Pasherenptah (90 BCE – 41 BCE) was an Egyptian who served as the High Priest at the Temple of Ptah in Memphis during the 1st century BCE, with his tenure lasting from 76 BCE until his death in 41 BCE.
Troubles in Memphis
During the 1st century BCE, Pasherenptah served as the High Priest of Ptah in Memphis. He met and married Taimhotep, the daughter of a noble family in the city. For many years, Pasherenptah and Taimhotep had hopes of having children to carry on their traditions and inherit the position.
Beginning in the mid-1st century BCE, Memphis became afflicted with a series of terrible 'curses', all of which were secretly initiated by Hetepi, a Priest of Anubis who served under Pasherenptah as one of his counsellors. Pasherenptah's own house was not immune to ills and ailments that seemed to plague the city, for Taimhotep suffered various miscarriages, leading her to fear it would affect Pasherenptah's reputation. All this led Pasherenptah to seek the aid of the Pharaoh Cleopatra and her follower Apollodorus.
In 48 BCE, Pasherenptah met with Apollodorus and Cleopatra in the former's estate in Kanopos Nome, where he was introduced to Aya of Alexandria and her husband, the Medjay Bayek of Siwa. There, they learned about the Order of the Ancients, an organization with power over various regions of Egypt. Pasherenptah explained that one of the members called "The Lizard" had been consolidating power in Memphis and had placed the city under a spell, such that even the Apis Bull was affected. Pasherenptah and the group sought Bayek's help to eliminate the Order, which he accepted.
True to his word, Pasherenptah was later sought out by Bayek after eliminating both the Scarab and the Hyena. After a brief argument with Taimhotep, Pasherenptah confided in Bayek on how bad things were and requested that he investigate various apparently unrelated incidences, discovering that they all had "The Lizard" at their root.
Having discovered The Lizard's identity, a Priest of Anubis named Hetepi, Bayek met with Pasherenptah and Cleopatra at the Palace of Apries. While initially shocked by the revelation that Hetepi was the Lizard, Pasherenptah agreed for Bayek to kill Hetepi, and gave him his blessings before he did so.
The Hidden Ones
In 47 BCE, after Cleopatra ascended the throne as the sole pharaoh of Egypt, allying herself with Gaius Julius Caesar and seemingly with Flavius Metellus and Lucius Septimius, who were both members of the Order of the Ancients, Pasherenptah met with Aya and Bayek and others in a tavern in Alexandria. Expressing their disgust with Cleopatra's alignment, they agreed to form an organization and combat against the Order of the Ancients and preserve the free will of the people.
- Pasherenptah's name, transliterated as p3-šrỉ-n-ptḥ, means "the son of Ptah".
- Historically, Pasherenptah had five children, a daughter from a relationship prior to his marriage to Taimhotep, three daughters born early in their marriage, and a son born in 46 BCE after praying to Imhotep, the deified architect of Djoser's Pyramid.
- While they are depicted as being of similar age in the game, in reality Taimhotep was only in her early teens when she married Pasherenptah, while the latter was in his early 30's at the time of their marriage.
- Pasherenptah belonged to a long line of priests, as his father Pedubast III had been High Priest of Ptah before him, and his son Imhotep-Pedupast later succeeded him.
- Historically, Pasherenptah became the High Priest of the Temple of Ptah at only 14 years old.