Pharon is the name of a registered hero in Paragon City. He is the modern-day descendant of Raman-Set, the legendary Egyptian warrior who first became Pharon.
Two people have claimed the power and role of Pharon.
In an undisclosed period of Ancient Egypt, the Nictus being known as Shadowstar arrived on Earth, seeking a new way to prolong her otherwise shortened existence. Learning from the Egyptian Gods, the Nictus beings abandoned their parasitic ways to embrace redemption. To show their devotion to the new cause, they were required to destroy their Nictus containment vessels after merging with willing human hosts.
Shadowstar chose to re-purpose her containment vessel into body protection for a human champion that would serve both the Pharaoh and Egypt. Of those considered worthy, Shadowstar chose Raman-Set, a young soldier in the Pharaoh's army, to serve as her champion. She believed him to have the strength, stamina, idealism, and kindness that would reflect all of Egypt.
The Gods re-purposed the armor, granting the wearer protection, strength, flight, and insight. Ptah, the God of Craftsmen and Construction, forged the armor so the wearer would withstand the most extreme of weathers. Neither heat, nor cold, nor sand would affect him.
Clad in his new armor, Raman-Set was presented to the Pharaoh, and was named Pharon: Pharaoh's Mighty Champion."
As Pharon, Raman-Set defended Egypt from all threats both man-made and by nature. On occasion the gods would challenge him with tasks, but only to bring out the good qualities that they knew he possessed.
As the years went by, though, Raman-Set found himself succumbing to his own emotions. The old Pharaoh died, and the young prince took his place. The new Pharaoh would need a queen, and thus Pharon was takes with guarding the women that would travel to Egypt to meet with the Pharaoh.
It was then that he met Nepha, princess from a neighboring kingdom. While her father encouraged the marriage, his own advisers did not, and plotted to have her killed so there would be war. Pharon was obligated to rescue her and expose the conspiracy; but in doing so he found himself falling in love with Nepha.
The Gods told him to abandon this course. Shadowstar herself even spoke with him about it. But he still found himself pursuing Nepha, and Nepha returning the feelings.
Their relationship was forbidden, especially after Nepha became queen. But they continued to meet covertly.
Finally her father's advisers discovered the affair and were quick to use it to enact revenge against Pharon for ruining their plans. The Pharaoh was furious when he learned what was transpiring even in his own palace. He ordered Pharon to release his armor and be banished from Egypt. Pharon refused.
At that point, Shadowstar was obligated to come forward and use her power to send the armor, her original containment vessel, into a pocket of space until such time as Raman-Set was again deemed worthy.
Seeing Raman-Set without his armor, the Pharaoh used the opportunity to have him executed on the spot, before the Gods or Shadowstar could stop him. "There will be only one shining star in Egypt", he proclaimed, "and that will always be the Pharaoh."
With Raman-Set dead, the armor of Pharon would remain in the spacial pocket until it could be summoned again by those in his bloodline deemed worthy.
What the Pharaoh did not know is that Raman-Set did have a child... and it was with Nepha. She would bear the child of Raman-Set, raised by the Pharaoh as his own, and would become part of the Pharaoh's bloodline.
Set Ramses is the son of an Egyptian Consulate worker and an American citizen. Born in New York, he eventually earned degrees in history, archeology, and Egyptian Studies. He pursued these courses because he believed there was a "calling" for him to do so, even though the world was more fascinated with other fields.
He was contacted by Bart Wallace, a writer and English professor that he met at an education seminar in 2011, who mentioned that the Paragon City University was looking for an expert in archeology. His trip back to America, though, was a comedy of errors for him. He arrived in Paragon City with little money, no luggage, and no tie to wear for his interview. Worse yet, he discovered that the Archeoogy department was facing budget cutbacks, so they could not hire him as was originally planned. His attempts to secure work with other businesses proved to be equally disasterous.
Finally, out of frustration, he contacted the Mystical Arcane Guild of Investigation, a government organization that investigates paranormal activities. After speaking with both Azuria and Gregor Richardson, he was directed to Shadowstar, who told him that his family's bloodline was, in fact, that of Raman-Set.
Being given the words from the Egyptian tome of Iah, Set stepped before Azuria's Arch of Infinity, and Ptah merged the armor of Pharon with Set, becoming the new Pharon.
His first mission after the transformation involved the rescue of a young woman under attack by BloodBlader. Teaming up with Captain Paragonna of the Paragon City Police Department, he helped secure the woman's safety. He would later be asked to join the newly-restored Guardians of the Dawn supergroup.
Powers and Abilities
Pharon's Primary Ability is Electrical Mêlée, using bio-electric energy stored in the suit to give electric-charged attacks.
His Secondary Ability is Regeneration, which allows him to heal quickly from any attack.
He also possesses the power to fly.
In addition to these powers, he also reportedly gets messages from the Egyptian Gods, mostly through the "Eye of Destiny", a strange power that gives him both insight and foresight to certain events.
He can also invoke or summon certain Egyptian Gods, serving as the vessel for their essence. During this time, he has no control over his body, and in fact his appearance will even be altered to reflect that particular god. The only god he cannot summon is Ra (because Ra is already in the world of the living and operating in Paragon City).
Pharon first appeared in "The Guardian Powers" #11
According to his creator, Pharon was inspired by the Micronaut action figure Pharoid.