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Hotephres (born 84 or 83 BCE) was a Greek former adventurer who lived in Egypt during the reign of Ptolemy XIII. He served as an informant of Apollodorus, helping him investigate the mysterious Order of the Ancients.
Born in Krokodilopolis around 83 BCE, and given an Egyptian name by his Greek father, Hotephres was a skilled warrior who later became an adventurer. During one of his travels, he met Khenut, whom he fell in love with and married. Together, they had a daughter named Shadya and settled down in a villa in Euhemeria.
At some point, Hotephres' father passed on, and his son inherited his farm in Philadelphia. This inheritance brought also the duty to protect the people of the place, and a close relationship with them.
Working for Apollodorus
Sometime prior to 48 BCE, Khenut talked Hotephres into agreeing to work as an informant for Apollodorus, helping him to investigate the Crocodile, a member of the Order of the Ancients who controlled the Faiyum. During this period of time, Hotephres operated from a base in Soknopaiou Nesos, away from their residence in Euhemeria.
That year, Hotephres stole a ledger from a Greek magistrate that he suspected of corruption, believing that the ledger contained information on The Crocodile's identity and the way to bring down the whole Order of the Ancients. However, The Crocodile retaliated by hiring mercenaries to eliminate Hotephres and recover the ledger. As they stormed his bureau, they slew Hotephres' dog and captured his servant, but Hotephres himself was able to avoid capture and fled on a trader's ship to Lake Moeris. At that point, he gave the ledger to Khenut to hide.
Meanwhile, Apollodorus had sent the Medjay Bayek of Siwa to meet Hotephres. Bayek found Hotephres' bureau raided, and following the trail of the raid, he was able to free Hotephres' servant in the Beached Trireme Camp. The servant told Bayek how to find Hotephres, and upon reaching the trader's ship, Bayek introduced himself as a Medjay sent by Apollodorus to assist Hotephres. Hotephres told Bayek of the ledger and its meaning, location; in order to assure Khenut Bayek could be trusted, Hotephres gave him a doll meant for Hotephres' daughter, Shadya, and sent him to Euhemeria.
Hotephres' efforts to uncover the Crocodile's identity received a blow when the Crocodile executed Shadya, as punishment for Hotephres' actions and because Shadya had carried the ledger with her. Bayek helped Hotephres and Khenut by recovering Shadya's body from the water where the Crocodile had drowned her by tying her feet to rocks. While Khenut mourned the death of her daughter, Hotephres provided Bayek with various clues that Khenut had given him: several large men were present when the Crocodile captured his wife and daughter, leading him to believe that they might have been gladiators from the Krokodilopolis Arena, and one of them had been red-haired. Before leaving to Krokodilopolis, Bayek assured Hotephres that he would help him get his revenge.
When Bayek uncovered the Crocodile's identity as Berenike, nomarch of Faiyum, Hotephres met with him outside the arena and informed him about Berenike's residence at the Kerkesoucha Granary. When asked about his plans after Berenike's death, Hotephres told Bayek that he and Khenut would retire to their family villa in Philadelphia, desiring to mourn their daughter in peace.
- Hotephres' name was given to him by his father, which in Egyptian means 'satisfied'.
- Hotephres' pendant features the Owl of Athena, which was often minted on the coins of Athens, and also served as the polis' emblem.