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Egypt is a major location that has appeared in almost every Serious Sam game, and is one of the most frequently visited locations in the series.
Egypt is a country located in the northeastern corner of Africa. It has one of the longest histories of any country in the world, and is considered to be a cradle of human civilization.
Egypt has a very long history, spanning back several millennia. Many cities and large settlements began with the rise of the Egyptian Empire.
Around 3000 B.C., an intelligent extraterrestrial race known as the Sirians discovered Earth and sent a scouting party to the planet. They landed in Egypt, and established contact with the humans, who were astounded by their superior technology, and thus the Sirians were treated like gods. The Sirians took advantage of this situation and had the Egyptians begin massive construction projects in their favor, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and many large cities like Thebes. Whilst the Egyptians were busy with the building projects, the Sirians built massive plasma generators and other mechanisms underground. Two of these generators were built under Karnak and Luxor, which would activate the Time-Lock when powered up. The Sirians also left behind various clues, puzzles and hidden mechanisms deep inside many of the Egyptian temples. As the Sirians felt humanity wasn't yet advanced enough to decipher their messages or understand the concept of space travel, they thought it would be best to leave their messages behind for humans to understand how to make use of their technology.
Rise of the Egyptian Empire
In exchange for the construction projects and the way the Egyptian people treated the Sirians, they helped the rise of the Egyptian Empire. Two large cities, Memphis and Thebes, were built over the generations. Memphis was a civic town, and considered the greatest during its time, while Thebes served as a sacred place and the heart of Egyptian religion. The Sirians also lived in Thebes for a while. Eventually, the leaders of Memphis became unsatisfied with Thebes' influence over the people of Egypt, and started a massive riot. During the riot, the leaders of Memphis stole many religious artifacts, such as the Shrine of Amon-Ra. After Thebes had been raided, the survivors in the city sealed it off from the rest of Egypt and were never heard from or seen again.
Soon after Mental found out about the Sirians and wiped them out on their home planet, the survivors on Earth found out about their species' demise, and fell into a deep depression. Riots and violence began to consume all of Egypt. With the city of Thebes having been looted as well, this sparked the beginning of the end of the Egyptian Empire. Torn apart with the battles for power, exhausted in wars with many countries that they conquered, and without any help from the Sirians, the Empire soon fell apart. Soon after, the Sirians eventually cut off contact from the Egyptians once they became extinct.
Egypt is the location where the entire events of The First Encounter take place. After entering the Time-Lock, Sam ends up at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in 1378 B.C. He makes his way throughout Egypt, and has to pick up the four elements of water, fire, earth and air, and then place them inside the city of Thebes. He learns from NETRICSA that the Sirians lived in Memphis, so he makes his way there. He goes deeper into the city, where he obtains the Shrine of Amon-Ra, though he doesn't know what its purpose is for.
Sam next travels to Thebes, and NETRICSA tells him that from the Sirian picographs she has analyzed, he is supposed to use the Amon-Ra item in a sacred temple that the Egyptians used to invoke a ritual for the gods. Once he makes his way inside, he uses the item and a rising obelisk appears from the ground, which transmits a signal to Saturn's moon Titan, where the SSS Centerprice was placed by the Sirians. With the ship on its way, he makes his way to the Great Pyramid. However, as Mental knows that something is up, he sends in Ugh-Zan III to stop Sam for good. As Sam's weapons are no use against Ugh-Zan, Sam retreats into the pyramid and activates the Centerprice's security system inside. Once he makes his way to the top of the pyramid, he finds that Ugh-Zan is there waiting for him. He manages to kill Ugh-Zan by activating the ship's laser cannon on him. With Ugh-Zan defeated, Sam boards the SSS Centerprice to Sirius, but not long before something collides into the ship, sending it down to Earth again.
Sam is sent back in time to Ancient Egypt to start his quest after the events of The First Encounter. Prior to the game's events, scientists have found a way to manipulate the Time-Lock into sending someone to any time period. In Egypt, as usual, Sam's notices that Mental's forces are there to stop him once again. He keeps fighting them on until he reaches the Sirian Sphinx. After killing him, Sam is ready to be warped back home, but, due to Mental's tampering with the Time-Lock, is instead sent to Ancient Rome.
After traveling back in time, Sam returns shortly after and reports that "The First Encounter didn't go according to plan. Instead, he is sent further in time to kill Mental. After making several allies, Sam and his friends fight their way to the Great Pyramid as they are being chased by Ugh-Zan, even when they go aboard the spaceship. The trio manages to kill Ugh-Zan, and nothing is known from that point.
Taking place before the events of The First Encounter, Egypt is set during the 22nd century in Serious Sam 3: BFE. During this time, humanity have discovered the Time-Lock after nearing the brink of extinction. However, as they are unable to know how to power it up, a scientist known as Hermann Stein took interest in the matter, and began conducting his own research.
In Serious Sam: Double D, Sam is sent to Egypt to investigate a crystal beacon after he tells ETRICSA that he has defeated Mental. She grows suspicious of Sam after noticing that Mental's forces are in Egypt as well. He reveals that he had taken a vacation and decide to shut down NETRICSA for a while, and that Mental is still alive.
On his way through Egypt, Sam enters a pyramid and discovers a Jump Pad inside. He clears the pyramid of enemies and encounters the Chimputee Battle Master soon after exiting it. He kills him and, soon after, a strange green crystal emerges. NETRICSA says that this crystal is the beacon that they were searching for. He destroys the crystal after learning it has a connection to Mental. Once he does, he is teleported back in time to the Jurassic period in Nova Scotia.
Setting place after The First Encounter, Sam enters the Temple of Ptah to find the Shrine of Amon-Ra. Soon after exiting the temple, Sam finds out about the Mental-Altani corporation and uncovers their reasons for being on Earth. Once Sam fights his way to Alexandria, he discovers that one of Mental's commanders, Major Slick Stinger, has been stationed there. It seems that he is responsible for sending so many of Mental's troops down from the north. After Sam kills him, he makes his way out of Egypt and boards a ship departing to Greece.
Sam visits Egypt after his helicopter is shot down by a Major Bio-mechanoid. He fights his way through and kills it before heading into a tomb that is said to contain a cursed artifact called the Mentalopitcan. Sam finds this artifact and destroys it, only to end up being killed and his soul being placed inside Mental's mind.
Places of interest
- Main article: Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel was a small town located in Upper Egypt. The town is famous for its various temples and the four statues that reside oustide the Great Temple.
- Main article: Alexandria
The second-largest city in Egypt. During the Ancient Egyptian times, the world's largest library, the Great Library, was located here. It is also where Mental stationed Major Slick Stinger and some of his forces to guard it from Sam.
- Main article: Anubis Generator
The Anubis generator was one of the two plasma generators located in Egypt. It was located under an excavation site in Luxor.
- Main article: Cairo
The capital of Egypt, Cairo was one of the largest (and most densely populated) cities in Africa. During the war on Earth, Cairo was one of the cities that was ravaged by Mental's alien armies.
Great Pyramid of Giza
- Main article: Great Pyramid of Giza
This large structure was constructed by the Egyptians to serve as a tomb for the Pharoah Khufu, though it actually serves as the location for the two power generators in Karnak and Luxor, as well as to activate the SSS Centerprice.
Great Sphinx of Giza
- Main article: Great Sphinx of Giza
This sphinx is the infamous statue that overlooks the Great Pyramid. It is also a key plot into solving the riddle of how to enter the Great Pyramid.
- Main article: Horus Generator
The second plasma generator. This one was located under an excavation site in Karnak.
- Main article: Memphis
One of the largest cities in Egypt, Memphis was considered the greatest city during the ancient Egyptian era. In the center of this grand city was a large temple where the Shrine of Amon-Ra could be found, one of the artifacts stolen by the leaders of Memphis during the riot in Thebes.
- Main article: Philae
Philae was an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser in Egypt. It is here where the first Time-Lock control room was located.
- Main article: Thebes
Thebes was the center of Egyptian religion and also where the Sirians lived before they died out. In order to access the city, four elements needed to be placed on their respective altars. By doing so, an ancient guardian of death would be summoned. Defeating this guardian would grant one access to the city.
List of appearances
- Serious Sam: The First Encounter (First appearance)
- Serious Sam: Xbox (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam Advance (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter
- Serious Sam: Double D (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam: The Random Encounter (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam 3: BFE
- Serious Sam: Double D: XXL (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter
- Serious Sam's Bogus Detour (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope
- Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE
- Serious Sam: Tormental (non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam Classics: Revolution (non-canonical appearance)