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Sekhmet is a woman of many talents. She's the big bad lioness of the sun. She can cause disease as well as cure it. Oh, and she can destroy evil at Ra's command and then go home to celebrate with red beer.

Sekhmet came into being like an ancient Egyptian Hulk. See, Hathor got angry because people were picking on her dad, Ra, and she turned into Sekhmet. Now, whenever Hathor's angry, Sekhmet bares her teeth.

Basic Information

NicknameThe Powerful One, Goddess of the Blood Red Garment, Mistress of Plagues, She-Ra
Current cityMemphis

Work & Education

OccupationGoddess of plagues, doctors, war, and breaking stuff (but only if Ra says I can)
EducationMemphis Medical School (I am a surgeon, you know)


Political viewsMy dad is in charge. Understand?

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsMy father Ra is my world
SiblingsHathor (she's actually me when I'm not angry, but it's complicated)
FriendsHorus the Elder, Isis, Thoth
EnemiesBad people. Traitors. Germs.


Relationship statusMarried to Ptah
Interested inMen (especially when I get to kill them if they're bad)


Quotations"The sword of justice has no scabbard."
– Antoine de Rivarol

"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them?" – J.R.R. Tolkien

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

"We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction."
– Aesop

"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with fools."
– Ernest Hemingway
BooksArrow of God by Chinua Achebe (I actually have seven arrows, against all seven possible illnesses or dangers. And I'm not afraid to use any of them.)
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (Nobody wants to invite me to parties, either. I wonder why?)
The Plague by Albert Camus (I could cure those people.)
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (Fa Mu Lan is definitely my kind of lady.)
Inside Straight (A Wild Cards novel) edited by George R.R. Martin (I got to take over a superhero kid in this book! It was fun.)
Face to Face with Lions by Derek and Beverly Joubert (Look at how beautiful we are!)
Warfare in Ancient Egypt by Bridget McDermott (How we used to smack down evil, desert-style.)
Disease: the Extraordinary Stories Behind History's Deadliest Killers by Mary Dobson (Do I have my own chapter? I should have my own chapter.)
MusicA Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (Yeah. I'm coming, and I'm going to change everything.) 
Anything by Rage Against the Machine
Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears (I didn't mean to.) 
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) by David Bowie (Pro tip: gasoline doesn't put out fire.)
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele (I could really do that—you know, make rain burn.) 
I'm on Fire by Bruce Springsteen (Good of him to do the right thing. Now I don't have to kill him.) 
Like a Surgeon by Weird Al Yankovic (Hey! Did you see that lion in the ER?) 
The Jungle (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) by The Tokens (People like it better when I'm sleeping.) 
MoviesThe Avengers (I can't tell who I love more: Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, or Nick Fury….can I just like them all?)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Catching a killer is my kind of job. I don't like bad men.)
Aeon Flux (A woman with a mission. I liked the animated series, too.)
The Incredible Hulk (Did anybody ever try giving him a beer? Works for me.)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Don't EVER try to hurt children. I will bite you.)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (More fighting! More!)
Princess Mononoke (Greedy humans need to be punished.)
The Ghost and the Darkness (Sometimes, lions go a little crazy. These two understand.)
TV ShowsXena, Warrior Princess (A warrior who can heal. Just what I like.)
Judge Judy (I like a judge who tells it like it is.)
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (Girls who fight evil? Yes, please.)

Activities & Interests

Extreme sports
Energy drinks
Sharp, pointy things
ActivitiesPutting bullies in their place
Infectious diseases
Contact sports
Surgical techniques
GroupsAncient Egyptian Gods 
Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. 
Goddess Sekhmet 
Funny Wildlife 

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