Anubis is the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife as well as the patron god of lost souls and the helpless. Anubis guides the souls of dead mortals to the halls of judgment, supervises their weighing on the scales of Ma'at, and protects them on their journey. In addition, he guards cemeteries from grave robbers and other defilers.
Worshipers, Clergy & Temples
Followers of Anubis practice rigorous disciplines to hone their minds and spirits, preparing themselves for the eventual journey to the afterlife. Anubis's clerics are few and not especially popular, given their close association with funerals and the necropolis (graveyard).
Male clerics of Anubis shave their heads while female clerics wear their hair long. They dress in white robes. Most of Anubis's clerics are male.
Anubis's temples are always located next to cemeteries and follow the general layout of most Pharaonic temples. They are funeral chapels, embalming centers, and guarded repositories of sacred and magical knowledge.
We stand to protect those that have died. We prepare the dead for their journey to the land of the dead, where they must be weighed and measured. For the living, prepare thyself, for there will be a time to be judged - your actions measured and your worth tallied.
Anubis was depicted in black, a color that symbolized regeneration, life, the soil of the Nile River, and the discoloration of the corpse after embalming. Anubis is portrayed with a dog or jackal's head, but with grey or white fur. He dresses in a white knee-length kilt, a decorative scale mail breastplate of glittering gold, and a number of bracers and armbands. He typically carries either a scepter or a true ankh. He can use his Shift Form ability to take on the form of a jackal.
Relationships & History
Anubis is associated with his brother Wepwawet, another Egyptian god portrayed with a dog's head or in canine form, but with grey or white fur (historians assume that the two figures were eventually combined). Anubis' female counterpart is Anput. His daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet. His parents are Set (Seth) and Nephthys.
Anubis has the head of a jackal and the body of a human, with black fur and skin. He wears a white knee-length kilt, a gold scale mail breastplate, and a number of bracers and armbands. He is carrying a gold scepter.
The temple, located right next to the cemetery is a somber, dimly lit building, or solid sandstone bricks. The smell of death and embalming is in the air. The entrance is adorned with statues of Anubis, beckoning the living to "weigh themselves" after death. Wall scones are scattered along the walls of the long room, and various stone outcrops are adorned with skulls and urns. A large sandstone altar sits against the far wall, etched with a representation of the scales of Ma'at and Anubis' role.
The mostly male clergy are wearing white robes and have their heads shaved. They wear a gold armband on their left arm, and brancers on both. Many have a dagger in a scabbard on their leather belt.