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, Sasur-amen, chronicle the many exploits of those bound to The Great Serpent through devotion to the Sacred Crocodile of Set Militant. Read and hear my words and know this tale of wonder.
When the moon was waxing gibbous and the grackles had migrated from the temple grounds, in the days of Ctesphon III, Ish-mael of Khemi was an acolyte at the central temple. He was 25 years old.
And it came to pass during this time that Ish-mael of Khemi happened to be on his way to Taba on an errand for the High Priest. He was to deliver a parcel of ceremonial daggers which had been blessed.
For this mission, he was not dressed in his temple garments, choosing instead to dress in traveling clothes without any markings of his station. Thus, along the way, Ishmael was held up by bandits who stole his parcel.
Enraged by this and not wanting his teachers at the temple to know that he was robbed, Ishmael left the road in search of the bandit hideout. He would make an example of the bandits and recover the stolen ceremonial daggers.
Ishmael made his way through the dense forest, spotting and tracking the signs of the bandits’ egress. He followed the bandit’s trail until at last, he spotted their camp beside a small cave.
Now when Ishmael the Wise had found the bandit camp he laid down silently in the brush and watched them for a long while. Once he was satisfied that their number was five and three women and two children, Ishmael took off his garments until he was naked, and with his khopesh and shield in hand started towards the campfire by the cave.
One bandit stood beside the campfire and saw Ishmael walking towards him but did not speak before his head was removed by the khopesh. Covered in blood and in a furious rage, Ishmael then made his way inside the cave where there the three women and two children were just beginning to realize that they were in grievous danger.
Through tears and shrieking cries for mercy, all five were cut down. Then two of the bandits returned from a hunt, they also were killed. After that, the final two returned to the camp after having unsuccessfully tried to pawn the temple daggers– they were slaughtered and their heads were removed.
Ishmael then gathered up the parcel of daggers, the two bandit heads, and a pike that was leaning against the cave wall. And after cleaning and dressing, Ishmael went back to the place in the road where he was robbed.
There he took the pike and fixed it into the ground, and then shoved one of the bandit heads on it. Then he took the other head and placed it on the ground beside the pike, and then shoved one of the ceremonial daggers through it and into the ground to hold it in place.
Once finished Ishmael said, “Now these irreligious bandits will know that touching a servant of Set can only lead to death!”.
Ishmael then continued on to Taba.
Thus says I, Sasur-amen, Chronicler of the Order of the Sacred Crocodile of Set Militant