Tomb Princes are the sons produced in life by the Tomb Kings. The ancient Nehekharan kings often had many children from their harems, but only one could succeed their father as king. The others served on the battlefield. Those who died heroically in battle were honored with mummification and entombment within their father's pyramid. Those who survived went on to serve their royal brother as officers and upon death were entombed with their brother to serve him the afterlife. Those few who were not satisfied with their lot, and sought to usurp the throne, were denied mummification and had their bones scattered to the winds. Prince Apophas is a notable exception, however, for his crimes were so heinous that it was necessary for his body to preserved, albeit in its own twisted fashion.