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Medjai

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Motto
If I were to say to you that, "I am a stranger traveling from the east, seeking that which is lost." ...Then I would reply that, "I am a stranger traveling from the west, it is I whom you seek."
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High Chieftain: Ardeth Bey
Commanders: 4 positions are available
Caste: Bedouin
Religion: Islamic Monolatrism (See Notes)
Government: Patriarchal Oligarchy
Languages: Arabic (Native)
Ancient Egyptian*
English*
Colors: Black (Primary)
Brown (secondary)
Grey (tertiary)

* = depends on rank and occupation.

Tribes
Bey (Main)
al-Basir
al-Faris
al-Gabir

Hover your mouse over a tribe name to reveal the meaning of the tribe name.
There used to be 12 Medjai tribes but because of Kill Them All only 4 of them remain. The only remaining members of the Bey clan are those who participated on the expedition as everyone else was killed. The rest of the clans are back in the desert unless otherwise stated.

We use Nisba format for tribe names but it isn't required for it to be the format of your character's surname. Hover your mouse over the tribe name to reveal the meaning.

Occupations
Councilors
Commanders
Warriors
Spies
Messengers
Healers
Scribes
Traders
Hunters
Herders
Horse trainers
Domestics
Storytellers

The Medjai were once Pharaoh Seti I's sacred bodyguards that were duty-bound to protect the royal family of Egypt. However, when Pharaoh Seti I was assassinated by Imhotep and Anck-su-namun, Anck-su-namun committed suicide and implored Imhotep to resurrect her. Imhotep had done so willingly at Hamunaptra, but he was caught by the Medjai after they discovered his treason and stopped the ritual, and Anck-su-namun's soul was sent back to the Underworld. Upon the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II, the Medjai condemned Imhotep to the Hom Dai and his priests were mummified alive as a punishment, and Imhotep was forced to watch.

The Medjai have since become the guardians of not only Ancient Egypt's utmost secrets, but they've also changed their directive after Imhotep's condemnation: they must now ensure that Imhotep is never awakened, and if he is they're duty-bound to return him to his grave at all costs. Due to their duties, they've also kept watch over Hamunaptra's grounds for over 3,000 years and ensured that no man would trespass, therefore taking over the duties of the warrior priests of Anubis after their extinction.

As of today, the Medjai have remained the Djed's ancestral enemies and they frequently battle against them. The Medjai remain uninformed that Pharaoh Seti I was reincarnated amongst them as the Djed High Chieftain, and that Great Royal Wife Tuya and Pharaoh Ramesses II were also reincarnated amongst the Djed. However, they're informed that Evelyn O'Connell is the reincarnation of Princess Nefertiri, Pharaoh Seti I's daughter.

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Culture

Naming Conventions

The Medjai use the Arabic naming conventions and names. All Medjai families have their own surname that is not their tribe name, with the exception of the Bey High Chieftain who uses the tribe name as a title.

For game-play purposes only a forename and surname is required. Click here for links to Arabic names.

Marriage

Marriage is an important part of every Medjai's life and it traditionally occurs within their teens. Arranged marriages are commonplace and may vary in reason: whether it's to improve one's social status, relationship with a particular family, or marriage to a parallel cousin. Polygamy is also practiced in the Medjai, and it's generally commonplace for men who hold higher social statuses and ranks (for example, a commander or senior) as they are the only ones who can afford many wives. Medjai may also marry for love, but it is generally uncommon. They may also marry a non-relative.

Medjai men and women can choose their partners, and in case of an arranged marriage either party can decline. Engagements can also be called off if the couple decides that it won't work out during the period. While anyone may choose, the woman's father (or in case he is dead, a brother or male relative) has the overall say as to whom the woman may marry. She must be submissive to their decision or risk dishonoring her entire family if she goes through with the marriage.

Divorce may also be initiated by both parties, to which case the wife is given her family's protection during separation until the issue is resolved. It must also be emphasized that marriages are the sole responsibility of the family in question, and are therefore not the responsibility of the councilors or any other occupation to arrange.

Religion

While it is uncertain when their conversion to Islamic religion began, all members of the Medjai were raised as Muslims. A vast majority of Medjai are devout, whereas others may vary in faith. They do however continue to recognize that other gods exist, despite their consistent worship to only one deity.

However, when news reached the Medjai participating in the expedition of the recent Medjai genocide in the Sahara, many have begun to doubt their religious beliefs, some even dismissing it altogether as they believe that Allah abandoned their people during their time of need.

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Initiation Rite & Occupations

Manhood

A man's entrance into manhood is an endurance test that they take when they are 16 years. They are taken out into the desert on horseback with an adult Medjai warrior, and they're handed a canteen of water that usually lasts them one day. The warrior accompanying them then departs once they reach a certain point in the desert, leaving the initiate stranded. They are required to make their way back to camp using their survival instincts and do whatever necessary to survive. There is no time limit.

All Medjai men begin training as a warrior when they become 7 years of age. All men are given an opportunity to become a warrior if they pass this rite, but they are not a full warrior until they receive the mandatory tattoos. If they don't pass the tattoo rite, or don't want to become a warrior (this is usually frowned upon given their ancestry), the councilors will give them an occupation that is suitable for them based on the skills that they've demonstrated.

If they pass their initiation rite they must take an oath and swear that they will do everything in their power to stop Imhotep from being reborn, and if he is, their sole duty is to return him to his grave.

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Womanhood

Since early childhood, women are traditionally trained as a domestic. However, when they enter womanhood at 16, women are given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as they visit every occupation available for women. Unlike men, they do not partake in ceremonial rites. However, they are required to have the Medjai symbol tattooed on their wrist.

A senior in the occupation will observe them as they perform their duties and decide whether or not it is a suitable occupation. If it is deemed unfit, they will inform the councilor of their verdict. If the occupation is deemed fitting for them, they will be given that occupation. They are given one year to visit every occupation available for women, and if they cannot find a suitable occupation after the year is over, they are tasked as a domestic.

Available occupations for women

Notice : It must be emphasized that due to the events of the Medjai genocide, women will be unable to participate in anything that would endanger them as they will be responsible for repopulating the Medjai when the expedition is over. While they may have children during the expedition if the couple specifically desires it, it is frowned upon.

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Changing Your Occupation

Changing your occupation is rare after the initiation rite, and it is only allowed when a Medjai commander, High Chieftain or councilor authorizes it at the request of an occupation's senior. Traditionally, occupations are expected to be held lifelong. Exceptions may be made if the Medjai has suffered permanent injuries and can no longer perform their duties, which is quite common for warriors.

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Tattoos

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After their entrance to adulthood all Medjai (including women) are required to partake in the tattoo rite in order to receive the Medjai symbol which is engraved on their left wrist. They are required to not cry, move or make a sound during this rite or risk dishonoring their entire family. In the Medjai, it must be emphasized that the lack of tattoos is disgraceful unless the Medjai in question has an occupation that does not require them. All occupations require the Medjai symbol.

Only Medjai warriors and commanders receive additional tattoos on their faces and arms as it emphasizes their rank. They will receive each new tattoo as they advance in rank and are expected to adhere to the same rules as the rite. Medjai commanders can be distinguished by the tattoos on their forehead and cheeks, whereas ranks below him only have the tattoos on their cheeks and arms.

All tattoos are traditionally done in black ink, and in Arabic and Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and hieratic text.

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Appearance

Medjai—like their Djed counterparts—have only black or brown hair, and their complexion varies per individual. We strongly recommend using a Middle Eastern or Hispanic looking play-by in order to portray Medjai.

The Medjai's attire follows traditional Muslim wardrobe; therefore unlike the lenient Djed, the Medjai's attire is more modest as they adhere to their religious beliefs. Medjai domestics are responsible for creating their clothing, although most women will traditionally know how to sew regardless of their occupation and may make their own clothes.

Their clothing is in various hues of black, brown, grey or dark blue. Like the Djed, it is very offensive to the Medjai if a member is wearing non-tribal colors, especially if they belong to an enemy. Only spies are allowed to wear other colors within reason, and even captives are required to wear their traditional colors as their clothes will not be laundered—they are usually burned instead. Guests may wear whatever they desire, but if they are injured and need a new pair of clothes, they will be given their tribal clothes.

During the expedition the O'Connells would have purchased clothing for the Medjai that's more suitable for Ireland's weather and to be inconspicuous. However, most Medjai would have preferred to stick to their tribal colors. Women would still wear modest clothing, their headdress, and hide their skin.

Men

A man's attire consists of (usually) a black thobe, boots, and headdress of their choosing: alasho or tangelmust. Clothing (with the exception of their thobe) may be embroidered with various designs and color hues. Depending on the occasion they can be shirtless and wear pants of any length.

Men may wear various accessories such as grey sashes, amulets or wristbands. If they are a warrior, a bandoleer is commonplace. Men are usually armed and carry their swords (usually scimitars) and firearms on their person.

Women

A woman's attire consists of an abaya, headdress (hijab or jilbāb), boots, and other garments worn by Muslim women. Their base color for their attire is traditionally black, and very rarely in other colors. Unlike their Djed counterparts, Medjai women do not tattoo themselves to emphasize their religious beliefs. In fact, the only tattoo that Medjai women are allowed—and required—to have is the Medjai symbol on their wrist that they receive when they enter womanhood.

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Fashion Examples


Politics

Government

By Medjai law, the High Chieftain and commanders are required to discuss any decision with his council as he is not absolute. Depending on the circumstance, the council may also override any decisions made by the High Chieftain or commanders. However, the High Chieftain may also do the same if it is beneficial for the tribe.

Members of the Medjai government are traditionally accomplished warriors and very rarely from any other occupation. The High Chieftain, commanders and members of the council may be removed from their positions on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of the issue. However, these positions are usually kept for life.

Chain of Command:
Councilors
The High Chieftain
Commander
Warriors

Alignment

Dr. Terence Bey: We are part of an ancient secret society. For over three thousand years we have guarded the City of the Dead. We are sworn at manhood to do any and all in our part to stop the High Priest Imhotep from being reborn into this world.
Ardeth Bey: Now, because of you, we have failed.
Evelyn: And you think this justifies the killing of innocent people?
Dr. Terence Bey: To stop this creature? Let me think...
Ardeth Bey, Dr. Terence Bey: YES!
—The Mummy

The Medjai are not heroes—far from it, in fact—they are better labeled as anti-heroes or neutrals. Their goals might be considered "virtuous", but their means of getting there are not. In The Mummy, the Medjai would stop at nothing to ensure that Imhotep would return to his grave, even if it justified the means killing innocent people. Despite their opinions on foreigners changing, their morals have not changed, and they will still kill innocents.

The Medjai's reasons for participating in the expedition:

  • To return Imhotep and Anck-su-namun to their graves
  • To ensure that the Djed do not get the amulet
  • To ensure the safety of the world







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Expedition Information

Who would have attended?

The Medjai would have chosen very proficient individuals in their fields, and they are generally intolerant of troublemakers. The councilors and Ardeth Bey would have chosen every individual participating before they left, and the O'Connells would have had no part in the selection process.

Medjai cannot decline the councilor's decision for them to participate in the expedition if they are chosen as it is their sacred duty, nor can interested individuals request to participate. They wouldn't be able to be a stowaway as they wouldn't go unnoticed during the journey to Cairo. Medjai wouldn't be able to join the expedition after they departed Egypt, as due to time period travel restrictions and the unpredictability of the amulet, it is impossible to predict if they would arrive before their participating teammates depart.

Chain of Command:
During the expedition, the Medjai share joint powers with the O'Connells. As such, the chain of command is generally:

Ardeth Bey has overall command of both the O'Connell-Medjai parties during the expedition.
Akeem Fuad: In the event that Ardeth Bey is unable to perform his duties, Akeem Fuad will take command of the Medjai.
Rick O'Connell has overall command of his family members, in addition to any Westerners attending the expedition. As such, he also acts as their military commander in times of warfare and he will collaborate with Ardeth Bey.
Evelyn O'Connell: In the event that Rick is unable to perform his duties, Evelyn will assume command over the O'Connells and Western affiliates. She is also the Medjai's patron.

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Notes

Everyday

Calendar
The Islamic Calendar
Magic Access
Unlike the Djed, the Medjai don’t have access to the Book of the Dead and therefore they don’t wield magic. However, even if they did have access to the book it’s considered blasphemous to even consider using it, and they will only use the Book of Amun-Ra to send Imhotep to his grave.
Weaponry
Medjai commanders, warriors, hunters and herders are permitted to have artillery. The traditional Medjai sword is the scimitar, but they are permitted to have other blades. Firearms and bows and arrows are also commonplace. If a Medjai warrior has lost their hand in battle, it is often replaced with a hook that may be used as a weapon.

Knowledge and Other

Ancient World
The Medjai are well-versed in the events that occurred 3,000 years ago between Pharaoh Seti I, Imhotep and Anck-su-namun. Unlike the Djed, parallels are non-existent in their clan and the tale is told accurately. Regardless of whom they are, Medjai children are required to memorize this history. Most Medjai are also well-informed of Ancient Egypt's utmost secrets, however, it is still plausible for some to be uninformed depending on their occupation and overall interest.
Modern World
The Medjai are widely-traveled due to their duties, and some Medjai have even taken occupations in modern society depending on their rank in the clans. An example of this is Dr. Terence Bey—Evelyn O’Connell’s deceased boss—was the curator of the Cairo Museum of Antiquities, and he informed the Medjai of Evelyn’s and Jonathan’s attempts to locate Hamunaptra.
Orphanage
The Medjai own an orphanage in Cairo, Egypt and have branded its orphans with a Medjai tattoo, thus making them a member of the Medjai order. Rick O'Connell is an example of one of the orphans who grew up in Cairo orphanage. It’s a requirement that all orphans memorize the Medjai motto. However, they’re uninformed of Ancient Egypt’s secrets, who and what the Medjai are, or why they were tattooed. Just like everyone else, they believe that the Medjai are myths. We are currently not accepting characters that grew up in Cairo orphanage that aren’t canon.
Opinions on "Foreigners"
Due to the O’Connells aiding them in their task to send Imhotep and the Scorpion King to their graves, the Medjai have partially opened up to foreigners, but they’re still very wary of them.
Foreigners Knowledge
Although foreigners are uninformed about the events of The Mummy, there are rumors that have spread about what "could have happened" that caused several deaths in the films and destruction (ex: artifacts destroyed at the British Museum, etc.). Many foreigners consider the Medjai to be myths as they haven't been seen or heard for millennia's, however there are written texts about them scattered in several religions. Please submit a support ticket if you wish for a religion to have this mentioned and explain their "idea" about them.
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Pages in category "Medjai"

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