Death of the Pharaoh

The Black Mamba

After dispatching several guards, the group rests up and starts to feel a little more powerful.  Aton, realizes that he finally figured out the proper method of animating the dead and tries it out on one of the recently killed guards.

The group enters a room with jail cells and a few prisoners from the caravan.  The caravan leader implores the group to help him, for his daughter was just taken from the cells and he fears what may happen to her.

The group breaks the locks after a few hits and frees the prisoners who go back to the wagons to hide while the group continues on,  They enter a large cavern with a pit on the far side that surrounds an island that contains braziers, candelabras and a stone table and altar.  There are a dozen or more robed figures on the near side of the pit watching the lone figure on the far side of the pit.

Semerket’s body, still wrapped, lies on the table in the fetal position A man in dark robes wearing a circlet with a snake head on it and an amulet of a coiled up serpent in the shape of an upside down ankh looms over Semerkhet chanting…

He is the Set Rahotep
No man was more potent when he was amongst those dwelling in the land of Egypt. In death he is greater still!
Do you not fear serpents? He is the Aepep Rahotep!
Who does not tremble before the monsters of the Duat? He is the one!
Does your flesh not crawl at the sight of a terrible wyrm? He is the Deathwyrm Rahotep!
Does your blood run cold before the face of a fiend? Know then that He is Rahotep the Fiend!
Who shuns not demons? Shun him, for He is the demon Rahotep, the Red Devil.
And which fool listens? That one is wise! Praise Set and the Set Rahotep, that one, and pity the rest!

Cucklicker charges into the room and lets fly a few crossbow bolts at the dark figure, apparently, the Black Mamba, to try to interrupt the foul ritual, but he is focused and determined and takes the hit without stopping his chanting.

A couple of cultists snap into action.  One casts a spell on Cucklicker, freezing him in place, while another starts hacking away at him. One of the bandits starts opening a gate to reveal a monster on the other side.  The monster is very large, with eight legs and a spiky hide and large teeth; A basilisk.

The black mamba continues his ritual, rubbing the body with oils and ashes, cleansing the body:

Nepthys mourns for the Osiris Semerket

This Ha no longer belongs to you

We cleanse this Ha for the set Rahotep

The Osiris Semerket’s Ka must wander forever

The cleric quickly comes to the aid of Cucklint, dispelling the spell that had paralyzed him.  Aton orders his zombie minion into the action to keep the bandits busy.  The druid ensnares some of the worshippers keeping them out of the action.

The black mamba starts the opening of the mouth ceremony:

My mouth is opened by Ptah,

My mouth's bonds are loosed by my city-god.

Thoth has come fully equipped with spells,

He looses the bonds of Seth from my mouth.

Atum has given me my hands,

They are placed as guardians.

My mouth is given to me,

My mouth is opened by Ptah,

With that chisel of metal

With which he opened the mouth of the gods.

I am Sekhmet-Wadjet who dwells in the west of heaven,

I am Sahyt among the souls of On.

The basilisk gazes at the cleric, the cleric feels himself freezing in place, turning to stone!  Cucklint shoots the black mamba several more times.  The black mamba uses magic shielding to protect him from most of the damage and continues his ritual unhindered.

He lifts his staff and points it at the body of Semerket.  The body engulfs in electricity, the crackle of lightning surrounding it.  It starts to move!

The cleric shakes off the effects of the basilisk before his skin turns to stone.  The sorcerer engulfs the basilisk in magical darkness.  One of the cult fanatics speaks the word, “slither” and his staff animates in the form of a cobra.  He attacks Cucklint with it, the snake biting him and injecting its poison into him.

After some more back and forth, the black mamba finally falls to the bolts of Cucklint and the basilisk meets its end as well.  The cultists all fight to the death.  The group (I assume) searches the cave thoroughly.

 

<u>Aftermath</u>

Everyone gets inspiration for interrupting the ritual!

Items Found:

Blemmish Tribesman Account

Note: The Blemmish Tribesman Account is fairly long and hard to read.  You don't NEED to read it, but it is good flavor.  The quick summary is that it is an account from one of the nomadic tribes describing how they looted a bunch of temples in a necropolis nearby.

Staff of the Adder

(2) potions of Greater Healing

1 potion of Fly

Pouch with 50gp

Serpent Ankh

  • An object in the form of Serpent so twisted and looped as to resemble an upside-down ankh

Spellbook with the following spell.

Spell:

Annoying Itch

2nd-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 60 feet

Components: V, S, M (a bit of soap)

Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

Choose a creature that you can see within range.

The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or suffer from an undesirable and annoying itch.  The creature has disadvantage on all attack rolls and ability rolls while suffering this effect.  The creature may spend its turn scratching the itch which ends the effect. Otherwise, at the end of each of its turns, the target can make another Wisdom saving throw. On a success, the spell ends on the target.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot o f 3rd level or higher, you can target one additional creature for each slot level above 2nd.

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Opening of the mouth

Aton was honored to be part of the burial of the Pharaoh. He was to be part of the opening of the mouth ceremony, albeit not the Pharaoh’s mummy but some of his servants and attendants.  He was able to see the Book of the Dead and memorized the words the high Necromancer used in the spell to reanimate guardians of the pyramid, so he could later inscribe them into his spellbook.

My mouth is opened by Ptah,
My mouth's bonds are loosed by my city-god.
Thoth has come fully equipped with spells,
He looses the bonds of Seth from my mouth.
Atum has given me my hands,
They are placed as guardians.
My mouth is given to me,
My mouth is opened by Ptah,
With that chisel of metal
With which he opened the mouth of the gods.
I am Sekhmet-Wadjet who dwells in the west of heaven,
I am Sahyt among the souls of On.

He watched as the Necromancer held the adze – a copper and stone blade to the mummy’s mouth granting the corpse the ability to “breathe” and speak in the afterlife.  Similarly he uttered spells and conducted rituals on the mummy’s arms legs and the rest of the body.  They were brought to the mortuary temple – and that was as far as Aton was allowed to go.  He wished he could see the mummification of the Pharaoh!  He knew they would be sealing the secret passageways and creating wards and barriers. 
 

He made note of the special tools that were used to perform the ceremony; a ritual adze an arm shaped ritual censer, a spooned blade known as a peseshkaf, a serpent-head blade, and a variety of other amulets. Finally a calf was offered to the corpse and when the corpse came to life, it consumed its life energy.  Although this was a lesser animation and not a rite of transition – in which the spirit of the person would be bound – in a lesser part to this plane of existence.  The spirit of this person was gone but his body was left behind, which was a great honor as it would serve his pharaoh for all time! 

He was only in the capital for the past couple weeks and he could not believe the amount of training and information he was gathering.  Just being able to get a glimpse of the Book of the Dead was amazing!  He had made a number of friends that had come from the other houses for this celebration.  It was good to meet his peers and they were as eager as he was to learn from the great library, the council and leaders the capital had to offer.  The only problem was there was an inordinate amount of strife due to the fact that the Pharaoh had not named a successor.   Many upstarts were making claims and there was much posturing and such.  A number of murders had occurred and the nobles were on high alert.  He had heard the rumors and such but did not take much stock in them.  He didn’t know what was going to be done but hoped an arrangement was pending as the chaos was unsettling.

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Character Creation

Pick either the standard array or do a 27 point buy as described in the phb on page 13.

The standard races are allowed, as are shifters from the UA Eberron pdf, and Genasi and Goliaths from the Elemental Evil book. 

Any standard class is allowed, including the artificer variant of the wizard from UA Eberron pdf.

Khemia (The kingdom you are in) is based on various points in Egypt's history, with a heavy dash of fantasy. Magic users are relatively common, and necromancy isn't considered evil. Magic items are rare, and iron and steel have to be imported from far away at great expense, and will be considered magical compared to other weapons.

The gods are active in the world, but scheme from the shadows. Each great house is the descendants of a particular god, and some members of the house may take on traits of their deity. Your character most likely belongs to a great house, but is not high enough up in the line of succession to gain rulership of anything at this time. Also, just because a house may worship an evil deity, doesn't mean your character has to if they belong to that house.

House and patron god: 

House Hekoman – Nephthys

House Aspalut – Bastet

House Rak-Hor - Osiris

House Tamu – Imhotep

House Qulsaisut – Set

The currency is glass coins infused with the oxides of metals for coloring. The face of the ruling Pharaoh is stamped in the face, and a deity of the Pharaoh's house on the back.

Red: Copper

Black: Silver

Yellow-green: Electrum

Orange: Gold

Blue: Platinum

The current season is Peret (planting), but it is nearing Shemu (harvest)

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Seasons

Months

Weather

Wind

Akhet

June-Sept

Flood

Rain, North

Peret

Oct-Feb

Farm/Trade

South

Shemu

Mar-May

Harvest

Sand, North

Cities: (in order of size)

Ezbet (Northern Capitol)

Aswan (Southern Capitol)

El Dabaa (trade port)

Ras Sedr (trade port)

Ashmun (farming village)

Luxor (trading village)

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