A woman finds herself inside the Great Pyramid of Kheops when a bunch of terrorists starts blowing it down from outside.

The woman manages to find a way out but before being able to leave the Pyramid, a new explosion ejects her out and she crashes into the ground.

According to Wikipedia, the main damages caused by a blast are the following ones:

  • Primary injuries (intern ones): damage is inflicted upon her auditory system. (Her tympanic membrane may be perforated by the intensity of the pressure waves.) The overpressure also affects her lungs and the hollow organs of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Secondary injuries caused by other objects (here rocks) propelled during the explosion.
  • Tertiary blast injuries: bone fractures because of the blast wind that throws her against the ground.

=> As the explosion occurs in a confined space, causing structural collapse of the Pyramid, the damages should be even more important.

Considering that I'd like her to survive, is it realistic to say that when the last explosion occurs, she is close enough to one extremity of the Pyramid to avoid being hit by rocks while being ejected and close enough to the base to survive the crash against the ground?

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    $\begingroup$ "I'd like her to survive. How is that possible?" She has to be wearing an armor made of the strongest material ever: a plot armor. $\endgroup$ – Renan Jan 15 '19 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to worldbuilding, please take the tour and visit the help center to make yourself familiar with our standards. You are basically giving us the seed of a concept and are asking us to develop it for you, defining how the bad guys destroy the pyramid and how the heroine makes out of it alive. Please narrow down your question to a single, answerable problem. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Jan 15 '19 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ This looks like a story set in a world, and not building a world itself. This is one of the specific close reasons on this site, and it'll stay valid even if you will fix "too broad" issue. $\endgroup$ – Mołot Jan 15 '19 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ Can you insert the link to the wikipedia page? It's good that you summarized the content. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Jan 15 '19 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ To blow a Great Pyramid from outside, a nuclear device would be needed. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Jan 15 '19 at 17:13

Gust of wind.

In this scenario the second explosion is not right next to her or on top of her. It is on the far side of the pyramid and the interior spaces channel and also blunt the expanding front of gases. A gust of wind blasts out the exit where she is and throws her through the air.

Protected by a block

In this scenario, she has her back to a block of stone and this is thrown as a piece by the explosion with her in front of it. She is badly bruised but the bulk of the block protects her from the shock wave - persons and things on either side of her are not so lucky. The block lands on top of her. It is big enough that it does not crush her; she is in a sandy depression underneath the block and that is where she regains consciousness later on.


Here's the thing. Any explosion big enough to pick you up and toss you, is big enough to kill you instantly.

Forget Hollywood, forget Michael Bay. Your protagonist is dead.

To make things worse, you want to destroy the whole pyramid. That would take a nuclear explosion as large as the biggest humanity has ever created. Not only is your protagonist dead, most of country is too.

If you want the protagonist to survive, you need plot armor.

You could try an excuse like the ground opens up in the pyramid, and they fall through and down into the suspected water ways below, where the protagonist emerges safely near the river. These water ways occasionally crop up as scientifically proven so you might be able to use them.

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    $\begingroup$ This is not strictly true; explosions are weird things. Edith O'Connell was a child during the Halifax explosion who was tossed into the air by the explosion and landed injured but alive. She was lucky, of course, but it's not impossible. $\endgroup$ – jdunlop Jan 16 '19 at 0:35

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