The Last Sphinx Queen
This changed when Ankharet slew her husband in secret, blaming the nagas. Meraph would later lead rebellions in the Naga Empire in order to "free" the humans and the dwarves in order to win them as allies of the sphinxes. Her crusades would have continued to the utter destruction of the nagas has her own husband, the androsphinx Kozuragen, not been granted a vision from the netjeru about Ankharet's secret dealings with the Aten. The war against the nagas was revealed to be a ruse to hide Ankharet's work with an extra-dimensional being called the Aten.
Working through Kozuragen, the netjeru were able to cross into the mortal world in order to build the weapon that would destroy Hakotep. With the help of Meraph, they were even able to entrap Ankharet. Unable to kill the sphinx queen, however, they were forced to bound her with great magic and bury her in a tomb. In another vision, Kozukaren learned of mortal heroes who would be able to slay her and end her evil forever. With the Sphinx and Naga Empires in ashes, these once great races scattered to roam the world in bitter freedom.
After the war, the netjeru elevated an elf to the position of Pharaoh--stating history as it is known.
Hakotep & Ra of the Horizon
The Aten is what would be termed a Great Old One in certain traditions of the horror genre. In his purest form, "he" takes the form of a giant sphere seemingly wreathed in flame. Extending from the lower half of this ball are hundreds of tendrils each with a hand-like termination capable of grasping objects. A larger, central tendril terminates in a cobra-like head. In art, this central tendril is often depicted as facing "forward" (toward the viewer), reared up. The being called Hakotep was an attempt at possessing a worldly form capable of acting as one of the Netjeru.Using a combination of ancient artifacts and artifice of her own creation, Ankharet was capable of temporarily transferring the Aten's vital essence and consciousness into a mortal form--a being called Hakotep. Though constantly referenced as male, little else is known about Hakotep--his race and background remain a mystery. One scholar, whose notes were gathered in the libraries of Tem-Akh, suggests that the name Hakotep is merely a male identity taken on by Anakharet after she herself came to embody the Aten.
Secure in the mortal world, Hakotep turned his eyes to Duat, the world of the netjeru. Using the power of the Aten, Hakotep was able to pass between the worlds. By engaging in a ritualized murder as Hakotep, the Aten was able to transfer the mantle of Ra from Atum to himself--instead of Atum's rightful heir (his grandson Horakty). Now, Hakotep was Ra of the Horizon--which allowed him to be worshiped throughout the Sphinx Empire.
It was the murder of Atum that brought the wrath of the netjeru against the Aten. Horakty, in pursuit of his birthright, brought an army of netjeru into the mortal realm. Ultimately, Horakty would reclaim the mantle of Ra--and this is the Ra that is worshiped by Netjerists (such as Kiji) today.
The Human LinkLooking back on their notes, Aloysa and Crenn realize that there are indications of another local incarnation of the Aten: the human "god" Adonai, who later came to be known as Adonis--one of the few human gods ever recognized. In an effort to keep the Aten's continued presence secret from the Netjeru, humans were instructed to worship Adonis only through a mystery cult. To further protect himself, he encouraged humans to seek out and explore other mystery cults as well, leading to the current state of human religion. As Adonis, the Aten preserved enough followers to maintain its godly rank--even if only barely. It is through this human tradition that the Aten returned to Nefret, via the tribe of the Medjay. It is likely that the human fore-mother of the current dynasty was a Medjay, as they are the humans with the closest contact with the Pharaoh.
The cat-like netjeru who would be worshiped by the catfolk emerge during the conflict with the sphinxes as the "daughters of Ra[-Horakty]." One story tells of Ra sending the leonine Sekhmet against an army of humans who were defending a sphinx stronghold--and of her drinking their blood, becoming intoxicated. Only by tricking her into drinking thick beer dyed red was she subdued. Her "sister," the caracal-like Bast, helped her with the slaughter of the humans, as well as served her the beer to calm her. Their sons--Nefertum, Maahes, and Shezmu--would later become champions of the catfolk people.