Epics of Ithaca
Disciple of Set
Basthotep is a foreigner in the lands of the Greeks. He hails from the far-off empire of Egypt. Basthotep (“Bast” for short) is an average-sized middle-aged (late 30s) man with a bald head and simple manner of dress. He carries nothing but the clothes on his back, his walking stick, and enough coin to modestly feed and shelter himself for a couple days. He is a man of few words, but great wisdom. Basthotep is perceptive and athletically competent.
Vow of Poverty money donated: 372.5 gp
Basthotep was banished from his homeland of Egypt for openly worshiping the god Set.
Set is a god of the desert, storms, violence and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. In Ancient Greek, the god’s name is given as Sēth (Σήθ). Set is not, however, a god to be ignored or avoided; he has a positive role where he is employed by Ra on his solar boat to repel the serpent of Chaos Apep. Set had a vital role as a reconciled combatant against the demon.
Apep or Apophis (Ancient Greek: Ἄποφις; also spelled Apepi or Aapep) is an ancient god/demon of evil and destruction. Apep is believed to dwell in the “Secret Cavern” in the Underworld. He is known as the Serpent of Chaos and is often depicted as a gigantic snake or dragon, measured miles in length with a head made of hard rock (obsidian). He is known as the Destroyer and Eater of Souls. Apep commands an army of demons that plague mankind.
Basthotep’s order was concerned with honing martial disciplines in order to prepare for battle against Apep and his minions should they ever threaten Egypt.
In recent years Set had become demonized among the many cities in Egypt. Set’s negative aspects were emphasized during this period. During these years Disciples of Set were either banished or killed. Basthotep decided to leave the lands of his fathers and journey the world to find a place where he could contemplate in peace.
Basthotep found the island of Ithaca to be particularly suitable for this purpose. He appreciated a city-state that valued wisdom and brotherhood. During the years of living in Ithaca as a foreigner, he had taken up arms in its defense. Persuaded by his comrades, Basthotep decided to petition for citizenship and now faces his 5 years of being ostracized.