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Imhotep

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Imhotep is always busy doing everything he can get his hands on. He's at Saqqara working on pyramids for his boss, Pharaoh Djoser, or at court settling a dispute, or just getting his wig polished. He's the smartest guy in any room—dude can fix a broken leg just as easily as he can perform a ritual sacrifice. And since he died, Imhotep has been made a god of medicine—his evil twin is Asclepius, the Greek god of healing—and has milked it for all it's worth.

Basic Information

Name

Imhotep

Nickname

Leonardo DaVinci, Dr. Handsome, Immy

Current city

Memphis, Thebes, Philae—all over

Work & Education

Occupation

Civil engineer (world's first, mind you) and Chief of Staff at Thebes Medical Center. I am the original Renaissance man—way before the actual Renaissance. I've also spent time as a poet, priest, scribe, vizier, and Chief Minister to Pharaoh Djoser.

Education

I went to medical school with Thoth and learned by being a genius.

Beliefs

Political views

Monarchist—I owe my position to the king, after all.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Siblings

None. I'm an only child.

Children

Rahotepmaybe.

Friends

Djoser, scholars, doctors—you know, smart people

Enemies

Looters, Seth (since he represents destruction of all good stuff), diseases

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Ronfrenofert —probably. Either that or just my work.

Interested in

Ladies, but only healthy ones. And working. I'm always interested in working.

Favorites

TV Shows

Egypt Engineering an Empire
Nothing's so relaxing as admiring your own work.
ER
That Clooney guy's character is totally based on me.
Bob the Builder
Yes, I know it's for kids, but ain't no shame in the back to basics game.
Doctor Who
Doctor Who? Doctor Imhotep, that's who.

Quotations

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."
– Leonardo da Vinci

"From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us."
Napoleon Bonaparte

"I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture."
– Tadao Ando

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity."
– Hippocrates

Books

They Built the Pyramids by Joseph Davidovits
Who's this mysterious "they"?
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Cheesy love poems and lots of court drama—this is as I like it.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I love me some royal drama.
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Vicious, but apt when compared to Egyptian politics.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
That's what my house looks like when the nasty desert scorpions decide to visit.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Necromancy = such a cool trick.
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Man, am I glad that Djoser was more together than ol' Oeddy.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Truly fascinating stuff.
The Aeneid by Virgil
I do enjoy a good epic poem from time to time.

Music

Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone
I love this song. I was just a commoner who became a king's advisor.
Here I Dreamt I was an Architect by The Decemberists
I dream in architecture all the time.
Pyramids Song by Radiohead
Pyramids. 'Nuf said.
So Sick by Ne-Yo
He needs some serious healing. I've got just the cure.
We Built This City by Starship
I guess "we" did…
House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
As a man of medicine, I appreciate this cautionary tale.
Doctor! Doctor! by Thompson Brothers
I'm not sure "a bad case of loving you" is worth diagnosing.
Help I'm Alive by Metric
Isn't that a good thing?

Movies

The Mummy
Only semi-autobiographical.
The Architect
To be clear, my buildings are always spectacular.
Leonardo da Vinci
Just one genius admiring the work of another.
The Great Gatsby
I always admire rags to riches tales.
The Prime Minister
Disraeli and I might've gotten along.
Cleopatra
I would've liked to help her rule.
Real Genius
Brilliance enjoys company.
Valley of the Kings
I'm so awesome I hung out here before it was even cool.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Band-Aids
Moleskine notebooks
Lincoln Logs
Well-cut bricks
Pyramids

Dislikes  
Interests

Civil engineering
Medicine
Architecture
Surgery
Pharmacology

Groups

Civil Engineers Rock
Friends of Saqqara
When I was little, I liked building forts out of pillows and blankets