The Netjer



The Netjer














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Possibly the most ancient pantheon of them all, the Netjer have existed since time immemorial, watching the rise of the other gods from infancy to adulthood, governing what was once one of the most fertile and powerful empires in the world. They are seldom worshiped in the modern-day, with their kingdom long ago dismantled and their ancient places of worship tenanted by archaeologists and overseen by the servants of the pervasive new faith of Islam, but they are never forgotten; few other pantheons can boast such an enduring and inescapable effect on the consciousness, dreams, and perceptions of all the cultures to come after them. Gods of fertility and of death, and most especially of rebirth, the Netjer may be secretly viewed as relics by some of the younger gods, but those who ignore their formidable wisdom and ancient powers in the war against the Titans are foolish indeed.



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Among the gods of the Netjer, belief is all. It is from belief that their enduring recognition among the people stems, and it was the tribute they demanded of their worshipers at the height of their power. The Netjer believe firmly that they know what is right and what is not, and that they should never be swayed from their causes; once they have chosen a course of action, it is followed through upon with unyielding determination. As the gods of the Nile delta, where the endless cycle of flood, recede, and fertility was essential to all life, the Netjer understand the necessity for balance better than most. Disruptions to the natural balance of the World – or any of the other worlds – are abhorrent to them, and their stewardship and care of the cycles and weights of the universe is reflected in their roles as guardians of the natural bodies and formations of their homeland. The rule of law is absolute for the Netjer; they respect authority (when it is legitimate) and those who wield it responsibly, and have no tolerance for law-breakers or those who seek to circumvent the rules created for the good of society. Their pantheon created order, they claim, from the formlessness of the chaos that preceded them, and they do not appreciate those who would flout it. At the height of their power, the divinity and wisdom of the Netjer was a foregone conclusion for their people, who believed absolutely in the gods’ presence and powers. The Netjer themselves know that their divine nature is uncontestable, and that whatever they do is done for the good of the pantheon as a whole (and, by extension, usually all the other pantheons as well). Dedication and worship of the gods is never looked down upon among them, and even the mightiest of them spend time in veneration when appropriate.

Other Deities

Jusaaset Shu
The Grandmother of All Deities is one of the most ancient and revered beings among the Netjer, a mother goddess of incredible antiquity and legendary protectiveness of her children. Shu is the god of air and of calming, rational influences, the twin and opposite number of his fiery sister-wife, Tefnut.
Tefnut Serket
The lioness goddess of water, Tefnut is one of the oldest of the Netjer, and possibly one of the oldest deities in existence. The scorpion-goddess administers poison and retribution to those who deserve it and healing and antidotes to those who do not, acting as the hand of vengeance for the gods.
Ma’at Imhotep
The personification of justice, truth and rightness in the world, it is Ma’at who holds the universe together, constantly fighting off the insidious influence of the forces of chaos. The first doctor, engineer and architect in all of recorded history, Imhotep served the Pharaohs in life and ascended to godhood in death, becoming the god of the healing arts.
Maahes Khepri
As volatile and rapacious as his mother, the lion-headed Maahes is a war-god of fierce renown, protector of the pharaohs and of the priests of the Netjer. The scarab-god is the lord of rebirth and resurrection, as much a part of both the world and the underworld as the dung beetle that freely roams between them.
Nehebkau Monthu
A double-headed snake god so unruly that it is said Ra must keep his thumb on him at all times, Nehebkau guards the gates of Duat, allowing only those souls with the proper funeral rites to enter. A nomadic god of war and the sun, Monthu’s prowess was so admired that ancient Pharaohs called themselves the sons of Monthu in hopes of sharing in his glory.
Khonsu Seshat
Also known as the Traveler because of his role as the escort of the moon across the sky, Khonsu aids Thoth in keeping time for the world and is said to heal the ills of mankind with the clean, pure light of the moon. The Mistress of the House of Books oversees the library in which the spells of the gods are kept, and serves as a font of wisdom for humans and gods alike; she invented writing, that such secrets would not be lost to time.
Neith Anput
A creator goddess and huntress often called the Mother of Crocodiles, Neith is also the goddess of weaving, a hazy, little-known figure. The graceful jackal-goddess was Anubis’ wife and assistant and mother to his children before she attempted to seduce his brother and was killed by her furious, grieving husband.
Taweret Imsety
The terrifying hippopotamus-goddess who protects women and children with her ferocious power, Taweret is a double-sided coin, benevolent and nurturing toward her charges but formerly the demonic wife of the world-devouring serpent Apep. The god of the liver, Imsety is protected by Isis as he endeavors to guide the dead in the right direction.
Duamutef Hapi
One of the four gods of the canopic jars, Duamutef protects the stomach and guides the deceased on their way, and is defended from without by the goddess Neith as he does so. The baboon-god is the protector of the lungs, and is protected in turn by Nephthys as he aids the dead.
Qebehsenuef Wepwawet
The protector of the intestines, Qebehsenuef defends the dead on their journey and is protected by the scorpion-goddess Serket in turn. A war god who acts as scout for the rest of his pantheon in times of strife, Wepwawet is also the opener of the way, crossing borders between this world and the next.
Kebauet is the goddess of embalming, the mistress of the purification and cleansing that must occur before a body can finally be consigned to eternity.

The Netjer

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