In the chapter titled "Hieroglyphics," Toby suggests that each of the Egypt game players choose an Egyptian name and corresponding symbol to identify themselves. By choosing special names and symbols, game players can remain anonymous in secret messages.
April is initially wary of Toby's suggestion but soon warms to it. She decides to call herself Bastet, after an Egyptian cat goddess. Her symbol, of course, is a cat's head with earrings. Toby chooses to call himself Ramose, after a famous Egyptian sage. His symbol is an owl.
Meanwhile, Ken chooses to call himself Horemheb, Elizabeth goes with Nefertiti, and Marshall chooses Marshamosis. Last, but not least, Melanie chooses to call herself Aida, after a beautiful Egyptian princess who was held captive against her will. Melanie's symbol is a bird. She chooses the bird hieroglyph to identify herself because it stands for the letter 'A' in the Egyptian alphabet.