Horus

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Horus
(Deity)

Titles
The Distant Falcon; Horakhty; Horus of the Two Horizons
Alignment
Areas of Concern
Rulership
Sky
Sun
Edicts
Protect those you have authority over, maintain harmony in your community
Anathema
Undermine a rightful ruler, support a usurper
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Air, Animal, Law, Nobility, Sun
Subdomains (1E)
Day, Feather, Inevitable, Leadership, Light, Wind
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Favored Weapon
Symbol
Eye of Horus
Sacred Animal
Source: Empty Graves, pg(s). 68 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 124–125 (2E)

Horus is the Osirian god of the sky, whose eyes are the sun and the moon, whose feathers are the stars, and whose wings are the sky. As Horakhty (meaning Horus of the Two Horizons), he is a deity of the rising and setting suns. Horus is said to be the legendary ruler of Osirion during the Age of Anguish, and is also a god of pharaohs.1

Dogma

Horus commands his followers to act as good stewards of the people they oversee and ensure discord does not erupt within the community. His followers are forbidden from acting against legitimate rulers, especially in support of usurpers to the throne.2

History

Since the Age of Destiny, the people of Osirion have worshiped their own local gods, including Horus, in addition to those deities venerated more commonly throughout the Inner Sea region. Their worship was most popular during the early millennia and waned as the Osirian people gradually turned to foreign deities. During the Age of Enthronement, the Osirian gods, while continuing to guide Osirion from afar, retreated from Golarion and turned their attention towards the distant land of Kemet. When Osirion was under Keleshite rule, the foreign overlords sought to eradicate the faith of the indigenous gods, but they remain a part of the history of Osirion's land and people. Since the restoration of native Osirian rule in 4609 AR,3 interest in these ancient divinities has been rekindled.45

Appearance

Horus appears as a falcon-headed man wearing a pschent crown, and is also represented as a great falcon.1

Relationships

A family tree of the Osirian pantheon.

Horus is the posthumous son of Osiris and Isis. He was protected in his mother's womb by Selket, and raised by his aunt Nephthys. Horus became his father's rightful heir by defeating the usurper Set, whom he has fought countless times over the ages; Neith often serves as a mediator between them. He aids Ra, a fellow god of the sun and kings, in his daily battle against Apep. Wadjet supports him as the patron of kings, and he also works closely with Khepri. Hathor is Horus' consort.16789

Worshippers

Horus is worshipped by pharaohs, hunters, paladins, and rangers. He is either worshipped alone, as a half of a royal couple with Hathor, or as part of a triad with his parents. His holy symbol, the eye of Horus, commonly appears on protective amulets and trinkets to ward off evil.1

Horus' church gets along well with that of Abadar, due to both deities' support for leadership and law.1

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 68. Paizo Inc., 2014
  2. Paizo Inc., et al. “Appendix” in Gods & Magic, 124–125. Paizo Inc., 2020
  3. Tanya DePass, et al. Golden Road” in World Guide, 51. Paizo Inc., 2019
  4. Rob McCreary. (March 13, 2014). The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Osirion, Paizo Blog.
  5. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 65. Paizo Inc., 2014
  6. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 70. Paizo Inc., 2014
  7. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 71. Paizo Inc., 2014
  8. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 75. Paizo Inc., 2014
  9. Robert G. McCreary. “Gods of Ancient Osirion” in Empty Graves, 69. Paizo Inc., 2014

External links

  • Horus (real-world deity) on Wikipedia