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Queen Artela was the wife of King Pteppicymon XXVII and Queen of Djelibeybi. She was formally known as The Great Cow of the Arch of the Sky. She was the sister of the assassin Vyrt and the mother of Pteppicymon XXVIII. She draws from Hathor, the Cow goddess in Egyptian mythology who is associated with fertility. She is mentioned in Pyramids as being deceased after going for a swim in the Djel River and thus likely being eaten by the crocodiles. In a society where kings are expected to marry their sister, or if one is not available, their aunt, Artela is an anomaly having been raised outside the kingdom - an outsider. As a person who had seen more of the world than the very insular Djelibeybi, she was adamantly opposed to Pteppic being educated at home and insisted that he go elsewhere for a proper education. "People never learn anything in this place, they only remember things", she said. She also disliked pyramids, a dislike she imparted onto her husband - blasphemous in Djelibeybi. Pteppic says that she was as self-centred as a gyroscope but that she was a pleasant woman and liked cats. She was a concubine, which Chidders thinks is some sort of vegetable.

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