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Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Secrets of the Tomb" Character Descriptions

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Character Description: Tut
(Fictional Story of King Tut)
Short Name: Tut

adopted name: Tutankhamun (living image of amun)
Born Name or Nomens: Tutankhaten (Living image of aten)
Throne Name or prenomens: Nebkheperure (Lord of manifestations is Re)
Epithet: Heqaiunushema (ruler of Heliopolis)

{use adopted and prenomen when announcing later}
[Aten is the disk of the sun
Re is the sun god
Amun is the the father of the gods, god of what cannot be seen, and ruler of wind and air.]

Physical Description: Black hair, Dark Tan colored skin, short and slender


Born at 1343 bc He started his rule at age 9 and ruled from 1334-1325.

His parents (heretics) Abolished all the other gods and forbade their worship. They ruled that everyone should only worship the sun disk aten. coreagent Smenkhare ruled for three years with his father until father died and priests asked smen if he would switch and upon a no they killed him. Tut was 6 when his father started working with the coreagent and 9 when he was crowned.Tut did not agree with this worship. Marries Ankhamun a year after crowned. They abandon el-Amarna and return to Thebes after three (age 12) more years rule. During the next three years tut asks the temples of the old gods to be rebuilt and he changes his name. The whole time he is striving to overcome the coreagent (aye) who wants the thrown for himself

Character Guidelines: [Name: King Tut]
{Nomens}Born Name: Tutankhaten (Living image of Aten)
Adopted name: Tutankhamun (Living image of Amun)
Epithet: Heqaiunushema (Ruler of Heliopolis)
{Prenomens}Throne Name: Nebkheperure (Lord of Manifestations is Re)
Born: 1342 BC Ruled: 1334 BC Died: 1325 BC
Wife: Ankhesenpaaten- Ankhesenamun
Children: 2 (still born girls) Buried: Valley of the Kings
Short Description: Black hair, dark skin, short, slender. Tut was 6 yrs old when his father Akhenaten dies. Tut's older brother Smenkhare becomes pharaoh after officiating his fathers ceremony. The Priests approach him at some point about changing back to many religions. When Smenkhare declines he disappears. (poison or voluntary leave?) 3yrs.
Tut is named successor and officiates Smenkhare's ceremony. Tut was 8 when he became king. Tut marries Ankhesenpaaten a year later. Tut is approached, moves, and changes name each within a year of each other He restores the temples from 1344-1341. Ruled for 9 yrs.
What is his purpose in the story? Tut is the protagonist in the story… Trying to find out why he has such an early death.
What Traits can I attach to him?
How can I make each trait more unique or memorable?
How am I avoiding cliché?
How can a minor character irritate him?
How can he help him in a unique way?
What plot possibilities- a twist, revolution, a setup, a premonition, a mood shift- does the character have to offer? Twist: Tut really was not dead… there is a dummy in the tomb and Tut went elsewhere. Perhaps he had something to do with Smenkhare's disappearance. Buried in Aye's Temple? Arrow in leg, crack in back of Skull. (This mummy is the scapegoat. A servant that looks similar to him and tut finds him trying to poison him an shoots him in the leg to stop him running and hits him on the back of the head with a pot)







Character Description : Ankhesenamun (Tut’s Wife)

(In progress... )

Short Name: Ankhamun

Born name: Ankhesenpaaten
Adopted Name: Ankhesenamun

After she married Tut the two became unseperateable. They went hunting together and played senet and jakel and hounds. Tut warnes her aye is planning on killing him so he has to escape. She tells him she will cover for him and make sure the (servant) is buried instead. she becomes afraid for her life and asks the hittite king Suppiluliumas to send one of his many sons to her aid to marry. after writing back to make sure this is real the king sends his youngest son Zannanza. Zann is killed at the egyptian boarder. the 70 days moarning are up and she is out of time... she reluctantly agrees to marry aye and then escapes soon after to go find tut.

Minor Character Guidelines: [Name: Ankhesenpaaten]
{Nomens}Born Name: Ankhesenpaaten (she who lives through the Aten
Adopted name: Ankhesenamun (she who lives through Amun)
Born: 1346 Died: 1324
Husband: Her father Akhenaten, her brother Smenkhkare and then her brother Tut, and Aye all to legitimize their claim to the thrown
Children: 2 stillborn girls
Buried: ?????
Short Description:
What is her purpose in the story?
What traits can I attach to her?
How can I make each trait more unique or memorable?
How am I avoiding cliché?
How can the minor character irritate the protagonist?
How can she help him in a unique way? She knows about Aye's plan to keep him from being king so marries him so he can be, or tut marries her so she won't have to marry Aye.
What plot possibilities- a twist, revolution, a setup, a premonition, a mood shift- does the character have to offer? Asked Hittite King Shuppiluliuma to send his son Zannanza to marry her so she will not have to marry Aye. When Tut kills his intended killer he calls her into his room to explain how he knew and where he is going… said it would look suspicious if she left and did not stay to mourn his supposed body so she stays behind. Rejoins him later? She is 21 when tut "dies" He is 17.



Minor Character Guidelines: [Name: Amenhotep IV]
{Nomens}Born Name: Amenhoteb (Amun is pleased)
Adopted name: Akhenaten (Servent of the Aten)
Epithet: ?????
{Prenomens}Throne Name: Neferkheperure (Beautiful are the manifestations of Re)
Born:???? Ruled:1353 Died: 1331
Wives: Nefertiti, Merytaten,Kia,Mekytated, Ankhesenpaaten
Children: Merytaten, Mekytaten, Ankhesenpaaten-tesherit, Merytaten-tasherit and two others??? Buried: Akhetaten (el-Amarna), later moved (?) to Valley of the Kings
Short Description: Tut's father.
What is his purpose in the story? Made Aten (sun) the sole god of Egypt. Art Became more about everyday things instead of traditional workings. Statues were made more lifelike and exaggerated at times. All old temples destroyed and he built a new town called Akhenaten (el-Amarna).
What Traits can I attach to him? Radicalist… won't listen to reason, thinks everything he says is true no matter what everyone else thinks. Over bearing and dominant.
How can I make each trait more unique or memorable? Stretch his reactions to the extreme.
How am I avoiding cliché?
How can the minor character irritate the protagonist? Not let him learn the ways of the pharaohs, co reagent Aye tells him about a priests premonition about Tut's kingship and Akhenaten tries to inhibit him from becoming so.
How can he help him in a unique way? Giving him this free time to help the priests set their plan into motion.
What plot possibilities- a twist, revolution, a setup, a premonition, a mood shift- does the character have to offer? Akhenaten is very moody and will snap at the drop of a hat… probably dies of a heart attack. Has his Co Reagent Smenkhkare take the thrown instead of Tut when he already knows the prophecy.
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Minor Character Guidelines: [Name: Aye]
{Nomens}Born Name: Aye
Adopted name: none
Epithet: It-Nejer ("Father of the God")
{Prenomens}Throne Name: Kheperkheperure ("Everlasting are the Manifestations of Re")
Born:???? Ruled: 1325 BC Died: 1321 B.C.
Wives: Tiy II, Ankhesenamun
Children: ??
Buried: Tomb KV 23, Valley of the Kings
Short Description: Father of Akhenaten's chief wife Nefertiti and Vizier to Tut
What is his purpose in the story? To keep Tut in line.
What traits can I attach to him? Stuffy, knowitall, shifty
How can I make each trait more unique or memorable?
How am I avoiding cliché?
How can the minor character irritate the protagonist? Constantly going over his head, and holding over his head the fact that he has been vizier longer than he has ruled
How can he help him in a unique way? In the beginning help Tut get acclimated to being pharaoh
What plot possibilities- a twist, revolution, a setup, a premonition, a mood shift- does the character have to offer? Has a hand in trying to Kill Tut… warns Akhenaten that the priests have had a premonition. Then forces Tut's wife to marry him, to outmaneuver Horemheb the Commander of the Egyptian army who had been designated as the idnw or the Deputy of the Lord of the Two Lands by Tut. Horemheb was presumed to be the heir and successor should Tut die but Aye got to it first by forcing Tut's wife to marry him. After Tut's wife finished talking w/ Tut and he 'left' Aye approached her about marrying him, she said no and then wrote away to the Hittite king, Aye then blackmailed her into marrying him
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Minor Character Guidelines: [Name: Smenkhkare]
{Nomens}Born Name: Smenkhkare (Vigorous is the soul of Re)
Epithet: Djeserkheperu (Holy of Manifestations)
{Prenomens}Throne Name: Ankhkheperure (Living are the Manifestations of Re
Born: ????? Ruled: 1331 Died: 1334
Wives:
Children:
Buried:
Short Description: 3 years as coregent under Akhenaten (his brother) ruled as pharaoh from 13
What is his purpose in the story? Akhenaten did not want tut to become pharaoh so he found a way to get Smenkhkare (his brother) to be coregent with him and therefore take his place when he died
What traits can I attach to him? Layed back…Does not want to be pharoah
How can I make each trait more unique or memorable?
How am I avoiding cliché?
How can the minor character irritate the protagonist?
How can he help him in a unique way? Give tut the idea of leaving if he finds out people are trying to kill him.
What plot possibilities- a twist, revolution, a setup, a premonition, a mood shift- does the character have to offer? Tut will follow his example and leave his thrown when his life is threatened, to go live with his wife in peace.

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