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The Black Priest Cast

The Black Priest suffers from ‘cast of thousands’ syndrome, but this is possibly the most cohesive group, and the hierarchy of the temple staff is sort of important, so you’ll forgive the different formatting, and the sheer number of characters here. Anyway. I have two priesthoods to do, and there will be more posted about this novel that will contextualise a lot of this, so. That, and I have more complete character bios for these characters than I do for the others, so you’ll forgive the extra detail.

Character dolls made with dolldivine.com and azaleasdolls.com dollmakers, though, negl, it is very hard to make distinctive faces when you have a whole selection of bald priests wearing similar outfits, so. Pretend they look more distinctive than they do. XD

FYI, medu netjer refers to hieroglyphs, the writing system of ancient Egypt.

The Priesthood of Sobek Shedety in Dja
The Black Priest

the-black-priest-dollName: The Black Priest (Kemtepy), Hem-Netjer Tepy en Sobek Shedety (The First Prophet of Sobek Shedety) Sekhemibsobek (powerful is the heart of Sobek)
Role: First Prophet of Aset, Wesir, and Sobek; Master of Secrets of Aset, Wesir, and Sobek; Master Magician; W’ab Priest; Lector Priest.
Tools: Keys, staff, knife, amulets.
Age: 33
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer
Bio: The last high priest of the old gods of Egypt, serving Aset, Wesir, and Sobek in their temple. His is the last stronghold against invasion and foreign gods, but he would rather escape with his life, and with the gods, and keep their worship alive than have it die on the temple floor with him.

He inherited the position from his father, and has grown up inside the temple, learning everything he could. He began as an acolyte, and served as a censer and w’ab priest before beginning his training to succeed his father. He has extensive training as a lector priest and magician, and is the master of secrets of the three gods he serves.

His succession to high priest came suddenly upon the death of his father a few years earlier, and the arrival of the invaders. No one else was willing, in the face of news of priests being slaughtered in their own temples, to take on the mantle, and he was hastily initiated as High Priest. They gave him all the knowledge they could before they left, too scared to remain at their posts. Those who are with him are all who were left. Many others died, deserted, or converted.

He remains one of the last surviving High Priests initiated by the Pharaoh Himself, given royal and divine authority to approach the shrine and care for the gods. He considers this to be an immense privilege, and also a great loss, because there is no King left to initiate new priests. He worries about the legacy he will leave, and whether any priests he initiates himself will ever be considered the true priest he is.

He takes his sacred duty very seriously, and he will wander, and lead his people, for as long as it takes to find a safe place to rebuild the temple. Only then will he begin training new priests to take over and spread the worship of the gods.

He is in love with Djedka, the High Priest of the temple of Djehuty in Bahariya. They met as children on the pilgrimage to the oasis, and over the seasons, their love and friendship for each other has grown, and ten years ago, Djedka declared his love, and offered him a ring.  He wants nothing more than to find Djedka alive, so they may be together at last, where they are not separated by a vast ocean of sand.

Emhat

wesiremhat

Name: Wesiremhet (Wesir is at the head)/Emhat
Role: Second Prophet (censer); Oracle of Wesir; Master of Secrets of Aset, Wesir, and Sobek; Master Magician, Sem Priest.
Tools: Censer, incense jars, keys.
Age: 37
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek
Bio: The Second Prophet of the temple is a withdrawn and mystic figure. He showed aptitude for oracle and magical work as a child and was given to the temple to become a priest.

He gained power and knowledge rapidly, and when the old Second Prophet died, the gods appointed him as his replacement. He has a deep knowledge of incense and magic, and has trained as a Sem priest, working with the dead.

His magical gifts and power are unrivalled. He is not always well-liked, nor easy to get on with, but his importance cannot be overstated, and his role in ritual is essential.

He has never married, and has spent all his life in the temple, chasing the mysteries of Wesir, and honing his craft.

Nima’a

nimaasobek

Name: Nima’asobek (Belonging to the Justice of Sobek)/Nimaa
Role: Third Prophet; Oracle of Sobek; Master of Secrets of Sobek
Tools: Staff, Keys
Age: 67
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer
Bio: The oldest member of the temple, he learned the craft of priesthood from his father, and began serving as a priest as a young adult. He moved up the ranks and became Third Prophet, where he has served ever since. He also acts as an oracle of Sobek.

His wife died several years ago, leaving him with four adult sons who joined the army. Their fate is unknown, but he suspects they died in the fighting when the invaders came.

Meryt

merytaset

Name: Merytaset (beloved of Aset)/Meryt
Role: Chief Priestess of Aset; Oracle of Aset; Offering bearer; Master of Secrets of Aset
Tools: Divining bowl, knife, censer, keys
Age: 55
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, Greek
Bio: The only remaining chief priestess still serving in the temple, she has been in service to the gods for most of her life. Her mother was Chief Priestess before her, as has every woman in her line for as long as they can remember.

She raised her son, Kaiset, in the temple on her own; Kaiset’s father was a bastard of a man who left her pregnant and ran off with a slave girl. She has not seen nor heard from him since their marriage was dissolved soon after Kaiset was born.

She began as a chantress and dancer when she first went into service, before moving to offering bearer, and then to priestess once she had finished her training. She is the oracle for Aset during ritual, and in procession for festivals and makes the formal offerings at the shrine to Aset.

Ahmose

ahmoseName: Ahmose (the moon is born)
Role: Chief Lector Priest; Casket bearer; Master of Secrets of Wesir; W’ab priest
Tools: Ritual books, knife, scribe’s pallet and papyrus, keys.
Age: 42
Ethnicity: Graeco-Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek
Bio: From a Graeco-Egyptian family of priests, he was offered to the temple as a child, and has been trained in the priesthood. He serves as chief lector priest, and casket bearer. Fiercely loyal and an ardent follower of Wesir, he organised the retrieval of the bones of Wesir to carry with them in the casket he had made for Him.

He is the chief lector priest of the temple, and there are no spells that he does not know. Much of what was housed in the House of Life had to be burnt to protect their secrets, but he saved the most important documents, and committed others to memory.

He has never married, nor had any children nor lovers. He has always loved the priesthood more than anything else. His apprentices are the closest thing to children he has ever had, and he remembers the names of all of them. He records their progress, when he hears of it, in a particular book, and always makes sure to send on a gift. They are his legacy.

Ptolemais

ptolemais

Name: Ptolemais
Role: Lector Priest; Casket bearer; Master of Secrets of Wesir; W’ab priest
Tools: Ritual books, knife, scribe’s pallet and papyrus, keys.
Age: 32
Ethnicity: Greek
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek
Bio: From a Greek family settled in Egypt, Ptolemais joined the temple when Ahmose chose him as an apprentice after seeing him trying to read the texts on the temple columns. He is still young in his path, having been initiated as a lector priest only five years ago, but already has a mastery of the spells and rituals required to serve as a lector priest.

As a casket bearer, he helps to carry the casket that contains the bones of Wesir that they carry with them into the desert to save them from destruction. The casket bearers guard the bones with their lives, day and night.

He looked after Sebka when he was brought to the temple after being injured in the fighting, and has stayed by his side ever since. They have a very close bond to the exclusion of everyone else.

Sebka

sobekemsaf

Name: Sobekemsaf (Sobek is his protection)/Sebka
Role: Lector Priest; Herald; Healer; Magician; W’ab priest
Tools: herald, staff, banners and standards of the gods, bow and arrows
Age: 33
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek
Bio: A former soldier from the King’s army, where he served as standard bearer and archer. After a bad defeat at the hands of the invaders where his men were almost wiped out, he was badly injured, and taken to the temple to heal. He claims a vision of Sobek restored him to health, and he pledged his life to serving Him ever since.

He is the herald and standard bearer, and keeps an eye out for danger. He is also trained as a lector priest, wanting to delve deeper into Sobek’s wisdom and mysteries. He has a canny knack for magic and healing, which he attributes to Sobek.

He is bonded to Ptolemais, who cared for him when he was injured. While he was unable to serve as priest or soldier, Ptolemais occupied his mind by teaching him Greek.

Neba

nebmaasobek

Name: Nebma’asobek (the Lord of Truth is Sobek)/Neba
Role: Lector priest, W’ab priest, scribe, offering bearer, fan bearer, censer
Tools: Scribe’s pallet, knife, offering bowl, fan, censer
Age: 21
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer
Bio: A sombre and serious boy, Neba is the child of slaves, given to the temple by their master as an offering against treachery, binding him to the temple as a slave.

Merytaset took him in and raised him. He knows nothing other than temple life, and served as offering bearer, fan bearer, and censer in procession in the temple. He has begun training to be a lector priest and a w’ab priest with Ahmose, but his enthusiasm for the role is not great.

There is a part of him that would love to run away and find his family, but he hardly remembers who they are anymore, nor whether they are still alive. He is close to Artemisia, Kaiset, and Sobekemsaf, who keep him from going mad.

Isidora

isidora-priestess

Name: Isidora
Role: Priestess of Aset; Master of Secrets of Aset; Casket bearer; chantress
Tools: sistrum, keys
Age: 30
Ethnicity: Greek
Languages: Egyptian, Greek, Latin
Bio: Coming from a Greek family of Isian priests, Isidora joined the temple when she was a child, feeling called by Aset to service. She serves as a casket bearer and chantress, as well as serving as a priestess of Aset.

She takes the lead the mourners during the Mysteries of Wesir, and taking the role of Aset in the recitation of the Lamentations. Because of this, she has never taken a partner, giving herself over to the grief of the goddess and remaining alone.

Kharais

khairais

Name: Khairais
Role: Priestess of Aset; Casket bearer; chantress
Tools: divining bowl, censer, water jugs, sistrum
Age: 29
Ethnicity: Graeco-Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, Greek
Bio: She served in the Hathor temple in Dendera as a priestess, chantress and musician before it was destroyed. The chief w’ab priest was able to get her out before it was too late and she found her way to the temple of Aset.

She serves as a casket bearer and chantress in procession, and serves as a priestess and diviner. She takes the role of Nebethet/Nepthys during the Lamentations, and leads the mourning along with Isidora.

She left a husband and a young child in Dendera, and their fate is unknown. She did not want to bring them into danger by risking going home to get them. She worries that if they are still alive, that they believe she is dead, but better she is dead than hunted down by animals. She still dreams of returning home to them one day when it is safe, and seeing what her child has become.

Artemisia

artemisiaName: Artemisia
Role: Lady of the Perfumes; Healer; Magician
Age: 30
Ethnicity: Greek
Languages: Egyptian, Greek
Tools: ointment jars, herbs, spellbooks
Bio: A refugee of Greek extract, Artemisia came to the temple after fleeing the temple of Bast in Bubastis as it was torn down. She is highly skilled in oils, unguents, and perfumes, as well as herb lore, magic, and medicine, both Egyptian and Greek. She has also served as a priestess of Hekate and Artemis when she was still living in Greece, and still serves them in private devotions. She is a skilled hunter and healer in her own right.

She prepares the perfumed oils used to purify the statues during the morning ritual.

She began her life as a priestess in Greece, where she was given to the temple of Artemis as a girl to serve for a season before she was married. Never one for marriage, Artemisia convinced the Oracle and temple staff to let her stay, and not send her home to a marriage she didn’t want. She was able to stay until she was fifteen, when the Oracle warned her that her family were coming for her. She fled, and on the Oracle’s advice, fled to Hekate’s temple. This is where she learned her craft as a healer, magician, and master of herbs and poisons.

She ended up in Egypt after her family paid to have her abducted from the temple of Hekate, and shipped to Alexandria to marry. She escaped to the temple of Nit in Sais, then to Bubastis, before she ended up in Dja.

Sati & Mekhet

sati-and-mekhet

Name: Satnakhte/Sati (strong protection) (left) & Sekhemkhet/Mekhet (powerful in body) (right)
Role: Offering bearers, chantresses
Tools: Offering bowls, menat, bells
Age: 18
Ethnicity: Nubian
Languages: Egyptian
Bio: A pair of twins from the south of Egypt, from the lands of Nubia, they were abandoned at the temple as children. They serve in the temple as chantresses and offering bearers.

Nakhti

sekhmetnakhteName: Sekhmetnakhte (Sekhmet is victorious)/Nakhti
Role: Offering bearer, harpist, chantress
Tools: Offering bowl, harp
Age: 25
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian
Bio: She escaped the burning of Sekhmet’s temple, leaving a husband behind, and was smuggled to the temple of Sobek in Dja, where she serves as an offering bearer and a chantress. She also trained to be a harpist, and plays music during rituals to accompany the drums, sistra, and menats.

Kaiset

neferkaiset

Name: Neferkaiset (Beautiful is the ka of Aset)/Kaiset
Role: Temple drummer
Tools: Drums
Age: 23
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, Greek
Bio: One of a rare breed of male temple musicians, Kaiset is the son of Merytaset. He has never known his father, but he does not particularly care. His mother has always been there, and he has become friends with all the children his mother has taken in over the years. He is particularly close to Neba, as they were raised together as brothers.

He began serving in the temple early, accompanying the musicians as he carried flowers for the shrine. As he grew, he became interested in the drum. His proficiency with a drum, and his natural rhythm, made it a perfect role for him.

His skills are especially called for by the oracles and prophets, as he can effectively induce the right depth of trance so that they can speak for the gods.

He isn’t particularly interested in the priesthood, but is content to drum for the gods, and do what he is good at.

He has a deep connection to the land, sea, and sky, and their rhythms, and is something of a mystic in spite of himself.

Ankhi

sankhibwesir

Name: Sankhibwesir (the heart of Wesir lives)/Ankhi
Role: Fan bearer, dancer, censer
Tools: Fan, censer
Age: 29
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian
Bio: Given to the gods as a child, Sankibwesir has grown up in the temple and serves as a fan bearer, censer, and dancer for the gods in procession. She comes from one of the oldest priestly families in the Two Lands, and will begin her training as a priestess once the new temple is established.

She had been married at 21 to a man from another priestly family, but she has not seen him for many months. He left the city to find refuge in another temple, but whether he arrived, she doesn’t know.

Kara

merytkara

Name: Merytkara/Kara
 Role: Offering bearer, dancer
Tools: Offering bowls, bells
Age: 18
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian
Bio: She has only been with the temple for a season, a refugee from Ra’s last temple in Heliopolis, but she showed a great aptitude for service and leads the dancing in ritual. She also serves as an offering bearer.

 

 

The Priesthood of Djehuty Bahariya
Djedka

djedka

Name: Hem-Netjer Tepy en Djehuty Djehutykhepera (Djehuty becomes)/Djedka
Role: First Prophet of Djehuty; Chief Lector Priest; Master Magician
Tools: staff, writing tools, keys
Age: 31
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek, Latin, Bedouin, the language of the caravans
Bio: The High Priest of the temple of Djehuty in Bahariya, he was given the responsibility years before he was ready for it. The old priests had died, and the invaders had come. No one else was willing to keep the cult of Djehuty alive, and he has fought hard to keep them safe as the survivors dwindled and died from the scarce resources.

Coming from a long line of Egyptian priests, he was taught to serve in the temple by his father, and spent many years learning his craft before the priesthood was thrust upon him.

He has lived his whole life in Bahariya, and has picked up many of the languages of the traders and other settlers who have come to live there. He sees it as his duty to be able to communicate with anyone, so he learns any language that presents itself to him.

Wise and cunning beyond his years, Djedka is a pious man who takes great care with everything he does. Upholding the correct rituals is his most important job, and he is a gentle and patient teacher. He has had to be, in order to teach the important jobs to those who are still alive and willing to serve.

He has given his heart to Sekhemibsobek, and longs to spend his life with him.

Ma’akhi

maakhi

Name: Djehutyma’akheru (Djehuty is true of voice)/Ma’akhi
Role: W’ab priest, Censer
Tools: censer, water jugs
Age: 34
Ethnicity: Roman-Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, Greek, Latin
Bio: Coming from a Roman-Egyptian family of traders, Ma’akhi took refuge in the temple as a young boy, drawn to Djehuty’s magic and wisdom. He served a season there every time his family visited the oasis, and when they died, he decided to stay.

He has formally trained as a w’ab priest, but also acts as the censer in ritual. He has also done other roles in ritual as required, and often pours the libations for Djehuty.

Strong-willed, and proud of his heritage, he takes great pride in his work. He has been responsible for much of the scavenging and hunting that has kept the small group alive in the absence of other alternatives.

Khebe

khebe

Name: Ankhibseshat (The heart of Seshat lives)/Khebe
Role: Chief Priestess of Seshat, Priestess of Djehuty, Lector Priestess, Chantress
Tools: writing pallet, sistrum, bells, drum
Age: 37
Ethnicity: Egyptian-Bedouin
Languages: Egyptian, medu netjer, Greek, Bedouin and the language of the caravans
Bio: Before the destruction of the temple, she served as Chief Priestess of Seshat in the adjoining temple. Once Bahariya was destroyed, she came to serve Djehuty. She still maintains the small shrine of Seshat, but there are no resources to maintain any sort of daily cult. Small offerings of water are all she can afford to give, but she would rather give a little every day than a lot once a week.

She is also a trained lector priestess, thanks to Djedka’s tuition, and she is able to read the liturgy for the morning rites when Djedka cannot.

She is an intelligent woman, honest and proud, with Egyptian-Bedouin blood. She will not tolerate impiety or dishonesty. She is the wife of Tiye.

Medji

medji

Name: Merytdjehuty (Beloved of Djehuty)/Medji
Role: Priestess of Djehuty, Offering bearer
Tools: offering bowls
Age: 30
Ethnicity: Egyptian
Languages: Egyptian, Greek
Bio:  She comes from an Egyptian family of traders, joining the temple to pay back her father’s debts. She serves willingly, mostly as an offering bearer, letting Khebe serve as priestess.

 

Tiye

tiye

Name: Djehutyemhet (Djehuty is at the head)/Tiye
Role: Priestess of Djehuty, Offering bearer
Tools: offering bowls
Age: 39
Ethnicity: Egyptian-Bedouin
Languages: Egyptian, Greek, Bedouin, and the language of the caravans
Bio:  From an Egyptian-Bedouin family, Tiye left the caravans when she was a girl to serve in the temples. She has trained as a priestess and serves as an offering bearer in ritual. She is married to Khebe.