Nefru’s last night on the Nile

It is the waning years of the Hyskos (Sea Peoples) domination of parts of Egypt. In the developing power vacuum many minor and Pharonic nobles struggle to elevate their family lineage and establish political power. In the wake of these intrigues are others; priests, merchants, and commanders jostling to attach themselves to the nobles who they think will come out on top. Throw into this mix the still simmering struggle to throw off the yoke of their oppressors along with the craven lust, greed, and deception of human affairs and you end up with an entangled hive of human endevor that just boggles the mind! Then someone dies.

Characters

Gef
The shy and demure wife of Pahripedt, Captain of the Guards. Gef supports her husband in every way. Gef came from a moderately wealthy family whose estates were destroyed by war with the Hyskos. Princess Nefru offered to sponsor her and she married Captain Pahripedt and moved into the palace. Costume suggestions here

Captain Pahripedt
Protection of Chemnis Palace has been passed down through the generations by the Chemnis Palace Guards. They have sworn an oath of loyalty to Princess Nefru. Their captain is Pahripedt, as was his father, and he would lay down his life to protect Princess Nefru. A very rigid professional soldier, he is a stern disciplinarian and is either curt or deferential to civilians, depending on their status. Costume suggestions here

Satepa
Appointed by Princess Nefru to be the priest of the Amada Temple and to carry out the rites and rituals. He is very cunning and knowledgeable about the Seasons, Egyptian lore, medicinal roots, herbs and magical potions. Satepa carries mysterious and grotesque charms. He wields a mystical power over people that can strike terror in superstitious hearts. He is also a woman, posing as a man. Costume suggestions here

Defatsen
A merchant whose business in the south had been destroyed by the Hyskos. He escaped to Chemnis Palace and befriended Prince Paser. They formed a partnership and the palace has prospered as a result. Defatsen is building a cargo port next to the palace which he hopes will attract valuable commerce when the Hyskos are finally defeated. Costume suggestions here

Uadet
Mistress of the harem, Uadet is an expert in the arts of seduction and eroticism. In her day she charmed some of the most important men in Egypt. Even though she is older now, she is still beautiful. She still seduces most of the men she meets, including many who have important positions. Costume suggestions here

Mertesen
A statesman and politician who was also displaced by the Hyskos. Mertesen entered the palace household with the offer of intelligence and valuable connections to Se Kahn-Re, the King of Egypt. He is intelligent, knowledgeable of the world, and always seems to know what is happening before everyone else. He has worked diligently to maneuver Prince Paser’s political position to allow him to retain Chemnis Palace after the Hyskos are defeated. Costume suggestions here

Prince Paser
By marrying Princess Nefru, Paser has become Prince of Chemnis Palace. The occupation of Egypt by the Hyskos has restricted his influence to the Chemnis principality. He has been developing the trade business at Chemnis Palace. Prince Paser is power hungry and counts on the defeat of the Hyskos to increase his power and wealth. Costume suggestions here

Meryt
The personal servant purchased by Princess Nefru. Born into the Hyskos nobility she was captured and sold into slavery during a raid which also left her family destitute. Because of her background and education she is treated with respect. Meryt is fiercely loyal to Princess Nefru. Meryt is very observant and knows everything that is going on around Chemnis Palace. Costume suggestions here

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