Sentinels of the Multiverse: Ra
Cards that previously required you to take damage to keep them in play (Such as Ra Solar Flare or Tachyon Pushing the Limits) are now clarified to be destroyed if this damage is not taken. Cards officially reprinted are:
The text of these all these cards now reads "If [He/She/They] take no damage this way, destroy this card"
This Ruling is not limited to these cards, simply these were the ones that were reprinted. Any other card that requires its user to take damage to keep it in play is affected as well
(Known as Rule 15 because it was the 15'th point on a list of rules questions posted on the forums that were posed to Christopher during KantCon)
Incapacitated - Ra struggling to stand while holding a broken staff
- Excavation (x2)
- Put up to 3 cards from the Environment trash on the bottom of the Environment deck. You may draw as many cards as you moved this way.
- Art: Dr. Blake Washington digging up an artifact;
- 'Flavor-text: "This belongs in a museum!" - Dr. Blake Washington, Rebirth of Ra One-Shot
- Fire Blast (x3)
- Ra deals 1 Target 5 Fire Damage.
- Art: Ra shooting a blast of fire with his eyes' glowing;
- Flavor-text: "Not even worth my time." - Ra, Ra: God of the Sun #139
- Flame Spike (x3)
- Ra deals 1 target 1 Fire Damage. You may use an additional power this turn.
- Art: Ra throwing a spike of flame at what appears to be a member of the Ennead;
- Flavor-text: "A mere taste of the power of the sun." - Ra, Baptism by Fire #2
- Inferno (x3)
- Ra deals 1 target 3 Fire Damage. Ra deals up to 5 other Targets 1 Fire Damage each.
- Art: Pillars of fire hitting the ground in front of the silhouette of Ra;
- Flavor-text: "Feel the all-engulfing might of the sun god!" - Ra, Arcane Tales #83
- Scorched Earth (x3)
- Ra deals each non-Hero Target X Fire Damage, where X = the number of Environment cards in play.
- Art: Anubis standing behind Ra with the ground crumbling underneath them;
- Flavor-text: "The sands of the Sahara are glass in my wake!" - Ra, Ra: God of the Sun #76
- Summon Staff (x4)
- Search your deck for the Staff of Ra and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck. You may draw a card. You may play a card.
- Art: The Staff of Ra emerging from a Portal to Ra's outstretched arm;
- Flavor-text: "From the fiery ether, return to me, my staff!" - Ra, Ra: God of the Sun #119
- Drawn to the Flame (x2)
- Power: Ra deals each non-Hero Target X Fire Damage, where X = the number of Villain Ongoing cards in play.
- Art: Ra sending a blast of fire at Citizen Dawn who is trying to block it;
- Flavor-text: "Why won't you just die?!" - Citizen Dawn, Sunrise #11
- Flesh of the Sun God (x3)
- Ra is immune to Fire Damage.
- Power: Hero character cards are immune to Fire Damage until the start of your next turn.
- Art: An orange silhouette of Ra;
- Flavor-text: "These flames are a mere candle in the face of the sun's fury." - Ra, Ra:God of the Sun #25
- Ra is immune to Fire Damage.
- Living Conflagration (x3)
- When this card enters play, Ra deals 1 Target 2 Fire Damage.
- Power: Ra deals 1 Target 1 Fire Damage. You may draw a card.
- Art: Ra with flames coming off him in front of an Egyptian Sphinx;
- Flavor-text: Christopher and Adam - Ra, Ra: God of the Sun #1
- When this card enters play, Ra deals 1 Target 2 Fire Damage.
- Solar Flare (x2)
- Increase Fire Damage dealt by Ra by 2. At the end of your turn, Ra may deal himself 4 Psychic Damage. If he takes no Damage this way, this card is destroyed.
- Art: Mostly a silhouette of Ra in front of the sun which is blaring. Ra's eyes are glowing;
- Flavor-text: "As it happens, when you play with fire... " - Ra, Ra: God of the Sun #290
- Wrathful Gaze (x2)
- Power: Destroy 1 Target with 2 or fewer HP.
- Art: Beams of energy shooting from Ra's eyes;
- Flavor-text: "Foolish creature! Stand not before Ra!" - Ra, Arcane Tales #98
- Blazing Tornado (x2)
- Power: Ra deals 1 Target 3 Fire Damage.
- Art: Ra summoning a tornado of fire;
- Flavor-text: Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are dangerous and unpredictable. Those summoned by a sun god are much worse. - Unattributed
- Flame Barrier (x2)
- The first time Ra is dealt Damage by a Target each turn, Ra deals that Target 2 Fire Damage.
- Art: A silhouette of Ra with his eyes' glowing surrounded by flame;
- Flavor-text: Enveloped in the heat of the sun, those who draw too close to Ra feels its burn. - Narrator
- Imbued Fire (x2)
- Increase all Fire Damage by 1. Change the Damage type of Damage dealt by Hero Targets to Fire.
- Power: Destroy this card.
- Art: Ra's eyes are glowing with and Legacy is at his side with fists of flame;
- Flavor-text: "Blessings of the sun are curses for those who oppose you." - Ra, Baptism by Fire #5
- Increase all Fire Damage by 1. Change the Damage type of Damage dealt by Hero Targets to Fire.
- The Staff of Ra (x4)
- When this card enters play, Ra regains 3 HP. Increase Damage dealt by Ra by 1.
- Power: Ra deals 1 Target 3 Projectile Damage. Destroy this card.
- Art: The Staff of Ra;
- Flavor-text: "The Staff of Ra? Impossible! To have survived all these centuries... " - Dr. Blake Washington, Rebirth of Ra One-Shot
- When this card enters play, Ra regains 3 HP. Increase Damage dealt by Ra by 1.
|Aliases:||Dr. Blake Washington, Jr. Ph.D.
|Height:||5’ 11”/6' 4"
|Birthplace:||Princeton, New Jersey
|Occupation:||Adventurer, Archaeologist, College Professor, Egyptian God
|First Appearance:||Arcane Tales #83
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- The original Horus of Two Horizons promo incap side shows a bound Ra being watched by Set.
- The Variant Art Pack Horus of Two Horizons incap side shows Ra speaking to Ammit.
- The Setting Sun incap side shows Fanatic mourning over Ra's body.
- "Drawn to the Flame" shows Citizen Dawn weathering a fire blast.
- "Imbued Fire" shows Legacy with glowing fists, representing that he does Fire damage instead of Melee now.
- "Scorched Earth" shows Anubis standing on the ground that Ra has caused to burn.
- Ra has the most nemeses of any Sentinels hero (The Ennead (9), Calypso, Ammit and Anubis.)
- The new Ra in Tactics is Thiago and the Staff in the Freedom Tower called out to him allowing to bypass security Q&A from Gen Con 2016
Mechanics of these gods in Sentinel Comics:
- In ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago, there were powerful entities who referred to themselves as gods (identified with these specific gods), although they weren't actually "gods" in the sense that all of these stories about "being the sky" or similar were true, although they certainly encouraged such stories in the populous. Each of them had items tied to their own iconography that eventually became Relics (the Staff of Ra, Atum's Scarab, etc.). These entities had once been human, and were long-lived, but were not truly immortal (most died in combat, but some could still die of old age), and so eventually they're all dead (except one). However, all of their power and knowledge/memories, upon their deaths, would wind up in their Relics (not their minds though, again: Ra and Blake Washington Jr. aren't different people - just that having a ton of extra memories dumped into your head might have an effect on your personality somewhat).
- The Relics don't automatically impart the power on whoever touches them, though. They have to have some kind of resonance with the person and will kind of "call out" to them ahead of time. This is why notable archaeologist Dr. Blake Washington Jr. picked up this ancient artifact almost immediately instead of following best practices - he was almost compelled to do so.
- This all fits except for Anubis, who's the original Anubis - part of his powerset as the "gatekeeper of the underworld" was to be immortal and so the original never died. His role was also to be the guard of the underworld and to keep stuff in there from getting out (otherwise we'd have zombies "every damn where") and he wasn't interested in ruling the world, which is probably for the best. Ra manages to convince even him to come help against OblivAeon, and so dies for the first time (leaving the Rod of Anubis around with the rest of the Relics, although most have been scattered and are unaccounted for).
To Other Works
- Many of Ra's character traits are homages to the Marvel Comics incarnation of Thor, the Norse god of thunder:
- Both are gods that switch places/identities with mortal men.
- Both have powers that draw from an elemental source (fire for Ra, thunder for Thor).
- Both use a mystic relic to channel and enhance their powers (Ra's staff, Thor's Mjolnir hammer.)
- Both speak in a quasi-Shakespearean manner.
- "The Staff of Ra" first appeared in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark/ In the movie, main character Indian Jones used it to find the lost Ark of the Covenant.
- The Cairo Sphinx is famous for missing its nose. The sphinx in the background of "Living Conflagration," however, still has its nose.
- The flavor text on "Excavation" is an homage to the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Questions Answered on The Letters Page
- Notes from Letters Page 27 - Ra
- What is the War of Heliopolis arc? It's the story when Ra makes his return as Horus of Two Horizons, taking down the Ennead.
- Who was the first superpowered human on Earth; we know that Haka has been around a long time, as have the various Virtuosos of the Void, and there are mythological entities like Ra around whose origins are a long time ago, so who was first? Why? The first was a Virtuoso of the Void, but one whose name (and instrument) has been lost to time (more in a few weeks!). Haka was much later by comparison - only a few hundred years old, he was born more recently than La Capitan was. A Virtuoso of the Void has to be around to counter Akash'Bhuta, and so has been around for a long time. Ra and the other mythology-based guys only date back to when those cultures/legends got started.
- How many wielders of the Staff of Ra have there been/how much control do they have over the Ra personality? First, the "personality" is more of just the result of the wielder's personality now having more knowledge/memories and so is still the same person (as has been mentioned). There have been "several" people to wield it over the centuries during the Egyptian culture, thousands of years ago, but then none at all after that until Blake found it again (then another in the Future section).
- Can he repair/restore the Staff after it was destroyed by Baron Blade (see Blade's Vengeance card "Vengeful Assault")? The Staff has a physical form, but the power isn't just contained by that physical manifestation - even if the staff was burned and the headpiece melted down, it would re-manifest somewhere. This is also part of the implication of the mechanic in the game that Ra can throw the Staff and then re-summon it. There are things that could theoretically damage this power intentionally, but it's never happened.
- Guise can use other characters Equipment cards ("Lemme See That"), has he ever used Ra's Staff? What would happen if he did? Does Ra become Blake again if he drops it? Ra can operate without holding the Staff, it's not what gives him his powers on an ongoing basis - it's just a "trigger" to set up the connection. While Blake is Ra (that is, he's the one connected to the power even if he's not actively being Ra at that moment), nobody else can be Ra. The Staff is a focus for him and he likes having/using it, but it's not a necessary condition and it wouldn't impart that power to others, even Guise (especially Guise - the Ra-entity would have no interest in Joe King).
- Ra is the Sun God, Citizen Dawn gets her power from the light of the sun - what's their relationship like? Did she ever try to recruit him? Would she consider him an equal/rule with him? Citizen would not rule with him, doesn't consider him an equal, doesn't care that he's the "god of the sun" or whatever. They've only met a few times and it's always been antagonistic as neither of them is the type to be subservient to (or even a peer of) anyone else. Possible world in the multiverse where Citizen Dawn approaches him on bended knee to offer him a crown as the ruler of the Citizens of the Sun that he would accept, but there's no way that any Dawn we've seen would do that. They both draw on the sun's power, but that doesn't mean that they'd "get along" because of it - neither really even "gets along" even with people they like.
- Does Ra ever leave Earth? How would his powers work in space? Has he been to Magmaria where everything's immune to fire damage? How would he do in a fight there? Ra has never left Earth, nor has he been to Magmaria. He draws power from the Sun, but it's interesting to think about if he could do so with other Suns (or, say, on Dok'Thorath where there's more than one). To fight Magmarians, maybe he'd try to use fire to destabilize some rocks that would then fall on them, or maybe somehow draw the heat from them (probably the most effective method) - he's smarter than the average Magmarian, but they're also mostly not very antagonistic.
- Do the other heroes see him as a god? Why not work with the Prime Wardens? He calls himself one, but it's not like the other heroes worship him - although the positions held on what he is are kind of all across the board. Many think he's just an arrogant jerk. Nightmist has more insight to what's actually going on with him regarding ancient magic. Chrono-Ranger is probably like "Sure." with a shrug.
- Can Ra fly/levitate or just move around on foot? He can, as a manifestation of "power", kind of levitate, but he can't move around with that.
- Does Blake Washington Jr. prefer his fish grilled, steamed, or RAw? He prefers it charred.
- What does the world think happened to Dr. Washington? If the question is about "while he's Ra", then the answer is "nowhere" as he's around just as much as he ever was (which includes going off on expeditions/out of sight for long periods). If the question is "after OblivAeon kills Ra" then it's just assumed that he was one of the millions of casualties due to OblivAeon in general.
- Does Ra ever get hate-mail from firefighters? If he had an address that he could be reached at, he probably would have.
- How many iterations of Ra have there been in the "main" Timeline? Just the two "modern" ones.
- A bio for him mentions that he "trad[ed] his spirit for another chance as a defender of the physical realm", what implications does this have for Ra (or the Ennead) going forward? This was skipped over in the overview:
- After his initial defeat by the Ennead and his wanderings in the desert, he eventually heads to the Tomb of Anubis. There he calls upon Anubis to make a deal for additional strength. Anubis explains the whole "this is the payment exacted for helping Marty" thing and tells him to take a hike. Ra tries to leave, but Ammit calls him over (pretty funny voice for Ammit at around 57:45) and takes him to her realm and weighs his heart against a feather (this is more Egypt myth stuff) - she only gets to eat his heart if the heart is heavier than the feather of Truth and so far he's coming up on the good side of that arrangement. She wants to make a deal to give him power in exchange for her getting to eat his heart anyway, once his time has come (this scene is the Horus of Two Horizons incap art in the variant art pack).
- The heart represents some aspects of the "soul" in Egyptian myth - Ammit gets to consume his Ka and Bâ (roughly the "spark" that differentiates the living from the dead and the essence of his personality, respectively - there are three more parts to this "soul" business in Egyptian myth too). In exchange, he must take on two burdens that will allow her to get these two parts of his soul in exchange for the power she'll give him. He thinks he can outsmart her, and so hears her out.
- First, he must blight a field that many people rely on for food and then he has to turn a desert oasis that people depend on into a lake of fire. He takes some time to think about this, and all of the implications of these actions (i.e. a lot of people will probably die because of this). Being in this spiritual place, he can actually interact with these parts of his soul - he winds up using them to act in the world. His Ka is sent to cause the field to be extra fertile and to bloom overnight, speeding up the harvest, and his Bâ in the form of a hawk to the oasis, where he kills an ox and causes its rapid decay to poison the oasis, but people see this an know that they need to go elsewhere.
- The next day Ra agrees to Ammit's terms. He goes to this freshly-harvested field and blights it (but given that the harvest is already in, so people won't starve because of it) and to the oasis and does the whole lake of fire thing, but the people are already all gone. He returns to Ammit, thinking he's successfully tricked his way out of this, but finds that now his heart outweighs the feather anyway - while he did what Ammit asked of him, he defrauded her to do so and that trickery is bad. He gets the power anyway, though. This is a major reason that he's "gone gone" after OblivAeon - Ammit ate his soul when he died.
- On the Ra: Horus of Two Horizons promo card, he looks a lot like Citizen Anvil, is this a coincidence? Anvil has brown hair, Ra has black hair. They're not the same person or related. It's just a coincidence.
- How many deities from Egyptian mythology are walking around around? We see 100% of the Egyptian deities in the setting. The mummies in the Tomb of Anubis are magically-reanimated corpses related to the fact that they're close to the entrance to the underworld and are being used to guard those gates. That being said, other deities existed, but their Relics are unrecoverable (more next week).
- How are Ra and Blake Washington separated? Have all bearers of the Staff gone through all three "stages" that Blake did? Does the Staff impart an allergy to shirts? The connection/differences between the Ra/Blake personalities has already been discussed. Every Ra has gone through/will go through the Dawn-Zenith-Sunset sequence. As for shirts, they catch on fire easily and get between him and the sun, so Ra just tends to do without.
- How did Ra and Fanatic wind up friends considering the differences in theology surrounding them? "Friends" is generous - they're friends but not friendly as they get under each others' skins even if they care about one another. They were both "freak of the week" kinds of characters and wound up in a few stories together in their own books, plus interactions in crossover events. The main crossover for them specifically was the Baptism by Fire limited series. They fight well together even though their very natures contradict one another, but that doesn't get in the way of making out. They are "frenemies with benefits" - not a "couple" as you'd normally think about things.
- How much of Ra's personality is Ra vs. Blake? Does he seem himself as two entities? Blake is a bit brash already, decisive and reactionary, but his temper is under the surface (as a human adult who's managed to navigate academia), but Ra has no "under the surface" setting and his temper is right out there on display.
- How does Egypt react to his (and the Ennead's) appearance? Well, Ra's book was never about the political/legal situations, and so it doesn't show up much. Egypt's "official" position is that these aren't really deities and it's not like Ra tries to rule or anything, but Egypt kind of does adopt Ra as a kind of "mascot" for the publicity and his presence does spark an increase in interest in Egyptology. There are stories that involve people starting to worship him, which he doesn't seek out, although he seems pretty cool with it (seeing it as right and proper that people do so, but does have to then deal with the responsibility of having this kind of following.
- How/why does Ra convince the Ennead and Anubis to work with him? He goes to Anubis first and lays out the whole "end of all reality" problem to get him on board pretty quickly. He and Anubis go around to track them down, but we'll get into the rest of that story in next week's episode given that it's more about the Ennead and their varied reactions.
- Suppose you attack Target A with Inferno’s first damage and it gets redirected to Target B. Target A is available for the next damages, and Target B is not (because Inferno says "other").
- If a Shinobi Assassin is on top of Ra’s deck and he plays Summon Staff, the assassin gets shuffled into Ra's deck.
Anubis is Ra’s nemesis
- Unlike most environment cards, “Anubis” has a hero’s icon on it. Ra and Anubis are nemeses and deal each other 1 additional damage.
- The power on this card reads “Ra deals 1 target 1 fire damage. You may draw a card”. If the damage from the first part of the power is prevented or reduced to zero, you may still draw a card because The two parts of the power are independent.
- Both parts of the text on Imbued Fire (“increase all fire damage by 1.” and “Change the damage type of damage dealt by hero targets to fire.”) are ongoing, static buffs. These things aren’t happening in any particular order, so once the card is in play, both of the effects are in play simultaneously. This means that when you change the damage type of damage dealt by heroes to fire, that fire damage will be increased by one. The fact that the fire damage increase was written before the damage type change on the card is irrelevant.
- This card says, “the first time Ra is dealt damage by a target each turn, ra deals that target 2 fire damage.” However, If the incoming damage to Ra is reduced to the point where he actually takes no damage, then the damage done to the attacking target never happens. Ra must take at least 1 point of damage for him to deal 2 melee damage to His attacker. Also, as covered in the “the first time a target does xyz…” topic in the “other” section of this document, “Combat Stance” is triggered the first time wraith is dealt damage per target, per turn. so, if two different targets damage Wraith in a turn, “combat stance” will trigger each time, but if a single target damages her twice in the same turn, “Combat Stance” will only trigger once. Combat Stance
Comic Books: Ra
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Dr. Blake Washington, Jr. was something of a wonder in his field. Starting out as an anthropologist, he moved quickly into the field of archeology and left his mark on whatever subject he dabbled in. Working with the Inuit people, he helped uncover major pieces of their history, thought lost to ice and time. He lived with the fierce Yanamamo people for years in the Amazonian jungle, where he learned and recorded more of their language and chronicled the history of their many warring tribes. So when he discovered a previously unknown pyramid under the shifting sands of Egypt's Sahara desert, his colleagues were certainly impressed, but hardly surprised.
Leading the exploration team himself, the newly discovered contents of the pyramid were quickly coveted by many private collectors and museums, the Smithsonian and the British Museum chief among these. Preferring the untouched pieces of history relatively untouched, Dr. Washington set up the pyramid as an exhibit in of itself, largely closed to the public, but open to students and researchers. The mystery of this hidden structure was that of its occupants. Or, rather, the apparent lack thereof. Chambers full of treasures, artifacts, and offerings were plentiful, but no sarcophagi were located, or even pharaohs named in the hieroglyphics covering the walls. At least, not until the secret chamber was located.
Dr. Washington made his way through a hidden maze, solving ancient puzzles and avoiding all manner of traps, to eventually find a golden chamber marked with the insignia of Ra, the Egyptian Sun God. The walls of this room were lined with dozens of sarcophagi of solid gold, but at the center of the chamber stood a pedestal. Embedded in the stone column was a long wooden staff with a gem-encrusted sun of gold at its end, seemingly unaffected by the ages.
Upon entering the room, Dr. Washington felt a pull from the staff - a draw unlike anything he had ever experienced. He quickly moved to the staff, and, ignoring years of training and what he knew should happen if he were to touch such an ancient artifact, he grasped the staff in both hands, pulling it free from the column. Bright sunlight filled the subterranean chamber, bursting forth from the archaeologist's eyes and open mouth. He felt his mind opened to a whole new plane of existence, as centuries of knowledge coursed through him. This was not a burial chamber for a pharaoh, but for a hero. Many heroes, in fact. Unbeknown to modern man, the stories of the Egyptian Sun God, Ra, came from the stories of various men who held that staff, each passing it off to a new hero when defeated. The entire pantheon of what was thought to be Egyptian Gods were beings who gained power through relics from an even older time.
Knowing he had to keep this chamber a secret, Dr. Washington, now the embodiment of Ra, resealed the chamber and reset the traps, hiding the entrance to the maze that brought him here. He knew he had a part to play in the future, now, and that there were villains in the world who he had the power to stop. The exhibit would hide the true nature of the pyramid, and Ra, born again, would once again defend the world from evil.
- Dr. Blake Washington Jr. was a notable archaeologist (although not important in the larger events of the setting - he might occasionally be mentioned or consulted for stuff in his area of expertise, but it sounds like he was a less prominent "figure" in the setting than Meredith Stinson was pre-Tachyon) who was investigating a pyramid when he found the Staff of Ra which makes him an avatar of the Egyptian god Ra. He had a secret identity more along the lines of nobody even considering that they were the same person than him actually putting any effort into the ruse. Ra isn't a different person - his personality changes somewhat due to the power/knowledge that being Ra imparts, but it's not like there's just this Ra personality out there as a stand-alone entity that overwrites the Blake Washington Jr. one when the body swaps happen. The Ra!Blake personality is a bit angrier and more arrogant than baseline Blake, but he's the same guy.
- Ra came on the scene a long time ago in the comics, mostly in sci-fi/fantasy stories where he'd fight monsters/aliens (a lot of Endlings showed up originally in such stories before being retconned later once the concept of the Enclave of the Endlings was developed). He had important roles in stories that fleshed out the Sentinel Comics setting - he was the first known person to discover Insula Primalis, which was his "home base" for a while (fighting dinosaurs being another fun comics story). He'd also show up in other heroes' stories and, because he's arrogant and burning all the things, they'd fight ("hero vs. hero due to a misunderstanding" being another classic story option) - Legacy and Haka are specifically mentioned. He wasn't so much a "superhero" in the kinds of stories told with him (just monster of the week with the normal Blake personality doing his archaeology stuff).
- As comics started to focus more on those superhero stories we had things like Citizen Dawn showing up and taking over Insula Primalis because the writers didn't really know what to do with this weird, angry fire god. They kind of did a "Death of Ra" thing, but without really killing him off - they just had Blake Washington make the decision to not use the Ra power anymore and just focus on his academic pursuits. He's gone for a long time.
- When the writers decided to bring him back they needed a plan to "rebrand" him - they needed to interesting things with him right away, something that would allow him to make the transition into more of a standard "hero" than his earlier comics iteration, and to give him a major threat.
- They give him a student, Martin "Marty" Adams, who followed him around on his digs. In a story, they are checking out some old scrolls found in some old Egyptian urns when Marty drops one. It breaks and dust swirls around him and into his body. He falls into a coma while his skin turns gray and ashy; it's mummifying him. They rush him to a hospital, but there's nothing to be done - at least medically. Blake knows that this is some kind of curse and that Ra could do something about it, so he changes in order to fix things. This "fix" requires him to go and deal with Anubis and Ammit - the deal offered was to trade his soul for Marty's. Ra declines and after a bit more arguing they just fight. At the end of this, Anubis agrees to save Marty, but that Ra will pay for it (in ways that he can't possibly imagine). Ra shrugs this off and leaves figuring it's a job well done.
- Ra is now "back" and is now an active player in Sentinel Comics again. Marty recovers and is still Blake's assistant/student, but we don't really hear about him for a long time as the comics are now less focused on the archaeology and more on Epic Egyptian Struggles! Ok, so step one of the plan complete - they had an interesting reason for Ra's return.
- Next up, make him a hero. This is where they bring in Calypso (seen in Ermine's deck - a much less powerful iteration than when she was first introduced). She's taken the city of Cairo hostage by controlling all of the water - she's like a 40-foot-tall water creature. Ra shows up and does his standard "Nobody can stand before the power of Ra!" boast but she isn't impressed because she's made of water. It's a big, cool fight, though, which he eventually wins (evaporation being her major downfall, apparently). Here's a case where he's not just fighting some weird monster, but he's doing so to save people. Heroics!
- Somewhere in there we have him run into Fanatic for the first time, but more on their interactions later (and in her episode). He's now met a bunch of the "modern" heroes, but he's still operating as a solo character - he's not part of a team.
When The Ennead made their modern-day appearance, destroying any population centers they entered and calling out their challenge for Ra to come and face them, the heroes of the world immediately took notice. None so fast as Ra himself, who arrogantly sought them out alone to meet their challenge. The combined might of The Ennead proved to be greater than Ra anticipated, however, and he was defeated in a massive battle which left the surrounding cities and desert even more of a wasteland.
The fight with The Ennead left Ra stunned and shattered. He could not remember who he was, nor that there was a part of him that used to be Dr. Blake Washington, Jr. The being formerly known as Ra wandered into the desert, disappearing from the public eye entirely for years.
Meanwhile, The Ennead continued their assault on the world, drunk with power and thirsting for more! Various teams of heroes, such as the Freedom Five, took them on and managed to quell their attacks for some time, but The Ennead proved consistently able to regroup and recover, redoubling their efforts each time.
Now, years later, The Ennead are met with a new challenger who reminds them of an ancient foe they once had. Ra has returned from his wandering, but he seems something more…
- Now onto phase three - introduce a major threat specific to him. This is where the Ennead come in - a group of nine gods whose cult rose to prominence after Ra's cult had (in actual, historical mythology). This is the price that Anubis alluded to - he did some sand shifting to uncover the temple of the Ennead. This newly uncovered dig site attracted a bunch of grave-robbers, many of whom died from the various traps and whatnot, but finally nine of them, led by Roderick Ward, made it to the central chamber and took up the artifacts there becoming avatars of the Ennead in the same way that Blake Washington became Ra.
- The Ennead are the most significant/important enemies of Ra in the Multiverse era of stories, but we'll get a lot more specifics about them next week. Generally they decide that being in charge of Egypt isn't enough and they set out to take over the world, blowing up cities and whatnot (y'know, standard villain stuff). Ra shows up pretty quick given that he can recognize their energy being back in the world and takes them all on by himself. This does not go well for Ra.
- When he loses, they chain him up (see some of his incap art or the cover of Baptism by Fire #4 in the Villain Challenge PDF) and Isis uses her magic to lock him into the Ra form, but without any of the powers that normally come with it. Fanatic saves him, but then he goes into exile in the desert as a kind of penance (he's in Ra form, so he's functionally immortal even without his fire powers).
- The Ennead continues to wreck stuff, but other heroes manage to push them back to the point where they just have territory they control in Egypt (and, realizing that there's significant pushback out there, they seem content with this). As they continue to hold areas with considerable population centers to hold hostage, the heroes can't really make a major push to take them out.
- Ra's out of the picture again, but not for as long as his last absence. When he reemerges, he's lost his general pharaoh look and is now rocking an awesome beard. The Ennead are like, "Hey look, Ra's back" and he responds that he's not Ra, but Horus of the Two Horizons (again, this is a callback to how the cult of Horus supplanted the cult of the Ennead in actual history - and that a further development of the Horus myth was to conflate his identity with Ra - even mythology had retcons!). Fanatic helps out too, but this is primarily Ra's fight. The Ennead go after him as an existing "internal" threat and so don't rain down destruction on their cities as they would have in response to an external one. He's smarter this time, going after them individually and picking them off instead of a head-on rush against all of them at once. He prevails and the Ennead are out of the picture until pretty much the end of the Multiverse era - they don't do the thing where they pop up for small stories periodically that a lot of other villains do.
- This progression takes him from bombastic monster fighter to more of a "normal" hero - although still a loner who shows up in crossover events (like Vengeance, which is the next major thing that involves Ra who shows up right away to help, and promptly gets beaten up by Baron Blade due to the latter's newly-acquired powers).
- This is more or less his status quo until OblivAeon. Dr. Blake Washington Jr. is still around, as are some of his supporting cast like Marty, but more often it's just Ra doing Ra stuff, and that mostly in crossover stories involving the likes of Fanatic or the Prime Wardens in general.
Variant: Originally received from the OblivAeon kickstarter
See Ra: Setting Sun's introduction in the ARG Event
After trading his spirit for another chance as a defender of the physical realm, Ra returned as the Horus of Two Horizons. He knew his time walking the earth was now limited, but he could not bear to watch the destruction of all he claimed as under his protection.
Now, OblivAeon has come, and once again, Ra must put everything on the line.
Ra travelled to the Tomb of Anubis and to the place where the Ennead had begun to reassemble. In each place, he convened with his fellow deities,, sometimes with words, and sometimes with fire. Ra called his foes to battle, and together, they will make the first successful assault on OblivAeon. He may pay the ultimate price for his actions, but the heat of his flame will never be extinguished.
- Once OblivAeon himself shows up on Earth, Ra is there - he's amassed a force consisting of Anubis and the Ennead and they form the first and largest single strike against OblivAeon, cracking his shield. Prior to that, nothing the heroes had done had affected him at all. Unfortunately, the counter-strike against them instantly kills everybody but Ra, who gets out a few more good lines (including words to Fanatic) before dying, as see in the End of Days ARG entry
This information is from the Miststorm Universe, one of two branching timelines. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Tactics (and expansions). Prime War (and expansions)
Sentinel Tactics Character Panel
The absence of Ra was felt strongly by the heroes of the world. His power in combat had helped save many, right up until his last appearance, and his knowledge of a great many things from times gone by proved to be invaluable when facing ancient horrors. Still, the world carried on without him. So, when Ra reappeared in Megalopolis to aid the heroes in their fight against Baron Blade, it came as a shock to everyone.
Ra was inarguably Ra - his fire-power and his hot-headedness were unmistakable. But his comportment had changed. He displayed less of the imposing demeanor his compatriots had grown used to, and he was far more eager to assist the other heroes, especially the Freedom Five.
There is much to learn of Ra, apparently. He is not the man he used to be, though he still knows the heroes well and fights alongside them with as much power as ever. But what happened to him in all these years? Surely, somewhere, there must be answers.
there's a new Ra (and fairly recent on the scene when the game starts up). Noticeably younger, less arrogant, more enthusiastic - somewhat idolizing view of other heroes (especially Legacy). This is Thiago Diaz - the Potential Sidekick in Spite's deck. During the cardgame timeline, during OblivAeon, he's in Megalopolis visiting Freedom Tower ("you know, where Legacy lives") which has a museum level for visitors. Certain areas are still off-limits, and this is where the Staff of Ra was put after his death. Thiago is able to get through to that area despite any kind of security systems that should have stopped him, and he's compelled to pick up the Staff - making him the new avatar of Ra. The physical form of Blake Washington Jr. didn't particularly look like Ra (Ra's taller/buffer with darker skin), but there's a bit more of a physical change to make Thiago look the part as he's still pretty young at this point. Thiago!Ra is "more of a hothead" but less "hot tempered" than the previous iteration. Brash, not angry.
This information is from the Sentinel Comics Universe, one of two branching universes. Products in this timeline are: Sentinel Comics RPG.
Ra is dead. That being said, If they do anything with Ra in the RPG timeline, it won't be until way down the road. This is about a couple of other characters: Anubis and Ammit. For the first time, the Anubis entity has died, transferring his power and knowledge into his Relic, the Rod of Anubis. Feel free to ask questions about the old Anubis for the Nemesis Interlude. In the RPG timeline somebody is drawn to the Rod to become an avatar - Martin Adams, Dr. Blake Washington Jr.'s protege. While Ra's mantle comes with the built-in role of leadership, fire, passion, control, and whatnot, Anubis' comes with guardianship, knowledge of the balance of life and death, and magic as a concept as well as his role as the guardian of the gates to the underworld - keeping people out and the monsters and weird stuff there from coming out. The starter kit involves him, and his becoming a member of the new iteration of the Prime Wardens, but while he's doing that he's not doing the job of guarding the underworld. Instead, Ammit is handling that role, although not in the same way that Anubis did. She's powered up after eating the soul of a god, but she's more willing to let stuff back out of the underworld when it suits her. She's the 'source of a lot of antagonists' in the RPG timeline.
See Ra for more related information