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DEITIES -- Dysfunctional Royal Family by TeniCola DEITIES -- Dysfunctional Royal Family by TeniCola
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[ DEITIES of Duat // DEITIES Project ]

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Holy geez this may be the first fully polished illustration I've done since… summer?? Haha it's been so long, BUT I'm glad I could finish something in time for the holidays, and that it ended up being DEITIES related! I tried a few things in this image tho, and while there are some thing I may do differently in the future, I'm happy with what I learned and how it turned out o)9

BUT YES just as the title says, these six gods and goddesses make up... one of the most dysfunctional royal families in written mythology. I say it endearingly here since they also happen to be main characters in DEITIES project (and I enjoy working with them all a lot), but it's still a fairly honest descriptor for them -- you need only read the basics on the mythology to understand what I mean. For those less familiar with Egyptian mythology, here are the bare bones information you may want to know that also hold true in DEITIES:
Osiris, Set, Isis and Nephthys were the four children born from their parents Nut (Sky Goddess) and Geb (Earth God). And as many mythologies tend to display, they were also paired with each other as husband and wife. Osiris and Isis wed and become the king and queen of Duat, and have their son, Horus; while Set and Nephthys pair together and have their son, Anubis.

AND BEFORE I KEEP GOING and create a full novel adaptation for the mythology / for DEITIES backstory, let's just say thru a series of extreme family drama, and a variety of other events that make up The Contendings, we end up with a very complex family dynamic.

...Which mainly consists of Set being a pain in the ass / causing a fuss for his own entertainment, and to his family's collective chagrin.

Hopefully the rest of the picture is self explanatory as far as how they relate to each other, but if it's unclear don't worry! I fully plan to share more details about each their relationships as the project progresses o)9

Also, b/c I anticipate this question coming up if it hasn't already, yes Set is intentionally fair-skinned. Among other things like chaos and storms, he is known as a God of Foreigners, and I've found information that describe Set as sometimes having lighter skin (and red hair) to represent this aspect about him. Hence why he appears so much lighter than the rest of his family, as well as the majority of the pantheon.

Osiris, meanwhile, has pure black skin here because he's a resurrected mummy king, what with being the God of the Dead and all. He did have a naturally dark skin tone when he was alive, but following his death he was described and shown to have black skin (or green or blue skin, depending on what you read) b/c black represented both life and death in Ancient Egypt.

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:iconlordvadernihilus:
LordVaderNihilus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Horus face is like "Move it or loose it!"
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:iconmipmipdead:
MipMipDead Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
And in reality Osiris is Anubis's dead because Nephthys disguised as her sister and had a one night stand with Osiris and said that Anubis was Set's son :"D

Family is just great, amirite?
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Haha well yes, that's a version of what happens in some versions of the myth, but I haven't actually confirmed what happens in DEITIES verse. I'm keeping that detail underwraps a bit longer, but I do address on the blog too: deitiesofduat.tumblr.com/post/…
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:iconmipmipdead:
MipMipDead Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, alright thanks for clearing it up ^^
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The families were often dysfunctional. Good cartooning.  
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016   Digital Artist
Yeahhhh mythological families are... something :'D And thank you!
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:iconlynnajens:
lynnajens Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist
i love it. hours looks good.
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconlynnajens:
lynnajens Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Your welcome. Quick question. Is Horus married in your stories? If so who is he married to?
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016   Digital Artist
I answered this on the blog actually, but no, Horus is not married to anyone by the start of the story o///
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:iconlynnajens:
lynnajens Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist
Sorry. And thanks. Are you going to reveal who Horus has a crush on though. I remember that funny scene you drew where someone asks that and he gets embarassed.
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:iconshebyperez1995:
shebyperez1995 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Student Writer
Aw! Family portrait! I'd still like to know why Set has fair skin?
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks! And I mentioned the reasons why in the above artist comments o)/ He's still an Egyptian god, and there are other depictions of him, this is just the one I'm choosing for the project based on what I've learned.
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shebyperez1995 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Student Writer
Oh! Cool!
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:iconartemis-yates:
Artemis-Yates Featured By Owner May 17, 2016   General Artist
"...Which mainly consists of Set being a pain in the ass" *Laughs* But that's why we all love him Wink/Razz
Also, I love how Horus has been demoted to "arm rest" Giggle
I'll have to look through your other pictures, even if it's just look at more "sassy Isis" Wink/Razz


But little family tree question, wasn't Anubis Osiris's little cub? (I can't remember Set ever being able to have children . . . )
I'm fine with you changing it around for your story (trust me, I've done far more dramatic changes in some of mine Sweating a little...) but I just thought I'd ask Meow :3 
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2016   Digital Artist

HAHA PRETTY MUCH! Makes him fun to work with for sure tho o)777

Yehhhh, I never decided why Horus would be crouching down there but just figured Set saw the opportunity and took it :'D


And sure feel free! Isis is fun to draw, there's some more artwork of her in her tag on the blog as well: deitiesofduat.tumblr.com/tagge…

And hmmm, good question… for now I'll answer that it's "up to audience interpretation," even within my version of the story. The controversy behind Anubis's paternity seems to vary in different myths; I've found some versions that insist that Set is indeed his father, and others that claim Osiris is (and others that claim Anubis is not related to either!). I've been aware of this for awhile and have my headcanons for parts of the myth to adapt for the story, but I'd rather wait before I share them, since there are project-related details I haven't confirmed yet. If I do address it, it'll be in either backstory notes or the actual plot.

As far as the characters are concerned / how aware they are, that's a detail that I'll also save for the story. But if you were to ask them, they would all insist on the same thing; Anubis acknowledges Set as his father, and Set sees Anubis as his son, regardless of whatever their blood relation is o)7

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:iconartemis-yates:
Artemis-Yates Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2016   General Artist
*Laughs* I think everyone agrees that Set is a fun co-worker! (Really, the guy could make watching TV golf tournaments entertaining!Wink/Razz)
Also, when I saw that Horus was kneeling down, I just assumed he was looking for his monocle Wink/Razz ('cause of the whole "eye of Horus" thing . . .  the "monocle of Horus" . . . I don't know Sweating a little... )

Also THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT LINK!!! I haven't had this much God related fun since I first found "Stick Gods" (another Egyptian God based comic *Link*  inonibird.tumblr.com/stick-god… )
I like how Isis is so organized, nothing seems to faze her ^u^
 . . . That said, it was kinda hard to see her with Set posing in the way! The way he flicks his hair around, I'm surprised I haven't seen him advertising for "l'oreal" yet Wink/Razz (joking Set, but really you should be more careful,you could knock someone out swinging your hair about like that! And "death by posing storm god's hair" isn't on anyone's to-do list Wink/Razz )

And thank you for the answer! Sometimes the Egyptian deities genealogy resembles a bowl of noodles more then a tree Sweating a little...
But one thing seems consistent: That Set and
Anubis are like Father and Son, no matter how noodley things get Wink/Razz
And may I just add that though I haven't seen as much of him as the others yet, I like your version of
Anubis.
He seems very calm . . . like a kinda chill surfer jackal Wink/Razz 
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner May 22, 2016   Digital Artist
Haha yeh Set seems like he could can make anything entertaining (when he wants to anyway). Or chaotic if he feels like it.

And you're welcome! The blog is a little quiet right now, but I plan to update it with more content and notes/pages later (and I love inonibird's Stick Gods, they're on of my fav comics / inspirations for the project!)

Yep, Isis is a pretty straight faced character most of the time. And Set's characters strikes me as the type that doesn't mine flaunting his good hair and good looks ;D

And sure no problem! If you want to and you have a tumblr acct, you can submit questions to the askbox once I open it (probably sometime in June) o)7 But yeah, I should share my notes for the family tree I'll be using for the project later, since there are so many variations in the myths.

And thanks! Anubis is meant to be a pretty calm/agreeable character in the project, at least compared to his father, so I hope to share more about him soon!
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Dragonrider4000 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
This is amazing. I love it.
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015   Digital Artist
Ahhh thank you, glad you like it!!
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Ellsworth-Toohey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love SASSY ISIS and CREEPY GRIN SET <3

( unowens : Another cool Egyptian-related thingy for you to GUSH OVER)
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015   Digital Artist
ROFL I'm glad then aha, thank you!! And yeah, Isis is so done with her brother's BS atm, and Set's just being Set |'Dc
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:icontdlballistic:
TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-slides hands down face-
stop it with these attractive people do you want me to die
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:icontenicola:
TeniCola Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015   Digital Artist
>8'Dc Can't stop won't stop-- I mean
/gently pats your shoulder, I am gomen for this deity family haha
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