Hes-Ra: The Temple Guardian

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Hes-Ra: The Temple Guardian

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The Story of Hes-Ra

Hes-Ra is the highest ranking Temple Guardian for Queen Nefertiti and has been given the directive of protecting the Great Temple of Aten in ancient Akhenaten Egypt. 



Gifted with extraordinary warrior skills at a young age, Hes-Ra was brought into the great Pharaoh Akhenaten's group of select royal guardians somewhere around the year 1335 BC. She helped serve as personal protector of the Pharaoh and was a favorite consort of the Queen.



During his reign, Akhenaten had moved the great capitol of Egypt from Thebes to the city of Akhenaten under a religious revolution and this displeased many Egyptian elites. This unfortunately created enemies to the Pharaoh and protecting the throne became an even more important undertaking for the family. The Queen took it upon herself to establish a selection of the finest Egyptian warriors to protect the Pharaoh and his family to ensure proper succession through their bloodlines.

Upon the Pharaoh's natural death a year later in 1334 BC, Nefertiti rose to become Pharaoh and in an effort to hold on to her fragile power she appeased the Egyptian elites by moving the capital of Egypt back to Thebes and re-established Egypt's traditional polytheistic religion.

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Knowing of the importance of The Great Temple of Aten to her late husband and his God Aten, Nefertiti called upon Hes-Ra to remain in Akhenaten to protect the temple from those looking to desecrate it or by elites wanting to establish a foothold on power by seizing control of it to threaten Nefertiti's authority.



Nefertiti died a few short years later and while Akhenaten's son and new Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun's power was in it's infancy, the elites took advantage of the opportunity to remove all traces of Akhenaten's religious movement in the city of Akhenaten. This included the Great Temple of Aten as well as its protector.

Facing certain death, Hes-Ra fought her elitist adversaries til the end swearing an oath to protect the temple in death as she had in life-cursing those who opposed her great Pharaoh before she used her weapons on herself to avoid giving that satisfaction to her enemies.

Immediately afterward, the elitists began dismantling the temple and during this time many of those who set foot on the sacred temple grounds mysteriously found death through plague, disease and misfortune. Upon hearing of the destruction of his great father's temple, the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun demanded they stop and the temple was left as it is today-a ruinous relic of his father.

Some say they see Hes-Ra walk the temple grounds today as she protects it from would be desecraters. And though many believe her curse still exists for those who cross the boundaries of the sacred grounds, she seems to be a little more accepting of those who visit the great Aten sanctuary in good faith. But most are careful not to speak ill of her great Pharaoh, his wife Nefertiti or his God Aten as to avoid her wrath.

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