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Biographical Sketch[]

  • Name: Nebethet
  • Aliases: Ivory Goddess, Queen of Darkness, Mistress of Night
  • Identity: Deity
  • Gender: Female
  • Aspect: Darkness, Night
  • Appearance: Ivory skin, bleached skull-head, appearance of a young half-naked woman.
  • Symbol: Ivory-colored skull
  • Powers and Abilities: Body possession, can kill with a finger.
  • Weakness: None

Affiliations[]

  • Group Membership: Hyborian Pantheon
  • Allies: Jamankh the Hyena-Demon
  • Enemies: Derketo, Set
  • Known Relatives: Other gods of the Black Kingdoms
  • Base of Operations: Punt
  • Culture: Puntian

History and Cult Practices[]

Nebethet is a deity of the Puntian people. Only mentioned in "The Ivory Goddess" by de Camp, (and later comic adaptations) one of the only details known is her temple should remain empty via royal Puntian law, and inhabited by an oracle (assumed by Conan). The Puntians seek advice and clarity from the Goddess by speaking to her statue, and the deity does indeed respond to her followers, though it's unclear if Conan spurred this by his actions.

Notes of Interest[]

Despite Puntian law, there are two inhabitants of the temple the story centers on. The supposed oracle (an old woman), and her demon-son (whose father is Jamankh). The deity does take direct action against blasphemies (evidenced by her killing a man), yet a demon-spawn is allowed inside her temple. In the beginning of the story, a priest of the deity communicates with the priests of Keshan. Specifically thanking his "brother priests". The priests of Keshan worship the Goddess Yelaya among others, so this raises the question of how similar the Cult of Yelaya is to Nebethet.

Jamankh being a demon, and the deity being titled Queen of Darkness, substantiates the idea that Nebethet either rules over him, or is somehow related. Concerning Muriela, the deity tells Conan that she will be provided for once she is no longer needed. As Conan theorized, the old woman is an oracle of the deity, perhaps once possessed ages ago. It can be theorized that Muriela will live out the rest of her days serving a dark deity, with who knows what other demons as her companion.

On one last note, Nebethet holds a real life equivalent: Nebet-Het or Nephthys, an ancient Egyptian deity.

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