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Serqet

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    Serqet may not be one of the Big Names in Egyptian mythology, but she's got a number of jobs that keep both gods and mortals safe. If she decided to skip out on work just once, all sorts of crazy stuff would go down. She holds a giant chain around the neck of Apep (or Apophis) every night to stop him from eating Ra and his boat of dead people. She's one of the Egyptian goddesses you invoke if you want to be a doctor or do some fancy magic. Legend even has it that Serqet's loyalty to Isis protects women who enter certain temples from being stung by scorpions. But ladies: we don't suggest you test this theory.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Serqet

    Nickname

    Serket, Selket, Scorpion Lady

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    The Delta, Lower Egypt

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Manager (of Scorpions and the nightly Snake Rodeo in Duat)

    Education

    Delta School of Magic & Medicine

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Ra is my king

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Ra (I'm pretty much guessing who my dad is, and I haven't a clue about my mom. But that's kind of the trend, so nobody judges)

    Siblings

    Unclear

    Children

    Um, see "Relationship Status"

    Friends

    Isis, Nephthys, Neith

    Enemies

    Apep
    Set, by proxy (he and Isis have beef, and Isis is my homegirl, so...)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Nehebkau (he's, uh, either my beau or my son, depending on who you ask)

    Interested in

    Gents, though I'm not an especially "active pursuer"

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Adventure Time! (Princess Bubblegum is a rad science lady in a magical kingdom. Girl is legit.)
    Bill Nye the Science Guy 
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
    WWE Smackdown! (I got some sweet tips on how to do the "Scorpion Death Lock" from The Rock—who, bonus, was also in the movie The Scorpion King)
    House, M.D. 

    Quotations

    "Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion."
    – Egyptian Proverb

    "Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
    – Maya Angelou

    "And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, / And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
    – 2 Chronicles 10:10-11

    "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"
    – Muhammad Ali

    "What is a 'weekend'?"
    – the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey

    Books

    Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Thirteen-year old Ava Bigtree wrestles alligators every day. She's a kindred spirit.)
    "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
    The Pearl by John Steinbeck (This story has some interesting parallels to the time little Horus was stung by a scorpion)
    Harry Potter series (especially #7!), by J.K. Rowling (Magic! Alchemy! Giant magic animals and arachnids! Plus, the fighting of two evil snakes throughout the series.)
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (I would totally date Melquiades)
    Grimm's Fairy Tales 
    Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray F.R.S. 
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
    Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe 
    "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman 
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Romantic love! And—spoiler alert—a lot of poisoning at the end.)

    Music

    Bad Man's World by Jenny Lewis 
    Temporary Like Achilles by Bob Dylan 
    Chrissy Kiss The Corpse by Of Montreal 
    The Spiderbite Song by The Flaming Lips 
    Army Ants by Tom Waits 
    Sweet The Sting by Tori Amos 
    Lime in the Coconut by Kermit the Frog

    Movies

    The Departed (I spend a lot of time in the underworld. And, okay, I love crime films)
    ParaNorman 
    The Scorpion King 
    Spider-Man 3 (So I love the new one, obvs, but this one has Spider Man and Venom, which is like a double dose of stuff I like)
    The Dark Knight Rises 
    The Princess Bride (Welsey is immune to poison? He must have the favor of a totally rad goddess. *Ahem*)
    Sleeping Beauty 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Marie Laveau (the Voodoo Queen)
    Chainmail jewelry (trendy and functional! It's super good for tying up giant snakes on the fly)
    Fancy pottery
    Steve Irwin
    Tattoos
    Acupuncture

    Interests

    Naturopathic Medicine
    Arachnology and Herpetology (studies of arachnids and snakes)
    Gastroenterology (the study of the organs that digest things)
    Toxicology (study of poisons)
    Alchemy

    Groups

    Scorpion and Spider Enthusiasts  
    Society for Alternative Medicine 
    Alchemy for Fun (Not Profit) 
    We <3 Animal Hats 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Where you'll find Serqet depends on the time of day. In the A.M., she's usually hanging out with her BFFs. In the evening, you'll have to check Duat—a scary stretch of underworld. She might be busy, though, so it's probably best to find her during the day if you need a favor. And stay on your best behavior! If you offend her, she has no problem putting scorpions in your bed. If you still want to find her, look for a pretty lady with great eyebrows, a simple dress, and a scorpion on her head. (If Lady Gaga's lobster hat is any indication, she's recently taken to giving out fashion advice.)

      Sex: Female
      Age: Late 20s, early 30s
      Build: Average
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Dark
      Facial Hair: N/A, unless you count those killer Egyptian lashes
      Scars/marks/tattoos: N/A
      Jewelry and accessories: Scorpion-bedazzled hat
      Clothing: Dress, pretty standard
      Armor: N/A
      Type of Weapon: Chains. Oh, and that scorpion on her head? Yeah, that's not a dead animal.

      Typical Companions

      Isis
      Nephthys
      Neith
      Kebehsenuef

      Known Hangouts

      Duat (the underworld)
      Tombs
      Hospitals
      Scorpion dens

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Amduat or "That Which Is In the Underworld"

      The Amduat is an Ancient Egyptian funerary text dating back to the New Kingdom. It was used exclusively for the guiding of pharaohs through the underworld. Serqet appears in the Seventh Hour, holding down the snake Neha-hra (i.e., Apep) with a chain or rope. This is all part of the elaborate spell that the deceased pharaoh must recite in order to help free Osiris from the snake and earn an eternal place on Ra's sun boat.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Book of Gates/Book of Pylons

      The Book of Gates is also a New Kingdom funerary text (it might be from before then, but that's up for debate). It was used mostly for nobility and royalty, but some parts were merged with the Book of the Dead (which is the funerary text you've probably heard of). Serqet is found in the descriptions and depictions of the 10th Gate of Duat, stretched across a chain near Apep's head.

      Dec 20, 1996

      Yu-Gi-Oh!

      Yu-Gi-Oh was all the hotness in the '90s. The card game is in the same vein as Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering, but is heavily inspired by Egyptian images and themes. The game has a couple of cards named for Serqet: The Seal of Serket and Mystical Beast of Serket. We can safely say that the picture on that second card is of the gnarliest scorpion you will ever see.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Kane Chronicles

      The goddess Serqet is a character in the Kane Chronicles series by author Rick Riordan. This whole series is about Ancient Egypt—except the gods are transplanted to modern day places like Manhattan and there are some magical kids involved. The author's very creative description of Serqet includes her having mandibles in her mouth. Creepy.