I am known by many names, but you may call me Wadjet. I was created, with my twin sister, Nekhbet, as the eyes of the sun god Ra. He sent us to find his children after they became lost in the watery abyss, which was full of chaos and evil. We were successful in our quest and overcame the darkness that dwelled there. On the return of his children, Ra cried with joy, and his tears fell to the ground, becoming the people of the land called Egypt. To reward our achievement, Ra turned us into goddesses, and we dwelt in the papyrus swamps which sat in the delta of the great river of life. Ra then joined the rest of the gods and took on human form, becoming Atum-Ra, creator of all life.
The people of Egypt, under the guidance of the Pharaohs, built the city of Memphis. They also erected temples to honour and worship the gods, who created heaven and earth as well as night and day. The tombs of the Pharaohs, shaped as vast pyramids, recorded their successes in life and, through the Book of the Dead, we gave them instructions on how to join us in the afterlife. The emblem of this land, they called the Lower Kingdom, was the Red Crown. My form, in the shape of a coiled serpent, sits at its front, so I can protect not only the Pharaoh who wears it but also all of the children of the land of lower Egypt. When called on to appear before them, I am a siren, dressed in a gown of shimmering green and blue. My beauty is both dazzling and inspiring. However, for those who are the enemies of Egypt, I am a terrifying green-scaled serpent that spits fire and venom.
My sister, Nekhbet, who also shows herself as a beautiful woman, has chosen to travel south along the river of life, to create the land known as the Upper kingdom. To her enemies, she is a white-headed vulture, with a curved beak, and black claws. They are deadly weapons with which she protects not only the young of the pharaohs but also all those she hides under her exotically coloured wings. The emblem of the upper kingdom is the White Crown, and her image sits at its front as a lasting reminder of her power.
Over the millennium, I watch the Two Kingdoms prosper and help them unite into one mighty land where the Red and White crowns are combined. The old cities are abandoned, and the Pharaohs build new temples to honour all of the gods, at a place called Thebes. The gods then create a war crown for the Pharaohs to protect the New Kingdom. It is made from blue leather and carries my image at its front. When taken into battle, it radiates an unstoppable force against the enemies of Egypt.
For many years the pharaohs successfully used the powers they were given, and harmony existed throughout the land. However, today there is a new Pharaoh, called Amenhotep, and he has decided to replace the old gods with one new deity called Aten. This frightens us, and we ask our father, Atum- Ra, for guidance. He sees that Amenhotep has a young and beautiful wife named Nefertiti. She is more considerate of the old gods and our traditional ways. After much discussion, we decide to give her the power to help restore the balance of life, trusting in her judgement. To help her undertake this task, we create a second blue crown for her to wear. Unlike Pharaoh’s, it is tall and elegant and is adorned with bands of coloured precious stones and has my image wrapped around its circumference. My head is at the front, raised in the striking position, with my red, all-seeing eyes, facing forward, but, more importantly, the Crown is infused with my life force.
However, this will be not enough. Nefertiti will require extra help with her quest, so, in a secret ceremony, I give her five of my offspring, in the form of five serpent pendants. Each holds a different gift that may be used to ward off evil and give the wearer the means to call upon us for help. I know that man may be disturbed at any time in the future, by the darkness which dwells in the great abyss. This darkness can take on many different faces; so, I give each of my children the ability to disguise their shape and avoid the eye of the evil one.
This is a powerful gift, and Nefertiti will be the first of her kind to explore its powers, which will last far beyond the era of the Pharaohs, into the new age of man. Realising this, Atum-Ra has insisted on a further guard over the pendants and decrees they can only be used by one person in every generation. Like Nefertiti, this person, blessed by the gods, will be known in their time as, the chosen one.