Khafre walks out of the King’s chamber. It is a long way to the top. He starts walking and goes through a hole leading to an ascending passage. At times he has to bend his head to go through. It’s not easy, but Orsis, the god of the afterlife and reincarnation, leads him by the hand and helps him reach the entrance of the pyramid.
As soon as he reaches sun light, Khafre covers his eyes; he cannot see. He sits on a stone for a while. Slowly, he uncovers his face. He squints several times, trying to focus. Then he stands up … 17 meters above the ground. Through squinting eyes, he looks at the planes of Giza all around him. My father's empire!
He sits down again, trying to take it all in. He lays on a stone to rest; it’s hot. He rests his head on his hands and shuts his eyes … he drifts … far, far away!
He’s a grown man … his father, Khufu, passed leaving behind a battle for the throne.
Djedefre, Khafre’s elder brother, snatched the throne from Crown Prince Kawab, eldest son of King Khufu and his rightful heir. Djedefre killed Prince Kawab and married his wife Hetepheres II.
Khafre is angered by his brother Djedefre. He sees himself heir to his father's throne, removes his brother and reigns over Egypt with an iron fist, just like his father before him.
“I am Khafre, son of King Khufu. Like him I will build myself a great empire!”
The half-brothers argue … and as a result of the family feud, Djedefre decides to build his future resting place in Abu Rawash to distance himself from his family.
Khafre has several wives who give him 12 sons and four daughters. He sees himself as a great worrier and takes credit for the prosperity his country enjoys under his 24/26-year reign.
He builds himself the second largest pyramid in Giza and calls it Wer(en)-Khafre (Khafre is Great). In order to guard his pyramid, and as a symbol of royal power, Khafre also builds the Great Sphinx in image of himself.
“When I come to pass, I will be remembered as one of the great rulers of this land.” That’s a Pharaoh’s promise.