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Son of Sutekh the Destroyer, Anubis tried desperately to avoid the path of death and misery that had fallen under his father. However, he would eventually begin to feel his father's presence in his mind, and he eventually lost the battle for control of his body. After Sutekh was once again destroyed, Anubis was resurrected and became a companion of the Tenth Doctor.
In the Osirian Court
Anubis' laboratory and research facility, the House of Anubis, was on top of a mountain in the Delta. It was occupied by reanimated corpses that he had modified for utility; for instance, one had a receiver in its ribcage. After Faction Paradox began negotiations with the Osirian Court, Anubis obtained one of their remembrance tanks and began experimenting with it.
When Cousin Justine wanted to prevent Sutekh from taking the throne, Anubis agreed to help her resurrect Osiris out of technical curiosity and a desire to stave off boredom. With Osiris' complete biodata, collected by Cousin Eliza, Anubis led the two to his laboratory and began the process. However, he lost Justine in the Delta, and, after arriving at the facility, he learned that the biodata samples were incomplete: they were missing 12% of Osiris' psychic mass and 7% of his timeline. To fill these gaps and allow the resurrection to continue, Anubis persuaded Eliza to volunteer as a donor.
Sutekh, who had been informed of the plot by Lolita, declared that the House of Anubis was harbouring blasphemers and sent the Ship of a Billion Years to destroy it. However, the arrival of Justine in Mortega's timeship stalled the Ship's attack, and the War King arrived with the 59th Time Fleet to turn away the Ship from attacking the House. (AUDIO: Body Politic) Anubis became an ally of the Faction, planning with Justine while helping Eliza through the process of incorporating Osiris' biodata and becoming Horus. (AUDIO: Words from Nine Divinities) He created a bio-screen to protect Justine from her memories and hide the Grandfather's shadow so she would appear as a simulacrum. (AUDIO: The Judgment of Sutekh)
Anubis and Horus led the procession that sealed away Nephthys on Earth ca. 5000 BC, with Anubis directing his priests and receiving the soul of Nephthys in the canopic jar with the image associated with him. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)
In the 21st century
In the 21st century, Anubis came to Earth searching for a quantum harvester. He wanted to use it to build a gateway to follow his fellow Osirans to another universe. The Tenth Doctor convinced him to delay his plans for five thousand life cycles, since the gateway could have caused a ripple effect that would have destroyed the universe. Anubis left with Dorothy Bell, who had merged with the harvester. (COMIC: Spiral Staircase, Sins of the Father) However, he continued to make sure the Doctor was finding a way for him to reunite with the Osirans, by checking up on him in the TARDIS. (COMIC: The Singer Not the Song)
Anubis called the Tenth Doctor to the Shining Horizon. He asked the Doctor to go to Amenthes in the distant past to retrieve a sceptre for him. However, while the Doctor and Cindy were gone, Anubis was possessed by Sutekh. He went to the central core of the Horizon, moving it in alignment with the Circle of Transcendence. Anubis attempted to take back control, protecting Gabby and letting her escape, but Sutekh soon overpowered him and continued to possess him, using the Circle to free many other allies that Sutekh had encountered in the void he had been trapped in. Anubis, still under Sutekh's control, sent Osiran service robots after the Doctor.
He left for the Garden of Osiris, where he prevented Cindy from paralysing Sutekh. After he was almost killed, Gabby carried him with her block transfer powers, but he was teleported back to Sutekh when a dragon found Gabby and Cindy. (COMIC: Old Girl)
Dorothy Bell, before sacrificing herself to defeat Sutekh, managed to rejuvenate Anubis, making him younger but also erasing his memory. He greeted the Doctor and offered him some booji juice. (COMIC: Old Girl)
Spending many days together in the Garden of Osiris, Noobis refused to allow the Doctor and his companions to leave without him. Noobis believed that he could set up a Organic Power Interpolator to keep the Circle of Transcendence stable for a thousand cycles.
While in the Garden, the team were attacked and absorbed by a consciousness from an alternate universe which placed each of them into fictionalised virtual environments. Noobis was the first to discover how to break into the realities of his allies, and he possessed the form of a dog in Cindy's world and helped her unlock her real memories. Cindy used their connection to escape to the real world, where she discovered herself connected to a device while surrounded by dead copies of herself. As Cindy broke free of her constraints, the reality that her friends were trapped in broke down slightly, causing them all to remember her. (COMIC: Breakfast at Tyranny's)
Peri Brown opened a canopic jar with his head and discovered a human organ inside, much to her disgust. His name was listed in an Osiran grimoire associated with the forbidden cult of Kephri from ca. 2000 BC. (COMIC: The Curse of the Scarab)
Anubis was cynical about power, saying that it was merely the ability to not feel bored. He had difficulty comprehending the possibility of his own death, but he was ambivalent toward the prospect. (AUDIO: Body Politic)
Anubis claimed that, unlike his father, he was not vengeful, and not interested in dust and darkness but valued life. Unlike Sutekh and Horus, he never claimed to be a god, (COMIC: Spiral Staircase, Sins of the Father) seeing himself as merely an aristocrat. He found Sutekh and his passion for destruction "deeply tedious". (AUDIO: Body Politic) After being rejuvenated by Dorothy, Anubis became much happier and more positive. (COMIC: Old Girl)
Behind the scenes
- The Fifth Doctor's claim that Anubis was king of the dead was contradicted elsewhere in the novel where Osiris is given the title. Furthermore, the Anubis in the Titan Comics Tenth Doctor stories has directly mocked his fictionalised role in relation to the dead.
- Duamutef was actually the god depicted on the canopic jar.