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On the Egyptian Gods:

Egyptian Gods Origins

All of the Egyptian Gods technically stem from one source, Heka, a machine created by a civilization of people living on the planet Vulcan which once existed between the Sun and Mercury. Their exact motivations for doing so were nebulous, yet Imhotep believes it may have been due to them foreseeing their own demise, yet not understanding or refusing to understand the cause of their demise. Heka was a machine designed based on a similar device on their planet which took in a supply of energy from the outside, and through the artificial generation of a system without entropy formed a perpetual motion machine, and used that energy to enact miracles through a connection to the root. In essence it was a prototype holy grail, which could grant things even if the user didn’t understand how such a thing would work.

Heka ended up going unattended as those who were to maintain it were recalled to deal with a mess on their home world with the version of Heka on Vulcan, which Imhotpe is all but certain ended up causing the extinction of their entire species and may have been the very annihilation they themselves foretold. One way or another Heka, governed by the will to perform that which had been programmed to do sought to fulfill its purpose, develop a new civilization of this world even if it’s own creators were absent. From this point forward things grow very murky, as Heka technically began running a time loop and Caster has no clue how many iterations there were (he knows it was at least 3, but things it may have been in the dozens if not more). Because of this and the Egytpain gods tending to assimilate weakening or dying deities into themselves and exchange aspects/pieces between one another leading to a great amount of confusion of who is who exactly. It’s noted by Imhotep that before Thoth was Thoth, and even further before Thoth became a part of himself, he was also composed of aspects of Seshat, A’ah / Iah / Yah, and Khonsu and shared some of their memories, powers, and personality as a result.

On the time loop

Of note is that in the 1st loop the creator and original deity that Heka forged to accomplish it’s design was Ptah, and other major gods in this loop were any, this loop was brought to a close when Dedun burned all the gods to ashes with his flames, the 2nd loop ruled by Neith (where she gained a more motherly and mediating personality rather than warlike aspect) ended when Apophis rose as if from nowhere and killed the gods, in the last loop Atem / Aten / Ra / Re / Raettawy / Bennu ruled supreme however Thoth, who had figured out the loops based on fragmentary memories of prior loops entering his sight, made a decision. Under Heka’s goal the loops would continue until a “solution”, a perfect civilization to surpass the original which had been built it had emerged.

But, Thoth feared that such a solution may never come to be, that the loops may start to have adverse effects on some of the gods which had been carried over from past loops (like Seth who had begun to seemingly become more spontaneous and seemingly start to lose his mind [initially dismissed as his anger and rage over Horus being chosen over him in that loop, however Thoth believed it may have been that knowledge of the past loops was seeping in alongside the rising influence of Apophis’ chaos beginning to erode at Seth’s will to resist and hold it at bay [as he was the god who ruled over and protected the world from chaos]]) and even if it did then what role would the humans which he had grown to love play in it. Thus Thoth decided to betray the gods and eventually under Imhtop’s guidance when Apophis rose he tricked the snake into attacking the Heka (as it was the only entity which could damage or harm it as it wasn’t directly created by the Heka or bound to not attack it).

Heka and Apophis

According to Thoth the Heka was utterly invincible as the whole of the egyptian gods were either beings made of the heka (constructs of pure energy made from the Heka) or were “birthed” or eaten by an existing god either splitting or absorbing their essence as such they were bound by the Heka to never harm it. However there was a particular reason why Apophis could damage it, and that was the same reason that Denwen went mad, the Heka links itself with the root which represents the cycle of life and death, creation and destruction, however the machine has no entropy. If this were the case then it shouldn’t be able to link with the root as the root is the spiral or creation where chaos/entropy and order start and end up. The nature of something which has no entropy even contacting the root would result in entropy rushing outward to fill the void of entropy and the destruction of the machine. Consequently what would happen is that the machine didn’t prevent that fact of entropy entering it, what it did was merely that anytime entropy that entered the device’s closed system, it was promptly moved outside of the device.

This in turn meant that the continuous operation of Heka would inevitably result in a build up of entropy in the world outside of the machine and over time as Imhotep puts it “you shove enough energy in one place and it starts to risk thinking, modern humans worry about AI, about all that programming in one place. Entropy exists to cause chaos, you could say it’s programmed to do such by the Root, to form chaos. From chaos’ maw comes creation, but also destruction. Entropy upheaves and destroys, returning the old to the root, so that the new takes it’s place. If you have way too much entropy build up somewhere, trying to break out and fulfill it’s programming to return old things to the root. Well you get something like what Denwen was becoming or what Apophis was”. Imhotep also heavily believes this is what happened to Vulcan and why it vanished, the whole planet returned to naught [ie. if Apophis wasn’t killed (which as long as the machine kept running more beings like Apophis would keep being born over and over) then it would risk causing the entire planet to fall out of this plane of existence and be swallowed up by the root. Apophis was due to being connected to the Heka itself, was immune to the time loops (as Heka exempted itself from their effects), and thus rather than resetting after each loop, would only grow and grow in magnitude.

Egyptian Gods Biology and Nature

According to Thoth, the Egyptian Gods didn’t really have biological genders (being energy constructs), some beings like Ptah and Neith almost if not exclusively took the appearance of a certain gender, but from a biological standpoint they all are literally masses of energy and magic with a mind attached. According to Thoth as a result of deities absorbing other deities, taking other forms, and the time loops some deities had over a half dozen different names and identities which composed them and shaped them into what they are now (in Isis’ case she also was at one point Wadjet / Wapwawet [the same deity manifested as different genders], Sed, Mut / Anta [different names for the same deity], and Ipy among others). Thoth personally noted that the notion of human genders was one which often confused the gods (especially those like Ra who were more of a sentient mass of energy half the time rather than god).

Development Information:

On Heka and the Time Loop

The idea of Heka and everything came from a mixture of ideas, I came up with the idea of aliens on vulcan (which was an actual hypothetical planet at one time) on my own from wanting the Egyptian gods to be aliens from another planet (originally I wanted it to be from another star, and their impact on the earth caused the Vredefort crater, but decided against it as I thought i too similar to the other canon fate ideas). The idea of a civilization who had a machine which they slavishly used to grant all their needs (which was akin to a grail) was borrowed from FF13 idea of the Fal-Ce in Cocoon. As for the idea of the dangers of such a machine I borrowed the idea of a monkey’s paw and elected to toy with the idea of the dangers of playing with something like entropy and perpetual motion machines and how it can go wrong.

The concept of the time loops was borrowed from a certain dark magical girl anime (and helped explain the idea of the multiple different creators in Egyptian myth), with Apohpis being the akin to the other end of the see-saw which would grow ever stronger the more energy Heka produced and the longer it ran (with it being linked to Heka [who exempts itself from the time loop to not forget it’s varying different trials] caused it to be immune to the time loop [it’s physical form would be affected/undone, but it’s existence and how powerful it was would only ever grow]). Heka itself was the idea of the perils of blindly wishing for more, and the refusal to admit that a certain way of life may be undoing you, the “people” of Vulcan had precognition, yet their own refusal to even consider or believe that Heka was the root cause of their extinction blinded them to the truth until the bitter end. Heka’s nature as the originator of gods came from the Percy Jackson spinoff books (I forget the title) based on egypt where Ra is the origin and power source of all gods (I changed it Heka as that makes more sense to me given Heka predates the gods and was thought to empower them).

On Thoth and the Egyptian Gods

The decision to make Thoth as powerful as he was and the nature of his original powers came from a certain hax character from the Worm web series. Of course I couldn’t let him keep those powers as that would mean he would win literally everything (as for why he couldn’t envision a way to beat Apohpis, well even with his eyes, he couldn’t see past him, and he saw nothing as was literally no way to kill him (he was asking the wrong question, instead of asking “how to kill Apohpis” he should have asked “how to stop Apohpis destroying the world” or something similar [as while Apohpis cannot be killed normally, in that as long as Heka is active and keeps spitting Entropy out into the world he will always be back, he can be stopped, and his eyes might have given a better answer in that, but even then Apophis was so strong he partly blinded Thoth to the future])

Making the gods energy beings was an idea I’ve had for a while now and I decided to toy with it here as it gave a good explanation to one of my other ideas (that the Egyptian gods would be very gender fluid, and the reason there are so many similar deities of different genders or names is that they have no set gender or form). Functionally I also think it works out with the idea of Ra as the sun, not the god of the sun, literally he is both the god of the sun and the sun itself in Ancient Egypt (a sort of light counterpart to Apophis being darkness and Chaos), plus I think that it highlighted just how alien the egptyain gods are, they aren’t even humanoid, they don’t even have to breed with other deities (they can just divide their essence up and form new deities from the pieces or absorb other deities to add to themselves), they just assume whatever shape if they wish.

On Ptah

The whole bit about Ptah making a priestess of Ra blind was partly a reference to Thoth being speculated to be a child of either Horus or Ra (who Imhotep would later merge and in our world be equated with or maybe influence the worship of), a reference to the idea of the god’s divine forms from greek myth (which would make a lot of sense for energy beings [plus for a being made of energy taking a vessel literally causes the inside of their body to burn killing them anyways; even the slightest twitch in their power from their mood or self control wavering or a flaw in the human vessel, or them overstaying their welcome, and the skin would literally mult off exposing the god beneath]). I think I recall reading somewhere Ptah being equated as maybe Imhotep’s father, but it may have been Ra or Horus, but I chose Ptah as he seemed like a fitting father figure who aligned well with his son’s history. As for the reason I blinded Imhotep’s mom, I was playing Dark Souls 3 and given the theme of blindness, fire, light, and such I just had the idea pass by me and figured why not.

The Alias Step

For those wondering here’s the logic behind the name Step;

Step = Step pyramid; stepping stones often paves a path or helps someone cross a river (and paths help make travel easy, are a form of architecture, and help guide confused or lost people [follow a road and you’ll end up finding somewhere eventually]);
Imhotep, S-tep; Has a book based on a real object told in myth, is wise;
book = book of thoth = thoth = wise god;
ties to magic, Isis is goddess of magic, Thoth is the god of the moon (or was originally one of his aspects) with ties to magic, Heka = Egpytian god of magic which predates even the creation of the world;

berserker connection, exists in popular culture as a mummy (mummy movies), Ptah was portrayed as a mummy, mummy Imhotep = berserker;
very ancient and powerful ~2600 to 2700 BC, slightly younger or abound the same age as a Gilgamesh, would have access to spells from age of the gods;
Medical knowledge and ability to break curses, was a prominent healer and physician one of if not the first (probably predating Asclepis by at least 600 to 700 years assuming Argonauts circa 2000 BC);
Would be known of by Solomon and his demon pillars, is a mage older than them, with access to magic even they don’t have (due to predating him or being based on gods he didn’t believe in or have the blessing of), and was highly influential on his country’s history;

Connections to architecture and connections to earth (Ptah);
Would qualify as a grand caster and has clairvoyance (from Thoth [who he later basically assimilated] who recorded time and could easily have divination or see through time).

Origin of the Idea

I chose Imhotep as I came across the guy and was like “This dude is pretty legit, I could make a nice servant on him” and then I decided to throw him in my singularity as the linchpin who would help Chaldeas out of a few bad spots. I actually considered throwing in a reference to Egypt or medicine but feared that would make it too clear who Caster was right off the bat (although I did throw in a bit of a hint in that he was the one who treated Mash when she was wounded and suffering under a curse implying he knew both normal and/or magical medical care and healing at the minimum). I also wanted to give the territory creation a bit more breathing room, I find it a little weird that most of the territory creation seems to focus on building magical structures (rather than say just building a normal fort or something), but as Caster was a architect here I got to play around a little more with the limits of that skill.

When I was writing his personality I decided to make it partly based off of the idea of a scholar or a teacher, someone who knows he’s brilliant and is more than a bit full of himself, but also wants people to try and reach him even if they fail (kind of like gilgamesh, but he invites people to try and challenge his power as a grand caster candidate). In that respect he also is very much the kind of person who would agree with Tesla’s viewpoint and Asclepis’ judgement, that the gods are a hindrance to humanity. That’s why the dude worked even after he became a god to set the age of the gods in Egypt and to the best of his ability even abroad (although he was limited here) down a path he knew would end in it’s end. He wanted the world to see the age of the gods fade, so that humanity could finally learn and progress as a species on their own without the gods to control them. In this aspect he is the kind of teacher who believes in letting a student struggle to figure things out and make their own mistakes, only truly intervening when needed and doing the minimum required of him to see things through properly (although this is more out of the desire to not coddle humanity rather than laziness).

This does mean that he would be a pain in the holy grail war (that is assuming if he let himself be summoned, if Mash is to be taken as a case study, if a servant doesn’t want to be summoned they can deny the summoning or refuse it) as he likely won’t let himself be summoned as Caster (his best class), but rather berserker (the class he shoved his innocent monster skill onto when he was summoned [as in he took the rank of his innocent monster skill as Caster and then shifted that skill and it’s ranking to Berserker,

Imhotep's Power

In terms of the dude, well, I worry that I seriously may have made the dude a bit too wank, however in terms of the likes of Caster Gil, or some of Merlin’s feats I don’t think it’s fully unreasonable. Overall his biggest weakness is that without the book in his hands it limits his spells, that he needs a moment to get a spell he wants (even though it does have the equivalent of a search function to go to the page he wants, it still takes a moment due to the volume of information, and then takes another moment to cast the spell [maybe longer as some of his spells don’t translate or function in the divine language, but rather are based on modern magecraft and require longer incantations]).

The dude is also not all that great physically (despite the EX rank that’s more in terms of his will to push on through mental fatigue and toil, his actual rank for endurance is D like his strength (and although he could buff it to higher ranks in terms of physical combat he really is only kinda alright with a staff [he isn’t going to give any lancer class servants a run for their monkey in skill, and even with boosted strength or agility, a good lancer could probably still outmatch him in close combat [unless he started using magecraft]]). Due to his clairvoyance he does have one really nice use, he is a very good anti-caster servant, between totally outmatching them in spells, his clairvoyance, and being able to deconstruct how their abilities work, he could arguably fight several strong casters and manage to find out exactly the weaknesses in their styles and exploit them.

Updated March 1st, 2021 at 01:28 AM by Cursed by Fortuna

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