Lilith rubbed her temples -- a habit she's had since high school -- as she fought to stay awake. In front of her, a bright desk light illuminated the polyethylene bags full of artifacts of a culture scarcely known of. She recalled when she had unearthed the artifacts in Germany this spring and the sheer excitement she felt at finding that clearly were signs of the ancient European civilization, the Lykos. Once the carbon dating confirmed that it was from their time period, she knew that what she had discovered would uncover many of the mysteries surrounding the ancient peoples. And since she was the one who had come across the site, she was put in charge of researching and deciphering many of the artifacts they discovered despite the fact that she was still just a graduate student. So as soon as the artifacts were moved back to the University where she attends, Lilith, her fieldwork team, and her professors, have been working on studying their finds. Lilith stared at the tablets in front of her in wonder. They were written in the ancient language of the Lykos and she was disappointed that the language and writing system disappeared with the empire because she had no idea what it said. The logograms reminded her of those of the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians that also existed during the time. If she had to guess, that probably developed with trade. She was in luck though because like the Egyptians, the language seemed to be based off of pictures written from life, much like the Mandarin language. It was no Rosetta Stone, but Lilith knew that she worked hard enough, they'd be able to partially decode it and perhaps figure out the way the language works (because this culture was incredibly advanced and they could learn so much if they just knew what the artifacts were telling them). But, Lilith had to admit she had been working too hard lately (and for Lilith to admit she's working too hard is nearly unheard of). She had been in the curation room by her desk for nearly two days straight now with only one full meal and a box full of energy bars and coffee. A lot of coffee. She was reaching her limit and could barely keep her eyes open. So with a defeated sigh, Lilith carefully put the tablet back into its lockbox with her gloved hands and because of her lack of sleep, forgot to lock it completely (something she would berate herself for later), and left the building at nearly 4 in the morning. She'd be back in a few hours anyways.