The Obelisk Prophecy
The Serpent Folk of Deir el Medina
In an age long past, the city of Deir el Medina was a grand settlement, home to the master tomb builders of the Akiri civilization. The artisans of Deir el Medina were famous throughout the Akiri civilization for their skills; no tomb in the canyon pharaoh’s rest was built without the expertise of Deir el Medina. As the creators of the sacred tombs of Kings, the people of the city were blessed with privileges far above typical peasants. The people of Deir el Medina were precious to the pharaohs, a valued treasure. Sadly, it would be this status that would inevitably be their doom.
As the Pharaoh Ankhetepot conducted brutal experiments and turned away from the Gods, the gods contemplated the best means of punishing the wayward king. It was decided that the city of Deir el Medina would be made an example, to remind Ankhetepot of his powerlessness before the wrath of the Gods. One day, as the sun rose, the green-grey cloud of a gathering storm blotted it out. Lightening rent the sky as a massive sand storm blanketed the hapless town. The storm encircled the city, trapping Deir el Medina in the eye of the storm. Thus began the Siege of Sand, the imprisonment of the city dwellers that would last until the death of the pharaoh.
Trapped in their city, the people of Deir el Medina faced starvation and death. Initially the city dwellers threw themselves on the mercy of the Gods, frantically praying and sacrificing. Yet as the years wore on, their humble pleas became bitter curses. In their time of peril, they turned away from the gods who tormented them. No voice spoke louder in favour of abandoning the gods than a mysterious sect of the clergy of Ra. These priests used their magic to gather sustenance for the people and to divine new sources of vital water. Slowly, those who opposed these priests died or disappeared, even as the folk of Deir el Medina flocked to their temple. These shadowy clerics gave the people renewed hope and purpose, directing them to create a massive network of crypts beneath their city. As the people dug, they never suspected the dread truth. Their benefactors were in fact the cult of Set, the pretender priests of a god banished to the underworld. The cult preyed upon the anger of the people, driving them further and further from the true gods of the Akiri and deeper into depravity. As the world around them crumbled into decline, Deir el Medina withdrew further and further into itself. After a generation past, the people fell finally into the clutches of the cult, openly worshiping the vile god Set.
After untold decades, the Siege of Sand was lifted. A few city dwellers tentatively explored the desert around them, finding the Akiri civilization in ruins. For their piety, the people of Deir el Medina had been spared destruction. Shortly afterwards, they would be blessed again and granted their messiah, Inanamen, the Chosen One. Under the guidance of their dread leader, the people of Deir el Medina abandoned their city and created the Temple of Set, the serpentine tunnels that would be their new home. In the centuries of their subterranean isolation, the humans of Deir el Medina mutated into the disgusting abominations known as serpent folk.
For centuries they have lived in the darkness of their caves, slithering in the dark corners of the earth like demonic worms. The serpent folk of Deir el Medina are entirely devoted to Set and the destiny he has promised them. The serpent folk wait the day that harmony and justice will die in the world and the Gods will depart the earth. Set will rise from the grave and destroy whatever Gods remain, devouring the sun and wrapping his deadly coils around the world. On that day, it has been promised, the serpent folk will rise from their caves and conquer what remains of the forsaken cosmos, ruling as kings over all humanity.
Until that day, they wait. The serpent folk devote their time to eating, breeding and studying the teachings of Set. The serpent folk of Deir el Medina spawn all year round, laying egg after egg to store in the hatching chambers. These eggs hold the army of Set, keeping them in stasis until the day of destiny. Between their disgusting spawning rituals, the serpent folk study the scrolls and stone tablets written by the Cult of Set, preparing themselves for life beneath their god.