Egypt 9 Glory Gods

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The Egypt 9 Glory Gods (エジプト9栄神, Ejiputo Kyū Ei Shin) are a group of nine Stands featured in the second half of the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders. Alongside their various users, they function as an elite faction of DIO's army.[1]

Summary

The Egypt 9 Glory Gods represent the nine members of the Ennead. Notably, the group is host to various irregularities in the traditional rules behind Stands: the members of the Egypt 9 Glory Gods include a pair of twin Stands with near-identical abilities, a Stand wielded by a falcon, a formless Stand that changes its user's appearance, and even a userless Stand bound to an ancient sword. After the Joestar Group reaches Egypt, the nine Stands and their current wielders assemble at DIO's mansion, where DIO commands them to kill the group before they can reach him. The members then scatter across Egypt to lie in wait for the heroes.

Geb and its user, N'Doul, are the first to attack the Joestars within the desert. Geb wounds Kakyoin's eyes, but is ultimately defeated by Jotaro and Iggy.[2] Later, in Aswan, Oingo and Boingo attempt to assassinate the group with Khnum and Tohth, but fail each time, with Oingo eventually being hospitalized by his own weapon.[3] As the heroes cross the Nile, Anubis possesses a boy named Chaka and confronts Polnareff at Kom Ombo Temple, tricking Polnareff into taking the Stand with him. Anubis later manages to possess Polnareff in Edfu, only to be defeated by Jotaro. When its last-ditch attack fails, Anubis finds itself condemned to rust away at the bottom of a river.[4]

In Luxor, Bastet and its wielder Mariah battle Joseph Joestar and Muhammad Avdol,[5] while Sethan and its user Alessi fight Polnareff and Jotaro.[6] Both are defeated by their own abilities, however, as Mariah is crushed between two cars and Alessi is pummeled by a young Jotaro. The Joestar group attempts to gain information in Gizeh, only to run across Osiris's wielder, Daniel J. D'Arby. After tricking Polnareff into giving up his soul and outsmarting Joseph, D'Arby is challenged by Jotaro to a game of poker, in which the latter mentally overwhelms D'Arby with an all-or-nothing bluff.[7] Meanwhile, Hol Horse kidnaps Boingo and takes him to Cairo, where the two lie in wait for the Joestar group. Though things appear to be looking up for the new duo at first, a mistimed attack from Hol Horse turns against its own user, incapacitating him. For his part, Boingo decides to give up using his Stand for evil and turn over a new leaf, only to be mauled by Iggy.[8]

Later, the falcon Pet Shop, wielder of Horus, is confronted by Iggy while attempting to kill a trespassing child. The falcon pursues Iggy underground and severely wounds him, but the dog eventually succeeds in killing the falcon with its own attack.[9] Iggy then leads the Joestar group to the mansion, where the final Glory God, Atum, and its user, Telence T. D'Arby, reveal themselves. Taking advantage of Kenny G.'s Tenore Sax, a Stand unaffiliated with the Glory Gods, the younger D'Arby brother separates Jotaro, Joseph, and Kakyoin from the others by dragging them into the basement. D'Arby wins against Kakyoin in the game F-MEGA and steals his soul, but is ultimately defeated by Jotaro and Joseph when they cheat their way to victory in Oh! That's A Baseball!.[10]

Members

Egypt 9 Glory Gods

List of Cards

OsirisLink to this section
1 OVATarot Osiris.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 211: D'Arby the Gambler, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 34: D'Arby the Gambler, Part 1

Osiris (オシリス神, Oshirisu-shin) is the god of agriculture, protecting plant life, the fertility of crops, and the earth. He is also the god who rules the underworld.[11]

Stand / User
Number
1 (I)
HorusLink to this section
2 OVATarot Horus.png

Horus (ホルス神, Horusu-shin) is the god of the skies with the jaws of a falcon. The ankh in his hand is said to be a symbol of life.[11]

Stand / User
Number
2 (II)
GebLink to this section
3 OVATarot Geb.png

Geb (ゲブ神, Gebu-shin) is one of the gods of creation, the god of the earth. Born between the god of the atmosphere, Shu, and the goddess of the sky, Nut.[11]

Stand / User
Number
3 (III)
BastetLink to this section
4 OVATarot Bastet.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 199: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 30: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 1

Bastet (バステト女神, Basuteto-joshin) is the goddess of love and fear and is depicted as a cat. She was equated with the goddess Sekhmet, who was alleged to cause illness and plague.[11]

Stand / User
Number
4 (IV)
SethanLink to this section
5 OVATarot Sethan.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 205: "Sethan" Alessi, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 31: "Bastet" Mariah, Part 2

Sethan (セト神, Seto-shin) is depicted in the form of an unidentified animal. An evil god said to be related to chaos, deserts, and storms. The goddess Nephthys is his wife.[11]

Stand / User
Number
5 (V)
KhnumLink to this section
6 OVATarot Khnum.png

Khnum (クヌム神, Kunumu-shin) is the creator god of living things. He is believed to be the god who created man with a potter's wheel and is also the patron god of potters. He is a god with the head of a ram.[11]

Stand / User
Number
6 (VI)
TohthLink to this section
7 OVATarot Thoth.png

Tohth (トト神, Toto-shin) is the god of learning, knowledge, and records, and is represented in the form of a flamingo or baboon. He is also the scribe of the gods.[11]

Stand / User
Number
7 (VII)
AnubisLink to this section
8 OVATarot Anubis.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 193: Anubis, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 28: Anubis, Part 1

Anubis (アヌビス神, Anubisu-shin) is a god represented as the head of a dog, or even as a mountain dog itself. He is the god of death, guarding the cemetery where the dead are laid to rest.[11]

Stand / User
Number
8 (VIII)
AtumLink to this section
9 OVATarot Atum.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 228: D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 40: D'Arby the Player, Part 1

Atum (アトゥム神, Atumu-shin) is the god of the creation of the universe. He created Shu, the god of the atmosphere, and Nut, the goddess of the sky, from whom Geb, Set, and others were born.[11]

Stand / User
Number
9 (IX)

Creation and Development

As Hirohiko Araki drew the Egypt 9 Glory Gods and their users, he placed more importance on the story and tricks than the designs.[12]

Atum's card was the only one to not be present in the manga or anime. However, it was included in Adventure Battle Card and the Stardust Crusaders OVA 2007 box set, despite Telence T. D'Arby not appearing in the OVA.

Khnum's card is shown normally in the anime but also received an original design on Oingo's shirt. None of the other cards received a similar original design.

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Trivia

  • The Ennead, the inspiration for the Egypt 9 Glory Gods, traditionally consists of the gods Atum, Shu, Tefnut, Geb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys, occasionally including Horus. Of the Glory Gods, only five stem from the Ennead itself, with Khnum, Thoth, Anubis, and Bastet being taken from other ranks of the Egyptian pantheon.
  • In JoJo's Venture and its revisions, the Egypt 9 Glory Gods' cards can be seen in battle title cards and the PlayStation version's Tarot Card Reading mini-game. Notably, all of the cards are reformatted to match the vertical orientation of the tarot cards; this includes the cards of Osiris, Bastet, Sethan and Anubis, which are oriented horizontally in the original manga.

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