtly alluded to in his date event as well, though this is only realized upon retrospection.
the event makes it clear of course that maria was leon’s closest ( human lol ) childhood friend and that they did everything and went everywhere together from a young age. while he viewed him as a younger sister, she had romantic feelings for him since they were children. he also described her as being a crybaby when she was young, too, which eventually led to their infamous promise - leon, desperate to stop maria from crying when she was inconsolable one day, questioned if there was anything that he could do to get her to stop, and she asked if she could marry him one day. he agreed, and they later marked their names on the temple ( leon karnak ) in the old tongue as a symbol of this vow. since that day, even though leon later forgot all about the promise after having dismissed it as just another silly childhood game or otherwise a phase she would eventually grow out of, she never cried again :
even on the day when leon left to become a guardian, maria stood at a distance behind everyone else, looking as though she might cry at any minute but not allowing herself to even once :
this, of course, is what led him to remembering their childhood promise, and became the crux of his guilt that wound up as his basis for distancing himself from the rest of the townsfolk once he woke up in the modern age and vowing to never marry anyone so as not to trample on her feelings more than he already had. her letters that she wrote to him also reveal that she waited for him for decades, still not crying even once, eager to keep their promise even after he was gone. even though it is later revealed through a ~ wacky turn of events ~ that maria did eventually find someone and get married ( and, ultimately, became happy ), this becomes the main conflict in lftp – should leon allow himself to find his own happiness after believing he had taken away hers ? on top of that, maria also revealed that her neighbors, not knowing about their promise, found her harsh and unfeeling after she never appeared to grieve, even after her parents died and her other friends slowly left her, leaving her alone. why should leon get to have friends and start his own family when, he thought, he took away her chance of having her own by stealing her tears ?
the story of course does have a happy ending, revealing that maria did end up having a happy life as stated above and that she wrote a book detailing her married life, written in the ancient tongue that she and leon had learned together as children, that she hoped that leon would one day be able to read when he woke up again so that he would know not to feel guilty. she even made a wish for him using a blessing from their childhood that he would find his own happiness as well.
this is all information that has been integral to my portrayal of leon since … i started this blog, actually LMAO. his guilt towards maria and believing that he irrevocably ruined the life and stole the happiness of one of the people most dear to him, alongside his inability to relate to the modern age and some good old - fashioned survivor’s guilt to boot, are the main reasons, in my opinion, that he works so hard to ensure that the people of selphia only know him on a superficial, surface level – haha he’s the guy that jokes around and teases people ! you don’t want to become his next target, do you ? it’s not that deep, don’t look at him too closely, haha ! that being said, i did notice on my most recent playthrough there a couple of thing that over the past few years i had kind of … forgotten about.
i mentioned earlier that i had always kind of hoped to add maria as a guest muse here, so i’ve always been pretty interested in what kind of person maria was. of course maria is someone who leon cherishes highly, referring to her as a ‘ sweet girl ’ that he regarded as a little sister, someone who used to cry all the time and was later thought of as cold and mean after leon left. given that this event is the only time in game we hear about her, there is so little information that we actually know about her, and all of it is from leon’s word of mouth or from maria’s direct perspective. i’ve always taken what little info we do know and have seen her as someone who was … kind of quiet, but kind. timid, perhaps, and maybe didn’t have many friends due to her shyness. a lot of this, i do still absolutely stand by !! however, there are a couple of things that i noticed during my most recent playthrough that i think are really vital in understanding the kind of person maria was.
the first thing i noticed that stood out to me was the emphasis on leon being really maria’s only friend, and perhaps even him being the only person that really actually cared for her. when he talks about viewing maria as a little sister, he does explicitly say that perhaps he was the only one who thought of her in that light.
it’s hard to know exactly what he means by this because there is just sooo little information regarding their childhood, but to me this reads that she was someone who didn’t really have anyone but leon, maybe even possibly someone who was shunned or disliked by her peers.
another thing that struck me when playing through it again was, of course, leon’s breakdown upon finding maria’s “ final “ letter. at the beginning of his rant, there have always been a handful of lines that have stayed with me through the years :
these are the first lines that leon says right at the beginning of his speech, right when he’s transitioning from shock to spilling over in grief. keep in mind that his partner with him has never said a single word throughout this ( except for maybe his name ? i can’t quite remember lol ) and that this is his instinctual first response to finding and reading this letter – to protect maria. it could just be in response to what maria said in the letter about people finding her distant and mean, but keeping the information above about him being the only person that thought of her kindly ( or, at least, in a sisterly way ) i find that the fact that leon’s very first response is to guard her from accusations of being ‘ cold ’ to be really interesting. to me, it seems like it’s almost second nature to him, like it’s something that he’s done in the past.
i’m not entirely sure exactly where i stand on the topic of maria’s personality, but it’s clear that she’s a lot more interesting and complex than i think i previous gave her credit for.
#tl;dr i think shes really interesting !! even if she was never actually shown in game and u only ever hear about her lol #idk its possible she was just one of those people whose shyness was mistaken for her being conceited ? i kind of like the idea of her- #being a bit of a brat at least in her childhood too lol #i just have a lot of thoughts about her and i wish we got to know more lol !! #ooc. #i have more to edit i think but i have to go so i'll work on it again later lol
me writing a wholeass essay psychoanalyzing a character with no screentime at 4:20pm on a sunday is soooo sexy of me i think
#i think im less of an rp blog and more of a overthink and overanalyze leons life and the e #*extremely minor characters relating to him blog at this point lol #which makes sense i have been writing c/lay t/erran for 7 years lol #ooc. #tbd.
the fact that i made all of these icons for leons family that i’ll literally never use … queen shit
#i think something was wrong with me in 2018 actually #at least maria kind of makes sense bc ive been flipflopping on whether or not to add her as a guest muse for the past few years lol #but l7 ? khepri ? perhaps a bitch has done too much .... lol #ooc. #tbd.
it's okay to lose yourself in your surroundings, as long as you come back looking. you feel infinite, and you are, but it's okay to stop. stop and breathe. don't burden yourself with mundane tasks to feel a bit of order. contribute to the chaos. the world is not ending anytime soon and you can rest well now. there is so much of you for the world to see and i want to be a part of that.