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"Just accept the Order. They are there. You can't avoid them."
―Rudjek[src]

Rudjek (c. 81 BCE – 48 BCE), also known as the Heron, was the nomarch of the Saqqara Nome under the reign of Ptolemy XIII and a member of the Order of the Ancients.

In his quest to access the Isu vault in Siwa, he became one of five in the Order directly responsible for the death of Khemu, son of the Medjay Bayek, in 49 BCE. The following year, he was tracked down by Bayek and slain in the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu as the first target in the Medjay's path of vengeance.

Biography

Quest for the Vault

Rudjek ruled the Saqqara Nome from Giza, contributing to the natron trade around the mines in the region. Bearing the cryptonym the Heron, he served as a member of the Order of the Ancients, a secret organization in Egypt whose goal was to impose a New World Order where they dominated the world and steered it in their vision. The Order had given him everything, including significant wealth, which made him supportive of their puppet, Ptolemy XIII, but his allegiance to the Order itself stemmed purely from the status it lent him.[1]

In order to achieve their goals, Rudjek, alongside Flavius Metellus, Lucius Septimius, Pothinus and Medunamun, hoped to unlock the secrets of the Isu vault underneath the Temple of Amun in Siwa. There they gathered in 49 BCE with an Apple of Eden, but unable to find the means to open the gate to the vault, they concluded that their best lead would be the local Medjay Bayek.[2]

By exploiting the young village boy Chenzira, the Order were able to locate Bayek at Halma Point and capture him and his son Khemu. That night, Khemu and Bayek were brought to the Order in front of the vault, where Rudjek insisted to the latter that, as Medjay, a sacred guardian of Egypt's people and heritage, he must have some knowledge as to how to access the vault. His assumption was false, and while the members of the Order were preoccupied, Khemu stole a knife from Rudjek which Bayek used to break free from his bounds. In the following altercation, Flavius drove the knife into Khemu, who was killed.[2]

Death

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The death of Rudjek

The following year saw Rudjek pursued by a grief-stricken and vengeful Bayek. It was at the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu that the Heron met his doom. Trapped within his chambers with his sworn bodyguard Hypatos incapacitated, Rudjek trembled before his adversary but made one last attempt to reverse the situation by hurling the knife used to kill Khemu at Bayek's head. Though sudden and swift, the Medjay intercepted it with the Heron's mask that he held in his hand. With no options left, the Heron could only gaze in horror before Bayek furiously slammed his mask back into his face—the knife still embedded within it skewering his brain.[3]

Legacy

After his death, Rudjek's body was found by his mistress Suphia who laid him to rest and buried him in a sarcophagus in the pyramid.[4][5] Both Suphia and his bodyguard Hypatos, who survived his injuries, would go on to plot their revenge against Bayek in their own way.[3][5] The latter tracked the Medjay for months until finally confronting him above an Old Kingdom tomb in the outskirts of Siwa, only to fall to his blades as well.[3] Suphia would meet a similar fate when her plan to infiltrate the rebels in Saqqara and lead them into an ambush by Ptolemy's soldiers failed to kill Bayek.[5]

Personality and characteristics

In contrast to his compatriots, Rudjek lacked a sincere devotion to the cause of the Order of the Ancients. A man of weak ideals, he was to the very end a more or less average, if upper-class, individual with little aspirations other than a life of security and pleasures. For that reason, he felt himself fortunate to have become affiliated with the Order that bestowed upon him much wealth and many social connections. Quite the hedonist, he exploited his newfound power to increase his profits through the natron trade and other acts of corruption. The benefits he received from the Order far exceeded any that he could ever have dreamed of, but his bitter end exposed the underlying truth that he was but a normal man sucked into a storm of dark conspiracies he was sorely underequipped to cope with. He was, in this sense, short-sighted, and his fervent support of Ptolemy XIII itself stemmed from the privileged position he enjoyed under him. This was to the extent that he could not fathom why anyone would ever oppose the boy pharaoh, lacking the capacity to understand that there were those who suffered under his regime.[1]

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