Friday, June 6, 2008

Horus Sarcophagus

After riding The Revenge of the Mummy indoor roller coaster at Universal Studios Orlando, you are exited into an Egyptian-themed gift shop, which should be no surprise to theme park goers. For pulp gamers, though, it's like uncovering the treasures of the ancient pyramids. Aside from the obscenely-large plastic Mummy cups and Mummy t-shirts, all sorts of Egyptian nick nacks clutter the shelves, nick nacks you can use as scenery in a pulp or VSF game set in the ancient pyramids.

After passing up the excellent golden thrones, statues, and other items I could not afford at the time, I settled on this "Small Horus Coffin With Mummy" from Veronese for $9.95, minus my passholder 10% discount.

According the modern repository of all knowledge, better known as Wikipedia, "[Horus] had a man's body and a falcon's head. He only had one eye because after Osiris was murdered by his brother Set, Horus fought with Set for the throne of Egypt. In this battle Horus lost one of his eyes and later this became a sign of protection in Egypt. Horus united Egypt and bestowed divinity upon the pharaoh. The pharaohs were viewed as the reincarnation of Horus."

As you can see in the photos, the sarcophagus and mummy are huge and impressive. Since the mummy is way too large for a normal human being, I won't be using it, but I will be using the sarcophagus, which could contain a smaller mummy from a company like Reaper, a vast treasure, a passageway to another level, or spawn tomb guards. One never knows in a pulp game. Finally, one word of advice when opening any ancient, potentially cursed sarcophagus--be careful!

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