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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

    • Spotter's Guide

      Imhotep can be found almost anywhere. He might be sitting down, scribbling a medicinal cure on a piece of papyrus, or waiting on Pharaoh Djoser in the palace. He might also be out at Saqqara, supervising construction on the king's latest pyramid. Imhotep's got a million jobs and is usually busy, so it's probably best to call his secretary and make an appointment.

      Sex: Male
      Age: 45
      Build: Wiry
      Complexion: Bronzed
      Hair Color: Bald, though I sometimes don a wig
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: I leave the occasional scar on my patient, but I don't have any myself, thankyouverymuch.
      Jewelry and accessories: Papyrus and stylus
      Clothing: Simple kilt
      Armor: Nothing but my wits
      Type of Weapon: The stylus is mightier than the sword.

      Typical Companions:

      Djoser
      Ptah
      Thoth

      Known Hangouts:

      Memphis
      Saqqara
      Thebes
      Doctors' offices
      Palaces
      Building sites

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970

      The Edwin Smith Papyrus http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/flash/smith/smith.html

      This was written way after my time, but I probably supplied the info that went into this Medicine 101 document. It tells docs how to treat injuries, but it also talks about more complicated—and gross—maladies.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Famine Stele http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/famine_stele.htm

      When there's a famine in Egypt, who you gonna call? Djoser! And who's Djoser gonna call? That's right: Yours truly, Imhotep.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      History of Egypt by Manetho http://archive.org/stream/manethowithengli00maneuoft/manethowithengli00maneuoft_djvu.txt

      Manetho took on a really big project by writing the entire history of Egypt. Stick with it until the Third Dynasty chapter, though, and you can read a shout-out to my medical and architectural skills.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Hymn to Imhotep http://books.google.com/books?id=08c6NfxsHmkC&pg=PA104&dq=famine+stele+imhotep&hl=en&sa=X&ei=O4qvUZOnMPGG0QGD1IG4AQ&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=famine%20stele%20imhotep&f=false

      Now that I'm a god, people pray all the time to my majesty. What can I say? The people love me. Anyway, this particular hymn is inscribed on the temple of my sometimes-dad, Ptah, at Karnak, and it tells about all the great gifts the locals give me.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Book of Thoth http://books.google.com/books?id=_x5Y7uKaDdEC&dq=oxyrhynchus+papyrus+1381+imhotep&source=gbs_navlinks_s

      Thoth and I are buddies—we both love to read and write—and in his big book, I talk about my own festival, since Thoth's get plenty of face time. Yes, technically I am his servant, but I prefer to say that I've learned a ton from him over the years.