- "You are stealing half of my coven, Carlisle! Is that why you called me here? To steal from me?"
- ―Amun to Carlisle[src]
Amun is an Egyptian vampire and the leader of the Egyptian coven and one of the only two survivors from the Volturi's assault during the war between their covens. The other survivor is his mate, Kebi. He considers Benjamin his treasure and does his best to keep him hidden from the Volturi, until he is found out in Breaking Dawn.
He is noted as one of the oldest vampires in existence, having been turned before the Romanian coven's rise to power.
Members of the Egyptian coven, including Amun, existed as individuals for centuries before the Romanians' rise to power. After the Romanians began to grow as a coven and dominate their part of the world, several solo vampires and vampire couples joined forces to protect their dominance in the Nile River Valley. Unlike the Romanians, they did not form a guard of subordinates or try to overthrow other vampire covens. Similar to the Romanians, they kept many human slaves and lived as gods. Although none of them possessed any particular gifts.
The Egyptians and Romanians coexisted: they were cordial to one another, though not friendly. Had the Romanians continued the expansion of their empire, eventually they probably would have tried to overthrow the much smaller Egyptian coven. Before the Romanians had time to move that far south, however, the Volturi attacked.
A century later, after the Volturi overwhelmingly won the war against the Romanians, they continued their march against other covens that lived ostentatiously. Their next target was Egypt. Again, the Volturi began with an attempt at diplomacy. They sent ambassadors to the Egyptian "gods", explaining their cause and asking the Egyptians to comply. For the most part, the Egyptians were furious and refused to grant the Volturi any power over them. Only one Egyptian pair changed sides—Amun and Kebi. Amun knew that if the Volturi were able to overthrow the Romanians, the more peaceful Egyptians would be totally decimated within a few years.
Amun had a very strong survival instinct, and he was willing to bow to the Volturi if it kept him alive. Kebi followed Amun's choice without question. However, Amun was always bitter at having to surrender his former lifestyle. He loved the worship, the towering desert monuments, and the excess. He knew he could not plot against the Volturi, because Aro would find out. But he hoped that, over time, he could gain the strength to oppose them. He had learned from the Volturi methods, and he sought out talented humans and vampires.
Unfortunately for him, Aro was well aware of Amun's true desires. He felt the need to let Amun survive in the first place as an example to other covens, so they could see the truth of the Volturi's offer: as long as they did as the Volturi commanded, they could live. Aro always kept a close eye on Amun's movements afterward, so Aro was able to identify individuals Amun was trying to integrate into his coven and—if they had a valuable talent—invite them into the Volturi guard first. Demetri was one of Amun's acquisitions. But with Chelsea on his side, it was not hard for Aro to woo people away from Amun. In many other cases, Aro would simply accuse a coven of a crime when he wanted one of their talented members. He'd kill the rest and save the special one. But Aro enjoys toying with Amun too much to end his life that way.
Over the centuries, Amun had given up trying to create his own talented force. However, when he stumbled across Benjamin—who, as a human, was performing "magic" tricks in the streets of Cairo—he began to dream again. He became a total recluse, keeping Benjamin a deep secret by avoiding contact with any vampire or human who might possibly cross paths with the Volturi. He treated Benjamin as a son, and Benjamin viewed him as a father. The only big falling-out they had in the early years of their coven was when Benjamin left briefly to create his own mate, against Amun's wishes. Benjamin was quickly forgiven when he returned, with no harm done.
- Main article: Breaking Dawn
- "I can't help you, Carlisle."
"I wouldn't ask if it weren't urgent."
- ―Amun's refusal to help the Cullens.[src]
Amun makes his first appearance in the series when his coven arrives in Forks to help the Cullens testify against the Volturi's false accusation. However, he is very distrustful and accuses Carlisle of trying to "steal" members of his coven, particularly Benjamin. When Benjamin subtly threatens to leave, he agrees to stay, but only begrudgingly. Amun agrees to stay long enough to testify after Benjamin threatened to disband their alliance. He and his mate Kebi refuse to touch Renesmee Cullen to hear their story.
When nomadic vampire Alistair left due to his fear of the Volturi, he immediately wants to do the same, but Benjamin refuses, which prompts him to further accuse Carlisle's demeanor before walking off.
Right after giving his testimony, he and his mate Kebi take their leave before the confrontation ends. Aro acknowledges that they will meet again soon after learning about Benjamin's existence.
In Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Amun turns down Carlisle's plea for aid even though he doesn't know what the problem is yet, but begrudgingly changes his mind when Benjamin decides otherwise. Differently from the book, he stays in the clearing throughout the entire confrontation.
Amun is described as having black hair, being 5'8" tall and has a slight olive pallor to his pale skin. Since he's constantly moving around, he lacks the milky film in the eyes and the translucent skin typical of the Volturi and the Romanians. In the movie, his hair is slightly gray, and he has a mustache.
Even though he bears no biological relation to his coven, their appearances can easily make them look like a real family.
Personality and traitsEdit
Amun is mistrustful, paranoid and outspoken. He created Demetri and worked to build his tracker powers, making him the best tracker in the world causing Aro to send Chelsea and take Demetri from him. After he created Benjamin, he became very possessive of his elemental powers, and has made sure Benjamin was hidden from Aro; he knew Aro would want Benjamin for his "collection" as it had happened before. Amun is also easily intimidated and has a strong survival instinct that prompts him to do whatever it takes to survive, even switching sides and leaving someone behind.
Following the Volturi's threat against the Cullens, he accuses Carlisle of stealing his coven, particularly Benjamin, because of his willingness to stand against the Volturi.
- Main article: Amun and Kebi
Kebi is an Egyptian immortal and Amun's mate. A quiet vampire who unquestioningly and devotedly follows her mate's instructions, there is no doubt that Amun is in control of the relationship and that Kebi is very much dominated by him. Until he changed her, she was one of Amun's human slaves, which may explain her devotion to him.
- "I gave you life. You are wasting it."
- ―Amun to Benjamin.[src]
Benjamin is a key member of Amun's coven.
Amun created him because he knew that he would have an exceptionally strong and unique ability: to control the natural elements (water, earth, fire, and air).
Amun tries to control Benjamin and keep him in the coven, but the younger vampire is very independent and doesn't allow himself to be manipulated or used for that matter. His possessiveness is due to Benjamin's talent and he fears everyone is trying to steal him from his coven.
- "We will fight too. We believe the Volturi will overstep their authority."
- ―Tia's agreement to help the Cullens.[src]
Tia is the fourth member of Amun's coven, and Benjamin's mate.
Five years after Benjamin's transformation, Benjamin sought out and changed Tia, whom he knew from his human life, and bought her back to the coven against Amun's wishes. Amun only oversees Benjamin's actions because he had severed the last tie to his human life by turning Tia. Unfortunately, while Benjamin shows Amun affection, Tia sees his ambitious side, but their common ground in keeping Benjamin safe makes her willingly remain by his side.