The Valley of the Kings plays a large part in Awakening the Beast. it is the burial site of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and royalty. The best known pharaoh to be buried there was Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut.
Below is an excerpt about the Valley from the Supreme Council of Antiquities [http://www.sca-egypt.org/].
Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile [River is the] Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the great pharaohs… (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley)…
…To the south, towering over the valley, is a peak shaped like a pyramid, known as el-Qurn (the horn). Archaeologists believe that this natural feature influenced the choice of this site for the royal tombs.
There are 63 known tombs in the valley, 26 carved for kings and the others granted to royal family members or the highest of the elite. … [The tombs] were carved out of the cliffs as long shafts, heading deep underground and terminating in elaborate burial chambers. The tombs are decorated from top to bottom with religious images and texts from the netherworld books, designed to aid the journey of the king to the afterlife.
Many famous adventurers and archaeologists have explored the valley…artist/Egyptologist Howard Carter … is famous for finding the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. …. Dr. Zahi Hawass is currently…exploring the tunnel into the tomb of Seti I and attempting to locate the missing tomb of Ramesses VIII.