|“He was born in the shadow of death, that's why we understand each other.”|
|God of Burial and Embalming|
|God of Cemeteries and Mummification|
|Keeper of the Ways of Death|
|Lord of the Funerals|
|Specialty:||Funerals Rites |
Animal Charming (jackals)
|Nickname:||The Dog (Bast), Death Boy (Sadie), God of Toilet Paper (Sadie), Jackal Boy (Sadie),God of Pretty Much Nothing Useful (Sadie)|
Osiris (uncle, foster father)
Isis (aunt, foster mother)
Horus (cousin, foster brother) br> Nut (grandmother)
|Appears In:||The Red Pyramid,|
The Throne of Fire,
The Serpent's Shadow
Anubis is the god of death and funerals. His parents are Nephthys and Set, but he was raised by Osiris and Isis. As of The Serpent's Shadow, he is the only remaining Egyptian God left on Earth, having taken on the host of Walt Stone to live a mortal life.
Anubis was born to Nephthys and Set, but was immediately given to Osiris and Isis by Nephthys; he claimed that she did not want him to know his father. Anubis himself is skeptical of this knowing that he is a "different" child, and is not a warrior.
- When Sadie Kane's ba visits Osiris' birthday, Anubis appears to her though she has no idea who he is. Sadie finds him incredibly hot while he is confused by her presence there. However, he leaves her alone and disappears. Later, when Sadie's ba travels to meet Nut, Anubis again appears, confused by her presence, but lets her go on as Nut wants to see her.
- Anubis meets Carter and Sadie (in person this time) when they come into the Land of The Dead to find the Feather of Truth to help defeat Set, who had kidnapped their father Julius. When Bast, who is with them insults him by calling him a dog, Anubis attacks her in response. Sadie is stunned to see that the boy she encountered twice and is attracted to is actually the god Anubis. While he allows Sadie to see him in his teenage boy form, he appears to have a jackal head to Carter. He at first refuses to help, and shows dislike towards Carter (mostly because Carter was hosting Horus at that time). He shows Sadie the Hall of Ma'at's New Orleans background, and lets it slip that Set is his father and that the Hall of Ma'at is weakening. Anubis eventually gives Sadie the feather of truth, but asks Sadie three questions before doing so: was she ready, would she give her life to save her brother, and would she save the world if it meant giving up their father?
- Sadie passed the test and Anubis gave her the feather, hinting that he might like to see her again. He then transported her and the others to the New Orleans graveyard to continue their journey.
- When Sadie touched Julius Kane/Osiris' tomb inside of the Red Pyramid, Anubis appeared to her and warned her against what she was doing though she chose to ignore the warning.
- After The Battle of the Red Pyramid, Anubis takes Carter and Sadie to the newly repaired Hall of Ma'at, where Julius Kane rules as Osiris. He later calls his time with Sadie "stimulating" and Sadie is annoyed as he'd commented to her mother that she has a "sharp tongue."
- Anubis appears in a London graveyard south of the Canary Wharf station and talks to Sadie while Babi and Nekhbet are trying to find (kill) Sadie and her friends. He gives Sadie information about the second piece of the Book of Ra and a Netjeri blade. At the end of the conversation, Anubis kisses Sadie and wishes her a happy birthday. He then summons Bes for Sadie early and sends him to help as with no human host, Anubis is unable to leave the graveyard and help directly. Anubis later appears to Sadie's ba, as he's talking to Walt, who doesn't seem to notice her. Anubis explains to Sadie, "You and Carter are on the doorstep of death, itself." He then ferries Sadie into the room Jaz is sleeping in with Jaz's ren is there. They discuss Carter and the final piece to the Book of Ra. Near the end of the book Sadie, who is angry at him for not helping her in the Duat while she was gambling her soul, asks him where he was and he replies "a side project", though does not give any more information. Near the end, while talking with Sadie about his upcoming death, Walt glances at a picture Sadie has made of Anubis, indicating that the two are planning something together.
- Anubis first appears in Sadie's vision, right after she speaks with her mother and Isis. He hints that the box they saved could help and that she should look at what isn't there (which she later finds out is King Tut's shadow). He promises that he would visit her briefly to explain other things.
- He later appears at the BAG dance as Sadie is being harassed by popular girls. He dances with Sadie (making the other girls extremely jealous) and gives some hints and advice that might help in destroying Apophis, which involves capturing his shadow and casting an execration spell on it despite the magic being so forbidden that he is not even allowed to talk about it.
- He also tells her what is happening to the spirits of the dead; how they are disappearing, including Sadie's mom, Ruby Kane. He was about to explain to Sadie what he and Walt have been planning and discussing for the past few months, but gets interrupted by the god of the air Shu (his great-grandfather). Shu tells Anubis that he is forbidden from seeing Sadie, stating that Anubis has become entirely too close to this mortal. ("The Serpent's Shadow", page.94) Before being taken away, Anubis explains that gods are only allowed to have romantic relationships with mortals while in a human host, but he never uses one.
- He and Walt are said to have lots of conversations behind Sadie's back, which Sadie finds irritating. When Walt displays his ability to turn things to dust with a touch and he is called "child of Set," along with his friendship with Anubis, she realizes that he is actually following the Path of Anubis which has never been done before. When Walt is near death, Anubis appears to him and Sadie, explaining that he is not allowed near Sadie as he has no mortal form and tells Walt that this is their last chance to accomplish what they have planned and asks if Walt is willing to which Walt tells him that he is and that he can't leave Sadie. Anubis admits he can't leave her either and holds Sadie as Walt works to restore Bes, comforting her and telling her to watch so that she will know what to do to bind Apophis' sheut. He also explains that he is banned from seeing her due to his having no mortal form to interact with her in and doesn't answer when she asks why he's there despite the ban causing her to believe he's there to help Walt move on. Walt succeeds and dies and Anubis disappears. After Walt returns to life and gives Sadie instructions to return to Carter to help him, he has Sadie look closer and she realizes what he and Anubis had been planning: after Walt died, Anubis took him as his host and is now keeping Walt alive. The two open a portal to Carter's location and tell Sadie they will meet her at sunrise at the First Nome as they are too weak to help now.
- Anubis/Walt reunites with Sadie at the First Nome and takes part in the battle there at the Hall of Ages. They protect her from harm and promise to always do so, something that comes from both Walt and Anubis. The two dispatch Kwai and Sarah Jacobi, calling in some of Anubis' jackal warriors to help. Anubis/Walt takes part in the battle against Apophis, helping to hold him off until Sadie and Carter destroy him. He then disappears with the other gods, leaving Sadie worried that she'll never see him again.
- As Anubis is now in a human host, when the gods leave the Earth, he is allowed to remain in Walt and live a mortal life as the other gods did as god-kings with the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. According to Ruby Kane, this allows them both to experience a real life, something neither of them ever truly had as Anubis never had a host before and Walt lived under threat from his curse. Anubis' presence is what's keeping Walt alive and Anubis can never leave him without him dying again unlike other gods who can leave their hosts at any time. The two essentially become one being, wearing a combination of Walt and Anubis' outfits and start a relationship with Sadie, allowing her to be with the two people she loves at the same time without Anubis' godhood or Walt's curse getting in the way.
Anubis is described as being in a good mood once every eon or so and in accordance with that is somewhat moody. The exception to this is when he is in the presence of Sadie Kane, with whom he falls in love. He occasionally becomes mildly flustered if he speaks without thinking, such as when he let slip to Sadie that he knew her mother, Ruby Kane.
Despite being about two thousand years old, Anubis claims he feels young and is referred to by both Shu and Ruby Kane as being young, with Shu saying that he's actually a child in god standards. As a result, he has the appearance and personality of a teenager (presumably the age he actually is in god standards).
He has a tendency to tilt his head when curious or confused, seeming rather dog-like. He also is out of touch with modern rituals, so when he asks Sadie if she is married, he appears to be quite confused by her reaction. When he is merged with Walt, the new being that results is shown to keep this trait.
Anubis grows to love Sadie Kane deeply to the point that he and Walt shared jealousy at first and then worked together to find a way for them to be together with her. His affection for Sadie is such that he dances with her at her school dance but is taken away by Shu and forbidden from seeing her again as he's growing too close to her. Before Shu appears, he admits that this will likely cause trouble and he won't get to see her again, but finds it worth it. At that time he informs her of the nature of the sheut, a forbidden topic between gods and mortals to give her the best chance of destroying Apophis as he doesn't want her to die.
However, this doesn't stop his plans to take Walt as a host to be with her, defying the rules again to give Walt the chance to enact their plan and comforting Sadie as he sacrifices himself to save Bes. When Anubis appears and the two put their plan into action, Anubis makes his motivation clear when he tells Walt that he can't leave Sadie anymore than Walt could. Once he merges with Walt, he shows a fierce protectiveness over her, swearing with Walt to always protect her and showing this during the battle in the Hall of Ages to the point that he kills Sarah Jacobi just because she tried to harm Sadie.
This causes Sadie to realize that anyone trying to harm her will suffer his full wrath and Walt isn't going to hold him back from doing it either. After merging with Walt, he and Walt take on traits of each other as they become one being though his love for Sadie is only increased by this.
As a result of never having taken on a host before and never having lived a mortal life, Anubis doesn't know or understand much about human customs, though his relationship with Sadie helps him with that. Taking Walt as a host and living a mortal life allows Anubis to broaden his personality and fully embrace his love for Sadie without consequences or interference from the other gods.
Despite not being a warrior as he told Sadie when they first met in person, he is a competent fighter when need be. During the battle in the Hall of Ages, he and Walt were able to take down many enemy magicians and Anubis didn't hesitate to kill Sarah Jacobi for trying to harm Sadie showing that he can be ruthless if need be.
In his jackal form, Anubis is sleek, black, and graceful and wears a golden collar. Sadie describes this form as 'cute'. In his "natural" human form, Anubis is about sixteen and possesses a pale complexion, tousled black hair, and warm, melting brown eyes. He is described as being very good-looking and tall, and even impressed Drew, a daughter of Aphrodite. He wears black jeans, combat boots, a ripped t-shirt, a gold chain, and a black leather biker jacket. His ears stick up a bit, exactly like a jackal(which Sadie finds cute).
In The Throne of Fire, Sadie sees Anubis talking to Walt. He was wearing a black kilt, with a ruby collar. She says she expected him to look skinny shirtless ("not that I imagined that a lot, mind you"), but finds he has quite a lot of muscle and looks good; she wonders if there is a good gym in the Land of the Dead. According to Sadie, even though he is a death god, his lips are not cold.
Powers and Abilities
Anubis may inhabit any graveyard or place of death or mourning without using a host. As a result he has never taken on a host before Walt Stone or lived a mortal life unlike the other gods. Apparently he can appear in temples dedicated to him as well as Sadie commented on that while questioning his appearance. He was also able to appear at a temple in Sais while Walt was dying to see about taking him as a host, but never answered Sadie how he did that as it wasn't a place of death or his own temple and he didn't yet have Walt as a host. He may also summon mummy wrappings (as they are associated with the Egyptian dead) and shape them into objects, such as a bench to sit upon. He is also able to change his shape from jackal to human and any other form he wishes. He can use this to sometimes project illusions into the minds of others. He can also summon dead souls into the world of the living without others noticing, not even magicians or demigods (like Drew).
He also appears to be able to create portals in-and-out of the Duat and anywhere he wants. Like Isis and Thoth he is apparently not bound by the Demon Days as he was able to transport Sadie, Carter and Bast to New Orleans during them. He may be able to manipulate darkness and he is able to communicate with the dead, appear invisible to mortals, control the souls of others, summon jackal warriors and many other possible powers, as stated by Sadie.
As Walt was able to reduce things to a pile of dust by touching them, it can be assumed that Anubis has this power as well as he was following the Path of Anubis. During the battle in the Hall of Ages, Walt/Anubis showed the ability to shrink and contain his enemies in jars and open a crack in the Earth to summon spirits to pull his enemies to the Underworld. Presumably these powers came from Anubis too as Walt was merged with the god.
Throughout The Red Pyramid, Anubis and Sadie encounter one another. Sadie openly admits her attraction to Anubis throughout her narrations (often calling him 'hot' or 'cute'), and Anubis seems to return her affections, often making flirtatious gestures. He often refers to the fact he finds her annoying and talkative (even goes so far as saying he would invent a ceremony called the closing of the mouth to shut her up) and tells her that maybe she could bring him up to speed on modern courtship rituals before he disappears. He also talked with Sadie before she faced Set.
He does not show any true feelings until The Throne of Fire where he goes out of his way to help her by giving her a ceremonial knife and informing her that the 2nd piece of the book of Ra is in the 18th Nome (Russia). In fact, in The Throne of Fire, Anubis goes as far as to wish her a happy birthday, then kisses her.
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