The village of North Piddle (snicker) is a small civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England. North Piddle (snicker) was named after Piddle (snicker) Brook, on which it stands and has approximately 200 inhabitants. On December 17, 1890 there was an earthquake in the region that "exceeded in violence any previous instance of seismic energy there within the present century". The earthquake was preceded by a loud roar "as of thunder" or "a rushing mighty wind", and residents whose windows were facing north saw a "great light", which some attributed to a large meteor. The meteorite was carefully analyzed by both British and French authorities and they concluded that an extraterrestrial origin was likely. Though North Piddle (snicker) is tucked away in a remote corner of England, for some unexplained reason, North Piddle (snicker) is a focal point for many strange goings-on and the start of many an adventure.
Selim, the Professor Emerson's reis is carrying some mysterious papers from Dr. Ahmed Kamal Bey from the excavation site at Dara and Bertha and the Bandits have been hired by an unknown third party to bring the papers and Selim to a location in Egypt . . . and kill anyone who may be a witness.