Egyptian Pantheon (Temple Supplement)
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- The ancient Egyptians developed a culture lasting over 3,000 years. It is only natural that their faith would undergo a change in that time. Their deities aged, with Ra starting as the ruler and growing senile and Osiris taking over after being killed by Set and being brought back to life. The pantheon presented is one with Ra in prominence only because there are more beings of power in this early grouping.
- Temples were many in Egyptian society, but each city had only one major deity. All the other deities could be worshipped, but only in an inferior position. Temples always follow the same design and differ only in size and splendor. They are shaped in a large rectangle, and enclosed with high walls. The entrance (only one obvious one, though there are several secret ones) is supported by 2 large pylons that are marked with the symbol of the god of the city. There is always a large public hall whose walls are covered with hieroglyphics depicting the story of the deity of the temple, but no image of that being is permitted here. There is always an inner sanctuary where the deity's image is presented in the best materials the sect can afford (marble, alabaster, silver, gold, and the like). Near the temple is a cultivated garden where the priests and priestesses of the temple have to bathe every day.
- This area is holy, and if desecrated, the entire temple is rendered useless. Offerings are always objects that are pleasing to the eye and made to dress up the altar, either in the outer hall or the inner court. Only priests and priestesses are allowed in the inner sanctuary.
- Clerics of less than the fourth level are expected to serve their deity by serving the people with their knowledge, healing, or the like. Clerics of the fourth through the sixth level serve the needs of the temple, either by being messengers, using their powers to fight for the sect, or whatever else the higher clerics need. Female clerics can rise no higher than the 9th level in ability, but it is necessary for all 11th level males or higher to take on a female cleric as a consort and advisor, and these women often rule in the stead of their male counterparts when the males have to be away from the temple. The female clerics keep all official temple records. All clerics wear white in some part of their dress, and it is a great sin to be stripped of white for any reason and is cause for going on a major quest of redemption if it happens. Otherwise, clerics are as other humans, save that the males shave their heads upon attaining the fourth or higher levels, while the females wear long hair at all times. Egyptian clerics can only rise in levels by donating large sums to the sect for it's use (in AD&D terms it is necessary to donate the equivalent of the needed experience points in gold in order to rise in levels).
- Below is a list of the Deities in the Egyptian Pantheon.
Below is a small list of creatures used by the Egyptian Deities.