swreader wrote:Who is Dios?
Tony and I were talking about Dios this morning, and about Dios and Khuft. He said that Dios claimed to have a tomb buiilt for him. So I checked (having said, would you trust anything Dios said), and at the beginning of Teppic's reign after he and Dios have ordered the building of the giant pyramid, Teppic talks about how the pyramids radiate age, and asks (p. 97) if Dios will get one. "A pyramid?" said Dios. "Sire, I have one already. It pleased one of your forebears to make provision for me."
But, when Teppicymon and Gern and Dil reach the last of the pyramids to let out Khuft, they find the tomb is open and there are counting marks on the walls. And we know that Dios makes those marks.
So my question is, is it possible that Khuft is Dios?
No he isn't Khuft - Dios is a kind of immortal time traveller and at the end of Pyramids, instead of being met by Death, he is cast back in time to meet Khuft yet again and go through the whole process again from scratch.
I think he also has a kind of amnesia as well? (Terry being a kind chap and mitigating this horrible looping fate a little) so he at least only vaguely recalls that there's something that he needs to do to make sure Khuft is 'made safe' and meets his destiny as King of Djelibeybi.
Dios' tomb is open because he uses it quite frequently to recharge his mortal body enough to keep going as High Priest - I can't remember whether it's said he locks it up in some way, but given that the earliest mummies (including Khuft?) may have known he had one for himself perhaps they have broken into it to try and nail the horrible git.
Dios (god in Italian and Spanish as Crys points out) uses the time energy charges in his own pied a terre
pyramid in a far more practical way to the poor old Kings as he cuts out the superfluous dying and mummification process and prolongs his own mortality by effectively having a little kip in his very own time-protection chamber aka a pyramid. So not only is he a fiendish control freak he's also peddling immortality on false pretences to Khuft and his royal descendants
Djelibeybi itself may be inherently magical with the valley able to exist on different temporal planes (because the people are all still trapped in there) and perhaps the pyramids themselves channel the shifts (the Great Pyramid certainly does...
) but also keep them stable.
Khuft is dead but Dios lives on by literally recharging his batteries and persuading the next generation to keep on building pyramids - Dios is a kind of time vampire and Frankenstein's monster in effect
This is also why Dios gets so mad with the gods showing up - because HE made them...
Yes we're back to that ole myth/religion belief thing again - also why Teppic had to go to assassin school...