Sobek, the ancient Egyptian crocodile god of strength and power. His ferocious attributes led Sobek to become a patron of the Egyptian army, royal warriors and a defender of the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.
Sobek's clerics attempt to fit in among the clergy of the other Pharaonic deities, as if their patron were a respected member of the pantheon. They adopt the traditional dress of the Pharaonic clergy (white robes, shaved heads for males) and display Sobek's symbol openly. While this usually brings only mockery on their heads, sometimes it provokes assault (particularly from the chaotic and violent clerics of Bast). Clerics and paladins of Re-Horakhty always keep a close eye on Sobek's clerics, hoping to catch them in some misdeed they can prosecute. As a result, Sobek's followers try to keep their activities as respectable as possible—at least when anyone could possibly see them.
Sobek has a few small temples, usually visited by sailors who offer sacrifices to ward off river hazards during their journeys. He is also worshiped in private shrines throughout Pharaonic lands.
Sobek's essential creed is "eat or be eaten." His followers strive to carve out their own place in a world that is hostile to their continued existence, to win recognition from the Pharaonic pantheon and its church, and—barring any realistic possibility of crushing their opposition—to survive the opposition of the good deities and their servants. Sobek's church is a cult acutely aware of how little power it actually holds. It clings to as much strength as it can muster, obeys the laws of the land when necessary to keep the full wrath of the authorities from falling upon it, and struggles to survive.
Sobek is a crocodile-headed deity whose humanoid body is covered with thick, tough scales. He has a thick, crocodilian tail and heavy, clawed hands and feet. He is often wearing the Hemhem crown set on ram horns and flanked by ostrich feathers with a sun disk and the Uraeus rearing cobra symbol.
He also sometimes appears as a crocodile.
Sobek is the misshapen son of Set and Nephthys.