These are the tales of Ishmael the Wise, former citizen, scholar, priest and soldier of Khemi. His exploits were many and his downfall tragic.
I am Sasur-amen, the chronicler of many secrets concerning the exploits of the Champions of Set. Champions such as Ish-mael of Khemi, who is known also as Ishmael the Wise of The Order of The Sacred Crocodile of Set Militant.
In the season of autumn, and around the time of Ctesphon III, as Ish-mael of Khemi was walking along a lonely path there appeared before him an animated, chattering skeleton. The skeleton was armed with a pike made of iron and had on its head a Nordhiemer’s helmet.
Upon seeing the skeleton Ishmael stood still in deep wonder and did not move at all. Ishmael was not sure if the skeleton saw him with its eerie green glowing eyes until it raised its pike, pointed it at him and rounded to attack.
Still not moving, Ishmael heard the terrible sound of the skeleton as it laughed and said coldly: “Prepare thy body for the fodder of Yog, Setite!” And then just in the nick of time, Ishmael avoided being impaled by the foul creature’s pike with a quick dodge.
Coming to his senses all at once Ishmael took hold of his khopesh and struck the skeleton with it as he moved to the side to avoid the pike a second time. The skeleton was jarred by the blow of the khopesh and was knocked back. This gave Ishmael time to pull his shield off his back and ready it. *BAM!* *CLANG* the pike slammed into the shield just as it was coming into the ready position.
Now having readied his weapon and shield, Ishmael faced off the skeleton again, this time with renewed confidence; and after a few blows, the skeleton’s bones could be seen laying on the ground, and its green eyes glowed no more.
Afterward Ishmael the Wise said to himself, “Now Yog’s skeleton is no more, I will build an altar here where this foul creature said it’s a curse upon a servant of Set.”
Thus the altar, called dubit muqalab, was built and stands until this day along the road from Khemi to the village of Akhmim.
So say I, Sasur-amen, Librarian.