The story of the video game states that Mathayus has just finished
his assassin training and is given his first assignment by the
Akkadian king, Urmhet. Of course, this doesn't jive with the
depiction of Mathayus' youth in
Rise of a Warrior, produced later, but having more weight
of canon by virtue of being a movie (though a direct-to-video one).
Rise of a Warrior,
Mathayus completes his training while the Akkadian Empire is under
the kingship of Sargon, not Urmhet. Here, Mathayus is also depicted as
older at the completion of his training (represented by The Rock's
likeness here rather than
Michael Copon's as in
Rise of a Warrior).
For purposes of continuity, we must take the story-points of
Rise of a Warrior as
the canonical ones when there is a conflict with the video game
story. Since Mathayus is seen as older here, we can assume that this
mission is just the latest he's undertaken (not the first) and that Urmhet has since become king of the Akkadian Empire, after first
Sargon, killed by Mathayus, and Shalmaneser who succeeds Sargon,
both seen in Rise of a Warrior.
Mathayus travels to Kehmet to deal with the warlord he's been hired
to assassinate. As far as I can tell, Kehmet is a fictional city.
In Kehmet, Mathayus is forced to deal with Anubis himself.
Anubis was the jackal-headed god of the afterlife and mummification
in ancient Egypt. Mathayus will later, in the prologue of
The Mummy Returns, make an
unholy pact with Anubis to be given victory over Thebes.
A sorcerer called Magus tempts Mathayus with a place at his side.
The word "magus" itself is Latin for "magician" or
"sorcerer"; of course, the term originated much later (17th Century)
than the time period of the Akkadian Empire (c. 3000 BC).
Returning to the Akkadian kingdom, Mathayus is attacked by
Horus warriors. In ancient Egypt, Horus was one of the chief gods
and was depicted as having a falcon's head.
During the course of the story, Mathayus sails to the island of
Crete to seek the mystical Sword of Osiris to kill Magus and there faces
off against the Minotaur, just as he had sailed to Crete to seek the
Sword of Damocles to kill Sargon in
Rise of a Warrior! (Mathayus
must have had a sense of déjà vu through this particular part of the
Sword of Osiris
appears to be a fictional weapon, though it is said within the game to
be the sword used by Set to kill his brother Osiris. In ancient
Egyptian mythology, the god Set killed his brother, Osiris, and cut
the body into pieces, in their feud over rulership of Egypt. The
Sword of Osiris will appear again in the story of the later Scorpion
King video game The
Sword of Osiris.
On Crete, Mathayus also faces and kills one of the Gorgons. The
Gorgons were three hideous sisters of Greek mythology with hair made
up of venomous snakes and whose visage could turn the viewer to
Also on Crete, Mathayus journeys to the Netherworld and meets up
with the Sphinx. The Netherworld, of course, is a term used for the
underground realm of the dead in many religions. A sphinx is a
mythical creature that is half feline and half human, seen in the
mythologies of many different cultures throughout the world.
In retrieving the pieces of the Sword of Osiris, Mathayus defeats
Bast and Apep. Bast was a goddess of ancient Egyptian mythology, the
goddess of cats, Lower Egypt (northern Egypt), the sun, and the
moon. Apep is the evil serpent god of darkness and chaos in Egyptian
mythology who later became known as Set himself (of course, as
stated earlier, within the mythology of this game, the Sword of
Osiris was said to have already been used, by Set, to kill Osiris,
not to mention that Set himself appears for the climactic battle of
the game, so this may not be the same Apep).
Mathayus next journeys to the Tower of Babel, known in the real
world mostly for its part in the story of the Book of Genesis
in the Old Testament of The Bible. Most Biblical
scholars would say that the construction of the Tower of Babel did
not begin until some time in the 1st millennium BC. The story of
this video game seems to suggest that the Biblical destruction of
the Tower of Babel is a result of the battle between Set and
Mathayus. Of course, here the entire tower is destroyed and in the
Bible and other historical sources, it either remains
simply unfinished or has it's top and base destroyed with the
middle left to crumble over time.
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