Anubis was once known as the Guardian of the Dead, and served in the role Osiris now holds before he was slain during the Orcgate Wars. Anubis is now just one of many godkings of Mulhorand who are dead and nearly forgotten .
As the first Mulhorandi God of the Dead, Anubis was said to have control over whether a soul would reach the Underworld, and would ultimately judge those souls in the Underworld to see if they were worthy to be reborn. Before Ra’s death, Mulan were buried in the ground in ceramic or reed baskets with a few of their treasures (burying them in the ground put them closer to the Underworld, and the treasures could help ease their journey in the afterlife).
When the Orcgate Wars struck, Anubis was slain, then Mulhorand became embroiled in a civil war that resulted in Osiris’ death and return to life. This miracle resulted in the people of Mulhorand embracing Osiris as their God of the Dead, and Anubis was all but forgotten.
Instead of the God of the Dead, he became revered as the Guardian of Dead Gods. When Mulan invoke his name, it is to preserve the memory of the dead gods Nut, Tefnut, and Shu, and keep them safe from whatever horrors lurk in the afterlife waiting to prey on the rich souls of the Laren.
Anubis was the original God of the Dead in Mulhorand, he had a thriving church centred upon the now vanished city of Akorbil located along the western coast of the Taranoth region near what is now called the Cliffs of Leaping Horses. He was always a mysterious an enigmatic godking, wearing an elaborate sloping mask that he acquired from the siege of Inupras (and which now is depicted as the head of a dog in modern interpretations of Anubis).
Anubis was an accomplished magic user, many put his abilities among the Laren as second only to Keoth Amsetis. He is said to have crafted or discovered (it is unclear which) the Book of the Dead, a text that teaches the secrets of death to the reader, and while Osiris is said to have been one of the few beings to understand the text, its true master was always Anubis.
Anubis was said to have been slain by the poisons of Luthic, and as he lay dying on the battlefield, his body vanished into nothingness, leaving only his clothing and mask behind.
The subsequent death of Osiris overshadowed the passing of Anubis and many forgot their former Guardian of the Dead, for the new Judge of the Dead had died and been reborn, proving he was the new master of the Underworld and the afterlife. Anubis was forgotten by the Mulan, few realizing that in shedding his mortal form he may have been the first of the Laren to achieve true godhood.
The Church of Anubis dwindled, its centre of suddenly power vanished; the city of Akorbil and his high temple. The rest of his church declined as people stopped revering the dead godking, or they were absorbed into the Church of Osiris who was the new God of the Dead.
The memory of Anubis persists among the Mulan, as he is now the Guardian of Dead Gods, his name invoked whenever they remember the now dead gods, beseeching him to protect them in the afterlife. Some Mulan still speak of dream visions they have received of Anubis surrounded by never ending mists, watching over huge floating islands of light and matter shaped in the form of the dead gods.
In truth, in the moment of Anubis’ death, his disappearance, and the awe of thousands of soldiers that witnessed his apparent ascension, allowed him to ascend to another form of existence and become a true god. Unfortunately the deaths of most of these witnesses to his ascension during the Orcgate Wars, and then the miracle of Osiris’ death and rebirth meant that Anubis was all but forgotten. The decline in worship could have meant the death of a true god, for such beings are powered by belief, however, the continued visions of some from what they believe to be Anubis means that the former Guardian of the Dead has perhaps found a form of life beyond true godhood.
Betita Akhabnubis (Neutral, Human – Mulan, Expert 12): The last surviving member of the Church of Anubis is the former Oblaran and Abetlaran (After living for 700 years it became apparent that Betita was effectively immortal and so he voluntarily underwent the ritual of Abetlaran, relinquishing his role as Divine Incarnation to another) Betita Akhabnubis. He has survived the millennia trapped in the Temple of Lost Gods in the City of Akorbil, hidden beneath the waves of the Alamber Sea.
Betita receives numerous visions that he believes are from Anubis, and as a result Betita continues to serve his godking, believing him to still be alive (although some of these visions disturb Betita as they involve violent deaths of animals with human heads, most often hawks and lions).