|Release date||1 December 2010 (Update)|
|Quest NPC||Do No Evil|
|Examine||Body of a woman, face of a monkey.|
|Alignment||Mischief, Social Pleasures, Friendship|
|Avatars and aspects||Apmeken|
|Infobox • Talk page|
Apmeken is the goddess of social pleasures, and is one of the four minor gods of the Menaphite Pantheon, a collection of deities that rule over the Kharidian Desert. Her following, as a result, is limited mainly to the desert areas, although the Menaphites of Sophanem follow her most devoutly. Little is known of Apmeken, as she is rarely spoken of, even in Sophanem.
History[edit | edit source]
Creation[edit | edit source]
During Tumeken's Dream, he travelled westward, towards two camps. He found them at bitter odds with one another, arguing over everything. There were some monkeys nearby who were helping and playing with one another. He called out to them and one of the monkeys scrambled over, climbing onto his shoulder. He praised her joyous and social nature, giving her a part of himself and turning her into Apmeken.
Apmeken is the most playful, unpredictable, and mischievous of all of the minor deities of the desert. As described by Jex, she would easily trip someone, but would still catch them before they fell. Apmeken can change her appearance at will, although she always has the head of a monkey, ape, or baboon, depending on the exact nature she is displaying. The monkey represents skillfulness, the ape is wise, and the baboon, in nearly all situations, is comical.
According to Jex, Apmeken left the Kharidian Desert at some point, maybe because the monkeys in the desert either died out, or moved somewhere else, however, it is discovered during Do No Evil that her senses were stolen by Amascut and that she didn't leave the Kharidian Desert.
Supposed Disappearance and Restoration[edit | edit source]
More is revealed about Apmeken during this quest. According to the Three Wise Monkeys, Amascut originally considered Apmeken a minor nuisance who was not worth her time. However, unknown to Amascut, Apmeken and the other minor gods were working to slowly bring peace to the desert. When they succeeded, Amascut was furious; without war, there would not be destruction on the scale she desired.
In response to Apmeken's actions, Amascut tore her voice, sight and hearing using them to create three gorilla-like monsters; Leeuni, Ayuni and Eruni. Without her voice, Apmeken could not reassure the people; without her sight, the people resorted to crime, and without her hearing, people became mindless savages, losing all sense of reason and mercy.
These three monsters quickly ravaged the desert monkeys, killing all but three; the Three Wise Monkeys, who worked together and successfully escaped to Ape Atoll, where they lived in relative peace. The three gorillas went into hiding, but would come back again should the desert monkeys try to resettle in their former homeland. The death of her beloved followers caused Apmeken much grief; combined with the loss of her senses, Apmeken wallowed in sorrow.
With the destruction of the gorilla monsters, Ampeken was restored once more. She personally visited the adventurer and thanked them for their services, expressing guilt for not handling the situation like the Three Wise Monkeys had. She opted not to restore their senses, feeling that it would be an insult to their accomplishments. The three monkeys however believed the adventurer to have gone bananas from heatstroke, for they could not see her. She then left to get a grip on the current situation.
Plan[edit | edit source]
Apmeken does not make any further appearances as of yet, but she was able to connect with Crondis after the same adventurer freed her of Amascut's corruption. Het was later freed of Amascut's corruption, where he mentions that both Apmeken and Crondis spoke highly of the adventurer, and that they are looking for Scabaras so they may all oppose Amascut together.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Her theme of being a goddess of social pleasures makes her closest to Ani (a minor Egyptian god of festivals) but also aspects of Hathor and physically, Apmeken is similar to the minor Egyptian primate deities Aani and Ảmi-kar.
- Like Crondis, the statue of Apmeken in the Uzer Mastaba appears rather masculine. This might however be explained by assuming it is Apmeken in her Baboon form.
References[edit | edit source]
|Facets of gods|
|† denotes gods that are deceased; ‡ denotes gods part of the Menaphite Pantheon|
|Part 11 of the Desert quest series|