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  • From Letters Page Interlude 7 - Nemeses
    • The Tomb of Anubis description mentions that not all of the Egyptian "deities" are people empowered by Relics, calling out Anubis - if that's the case, what's his deal? Does he judge over all the dead, or only when there's Egyptian magic weirdness going on? Does he have it in for Ra or the others? What happens when he's incapacitated? He's not really the "god of the dead" as there really isn't one of those in the setting - he is are guardian of the gates of the underworld and there isn't necessarily only one gate (or even one underworld), but he tries to keep things in there from escaping and to keep people from going in and out. Similar to the other "deities", he's a powerful entity from ancient Egypt that was once a person, but unlike the others, he never died to pass his power into his Relic (until OblivAeon) - that is, he didn't acquire his power *from* a Relic like Ra or the Ennead did, but once he dies that process *begins* as the Rod of Anubis becomes the same sort of empowering artifact.
    • Did Anubis ever interact with the Cult of Gloom or Biomancer? How does his power level compare to Gloomweaver? Biomancer is not raising the dead and so doesn't really factor in to Gloomweaver's or Anubis' shtick. Goomweaver and Anubis are aware of one another, but only really interact in one issue of Ra's book where Gloomweaver tries to draw on Anubis' connection to the underworld to power more zombie shenanigans. Ra intervenes.

To Other Works

  • Like Ra and The Ennead, Anubis is a figure from actual Egyptian mythology. He's the god of cemeteries and of embalming - frequently shown overseeing the process of mummification. He was later also depicted as a psychopomp, guiding the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Part of this process involved an act of judgement; the heart of the dead would be weighed against the feather of truth. Failing this test would result in the heart being fed to Ammit and the soul being unable to proceed to the afterlife.

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