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Here an attempt of creating a Egyptian Mythological Background. Created for two sheets of mine. Not exhaustive, afterlife is a bit glossed over. Several other aspects of the Mythology are explained as well for later use, for others as well. Including attempts to write stuff like others in the CaS scene




Real Mythology Background Info:

About the words: As you know, Hieroglyphs. Their written language had no vowel, those came later from the coptic language. They brought as the names of Osiris and Isis and stuff. But not all words we know in hieroglyps were found in coptic texts, so we had to guess how they sound, most often than not 'e' or 'a' was inserted to give us an understanding how it was pronounced. So if you read different names for the same concept, it is because of that.

Egypt, Geography and timeline:
This will neither be a Geography nor History lessen. Just know that Egypt developed around the Nile, the deserts were the places of danger and resources (gold, stone, precious gems, etc.).
Egypt was differentiated in Upper and Lower Egypt. Up and Low do not refer to North and South, but upstream and downstream of the Nile, Lower Egypt was therefore in the North.

About the timeline:
Predynastic Era (before 3000 BCE) -> Old Kingdom -> 1st Intermediate Period -> Middle Kingdom -> 2nd Intermediate Period -> New Kingdom -> 3rd Intermediate Period -> Late Period -> Ptolemaic Dynasty
With each kingdom Egyot flourished with troubled times in between. It is thought that the negative aspects in mythology like Apophis were developed. The later the time, the less important the myths became, as they became new versions of existing ones. I take the mythology of up to the Middle Kingdom afaik and preydynastic deities are favoured, despite their public consciousness vaning due to losing relevancy or being absorbed by other deities.

Cosmogenies:
The stories describing the origin of the world, the description of what came before Creation, the birth of the first gods and their process of shaping the world.
In the 3000 year history and possibly even longer Pre-History the Egyptians developed different Creation Stories, due to the way they started out. The theory is that we can imagine there were several dozen important settlements in Upper and Lower Egypt, together they add up to around 42, which would later become the Nomes, provinces so to speak. Each settlement started with animistic beliefs and totems. Those would later become standards for their developing towns and then protector deities. Often they would worship a triad of parents and child.
Because these gods represented the city and the cities had various degrees of importance in their region, so did the importance of gods vary. Therefore the shift if Surpreme Ruler would partly show which city was the most influential at that time.
I know of five Creation Myths of which two are rather vague and underdeveloped or partially lost.
I give you a quick rundown of them.

Khnum:

The god Khnum was linked with all water, be it on Earth or the Underworld. The inundation of the Nile was said to be his doing and was therefore really important for the Egyptians. His origin seems to date back to the Predynastic time. The flood brought the fertile black silt and resources used for pottery. This made him the Potter of the Gods. In cities like Elephantine and Esna (Upper Egypt) it was believed he created gods, men and animals alike with his divine potter wheel. His cult became popular at the same time as Ra's and the first King to build a pyramid was named Khnum Khufu. But his two successors rather took on names in honor of Ra and he lost the nationwide reverence. He still remained popular. It was said he would create the babies with his wheel and put them in the mothers womb and granted them good health. His consorts were connected with childbirth as well.
Depicted as a ram and a protective deity overall.

Neith:

She originated in Lower Egypt and was a goddess of war and the hunt. Her emblem was a shield and two arrows and was named "Mistress of the Bow, Ruler of Arrows". She was seen as a powerful goddess with mother attributes, probably hunting provided food and clothing like a mother would care for her children. She is later known as the "Weaver of Fate", it is unknown when and why she received this title and retrospect myth. They believed she weaved the world. Due to one of her connection to the underworld (like pretty much every god has), she was associated with the weaving of the funerary clothes, which embraced the body. With three other goddesses she protected the canopys used in the ritual. Her role as creator goddess is partially seen in the claim she birthed Ra, which many do. Her power is described as she is one who decided who should rule Egypt after the 80 year fight between Horus and Seth. She granted Horus the title of king and the fertile lands of the Nile to rule, but as compensation Seth the desert lands, which were associated with foreign lands. Another aspect that should be noted is that one of the origins of Apophis is said to be Neith. She spit into the Chaos of Nun and the snake emerged.

Ptah:


The creator god of Memphis. An important city and his creation myth is one of the best known. His main worship was in Memphis, but Heliopolis honored him as well. According to the legends he was self-created and made the world with the wish in his heart and the word of his tongue. As divine architect and framer of the world he was hailed as the greated craftsman and was therefore the patron of all craftsmen. Like Neith it is said the was the one who decided the outcome of the war between Seth and Horus, but he divided it into Upper and Lower Egypt for them. In association with Khnum it was said that Khnum created humanity and the animals, while Ptah created Heaven and Earth. Who created whom is up for debate, a passive aggressive rivalry that is a red hering across the mythology, all tried to insert their gods as the first. "The mother of the creator of the egg, that birthed that god....and then came the god that finally made the world...".
He formed a Triad with the Goddess Sekhmet or Bastet and together they created Nefertum. The Goddess represented 'destruction' and Ptah 'creation' and together they created the god of 'healing'. Nefertum was also associated with beauty and perfume.

The Ogdoad

An at start weird sounding origin myth with interesting aspects. The Ogdoad were eight gods and goddesses, seen as four divine pairs, that represent the four essences of the Primordial Chaos, they envisioned as a water. That is why they were often depicted as frogs and snakes.
(Extra Fact: -et suffixes denoted a female name, so they have basically the same name)

Nun & Naunet: Water, the primordial water itself. Nun is the best known, because his name is used like the Greek use 'Khaos' and the Sumer 'Apzu/Tiamat' to describe the original state of the universe.

Kek & Kauket: "Raisers of Night and Day" are they titles, but not really clear what they represent. But they are equated with Darkness of the Nun. For me I can see other aspects. Perhaps the Egyptian vision of Entropy, or in general the pair responsible for bringing light and darkness into creation, which in the end is the reason for Balance between Order and Chaos in the first place. Or they are itself the opposition, the Darkness opposing the Light of Creation.
(Fun Fact: Due to Kek being depicted as a frog and his name being the same to the internet slang like 'LOL', it can be said that he is a retrospect meme origin of 'Pepe The Frog' [ping me if you make a Servant out of that shit, pls]

Heh & Hauhet: "Gods of Million Years", their epithet as the representations of Endlessness. Temporal Eternity and Spatial Infinity. One can put many interpretations into it, but I like 'Potential'.

Amun & Amaunet: "The Hidden Ones". They represent that which was invisible at that time. Some interpret that as the primordial Air, magic itself or the invisible forces of creation. (Very importan aspect later)

When Thebes rose to power the latter pair ascended to the Great Creator Pair. Both were then replaced by Nia & Niat, that took their places as gods of the void.
Amun alone would ascend during the Middle Kingdom to the King of Gods, take the goddess Mut as consort and father Khonsu, the moon god. He became the state god of Egypt with the first dynasty of the New Kingdom. His fame was incredible and one could almost say the whole religious practice was centered around him. By then he had many merges with other famous gods, best known as Amun-Ra.

The Ennead:

The Ennead is a group of nine gods and this creation myth is probably the best known together with Ptah.
In their vision everything began with the self-creation of Atum and then he created the world. When he was feeling lonely he created his first children, myths vary, but in essence through his body fluids (btw egyptians basically believed they were either tears, sweat, spit, puke or jizz of the gods somehow).
Hereby he created the god Shu and the goddess Tefnut. Both represent the Air and therefore have aspects of Life, to be precise Shu was named to be god of 'Life' and Tefnut of 'Order' after they were found again. Once they were lost in the world and their father looked for them by sending his own eye. When all returned he was happy and gave them their domains.
From their embrace two more deities were created. The God of Earth Geb and the Goddess of the Sky Nut. They would later procreate and birth some of the most famous gods we know: Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys.

If you wonder where other famous gods are like Ra and Thoth: Ra is basically Atum. Atum became the human form of the sun god, not unusual, since he had several 'forms' so to speak. You can see Amun as that as well. And Thoth is weird, because his parentage is ominous. One myth tried to imply he layed the iblis egg that birthed the universe. I have yet to find his place in the mythos later, for now, we believe he is self-created or made by Ra.

Magic:

Like in all mythologies Magic was an important part in Egyptian life and understanding of the world. They believed the creator god made humans and the world with magic and therefore magic is inside all of us in form of the soul. They named this magic Heka and sometimes a god with the same name is said to be the origin of all the magic.
Of course Heka is Mana and the Root for the Egypts.

The Soul:

The Egyptians had a complicated and nuanced view on their own being. What we today consider a soul, was for them a multitude of different aspects, almost own entities that make up what a person is.
The Khet or Khat was the physical body we leave behind after death when the Ka, the vital energy, left it. The Ka is therefore what differentiates a 'something' from a 'someone'. Khet served as a link for the other parts of the soul in the afterlife to the earth. Therefore it needed to be preserved (Mummification) and both had to be nourished (food offerings).
The Ib, is the heart of the soul, the metaphorical seat of emotion, thought, will and intention. It can be considered to be their version of what we call 'Mind'. It is one of the defining factors if who we are as a human being and which path we followed in life. It's importance is seen in the afterlife. During the Weighing of the Heart ceremony it is compared the Feather of Ma'at. The outcome decides if one is allowed to pass to the afterlife or if the heart will be devoured by Ammit. The soul will then become restless if devoured or the person can move on to the afterlife. Because of it's central part in the afterlife, the heart too had to be preserved carefully.
Another defining aspect of the soul is the Ba, that what we could describe as 'Personality'. They believed this aspect will live on in form of a bird with our head. Echoing the belief that Ra will reunite with Osiris during night, the Ba is believed to return every night to the Khet, the mummy. While Ib is exclusive to the human, the Ba can be applied to objects as well, making it basically the essence of things.
The Ka (Vital Energy) left the body first and the Ba (Personality) follows after the Opening of the Mouth ceremony. In the afterlife they would join together, when the Ib (Heart) was judged as balanced and together they form the Akh. The Akh is something akin to what we describe as 'Spirit'. This form allows the dead to somewhat interact with the world of the living again if they wish. Perhaps as a vengeful ghost to enact punishment or appearing in dreams to guide. One can maybe interpret this part of the Soul as the part of you in the Afterlife itself and when this part crosses over the world of the living, it is named Sah instead or vice versa. But this fusion does seem to not be permanent. Proper execution and offerings have to be done else they part again, which would equal to the person 'dying a second time'. Funerary texts and everything done around the dead body is targetted to prevent that from happening again. the Akh can also be described as the will, intellect and intention of the owner.
The only somewhat corporeal aspect of the Soul that can be seen during life is the Shut, our own shadow. Egyptians believed our shadow carries something from us within, because it is always present. For that reason the idea of Shut expands just our shadow, but to our pictures and statues as well. Sometimes the shadow is seen as something like an agent of the god Anubis. In a broader sense it is the Shadow we threw on this world, the impact we had on it, that is physically remembered.
A similar aspect holds the Ren, our name. It was given to us at birth and stays with us until the end and even longer. As long the name is remembered by family, friends, later generations or even the world, the Ren will live on. Losing a name is therefore like a premature death and erasing your name from history and dying a second time. See what happened to Akhenaten after his religion was rejected afterwards. It seems sometimes we have a 'Secret Name' as well, a name only the gods know and how we are called in the afterlife.
Then there is the Sekhem, a vague and sparcely defined part of the Soul that is perhaps described as the Energy of the deceased Soul, the 'Power' of them. It seems so rare, perhaps not all have it?

So for us in the Nasuverse: The Ren (Name) and Shut (Shadow=Impact on World) anchor the Akh (Spirit) into the World with certain offerings (Heka = Mana), else they die again. The Sekhem (Strength, Saint Graph) of the Akh (Spirit) depends on all the other parts of the Soul. They then follow their Ib (Heart) and utilize the Ba (Personality) of what was dear to them during life (Noble Phantasm, Armaments, etc.).

Time:

Egypt has the unique view on time, they see it as almost cyclical. The movement of the sun, waxing and vaning of the moon, the inundation of the Nile, the ascension and death of a King, everything was seen as a cycle that brings back Order to the world. It is basically a Reset Button for them.

Eye:

The Focal Point of all of this. The importance of the Eye in Egypt is huge and explaining it is part of my sheets. I still have to find a good way of describing it and filling some holes so that parts of the Egyptian Myths fit into my whole Theory.
But the essence of why i do all this so far can be summed up hereby:
Eye of Ra = Title, Eye of Horus = Ability, Horus = Title

Rough attempt to syncretize the creation stories:

At the start was Chaos in form of the Primordial Water, the Egypts call Nun. This Primordial Water birthed concepts and these concepts birthed the original four gods. The first people of Hermopolis understood each god as a duality and the idea of the Ogdoad was created. Those eight ancestral deities were called Nun and Naunet, the embodiments of the Primordial Water itself; Heh and Hauhet, the personifications of the primordial endlessness; Kek and Kauket, the avatars of the the primordial darkness and Amun and Amaunet, the essence of the primordial unseen, interpreted as nothingness, void or even air.
But they are just the duality of gender given names to the four true first gods. While Nun as a name was kept to refer to the first source of everything, similar to Tiamat/Abzu and Khaos, the true Embodiment of Water was the creator god Khnum. The symbol of endlessness, the spatial infinity and temporal eternity was the creator god Ptah. The manifestation of the first and primal Darkness was the creator goddess Neith. The personification of the unseen, that which fills it all, was non other than Atum.
But who…was the first? The creator of the other three? The creator of everything?

Khnum was the creator of everything and the origin of all water. He arose self-engendered from the waters and was therefore it's Lord. In every drop of water, be it the ocean, sea or river like the lifegiving Nile, it was Khnum was in control of it. He was responsible for the Nile flowing and the yearly inundiation. Without the vein that sustains the heart of Egypt, all life would perish in the dry desert lands. With the inundation he carried the fertile black silt, which allowed humanity to flourish. From it the greens that kept mortals nourished spring forth. Clearly, we live because Khnum wants us to prosper, but we are also at his mercy. With the mud the first cultural objects could be formed, pottery. He was therefore the potter of the gods, who took the soil and created gods, humanity and the animals with his divine potter wheel. If one likens his essence as the source which birthed everything and sits in the middle of a cosmic ocean, that is his to command, then surely he is most powerful god of creation, Khnum, the Nourisher of the Cosmos.

Ptah was the creator of everything and the origin of all endlessness, the eternity of time, the infinity of space, the unlimited potential of everything we can imagine, the endlessness of creativity. Ptah created himself by the wish of his heart and the word of his tongue and created existence as we know it. Reality bends to his will, he himself is the tool that forged the universe. What he said would come to being, because is word is the rule and rules are to follow, even for the universe itself, at least in front of Ptah.
The human creativity of artists, architects and craftsmen is near endless and a treasure to humanity. But then what is the creativity of the first god? The divine architect of everything and everyone, of gods and mortals, of heaven and earth, of order and chaos? True endlessness. He embodies what is unfathomable in our universe, time and space, and surely he is the Master of Everything, Ptah.

Neith was the creator of everything and the origin of darkness and therefore balance and order itself. She is the Mother of Mothers, the Grandmother of all, she always was and always will be. When only darkness existed she bore herself and came to being. Even she herself is her own mother. She took the strings of darkness and weaved it into the universe. As a mother she created what was necessary for her children to survive, the good and the bad and what lies beneath it. She created the animals and for her human children she hunted them with her divine bow. She fed them with their meat and clothed them with their hides. A necessity, death begets life, but also life begets death. And so she brought it into the world with war, strife and death. Upon their death she would care for them again, embracing them with the funerary clothes and leading them to the afterlife, opening the ways to the new realm. Only the mother could understand that, not us children. And only Chaos begets Order, if we want it or not. It is said she was it that mothered the most evil of them all, the Chaos Serpent, Apep, by spitting into the primordial darkness. Was is it role as a mother that birthed the darkness into the world of creation? Or was is the fierce goddess that declared with this act of disrespect war upon Chaos itself and it send it's messenger?
The most evil to bring balance to the order she created. The mother is unfathomable, cruel for the sake of her children. We would be spoiled if all went according to our mortal will. From eternal darkness she rose, but she protects us from returning to it in her own ways, which are twisted like the threads of life she herself weaved. That is the Mother of the Universe, Neith.

Atum was the creator of everything and the origin of everything unseen and brought it into existence by 'being seen'. At the beginning there was nothingness and from this nothingness Atum created himself and created a patch of earth for him to rest on. From there he created the physical universe into existence, no it was always there, somewhere, hidden, Atum just has seen it and therefore it was. But Atum was more powerful than that, he could see something that was not there, that could not be seen, still he did. And so he created it. The first were Shu and Tefnut. Those first beings were to be remembered as the invisible duality of air, dry and moist. But those two were much more than that, much more complex than just the air we breath, no perhaps exactly like the air we breath. Shu was the concept of 'Life' itself, and Tefnut was 'Order' itself, both something that could not be merely grasped physically. Atum was happy, how could he not? He was always alone and then they came to being. But their existences were fleeting and they vanished again, his children, his only companions. Atum then send out his 'Eye' to search for them in the nothingness of what has yet to be seen. To his joy, they were found again, basically proving them into existence by his constant gaze upon them. He embraced them tightly and by doing that two more beings came to be - Geb and Nut. These new primordial gods were important for the world as well, because Geb is the Earth and Nut is the sky. But Atum already created them before, so what are they? They inherited the domain of said realms, yes, but like Shu and Tefnut, they were bigger concepts given form and life. Geb embodies 'Foundation' and Nut 'Limitation'.
Shu and Tefnut represent Air in a metaphysical sense, they are inbetween the foundation and the limitation of creation. In the imagined physical world it was Shu who stood on Geb and held up Nut.
Shu is all the 'Life' existing in this conceptual framework, while Tefnut keeps the 'Order' intact.
Nut as the 'Limitation' is the sky above. If one imagines the universe as the primordial water, it was Shu that was an airbubble in it, Nut the threshold between the Creation and the Chaos. Therefore what modern humanity would call 'Atmosphere' was for ancient Egyptians 'Nut's Back'. Tefnut was the one who dealt with Chaos of the Nun seeping into Existence, the 'Moisture' in a sense to keep everything in 'Order' so it does not return to the Nothingness.
Geb is the 'Foundation' of creation, the concept on which all creation rests upon, not just physically, but spiritually and conceptually as well. When the next generation of gods was born, he was the literal giant on which shoulders the ruling gods rested. Later he could be understood as the body of the past Kings.
From then on Geb and Nut would create more gods, the four gods that are Isis, Osiris, Nephthys and Set. But sometimes there is a fifth god named Horus. But Horus is not a god, Horus is much more than that.
Horus is a title, it is the name of a King. From the foundation of which Life and Order rests, the title of King was born and only the Rulers of a domain may hold that title.
That is the reason why so many claim the name of Horus. But this is for another time.
How can one not see? His might made everything of creation possible. That is the might of Atum, the King of the Universe.

These are the stories the followers of each god claim to be right. None of the are, yet all of them are true. The gods are petty and while all were born from the Sea of Life at the same time, they are the embodiments of it and therefore the simple program of "I am the first" is deep-seated. From those stories many variations appeared, who of those four came first, who created whom, who birthed whom, who is the true king of the world. Over the three thousand years the simple truth vanished or it was simply not cared about, perhaps it was not necessary, it was long gone anyways. In late dynastic times all creation stories lived somewhat in harmony, ironic how at the end of their history they came closer to truth. The four gods came into being and created the world together. Ptah created the physical world, Khnum created life and sustained it with the substance of the Nun, the primordial water, Atum created the conceptual world of mystery, magic and the divine and Neith was there to balance those aspects, she weaved everything together and created the balance between the order of creation and the chaos of the original source. After their deed was done, they spread across their realm and told their version of the stories and birthed new gods. Neith did not care that much for fame, a mother does not need thanks after all, just appreciation. She remained popular for the complete life span of Egypt. Ptah became the Chief god of the influential city of Memphis and was hailed as the greatest Architect of the Universe. Atum was the most proactive of them all and took on bigger domains. As the god who's origin is the unseen and the creation of the seen, he was hailed as the god of the sun, creating a duality of the unseen and the visible celestial object that allows to see. Under this important aspect he took on many new names, but most famously Ra and later Amun as well, when his origin was connected to the Ogdoad version of creation. During the rise of Atum/Ra's popularity, Khnum was equally famous and revered. The first pyramid was created from a King hailing his name (Khnum-Khufu), but his son and grand-son, his successors, rather took on the names of Ra, increase the popularity of his rival further. Defeated, but not upset he took a backseat and let his brothers do what they wanted.




After the four Creator Gods made the physical and conceptual world and then humanity, the gods created their own retinue and gods that act as their family. When Atum lost his 'children', he was angered and despaired. In the moment he removed his own eye and ordered it to head out to look for them. The massive amount of divinity created a personality and birthed a goddess, the precursor for all 'Eyes'. While she did her mission and was successful, Atum grew a new eye. The young goddess interpreted that as betrayal, it was all she was and she did what she was supposed to do and now lost her sole reason of existence. Atum overjoyed by the return of his creations, appeased her and gave her
a new role:

"My dear Eye, you shall be the extension of myself, be the protector of the Throne and Rule. Defend it with your very being. And I shall grant you thy name. 'Wadjet' "

It is said that he then placed her on his crown, but of course it was metaphorically. She became the Guard of the Throne, the one closest to the King himself, watching over him.
After years of rivalry with his fellow Creator Gods, the mortals favoured him the most and Atum became the King of their creation, the Lands of Egypt.
Then Atum ruled and upheld the Balance of the universe, His Order opposed the Chaos and together with his Watchful Eye Wadjet and other gods, they defended the world from beings born of the moments when Chaos touched the red desert sands. But with time came age. He became tired and the young human race disrespected Atum, the sleepy old king. Mortals are short-lived after all, no one knows the glory of the old days and how much he created, how much he fought and bled for his mortal children.
Still, the blasphemy could not stand, it endangered the rule of the king and punishment was in order.
And so Wadjet descended and did what she was supposed to do, protect the throne. A carnage ensued that killed many mortals, she slaughtered everyone in her way.

"Please! Stop my Eye! Stop this madness!"

But she lost control and did not hear the voice of Atum anymore. Her massive power as one of the first creations proved hard to combat and the other gods feared her abilities, which were the peak of martial combat of any god at that time. It took massive amounts of potions, beer with pomegrenade juice and magic, to put her to sleep instead.
The eye finally tranquilized, the young human race was saved from extinction, but their respect for the King Atum was gone.
Did he send this monster? Did he not have it under control? Why could he not beat it himself?
Either way he lost the right to rule in their eyes and Atum knew they were right.

"What they see is true."

And so he started pondering. Who shall succeed the throne over earth? He thought for three days and was ready to announce who shall succeed the Throne. The same day Wadjet awoke from the magically induced sleep. Just when she was ready to silence the insulent chatter of the mortals, she heard of the news, "The King relinquishes the crown!".
She was confused. She was the crown. Atum leaving the throne would mean she lost her sole purpose. Will she lose her purpose again? Will he have a new role for her? Is she to protect an empty throne? Shall she continue to serve her Father? But her role is to protect the rule, her father does not rule anymore and no one else is worthy enough to govern the world!
She has to know, she has to get an answer from her father, her creator, the one who gave her the reason to exist. She returned to the gods to meet her father and found him together with his consort, the goddess Bat. She walked up to like she used to, like she always did when she has slain uncountable monstrosities from the desert, demanding an answer to her question.

"You relinquish the Crown? What am I supposed to do now father? Who shall I protect? The Throne or you? Give me your order!"

"Nothing, Wadjet, you disappointed me, my eye. No, you are no longer my eye and shall never have that name again. You abandoned the role of protection, you acted without my order and without 'Order'. You chose war and Chaos instead. Begone, may you find another purpose in this world. But before I shall take that, which was given to you to fulfill the oath of protection."


So he rose his hands and siphoned away her Divine Essence, that what made her a goddess of her standing. Wadjet was still in shock, she could not understand. Why? What did I do wrong? They were dangerous! Mere monster opposing him! She grew weaker and weaker and almost collapsed.

"Enough! Look at her! Your words are punishment enough for her, you do not need to take any more from her!" said Bat, with her kind, yet determined eyes.

"Very well. I shall hold on to that. Farewell."

And so The King turned his shining back and cast a shadow over the goddess that just lost her name and the majority of her powers. A last gaze of pity came from Bat before she and Atum walked into the Hall of Gods. There Atum declared that Geb, the manifestation of Earth, shall succeed him as The Ruler over the World.
She snapped out of her Trauma after hearing those words.
Unacceptable, he is not worthy, no one except her father is able to rule his own creation! He is just the son of the son! Mere ghosts, just glue to keep fathers world together and he shall be King? She can not allow this to happen, she is the protector of the Throne and she will not let that child sully the glory of Atum's Seat!
She sat before the throne when Geb and his retinue arrived to take his place as King and become the ruler of Earth. A fight started, no, a fight would suggest both parties acted. The Nameless Goddess slaughtered them all, yet again she was soaked in blood, but this time it was the Ichor of gods. All followers of Geb were killed and Geb was severely wounded.
"And you dare become a King?" she panted, the first time in her life that she felt exhaustion, now that she lost much of her Essence.
She lifted her dagger, ready to kill the wounded would-be king, but before the blade could reach him, someone else jumped in front of him and collapsed embracing this child.

"Don't interfer--"

she stopped mid sentence. There he lied in the golden Ichor of himself, with heavy breath, Atum, her father.

"NOOOO!"

echoed through the realm of the gods, Bat running to her consort. The other gods were alarmed. Neith and the remaining gods stormed into the Hall and saw the blood bath. Neith knocked her arrows and attacked the assailant. She was still in shock, but acted on instict. A fight between the gods under the lead of the Surpreme Goddess Neith and the First Eye ensued. In the end the goddess of War hunted down the killer of Atum. With hate in her eyes she spit upon the dying fool and kicked her out of heaven.

On the floors of gold-smeared halls of the gods, the deities wept for their dying King.

"A fool I was. I have gazed at the invisible, I stared into the Void and peered into what lies beyond Nun, yet I did not see was in front of me. She is my Eye, yet she only saw me, I was her father, yet I only saw her role, not herself. I brough this upon us, forgive this old man, I failed in my responsibility to raise this child. I gave her that fate, i said "Protect the Throne and Rule.", because I thought guarding them is guarding the world. An empty Throne can not protect the world. But with no world, what purpose does protecting the Throne have? Both cases are just…an empty Throne. Allow me to amend."

He raised his trembling arm and with it a shining orb of pure divine essence., the Essence of Wadjet.

"This is my message to those who will become the future 'Eyes'. Do not follow the path of your predecessor. Protect the land! From the spring of Nile down to the flourishing delta, from the born sun to the dying sun, protect this world with your heart. Protect humanity! They are our children, they are young and foolish, guide them to the path of 'Order'. Without humanity, without our love for them and love from them, the Throne's worth is something that even I can not see. I will now leave, but I will stay with you. I shall share my powers with this world. I will leave behind parts of my Soul and ascend the Heavens. Under my watchful Eyes I will continue to see our world and keep it intact. Those who gain my power 'to see' will be worthy of becoming a King, worthy...of becoming…Horus."

The hand of the King fell, but the Orb ascended and parted into pieces and sought new hosts. And from his corpse his Astral Form, the Ghost of Atum, rose, a being of shining light, the spirit of Atum, just younger, with a gentle smile, that just barely reached his eyes.

"I am Ra. Join me and protect me on my journey across the sky. "

In the meantime Wadjet fell through the clouds down to the earth, even a god like her would not survive that. Her last thoughts were about hate, revenge and guilt. Hate for the gods who dare think defiling the throne, wishes for revenge from the disgrace she suffered from the utter defeat against Neith and for her father that took everything away from her that she was. But also, for a short moment only, guilt for having killed her father welled up inside her.
Now an empty vessel, devoid of origin and purpose, something was creeping inside her Divine Core. It was what the hateful Neith left her with, an unwittingly cast curse that crept inside her, filling the cracks her father left, Neith's spit. The essence of the representation of the Primordial Darkness given form was Chaos itself and replaced the holes that were once filled with Order. It contorted her being into a dark and twisted version of herself, not unlike what the Black Mud of Tiamat does to Servants.
The last thoughts of guilt and regret deformed into her cold and dark logic.

"If he died from that he was not worthy to begin with. A king protecting something unworthy as that pathetic god? Even more pathetic.
Unworthy, unworthy, UNWORTHY!"

Wadjet now has a new Origin and with it a new purpose, tho she would claim it is the exact same she always had.
Protect the Throne and Rule.
To protect the Throne is to protect the Ruler and to protect the Rule is to protect the Throne from unworthy Rulers. When none are worthy of being a Ruler, protect the Throne.
Yes, none are worthy enough now, none shall sit on the Throne. The Seat of the King shall stay empty until….until…it does not matter anymore. The empty Throne is the goal.
Embracing the darkness into herself to be even stronger, she grew. She grew in size, she grew in hate, she grew in strength, darkness, authority, viciousness and most of all determination.
And that is how The Enemy of Ra was born, The World Encircler, The Lord of Chaos, Apep, better known as Apophis.
Before impact she saw how a being of pure light ascended from the Hall of Gods and became one with the sun itself. She understood it was her 'father' and he took the throne with him. He was not fit to govern the Earth, he will not be worthy to govern the heavens.

"Throne, stay vacant, be a symbol, be a message, The Throne is for the Perfect and Perfection died with Atum!"

With a smile she crashed to the earth and fell through it, Geb, the so called Earth could not withstand her in the heavens, nor here on earth. She made a part of the underworld her new home.
From then on, each time Ra and his retinue entered her new realm with the Throne, the Solar Barque, she would attack and fight, but neither site would ever win or lose.
An endless daily cycle of bloodshed. A war between the King of Creation and the Slave of Destruction. A fight to protect the life of a dead husk that once stood proud on the battlefield like a pillar in the storm. A perfect equilibrium of Order and Chaos.




The Essence of Wadjet sought new hosts, it is unknown in how many pieces it parted, but we know of at least three new goddesses that absorbed the power of 'The Eye of Ra' and became the adoptive 'daughters' of Ra.
These deities were Mut, Mafdet and Bat, who then gained new names.
Mut became Sekhmet, who absorbed most of the vicious aspects of the Eye.
Mafdet received the name of Bastet and with it the role as the protective guardian.
Bat became known as Hathor, who took on the mantle of a benevolent mother goddess.
While Bastet and Sekhmet both becamefamous as the guardians of the lands, both the west and east and Lower and Upper Egypt, Hathor became a protector of the people in her own right.
Hathor has seen that dissatisfaction of humanity would lead to tragedy. She is well aware that she could perhaps have prevented this turn of events if she would not have intervened in the siphoning of Wadjet's Essence. Her guilt led her to the belief that to prevent further calamity, she has to make the people happy. She became a goddess known for everything related to fun, relaxation and beauty, a guardian of the people from inviting Evil into their hearts.
Bastet and Sekhment became representations of Protectors of the Lands. They killed the dangerous beasts in the deserts, preventing physical dangers from occuring and repelled forces from beyond.

The Essence of Atum itself became one with the Mana saturated Air itself. According to Thoth it became an extension of the will of Ra and accumulated in those gods, who have shown potential of becoming Kings.
Years went by and the young human race was basically without a king, just governed by the array of different gods. Among them two deities became the most favored across the lands. Min, the god of vegetation, who brought vitality, fertility, fecunditiy and joy to the lands. And Seth, the mighty god that wandered the desert and fought monsters during the day, and the terrible snake at night. He was stoic, strong, but respected and revered as the god of the desert sands and the dangers it brings. The gods knew one of them would become 'The Fated Horus', the new King of the world. Humanity favored both, but that was regional. One day it was decided. Min complained about aches in his eyes and when the other gods tried to cure it, they noticed that the eyes were now different. They were 'The Eyes of Horus'. Min became powerful, his magic ablities increased, his wisdom too, because he 'can see', the ominous description of what those Eyes can do.
Hearing the news, that a new King was born, the gods feared a war between the two factions. Seth appeared and some gods were ready to intervene a fight, but Seth just approached Min, kneeled before him and said
"You have my support, my King."
"You kneel before no one, my friend."
The two factions were appeased. Min changed his name to something we can try to pronounce 'Asir', a name that would later become known as
Osiris.
The origin of the name can be translated differently, but 'Mighty One', 'Seat of the Eye' or 'He who sees the Throne' or possible translations. But it does not matter, the Hieroglyphs show exactly what needs to be understood. A 'Throne' and an 'Eye'.
Out of respect for both, they and their consorts were elevated to higher standings among the gods and were hailed as descendents of the first King Atum. Together with the first creations of Atum (Shu, Tefnut, Geb and Nut) the new King Osiris and his wife Isis and Seth and his consort Nephthys, became a group of gods later known as The Ennead. In some versions of the Myth, the four gods had another brother, named Horus, the Elder. Humankind did not understand the timeline of events had occured by then, did not know that Horus was Osiris himself. The Lineage of Atum birthed the title 'Horus' and got recorded into their history as a separate entity.
Osiris established the lands of Egypt and ruled it for many years, supported by all the gods. Under him Chaos was repelled over and over, proper Order led to proper worship of the people and the gods became conceptually more powerful. A golden Age for Egypt.
But time may have the illusion to be a straight line, but it is just from a distance. Cycles in time are bound to happen. There are no new stories, just the same retold by new names.
One may never underestimate the influence humanity had even during the Age of Gods. Nature made gods and humanity worshiped them. Gods formed men and men formed gods. Human wisdom was acquired with age, so the wise were old, so the wisest of the all, Osiris, has to be old as well, right? But with age comes deterioration of mind and body. Do the gods feel that too? They may not age like humans do, but with the imagery the humans have in their mind about the gods, they begin to shape them. The budding roots of the Human Consciousness in the Will of Nature.
And so Osiris ages over centuries and history started to repeat itself. A new sleepy old King that could not be considered truly worthy of being a Ruler anymore. The once great King with archaic views of Egypt was a great King back in his prime, but it evolved and he did not go with the times.
In contrast Seth was still strong. He was the mighty fighter of the desert, protector of the weak. Strength is something the young have, so Seth never aged beyond his prime. The only negative sideeffect was that like the desert he was considered infertile.
Again, cults that preferred the strong Warrior over the wise old King formed and internal struggle was on it's way.
Seth did not care about it, perhaps he did not even know. He was a warrior of few words, actions speak louder than any of them. He continued to fight and slaughter without bloodlust, just responsibility, because he knew that he was to protect his sworn brother Osiris. During their nightly fights, Apophis took a liking to the strong warrior. During their clashes she teased him and the aging old king.

"You will always serve your King, right? I did so too, where did that end?"
"Protecting his life? What life? Not much left of it!"
"Do you like this hollow smile of Ra? Not a thought behind those sweet little eyes. Grotesque to display a King like that to the whole world. How would you feel if it is replaced by his successor?"
"Were you there when Ra was born? I was born in response, that is how the balance here works, Seth!"
"Did you know this empty husk of a child there was once the proud benevolent King? Atum was much like your King, I suppose. Not worthy, but he got the spirit."
"Tell me, Seth. How do you feel about Ra? What is Ra for you? A child? A King? A mere puppet? The empty shell of a King? The shadow of your King in the future? Time repeats, Seth! You know it! Ready for another me? Ready to protect the empty shell of your friend?"
"If only one could take his place as King and prevent them of the cruel fate awaiting them…"
"Seth, tell me, how much do you value your friends? Would kill them? Would you bring them death to prevent a fate worse than that when it is inevitable??"




The Pillar of Light in Egypt:

The Feather of Ma'at
I envision the Feather that is used to weigh the heart of the mortals as a Pillar that pins the texture of Time itself unto the surface of the Earth. The ability of the Feather is to be a device that allows the observation of the world and timelines of the world, hence the comparison with a 'feather', due to how that construct will look then. Thoth, who is named to be the Master of Ma'at and a Keeper of Time due to his role as a Moon Good, he is the one who uses it. He is the good most aware of the state of the own timeline and that of others, knowing when a line is about to get pruned.

Points for the Future:

- What were the motivation for Seth? Not sure yet, but i do not see him as typical evil villain, more of a role he had to take and became a villain only in the eyes of the people. I Feel like Apophis would manipulate him to "safe" his sworn brother Osiris from the same fate he thinks Atum=Ra suffered.
- How started the dismemberment of Osiris? Was is it Seth? Sefar?
- Body of Osiris is parted into 42 pieces (number of nomes), those pieces created the foundation for the birth of new local gods, born from the local animism (like IRL gods were born there) and among them the god of Nekhen (origin of the Horus cult) would rise and become the god to claim the title of Horus, becoming Horus the Younger, the son of Isis and Osiris
- other famous gods that are not that mythologically relevant (Sobek, Bes, Tawaret, etc.) were amongst the 42 gods born
- During the fight with Seth, Horus loses one of his Eyes and it falls down to Earth. Similar to the birth of Wadjet, the Eye became a goddess as well, the goddess Nekhbet
- Playing with the idea of giving Neith an even more important role. Like a scheming Tiamat? Tragic role of balancing Creation/Order/Light and Destruction/Chaos/Darkness by creating and manipulating the world so that 'Balance' is reached. For Atum an Apep was needed and the same for the next generation.

Updated May 26th, 2021 at 02:39 PM by DelRey

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  1. Areop-Enap's Avatar
    yeah that makes sense