Apep

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Apep
(Deity)
Titles Devourer of the Dawn
Realm Tenth Region of Night
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Chaos, darkness, destruction, snakes
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Chaos, Darkness, Destruction, Evil, Scalykind
Subdomains (1E) Catastrophe, Demon, Dragon, Entropy, Fear, Night[1]
Favored Weapon dagger
Symbol Coiled serpent
Sacred Animal Snake

Source: Empty Graves, pg(s). 66

The serpent cult of the deceiver deity Apep is a twin to the cult of the benevolent Wadjet and is part of the ancient cultic system of beliefs that existed in Osirion before they were suppressed by later Keleshite rulers.[2] The sinister, world-circling Apep symbolizes the dangers that lurk beneath the water: whirlpools, crocodiles, and other lethal hazards.[2] He is the boat-crashing rapids, the drowning dark, and the apocalyptic, primordial devourer of the sun, light, and life.

It is believed Apep will eventually devour the sun, creating a night that will never end and effectively bringing about the apocalypse. The rod of the river serpent is a magic item carved in the shape of Apep that grants its bearer the ability to see in the dark and cast hypnotic shadows, and it swallows those it strikes in combat.[3]

Home

The Devourer of the Dawn is said to dwell in the Tenth Region of Night.[4]

Appearance

Apep is a great golden serpent miles long whose coils encircle the world. He also appears as a dragon with night black scales, and is worshipped by evil dragons in this form.[4]

Relationships

Apep is opposed by many other Osirian deities, especially Ra, who battles against him daily every night. Each sunrise was said to be a victory of Ra over Apep, albeit a temporary one until the day the sun will rise no more and everything ends.[4][5]

Cults

Apep's human cults usually meet under the cover of night or darkness, and keep themselves secret lest they attract the wrath of rival faiths.[4]

References

  1. Rob McCreary. (2014). Gods of Ancient Osirion. Empty Graves, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-589-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jason Eric Nelson & Amber Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 24. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  3. Jason Eric Nelson & Amber Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 25. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Rob McCreary. (2014). Gods of Ancient Osirion. Empty Graves, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-589-1
  5. Rob McCreary. (2014). Gods of Ancient Osirion. Empty Graves, p. 72. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-589-1

External links

  • Apep (real-world deity) on Wikipedia