Is the search for loot worth fighting hordes of undead, dodging deadly traps, and almost causing a rip in the very fabric of the universe? The Guardians of Golarion say “yes”.

Background

Over 6,ooo years ago, in the declining years of Osirion’s
First Age, Pharaoh Hakotep I, known as the Sky Pharaoh,
ruled the nation of Osirion. Before his death, Hakotep
ordered the construction of a pyramid tomb incorporating
technology stolen from the neighboring Shary civilization
of the central Mwangi Expanse. Like the legendary flying
cities of the Shary, Hakotep’s tomb was capable of magical
flight, and upon the pharaoh’s death and burial, his
pyramid took flight. It has remained in the skies above
Golarion ever since, safe from tomb robbers and those
would desecrate the pharaoh’s final resting place.
Before Hakotep was buried, however, a sect of the church
of Nethys known as the Sacrosanct Order of the Blue
Feather stole two items from the dead pharaoh: his heart
and his funerary mask, which contained two pieces of
Hakotep’s soul-his ib, the seat of emotion, thought, will,
and intention, embodied in his heart; and his ka, or “vital
spark,” which the order trapped in the pharaoh’s funerary
mask. With Hakotep’s ib and ka in their possession, the
Sacrosanct Order had hoped to commune with Hakotep’s
soul to learn the secrets of Shory magic and technology.
However, with the pieces of Hakotep’s soul separated,
bound in physical objects, and unable to rej oin together
in the afterlife, the priests discovered they were unable to
communicate with the deceased pharaoh. The two pieces of
the Sky Pharaoh’s soul did, however, empower the obj ects
that contained them, creating two powerful magic items:
the heart of Hakotep and the mask of the For[Jotten Pharaoh.
Hakotep’s successor, Dj ederet II, himself a priest of
Nethys, learned of the sect’s activities when he took the
throne. Scandalized by the desecration of his predecessor’s
tomb by the Sacrosanct Order, Djederet hid away Hakotep’s
heart and mask to keep the order’s misdeeds secret and
to keep the pieces of Hakotep’s soul apart so he could not
return from death to take his revenge on those who had
violated his body and soul. Hakotep’s heart was taken to
Sothis, while his death mask was hidden away in a temple
to Nethys called the Sanctum of the Erudite Eye in the
newly founded city of Wati. To prevent Hakotep’s heart
and mask from ever being found and reunited, Djederet
purged all written records of these events, and as the
centuries passed, knowledge o fHakotep, his reign, and the
locations of these stolen relics have been mostly forgotten.
Over 4 , 0 0 0 years later, the cult of Lamashtu unleashed
a terrible disease called the Plague of Madness on the city
of Wati. More than 60 percent of the city’s population
perished in the streets and in their homes, and Wati was
virtually abandoned for over 450 years. In 2953 AR, the
church of Pharasma returned to Wati and established a new
temple in the city’s ruins called the Grand Mausoleum.
Walling off much of the original city, the Pharasmins
transformed the abandoned settlement into an enormous
necropolis, consecrating it in honor of the city’s dead. Over
the next 1,700 years, people returned to rebuild a new city
adjacent to the old one, and today the living city of Wati is
more than three times the size of the old city.
Seven years ago, Pharaoh Khemet III, the Ruby Prince,
formally opened Osirion’s ancient tombs and burial
sites to foreign explorers. Khemet III understood that
adventurers who’ve traveled great distances in search of
treasure typically do not return from whence they came to
sell their discoveries. Instead, they typically sell or trade
what they do not keep as quickly as possible at the closest
civilized community with an economy strong enough to
absorb an influx of valuable antiquities. The Ruby Prince’s
policy has attracted not only explorers to the desert nation
of Osirion, but also countless scholars, private collectors,
special interest groups such as the Pathfinder Society, and
financial interests from all across the Inner Sea. A minor
industry has sprung up just to support visiting explorers,
and an even larger infrastructure has come into being to
serve foreign investors and traders. Every opening of a
major site has heralded an economic boom, for the local
area and Osirion as a whole.
p. Unlike many of Osirion’s tombs and graveyards, however,
the necropolis of Wati has remained largely untouched, in
no small part because of local taboos and the protection
of the Grand Mausoleum’s priests. But Khemet III has
now ordered the local authorities and church of Pharasma
to open Wati’s necropolis to exploration for the purpose
of discovery, study, and economic stimulus.
p. Due to the order the city of Wati has experienced in influx of adventurers and traders looking to get rich. Everyone is bursting with excitement at the prospect of the Necropolis opening.The opening ceremony is just around the corner!

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