Season: 1, Episodes: 12, Faction: Survivors
Edward Mars was a United States Marshal who sought to apprehend the fugitive Kate Austen. Their years-long game of cat-and-mouse came to an end when Mars arrested Kate in Australia. He was escorting her on Oceanic Flight 815 to Los Angeles when the plane crashed on the Island. Mars survived three days in excruciating pain, until Sawyer attempted to end his suffering by shooting him in the heart. Sawyer missed the heart and only perforated Mars’ lung. Jack then euthanized Mars.
2×09 – What Kate Did
Edward Mars arrested Kate for the murder of her biological father, Wayne, in a bus station while she attempted to flee to Tallahassee. While he transported her by car to her arraignment in Iowa, a black horse caused him to veer off the road, allowing Kate to escape from Mars’ custody, and making recapturing her a very personal matter to Mars. (“What Kate Did”)
3×15 – Left Behind
He knew that Kate felt guilty about her mother, so he set up a 24-hour stakeout around Diane for when Kate would inevitably show up. Cassidy revealed the extent of the stakeout when she dressed up to look like she was Kate posing as a Bible saleswoman and was tackled by several agents at Diane’s front door. Although two agents were sitting in the diner where Diane worked, Cassidy helped Kate by spilling food on her mother so she would find Kate in the restroom away from the agents. (“Left Behind”)
1×22 – Born to Run
In the months that followed, Kate began a pattern of calling Mars on religious holidays. After she tried to visit her dying mother, the police were called to the hospital to arrest Kate, who was on the run. Kate left behind her plane, which was an item shared with her childhood sweetheart Tom Brennan, who was killed during Kate’s escape from the hospital’s parking lot. (“Born to Run”)
3×06 – I Do
After marrying Kevin Callis, Kate called Mars again to tell him she didn’t want to run anymore. Sensing that Kate had fallen in love, Mars offered to stop chasing her if she could really settle down. But fearing Kevin, a police officer, would eventually discover her identity, Kate fled her husband and the chase continued. (“I Do”)
1×12 – Whatever the Case May Be
Mars later told Kate that her plane was in a safety deposit box in New Mexico. Kate executed a bank robbery to recover it. (“Whatever the Case May Be”)
1×03 – Tabula Rasa
Mars at last caught up with Kate in Australia, arresting her and arranging to bring her to the United States to stand trial. Mars was seated in seat 27G on Flight 815 next to Kate, whom he was escorting. He carried a Halliburton suitcase with four guns and ammo in it, and had a fifth gun in an ankle holster. (“Tabula Rasa”)
1×23 – Exodus, Part 1
At Sydney Airport, Mars taunted Kate in order to explain to an officer why it was necessary that he bring five guns with him. Kate then attacked him after taunting her further. (“Exodus, Part 1”)
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
During the turbulence that caused the crash, Mars was hit on the head by falling luggage, knocking him out and causing his head to bleed. While he was unconscious, Kate took his keys to remove her handcuffs, and then placed the oxygen mask on his face. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
On the Island (Days 1-3)
1×01 – Pilot, Part 1
He was severely injured in the crash by being impaled by a piece of metal. Sawyer assumed he was dead, and took his badge and pistol. Jack attempted to keep him alive as long as possible, hoping to get him to a hospital when they were rescued, as that was his only chance to survive. On the first night Jack tended him, while Kate worried; she told Jack she was sitting next to him on the plane. (“Pilot, Part 1”)
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
The next day, Rose asked Jack to look at him. Later Hurley helped Jack tend to him. Jack asked Hurley to hold Mars down while he removed the piece of metal, but Hurley fainted. As Jack stitched up the wound, the pain caused Mars to regain consciousness, and he snarled, “Where is she?” (“Pilot, Part 2”)
1×03 – Tabula Rasa
When Mars regained consciousness, he told Jack that “She (Kate) is dangerous. Don’t let her get to you. She is not to be trusted. She would do anything to get away.” When Kate went into the tent to check on him, he attempted to strangle her. His suffering was obvious to the other survivors, some of whom questioned the use of medical supplies on an evidently terminal patient. Jack refused to let him die or to put him out of his misery. Apparently at Kate’s request, Sawyer attempted to end his suffering by shooting him, but missed his heart and perforated his lung, putting him in more pain. Jack then euthanized him. (“Tabula Rasa”)
1×12 – Whatever the Case May Be
His body was later dug up by Kate and Jack to retrieve the keys to the Halliburton case. (“Whatever the Case May Be”)
4×04 – Eggtown
Two years later, during Kate’s trial, Jack stated that Mars died in the crash, and that he never spoke to Jack. (“Eggtown”)
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
On Oceanic Flight 815, Edward sat next to Kate. He did not allow her to use a knife and fork when she ate food. Shortly after escorting her to the toilet and back, Sawyer nudged his arm while walking past his seat. (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×02 – LA X, Part 2 | 6×03 – What Kate Does
Once Flight 815 landed, Mars took Kate to the bathroom, where she attempted to release herself from her cuffs by using a pen she stole from Jack on the plane. After seeing part of the pen on the bathroom floor, Mars got suspicious, making Kate nervous and ending in her knocking him out. Almost immediately, Mars and the airport security started chasing Kate, though she successfully escaped by entering a taxi cab occupied by fellow Oceanic 815 passenger Claire. (“LA X, Part 2”) (“What Kate Does”)
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(Anhur) A divine warrior and desert hunter, Onuris is depicted as a man wearing a crown with either two or more often four tall plumes – a headdress which is frequently interpreted as representing the four winds – wielding a lance and a lasso or a lance alone. His name means ‘Bringer of the Distant One’, and it seems thus that of the many Gods who are placed in the role of bringing the ‘Distant Goddess’ – a wrathful Goddess depicted as a lioness – to Egypt from a semi-mythical land to the south or southeast, Onuris may well lay claim to being the original, and his consort, Mehyt, to being the original ‘Distant Goddess’. A love spell from the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM X. 10f) invokes the assistance of Onuris that the object of the spell “be well disposed toward me … having seen me, let her fall in love with me, and no one will be able to speak in opposition…,” apparently drawing upon the myth of the Distant Goddess in expectation that Onuris will be able to attract the object of the spell toward its operator just as he convinces the Distant Goddess to come back with him to Egypt. Arensnuphis, who plays essentially the same role as Onuris in a different version of the myth, is similarly invoked in a spell “to obtain favor” (PGM XII. 182f).
Onuris is mentioned in the Conflict of Horus and Seth as a partisan of Horus, but has no other role in the myth. His connection to Horus here alludes, however, to his participation in a myth involving the hunt to return the Eye of Horus, stolen by an oryx, this myth providing yet another layer of meaning to Onuris’ name.
A further dimension to the character of Onuris comes from the irresistable tendency to link Goddesses featuring in the ‘Distant Goddess’ myth with Goddesses functioning as the ‘Eye of Re‘, that is, as the defender of Re and the executrix of his will in the world. Onuris is thus depicted bearing the ankh, sign of ‘life’, in the midst of the forbidding darkness of the ‘Land of Sokar‘ in the fourth hour of the Amduat book, which recounts the solar boat’s nighttime journey through the netherworld. The appearance of Onuris here seems to relate at once to the desert terrain of this hour, as well as to the darkness in which the solar boat has been plunged, which is represented by the separation of the solar eye from the boat itself. In the register below that in which Onuris is depicted, fourteen heads wearing solar disks are shown, indicating the fourteen days of the waxing moon, in which the Eye of Horus, the wedjat, returns to fullness, its light having been ‘brought from afar’.
The sole reference to Onuris in the Coffin Texts is CT spell 768. In this spell, a God who is addressed throughout without being named is identified at one point as “You who have come into being, Khepri who is in the flood, whom Nun made as Onuris.” Onuris is referred to in ways that allude to the myth of the Distant Goddess: “You whose heart aches for the Sacred Eye … You who go and return safely.” The God in question is also called “you whose name is one and whose faces are four,” perhaps in reference to the four plumed crown Onuris wears. Awareness seems to be the spell’s principal theme. The deity in question is addressed by the recurring phrase, “If N. [the deceased] be aware, do not be unaware of him. If you know N., N. will know you,” and the deity is characterized as “you who see all … you with a perceiving heart.” At one point, the operator requests that the deceased be empowered with a similar consciousness: “Let N. know of the tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, all the universe about you … You who measure everything, you who number those who sleep, he [the deceased] will number those who sleep.” Could this association with awareness be a further dimension of Onuris as one who ‘brings from afar’?
A god of war and hunting who originated at This (the Thinite region) near Abydos, Anhur (Han-her, Inhert)), was more commonly known by his Greek name, Onuris (Onouris). His name (Anhur) literally means “he who leads back the distant one” (which might also mean “Sky Bearer”), which appears to reference the mythical manner in which this god is said to have journeyed to Nubia in order to bring back the leonine “Eye of Re”, who became his consort as the lioness-goddess Mekhit. This legend is paralleled by another surrounding the god Shu at Heliopolis, who was supposed to have also brought back the fearsome “eye” as his own consort, Tefnut. However, the name Anhur suggests that the tradition may have originated with him. This nevertheless led to Anhur often being equated with Shu and also to his link to the sun god under the epithet, “son of Re“. Onuris was thus supposed to hunt and slay the enemies of his solar-deity father.
Onuris, as a war-like god, was also associated Montu and Sopedu and had a strong rapport with Horus, whose claims he vociferously advocates in the tribunal judging the rights to the Egyptian throne. Later during the Greek period, he was identified with the Hellenistic war god, Ares. The Romans maintained this war-like identity of Onuris as evidenced by a depiction of Emperor Tiberius on a column shaft in the temple of Kom Ombo which shows Tiberius wearing the characteristic crown of Onuris.
The iconography of Onuris that has survived depict him as a standing god, with a beard and a short wig that is surmounted by a uraeu and either two or four tall plumes. He is frequently depicted wearing a long kilt which is often decorated in a feather-like pattern. His right hand is raised as if to thrust a lance (he is also known as the “lord of the lance”) or spear, while his left hand holds a length of rope that may be symbolic of his role in capturing his lioness consort. His association with the spear and ropes also provides an inevitable link with the mythological struggle between Horus and Seth, in which the hawk god used the same weapons to entrap and kill his foe, the Hippopotamus.
However, in other instances the rope is absent, and the god may be depicted grasping his raised spear in both hands and at other times neither rope nor spear is present, though his arms are raised as if to hold these objects. This iconography clearly shows that rather than throw the spear, he intends to thrust his spear downward into a subdued enemy. Hence, Onuris controls rather than attacks his enemies.
Though Onuris seems to have originated at This near Abydos in Upper Egypt, his main area of worship in later periods was in the Delta town of Sebennytos (modern Samannud), where he was venerated alongside or as a form of Shu. There is a temple of Onuris-Shu called Phersos (Per-shu) at this site that has been dated to the reign of Nectanebo II, though its construction may have started during the reign of Nectanebo I of Egypt’s 30th Dynasty, though worship of Onuris in this location would have predated this temple. Silver and bronze amulets of the god occasionally have been unearthed in Late Period burials elsewhere in Egypt.
In early Egyptian mythology, Anhur (also spelled Onuris, Onouris, An-Her, Anhuret, Han-Her, Inhert) was originally a foreign god of war, who started being worshipped in the Egyptian area of Abydos, and particularly in Thinis, during the 11th dynasty. Myths told that he had brought his wife, Mehit, who was his female counterpart, from Nubia, and his name reflects this—it means (one who) leads back the distant one.
One of his titles was Slayer of Enemies. Anhur was depicted as a bearded man wearing a robe and a headdress with four feathers, holding a spear or lance, or occasionally as a lion-headed god (representing strength and power). In some depictions, the robe was more similar to a kilt.
Due to his position as a war god, he was patron of the ancient Egyptian army, and the personification of royal warriors. Indeed, at festivals honoring him, mock battles were staged. During the Roman era the Emperor Tiberius was depicted on the walls of Egyptian temples wearing the distinctive four-plumed crown of Anhur.
Because Anhur’s name also could mean Sky Bearer, and due to the shared headdress, Anhur was later identified as Shu, becoming Anhur-Shu. Since Anhur was the more popular and significant deity, and, indeed, Shu was more a concept than a god, Shu was eventually absorbed completely into Anhur.
In the New Kingdom, his popularity increased and Anhur was also titled Saviour, becoming to the people their deliverer from human burden, due to their view of war as their source of freedom and victory. The aspects of war, and saviour, shared with Horus, contributed to Anhur’s eventual identification with the much greater Horus. During the Egyptian period of dominance over Nubia, the Kushites named Horus-Anhur as Arensnuphis (also Arsnuphis, Harensnuphis), Ari-hes-nefer in Egyptian, meaning something along the lines of Horus of the beautiful house. Consequently once Osiris became identified as an aspect of Horus (and vice-versa), Arensnuphis was viewed as having Isis as his wife.
High Priests of Anhur
- Amenhotep, from the time of Thutmose IV. Amenhotep’s wife Henut was a songstress of Anhur. Their sons Hat and Kenna were Chariot Warriors of His Majesty. Known froma stela now in the British Museum (EA 902).
- Minmose, son of the High Priest of Anhur Hori and his wife Inty. From the reign of Ramesses II.
- Anhurmose, from the time of Merenptah.
- Sishepset, from the time of Ramesses III.
- Harsiese, mentioned on an ostraca in Abydos.