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Nephthys

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Purple and black clothes. Long black hair. Pale skin and a sad face. Isis' little sister Nephthys is the original Goth. But to be fair, she doesn't dress this way to be emo. She's the goddess of death and mourning and spends most of her day crying for the people she's lost. Can you blame her? Nephthys' big brother Osiris was murdered by her own husband, and she had to be the strong one at the funeral. Since then, she's gotten pretty good at funerals.

Basic Information

Name

Nephthys (Nebt-het)

Nickname

Lady of the House, Mistress of Bandages, Mummy Mum, Miss Sobs-a-Lot

Sex

Female

Current city

The land of the dead (the Duat)

Work & Education

Occupation

Mourner and grief counselor

Education

I've learned many things from my sister, Isis. She's very smart.

Beliefs

Political views

Osiris is king of my world. (Remember: I don't live in yours.)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Geb (or Ra) and Nut

Siblings

Osiris, Horus the Elder, Seth, Isis

Children

They said I couldn't have children, but then I had Anubis. Unfortunately, I had to give him to Isis to raise so Seth wouldn't kill him. I wanted to cry.

Friends

The Four Sons of Horus, dead people everywhere

Enemies

None

Relationships

Relationship status

It's Complicated with Seth

Interested in

Men

Favorites

TV Shows

The Walking Dead 
Angel 
Six Feet Under 
Pushing Daisies 

Quotations

"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore / so do our minutes hasten to their end."
William Shakespeare, Sonnet LX

"For certain is death for the born and certain is birth for the dead; therefore over the inevitable, thou shouldst not grieve."
– The Bhagavad Gita

"I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return."
– Frida Kahlo

"There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world."
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Don't fear the Reaper."
– Blue Öyster Cult

Books

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (This book makes me feel better about my crazy family.)
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (I bought this book because it sounded familiar—for us in Egypt, the West is where the quiet lands of the dead begin. But surprise, it was about World War I! It was still a powerful read.)
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway (It's not always dark here….)
Endgame by Samuel Beckett (Hope is important, even when things get tough. Never forget this.)
Inferno by Dante Alighieri (Dante got the special guided tour!)
Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister (Know your graveyards! Here's a guide to all those things on modern tombstones. I only read hieroglyphs.)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (Wanna gross your parents out? Bring this book to dinner.)
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (After she finished with the bodies, Ms. Roach wrote a book about my job.)
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Just in case something goes wrong.)
Death: The High Cost of Living (The Sandman Library/DC Graphic Novel) by Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, Dave McKean, and Tori Amos (You get what everyone gets. You get a lifetime.)

Music

Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake (After I heard this, I felt bad about sneaking off with Osiris. Sorry, Isis.)
Help I'm Alive by Metric (I can fix that.)
Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event (It's good to think about sad things, but don't dwell on them late at night.)
Your Cheatin' Heart by Hank Williams (I didn't mean to! Well, maybe I did. Osiris is so cute.)
Birthday by The Crüxshadows (What are you going to do before you die?)
Anything by Prince (How could you not love His Purple Majesty? He would die 4 u!)
Anything by Dead Can Dance, but I especially like Anywhere Out of the World 
Genesis by VNV Nation (Maybe heaven is silent because it's creating?)

Movies

The Corpse Bride (One guy, two girls. I know this story, and it never ends well.)
The Bucket List (Better get to work. You've got lots to do before I come to visit.)
What Dreams May Come (I cried for a week!)
The Underworld series (Way better than those sparkly guys.)
ParaNorman (Someone has to mind the dead things if I'm busy. I like this kid.)
Shaun of the Dead (Sometimes? It's laugh or scream.)
Every Saturday, I watch silly old monster movies with Anubis, like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Mothra versus Godzilla. Good thing we've got popcorn in the afterlife!

Activities & Interests

Likes

Poetry
Sad music
Flowers
Snow (We never had it in Egypt, but I like to make snow jackals.)
Osiris (he's a hunk)

Interests

Photography
Thanatology
String theory
Timepieces (I like sundials and hourglasses best)

Groups

Ancient Egyptian Gods  
Death Angel 
Edgar Allan Poe 

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