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"The Ennead? You know, like, the super group of Egyptian gods?"
Steven Grant to Donna Kraft[src]

The Ennead are a race of beings worshiped as gods in Ancient Egyptian and Wakandan culture. In modern times, the word Ennead has been used to refer to a particular group of nine of these gods.

History

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Early History

The Ennead are a group of Egyptian Gods that include Anubis, Atum, Bast, Geb, Hathor, Horus, Isis, Khonshu, Osiris, Sekhmet, Shu, Taweret, Tefnut, Nephthys, Nut, and Ammit. All throughout human history, the Ennead are known to have taken on Human Avatars on Earth. In order to carry out their will and observe for them.

Imprisoning Ammit

In ancient times, some of the Ennead clashed with Ammit, who desired to punish sinners before their crimes would be committed, thus ridding the world of evil. Ammit was betrayed however, by her own Avatar, Alexander the Great, which led to her being imprisoned inside a ushibati, which was buried inside Alexander's body within his tomb.

Declining Involvement

Over time, the Ennead's number reduced, as they were forced to imprison many of their own kind in ushibati much like Ammit, keeping their statues at the Great Pyramid of Giza. At some point in history, the remaining active Ennead chose to withdraw from human affairs, using only the Ennead Council to conduct affairs. Over time, the Ennead became myths and legends in human culture.

Despite the Ennead refusing to intervene in the affairs of man, one of their number, Khonshu, continued to operate in the human world, using his Avatar which he dubbed Moon Knight.

Another of the Ennead, the Panther Goddess Bast, also became involved with humans in ages past, creating the first Black Panther.

Modern Times

By 2025, the Ennead Council consisted only of Osiris, Horus, Hathor, Isis, and Tefnut, who gathered to hear the case of Khonshu against Arthur Harrow after Khonshu caused an eclipse, but dismissed his claims that Harrow planned to release Ammit. The Council regrouped not long after to cast a spell that pulled Khonshu and imprisoned him into a ushabti after the god violated the sky once again.[2]

One of the Ennead, the Goddess Taweret, assisted Khonshu's Avatar Marc Spector when he was killed by Arthur Harrow and ended up in the Duat. Taweret helped Marc and his alter Steven Grant navigate their traumatic memories and eventually return to life through the Gates of Osiris.

Around this time, Arthur Harrow, hoping to unleash Ammit, attacked the Ennead Council and killed all their Avatars, leaving the Council unable to prevent his plans. Taweret, however, chose an avatar of her own in the form of Layla El-Faouly.

Characteristic Traits

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The Ennead are the gods of ancient Egypt. They are immortal, immune to age and disease and can only be killed by either molecular dispersal or if they are sealed within a mortal vessel, in which case they will die if said vessel is killed. The Ennead can also be trapped, sealed into ushabti, though it seems this can only be performed by others of their own kind.

The Ennead are incredibly powerful, capable of superhuman feats of strength and speed, shapeshifting, growing to titanic sizes, seeing into the minds and hearts of others, and can affect the spiritual and physical worlds. However, their powers are limited. They need the aid of a human avatar to use the full extent of their powers. Khonshu required the aid of his Avatar, Steven Grant to turn back the night sky 2,000 years and was unable to attack Arthur Harrow directly. Most Ennead seem to prefer to let their Avatars act freely, only taking control when needed. In exchange for acting as the Ennead's "eyes" and "hands," the Avatar is gifted with incredible power. It is possible for the bond between Avatar and Ennead to be broken either by death of the avatar, by the Ennead being sealed away, or by the Ennead voluntarily withdrawing their patronage from the Avatar. However, while the Ennead seem to need an Avatar's permission to form their bond, simply withdrawing permission does not end it, as Marc and Steven remained Khonshu's Avatar despite both alters rejecting him.

Powers and Abilities

  • Immortality: Unlike their neighbors the Asgardians, the Enneads can potentially live forever and cannot die unless killed by magical weapons or another Ennead.
  • Magic: The Enneads have a great knowledge of Egyptian magic and with this they are even capable of imprisoning other gods.
  • Possession: The Enneads can possess people and make them their hosts.
  • Control of the Stars: The most powerful Enneads like Khonshu can manipulate the stars and the sky.
  • Soul Control: Taweret can guide the souls of the deceased to the afterlife and Ammit is able to draw the souls from the bodies of his victims and consume them.

Notable Ennead

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Appearances

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Ennead fulfilled the same purpose as they had done in actual Egyptian mythology. They were also known as the Heliopolitians, a name invented for the comics. All the members depicted or mentioned in the MCU have either made appearances or were briefly mentioned in issues with the exception of Taweret who has yet to make an appearance in the comics.

Behind the Scenes

  • In an attempt to include Raul Bushman in the show, Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater considered the possibility of having one of the Ennead use Bushman as his own avatar, but the writers felt that they didn't have "the real estate" to incorporate that idea in the story.[3]

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