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Wepwawet

  • Profile

    Ancient Egypt's lone wolf is top dog. Not only does he scout out Pharaoh's enemies, he also has keys to every door in the universe as the Opener of Ways. Wepwawet's the original jackal god in Egypt—even older than Anubis, though sometimes they're considered brothers or even the same god. We guess when you can be everywhere, you can also be everything?

    Basic Information

    Name

    Wepwawet (Apuat, Ophois)

    Nickname

    Opener of the Ways, Who Separates Earth and Sky, Master Chief, More Powerful than the Gods, First Responder

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Lycopolis (modern Assiut)

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Trickster, Army scout

    Education

    I learn on the road.

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Ra is king

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Maybe Ra and Nut, but we're not sure. I do know I was born at the temple of Wadjet. Some think I'm a son of Isis, but I'm a lot older than she is.

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Anubis, Osiris, Ra

    Enemies

    I try to see the good in everybody.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single

    Interested in

    Nobody

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Revolution 
    (You can still live without electricity. We did fine for thousands of years.)
    The A-Team 
    (If you have a problem and no one else can help…)
    Pushing Daisies 
    (I can't decide if this is a great gift or a terrible one. Ned can't either.)
    Cold Case 
    (Someone has to find the truth, so the dead can rest.)

    Quotations

    "The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."
    – Ulysses S. Grant

    "If you have the opportunity to play this game of life, you need to appreciate every moment."
    – Kanye West

    "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
    – Helen Keller

    "The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and the unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed."
    – Gordon Parks

    "… it's showtime."
    – Beetlejuice

    Books

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
    (Adventure into an unknown place that's weird and funny is the best kind of adventure.)
    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson 
    (I love gambling! Wait a minute… this game isn't any fun at all.)
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London 
    (Buck's one of my boys.)
    I'm fond of James Thurber. I love his drawings, and enjoyed reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
    Weird road trip stories, like Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, are all kinds of fun. You know, I sent Sharon that fortune cookie? She needed a little inspiration.
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
    (I can't condone running away, but at least Claudia and Jamie had some adventure.)
    U.S. Marine Corps Scout/Sniper Training Manual by the USMC Development Education Command Staff
    (Every scout needs to know what he's doing before he gets out on the battlefield.)
    Living Wild: The Ultimate Guide to Scouting and Fieldcraft by Bear Grylls
    (This guy is nuts, but I bet he'd be fun to share campfire stories with.)
    The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
    (Want the odds in your favor? I might be able to help there…)

    Music

    Papa's Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown
    (I'm the hardest-working god in Egypt. And James Brown is the best.)
    Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin 
    (She had a great voice, especially for road trip stories.)
    You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon 
    (Streets in strange worlds are the most interesting streets.)
    Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
    (I got all kinds of magic in my bag. And this is a great song. I also really like the Buddy Guy version.)
    Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
    (Is it fun, or is it revolution? Revolutions can be fun…)
    Primo Victoria by Sabaton 
    (The story of D-Day told in heavy metal? Oh yeah.)
    You Got to Move by Mississippi Fred McDowell
    (I dig the blues. Bet you've heard the Rolling Stones version of this song, but not the original!)

    Movies

    The NeverEnding Story 
    (In ancient Egypt, we believed words had magic. This movie proves it.)
    I've seen every one of the James Bond movies. Skyfall was good, too!
    The Hunger Games 
    (I prefer adventures that aren't to the death, but so be it.)
    Life of Pi 
    The Pirates of the Caribbean Series was fun. Pirates, adventure, pretty women, and lots of rum… when it wasn't gone, anyhow.
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
    ("There and Back Again": as good a name for an adventure as any.)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
    (I don't take any coconuts with me when I travel, but it's a fun idea.)
    Yojimbo was one of Kurosawa's greatest films, but I liked them all.

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Surprise parties
    Twenty-sided dice
    First-person shooters (How about some Call of Duty? I might let you win)
    Maps
    The unknown

    Interests

    Game design
    Military hardware
    Security systems
    Cartography
    Quantum physics

    Groups

    Ancient Egyptian Gods  
    Egyptian Mythology 
    Google Maps 
    Battle for Veterans 
    Gambling 

  • Spotter's Guide

    If you're looking for Wepwawet, you might want to check out the local military re-enactment scene; he's really into those. If you get in the right vicinity, it's hard to miss him, since he has the head of a jackal or a wolf. Sometimes he's actually completely in jackal or wolf form. Bet you're not used to that.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Adult
    Build: Well-built male with a canine head (jackal or wolf)
    Complexion: Reddish-brown (like all ancient Egyptian paintings of men)
    Hair Color: A black wig
    Facial Hair: Black, brown, or (rarely) grey fur
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: A gold collar and bracelets. Sometimes he carries a was scepter (a staff with Seth's head on top, the hieroglyph for "strength"). In full jackal or wolf form, he sometimes carries a battle standard or a flywhisk flail.
    Clothing: A white linen or brown leather kilt
    Armor: Sometimes, a shirt made of golden scale mail
    Type of Weapon: Spears, a curved sword called a khopesh, or maces, if he carries any weapons at all. Sometimes he also carries a long shield.

    Typical Companions

    Anubis
    Osiris
    Other jackal spirits
    The dead

    Known Hangouts

    Roads
    Deserts
    Casinos
    Military re-enactments

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

    City of the Wolf: Lycopolis

    Around 3100 BCE, Wepwawet's city was created, almost in the exact center of Egypt. The ancient Egyptians called it Zawty, "Two Protectors," and it belonged to Wepwawet and Anubis. When the Greeks came to Egypt, they renamed it Lycopolis, or "wolf city." It kept this name until the Arabic-speaking Muslims renamed it Assiut, the Arabic version of Zawty. Today, it's a huge industrial city, but it's still the crossroads of Egypt.

    Jan 1, 1970

    Setting Standards

    Wepwawet's jackal standard, carried as a war banner by the king's army, appears on the very famous Narmer palette, as well as some ceremonial maces (big, stone war hammers) from Narmer's reign. Since this king united Egypt for the first time, we know he saw some gnarly battles. Good thing he had Wepwawet to guide him.

    Jan 1, 1970

    Royal Hammer-time

    The sixth pharaoh of Egypt was buried with lots of bling out at Wepwawet's hangout in the Abydos cemetery. Among the treasures was a pair of royal sandals, complete with an ivory tag with Den's name on it, as well as a nifty drawing of Den swatting an Asiatic chief upside the head with his stone hammer while Wepwawet watches.

    Jan 1, 1970

    Leading the Forces

    An inscription in the Sinai desert (between Egypt and modern Israel) asks Wepwawet to open the way to victory for Sekhmet's army. During the New Kingdom a thousand years later, the Egyptian army's scout division was named Sabu or "the jackals," in Wepwawet's honor.

    Dec 21, 2019

    Opening Heaven

    In the Pyramid Texts, old funeral rituals carved inside pharaohs' pyramids, Wepwawet helps the kings prepare to rise from death. At first, he is helpful with the Opening of the Mouth ritual, a job that later ends up Anubis's duty. Then, Wepwawet leads the risen pharaohs to Ra, the sun himself.

    Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 1, 1970

    Guarding the Sacred Land

    Wepwawet is chief guardian of the giant cemeteries at the sacred city of Abydos (Abdju in ancient Egyptian). He's sort of the second-shift god there. Wepwawet took over for an older jackal god named Khentyamentiu, and once the New Kingdom came, watching over Abydos became Osiris's job.

    Dec 20, 2019

    John of Lycopolis, a "son of the wolf"

    One of the Egyptian Desert Fathers, early Christian monks who lived in desert caves and were said to have magical powers, was named John. He was from Lycopolis, and like Wepwawet (the god of Lycopolis before Christianity came), John could supposedly see the future, predict who would win battles, and appear to people in dreams.