Re was the supreme god of the ancient Egyptians. This is how he was represented:

There are four unusual things about the male Immortals and Re is no exception. He has a strange object in each hand, something is hanging down towards the ground from his back, and instead of a human-looking head he has a bird-like head. The rest of his exposed body looks normal for a human being. For Re (now written this way in English by scholars, who used to write his name as Ra), his symbol was the obelisk. Here is a closer look:

This being, the purpose of his symbol, and the meaning of his accoutrements, is what we will try to investigate further in this episode.