|“||Come. You are not where you are meant to be. I shall take you to the place your poor, imprisoned soul can finally find peace. And perhaps redemption for the crimes you have committed in undeath.||„|
|~ Anubis to an unnamed mummy.|
A mummy is a deceased animal or human whose skin and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air.
Mummies of humans and other animals have been found on every continent, both as a result of natural preservation through unusual condition, and as cultural artifacts.
Perhaps the most renown mummies of the world of those of the Ancient Egyptians, who mummified their God King Pharaohs inside massive tombs that would come to be known as the Great Pyramids of Egypt. These great tombs would become a testament to the enduring power of human ingenuity, and would horde the great treasures and riches of the deceased pharaohs, which many would attempt to steal for centuries to come, to varying success.
Powers and Abilities
Mummies have in modern times become associated with legends of them returning to life as the Egyptian equivalent of the Draugr. These resurrected mummies will generally seek revenge against those who have disturbed their resting place or who have stolen from the treasures of Ancient Egypt.
Once resurrected, these mummies will consume the fluids and vital organs of the living in order to regenerate their decomposed bodies and return to their living and fully empowered form; leaving the victim a desiccated skeletal husk. Said victims are often unfortunate mortals who unwittingly opened the book or read aloud the scripture capable of resurrecting the mummy in the first place.
Some mummies who have made a pact with the chaotic desert god Set were capable of producing great sandstorms that would move according to their will and destroy all in their wake, burying it beneath mounds of sand. This ability could also manifest in the form of massive sinkholes in the sand that would swallow up those wishing to trespass inside of a mummies treasure horde.
Some mummies, particularly those who in live had a pact with the mummification god Anubis, were capable of using a form of necromancy that allowed them to momentarily raise the dead. As pharaohs were often buried with a number of those who had served them in life, a resurrected pharaoh would raise these servants to fight for it and protect it from intruders.
Gift of Khepri
Some mummies also possess the ability to summon and command scarabs, a gift bestowed upon them by the beetle headed god of renewal Khepri, if they had served him well in life. Though not particularly deadly, a massive swarm of these beetles could easily intimidate and drive out any trespassers, especially those with a fear of insects.
Other mummies who are learned in the magical arts are capable of performing a sort of Sigil Magic through the usage of Hieroglyphics. These magic glyphs, when drawn in certain combinations, could produce magical effects that would strengthen the mummy and give it the ability to cast ancient and powerful spells.
Animal mummification was common in ancient Egypt, where they mummified various animals. Animals played an important role in Egyptian culture, not only in their role as food and pets, but also for religious reasons. They were typically mummified for four main purposes—to allow beloved pets to go on to the afterlife, to provide food in the afterlife, to act as offerings to a particular god, and because some were seen as physical manifestations of specific deities that the Egyptians worshipped.
In 1888, an Egyptian farmer digging in the sand near Istabl Antar discovered a mass grave of felines. It is believed that this mass burial of felines was created in honor of Bastet, the cat headed Egyptian god and protector of the pharaoh.
Pre-hispanic bird mummies have also been found in the Atacama Desert of Chile, including some next to the oasis town of Pica. These mummies were part of unknown rituals and a long-range trade from the humid tropics across the Altiplano and the Andes to reach Atacama Desert in modern Chile.
In Ancient Egypt, the crocodile was regarded as an extremely fierce animal, often used to terrify enemies during war. The crocodile cult was devoted to Sebek, god of fertility, and the sun god, Re. Typically, crocodiles were raised in a life of complete luxury, indulged until they died. In the early years of this cult, dead crocodiles were lavishly mummified with gold and other precious things.
However, as mummification gradually became a production process, less effort was exerted in their mummification and eventually consisted simply of cloth wrappings and the application of resin, a preserving agent. When found in extremely large quantities, crocodile mummies, like many other sorts of animal offerings, contained only reeds or random body parts. At the main temple of Shedet, later called Crocodilopolis, sacred crocodiles were mummified and displayed in temple shrines or carried in processions.
The Apis Bull cult is estimated to have originated as early as 800 B.C., the first cult supported by archaeological evidence. The earliest and largest of all animal cults, the Apis bull cult considered the bull to be a symbol of strength and fertility, representing the creator gods Ptah and Osiris.
Mummification was a key part in the worshipping of these animals. While alive, the bull would be housed in a special temple, lavishly pampered for its entire life. Priests believed that the Apis bull was a medium of communication between the two creator gods, so its movements were carefully observed and sometimes consulted as an oracle.
These sacred animals were allowed to die a natural death unless they reached the age of 28, at which time they would be killed. After an Apis bull died, the entire country went into mourning, and the bull was afforded an elaborate funeral and intricate burial procedure during which it was mummified.