Please note that this document has been superseded by The Amduat and is provided here as an archived document for historical value only.
Following our transcendence from Politics and War in November 2017, the Duat community has periodically struggled with our lack of a singular game that we all play together. When we transitioned from a singular game to instead be a gaming community, the concern arose that we were losing ourselves, losing our cohesion. While we no longer have a single game that we all play, the Lands of Duat, our Pharaohs, our Deities, our community is still strong. This document outlines the overarching growth and transition plans for Duat.
Promotions to the Council of Deities
When we transcended, we did not adapt our community structure to our new reality. We retained our pre-transcendence structure, largely to our detriment. Following the ranking structure outlined in Document 2018-1 and the Seniority Protocols outlined in Document 2018-2, most of our pre-transcendence Pharaohs will be elevated to the Council. We will not be elevating everyone all at once, however most of our elevations will happen over the next few months. The Council helps guide our community, and with rare exception, our Pharaohs have been steadfastly supportive of our community and our aims.
- Aiden was elevated on 2 February 2018, choosing Ba-Pef as his nominal Deity. Ba-Pef is a minor underworld Deity associated with pain and grief.
- Benn, because of his status as a legacy, pre-transcendence Pharaoh, will retain his status, however there are no current plans to elevate him to the Council, as his availability is extremely low.
- Christian is currently a Poole in the Marine Corps and will be shipping out to Boot Camp this summer. His availability is limited, so there are no plans to elevate him. His position as Pharaoh is safe due to his legacy status.
- Corpious will most likely be elevated in the next few months, although there is no explicit time table.
- James will be elevated at some point before the end of March.
- Jayden will be elevated at some point during the month of February.
- Tom will be elevated at some point before the end of March.
Greene, Furhn, Mikey, and Rob are already Deities due to their pre-transcendence positions.The aim is to have a total of twelve Deities sitting on the Council for our fourth anniversary on 28 October 2018. According to Egyptian mythology, Ra traveled through twelve distinct houses along his route from night into morning. This route is the same one that the deceased would pass through on their way to the paradise of Aaru, the penultimate destination in Duat.
In order to accomplish this, there are several candidates that are already being considered for potential fast-tracking to Councillorship, however no single person has been homed in on as a final candidate as of this publishing.
New Pharaohs of Duat
As part of the elevations to the Council, there would only be a few Pharaohs remaining, with the bulk of our community sitting as Deities. As explained earlier, we have transitioned from a single-game community to a gaming community. This means that we are no longer forced to be nearly as insular. While we will still maintain our discerning, punctilious, and scrupulous evaluation of prospective members of Duat, there are significantly more opportunities for admission, since our members aren’t pigeonholed into a single game.
Several members who are currently Friends of the Pharaohs will be fast-tracked to Pharaoh status, bypassing the Merchant rank. The reason for this is that these individuals have the support of multiple Deities and are known personally to be of the caliber for gamers we are looking for in our community.
- Callista is Aiden’s sister. Mikey and Aiden have both suggested her membership as a Pharaoh, and pending evaluation from the Caretaker, she will be made Pharaoh of Duat.
- Lyra is a member of The K Order and is a personal friend to Mikey. She has gamed with several of the Deities, including Mikey, Greene, and Aiden, on multiple occasions. Mikey suggested her membership as a Pharaoh, and pending evaluation from the Caretaker, she will be made Pharaoh of Duat.
- Shaxxy is a long-time Friend of the Pharaohs, having been claimed by Mikey, who has nominated her for fast-track status.
- Caitlin is a gamer that Mikey knows personally and has recommended her for fast-tracked membership as a Pharaoh. Pending the Caretaker’s evaluation, she will be made Pharaoh of Duat.
- Simon (gamer name Abbodon) has been suggested as a strong candidate for membership in Duat by Mikey. While he has not requested fast-track status, pending evaluation from the Caretaker, he will be made Pharaoh of Duat.
- Luke (gamer name Maroosa) has been suggested as a strong candidate for membership in Duat by Mikey. While he has not requested fast-track status, pending evaluation from the Caretaker, he will be made Pharaoh of Duat.
- Mina was enlisted by Furhn and Jayden to assist with Duat’s vanilla Minecraft gameplay. Greene determined that he seemed to fit in well with our community. While we are not currently planning to fast-track him directly to Pharaoh, pending the Caretaker’s evaluation, he will be made Merchant of Duat with the expectation that he will be elevated to Pharaoh later in 2018.
- Zenan was a member of Duat pre-transcendence, and he frequently games with members of Duat. Furhn has suggested him for fast-track status, and pending evaluation from the Caretaker, he will be made Pharaoh of Duat.