Children of the Divine Order
Children of Serket
Characteristics and Aspects
Serket is the goddess of healing venomous stings and bites and was originally the deification of the scorpion. Serket’s name describes scorpion stings, as it means ‘she who tightens the throat’, however Serket’s name also can be read as meaning ‘she who causes the throat to breathe’. She was seen as stinging the unrighteous and seen as one who could cure scorpion stings and the effects of other venoms such as snake bites.
Serket was shown as a scorpion or as a woman with a scorpion on her head. Thankfully her children do not look like insects of any kind and look fully human.
As the guard of one of the canopic jars and a protector, Serket gained a strong association with Isis, Nephthys, and Neith who also performed similar functions.
Although Serket does not appear to have had any temples, she had a sizable number of priests in many communities. The most dangerous species of scorpion resides in North Africa and its sting may kill, so Serket was considered a highly important goddess. As the protector against venoms and snake bites, Serket often was said to protect the deities from Apep, the great snake-demon of evil, sometimes being depicted as the guard when Apep was captured.
While Serket’s children may have been key to curing a common ailment of Egypt, that did not save them from the hunters during the rebellion. Their ability to both cure and cause poison did help some of them survive, however, especially when combined with their ability to survive in the desert. Most of her children would go on to live in dry arid climates around the world, though a few would become the heart of some jungle tribes.
The children of Serket have enhanced endurance and a resistance to poisons. Magically they have access to poison, survival, and healing magics. They follow the Oath of the Veil.