Ancient Babylon Plot Exposed

Secret GM documents have been de-classified, and can now be revealed to the general public. Listed below are the “Behind the Scenes” plot elements which influenced the setting of Ancient Babylon.

  • The Tower of Babel is constructed by the command of the King of Babylon, Nebopolassar.
  • The Code of Hammurabi is brought to the Tower of Babel. It is dedicated as a gift to the gods. The Tower is to become a place for pilgrimage.
  • Marduk descendes to Earth in anger to visit the Tower. He arrives to remind humanity of why the Code of Hammurabi is never to be moved. He denounces the tower as the pideful conceit of humanity – the gods are not impressed, nor are they pleased.
  • A Nexus Maw appears within the Tower of Babel.
  • An unknown series of events occurs which includes the god Marduk being attacked and kidnapped. His tongue removed and he is stuffed into (hidden within) his precious Code of Hammurabi.
  • The Plague of Tongues is unleashed upon the world as a result – it is unknown if this was purposeful or not.
  • An unknown series of events occurs which includes the Anti-Magic Cloud and Time Stop spells being cast in the room with the Nexus Maw, trapping it within the Tower.
  • The worm extensions/children of the Nexus Maw are trapped within the upper levels of the Tower. The severed tongue of the god Marduk is hidden amongst them, indistinguishable from the creatures.
  • The King of Babylon, Nebopolassar, steps down from the throne in shame, abandoning the people.
  • Gilgamesh leaves the city or Uruk and comes to Babylon to lay claim to the throne. He makes plans for a coronation ceremony to be held which will name him king of Babylon.
  • The goddess Tiamat, while viewing and interpreting the dreams of the slumbering god Apsu, glimpses a fortelling of her own demise, somehow tied to the emergence of Gilgamesh.
  • Tiamet orders the imprisoned, triple agent god Muumuu to make a special prison for Gilgamesh in an attempt to prevent what was forseen.
  • Mummuu works with the god Enki to construct a magical prison in the Etemenanki throne room, one which combines temporal magic with Mummuu’s special ley line blue energy beams.
  • Muumuu enlists the help of his Splugorth allies in order to make a magic crown for the coronation. Mummuu attempts to bind the essence of an Apocalypse Demon within the crown, hopefully preventing it from endlessly re-incarnating and (hopefully) stalling the inevitable apocalypse.
  • The crown is placed on Gilgamesh to coronate him – his body becomes host to the Apocalypse Demon that was trapped in the crown, while his mind becomes trapped within the crown as a silent observer to everything his (former) body now does.
  • With the Apocalypse Demon in the body of Gilgamesh and NO-ONE THE WISER, the Apocalypse Demon takes this opportunity to make Chaos ensue, and spread the Plague of Tongues even further.
  • Humans shun the Tower of Babel, the symbol of their god’s anger over Humanity’s pride. Spider-demons take up residence within the Tower.
  • MEANWHILE… The goddess Ereshkigal sought to get back at her sister, Ishtar, for the embarrasment she suffered when Ishtar strode into her realm. There was only one man Ishtar truely desired: Gilgamesh, the only man to ever refute her advances. Ereshkigal set out to ruin and destroy Gilgamesh in order to prevent her sister from ever getting the one thing she truely wanted most.
  • Ereshkigal uses her Deevil contacts to have a Pandemonium impersonate the one woman who Gilgamesh loves but can himself never have: Shamhat, the priestess of Ishtar who is also the wife of Gilgamesh’ best friend, Enkidu.
  • The Pandemonium disguised as Shamhat arrives to lure Gilgamesh away from Babylon so Ereshkigal can kill him easier. No-one knows that the body of Gilgamesh is under the control of an Apocalypse Demon, while the actual Gilgamesh is trapped within the crown.
  • The Apocalypse Demon in Gilgamesh’s body believes the imposter to be the real Shamhat. Gilgamesh’s trapped spirit demands the Apocalypse Demon ignore Shamhat’s seduction. Because of the anguish it would cause the trapped Gilgamesh, The Apocalypse Demon decides to “have its way” with Shamhat.
  • While Gilgamesh and The Pandemonium are occupied with the pleasures of the flesh, Ereshkigal arrives and kills Gilgamesh’s body (unknowingly freeing the Apocalypse Demon, allowing it to reincarnate). Gilgamesh’s mind reamins trapped in the crown.
  • Ereshkigal places the crown on her head as a manner of gloating over her victory. Her mind becomes trapped in the crown while Gilgamesh’s mind now possesses her body.
  • The Pandemonium has other loyalties and does not stick around – she has another job to do, to lure Ishtar to Etemenanki for the ceremony Muumuu and Enki have prepared.
  • The Pandemonium metamorphoses to look like Gilgamesh, uses that ruse to lure Ishtar to Etemenanki – if Ishtar will do what is asked, she can have “Gilgamesh’s” love finally. Ishtar accepts.
  • Gilgamesh (in Ereshkigal’s body) returns to the throne room, intent to rule Babylon despite this “setback.”
  • Ishtar is “sacrificed” in order to spring the prison/trap in the throne room. Enki saves Ishtar from death at the last minute, suspending her nearly dead form in time.
  • The nature of the magical prison trap causes even Ereshkigal’s body to age into death until nothing but bones are left. All the mortals in the room also age and die. Ereshkigal’s mind remains trapped in the crown.
  • Ereshkigal’s mind reaches out desperately for release, manages to make contact with her Deevil allies, and makes a “deal” with them in order to obtain a new body once her mind is freed.
  • Some time passes, the prison walls (the ley line blue energy beams) die down from lack of power.
  • Chaos is still reigning in Ancient Babylon because the Plague of Tongues is still raging unabated
  • With no king anymore at Uruk, the population reverts to Chaos and eventually abandon their city. The Stalker makes the city his base of operations.
  • Travellers from the future enter the throne room in Babylon and one of them (a Demigod) touches the crown, becoming temporally possessed by Ereshkigal.
  • She doesn’t relay much but puts on a convincing act of being a helpless victim. The travellers take the crown (still with Ereshkigal inside, she is only temporarily in a host) and place it on the head of the time-locked Ishtar, who they suspect is the true body of the being within the crown.
  • The spell of stasis is broken and Ishtar’s body nearly dies until the still-active ritual killing her is negated.
  • Ereshkigal is now in full control of Ishtar’s body, while Ishtar’s mind is now trapped as a silent observer in the crown. Ereshkigal decides to make Ishtar suffer even more.
  • Ereshkigal deliberately chooses the most disgusting creature she can find (a Sowki named Pall Mall, who just happens to be one of the time travellers) and have a nearly week-long sexual escapade with him, and any other being she can find, all within one of Ishtar’s temples. Both body and temple are fully defiled.
  • A mysterious Naked Man, who arrived with the Travellers from the Future, sits himself upon the Throne of Babylon
  • Ereshkigal further punishes Ishtar by placing the crown with her spirit within on the body of Ishtar’s priestess, Shamhat. This is a double insult to the goddess Ishtar, for now she is not only trapped within the body of a lowly human, it is the ONE human that her strongest desire, Gilgamesh, loves more than her.
  • Ishtar is trapped within and in control of the body of her priestess Shamhat. Shamhat’s spirit is now trapped within the crown.
  • Ereshkigal relays the news of the death of Gilgamesh’s body (by her own hand) to the increasingly shocked and powerless Ishtar (in Shamhat’s body).
  • Ereshkigal, knowing she will be reborn in a new body (due to her deal with the Deevils), kills herself (Ishtar’s body) in front of the Ishtar-possessed Shamhat. Ereshkigal becomes immediately reborn as a Weaver Spider Demon within the now spider-infested Tower of Babel.
  • Ishtar, in Shamhat’s body, finds all this to be too much for her mind to bear and kills herself (Shamhat’s body) as well. Shamhat remains trapped within the crown.
  • Someone or Something takes the dead body of Ishtar up to the top of the Tower of Babel, and disguises it as the missing god Marduk, complete with tongue missing, in an attempt to try and provide a clue to those seeking to end the plague. It is so subtle however that it unfortunately only adds to the confusion and mystery.
  • The Future Travellers encounter Ereshkigal within the Tower of Babel, now in her new body as a Spider Weaver Demon. She calls herself Widow now.
  • The rest of the story of Ancient Babylon can be found within the Adventure Logs.

Ancient Babylon Plot Exposed

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