Remark: This article describes the Scales Riddle in the level Temple of Horus. For information about the riddle in the level The Mastabas, see Elemental Scale.
The Scales Riddle is a puzzle that appears three times in The Last Revelation, all in the last level Temple of Horus.
On the other side of the scale there's a feather and on the other there's a silver pitcher. The objective is to fill a silver pitcher with the correct amount of water with the help of the items Small Waterskin and Large Waterskin. The number of liters needed is indicated as wavy lines on a nearby wall above one of the fountains. If the wrong amount of water is used, the monster Ammit is released form its cage.
The riddle can be seen as reference to ancient Egyptian mythology concerning afterlife, especially to a ritual of Weighing of the Heart:
In this ritual, the heart of the deceased was weighed by Anubis, using a feather, representing Ma'at, the goddess of truth and justice. The heart would become out of balance because of failure to follow Ma'at and any hearts heavier or lighter than her feather were rejected and eaten by the Ammit, the Devourer of Souls
Wikipedia article on Egyptian underworld
Overview of the first Scales Riddle room
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duat Retrieved on 28th Oct 2011