Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Netjer god of secret knowledge
Terribly inefficient, I’m afraid. Too many limits, too much slowdown over time as more data is stored. No, no, cannot afford to be limited to the laws of physics.
The ibis-headed god is the scribe and preserver of secret knowledge, the god of intelligence and learning whose scrolls encompass all the spells and secrets of the universe. As the impartial arbiter, he is called upon to give the final say in judgment when Anubis weighs the hearts of the dead against the feather of Ma’at, Thoth’s own wife and the goddess of justice; as the god of the secret silences of the night, he is associated with the moon and with the calendar that revolves around it, measuring out time for mankind. The creator of all religions, sciences, arts and writings, Thoth is an ancient contemporary of Ra himself and his word is never ignored among his peers.
Thoth and Nut
In the beginning of time, the year was only 360 days long; this was not enough time for Nut to bear children in her endless coupling with her husband, Geb, and so for a long time the two were sterile. Seeing that the other gods must be born, Thoth ascended to the moon and offered to gamble with it, asking as stakes that it grant him one seventy-second of its light (or five days). Using all his skill and cunning, Thoth won the gamble; he added the additional five days to the calendar, and during those days Nut was able to give birth, bearing Osiris and his siblings into the world.
Thoth and Setne
Once, a young priest initiate named Setne heard that Thoth had placed a book in the tomb of a man named Naneferkaptah. Thirsting for the knowledge he believed he could gain from the book, he broke into the tomb and met Naneferkaptah’s wife’s ghost, who told him that her husband had learned that the book contained the secrets of communication with all living things and of travel to the worlds above and below. Naneferkaptah had sailed for three days down the Nile until he found the place where the book was hidden, and, slaying its snake guardian and breaking the casket open, he had read all of its spells aloud and learned everything that he had been told he would. Thoth, however, was angry at his thievery and caused first his son, then his wife, and finally Naneferkaptah himself to be washed overboard and drowned. Setne was not daunted by this story and demanded the book; though the ghosts of Naneferkaptah and his wife attempted to prevent him, he stole it and fled the tomb. To punish him, Thoth caused him to suffer from hallucinations in which he traded his wife for a courtesan, killed and ate his own children, and finally came to his senses naked and aroused before the Pharaoh, who immediately banished him from the priesthood. Humbled and afraid of further retribution, Setne returned the book and fled the city.