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Set, Lord of the Dark Desert

Lord of the Dark Desert
Areas of Concern
Darkness, deserts, murder, storms
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Darkness, Death, Evil, Madness, Weather
Subdomains (1E)
Daemon, Loss, Murder, Nightmare, Storms, Undead
Favored Weapon
Sha head
Sacred Animal
Source: Empty Graves, pg(s). 74

Set is a member of the Osirian pantheon whose portfolio involves darkness, deserts, murder, and storms. Set personifies evil and is the pantheon's most reviled member.1


Set appears as a lean Osirian man with the head of a sha.1


A Family Tree of the Osirian Pantheon.

Set is the brother of Isis, Osiris, and Nephthys. According to Osirian folklore, Set was responsible for the Age of Darkness by murdering Osiris, scattering his corpse, and trying to usurp him.2

As a result, both Osiris and his son Horus are Set's enemies. While Isis is also Set's sister, she also considers Set to be a sworn enemy. Although Nephthys is nominally his wife, she has no children with him—Osiris fathered her son Anubis—and she usually supports Osiris and Isis over him.2

Set also fights with Anubis over the souls of the dead. Anubis wants to deliver them to the Boneyard, while Set wants to steal them or turn them into undead. Due to his destructive nature, he is also opposed to Bes, Khepri, Ptah, and Maat.2

Set has a son with Neith called Sobek, who sometimes supports his father. Neith has occasionally worked as a mediator between Set and Horus.13


Set is worshipped by barbarians, warriors, evil druids, kinslayers, murderers, usurpers, and pharaohs who value strength and cunning. He is also a patron of assassins, rogues, and necromancers.1


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 74. Paizo Inc., 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 69–72. Paizo Inc., 2014
  3. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 70. Paizo Inc., 2014