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Set, also known as Seth and Sutekh, is the Egyptian God of storms, the desert, disorder, and violence. His name translates to “instigator of confusion” or “destroyer.” Yet, even with all of that, he was often invoked by pharaohs, especially Seti I, Seti II, and Ramses the Great.

Set is the youngest son of his father, Geb (literally the Earth), and his mother, Nut (the literal Sky). His siblings are Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, and Horus the Elder (not to be confused with Horus the Younger, Osiris’ son). His wife is Nephthys, though he also had Neith, Anat, and Astarte as consorts. Out of these partners, he got the children Wepwawet, a war god; Serket, goddess of healing venomous stings; Sobek, god of fertility; and Maga.

Set is often depicted with a human body and the head of some type of canine. It was known in ancient times as a sha. Today we call it a Set animal. If it is a natural or mythological animal is still being debated. Because of his appearance, the sha or Set animal is his animal. He is also seen carrying a Was-sceptre. What is that? It is a staff with a stylized animal head at the top and a forked bottom.

Because Osiris was the oldest, he got to rule Egypt, which pissed off Set. Under Osiris and Isis’ rule, Egypt flourished, and so did its people. This didn’t matter to Set. Resentment, anger, and hate seethed in Set until he decided to kill his brother. He was so filled with it that he drove away his wife, and she grew attracted to Osiris and tricked him into sleeping with her, getting pregnant with Anubis. To kill Osiris, first, Set tricked him into a coffin and threw him into the Nile, where Osiris landed in Byblos, and a tree grew around him. Isis found him, brought him home, and went to get the stuff to revive him, leaving Nephthys to watch over him.

Set found Nephthys and Osiris, cut him into pieces, and threw them about. Again Isis found her husband and put him back together, but he was missing his little guy. After he was resurrected, he went to the Underworld because he couldn’t rule if he weren’t whole. Before he left, Isis used her magick and became pregnant with Horus. She hid him and herself away from Set to protect her son.

When Horus grew up, he challenged Set for rulership of what was left of Egypt. Unfortunately, the once fertile land and happy citizens were run into the ground under Set’s rule. In some myths, Horus fought Set until he was dead; in others, he was banished after tests were given out, and Horus won them all. Either way, his nephew took his status from him, and Horus was made the ruler of Egypt.

A force like Set makes perfect sense in a battleground game. Have you played Set in Smite? What do you think of Set the God? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!