I played around with her in-game portrait in GIMP, experimenting with different skin tones. The resulting image isn't very good quality, but it's interesting to see how she looks with darker skin without changing anything else about the design which is otherwise a great design. I think she looks pretty hot.
EDIT: turned down the brightness on the base layer. I think it looks better this way.
Original image does not belong to me. It belongs to Microsoft and Ensemble Studios.
We do in fact know what Egyptians looked like prior to the start of the Anno Domini Era. Look no further than the Fayum Portraits, which show us the faces of Egyptian people in great detail. Do they answer us the question of race? Well maybe. The races of the depicted individuals are quite difficult to discern, and some images look quite different from one another in terms of race, suggesting that Egyptians were likely very ethnically diverse. The Fayum Portraits are artifacts painted by Roman occupants at around 100 BC. They were paintings of the deceased prior to mummification and burial, and were sometimes called "Mummy Portraits". The paintings would be placed on top of the deceased individual's mummified corpse. They give us a good perspective of the Egyptian physical appearance prior to the Christian and Islamic religious influences that the nation later received.
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (Here we see a tan skinned man in Roman fashion, possibly a Coptic individual. You can see the influence of Roman culture on Egyptian people.)
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (This man appears to be of a mixed race. He looks strikingly similar to historical representations of the Iberian Moors that we later see in the 8th Century.)
68.media.tumblr.com/4e162982c3… (This man appears to be somewhat African, and was no doubt an Egyptian resident, so it seems blacks did make up some part of the Egyptian people)
portraittimeline.com/Faiyum%20… (This painting was uncovered in Antinoopolis, Egypt. She appears very light skinned like a Caucasian, but note her unusually large eyes. Miscalculation by the artist maybe?)
c8.alamy.com/comp/DYERRG/encau… (The man in question appears to have some form of African racial descent.)
s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/2… (This man shows us that not all Egyptians were well shaven people. He's got quite the beard and puffy hairdo)
photographersdirect.com/pdwm.p… (This painting can be found in a Cairo museum. The man in question was almost certainly black.)
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (An Egyptian teenager. Appears to be a mixed race individual)
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (An elderly man. Unlike most individuals, who had brown eyes, this man appears to have greyish-blue eyes.)
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (Egyptian woman with a "ringed" hair style.)
Do you know why all the pictures are colored but this one ?
Because this one showed the difference between egyptians and europeans/arabs/asiatics clearly
So they published it in black and white to hide this truth.
There is nothing racist in my words, people are just asking to see a black egypt because that's the only truth
They are all from the greek - Roman period. Egyt was occupied, and the actual people that could do these types of paintings were the rich ones aka the foreigners that took the land from the real egyptians. They maybe mixed themselves with some true egyptians that why they look mixed. Check your art and the dates etc before talking.
This is Osiris : api.art.rmngp.fr/v1/images/17/…
And as you can see he's an african. A black one obviously.
So if their Gods are Blacks, what do you think about their ethnicity ?
Because i don't see a non black african civilization having a black god as main god don't you think like me ?
Age of Mythology, in terms of the single player campaign takes place around what would seem to be the Hellenistic Period, with the timeline of course being heavily romanticized, so yeah my argument is quite valid, considering the Fayum Portraits date around 100 BC. Egypt has been occupied by many Asian and Caucasian outsiders prior the Fayum Portraits. Possibly the Mesopotamians in 4000 BC, then the Hyksos in 1700 BC, the Sassanians in 600 BC, Persians in 500 BC, and then the Greeks in 300 BC. So the whole concept of a monoethnic Egypt would have likely been very early, and the Egypt in Age of Mythology is not "early" Egypt.
In the game, there are many aspects known to originate during or near the Hellenistic Era. The destruction of Atlantis is portrayed in the game, which was historically recorded in 300 BC. Peltasts didn't exist until about 401 BC. The Gastraphetes would not be invented until 285 BC. Egypt has lighthouses, despite not having lighthouses until Alexander's conquest introduced the Alexandrian Lighthouse around 300 BC. Egyptians have access to iron weapons/armor and siege towers, which wasn't available to them historically until the end of the late period, so we are talking about 332 BC. The game also portrays the Norse Religion, even though the earliest known recordings of Odinistic Paganism (featuring gods such as Odin, Thor, Loki, etc), date back to the publishing of the "De Origine et situ Germanorum", in 98 AD, so this is with in the Anno Domini Era.
People became white after leaving Africa, in the mountains of Caucasus.
So if these people were native Africans they could only be blacks.
Archeological findings showed that these people came from the south then settled in the sahara.
And when the desert appeared (because the sahara looked like the area in south of Africa) each of these groups moved to the closest fresh water spot near their first settlements, some of these people went east (Niger river) and others the people from tchad and nubia settled around the nile because there was no other source of fresh water aroud.
The knowledge used by the ancient egyptians has found its origins in these african areas in nabta playa.
They also found the traces of the people who lived in these areas before egypt, and who probably moved to the nile :
www.crystalinks.com/ancientast… ( African combs )
treeofvisions.files.wordpress.… ( People, actually there are better images of these people and its obvious that they are black people, i discovered it lately, but mainstream medias never talk about it. If i found them again i'll show you)
You wanted a better image with colors ok :
Talking about faded colors ? Ok this one is faded : osirisnet.net/popupImage.php?i…
But the original color is dark brown and it's obvious
The colors are obvious, all shades of brown.
Now let use our brains a lil bit.
1. They are black people ( shades of brown )
2. Are from Africa
3. Look like Africans
Answer : They are Black Africans !!! Simple
So all the lies you can tell are not allowed here, even a 5 yr old girl can see the answer
I also recognize some of these images, and I think you have missed a few details about them. One is from a Nabta Playa cave painting, which is not even in Egypt, but Old Nubian Sudan, and these date back to 10000-8000 BC. Egypt as a nation would not be seen for another 5000 years. Another image is from the tomb of Ankhtifi, and this is 2100 BC we are talking about now. The painting actually depicts two different pigments of skin colors on the people, dark brown individuals and light beige individuals. I think you might have missed the beige colored woman beside the others. There is a historical reason for this, for at around the time of Ankhtifi's role as the Nomarch of Hierakonpolis, the Semetic Canaanites had already settled in Egypt. The Egyptian Old Kingdom state had collapsed at around this time period, and so poverty, public mutiny, and foreign invasion begun to take place in the land. This would also eventually lead to the occupation of Egypt under the Hyksos Empire.
Listen here my friend. You seem to be taking me the wrong way. I'm not stealing Egyptian history for white supremacists, or something equally dubious. I would make the same kind of criticism towards those who whitewash the Egyptians all the same, and I think that should be made clear in my first comment. Egypt has had a very rich multicultural history that has been evolving and adapting through out the ages. To me, Egyptian history is human history, and I have too much passion and respect for them to just let racial supremacists, whether they be black/white/purple, telling me what skin color owns Egyptian history. This rage debate that people have is no different from the people who claim Romans are Italians, Summerians are Iraqis, Indus were Aryans, and it goes on and on, and a lot of people can't seem to get it through their minds that ancient civilizations were far more dynamic than they once believed.
When i'm talking about egypt, i'm talking about the people who started science, built pyramids, etc.
And these people were black Africans. Of course Egypt has been occupied by foreigners but not the whole ancient egypt but only "lower" egypt. And the people that always liberated egypt are the people from the free land of the south.
And these foreigners that ruled the north did nothing amazing, everything amazing that came from egypt had been done by the natives, maybe they learned some stuffs about war from the foreigners but everything cultural was native.
==>There is a historical reason for this, for at around the time of Ankhtifi's role as the Nomarch of Hierakonpolis, the Semetic Canaanites had already settled in Egypt. The Egyptian Old Kingdom state had collapsed at around this time period, and so poverty, public mutiny, and foreign invasion begun to take place in the land. This would also eventually lead to the occupation of Egypt under the Hyksos Empire.<=====
Once again about the ''beige'' woman they are mourners, but egyptians married a lot of foreign womens, and that makes sense. Why ? they were people of power, egypt was THE LAND TO BE ( even Jesus, Abraham, Joseph etc went to egypt to save their lives, the bible says it ). So gold diggers were coming and trying to marry egyptians not complicated to understand.
Hyksos build nothing relevant in egypt. Ahmose liberated egypt and this is his sister : media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrink…
She's dark as some nubians. This is the single proof to show that they were back people. The nobles were black folks.
Black can give black and white, but non black can't give black, nature !
Egypt history may be human history, but it's African history first. Being the first to discover and start everything made them the first. But this is a common thing for the African people. The first humans were the first black africans so you can also say that they are the base of human history, but nobody says it. They are discriminated and not respected at all.
So saying that you don't want to say that egypt is black Africa first but human history is irrelevant my friend.
Today i see many Africans who just want their history back, they are tired of seeing people stealing their history.
So when we talk about ancient Egypt we must say that it's a black African history, because it has been stolen too much and too many times. Just look at hollywood and history books, too many lies.
And you showed me images of Egypt after the natives lost their power over their land. So it was also irrelevant. I showed you images of egypt when natives had the power.
I'm not a racial suppremacist, i'm talking about the truth. And i dare you to show a single picture of a male non black egyptian ruler when the land is unified and under the power of natives. They were all blacks and natives. All shades of black, when you see a light brown person it's not a white person but a light skinned black person nothing more nothing less. Maybe they were marrying some foreign women but the males were black africans. This is the truth. Eurocentrists want to make us believe that they were mixed but this is a lie.
I'm talking about the pharaohs, the real ones. They married only sisters and brothers from their families so it was always the noble royal blood. It could never go outside.
So once again i dare you to prove me wrong.
The north became a little bit lighter but not hugely lighter, egypt became less black after the arab occupation, racism was the big thing. Cairo became one of the biggest trading post for slaves.
I was thinking just like you, until i saw that all this was bs, egypt was very black and very dark till XVIII XIX century. with many shades and types of Africans. But the royal families were very very dark. Not a single non black man ruled egypt when egypt was egypt.
Once again about the ''beige'' woman they are mourners, but egyptians married a lot of foreign womens, and that makes sense. These women used some powders on their faces at funerals. And egyptians depicted women with yellow color to differenciate them from men, but some paintings didn't respect these rules, and women were depicted with their true colors. Why ? they were people of power, egypt was THE LAND TO BE ( even Jesus, Abraham, Joseph etc went to egypt to save their lives, the bible says it ). So gold diggers were coming and trying to marry egyptians to make their lives better, not complicated to understand.
You are right! Isis is believed to have originated from the Nubians. Some Egyptian texts from around the 5th Dynasty quoted the goddess as saying “I am the Nubian and I have descended from heaven.” Some very early art works depicted her with charcoal colored skin as well. Later, people began to paint her as having green skin, blue skin, and then gold skin, which became the most popular color. The choice of gold was likely symbolic, as the gold was considered to the Egyptians to be pure and incorruptible (for gold was impervious to the effects of corrosion), and so the gods themselves were often associated with gold.
There is evidence to suggest ethnic diversity or racial mixing in Egypt prior to the Fayum Portraits, or even the Hellenistic Era. If we look beyond the 15th Century BCE, Egypt was geographically situated between 3 regions with very contrasting ethnic groups. Libya (to the West), Arabia (to the East), and Nubia (to the South), and we know for a fact, that they had a lot of interaction with these regions. They have been surrounded by Caucasoids, Congoids, and Mongoloids for thousands of years. With this in mind, it's really quite difficult to say what race the Egyptians were by the time they became a kingdom. They might have been part of a completely different ethnic background separate from what we normally see in the Afroeurasian World. Depictions of them are often ambiguous and inconsistent, and forensic analysis tends to display mixed results. Records seemed to suggest that the Egyptians didn't really identify with other ethnic groups.
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… (These images date back to 1500 BCE. "A" (Red) represents an Egyptian, "B" (Yellow) represents an Asiatic, "C" (Black) represents a Nubian, and "D" (White) represents a Libyan. Egyptians of that time did not associate themselves with any of the other North African populations. There seems to be a bit of ethnocentrism, as some artifacts suggested that they viewed foreigners as different "species".)
Flinders Petrie, noted that the skeletal remains found at pre-dynastic sites at Naqada in Upper Egypt, showed marked differentiation. Together with cultural evidence such as architectural styles, pottery styles, cylinder seals, and numerous rock and tomb paintings, he deduced that the Mesopotamians had already invaded and settled in Egypt as far back as pre-dynastic times (4000-3000 BCE), and integrated with indigenous Badarian people. So even as far back as the Neolithic Revolution, interactions with foreign nations were taking place. Scientists have also tested the body of King Tut in an attempt to conclude what race the Egyptians were. He was given a proper DNA test, and a precise forensic examination. The results showed that he had a R1b1a2 Haploid Group. R1b1a2 is a common grouping among Western Asians. Susan Anton, who studied Tut's skull, stated that the shape of the cranial cavity indicated an African, while the narrow nostrils indicated a European. Zahi Hawass, who was involved in the forensic examination of King Tut, was pressured by several people wanting to hear the results, and he responded with “Egyptians are neither Arabs, nor Africans despite the fact that Egypt is in Africa, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilization as such has no element of truth to it.” Despite his statement, the ethnic background of the Ancient Egyptians remains inconclusive.
The "debate" over the ethnicity of ancient Egypt is hardly a debate at all when you think about it and Zahi Hawass is embarrassing himself saying shit like that. Egyptians were African, West Asian, and European. They were an ethnically diverse group of people like most major civilizations. I have to wonder if future archaeologists will have similar arguments about our civilization.
Now if she were a blonde with blue eyes THEN that would be wrong but even a lot of prominent Egyptian people today are pretty much white with brown hair and eyes. One of my best work friends, Ta'Hara (1st gen American Egyptian) goes from nasty pale white that rivals my sad Norse skin so bad Hollywood depiction Arabic orange brown every year from winter to summer. The plasticity of the Egyptian melanin is something to behold.
All the indicators proves that the ancient were africans and nothing else.
Then with the time foreigners came.
The land was full of black folks, like 90 - 95 %. Their art show it. The only reason we think that they were diverse is because the
actual people that live in egypt and the mainstream medias are trying to make us believe that there was many non black people living there.
The people of the museums hide the major statues, and put in center locations the minor statues of foreigners that lived in egypt to make us believe that they were really diverse. I experienced it myself when i went to a museum in Paris.
The statues with tha african features, of kings and gods are hidden.
It blew my mind when i discovered it.
Our world is fucked up mate ! This racism is awful !