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Ma'at has been dying for centuries. Your world was only a temporary speck in the Sea of Chaos. All that you built meant nothing. I am your past and your future! Bow to me now, and perhaps I will spare you. I will enjoy having survivors to witness my triumph. Is that not preferable to death?

Apep was the ancient Egyptian deity who embodied chaos and was thus the opponent of light and order. Ra was the solar deity, bringer of light, and thus the upholder of order. Apep was viewed as the greatest enemy of Ra, and thus was given the title Enemy of Ra, and also "the Lord of Chaos". He is in charge of the Taut, the "evil" half of the Egyptian pantheon (which Set was mistakenly believed to lead).


Since everyone can see that the sun is not attacked by a giant snake during the day, every day, storytellers said that Apep must lie just below the horizon. This appropriately made him a part of the underworld. The wide range of Apep's possible location gained him the title World Encircler.

It was thought that his terrifying roar would cause the underworld to rumble. Myths sometimes say that Apep was trapped there, because he had been the previous chief god overthrown by Ra, or because he was evil and had been imprisoned.


As the personification of all that was evil, Apep was seen as a giant snake or serpent leading to such titles as Serpent from the Nile and Evil Lizard. Some elaborations said that he stretched 16 yards in length and had a head made of flint. Tales of Apep's battles against Ra were elaborated during the New Kingdom.


Powers and Abilities


Ra was assisted by a number of defenders who traveled with him, including Set, Bast and possibly the Eye of Ra. Apep's movements were thought to cause earthquakes, and his battles with Set may have been meant to explain the origin of thunderstorms. In some accounts, Ra himself defeats Apep in the form of a cat.

He gained the interest of Angra Mainyu at one point, in which Apep returned the favor, and so both of them have expressed interest in reviving "The Dragon."

Myths and Legends


But what you felt is worse than the sting of the scorpion. What ma'at did to you was so dire that you will suffer from its effect forever! You will never go courting, you will never make love!
Apep to Set.