The Pesedjet, originating in Egypt, is the oldest (though not necessarily wisest) of the pantheons. This family of Gods claims that its origins go back over 7,000 years to the banks of the Nile River in northeast Africa, and it has endured through cultural, mythic and physical changes in the World’s very structure.
As a pantheon, the Pesedjet concerns itself with ma’at-justice expressed through social order. For the Pesedjet, everyone must know his or her place, and each post must be filled with the right person. In the times before time, the Titans destroyed appropriate relationships between people, and the Pesedjet created a social order in which people could live knowing their place in an established hierarchy.
Today, the Pesedjet’s Scions tend to concern themselves with disruptions in social stability caused by the Titans’ actions. Movements of refugees, discontent caused by spiritual poverty and unemployment, revolutionary movements-these come to the Pesedjet’s notice as disturbances in the mythic realms. Other divine tribes view the Pesedjet as hidebound and conservative, but they grant that the Egyptian Gods really know how to impose long-lasting order in a chaotic world.
AKA: Yinepu, Anupu
Anubis, judge of the Underworld and weigher of the souls of the dead, has the body of a Nubian man and the head of a jackal-though he reveals it only rarely these days. His enemies insist his soul is that of a jackal, too, but most who meet him consider him urbane and sophisticated, with a dark but pleasing sense of humor. In legend, he is the patron of embalmers and all who work with the dead. He sat with his scales in the Hall of Two Truths in the Egyptian Underworld.
Anubis used to live as an undertaker, a judge, a lawyer, a jeweler and a bodyguard as the mood of the day struck him. None of his clients ever died while under his protection, though few lasted long after his angry departures.
The Scions of Anubis are similarly dedicated, and similarly fickle. Excellent judges of character like their father, these Scions frequently maintain an intense loyalty to other Scions and Bands they deem worthy. However, if disappointed or disillusioned by the actions of their compatriots, Anubis’s Scions will often abandon or even turn on their comrades if unable to convince them of the injustice of their recent activities.
Associated Powers: Epic Perception, Animal (Jackal), Death, Guardian, Heku, Justice
Abilities: Animal Ken, Empathy, Integrity, Medicine, Melee, Occult
Rivals: Set; Baron Samedi, Hermes, Izanami, Tezcatlipoca, Vidar
AKA: Ra, Atum, Aten, Tem-Ra
In Egyptian legend, Atum-Re was the universe’s creator, the sun God who rode across the sky in the sun barque, dispensing blessings on everyone. God of magic and all-powerful, nothing in Creation could harm him until Isis conned him out of his true name. After that, he was only as powerful as the other Gods. Atum-Re remains bitter, though he pretends to be above the Pesedjet’s disputes. Other deities mock him for his aloof nature, manicured hands and cautious face.
Today, Atum-Re puts on a tall, slender male form, with long fingers, dark complexion and closely curled hair. He is mature without being elderly, and affects several personas, ranging from a dealer in Middle Eastern antiquities to a diplomat to a mosque imam to an executive from a solar energy co-operative. People remember him as a distinguished fellow, thoughtful and deliberate in all conversations, with great force of personality.
Atum-Re’s Scions are also deliberate and thoughtful. They are strong without being overly strong, and they are observers of the natural world. Few things that are out of place ever escape their notice.
Associated Powers: Epic Charisma, Epic Manipulation, Epic Perception, Animal (Falcon), Heku, Sun
Abilities: Academics, Art, Fortitude, Investigation, Politics, Presence
Rivals: Horus, Isis; Athena, Erzulie, Freyr, Huitzilopochtli, Susano-o
Queen of Cats, with a feline grace, Bastet is a Goddess of prophecy-though she’s no pawn or puppet of Fate. Cat-headed, with skin the color of chocolate, covered with fine fur, Bastet has green eyes with vertical slits common to cats. What her chosen animals see, she also sees. Thoth made her keeper of his Book, a magical work that controls such powerful forces as time-space and life-death-rebirth, so that he could not undo the universe accidentally. Using it, Bastet keeps mortals in realms of mortal time. Her Scions help to keep such secrets from mortal, divinity and Titan alike.
In the modern day, Bastet appears as a slender woman with rounded hips and a graceful manner. She has been a belly dancer and the madam of a brothel, the hostess of salons and a spy in Paris. She even took on a role as a geisha in Japan, as part of a special exchange program among Gods many years ago. Of the Pesedjet, she is most open to new experiences.
Her Scions are motivated to explore and interact with novelty. They usually begin with cautious observation before delving in deeply to their subject, as if it were an academic exercise. Once convinced that it is not dangerous, they leap in completely. It is at this point that they usually remember what killed the cat.
Associated Powers: Epic Charisma, Epic Dexterity, Epic Perception, Epic Wits, Animal (Cat), Heku, Moon, Prophecy, Sun, Vengeance
Abilities: Athletics, Awareness, Brawl, Larceny, Stealth, Survival
Rivals: Isis; Frigg, Hera, Ogoun, Raiden, Tlazoltotl
AKA: Keb, Qeb, Seb
Geb is God of the earth, “son of Tefenet and Shu who have gone into dust” as the Pesedjet say. Once married to Nut, Titan of night, he constantly seeks dark-faced women with stars in their eyes. Geb has dark hair and skin the color of rich soil, and his brown eyes hold gentleness and ancient knowledge. Father of Osiris and Set, he is second of the Pesedjet after Atum-Re. Forever separated from Nut, he gazes up at night with perceptible longing.
In modern times, Geb has played many roles: environmentally responsible agronomist, friendly stockist at health food stores, organic egg farmer, obsessed astronomer and champion bird breeder. Appearing to be between his late 20s and mid-30s, he rarely seems as old as his children. With only some moisture, he can plant gardens anywhere. Geb’s Scions are equally green-thumbed. They often live in oases of beauty and fair prospects hidden away on city rooftops, on ledges of arid mountains or in deep ravines in the desert.
Associated Powers: Animal (Goose), Earth, Fertility, Heku, Justice
Abilities: Art (Gardening), Command, Empathy, Fortitude, Politics, Science
Rivals: Sobek; Damballa, Dionysus, Hel, Izanagi, Quetzalcotl
AKA: Heru, Nekheny
Son of Osiris and Isis, the God Horus is one of the youngest of the Pesedjet. Falcon-headed with skin the color of coffee, Horus is the most conservative of the Egyptian Gods. He likes to reminisce about his incarnation among mortals as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt, and he regularly visits the Cairo Museum to gaze on the objects buried with Tutankhamun. “Second-rate stuff,” he is heard to scoff, and he can lecture endlessly on the glories of his country until people fall asleep. That said, he is an implacable enemy and a great force for justice. In modern times, he often affects the appearance of a fair-skinned, athletic young man with an eye patch (in all forms, Horus is missing his left eye thanks to a battle with Set). He has been a uniformed police officer, a detective on the night beat, a marshal transporting prisoners, a judge on the bench, an agent with Interpol and a Canadian Mountie. Like the Mounties, he always gets his man-usually destroying his quarry in the process.
Horus’s Scions are similarly dedicated and driven. Commonly pursuing careers in law enforcement, they often cross the line between law and vengeance, to the dismay of their superiors. In leadership roles, they emphasize their perks at the expense of their duties. They always have a fondness for fine and beautiful things and tend to prefer gold to silver.
Associated Powers: Epic Strength, Animal (Falcon), Heku, Justice, Moon, Sky, Sun
Abilities: Athletics, Awareness, Brawl, Command, Melee, Politics
Rivals: Set, Hachiman, Kalfu, Loki, Tlaloc, Zeus