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Subject: GODS OF THE DAY: Bast & Anubis rss

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Colton Dillion

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Over the next couple of days, we’ll be detailing some of the backstory of each of the Gods in Heir To The Pharaoh, along with some of the specific details on how they’re used in gameplay! We’ll start with some history of both player teams: Anubis & Bast!

The premise of Heir to the Pharaoh is fanciful. It is unlikely that any Pharaoh ever offered his throne to his pets or to the animal gods Bast or Anubis! But the gods and goddesses in the game are all actual members of the ancient Egyptian pantheon. The precise ritual alignment of sacred monuments was also as crucial in ancient Egyptian culture as it is in the game.



Bast (sometimes known as Bastet) was a feline goddess of protection. She was originally depicted with the head of a lion, but her fierceness was later tempered in her association with domestic cats. Bast is also a goddess of fertility, femininity and motherhood. An entire city, Bubastis, was dedicated to the worship of Bast.

The ancient Egyptians revered cats, which were valued in part for their protective role in killing rodents which threatened their grain and for defending against cobras. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that if a fire ever broke out, the Egyptians would make certain that no cats were hurt by the flames. Herodotus also wrote that when a cat died, the household would go into mourning as if for a family member, often shaving their eyebrows to signify their loss. They would then often mummify their cat and provide offerings for its afterlife, which included pots of milk and mummified mice.

Anubis was the canine god of cemeteries and embalming. His association with both death and dogs probably derives from the scavenging of shallow graves by jackals. Like Bast, he is a protective deity, a guardian of the dead. His black color suggests fertility and rebirth like that offered by the rich soil along the Nile river. Gradually, the god Osiris took over most of the functions of Anubis in the Egyptian pantheon. The ancient Egyptian town of Cynopolis was dedicated to the worship of Anubis.

While most of this is flavor & backstory taken from the back of the rulebook (and provided by Alf!) - both histories are central to gameplay, and will hopefully help serve as a bit of a foundation for the rest of the Gods!



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Will Plante
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Awesome, I'm always excited to hear about Alf's games since he has design d some of my favorites (Cubist and Musee).
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