My first ever Black Friday/Cyber-Monday sale is officially over, and I would like to thank everyone who bought a print and requested a commission. The next month is going to be one busy pain in my ass...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
So because of my schedule, nothing major today, just some new art. Meet Apofis Set (Uh-Poh-Fis Set), a villain I created for the Street Team story who will be a major thorn in the side of my hero Black Aizan and in the future, his protege Aizan.
Apofis -- 1) taken from the word Apophis, the name given to a near-Earth asteroid that caused a brief period of concern in December 2004 because initial observations indicated a small probability that it would strike the Earth in 2029.
2) taken from the Greek word Apophis, the variation of the Egyptian name Apep, who was the great adversary of the sun god, Re and was the very embodiment of the powers of dissolution, darkness and non-being. He was known by many epithets, ranging from evil lizard, opponent and enemy to world encircler and serpent of rebirth.
3) Apophis was a ruler of Lower Egypt during the fifteenth dynasty and the end of the Second Intermediate Period that was dominated by this foreign dynasty of rulers called the Hyksos.
Set (also spelled Seth) was in Ancient Egyptian religion a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners but in later myths, was shown as the god of darkness, and chaos.
Now this is where things get interesting and the two names form a cohesive meaning. Set was at first benevolent and was even depicted as a protector of Ra, standing on the prow of his night barque spearing Apep(Apophis).During the Second Intermediate Period, a group of Asiatic foreign chiefs known as the Hyksos (literally, "rulers of foreign lands") gained the rulership of Egypt. Set was the god they found most similar to their own chief god, and became to be worshiped as the chief god.Set, who had traditionally been the god of foreigners, thus also became associated with foreign oppressors.The Hyksos King Apophis is recorded as worshiping Set in a monolithic way and so represented a manifestation of evil. Set was equated with his old enemy, Apep.
Just to show you there's more to mine from than just stories of Thor and Brothers Grimm.
"I'm better than 99% of these heathens/Pick a region,
Demonstrated in a flow harder than asthmatics breathing.."- Geist