S3E10: The Hunt Begins
Season 3 | Episode 10
Nanaya initiates a hunt for the hidden vipers.
The people of most cities have long used serpent iconography to represent both my lord Enki and his treacherous brother Enlil. But in truth, these are depictions of the great dragons that inhabit the home planet of the Anunnaki. Lord Enki is signified by the plumed and golden serpent, a creature of wisdom. On the other hand, Enlil is portrayed as a venomous giant flying viper – an apt symbol for the dangerous scaled beasts of Nibiru that Enlil favors.
This distinction gives me an idea. The recent attacks bear the hallmarks of Enlil and his followers, and I have no doubt of this. Ever since the mind probing ceased, unrest and tumult grew among the human flock. I am sure that some humans still worship Enlil’s power. Perhaps if we can identify those humans bearing Enlil’s serpent symbol, it may lead us to the culprits… And eventually to Enlil’s whereabouts.
I know what I must do. Leaving my husband Nabu to maintain order in Babylon, I set off on a journey to enact my plan. My path leads me to the great temple of Eridu, resplendent in its honors to Enki. A passionately devout crowd has gathered here.
As their priestess, for my personal contact with Enki himself, I feel compelled to share insights. But I have my own plans as I journey to Eridu.
I know my course is clear. I must journey to spread this message of insight in the hopes of uncovering leads on our adversaries. After packing provisions and donning my travel robes, I make my way out of Babylon while the moon is still high in the night sky. My husband Nabu will manage affairs in the capital until my return, and I hope he is able to appease the suffering of our wounded people.
The lush floodplains of Sumer eventually give way to barren deserts as I follow the rising sun. We take shelter from the unrelenting heat in whatever oasis we can find. At night, the howls of jackals and beasts haunt the darkness outside our camp. But I do not waver from my path.
After many leagues, the dusty walls of the holy city of Eridu finally appear on the horizon. Already crowds have gathered at the huge ziggurat temple for the ceremonies. As I walk among them, the people bow and reach out to touch my robes, so great is their reverence for me as priestess of the Anunna people and Queen of Babylon.
The scent of incense wafts through the air as I make my way through the great temple of Eridu. Intricate murals depicting the Anunnaki’s arrival from the heavens adorn the walls, reminding us of their divine gifts of knowledge. My steps echo on the marble floors as worshippers bow reverently at my passing interrupting their prayers to watch me reach the alter. As high priestess, I am honored in these hallowed halls.
But my mind is occupied with darker thoughts. The recent terrorist attacks on Babylon show the violent lengths Enlil and his followers will go to in order to disrupt the unity between Anunnaki and humans. I fear this is only the beginning of their insidious plans.
For too long, the Anunnaki have been plagued by infighting and jealousy. This discord has now taken malicious form, with Enlil and his allies striking unseen. The Lady of the Greatest Heart, my beloved Inanna, considers that we must be sure to be safe than sorry on the long run. But proving this connection with Tiamat has proven maddeningly difficult so far.
According to Anunnaki scholars, Nibiru was once home to massive scaled beasts of immense power and intelligence known as Mushussu, or dragons. Enki’s sect bound to the large yet gentle golden dragons as symbols of wisdom. However, Enlil’s clan favored breeding the smaller but vicious black serpents that swarmed the wastelands.
Perhaps therein lies a clue. The golden serpent and black viper have become symbols in human culture for Enki and Enlil respectively. If we can identify humans bearing Enlil’s viper emblem, it may lead us to the perpetrators of these attacks.
Ascending the steps, I turn to address the masses. My voice rings loud and clear throughout the temple.
“People of Eridu! We have endured grievous wounds unjustly inflicted upon our brothers and sisters in Babylon. But wallowing in fear and doubt will only strengthen the hand of our enemy.”
Murmurs ripple through the crowd at my words. They can sense something momentous is unfolding.
“The time has come to take fate into our own hands! We must seek out and capture the vipers poisoning us from within, for only then can we end this scourge and forge a lasting unity!”
The people break out in fervent cheers at this call to action.
“With Enki’s blessing, we can overcome any evil”, I remind them. “Our faith will be the light to guide us through this darkness.”
“My brothers and sisters, children of Enki! Too long have we suffered the shadowy blows of the serpent Enlil without response. Our loved ones lost, our grounds desecrated, ours labor and mission in peril. But no more! The time has come to act, to take fate into our own hands and shine light on this viper’s den!”
My voice echoes with divine purpose across the hushed crowds. They lean forward intently, hanging onto my every word.
“Enki has gifted us with knowledge and free will. Yet for too long we have allowed the serpents’ poison to paralyze us with fear and doubt! No more! By the wisdom of Enki, we shall track down the viper-marked cowards who hide behind these terrorist acts! We need to entrap those baring the black viper mark… we need to be the hands of our protectors!”
Passion swells in my breast, and I raise my arms up to the heavens.
“With Enki as my witness, I vow to you that the next attack will be THEIR last! When next the vipers bare their fangs, we shall GRASP them and follow the slithering trail back to their lair!”
A roar rises from the crowds, fists pumping the air. They are stirred, awakened from their stunned slumber. Our cause has found its fire again.
I lower my voice, steady and severe.
“Enki has charged us with capturing the serpent-tattooed men alive. He has answers we need. The path will be difficult, but our faith shall light the way! Will you join the quest and spread the word?”
The devoted cry out, eager for this renewed purpose. Together we will expose the root of this evil, in Enki’s name!
After my rousing speech, enthusiasm and commitment shine in the eyes of the devoted followers.
The searchers set out on their quest filled with newfound purpose.
For the sake of Anunnaki and humans alike, we must bring unity and harmony back to our lands. I can only trust that our continued efforts will bear fruit. If Enki wills it, we shall prevail and see the sun rise on a new era of lasting cooperation between all peoples. This I know with utter certainty in my heart of hearts. We will track them down!