Pantheon - Egyptian
Primary religion of northen Africa
- Ra (sun god) – the Pharaoh to the gods
- Aken – ferryman to the underworld
- Anhur (god of war)
- Anubis (guardian of the dead)
- Apep (king of serpants)
- Apshai (god of insects)
- Ash – god of oases and the vineyards of the western Nile Delta
- Bast (cat goddess)
- Bes (god of luck)
- Geb (god of the earth)
- Horus (son of Osoris) – The Avenger
- Isis (goddess of magic and fertility)
- Iah (god of the moon)
- Meskhenet (goddess of childbirth) – the creator of each person’s Ka, a part of their soul, which she breathed into them at the moment of birth
- Nephthys (goddess of wealth and protector of the dead)
- Osiris (god of nature and the dead)
- Ptah (creator of the universe)
- Seker (god of light)
- Set (god of the desert, storms and war)
- Shezmu (god of execution, slaughter, blood, oil and wine)
- Shu (god of the air)
- Tefnut (goddess of storms and flowing water)
- Thoth (god of knowledge)
Festival of Bast
The Festival of Bast is celebrated in the early spring at the city of Amanopet. The festival is a celebration of a war Amanopet won but this original purpose has been forgotten. The people attending the festival gather in boats on the Styx, as many as will fit, of both sexes. The people on the boats play musical instruments or sing and clap their hands. At each and every town, village or city, the boats and the people disembark, making a huge disturbance while making fun of the women of each town that do not join them. Eventually the boats reach Amanopet and the festival begins in earnest when the last boat arrives (usually the one from Khemi since it has the farthest to travel). The travellers bring mummified lions and cats. Great sacrifices of man and beast are held while the wine flows freely. More wine is consumed at this one festival in this one city than during the whole of the year in all of the rest of Egypt. Fights are also held, pitting brave slavewarriors against the great cats of the Black Kingdoms. Plays are enacted demonstrating the power of Bast the Lioness over her enemies. For three days a drunken orgy progresses, then the people go home, satisfied that the goddess of evil sendings has been appropriately honoured.
Festival of Set
Within Stygia, from every tower of every city sounds the deep and eerie notes that mark the beginning of Festival, one of the most fearsome celebrations in all of Stygia. Festival is a dark night of sacrifice to Father Set, characterised by giant snakes and sacrificial altars.
During the day, the temple is busy. A constant stream of Elders and lesser followers of Set come to the great ceremonial chamber of the Temple to lay offerings of gold, silver, jewels, fine silks and other goods before the altar. Then they bow down and chant to dark Set, asking him to favour them with power and wealth. The acolytes collect the offerings and store them in the temple’s hidden vaults. Other acolytes herd worshippers in and out of the temple and yet others sharpen and polish the sacrificial knives. Chained prisoners from the jails arrive to give their lives to Set. The altars are prepared for the upcoming blood sacrifices.
At night, when the music sounds, Stygians lock and shutter themselves away, drinking and partying, all the while denying the horrors going on outside as the priests of Set hunt down sacrificial victims in strange processionals, all while wearing horrific, half-bestial masks. Where do they find their victims if all are locked away? The unpopular or the diseased or the foreign may find themselves locked outside. Some say vast caravans of virgins are brought in across the desert on moonless nights to be sacrificed at Festival. Regardless, hundreds of people are sacrificed in each Stygian city across the mighty desert nation on this night.
The most spectacular event of Festival is noted the morning after, when the sewers run red with blood and the plume of scarlet turns the River Styx (and the entire bay of Khemi) red.