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Every day I slay the enemy of Ra when I stand at the helm of the Barque of Millions of Years, which no other god dare do.
Set.
Back, Fiend, from the onslaught of his light! If you speak, your face will be overturned by the gods. Your heart will be seized by the lynx, your reins will be bound by the scorpion, you will be punished by Ma'at, she will bring you to grief.
Set to Apep.
Mortals who revere me say that my brother Osiris stole my wife from me and Horus stole Egypt from me. The sad part about what they say is that I agree with every word.
Set.
In a thousand years of peace, what have you accomplished? A land of people who dream of nothing more. It's my turn now.
Set to Osiris

Set is the evil Egyptian god of war, chaos, storm, disorder, waste, drought, famine, destruction, hunger, and foreign invasion/influence, everything which the Egyptian people feared and hated. He is also the "Evil God" of the Egyptian Pantheon, and Ra's left-hand-man and leader of his personal army.

Overview

He is the brother of Osiris, Isis, and uncle to Horus, and brother as well as husband to Nephthys. His other consort was the goddess Taweret, a hippo-headed deity who presided over fertility and childbirth. He is one of the first five gods created by the union of Geb (earth) and Nut (sky) after the creation of the world.

Set was also the archenemy of Horus. Many tales speak of the battle for control of the world between Horus, son of Osiris, and his uncle Set. The manuscript is the story of the legal battle before the gods over who is the rightful king of Egypt. Horus and Set both present their cases and then must prove themselves in a series of contests and battles which are all won by Horus who, in the end, is proclaimed king.

He is the son of Geb and Nut, and is the brother of Osiris, Isis, Her-ur, and Nephthys. With his sister-wife Nephthys, he fathered the gods Anubis and Wepwawet.

He is part of the Ennead. He was believed to be the leader of the Tuat but was instead a simple scapegoat for Apep's schemes.

Appearance

Set is often depicted as a muscular man with the head of an enigmatic creature referred as the Set animal, a strangely-looking beast composited of several animals, such as an aardvark, a donkey, a jackal, and a fennec fox. The animal has a curved snout and a long rectangular ears.

Often, people would depict him as a donkey or as having a donkey's head, much to Set's annoyance.

In his human form, Set is a handsome man with long crimson hair and blood-red eyes, wearing ancient Egyptian attire.

Personality

Set was a chaotic and unpredictable monarch who brought storms and drought and the people turned on each other in their efforts to survive.

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History

Birth of Set

The gods Geb and Nut, both of whom are children of Shu and Tefnut, were in love with each and wanted to make a family of their own. However, when Ra heard of a prophecy that said a child of Nut and Geb would become the new ruler of Egypt in his place, he forbid their child to be born by cursing them so that none of their child would be able to be born on any day on the three-hundred and sixty days of the year.

Desperate, Nut came to Thoth and asked him for guidance, and the god of wisdom quickly devised a plan. Thoth gambled with Khonsu, god of the Moon, whose light rivaled that of his father Ra's. Every time Khonsu lost, he had to give Thoth some of his moonlight. Khonsu lost so many times that Thoth had enough moonlight to make five extra days. Since these days were not part of the year, Nut could have her children.

She then gave birth to Osiris - god of agriculture and later god of the dead, Her-ur - god of war, Isis - goddess of magic, Set - god of deserts, and Nephthys - goddess of water. When Ra found out about their birth, he became furious and threw Nut up to the air and became the sky, after worth, he pulled Geb to the ground and turned him into the earth. Ra then ordered their father Shu - god of air - to keep them separated for eternity.

However, by then, the prophecy had come to fruition as the children of Geb and Nut had been born. Not wanting to create needless drama, Ra then passed down his title as pharaoh to Osiris, the oldest son.

As first-born, Osiris was elevated as ruler of the world which, to the Egyptians, meant the land of Egypt. Set grew jealous of Osiris' power and resented his success. His resentment grew more bitter after his wife Nephthys, attracted by Osiris' beauty, disguised herself as Isis and seduced the great king, becoming pregnant with the god Anubis. Set decided to remove his brother and had a magnificent casket created, the most beautiful chest ever made, tailored to Osiris' exact measurements.

He threw a grand party, to which Osiris was invited, and after the banquet told the guests he had a special surprise. He revealed the chest and said that whoever could fit most perfectly inside could take it home. One by one the guests climbed into the casket but could not fit until Osiris' turn came. He lay down in the casket and found, of course, that it fit him perfectly. Set then slammed the lid on and threw the casket into the Nile River. Set took the throne, and the harmonious balance which had been maintained by Osiris and Isis was lost.

Conflict between Horus and Set

When he became older, Horus was told by his mother, Isis, to protect the people of Egypt from Set, the god of the desert, who had killed Horus' father, Osiris. Horus had many battles with Set, not only to avenge his father, but to choose the rightful ruler of Egypt. In these battles, Horus came to be associated with Lower Egypt, and became its patron.

The other gods were getting tired from over eighty years of fighting and challenges. Horus and Set challenged each other to a boat race, where they each raced in a boat made of stone. Horus and Set agreed, and the race started. But Horus had an edge: his boat was made of wood painted to resemble stone, rather than true stone. Set's boat, being made of heavy stone, sank, but Horus' did not. Horus then won the race, and Set stepped down and officially gave Horus the throne of Egypt.

Exodus

During the Exodus, Set was one of the gods who opposed Horus' decision of letting the Jewish people go, knowing the possibility that God and his servants would bring destruction upon the land. However, due to his defeat under his nephew's hands in one of the most shameful manners imaginable, most gods lost their respects over him and his words, despite his status as one of the Ennead.

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Trivia

  • Set's favorite food is lettuce.
    • Following his final battle against Horus, he gained a fear/allergy toward salad dressings.
  • He has many counterparts in different mythologies and Pantheons.
    • Set's Norse counterpart would most likely be Loki, as both of them are "Evil Gods".
    • The Egyptians identified him with the Hittite deity Teshub, who, like Set, is a storm god.
    • In Christian demonology, he is associated with both Satan/Lucifer and the demon Sitri.
    • Following his demonization, the Greeks would equivalent him with Typhon, a monstrous deity of raging nature. Both were offspring of earth deity (Typhon - Gaia, Set - Geb) who opposed a principal deity (Typhon - Zeus, Set - Osiris).
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