Legendary Typhonic Beast
The Typhonic Beast, sometimes known as the Set animal, hails from the Mediterranean country of Egypt. The animal is associated with the Egyptian god Set or Seth who is linked with confusion, chaos and violent storms. The creature appears many times in hieroglyphs as representing Set.
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The Typhonic Beast is typically represented as a black, four legged creature with square or triangular ears standing on end, a long muzzle and an upright tail. The tail has some variation depending on the source. Some state the creature’s tail is forked at the end, while others say it is tipped like a lion’s.
One of the early discoveries of this animal in connection with the deity, is an ivory comb with the figure on top of it. This object was found in Mahasna. Those who discovered it, noted it had no tail, unlike some of the hieroglyphic versions, and its long face resembled a donkey.
Many different historians, archeologists and researchers have debated over what type of creature this Set Animal is. Suggestions have been made for it being a giraffe, a jackal, a donkey, a dog, a rabbit, a camel and many other suggestions of modern animals. Others say it is an animal now extinct, while still more claim it is a combination of animals such as the griffin. In any case, this creature of legend has many people talking.
In the World of Ekunbi
Nailah, the Typhonic Beast at Westroc is an extremely handy ally to have around. With the power of persuasion, the gift of curse breaking and a badass fighting skillset, Nailah is one powerful cryptid. She is Brigadier of the Westroc Rangers and mentor to Master Chione Adofo Geb. While most mentor/mentee pairs typically work together after graduation from the Academy, Nailah typically works with the military while Master Chione teaches the class “Territories and History of Ekunbi” to the cadets at the Academy.
The Typhonic Beasts of Ekunbi originate in the territory of the Great South Desert, but when the Daemon regime began its takeover, most of these creatures left the desert and went through Westroc's tunnels into the human realm, ultimately making their way to Egypt.
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