The Ennead are the Gods of Egypt, that hail from Celestial Heliopolis, a small pocket-dimension adjacent to Earth. An interdimensional nexus between Heliopolis and Earth is located in Egypt. They have been worshiped by the humans of Egypt as early as 10,000 BC.
Their origins are shrouded in myth, making it difficult to nail down the truth of all of the stories written about them.
At first in the universe there was nothing but the primordial abyss of nothingness. This was known as Nun, the essence of chaos or the Primordian Ocean of Nothingness. Nun, together with the goddess Neith (actually the primordial Earth Mother Gaea), were said to sire Atum, the first physically manifested god among the Heliopolitans, as well as Thoth. Atum later took the aspect and identity of Ammon Ra.
Reign of Ra
Following the demise of the Ogdoad, the first generation of Egyptian gods created by Ra, he sired the next generation of gods, the Ennead. The first of the Ennead were Shu and Tefnut. Shu, who became the god of air, took Ra's place when Ra left the Ennead to live in Earth's sun. His twin sister Tefnut ruled at his side as goddess of the rain. Shu and Tefnut begat the fourth generation of gods, Geb and Nut. Geb was a god of the earth, having a natural affinity for mountains and other parts of the earth's crust. Nut was a goddess of the sky, specifically the starry heavens. Geb and Nut succeeded their parents when they too became too infirm to rule.
Around 10,000 BC, at the end of the Hyborian Age beings known as the Ennead traveled from the interdimensional realm of Celestial Heliopolis via a nexus located on to Earth. They began interacting with the humans of the region Stygia who began to worship them.
Reign of Osiris
Osiris's siblings included Isis, whom he took as a wife, Seth, and Nepthys. Osiris became the head of the pantheon when Geb stepped down, and is credited with the spread of civilization throughout Egypt and beyond. Osiris was the last ruler of Egypt before historical times and the human pharaohs came to rule.
Osiris became the benevolent god of the dead, preparing the afterlife for his loyal worshippers. Osiris' wife Isis was believed to teach humanity, the arts of medicine and the principles of domestication. She was also a powerful sorceress who was able to bring Osiris back to life after he had been murdered and dismembered by his jealous younger brother Seth. Seth was the god of evil and destruction, who sought to rule Heliopolis himself, and murdered Osiris in order to do so.
His wife Nepthys, daughter of Geb and sister of Isis, was also a goddess of the dead but was not evil like her husband. Nepthys had no offspring with Seth, but bore Osiris a son, Anubis. Anubis invented funeral rites and mummy wrappings, and although it was Isis' magic that rose Osiris from the dead, her magic would have been useless had Anubis not specially prepared Osiris' body.
Osiris and Isis had a son, Horus the god of the sun. Horus was also instrumental in helping raise his father from the dead after Seth's treachery. Upon resurrection, Osiris dispatched his son Horus to find Seth to make him pay for his treachery. Eventually, Horus encountered Seth and their cataclysmic clash lasted centuries.
Seth finally got the upper hand over his nephew and Seth used his power to seal Horus, Isis, and Osiris within a pyramid on Earth.
Reign of Thoth
While Osiris, Isis, and Horus were imprisoned, the moon god Thoth, who had served as Osiris' grand vizier, became head of the Heliopolitan pantheon. Thoth was believed to be a later son of Nun, the primordial chaos, which would make him a brother to Atum. Still, he came along much later than Atum and appears to be a contemporary of Osiris.
After each generation of Heliopolitan gods retired from earthly rule, they traveled to the dimension of the Celestial Heliopolis to live out eternity. Beginning with the rule of Thoth, however, all of the gods moved to the other dimensional realm, to traffic with the earth no more. When Osiris returned, Thoth gave up the throne to his mentor. The gods of Heliopolis have remained in their extra dimensional realm since, having little traffic with Earth. Like most races of gods, they are believed to be mere figments of myth by most of humanity.
As the pharaoh's took rule over Egypt, many gods moved to Celestial Heliopolis, while Bast adopted a realm bordering Heliopolis and Ala (home of Africa's gods, the Orishas), the Spirit World.
Return to Helipolis
The worship of the gods ended on in the 5th century.
Egypt was later conquered by Arabia, resulting in it's transformation into an Islamic nation.
In 1000 AD, the Third Host of the Celestials occurred, during which the aliens informed they would return 1,000 years later to judge Earth's right to continue existing. Ra attended the Council of Godheads meeting to discuss this threat. While the pantheons prepared for war, Gaea planned a peaceful solution to the problem with many goddesses.
Odin, then lord of the gods of Asgard, assumed the guise of Atum-Re, an aspect of the first of the gods, in order to free Osiris and Isis. Odin's son Thor aided the Heliopolitans in vanquishing Seth.
Some Heliopolitans are still worshiped in Wakanda as the Orisha of Wakanda, notably Bast (the Panther God), as the patron deity of the nation, two other deities are part of the Orishas of Wakanda, Thot, the god of light and reason and Ptah, the Shaper. Sekhmet (the Lion God) and Sobek (the Crocodile God) are as well patron of less influential East African cults.
Powers and Abilities
The Heliopolitans all have some potential to practice magic, mostly but not limited to changing their appearances, transforming matter and wielding cosmic, elemental and paranormal energies.
- Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak, they can communicate and be understood by or races.
Average Strength Level
The average Heliopolitan male can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions; the average Heliopolitan female can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Type of Government
Monarchy (ruled by a pharaoh)
Level of Technology
The Heliopolitans were worshipped as gods by the people of Egypt and regions of Northern Africa in Nubia, northern Sudan and Ethiopia. They are replacements of an earlier generation of Egyptian gods known as the Ogdoad or Hermopolitans.
In Egyptian mythology, the Egyptian gods were either known as the Ogdoad (in referring to their ancestral gods) or Ennead (in referring to the main council). "Heliopolitian" is not an actual mythological name.
- 104 appearance(s) of Ennead
- 6 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Ennead
- 40 minor appearance(s) of Ennead
- 13 mention(s) of Ennead
- 6 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Ennead
- 3 invocation(s) of Ennead
- 4 image(s) of Ennead
- 59 representative(s) of Ennead
Links and References
- Ennead on Wikipedia.org
- Egyptian Gods at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- Heliopolitan gods at Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Egyptian gods at Comicvine.com