Hakotep; the Sky Pharaoh

Pharaoh Hakotep I; known as the "Sky-Pharaoh," was an infamous ruler of the Ancient Empire of Shorafa.

Considered one of the Greatest of the ancient Shorafi Pharaohs, Hakotep I built the Slave Trenches of Hakotep in the deserts of southwestern Sea of Sand, among several major public works. Hakotep was the son of Pharaoh An-Kho and a member of the Khufu Dynasty. He ascended the Scarab Throne of Shorafa in 1633/3, upon the death of his father. The young pharaoh was devoted to the dark god Marzok, but could be a cruel leader. Records show Hakotep was both intelligent and confident.

During his popular reign, Shorafa prospered until he chose a dark-eyed beauty of noble blood named Neferuset as his first royal wife. His advisers spoke against the match because Neferuset; even though she was only nineteen years old, had already earned a sinister reputation as wielder of the Dark Magics. Hakotep refused to listen to his most-trusted advisers and wed Neferuset; vowing to take no other wives during his reign.

The last decades of Hakotep's reign were tainted by his obsession with the neighboring city-states of the Tekritian League and the increasingly unstable Neferuset's mad obsession for the dark space between the stars and the strange beings that lived there. Hakotep was convinced that the Tekritian League would invade Shorafa and, to protect himself, ordered the construction of Khepsutanem, now known as the "Slave Trenches of Hakotep." The Khepsutanem was a powerful weapon that supposedly could call down magic from the sky, and protect the Pharaoh by sending his entire palace into another dimension.

However, the wars between Shorafa and the Tekritian League were ineffectual and cost a great number of Shorafi warriors. The only accomplishment during Hakotep's reign, was the development of his great plane-shifting pyramid, a tomb for himself and his queen, and 16 smaller pyramids for his most trusted generals. Shortly beforte his death, Pharaoh Hakotep I named himself the "Sky Pharaoh." Before the completion of Khepsutanem, Hakotep was afflicted with a recurrent disease of astonishing virulence and died in the year 1697/3. His beloved wife took her own life by drinking serpent venom and was laid to rest in the massive pyramid which was launched into magical oblivion.

With no surviving children, Hakotep was succeeded by his nephew; Djederet II who is said to have put great effort into undoing much of his predecessor's legacy.