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The Serpent Crown was created in the final days of pre-cataclysmic Lemuria. Trapped in a pocket dimension since before the dawn of man, the Elder God Set influenced the Earth through the Serpent Men and spread of his worship. The famed human alchemist, Atra, was instructed by the Serpent Men to construct a vessel for Set's power, which he hoped to use in overthrowing Emperor Phraug, lord of the Deviants, and his totalitarian rule over the humans of Lemuria. Set corrupted Atra's mind over time, however, as he became evil and killed his own daughter for standing in his way. Upon confronting Phraug, Atra was surprised to learn the Deviant was also a servant of Set; they had simply manipulated Atra into creating the Serpent Crown for themselves. Atra and Phraud fought over the Crown as Lemuria fell before an assault by the Second Host of the Celestials, with the Crown being lost in the Cataclysm.

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