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Execration is a sinister form of magic that involves destroying a small representation of the target to completely erase the target. It can be used against gods, though it only banishes gods deep into the Duat typically.

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Execration can be used to stave much greater spells, so that the execration of a minor demon can generate enough power to summon and trap Set inside a malachite vase. The spell requires using the targets secret name. The spell can also be used to banish a god deep into the Duat by destroying a shabti of said god in the god's presence, but the more powerful the god, the more power it takes to perform and the magician can burn up from using all of their life force to do it. This happened to Michel Desjardins who used an execration to temporarily banish Apophis into the Duat to buy the Kanes some more time to teach the Path of the Gods. This execration only lasted a few days to weeks before Apophis returned again. While performing the execration, a shield of sorts formed around Desjardins and absorbed all attacks thrown at him by Apophis.

The evil magician Setne discovered a way to destroy any being in existence; including gods and Apophis by using an execration on their sheut. This is called a shadow execration. The shadow is part of the soul, like a back-up copy of it and is also your influence upon the world. If that is destroyed in an execration, the being it belongs to is destroyed as well. The gods are aware of this and keep knowledge of the sheut's true nature from mortals as a result with it being forbidden to even talk about it with them as the gods fear their sheuts being captured and used to blackmail or destroy them. Despite Setne making it sound complicated, this version of an execration, called a shadow execration is actually rather simple: the person needs to bind the sheut to a shabti which is easy with the hard part being actually finding the sheut which the gods hide and then they need to cast a normal execration on the sheut in the god's presence. This is used by Sadie and Carter Kane to destroy Apophis though he's so powerful that it takes the combined power of Sadie, Carter and the gods Horus and Isis to accomplish.

An execration can be used in reverse to restore a being. After Bes loses his ren to Khonsu and thus becomes basically mindless, Sadie Carter comes up with a plan to use his sheut to restore his ren after learning the true nature of sheuts from Anubis. After Walt Stone binds Bes' sheut to a shabti, he has her restore it to him by using the reverse of an execration spell to send it back. As this is a beneficial spell, it can be cast from a distance. Sadie's attempt works and Bes is restored to normal.


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