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Characters

This page contains an A-Z list of all the characters encountered during the game and a profile for each one. If you have spotted any mistakes or have anything to add, please post your suggestions at the forum!

Akhenaten

 

 

Location: Luxor Palace, Luxor

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

Akhenaten is Prince Tutankhamen's jealous brother. His life energy was used by the dark god Set to take on his shape in an attempt to take over Luxor. Impersonating Akhenaten, Set and his advisor Menes raided the treasure room of the palace and escaped to gather troops. The prince walked in on this secret gathering and was converted into a mummy, just moments before Sphinx could arrive to stop it. When Sphinx destroyed the magical device anchoring the ceremony, Set, Menes and the now-mummified Tutankhamen were sucked through a vortex to the Castle of Uruk. To gain power in Luxor, Set used the Akhenaten shape to explain to the inhabitants of Luxor Palace that Tutankhamen had died in an accident. He also became married to his brother's girlfriend Nefertiti.

 

This character is based on the early ruler of Egypt named Akhenaten who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship. His reign lasted a brief 16 years and he was married to Nefertiti.

Anubis

Location: Anubis Tower, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Anubis is the guardian of Osiris. He protects the Great Wall of Heliopolis that Osiris built to keep himself away from being killed by his brother, Set. In order to protect the Helian people from Set's invasion, Anubis put a curse on the Pharoah's Palace, casting everyone inside into stone. When Sphinx first arrived at Anubis Tower, Anubis was not impressed with him. He doubted Sphinx and if he wanted to save the inhabitants of the Cursed Palace he would have to prove himself first. After passing the tests that Anubis gave him, he gradually changed his mind about Sphinx and helped him on his quest.

 

This character is based on the ancient Egyptian god of the dead, who had the same name and was also portrayed as a man with a jackal's head. Anubis looked after the place of mummification and supervised the priests' embalming work. Later he was considered to be the gatekeeper and ruler of the underworld and was said to have protected souls as they journeyed there.

Apocalypse

Location: Council Chambers, Abydos

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

When Sphinx retrieved five healing herbs to cure the Mayor of Abydos of his sickness, what seemed to be two members of the Mayor's party showed themselves to be traitors when they took off with the Sacred Crown of Abydos. They escaped into a secret cavern underneath a large eagle statue in the foyer of the Council Chambers. Sphinx confronted the impostors here, where they revealed that they were the ones responsible for electrifying the water around Abydos, stealing the jewels from the museum and poisoning the Mayor. This was all part of the conspiracy to obtain the Sacred Crown of Abydos for their master, the dark god Set.

 

The two birds then merged together to form a bat-like skeletal demon, but it was defeated by Sphinx, who was rewarded with the crown after this good deed to Abydos.

Athlete

Location: Cursed Palace area & South Beach & Heliopolis Point, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Neutral

The fastest runner and swimmer on Heliopolis can be found in the area outside Cursed Palace, at South Beach and at Heliopolis Point. He is constantly working out, waiting for someone to challenge him. He brags about his physique and mocked Sphinx when he fell short of beating his records.

Aunt Seti

Location: Luxor Palace, Luxor

Gender: Female

Side: Evil

The aunt of Prince Tutankhamen. On the day of the prince's birthday, she asked him to find eight Old Amulets hidden around the palace for his brother Akhenaten, who was Set in disguise. She claimed she was too old to track these down and in return she rewarded her "favourite nephew" with the Treasure Room key, which lead him to his death. Therefore it is probable that she was working with Set and Menes in their plot to take over the palace.

Bum

Location: Grand Canal, Abydos / Bedouin Outpost, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

This hippie has no home and likes to travel around a lot. He lazes around on (and under) the streets of Abydos asking by-passers if they could spare him some scarabs. Sphinx first met him by the canal in Abydos. When he gave him 30 scarabs the tramp thanked Sphinx with a gold ankh piece which he had found in the sewers. He also likes to go to Bedouin Outpost to relax on the beach there. When Sphinx first met the bum here he was seeking shade from the sun in the watchtower but when Sphinx brought him a parasol, he thanked him with a large scarab bag which he had no use for.

Farmer Brothers

Location: Riverside Farm, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

These two brothers work on the Riverside Farm, up the hill from the Cursed Palace. They were called to work in the Palace Gardens when the taller of the two brothers fell victim to the curse and was cast into stone, just like the others inside the palace at the time. The smaller brother waited outside the palace until eventually his brother was freed by Sphinx, who then cleared the Eye of Ra laser posts to allow the farmers to return home safely and resume their work on the farm. In thanks, they presented Sphinx with a Canopic Vase they had found while farming and allowed him to choose a spot on their farm. Whatever they found in this spot would be given to Sphinx in repayment for his good deed.

Fortune Teller

 

Location: Cursed Palace, Heliopolis (lives in Abydos)

Gender: Female

Side: Good

The fortune teller was summoned to the Pharoah's Palace to perform a prediction for his wife when the palace was cursed, and all of the inhabitants were cast into stone. Although she did not see the curse approaching, she foresaw that Sphinx would be the one to save her. She returned home to Abydos, where she is well-known for her prediction skills, and predicted that they would meet again in the distant future (although this never happened).

Geb Queen

Location: Uruk Islands, Uruk

Gender: Female

Side: Evil

The Geb Queen resides in her palace on one of the Uruk Islands. She rules over an insect race and wanted to serve the dark god Set. He let the Geb Queen have the Sacred Crown of Uruk but promised that if she failed, she would be punished severely. In search of the crown, Sphinx broke into the palace of the Geb Queen during her special ceremony. Despite having a multitude of nasty attacks (including projectiles that turn the victim into a Small Frog temporarily) she was unable to defeat Sphinx, who used her weapons against her.

Horus

Location: Castle of Uruk, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

Besides Sphinx, Horus was Imhotep's most worthy apprentice. Imhotep sent Horus on the same mission as Sphinx, to investigate the prophecised darkness at Uruk and find the Blade of Osiris, an old and powerful sword. Imhotep told them both that they must work together, but Horus wanted all the glory for himself. He left Sphinx behind and on his way to the Blade of Osiris, the nearby Eye of Ra charged up and blasted the bridge which Horus was crossing over, sending him down a lava fall. He was thought to be dead, until he met Sphinx again at the entrance to Anubis Tower. Horus was unable to complete the tasks given by Anubis and was jealous of Sphinx's accomplishments. He pretended to be friendly with him and gave Sphinx the Dark Stone of Invisibility. Imhotep quickly showed up to inform Sphinx that the stone would have killed a living being.

After a failed attempt at killing Sphinx, Horus sided with the dark god Set. He had been working as a spy and reported Sphinx's every move back to the castle. After this meeting in the Castle of Uruk, Horus was never seen again for the rest of the game.

This character is based on the ancient Egyptian god who had the same name and was also portrayed as a man with a falcon's head. He was the son of Osiris and Isis and fought with Set for the throne of Egypt.

Imhotep

Location: Sun Shrine Temple, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Imhotep is a powerful magician and Sphinx's mentor. He resides in the temple on Sun Shrine Island in Heliopolis. When Imhotep sensed that the prophecised darkness was approaching, he sent out his two most loyal apprentices, Sphinx and Horus, to investigate Uruk. He can use his magic to communicate with Sphinx and often gave him advice over the course of his quest.

This character is based on the figure in ancient Egypt who was chancellor to the pharoah Djoser and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. He was the first named engineer, architect and physician in history.

Juggler

Location: Abydos Plaza, Abydos

Gender: Male

Side: Good

This colourful character stands in Abydos Plaza, entertaining citizens with his juggling skills. If someone tries to talk to him while he is juggling, he gets distracted and tends to drop the balls. The sister of the Abydosian woman who Sphinx freed from the Cursed Palace was amazed at the Juggler and thought the Mayor of the city should have given him a job as an official entertainer.

The music track which plays on the streets of Abydos is named after this character.

Kemmet the Inventor

Location: Grand Canal, Abydos

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Kemmet lives in his workshop by the Grand Canal in Abydos. When Sphinx gathered five healing herbs for him he was able to prepare a cure for the sick Mayor.

Ketta

Location: South Beach, Heliopolis

Gender: Female

Side: Good

Ketta lives with her husband, the Nomad, in a tent on South Beach in Heliopolis. They are friends of Imhotep, who lives across the lagoon in the Sun Shrine Temple. Although her husband was worried about the future of Heliopolis, Ketta was sure that things would get better. Soon after their first meeting Ketta was captured and taken to Uruk Canyon by some of Set's minions. It was up to Sphinx to save her as the Nomad was too cowardly to go inside the Great Wall Entrance II. She had been held captive in a cage in Uruk Canyon until Sphinx rescued her. They rewarded him with an Abydos pass card which allowed access to the Council Chambers.

Ketta may be related to Shetta the healer who lives in Bedouin Outpost. As well as having similar names, they look almost the same except Ketta is thinner and has slightly different clothes.

Khensu

Location: Castle of Uruk, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Khensu is one of the few remaining Urukites. He was accused of stealing jewels from the Castle of Uruk and locked in a cage in the jail. At first Khensu was afraid of the mummy, who he thought had came to take his soul. But when Tutankhamen freed him from his cage the timid Urukite helped him to escape from the jail. It was here that Khensu and Tutankhamen parted ways, as he believed it would be too dangerous to stay together.

 

This character's name is a reference to a lunar god in Egyptian mythology who also had the name 'Khensu', although he was also known as 'Khonsu' (the name of the character below).

Khonsu

Location: Grand Canal, Abydos / Cursed Palace & South Beach & Heliopolis Point & Bedouin Outpost, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Khonsu the ferryman and his boat can be found by the Grand Canal in Abydos and in Heliopolis beside the Cursed Palace, at South Beach, Heliopolis Point and Bedouin Outpost. With a small fee he can take Sphinx to and from any of these locations. The design on the sails of his boat match the one on the tents in Bedouin Outpost for whatever reason.

 

This character's name is a reference to a lunar god in Egyptian mythology who also had the name 'Khonsu', although he was also known as 'Khensu' (the name of the character above).

King of Luxor

Location: Luxor Palace, Luxor

Gender: Male

Side: Good

The King rules over all of Luxor. He and his family live in the Luxor Palace, where he sat upon his throne in the banquet hall. On Prince Tutankhamen's birthday, he heard rumours concerning the palace security and requested to strengthen the guard. However, his other son Akhenaten (the dark god Set in disguise) assured him that he could handle it himself, but this was merely a lie so that Set could steal all of the treasure from the palace. The king summoned the captain of the guard to the treasure room to try and find the thief but ultimately it can be assumed that, after Set saw to the mummification of Tutankhamen, he and his troops took over the palace and became ruler of Luxor using the Akhenaten form.

 

Lady Nefertiti

Location: Luxor Palace, Luxor

Gender: Female

Side: Good

Lady Nefertiti is a long-time friend of Prince Tutankhamen. Although Tutankhamen had already asked for her hand in marriage, Menes tried to persuade her to marry the prince's brother Akhenaten but failed. On the prince's birthday he met Nefertiti in the courtyard of the palace. Tutankhamen retrieved the letter that she had lost, and she told him to meet her in the same place later on, when no-one would be listening. However that time never came, as Tutankhamen stumbled in on Set's gathering and was mummified in the Luxor Pyramid. Nefertiti was held hostage and forced to watch her boyfriend being converted into a mummy, but when Sphinx arrived Imhotep took her away to safety. After the apparent death of her beloved Tutankhamen, she unwillingly married Akhenaten who had taken over the palace.

This character is based on the figure in ancient Egypt of the same name who was the wife of pharoah Akhenaten. Little is known about her, but she was made famous when a limestone bust of her was discovered in the sculptor Thutmose's workshop.

Mayor of Abydos

Location: Council Chambers, Abydos

Gender: Male

Side: Good

The Mayor rules over the island city of Abydos. He loves his city and his people and resides in the Council Chambers there with his party. Anubis entrusted him with the Sacred Crown of Abydos a long time ago, but when Set came for the three sacred crowns, Anubis needed Sphinx to retrieve the crown. Impostors posing as members of his party poisoned the Mayor (and previously, electrified the waters of Abydos and stole the museum's jewels) in a plan to steal the crown for Set. Sphinx cured the Mayor of his illness by collecting five healing herbs and defeated the thief. The Mayor handed the crown to Sphinx in repayment for saving Abydos.

A plaque in the museum reveals that his cousin was the Great Kenbet in Thebes.

Menes

Location: Castle of Uruk, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

Menes is Set's sinister advisor and most loyal servant. He was hell-bent on ensuring that Set's plan to plunge the universe into eternal darkness was fulfilled. He planned the conspiracy to take over Luxor Palace and gathered the troops together. When the Prince of Luxor, Tutankhamen, stumbled upon the gathering in Luxor Pyramid, Menes conducted the mummification ceremony on him with the aid of a magical device. When Sphinx arrived and destroyed this device, Menes, along with Set and Tutankhamen, were sucked through a vortex into the Castle of Uruk. Menes installed many deadly traps in the castle to ensure that nobody could enter the castle and walk out alive. After Set was defeated at the hands of Sphinx, it is unknown what happened to Menes.

This character's name is a reference to ancient Egyptian king who is considered to be the first in history. He is credited with unifying the upper and lower regions of Egypt into a single monarchy.

Nomad

Location: South Beach, Heliopolis / Montu's Monster Shop, Abydos

Gender: Male

Side: Good

This nomad lives in a tent on South Beach with his wife Ketta. They are friends of Imhotep, who lives across the lagoon at Sun Shrine Temple. When Sphinx met them the nomad was worried about the future of Heliopolis, and soon after, Ketta was kidnapped and held captive in Uruk Canyon. Her husband claimed he was too cowardly, so Sphinx had to save her. They rewarded him with an Abydos Pass Card that allowed access to the Council Chambers.

The nomad can also be found in Montu's Monster Shop in Abydos. Here he tells Sphinx about the zip line handle and complains about the high prices of creatures in the store.

Pharoah of Heliopolis

 

Location: Cursed Palace, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

 

 

The Pharoah rules over the region of Heliopolis. Anyone who wishes to visit him in his palace cannot pass the guards without a royal invitation. The Pharoah's Palace was cursed by Anubis and all of its inhabitants were turned to stone to protect the Helian people from Set's onslaught in the north. 

Tutankhamen retrieved an invitation in the Castle of Uruk and transferred it to Sphinx, who freed the Pharoah from his stone prison. The Pharoah, however, wanted nothing to do with Anubis or Sphinx. He was unwilling to give up the crown; he planned to return it to Set. He fled through his escape route to try and protect it. Sphinx chased him here to an underground cave, where the Pharoah mutated into a big, green scorpion version of himself.

In this mutated form, the Pharoah had the strength to make rocks rain down from the ceiling of the cave and could clasp his hands together to create a flamethrower attack. Sphinx managed to slay the Pharoah using acid darts and obtained the Helian crown.

Prince Tutankhamen

Location: Luxor Palace, Luxor (home) / Castle of Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Tutankhamen is the son of the king, the heir to the throne of Luxor. He once lived in luxury at the Luxor Palace, where he loved to explore the secret passages. However on his birthday he stumbled upon the dark god Set, who had taken on the form of his brother Akhenaten and was gathering troops in a conspiracy to take over the palace. Set and his advisor Menes disposed of the prince, or so they thought. Menes conducted an evil ceremony which converted Tutankhamen into a mummy, just before Sphinx could arrive to stop it. Sphinx destroyed the magical device anchoring the ceremony, which sucked Tutankhamen (along with Set and Menes) through a vortex to the Castle of Uruk.

 

Set and Menes assumed the prince was dead and left him in the jail to rot, but that wasn't the end of him just yet. His canopic vases which contained part of his soul were also sucked through the vortex and ended up all over Egypt. When Sphinx found a canopic vase he could transfer it to the mummy via Bas-Ket. These supplied Tutankhamen's body with energy, slowly restoring his soul one at a time. As Set and Menes were unaware of his awakening, the prince could then sneak around the Castle of Uruk, retrieving important artifacts for Sphinx's quest. The Castle of Uruk was filled with puzzles and traps, but as the prince was technically "dead" he could withstand any amount of pain. This meant that he could use the castle's many deadly traps to his advantage. He could set himself on fire to burn wooden objects, electrocute himself to activate nodes, crush himself to fit through tight spaces and split himself into three to complete tasks that would normally require more than one person. When Menes finally realised there was an intruder in the castle, he assumed it would have been an old, harmless Urukite wandering around and installed some traps in the castle which would transform any intruder into a bat. Tutankhamen used this to his advantage too, as he could use this form to reach high places. On his way to the Eye of Ra area the prince was blown up into smoke by a bomb, but in this form he could float through a field of spikes.

He was stealing all of the castle's treasure under Set's nose, until on his way to deactivating the Eye of Ra he was caught and paralysed by Set's magic. When Sphinx reached the castle and defeated Set, Osiris rewarded Tutankhamen with his last canopic vase. With this, Tutankhamen would finally be returned to his human form and sent home to his kingdom of Luxor. But it was too good to be true. The prince was so excited that he tripped and accidently smashed the canopic vase. Imhotep told him not to worry, as there may be another way to change him back to normal again.

Unless a sequel to Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is made, we will never know whether Prince Tutankhamen ever became human again.

This character is based on the pharoah of ancient Egypt who had the same name. Little is known about him, but he died during his teenage years and his tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

Rameses

 

Location: Sewers, Castle of Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Neutral

Rameses is the king of all sarcophagi people. He resides in the sewers below the Castle of Uruk. He possessed the Hands of Amun, an ancient artifact which would give one the strength to move extremely heavy objects. If the Prince Tutankhamen could successfully solve the torch puzzle around Rameses, he would be rewarded with the Hands of Amun. Once Tutankhamen managed to light all of the torches, Rameses begrudgingly handed over the Hands of Amun.

 

This character's name is a reference to one of the most celebrated rulers of ancient Egypt who was known by the same name. He ruled for 66 years during which he brought prosperity to his people and fostered political, cultural and religious innovations.

Scribe

Location: Cursed Palace, Heliopolis (lives in Abydos)

Gender: Male

Side: Good

The scribe was summoned to the Pharoah's Palace to write his autobiography at the time when the palace was cursed and the inhabitants turned to stone.  When Sphinx freed him, the scribe gave him the Book of the Dead, which let Sphinx summon Bas-Ket to communicate to Prince Tutankhamen and transfer Canopic Vases and other objects. The scribe returned to his home in Abydos to write a new book about the strange events which he had experienced.

Sekhmet

Location: Heliopolis Point, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Sekhmet is a Urukite who must have immigrated to Heliopolis when Set took over the region of Uruk. He is a Squirt herdsman who works in a pen at Heliopolis Point. When Sphinx met Sekhmet he asked him to find all four of his Squirts and return them to the pen. In reward he gave Sphinx a gold ankh piece. He also told Sphinx of his plans to build a ranch one day to keep hundreds of Squirts in.

 

This character's name is a reference to the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt who also had the name 'Sekhmet'.

Set

 

Location: Castle of Uruk, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Evil

Set is the god of darkness. Originally he and his brother Osiris, the god of light, ruled as equals in harmony. Together, they made up the god of both light and darkness, Ra. But one day Set's greed lead him to betray Osiris in an attempt to become the single force in the universe.

Set made himself at home in the Castle of Uruk, which houses the Eye of Ra, a powerful laser beam that would be able to destroy Osiris and cast the shadow of evil upon the world for eternity. To fully power the Eye, he had to gather the three Sacred Crowns of Egypt. With Osiris weak, Sphinx was the one chosen to restore Osiris' power and fulfill the ancient prophecy by retrieving the crowns before Set could lay his hands on them.

Set had no idea that Prince Tutankhamen was stealing all of the castle's treasure under his nose. However on his way to deacivating the Eye of Ra, Tutankhamen was caught and paralysed by Set's magic. When Sphinx arrived in the Eye of Ra area of the Castle of Uruk to take on the dark god, Set dived into the lava pool there and emerged in his godly form. He battled Sphinx but was ultimately defeated when Sphinx targeted the energy bubble on his head. Set was severely weakened, but not destroyed, as the world cannot exist without darkness. He reformed with Osiris and harmony was restored in the universe.

This character is based on the ancient god of Egypt who was the god of the desert, storms, darkness and chaos.

Shetta

Location: Bedouin Outpost, Heliopolis

Gender: Female

Side: Good

Shetta is the local healer of Bedouin Outpost. She lives in a tent there and is skilled in acient healing incantations and rituals. She can restore Sphinx's health for a price of 50 scarabs. When Sphinx brings her four gold ankh pieces and 200 scarabs she can perform a ritual that increases his health capacity by one ankh.

Shetta may be related to Ketta who lives across the desert on South Beach. As well as having similar names, they look almost identical despite Shetta being larger than Ketta and their clothes being slightly different.

Sobek

Location: Castle of Uruk, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Sobek is the chief of the Urukites. He is old and fragile, and survives in the Castle of Uruk with the aid of a walking stick. After being informed that Tutankhamen had freed his fellow Urukite Khensu, Sobek visited the mummy in the jail of the castle accompanied by two other Urukites. On behalf of all the remaining Urukite people, he thanked Tutankhamen and asked him to deactivate the Eye of Ra, Set's main power. Sobek showed him the way to the Eye of Ra area, where he bid farewell as it was too dangerous for the Urukites to progress any further.

 

This character's name is a reference to the crocodile god who was said to bring fertility from the Nile. He also had the name 'Sobek'.

Sphinx

Location: ???

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Half-man, half-lion, Sphinx is a headstrong young demi-god. He is the most worthy apprentice of Imhotep and is the chosen one to fulfill the Ancient Prophecy of Ra. Although strong and agile from the start, Sphinx gained more abilities as he progressed on his mission to put an end to Set's plans. Sphinx had to gather the three Sacred Crowns of Egypt before Set could lay his hands on them. Set's brother Osiris was too weak to fight Set and his guardian Anubis had to stay and protect the Great Wall of Heliopolis, so Sphinx would have to confront Set in the Castle of Uruk alone, where he defeated him and restored harmony in the universe, fulfilling the prophecy and cementing his legacy as a hero.

Throughout the adventure, Sphinx remains silent and never speaks a single word. However, this is common in video games and this decision was probably made so that the player could relate with Sphinx more easily, without personality dislikes.

Urbain the Archaeologist

  

Location: Bedouin Outpost, Heliopolis

Gender: Male

Side: Good

Urbain is an elderly archaelogist who lives alone in a tent in Bedouin Outpost. He had spent his entire life trying to uncover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone. When Sphinx arrived in the Lost Temple of Heliopolis he met with Urbain, who told Sphinx that he was too old and frail to enter the temple anymore. When Sphinx retrieved the six pieces of the Rosetta Stone, the archaeologist was overjoyed as his most important goal in life had finally been achieved. In return, he gave Sphinx underwater projectiles and helped him to decipher the Ancient Prophecy of Ra. According to the sign outside his tent Urbain is a world-renowned archaelogist and discoverer of the Rosetta Stone pieces; seems like he's taking credit for Sphinx's work.

Urukite Chief

Location: Uruk Islands, Uruk

Gender: Male

Side: Good

The Urukite Chief is an old friend of Imhotep, who had informed him that Sphinx was going after the Sacred Crown of Uruk. He waited outside of a temple on the Uruk Islands, where he gave Sphinx a test of wisdom and ability to see whether or not he was capable of overthrowing the Geb Queen. Although at first he treated Sphinx like a coward who had no chance, after escaping from the temple with the glyph key the Urukite Chief claimed he had predicted success all along. He wished Sphinx luck in his battle against the Geb Queen and hinted that there would be other creatures in the palace which he could use against her.