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Tomb of Kheper-Nebt

The Oracle of the Dead

Here lies entombed Kheper-Nebt the Seeing, Oracle of the Dead and Beloved of Netamesphut. May he pass silently through the Gates, and his slumber remain undisturbed.
— 15 Oboron 5896

Chief among the King Tombs, the Tomb of Kheper-Nebt is well known and easy to find; located on the bank of Lake Khonsu in Tolara's Chisisi Desert, it's the lagest structure visible in Baruti's waterfront Lake Sept. While the Tomb is easy to find, however, people are barred from entering any of the King Tombs on pain of death.  

Tomb Layout

  Hexagonal in shape, Kheper-Nebt's tomb is four stories and topped with a blue and silver dome, with each corner of the building carved into a thin pillar; several windows on the second and third floors, crossed with open stone lattice-work, allow for fresh air to enter the tomb.
Kheper-Nebt was an Ilerian Oracle who lived from 5814 to 5896- though he was not a member of the Saya Unal he became famous among his people during the events of the Red Schism, due to his ability to commune with the dead.   Passing naturally at age 82, in the city of Baruti, where his King Tomb is located, in death his Tomb has become a common pilgrimage site for the grieving.
Constructed from a lightly veined, marble white stone, the tomb's exterior is intricately decorated on nearly every visibly surface. The main decorations are engravings with symbols of Netamesphut, and the Ilerian afterlife- such as Lotus flowers, Fish, Frogs, Flowering Trees, and the like; each engraving has been further infilled with gold and silver, with several areas studded with precious gems for additional embellishment.   Two large gold and silver embellished oak doors bearing the crest of Kheper-Nebt's house, and the symbol of the Oracle, lead visitors into a main upper chamber open to the dome; as the only area visitors may legally and religiously enter, this chamber has become filled with offerings over the years- all of which are focused around a smaller domed, pedestal-like building in the center of the interior chamber. Here, a gated door in a dark wood leads Priests into the tomb proper below.  
The tomb proper, like all of Ilerian King Tombs, was constructed with a series of four main Chambers: The Antechamber, Ritual Chamber, Burrial vault, and Gateway. These rooms are aligned in a descending path that carries the explorer south, beneath the lake; each room has a distinct purpose relating to the Ilerian death customs.  
Tomb of kheper-Nebt


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