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Ammitu[2] or Ammut was a sphinx in ancient Egyptian religion, who asked riddles. She was made from acacia petals mixed with Nile water, black sand and desert heat, and transformed by the goddess Ma'at's magics.[1]

Early years

She served Ma'at and guarded the Throne of Bone and the Halls of Ma'at.[1]

She was also (and still in modern-days) the Eater of the Dead in the "Judgment of the Scales": When a mortal died, the god of the afterlife Anubis would weigh their mortal soul on a balance scale against the feather of Ma'at, the goddess of order; those souls deemed virtuous in life would be lighter than the feather. The god of wisdom Thoth then recorded the results on his scrolls. The virtuous would be allowed passage into the underworld realm of Duat, while the rest would be devoured by Ammut.[2]

Hyborian Age

When the Stygians tried to built a massive pyramid next to Khemi and the River Styx, they were eventually frightened by the tentacled creature that came to be known as the Devourer of the Dead. The dead were sent to the pyramid, where the beast ate both body and soul of any dead man it found undeserving of a life beyond death.[5] Conan sensed the crocodile-headed hippopotamus-bodied Devourer of the Dead to have an uncanny connection with the monster of the pyramid of Khemi.

The Devourer of the Dead was summoned by the exiled Stygian prince Tothmekri when his island-fortress was assaulted by the Barachan pirate Tranicos. Tothmekri was killed and his chant was seemingly vain.

A hundred years later, the Barachan buccaneer Strombanni and the Zingaran pirate Black Zarono came to the island along with their crews, including Stombanni's second mate Conan. Carrying a magical medallion which activated a trap set by Tothmekri in the fortress, they inadvertently awakened the monster. The Devourer of the Dead killed many crewmen before Conan split back the medallion in two pieces, causing it to freeze and blacken. Conan then toppled the statue-like monster, breaking it into pieces.[3]


11th century BC

The corrupted Egyptian sorcerer Heka-Nut manipulated the modern-day mutant Magik into teleporting back to ancient Egypt in the 11th century to aid him in his quest to obtain the powerful Sword of Bone.[1] Capturing Magik and the Egyptian sorceress Ashake, a priestess of the Elder Goddess Ma'at, Heka-Nut ordered the duo to infiltrate the crypt within the Valley of Kings that housed the Sword of Bone. Magik and Ashake teleported into the crypt, but the Sword of Bone was guarded by giant serpents that attacked them; however, Ma'at sent her servant Ammut to battle the serpents, thereby allowing Magik and Ashake to obtain the Sword of Bone and escape. Heka-Nut was unable to wield the Sword of Bone because only the pure of soul could call upon its power, and was struck down by Magik's Soulsword. Ashake then trapped Heka-Nut's corrupted power into an Egyptian urn and hid it along with the Sword of Bone in its ancient resting place, now guarded by Ammut.[1]

Modern Age

When the young magician Ian McNee was tasked with obtaining the Sword of Bone in order to balance the world's magic, he traveled to Egypt to obtain the artifact. While on a train bound for the Theban Necropolis, McNee crossed paths with Ammut (in a female human form) and made an offering of a perfect ostrich feather to Oshtur in exchange for Ammut granting him safe passage to the Halls of Ma'at on the Astral Plane. Although Ammut accepted the offer on behalf of Oshtur and transported him to the Halls of Ma'at, she insisted that he answer a riddle before obtaining the Sword of Bone. If McNee were to guess wrong, then Ammut would eat his mind and obtain his knowledge of magic; however, McNee answered the riddle correctly and obtained the Sword of Bone, just before Ammut instantaneously transported him back to the Egyptian train.[1]

Possessing Dr. Emmet

Once, Khonshu sent Marc Spector and his allies to an illusory mental hospital designed to wear away the last of Marc's mind. In this illusion, Ammut possessed Dr. Emmet to help Khonshu with his plan.[6]

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