//BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, B–//
You hit the snooze button on your alarm clock and roll over in your bed.
The clock reads, in large, dim red lettering:
(color:red)[**7:45am, 29 March 2083**]
You sigh. It's a Monday morning, and like any Monday morning, you struggle to [[get of of bed->Opening 2]].
(This story is a work of interactive fiction. You can navigate through the story by clicking (color: blue)[blue links]. If you don't like a choice, you can use the undo button in the upper-left corner of the screen. Other text that's special in some way is also colored – you'll learn about those colors and that text as you move through the story.)It takes you a few minutes, but you're finally able to sit up, get out of bed, get dressed, and get a cup of coffee from the beverage formulator in the dorm room wall.
Like you do every morning, you tap your left wrist to wake up the computer implanted in your brain. After a few seconds, you see, in the bottom-left of your field of vision:
[Good morning, Harlow.
(//Throughout the story, your computer's visual feedback will always display in (color: green)[green].//)
You look down at your left arm and see an option appear:
* [[Check schedule->Opening 3]]Your bottom-left field of vision is quickly replaced with today's schedule.
(color:green)[08AM–10AM: Mythology (Memorial Research West, Building 2A)
02PM–04PM: Abstract Algebra (Memorial Research West, Building 4C)]
At least you only have two classes today.
You're pretty excited for Mythology — ever since the general AI advances of 2081, Crawford, a part-biological, part-digital superintelligence, has been creating simulations for teachers at the Memorial Research University. Your mythology professor, Dr. Taylor, has embraced these simulations as a reading supplement. If today is like any other class, you'll be entering the world of some culture's gods, seeing a rendition of it with your own eyes.
* [[Check the course syllabus and see where you'll be going today->Opening 4]]
* [[Walk to class->Class opening 1]]You instruct your computer to show the summary of today's mythology class, and see:
(color: green)[The //Enuma Elish// is the story of creation, as told by the ancient Babylonians. In this simulation, we'll learn about Mesopotamian gods, how the world was created, and how the story was used.]
"That sounds pretty neat," you think to yourself.
The course syllabus is quickly replaced with the time.
You'd better [[run to class->Class opening 1]] or you'll be late!You make it to class just in time: it's (color: green)[7:59AM].
Dr. Taylor is in the front of the classroom, preparing the simulation. You connect your computer to the classroom's network, and then see the simulation status overlayed on your field of vision:
[**Simulation:** //Enuma Elish//
17 users online; waiting for instructor to begin.]
Dr. Taylor looks up from the network console at the front of the classroom, and [[explains the simulation's structure->Class opening 2]]. He sounds very excited about this one.//(Dr. Taylor's instructions will be displayed in (color: yellow)[yellow].)//
[Good morning, everyone! Today we'll be exploring the Enuma Elish, the ancient Babylonian creation story. Once the simulation starts, you will be in the Pantheon phase as usual – take as much time as you need to talk to the gods and anyone else you encounter.
You will notice that there aren't many gods to talk with at the beginning of the story – that's because part of the Enuma Elish describes the creation of the gods. You will need to tell your computer to advance simulation time in order to finish the full Pantheon phase.]**
Dr. Taylor [[starts the simulation->Simulation opening 1]].The simulation starts.
You're standing on... nothing? There's nothing nearby that you can see, no ground or sky, and no gods nearby. As usual, the other 16 students in your class have appeared nearby, but you instruct your computer to make them invisible to you.
You wonder if something is wrong with the simulation, so you look down at your wrist and check the simulation state. In the corner of your vision you see:
(color: green)[**Simulation running.** Pantheon phase.]
//Interesting,// you think to yourself.
As you look down, you notice that a wireframe rectangle is all that seems to be supporting you. You experimentally [[take a step forward->Simulation opening 2]], but you're still a little worried...The wireframe rectangle seems to move with you as you move forward. You walk forward for a little longer and see two wireframe rectangular prisms appear in the distance, about 200 feet out. You [[keep moving->Simulation opening 3]].As you get closer, you check your computer. It's displaying an explanation of what's going on:
(color: green)[This is the author's representation of a "heaven not named." The wireframe is the minimum support allowed by the simulation. The rectangular buildings in the distance are temples to Apsu and Tiamat, the first two gods. After the conception of the next few gods, simulation buildings will appear as you expect.]
//That makes more sense,// you think. You were worried that something was wrong with the simulation...
You continue to [[walk towards the temples->Temples of Apsu and Tiamat]].
(set: $understandsWater to false)
(set: $phase1CanEnd to false)You finally arrive at the temples. You look at both; each has a name cut out in Akkadian characters. Your computer translates them. (unless:(history:) contains "Temple of Apsu 1")[The temple on the left seems to be called [[Apsu->Temple of Apsu 1]].](unless:(history:) contains "Temple of Tiamat 1")[The temple on the right reads [[Tiamat->Temple of Tiamat 1]].]
(if:$phase1CanEnd)[Your computer indicates that you're now able to [[advance time->Apsu and Tiamat together]].]
(click:"Akkadian")[(color: green)[(Akkadian is the language used by the Babylonians until around 800BCE.)]]You start walking toward the temple of Apsu. (unless: $understandsWater)[As you get closer, you start to hear... flowing water? (set: $understandsWater to true)] You [[walk inside->Temple of Apsu 2]].
(set: $phase1CanEnd to true)The temple looks like a large, rectangular room, with wireframe walls and a wireframe rectangular ceiling. (unless:(history:) contains "Temple of Apsu 2")[Sure enough, in the center of the room is a large fountain – clearly the source of the water noise. In the far left corner stands someone who you can only assume to be Apsu. He's wearing a crown. You walk up to him.]
(unless:(history:) contains "Apsu: who?")[* [[//Who are you?//->Apsu: who?]]]
(unless:(history:) contains "Apsu: fountain?")[* [[//What's this fountain?//->Apsu: fountain?]]]
(if:(history:) contains "Apsu: fountain?")[
(unless:(history:) contains "Apsu: fountain drink")[* [[Drink from the fountain.->Apsu: fountain drink]]]]
(if:(history:) contains "Temple of Apsu 2")[* [[Leave the temple.->Temples of Apsu and Tiamat]]]
}"Who are you, anyway?" you ask Apsu.
Apsu smiles at you. "I'm water," he says, simply.
[[//Well, that explains why the fountain is here...//->Temple of Apsu 2]]"What about the fountain?" you ask.
Apsu laughs. "I am the fountain and the water within it." He disappears.
"See?" You quickly turn around, as Apsu's voice seems to be coming from the fountain now. "Even though I can stand in front of you and speak with you, I am water itself."
He reappears in front of you, and hands you a wireframe cylinder. "Have a drink, if you like."
[[You're not sure how you feel about that.->Temple of Apsu 2]]You walk to the fountain and collect some water in your cup. You take a sip. It tastes... fresh and cold, like the water from your beverage formulator. After you [[finish your drink->Temple of Apsu 2]], your cup disappears.You start walking toward the temple of Tiamat. (unless: $understandsWater)[As you get closer, you start to hear... waves? (set: $understandsWater to true)] You [[walk inside->Temple of Tiamat 2]].
(set: $phase1CanEnd to true)This temple looks like a rectangular room, with the same wireframe you saw on the outside for walls and a ceiling. However, there's... some kind of body of water inset in the floor, about 4 feet deep. It almost looks like a very small ocean; you can see waves rushing over the surface occasionally.
In the corner of the temple is Tiamat herself. You walk up to her and ask some questions.
(unless:(history:) contains "Tiamat: who?")[* [[//Who are you?//->Tiamat: who?]]]
(unless:(history:) contains "Tiamat: water?")[* [[//What's with the pool of water?//->Tiamat: water?]]]
(if:(history:) contains "Tiamat: water?")[(unless:(history:) contains "Tiamat pool drink")[* [[Drink from the pool.->Tiamat pool drink]]]]
(if:(history:) contains "Temple of Tiamat 2")[* [[Leave the temple.->Temples of Apsu and Tiamat]]]
}"Just who are you?" you ask Tiamat.
She gestures at the pool in the center of the room. "I am the ocean, the mother of all things," she says.
She disappears for a moment, and you suddenly hear a sound coming from the pool. You turn around to look at it, and it has grown to take up most of the room. There's also a dragon-like figure swimming in it now.
After a few minutes the dragon disappears, and Tiamat reappears in the corner. She smiles.
* [[//Huh.//->Temple of Tiamat 2]]"Why is there a wave pool here?" you ask, confused.
(if:(history:) contains "Tiamat: who?")[Again, ]Tiamat says "I am the ocean." (if:(history:) contains "Temple of Apsu 2")[You're a little confused as to what makes Tiamat different from Apsu, but then...] You suddenly realize Tiamat is the goddess of saltwater.
She offers you a wireframe cylinder. "Have a drink, if you like."
* [[//Hmm...//->Temple of Tiamat 2]]You walk to the pool and gather some water in your cup. You take a drink, but it tastes terrible – warm and salty. You [[spit it out->Temple of Tiamat 2]], and your cup disappears.You instruct your computer to move the simulation forward, and the temples disappear, leaving behing a fountain in Apsu's and a pool of water in Tiamat's.
After a bit, color and form seems to come into the world. You can see streets, but no buildings.
A large lake seems to form about a hundred yards in front of you. Two channels, one running from what's left of each temple to the lake, appear in the ground. [[Water starts flowing to the lake.->First creation of gods]]At first, the water flow is only a trickle, but after a minute you can hear the waters roaring from their temples to fill the lake. You're not sure how such a small fountain and pool could fill such a large lake, but when you look back at them, they seem to have lost no water at all.
Two figures that you can barely see emerge from the lake, and although you can't quite see them very clearly, your computer identifies them as (color: green)[Lahmu and Lahamu]. Shortly after, two more figures appear. As they walk out of the water, two temples appear on the left and right sides of the lake. Your computer says they belong to (color: green)[Anshar and Kishnar].
A cobblestone path from where you're standing to each of the temples appears. You're not sure of its stability, seeing as it's just... floating over the lake, but this is a simulation anyway – you can't be harmed.
* [[Walk to the new temples->Temples of Anshar and Kishnar]]You walk to the temples. Your computer identifies them as (color:green)[Anshar and Kishnar].
* [[Walk inside the temple of Anshar->Temple of Anshar]]
* [[Leave the temples and advance time->Disturbing Tiamat]]You walk back toward the lake formed when Tiamat and Apsu joined together, and you notice that the water itself is starting to look a little... discolored, as if Tiamat herself is stressed. Some of the younger gods are being very noisy, swimming in the water, and generally being unhelpful and disruptive. You can sense that Tiamat is doing her best to stay calm, but you're not sure how long that'll last...
Beside the lake is (color:green)[Mummu]. A path forms between you and him. You can [[talk with him->Mummu introduction]] if you like.
If not, you will need to [[advance time->Tiamat/Apsu argument 2]]."Who are you?" you ask.
Mummu explains that he's the advisor to both Tiamat and Apsu — he represents knowledge.
[[Okay.->Tiamat/Apsu argument 2]]Mummu seems to be talking with the lake. In muted tones, you can hear a muted, masculine voice – your computer identifies it as (color: green)[Apsu's].
After a bit, you see Apsu and Tiamat form from water, on opposite sides of the lake. It sounds like they're angry at each other. Apsu is complaining about the more recently formed gods, going so far as to offer to "disperse" them, whatever that means. Tiamat disagrees and expresses concern that since the gods are their descendants, they should both be patient.
Both disappear, and Mummu seems to be [[whispering to the lake again...->Apsu/Mummu conclusion]]Although you can't hear the conversation very well, you see another figure near the lake. Mummu doesn't seem to notice the figure, but your computer identifies it as (color: green)[Ea]. It also explains the conversation for you: (color: green)[Mummu is agreeing with Apsu, and wishes to be rid of the younger gods permanently. Apsu is excited about this plan. Neither realize that Ea is overhearing the conversation.]
[[What will Ea do about this?->Ea/others meeting]]As Mummu walks away, Ea does too, just in another direction. You follow him down a long street, about 150 yards long. At the end is a long hall. Ea enters, and you follow behind him, making sure to disable simulation interactivity on your computer – wouldn't want Ea to see you.
As you enter the hall, you're surprised to see Ea, as well as Anu, Anshar, and Kishnar. They sit down, and Ea relays what he has heard to the others. They all agree that Ea should try to counter Mummu and Apsu's plan. After this, they all stop speaking and leave. Ea remains, and makes some kind of liquid using some tools in the back of the hall.
He then leaves. [[You follow him.->Ea kills Apsu]]Ea returns the way he came, and continues walking toward Apsu's temple. Once he approaches, he sighs and walks inside. Again, you follow him.
Apsu himself is in the corner, talking to Mummu, but neither doesn't seem to notice either Ea. Ea approaches the fountain, and slowly pours the liquid he made earlier into it. Almost immediately, Apsu and Mummu fall on the ground, asleep. Apsu's crown falls off.
Ea stops for a moment, but then walks over to Apsu, with renewed determination. He bends down and takes Apsu's crown, fastening it to his belt. After making sure the crown is secure, he takes a knife off his belt and kills Apsu, only hesitating a bit.
Ea takes Apsu's belt and quickly uses it to suffocate Mummu. He then picks them both up, one in each arm, and throws them in the fountain. They disappear.
[[Ea looks pleased with himself.->Ea sets up quarters]]Ea thinks for a moment, then lifts his hands. The temple begins to rearrange itself; first the walls and ceiling grow higher, then the floor starts to shake. The fountain begins to move off the ground, and with nothing to support it, the very floor you're standing must be next... you quickly [[run out of the temple.->outside Apsu and Tiamat p2]]//That was close,// you think to yourself.
The rumbling noise from the shaking of the floor continues for a few minutes, but it finally stops. You wonder if you should [[go back inside the temple->Temple of Ea]] or [[try to explore and find something else->Marduk fire]].You walk back inside the temple, noting that your computer still identifies the lettering on the outside as "Apsu." There's now a staircase inside the temple, leading to what appears to be a second floor. Ea is nowhere to be seen down here, so you go upstairs. You do find Ea here, and he looks like he's whispering to the fountain. In the corner is a woman you haven't seen before – your computer says she's (color: green)[Damkina, Ea's spouse].
After a moment, [[something emerges from the fountain->Marduk's birth]].As you start walking away from the temple, you hear what sounds like crackling wood. Something must be burning inside... but what could've started the fire? You turn around to take another look, and the entire ceiling of the temple is glowing red. Your computer informs you this is the work of (color: green)[Marduk, "superior in every way" to other gods.]
It goes on to tell you that (color: green)[Marduk was created by Ea "inside Apsu," intentionally.] You dismiss the rest of the explanatory text, as you're sure you'll find out more about this Marduk later.
In the distance, you see a small tornado and hear winds. You decide to [[go back inside->Marduk gets the winds]] and see if Ea and Marduk have anything to do with this...Your computer identifies the thing emerging from the fountain as (color: green)[Marduk], but you're not really sure how to describe it other than as... well, you're not sure. Marduk seems to have two heads, but not in a way that looks strange or disfigured, just... powerful. Ea and Marduk speak for a minute, and every time Marduk tries to say a word, he breathes small flames. //Terrifying, but pretty cool...//
You note that even though the rest of the room is relatively dark, Marduk seems to be radiating light.
After a few minutes, Marduk stands up fully, walks to a side of the room, and acts as if he's looking out a window that's not there. It's now that you realize Marduk is something truly special – (color: green)[Marduk's eyes "perceived everything", according to the original text, and his height "outstanding"] – //yep, he's big.//
[[You hear what sounds like a wind storm...->Marduk gets the winds]]Although you're a little worried about the wind storm, you see Ea and Marduk standing silently in the corner of the room, seemingly confident that whatever is about to happen is actually perfectly okay. Sure enough, after a moment, you can no longer hear the winds. Anu walks inside and reveals that he created the winds. "These are for you, Marduk. Let them play!" ((color: green)["Let them play!" is from the original text.])
And sure enough, Marduk does – after taking a few minutes to master the creation of very small tornadoes inside the temple, he creates dust, and watches intently as thousands of particles are swept up and deposited throughout the room.
After a while, he seems satisfied. He raises his hands, and the temple walls become transparent. You can see the lake in the distance – now that Apsu is gone, it must only be Tiamat... [[What is Marduk planning?->Marduk stirs Tiamat]]Marduk summons a rather large whirlwind right next to the temple. You jump, a little worried that it's going to uproot the temple, then you remember that this is only a simulation. Marduk seems to have the winds under control, though.
Marduk places his hands on the wall of the temple, and the tornado starts traveling, slowly at first, then alarmingly fast, toward what remains of the lake where Tiamat and Apsu first joined together. Of course, now that Apsu is nominally dead, the only supernatural presence there would be Tiamat...
The tornado finally reaches the lake. You watch as the water flies into the air, then back down again, over and over.
Time seems to speed up for a few minutes. You watch for the equivalent of a few days as this continues, then you see some figures emerge from the water. Your computer identifies them as some of the gods created earlier. They seem to be talking to the water. You decide to [[walk to the lake and check it out->Tiamat's war council]].You approach the lake, and start to overhear the gods' conversation with Tiamat. It seems as if a war is about to begin – the gods are calling Tiamat to battle, and Tiamat has agreed – although you missed the first few words, your computer shows you the original text of Tiamat's words: (color: green)[The gods inside Apsu will be disturbed, because they adopted evil for the gods who begot them.] You now recognize Apsu as the place Ea, Anu and Marduk are now – the old temple.
As the gods and Tiamat plan for war, you see a new figure emerge from the waters. She's (color: green)[Mother Hubur, weaponsmith], and looks quite a bit like Tiamat... From the water, she fashions strange creatures that you haven't seen before – a snake, a dragon, a scary-looking dog, a weird cross between a human and a scorpion, and many others. //Not sure I'd call these weapons, but in a sense, I guess so...// you think to yourself.
You see another figure, (color: green)[Qingu], emerge. Mother Hubur [[speaks with him->Tiamat promotes Qingu]].Mother Hubur gives control of the army, and leadership over the older gods, to Qingu. She also pulls three stone tablets from the water and gives them to Qingu. (color: green)[These are the Tablets of Destinies – by giving them to Qingu, Mother Hubur is granting Qingu great authority. In the Babylonian tradition, the Tablets have written on them the fate of everyone, making Qingu's role an extremely important one.]
[[What next?->Tiamat assembles army]]You watch as Tiamat gathers her army of creatures that Mother Hubur has fashioned. It looks quite formidable... something very difficult to fight against alone. Indeed, as you watch the army prepare for battle, both Ea and Anu try to attack several times — they both fail. You're not sure how the news got to Anshar and Ea, but it looks like it did.
You look down at your computer, which is offering to let you (color:green)[[[see Anshar's response->Anshar's response to initial battle]]].Your computer takes you back to Ea's temple, where Anshar is discussing the results of the battles with Ea and Anu. He looks very displeased, uncomfortable, and anxious – biting his lips and fidgeting with his fingers.
After a few minutes of thought and discussion Ea brings Marduk to the table. Anshar looks much more comfortable now that he's here.
Marduk tells Anshar that he wants to go to war with Tiamat, but Anshar is initially reluctant, because it's Tiamat who is first in the line of ancestry of everyone in the room. Marduk considers this for a moment, but then explains that he thinks he can easily defeat Tiamat. Your computer shows you the original text:
(color:green)[Father, my creator, rejoice and be glad!
You shall soon set your foot upon the neck of Tiamat!]
Anshar agrees, and gives his permission for Marduk to fight. Marduk realizes and explains that defeating Tiamat, the original creator, gives him immense power over creation. Marduk calls the Council of Gods back together, and suddenly your computer takes you to [[a hall you've been to before->Marduk's council meeting]].After a few moments, Anshar and Marduk arrive at the hall, along with a figure you don't recognize. Your computer introduces him as (color:green)[Kakka, Anshar's adviser].
Anshar instructs Kakka to call the remaining gods together at the hall, with further instructions to explain the situation — Marduk will act to defeat Tiamat, ostensibly because (color:green)[Tiamat...is rejecting [us], ... and is raging out of control.] You're not sure that's a completely fair characterization, but are interested in seeing how this plays out...
As the other gods arrive, Anshar prepares to [[speak->Anshar addresses the council]].Anshar explains the situation — how he sent Ea and Anu to battle Tiamat, but ultimately how they both failed. He explained how Marduk is voluntarily willing to lead the fight against Tiamat, and take control over creation.
The gods are worried at first — they express concern that they didn't hear about the battles with Tiamat and her army before — but ultimately they agreed to support Marduk in the fight.
Marduk conjures beer, wine, and bread for everyone around the table, and they all drink for a while. The mood lightens a bit, and the gods start dancing and cheering for Marduk.
With that, [[Marduk's army began to form->Marduk's shrine/temple built]].The gods all walk outside of the hall, so you follow them. Everyone aside from Marduk begins constructing a new temple, specifically to Marduk. The construction happens fairly quickly, and after it's completed, everyone walks inside.
Inside, there's a large throne made of what looks like obsidian, and ornamented with gold trim and rubies. The patterns carved into it look very complex, and appear to be depictions of the coming battle. They show a Marduk-like figure in combat with Mother Hubur's creations you saw earlier.
Marduk takes the throne. The remaining gods kneel with one knee, and proclaim allegiance to, and delegation of powers to, Marduk. Your computer shows the original text: (color:green)[O Marduk, you are our champion! We hereby give you sovereignty over all of the whole universe. May your weapons never miss the mark, may they smash your enemies!]
[[Then the ceiling of the temple opens up, and you see an empty, dark sky.->The first constellation]]The gods create a constellation in the sky and give it to Marduk:
(color: green)[Command to destroy and to re-create, and let it be so! Speak and let the constellation vanish! Speak to it again and let the constellation reappear.”]
And so Marduk did. You watch, amazed at stars just disappearing and reappearing — really an interesting sight when you haven't seen anything like that before. The other gods seem impressed as well — it's now that they entrust Marduk with the rest of their power and allegiance. They fashion and give him what looks like a rounded crossbow, with bolts of lightning for arrows. Marduk accepts it, and also fashions a large mace and what looks like a net. Then he calls forth the winds and goes to [[face Tiamat->Marduk v Tiamat]], with the other gods right behind him.You follow Marduk and the other gods outside to where Tiamat and Qingu are already prepared for a fight. You understand the characterization of her now as "raging out of control" — she looks angry. Marduk suddenly looks confused; your computer says he's trying to develop a strategy to counter Tiamat's attack. But he's too slow — Tiamat and the water near her rush toward Marduk. She's sarcastically complimenting him — (color:green)[How powerful is your attacking force, O lord of the gods! The whole assembly of them has gathered to your place!]
Marduk responds, accusing Tiamat of starting this battle. And now, seeing Tiamat's state, you can honestly understand his perspective. Tiamat's really angry now — she charges and [[they continue fighting.->Marduk v Tiamat 2]]Tiamat again gets the next strike with some kind of magic, but Marduk quickly retaliates with the winds. After circling Tiamat with the net, he forced wind into her stomach and shoots her with one of his arrows — quickly killing her.
The battle continues for some time... but once Tiamat's gods realized she was defeated, they stopped fighting and tried to run, but couldn't. Marduk and his army has them surrounded.
He walks around to each god individually — as they cower in fear — destroying their weapons and throwing them into the net. When he got to Qingu, the keeper of the Tablet of Destinies, he easily takes it. Your computer explains that (color:green)[by taking the tablet from Qingu, Marduk asserts his authority].
He goes back to the dead body of Tiamat, next to the now-still water, and tramples it. You're not sure why he does this, but then he parts the water in half and you understand.
[[Marduk lifts the water into the sky.->Creation of the heavens]]After raising half of what remains of Tiamat's water into the sky, Marduk spreads the rest around the visible area, creating the division between earth and the heavens. He builds a much larger copy of the temple of Ea in the heavens, and then destroys the original. Your computer explains that (color:green)[this temple represents the entire sky, the equivalent to a Christian "heaven." The original text calls this "Esharra"].
Marduk continues to create three temples inside of the new temple of Ea. Your computer identifies them as (color:green)[Anu, Ea, and Ellil (the wind)].
Continuing to demonstrate his power to control the sky, Marduk creates constellations for every god remaining in the pantheon. You look up in wonder as stars and planets fill the heavens. Then he arranges them in some kind of pattern — while you don't understand it, (color:green)[this defines the concept of year, month, and days for the Babylonians]. Then he creates the moon, and you watch as it goes through all its phases.
Then he creates weather — clouds and rain — and puts the wind in control of it. He builds mountains and springs, which flow down to create rivers on earth's surface. After all this he goes to [[speak with the other gods->Creation 2]].Marduk hands control over creation to Ea, and speaks with Anu about the Tablets of Destinies. He then fashions pictures of the creatures that Mother Hubur created and puts them in front of the temple in the sky, as a reminder of his superiority and the battle with Tiamat.
He speaks with a figure you haven't seen before, and gives him authority over the temples. Your computer identifies him as (color:green)[Usmu, previously the adviser to Ea].
The other gods seem very pleased with this arrangement, and again join in assembly. You are again brought to a [[familiar hall->Assembly 2]].There is a sense of true reverence at this assembly. The gods all kneel in front of Marduk for a few moments, and some of them even kiss his feet.
Marduk puts on a cloak (which looks like it's radiating some red light) and his crown. He picks up the mace he used in the battle with Tiamat, and summons a small dragon-like creature next to him. The floor he is standing on ascends from the floor, just a bit. He really does look like a king now.
The gods acknowledge this — (color:green)[Whatever you command, we shall perform ourselves.]
Marduk declares that he will build quarters for himself near the hall, cementing his rule. He also declares that this region is called Babylon, (color:green)[home of the great gods].
The gods again seem pleased with this arrangement: (color:green)[Previously the Lord was our beloved son. But now he is our king. We shall take heed of his command.]
Marduk recognizes his responsibility and power, and works to [[create humans->Creation 3]].Marduk walks over to Ea and speaks with him for a while. You can tell they're talking about an interesting creature — one with blood surrounding bones, called... Pan? Fan?
You listen a bit closer and realize your mistake. The creature is called Man and sounds quite a bit like you. Continuing to eavesdrop on their conversation, you hear plans to make humans worship the gods and take on the tasks that the gods don't want. Ea agrees with this idea, and further states that since it should be the one who started the war who humans are created from, since someone will need to make a sacrifice — and what better than one who previously had so much power, but has fallen?
Marduk asks the old gods who this might've been. And they quickly answer — Qingu. They bring him to Ea and take his blood. Marduk and Ea [[hold their hands out, and the blood seems to float for a moment->Creation 4]].You watch in awe as the blood seems to form into the shape of a human, and skin and bones seem to surround it. It really is starting to take the shape of a human. Marduk does something with his hands that you can't interpret, but your computer tells you (color:green)[this is representative of handing the labors of the gods off to mankind].
A few more humans are created in the same way, and released into Babylon.
The gods seem very pleased about this, and ask Marduk — (color:green)[What are our favours from you? We would like to make a shrine with its own name (dedicated to Marduk). We would like our night's resting place to be in your private quarters, and to rest there.]
Marduk's face lights up, and agrees. He instructs the gods to create such a temple in Babylon, and allows them to create their own shrines as well.
Eventually, they all return. The walls of the hall become transparent, and you look upon Babylon. It's truly magnificent — the temples are very elegant in appearance, and the city looks ordered from what you can see.
Marduk invites the gods to [[a banquet->Final banquet scene]].The banquet is pretty extravagant — with beer, wine, and plenty of food. The gods set the rules of their religion at this banquet.
Marduk takes the bow he used in battle and puts it on the banquet table. He gives it three names: (color:green)[Long and Far], (color:green)[Victorious], and (color:green)[Bowstar]. You wonder what the meaning of "Bowstar" might be, and then you find out — Marduk places the bow in the sky, as an unforgettable reminder of the defeat of Tiamat.
The gods all celebrate, and again declare Marduk their king.
[[The simulation fades.->End]]Your classroom reappears in front of you. Dr. Taylor smiles. (color:yellow)[Any questions?]
//(That's the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it.)//You walk inside the temple of Anshar. You see three figures here: your computer identifies them as (color:green)[Anshar (the sky), Ea, and Anu]. They look busy, but you're sure you'll see what they're up to later.
Before [[leaving->Temples of Anshar and Kishnar]], your computer notes that (color:green)[Ea and Anu are descendants of Anshar].