Gilgamesh - The Great Sumerian

The Chronicles of Enoch deals with events surrounding the Biblical Flood quite extensively. Enoch himself is, Noah's grandfather so it is hard to avoid the topic or deny its existence without departing rather seriously from the source material, as it were.


The entire story of Atlantis and the Nephilim is based, somewhat, on real scientific evidence that shows there could well have been a serious flood around 8.5 thousand years ago. This event drowned Conan's home of Doggerland, as well as some other recently discovered sites. It stands to reason that it was a significant event. Significant enough to bring the Fall of Atlantis?


As we investigated and researched further, we found that the Judeochristian Bible is not the only scripture that documents a massive flood. We found and enjoyed reading the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was clearly indicating an event of similar magnitude to Noah's story. That was interesting in quite a number of ways.


Then, we discovered there are, actually, quite a lot of what are called "Flood Myths" from one side of the world to the other; from Mesoamerica to China; India to Hawaii.


We wondered about this. We have scientific evidence of a drastic increase to sea levels around 6500 B.C, we have archeological evidence of a drowned series of villiages between Britain and mainland Europe, we have other curious ruins in the ocean around the world. A flood surely did happen and it affected a lot of people...


The Chronicles of Enoch is all about finding what truth there is behind the old myths and stories so this sounded like perfect ground for us to tread.


The Epic of Gilgamesh


In summary, Gilgamesh is a great king who is described as "greater than other kings" as well as "Two-thirds god and one third man" across the surviving cunieform tablets we have recovered and decoded. He travels and has many adventures with his friend Enkidu. When the former unexpectedly dies, Gilgamesh becomes obsessed with his own mortality and seeks out the the sage Utnapishtim to learn the secret of immortality. It is said that this sage has lived unchanged for a very long time and is rumoured to have dwelt with the gods.


Now, here versions vary. Either Gilgamesh learns and succeeds at applying the secret and becomes as a god himself or he fails by following the typical hero formula. You know the one; the hero is told to not do one thing and, rather stupidly, does that exact same thing at the very first opportunity he gets. We decided to go with the idea that Gilgamesh is Nephilim, just as Conan is.


After this, we get other conflicting tales; either Gilgamesh built the city of Uruk and, knowing that a great Flood was coming, built the walls strong and tall to protect his people behind or he discovered the Uruk Utnapishtim had built for the same reason and became king thereof.


We thought; we have Enoch, a man who was taken to dwell with his God and, in a fashion, gained eternal life. He lived in an isolated cave for a long time and was visited by many people for a while. He survived the Flood and was the grandfather of the man chosen to be forewarned by The Creator. The same man through whom the human race was both saved and redeemed for a time.


Now, we know that all stories are true, for a given value of truth at least, or they start that way. So, why could Enoch not be Utnapishtim and it be him who advised Gilgamesh on the need to reinforce his city walls. He also told Gilgamesh about his heritage and that he really had no reason to worry about dying any time soon, unless he did something stupid that is.


We'd like to think that Enoch, not overly impressed by Gilgamesh's great arrogance at the time, decided to teach the big Sumerian a lesson just because he could.


Either way, we could not leave Gilgamesh out of our story seeing as his epic is the first concordance we found.


So Gilgamesh, having survived the Flood, decides to leave Uruk and seek out Sable before people start to get uncomfortable about the fact that he refuses to age. He names an heir and vanishes into History.


Gilgamesh in The Chronicles


So, after numerous and unrecorded adventures along the way, Gilgamesh finds Sable around the vicinity of Moab along with Enoch. They travel together to what will one day be Britain and meet Conan there. Together, they form a band of adventuring misfits and have even more adventures that nobody took the time to write down. Sooner or later, they drifted apart and settled into their own lives and interests, as so often happens in long-term friendships.


Everyone except Enoch, it seems, eventually ended up in America.


Today Gilgamesh goes by the name of Kamesh Gil (he learned of the the Siddi while travelling the river Ganges on a small pilgrimage and, irrespective of his obvious African heritage, always wanted to be Indian) and has worked his way up in the ranks of the Atlanta Police Department. He started on the streets but fast showed an aptitude for accurate long distance shooting. His trainers recommended he attend East Point in Georgia to receive SWAT and Sniper training.


He excelled at both and made quite a name for himself among the law enforcement community. Maybe it was Enkidu's unexpected death or his love of Indian spirituality but Gilgamesh has a deep and powerfulk reverence for life. He is loth to be the reason for its ending, quite a strange contradiction for a sniper, you might think.


Gilgamesh explains it simply and directly, as is his habit;


"If I wanted to kill a lot of people, I'd have joined the army as sniper, not the cops. In the War in Russia, I killed a lot of people but that isn't me any more."


He joined the police to save lives, not to end them.


Officer Kamesh Gil hold the SWAT sniper record for the longest distance wounding of a dangerous terrorist. Said terrorist suffered no permanent effects from the shot and resides at the American People's pleasure to this very day in a facility very few people know about.


However, his reverence for life does not extend to cover his fellow Nephilim whom he believes to be an abomination and a crime against nature. This would, of course, also apply to him and his friends but, like Sable, Gilgamesh is good at turning his self-loathing outwards.


God-Killer


Quite on his own, it would seem, Gilgamesh discovered the secrets of the Anathema stones. He learned how to carve, shape, and channel them. He learned of what they could do and how to make them do it better. He discovered that, to the Fallen and the Nephilim, the Anathema were both a boon and a bane; it depended on the circumstance.


After some near-disasterous experimentation, he invented God-killer bullets.


One shot from his customised Mosin-Nagant rifle (said to have been a gift from the great Vasily Zaitsev himself) and any Fallen or Nephilim with his sights is dead and will permanently stay that way. A Fallen's spirit can not leave their current host as it dies, something in the Anathema, together with the mixture of elements Gilgamesh uses, lockes them inside the body and they die with it. These bullets will disable a Nephilim's powers, at least temporarily. Isochronal regeneration is, at least, retarded by being shot by a God-killer.


Most Nephilim fear Sable but all of them live in terror of one day falling under Gilgamesh's crosshairs. You can at least talk or negotiate with Sable but Gilgamesh? You don't even see Gilgamesh coming.


Gilgamesh manufactures his own bullets in a workshop under his house just outside of Atlanta. He has spent a lot of his time and his pay on building a rather high-tech laser engraving and cutting system that is itself powered by Anathema stones. Sable gave him quite a lot of the crystals after Gilgamesh saved his life in Russia during WW2. If Gilgamesh has another source of the unbelievably rare element, then he is not telling anyone about it.


Everyone thought that Lucifer controlled the world's supply of the stuff but it would appear that everyone might be wrong.


Gilgamesh has always been an enigma, even to his friends. Oh, he is loyal and will do anything you need but he has that closed-in and tacturn nature that even those closest to him struggle to breach.


His secrets, it would seem, are very much his to keep and, though he has never threatened them with such, those who know him well are well aware that pushing him on some matters is not the wisest of decisions, even for them.


Even Sable knows when to respect his big friend's privacy for, althought Gilgamesh is mostly gentle like most big people are but there is a rage in him Sable recognises only too well.

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Alan J. Fisher; Writer and Poet

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