Section 2 - Aftermath
Egyptian God of the Nile, Death, and Rebirth
- Name: Andrew Goldfarb AKA Osiris
- Nationality: Originally United States of America, now Egypt
- Political Affiliation: Ancient Egyptian Pantheon
- Education: Doctoral Candidate of Religious Studies, University of Chicago
- DOB: 4/19/80
- DOD: -
- Known Parahuman Abilities: Osiris can rise from the dead, make wasteland fertile, appears to have some degree of control over the Nile river, and can summon what appear to be the countless dead of Egypt’s past.
History: Andrew Goldfarb was a Doctoral candidate from the American University of Chicago. He was in Cairo studying the more obscure cultic rituals of ancient Egypt when a nuclear device was detonated there as part of Yama’s Apocalypse. Suddenly one of the most densely populated tracts of land in the world became a wasteland of rubble and incinerated corpses. From out of this wasteland arose another “God of Death.”
It is uncertain how much influence the existence and study of Lord Yama may have had over Goldfarb’s transformation, or whether it was his obsessive work steeped in ancient Egyptian mythology. Whatever caused his transformation, those few audiences he has granted in the last three years reveal that he has no memory or knowledge of the American student he once was. He believes himself to be utterly and completely the Egyptian god of death and rebirth.
The presence of another “mad” Talent claiming dominion over death has understandably caused significant fear and uncertainty throughout the world. It cannot be denied, however, that Osiris’ presence has been an immense boon to Egypt. In response to the devastation he brought miraculous rebirth. The radioactive fallout was almost instantly wiped away. A sudden, inexplicable flood of the Nile (notwithstanding the existence of the Aswan dam) washed away much of the rubble and debris of Cairo. Even as Egyptian army forces began to tentatively scout what they assumed to be a nuclear disaster area, Osiris had begun building his new temple complex with the help of thousands of slaves, apparently the semi-corporeal spirits of the dead.
Osiris’s existence sparked unease for additional reasons amongst the surviving populace of Egypt. Here was a divinely-powerful being claiming the mantle of a pagan god in a devoutly Muslim country. Everyone feared another Theocracy in the style of Assam. Osiris, however, has proven to be a god of a different sort, mostly oblivious to the “mortals” who clamour about him. Gamal Mubarak, son and presumed heir of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, killed in his palace during the blast, was one of the first to be granted an audience. There, in the presence of reporters, military generals, and Muslim clerics, Osiris declared that his domain was death and rebirth, the ebb and flow of the river, the health of the land. He claimed utterly no interest over mortal political dealings, declaring merely that a Pharaoh should arise from amongst mortal-kind, and that such a Pharaoh would have Osiris’s ear.
Osiris now lives in a massive temple complex situated on the former site of the Egyptian presidential palace. The ghostly dead emerge at night to tend fields all across the Nile river valley. The mortal farmers hide in their homes only to discover their days’ work accomplished upon the morrow. Many of these farmers migrate to New Cairo where Osiris allows them to begin rebuilding the metropolis under his benign neglect.