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Akhu (often called Setite Sorcery by outsiders) is the ancient magical tradition of the Followers of Set.

OverviewEdit

In Egypt's heyday, before its conversion to Christianity at the hands of the Roman Empire, magic was commonplace, practised by mortal and vampire alike. Egyptians had several words for magic; the Setites used Heka (literally "magic") to refer to mortal magic, and Ahku ("spells") for their blood magic. By the Middle Ages the practice had been nearly been wiped out, however, and was incredibly rare until the 19th century when Champollion's translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs allowed for its rediscovery.

Practitioners of Akhu are known as Lector Priests, and they believe their magical power is drawn from Set himself. Their practices are near-identical to those of mortal Egyptian sorcerers, involving images, effigies, stories, names and words. Their most important tool, however, is the blasphemy-shrine, a ritual chamber in which the lector-priest defiles the bodies and belongings of the dead in an emulation of Set's blasphemous dismemberment of his murdered brother Osiris. This perversion of traditional Egyptian burial customs unleashes power which fuels the lector-priest's spells, allowing them to perform sorcery without the expenditure of Vitae. The magic need not be performed at the shrine, but it must be maintained for the magic to work.

The sacred book of Set's lore, The Book of Going Forth by Night, contains only a few key instructions for performing Akhu. Most importantly, it details how to construct a blasphemy-shrine, and some of the rituals that can be performed on the dead and their grave goods there. It also contains rituals for creating consecrated copies of itself, for brewing sacramental blood beer, and to "open the gate", or draw directly on the power of the dead to grant energy to the lector-priest, rather than power spells. All other knowledge of Akhu is drawn from the magical lore of Egypt, preserved by the Setites.

The knowledge required to make use of Akhu is vast: not only must a lector-priest understand the Egyptian lore of death, but also know the names of hundreds of gods, seek out the proper knowledge of the ancient Egyptian language, and must honour Set at least once a month in their properly constructed blasphemy-shrine.

Recently, branches of the Clan have tried to adapt Akhu for their own mythologies by drawing on mystic parallels of a primordial confrontation between rival gods within different mytholgies. One example of such an adaption is the confrontation between Loki (in the role of Set) and Baldur (in role of Osiris).[1]

PathsEdit

The following paths are unique to Akhu:

Divine Hand[1]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Hand of Ptah: Remotely damage or repair to an object of 200 lbs or less
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Hand of Khnum: Remotely damage or repair an animal, mortal, or objects of 1000 lbs or less
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Hand of Anubis: Remotely damage or repair corporeal supernatural creatures or objects of 5,000 lbs or less
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Hand of Thoth: Remotely damage or repair incorporeal supernatural creatures or objects of 20,000 lbs or less
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Hand of Heka: Remotely apply a Discipline or other magical power to creatures or damage or repair objects of 100,000 lbs or less

The Immanence of Set[2]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Whispers of the Sands: Communicate remotely with one's childer or ghouls
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Tongue of the Tempter: Cause a subject to reveal a secret fear or desire
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Voice of the Prophet: Deliver a cryptic message that speaks to a listener's deepest desires
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Lord of Storms: Summon a sandstorm or thunderstorm
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Dark Invocation: Place a protective curse on an object or place

Path of Duat[3]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet A Sending of Serpents: Cause a target to hallucinate being attacked by snakes
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Darkness of Duat: Blind a subject
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Suffocation of the Tomb: Render victim unable to speak or breathe
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet The Narrow House: Paralyze a target
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Consignment to Duat: Slay a mortal or put a vampire into torpor

Path of the Dry Nile[4]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Beauty Fades: Cause a work of art to cause revulsion in those who view it
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Trust Withers: Target begins to believe a friend or ally is planning to betray
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Love Dies: Destroy a subject's feelings of love for another
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Hope Dissolves: Cause a subject to become depressed, believing their goals cannot be obtained
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Thrones Crumble: Create mistrust and hostility in a subject towards a figure of authority

The Snake Inside[5]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet First Taste: Create a pleasurable association with a minor, repetitive action
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Cross-Addiction: Temporarily change what an addict is fixated on
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet The Jones: Remove a subject's inhibitions from indulging their addiction
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Fatal Compulsion: Cause a target to suffer harm from not indulging their addiction
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Temperance: Render subject unable to draw pleasure from their addiction

Soul of the Serpent[6]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Serpentine Sense: Gain ability to identify poisons and see in darkness
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Scaleskin: Make one's body incredibly flexible
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Venom Curse: Turn one's blood into a poison that blinds
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Touch of Typhon: Transform one's arm into a venomous snake
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Form of the Hydra: Transform into a mass of snakes nearly impossible to destroy

Ushabti[7]Edit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Laborer: Create a simple servant for manual labor
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Servitor: Create a mildly intelligent servant
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Guard: Create a servant capable of combat
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Overseer: Create a skilled servant that can supervise others
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Gift of Khnum: Create a servant that thinks for itself but is utterly loyal

In addition to the above, lector-priests know many paths also used by Thaumaturgy, though they are known by different names and practiced in the Akhu style. The paths have nothing in common but their effects, and in most cases the Setite path is actually older than the Tremere one. Where names differ, the Thaumaturgical name is listed along with the reference.

RitualsEdit

Main article: List of Akhu Rituals

Similar to Thaumaturgy, Akhu has several Rituals that can be used to achieve static effects. Most draw on traditional Egyptian practices.

ReferencesEdit

^  Divine Hand

Divine Hand Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 25-26

^  The Immanence of Set

The Immanence of Set Libellus Sanguinis 3: Wolves at the Door Pg. 105-106

^  Path of Duat

Divine Hand Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 26-27

^  Path of the Dry Nile

Path of the Dry Nile Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy Pg. 116-117

^  The Snake Inside

The Snake Inside Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy Pg. 115-116
The Snake Inside Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 14

^  Soul of the Serpent

Soul of the Serpent Cairo by Night Pg. 88

^  Ushabti

Ushabti Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 27-28
  1. Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy, p. 113-114

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