Re-Horakhty

Re-Horakhty

Greater god
Pantheon: Pharaonic Pantheon
Titles:
Home Plane: The Solar Barge
Portfolio: Nobility, sun, supreme, vengeance
Alignment: Lawful Good
Worshippers: Rulers and viziers, fighters, paladins, monks
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Glory, Good, Law, Nobility, Sun, War
Holy Symbols: Solar disk encircled by a serpent
Favoured Weapons: Khopesh

The ruler of the Pharaonic pantheon, Re-Horakhty is the resplendent lord of the sun, steering the Solar Barge across the sky and through the underworld at night. He appears as a strong, darkskinned human with the head of a hawk.

Re-Horakhty is the son of Isis and Osiris. Previously called Horus, he ascended to take the place of the original sun-god, Re, after defeating Set to avenge the murder of Osiris. He absorbed the divine essence of the aging Re, increasing his power beyond that of his parents.

Dogma

Re-Horakhty is the god of kings, bestowing his divine blessings upon the earthly rulers who serve him. Although kings who revere Re-Horakhty are fond of preaching about “divine right,” Re-Horakhty demands that monarchs rule wisely and justly, true to his lawful good alignment. His divine blessings can be taken away from those who prove themselves unworthy as quickly as they were given.

The kings who serve Re-Horakhty give the Pharaonic pantheon its name, since they are called pharaohs. Re-Horakhty commonly uses his Possess Mortal salient divine ability to inhabit an earthly pharaoh, thus acting simultaneously as ruler of heaven and of earth.

Re-Horakhty is a martial god, his nightly battle in the underworld representing the constant warfare that good must wage against evil. Evil, in the Pharaonic mythos, primarily means Set and his servants, especially Apep. Set is Re-Horakhty’s uncle, and killed Osiris at least in part to usurp the throne that Re-Horakhty wrested from his grasp, making the two deities implacable enemies. Re-Horakhty teaches that vigilance and readiness of arms are absolutely necessary so that Set and his minions can never succeed in stopping the Solar Barge’s nightly journey and assuming leadership of the pantheon.

Clergy

Re-Horakhty’s clerics are kings and advisors to kings. Like most Pharaonic clergy, they wear white robes, but they also adorn themselves with golden crowns, bracers, and other symbols of their high office. His male clerics - the far majority - shave their heads.

Temples

Re-Horakhty usually shares a temple with his parents, Osiris and Isis, though each deity has a separate inner court within the temple. These grand temples are found wherever the Pharaonic deities are worshiped. Many clerics serve all three deities.

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