Hetepi (c. 90s BCE – 48 BCE), also known as The Lizard, was a priest of Anubis who served under the High Priest Pasherenptah in Memphis and a member of the Order of the Ancients during the reign of Ptolemy XIII.
Hetxepi was born sometime around 90s BCE. At some point in his life, Hetepi became a priest of Anubis in Memphis as well as a member of the Order of the Ancients.
In 48 BCE, Hetepi made efforts to sabotage the reputation of Pasherenptah, eager to usurp the postion of High Priest and take it for himself. To this end, he orchestrated a massive fraudulent operation to mimic "curses", in order to manipulate the minds of the people in the city.
Hetepi contracted Tjuyu and Tjanefer to spread death and chaos in the vicinity of the Palace of Apries by dumping bodies in the river, luring the crocodiles to attack the living much more frequently and aggressively than normal.
Next, he kidnapped the daughter of the mummification temple's head priest, forcing him to mix salt with natron, which was used to dry out the bodies of the deceased before mummification. The mummies were later brought to a tomb beside the palace, where they would be decomposed, producing a foul smell which spread throughout the city.
Sometime later, Hetepi ordered his followers to kidnap Panchrates, the brother of priestesses Taous and Tawe who served in the Temple of Ptah, forcing them into poisioning the Apis bull to further disrupt Pasherenptah's reputation.
Hetepi even poisoned the food in the Memphis Temple with flesh of deceased individuals, so as to orchestrate many miscarriages in women of the city, especially causing Pasherenptah's wife to have many miscarriages. All of these orchestrated events made the people and even the high priest of Memphis believe that the "Lizard" has cast a powerful dark magic curse upon the city and its inhabitants.
Discovery and Death
Hetepi's efforts were later thwarted by the arrival and the investigations of the Medjay, Bayek who discovered the truths about his "curses" ranging from discovering how he caused miscarriages, how the city's air has a foul odor, why the crocodiles are attacking the civilians more frequently and how he poisoned the Apis Bull. After rescuing Panchrates, the medjay Bayek discovered his identity. Despite hiding out amongst his fellow priests in the Great Temple, Bayek was able to identify Hetepi by his coughing and blue scarf, killing him and lifting Memphis from his "curses".
Personality and characteristics
Hetepi was a religious fanatic who considered the masses as "cattle of the gods", fit only to be driven by the herdsman's whip. He was also incredibly cruel, being willing to pollute the entire city of Memphis with rotten corpses and even to draw crocodiles to attack innocent people just to see his and the Order's plans succeed.
- Hetepi's mask is the representation of the Egyptian god Anubis, who is often associated with mummification and the afterlife.