Het

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Het is the desert god of health, both physical and mental, and is one of the four minor gods of the Menaphite Pantheon. He is particularly popular in Al Kharid, as that is his mythic place of origin.[1][2] He is considered the city's patron deity and guardian.[3][4] Elsewhere in the desert, he is still a popular god among soldiers and leaders because of his association with strength.[1]

A manifestation of Het can appear by picking up a canopic jar from Icthlarin's Little Helper.

Deity info[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

Het's origins are recounted in Tumeken's Dream, a Menaphite religious text, where Tumeken wanders the desert, trying to find himself anew. He first travelled north, to a place called Al Kharid, finding many people weak and weary from desert life. When he reached the mountains surrounding Al Kharid, he saw a man holding the pass open, the physical representation of perfection. Tumeken was impressed by this and so gave the man some of his essence, turning him into Het.[2]

Activities[edit | edit source]

Het created the Duel Arena as a place for his followers to train and improve themselves. However, it also served as a resting place for a powerful amulet that Het no longer wished to use and hoped it would be forgotten as he feared that it would be misused. Het forged a sunstone from Tumeken's light and enchanted it with his magic to create the Eye of Het, which had the power to revive the souls who wished to return. [6]

Return[edit | edit source]

The following takes place during Our Man in the North.
My sisters - Crondis and Apmeken - speak very highly of you. You have helped to treat many wounds in my family... Once our brother, Scabaras, reveals himself, the bau of Tumeken shall be whole again. However, when that happens, I fear Amascut's plan for us shall also be complete. When that time comes, I hope that you will stand with us against her. For now, I must take my leave.
— Het speaking to Player

Het intervenes in the fight between Ambassador Jabari and the adventurer, stopping Jabari. He claims that his mind has been cleared of Amascut's corruption before directly addressing the adventurer in the foyer of the Duel Arena. However, as he can only be seen by the adventurer, Surgeon General Tafani and Hamid both conclude that the adventurer has a head injury. He leaves to deal with a plague in Sophanem and then unite with his sisters Apmeken and Crondis in order to find Scabaras, intending to face Amascut united.

The following takes place during Eye of Het I (miniquest) and Eye of Het II (miniquest).

In Year 9 of the Sixth Age, after the Duel Arena was destroyed by an "earthquake" the World Guardian was tasked by Icthlarin to retrieve the Eye of Het in the ruins.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Het's themes are parallel with several Egyptian gods who represent health and wellness, such as Sekhmet and Isis.
    • Het's first appearance as an apparition in Icthlarin's little helper was likely inspired by the funerary deity Imset. Like Imset, Het is the "guardian of the liver", depicted on a canopic jar containing the organ, and has a human head.
  • Originally, Eye of Het I referred to Het as if he had died.[7] Shortly after Eye of Het's release, Mod Jack stated that the Het referred to as having died was intended to be a historical character distinct from the current Het.[8] However, as many people were confused by the dialogue, they opted to remove the references to Het's death in a patch on 11 April 2022, with the possibility of revisiting the idea in the future.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Jex, "Contact!", RuneScape. "He is the very incarnation of health and strength in both mind and body. [...] Het originated in the north, so he is worshipped fervently by the people of Al Kharid; however, he is a popular god across the desert - his powerful image of strength and health make him a popular god amongst soldiers and leaders."
  2. ^ a b Jagex. "Tumeken's Dream." RuneScape Lores and Histories.
  3. ^ Emir Ali Mirza, "Our Man in the North", RuneScape. "Het? He was always a protector of Al Kharid"
  4. ^ Player character, "Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "Het [...] Patron of Al-Kharid"
  5. ^ Mod Osborne. "The Seven Tiers of Godhood." 21 March 2013. Lore Discussion Forums.
  6. ^ Icthlarin, "Eye_of_Het_I_(miniquest)", RuneScape. "Many, many years ago, Het forged a sunstone from Tumeken's light to create an amulet. He enchanted it with some of his magic and it became known as his Eye - the Eye of Het. With it, her learned to revive the kinds of souls who wished to return to life."
  7. ^ Icthlarin, "Eye of Het I (miniquest)", RuneScape. "After Het... passed, we agreed that the Eye would never be used again." (This dialogue was edited to begin "Eventually, though, the risks grew too great." without reference to Het passing.)
  8. ^ Discord.
  9. ^ Discord.