Background: Monarchs of the Dead

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  • Monarchs of the Dead

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    The mummy Valdes supplied to the society was the best-preserved
    specimen I have ever had the privilege of examining. The hieroglyphs
    on the lid of the sarcophagus identified the body as Kharatep,
    King of Djedesh. His list of titles was very grand - Favoured Son of
    Nephet-Ra, Lord of the Delta, Pillar of the Sky, Right Hand of the
    High Queen, Last and Greatest of His Line.
    These can be seen as typical for the kings of Naptesh. Though during
    the time of their empire all the cities of Naptesh answered to the King
    of Tehmet, each city had its own royal line. The kings, or “pharaohs”,
    were glorified as demigods, separate from and superior to the common
    people who laboured to build their great monuments.
    Each pharaoh kept a court, filled with lesser nobles (or “nomarchs”)
    who claimed various degrees of proximity to the royal blood. Those
    whose relation was too distant to hope to inherit sought glory on the
    battlefield, or else joined the orders of the empire’s priests. Those of
    higher birth attended closely to the wishes of the pharaoh, seeking always
    to be confirmed as his heir. The history of the greatest dynasties of
    Naptesh could be traced for many centuries, and the throne of Tehmet
    changed hands between them on several occasions. Since the fall of the
    Naptaan empire, it is the tombs of the pharaohs that have formed the
    most enduring symbol of their kingdom. According to legend, the mummified
    bodies of the kings still sleep fitfully within, waking sometimes in
    kingly anger to direct their armies against the lands of the living. Thankfully,
    Valdes’ specimen showed no such inclinations - but the Society has
    placed powerful wards on the chamber in which it is kept. Just in case.

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