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I have no friends! But if I did, they would call me Slaughterer of Souls, Fierce of Face! But I don’t have any friends, so my name is not in danger. Ha, ha, ha!

–Shezmu in The Red Pyramid

Shezmu is the Egyptian god of blood, wine, perfume and the slaughterer servant of Osiris.


Shezmu was one of the lesser gods of the underworld and was under the command of Osiris, lord of the dead. Known as the "Slaughterer of Souls", Shezmu served as the harsh executioner of the wicked, his favored form of execution being beheading. At the order of Osiris, Shezmu took the heads of those he executed, and threw them into a wine press, which he used to draw forth blood. Shezmu would take this blood and used it to make red wine, which he offered to the souls of those who were allowed to pass on to the afterlife. Shezmu would later become associated with perfumes and embalming oils, which helped to prevent bodies from decaying.

The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid

Shezmu stops the Egyptian Queen from entering the Land of the Dead. He says Sadie must name his secret name. He accidentally tells her as they talk, revealing that it is "Slaughterer of Souls; Fierce of Face". He also gives Carter a free perfume sample by command of Sadie (because she has control of him now due to her knowing his secret name), which Carter doesn't appreciate and presumably is still confused about.


Shezmu is very proud and boastful, tending to show off a lot. He is shown as gullible and not very smart, as he reveals his secret name to Sadie without even realizing. Being the Lord of Perfume, Shezmu carries around free samples of a perfume he calls Eternity.


He appears as a giant, bare chested and humanoid with purplish skin. He wears a rope belt around his waist with pouches, demon heads, and other accessories. Sadie describes his head as a strange combination of lion and human. He has gold eyes, a black mane done in dreadlocks, a blood-splattered feline mouth, bristly whiskers, and razor-sharp fangs.

The Kane Chronicles
Core Series: The Red Pyramid | The Throne of Fire | The Serpent's Shadow
Crossovers: The Son of Sobek | The Staff of Serapis | The Crown of Ptolemy | Demigods & Magicians
Main Characters: Carter Kane | Sadie Kane | Ra | Anubis | Apophis | Bast | Bes | Horus | Isis | Zia Rashid | Set | Walt Stone | Setne
Minor Characters: Michel Desjardins | Iskandar | Jasmine Anderson | Amos Kane | Julius Kane | Ruby Kane | Sean Ryan | Julian | Alyssa | Cleo | Felix Philip | Shelby | Khufu | Muffin | Nephthys | Nut | Osiris | Neith | Ptah | Shu | Tefnut | Tawaret | Sobek | Khnum | Khepri | Khonsu | Sekhmet | Hathor | Serqet | Shezmu | Leonid | Babi | Nekhbet | Wadjet | Vladimir Menshikov | Sarah Jacobi | Kwai | Percy Jackson | Annabeth Chase | List of Characters
Gods: Ra | Geb | Nut | Shu | Osiris | Horus | Set | Isis | Nephthys | Anubis | Sobek | Bast | Thoth | Serapis | Ptah | Nekhbet | Wadjet | Babi |
Demons and Magical Creatures: Tjesu heru | Bloodstained Blade | Serpopard | Criosphinx | Uraeus | Petsuchos | Face of Horror | Ammit the Devourer | Carriers | Switchblade Demons
Other: House of Life | Magic | Magician | Kane Family
Related Content: Rick Riordan | List of Terms | The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide | Brooklyn House Magician's Manual

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