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Hotephres (84 or 83 BCE – unknown) was a former Greek adventurer who lived in Egypt during the reign of Ptolemy XIII, serving as an informant of Apollodorus, helping him investigate to the mysterious Order of the Ancients.

Biography

Early Life

Born in Krokodilopolis in 83 BCE, Hotephres was a skilled warrior who later become an adventurer. During one of his travels, he met Khenut, whom he fell in love with and married.[1] Togther, they had a daughter named Shadya and settled down in a villa in Euhemeria.[2]

Working for Apollodorus

Sometime prior to 48 BCE, he later worked as an informant for Apollodorus, helping him to investigate the Crocodile, a member Order of the Ancients who controlled the Faiyum Oasis. Hotephres initially refused the offer, but was persuaded by Khenut to help, stating that it was their duty to do so. During this period of time, he would operate in Soknopaiou Nesos, away from his residence in Euhemeria.[2]

That year, he stole a ledger from a Greek magistrate that he suspected of corruption, believing that it contained information on The Crocodile's identity. However as reteliation, The Crocodile hired mercenaries in and attempt to eliminate Hotephres and recover the ledger. As they stormed his bureau, killing his dog and capturing his servant, Hotephres was able to escape capture and fled on a trader's ship to Lake Moeris. He then gave the ledger to Khenut, who hid it in their villa.[3]

Apollodorus, learning of this, sent the Medjay, Bayek, to meet Hotephres, unaware that his bureau was raided. Bayek, following the trails of the raid, was able to free Hotephres' servant in the Beached Trireme Camp, thus learning of his location. Bayek boarded Hotephres' ship in the lake and introduced himself as a Medjay who was sent by Apollodorus to assist him. Hotephres informed Bayek that he had stolen a ledger which may contain the Crocodile's identity. Giving him a doll meant by for his daughter Shadya, Hotephres sent Bayek to Euheremia to meet with his wife regarding the ledger's location.[3]

Hotephres' efforts to uncover the Crocodile's identity failed when Shadya, who had carried the ledger with her, was executed by the Crocodile, who had learned of this information in the villa. Bayek helped Hotephres and Khenut to recover Shadya's body, who had been tied down underwater and drowned to death. While Khenut mourned the death of her daughter, Hotephres provided Bayek with various clues that Khenut had given him: several large men were present when the Crocodile captured his wife and daughter, leading him to believe that they may be gladiators from the Krokodilopolis Arena. Before leaving to Krokodilopolis, Bayek assured Hotephres that he would help him to get his revenge.[3]

When Bayek was able to uncover the Crocodile's identity as Berenike, Hotephres met with him outside the arena, giving him info on Berenike, who resided in the Kerkesoucha Granary. When asked about his plans after Berenike's death, Hotephres informed Bayek that he and Khenut would retire to their family villa in Philadelphia, desiring to mourn their daughter in peace.[4]

Trivia

  • Hotephres' name was given to him by his father, which in Egyptian, translates to satisfied.

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