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Dark Op's Case Files: Nimrôd

Started by Armorbeast, June 01, 2020, 01:00:11 pm

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War between King Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer of Unug and King Tiras of Skudra had split the forces of Tiras sending his son Batawil south where they became a mercenary force for the Kūsi of Kush. Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer marched south where he conquered the eastern part of the Kingdom of Kush taking a Kūsi princess named Qarnabil as part of the tribute in gold and mercenaries demanded in return for peace. Marching east, Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer intermarried his Kūsi mercenaries with another dark-skinned peoples he conquered in Meluhha who became known as Cushites. It is from them that Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer was renamed Cush out of respect when they conquered the Kashsha, an Elamite peoples beyond the Pasitigris (Pîšōn; Kārūn).

Qarnabil gave birth to a son while on campaign beside her husband making him battle-born. She would name him Enmerkar because her husband was unconcerned with the child's birth resulting in Enmerkar growing up resentful at his father's absence in his life. His mother saw to it that he was raised hard and trained in the ways of battle giving him his first taste of conquest at her side when they conquered the town of Marad which he was abandoned to his rule as Nin-Marad (Lugal-marad-da). Enmerkar was further given the name Ninsu (later identified as Ninus) to honor the god Ninĝirsu (aka Ninurtu). Marad grew powerful under his rule allowing him to build his own army who gave him the name Nimrôd (Great Hunter; rebel).

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Enmerkar rebelled against his father's authority to wage successful battles of his own with his father giving orders that no city under his command oppose his son should he come against them. Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer had received a vision that his path lay elsewhere and that it was his son's to replace and surpass him as ruler over all the lands he had conquered. So it was that Enmerkar came to rule his father's kingdom and attracted the attention of the goddess Inanna who was the sister of Utu, the god said to have fathered Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer by his wife, the sun goddess Šherida. This had made Enmerkar a half-god and his relationship with Inanna and incestuous one.

A powerful man known to rip animals and people apart with his bare hands, he would consolidate his father's conquests and established the city-state of Uruk (aka Erech) ruling as the first Lugal (Lord) of the kingdom created, but never claimed, by his father. Building a magnificent gleaming white temple atop an enormous ziggurat to rule over his kingdom (which he was expanding in all directions), many would see Enmerkar as a hero because his rule brought stability and prosperity. It was at this point that his sense of godhood began to awaken even as his obvious hatred for them had led Inanna to abandon Enmerkar in favor of the Lugal of Aratta; Ensuhkešhdanna.

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Thus began what seemed to be an endless war with the Kingdom of Aratta further to the southwest between Elam and Meluḫḫa that began out of jealousy. Enmerkar saw the wealth of Aratta and desired it for himself only to be denied the skilled workers who made this wealth possible. Taking advantage of this, Ensuhkešhdanna offers to send Enmerkar tribute in return for an enormous quantity of grain... and then does not honor the deal after receiving the grain. Although he would eventually defeat Ensuhkešhdanna, Enmerkar could not remove him from power because his power was equal to the challenge and his kingdom possessed greater wealth with which to overcome its failures in battle.

Realizing his own failure was in the disunity of his peoples caused by the fact they did not speak a common language or share a common culture like that of Aratta, Enmerkar turned his armies inwards to end the confusion of tongues that weakened his authority. Amorites were among the peoples who would be put down by Enmerkars armies and any who did not accept his laws of conformity would either be put to the sword, or turned into slave labor building the cities of Hadāniūn, Ellasar, Seleucia, Ctesiphon, Rūhīn, Atrapatene, Telalān, Nisibis, Raha (Edessa) and Harran. With his wife Enmerkar-zi and infant son Banda, Enmerkar would rebuild the city of Eridu (Mighty Place) , where the first Antedeluvian Kings had ruled.

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Obsessed with the story of the flood he believed had been created by the gods to destroy his ancestors, Enmerkar envisioned rebuilding the Temple of Enki claiming the god had told him to unify the languages of those he ruled. Eridu was to become known as the City of the Tower to celebrate his accomplishments making of it a center for religion with none suspecting that his own narcissism and growing megalomaniacal views were about to be manifested upon them. This would be the largest ziggurat ever created on top of which was constructed the black temple from which to spit in the god's faces finally taking the name Nimrôd and declaring himself the god of this world.

To further defile the temple he now renamed for himself, he summoned practitioners of the dark arts who summoned a demonic Lilin named Šammur-ramāt to possess and transform his wife thus ending her mortal existence. Sitting atop the tower looking down upon those he ruled like a god, how could he not help but to feel invincible as who else but he could have achieved such things? Nimrôd had raised himself above where any flood might reach while defying the gods with his solar javelin and bringing an end to the age when kings built or destroyed cities and moved on. While embracing the powers he had inherited as a half-god, he would reject the gods and show them no gratitude like his father before him.

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Nimrôd was unafraid to unleash his fury but none came against him. His son Banda was in command over his war chiefs waging new conquests and enforcing his will over those he ruled. But, Banda fared no better than his father against the King of Aratta stretching supply lines and manpower to their limits while plotting the overthrow of his father to avenge his mother. Arrogant and consumed by ego, Nimrôd expected to be worshiped and obeyed while doing little to earn it except to stay his hand from destroying them. He would rule through oppression and tyranny but he would entrust lesser men with authority to act in his place not understanding they could take advantage of his absence to enrich themselves.

While they would pay him the lion's share to blind Nimrôd to the growing corruption in his midst, an earthquake was to prove the undoing of many when inferior workmanship caused his magnificent ziggurat to collapse in upon itself. His son would act quickly to claim rule as Lugalbanda upon learning that his father was inside the tower when it collapsed and that he had not survived. Although mortally wounded, Nimrôd had escaped this fate by fleeing into the surrounding wilderness literally holding his torn flesh to prevent his internal organs from spilling upon the earth and desperately in need of a healer. Being only half-god, such destruction brought down upon him proved more than enough to cause him grievous harm.

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While convinced of his divinity, he was now at the mercy of a farmer with medical skills to tend his livestock and his seamstress wife who sewed up his injuries after her husband set his bones. But, he was to discover that Inanna had not forgotten the slight he had made unto her as she now had seduced Lugalbanda and unleashed powerful dogs from the Underworld known as kalbu šegû to pursue him. She wished to prevent Nimrôd from regaining his strength so that he might return to retake his kingdom from her new lover and when the dogs caught up with Nimrôd, they tore him apart because he was too weak to defend himself.

Although he had not survived, his wife would suddenly find she was pregnant with child because she possessed her mother's ability to recreate souls by reincarnating them through her body. Unlike Lilith , Šammur-ramāt could only do this one at a time and had to carry the child for a full gestation period of nine months so that Nimrôd remained within her until his new body had fully matured. He would be reborn as an infant dependent on his new mother for his care like any other. Nimrôd was also to see that his body had been changed as his dark-brown skin was now dark-red and he had horns growing from his head because he had become a mix of god, demon, and vampiric Akhkharu... a Lilu (a male Lilin).

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Where Nimrôd had been half-god and half-mortal, he was now a quarter-demon and a quarter-mortal meaning he had become more powerful than before. This drew the attention of his father who was earning a name for himself as the first of a new breed of hunter called a Kankar (Bloodhunter) called Sharur (Supreme Hunter) who would send another Bloodhunter renamed Enmerkar-Amrimu having adopted him as a replacement for Nimrôd. Thus began a "game of hunters" where Nimrôd was to be undone many times by his enemy before ultimately feasting upon his heart and liver. A bounty equal to a king's ransom was then placed on Nimrôd's head by his father so that he would always be hunted.

Nimrôd eventually became banished into the Netherworld of Hell by one of the Bloodhunters pursuing him where he became even more powerful by slaying the demon Gaap stealing away his power and casting the demon's soul into the Realms of Death where Mistress Death could have her way with him. As he grew more powerful, Nimrôd evolved gaining the epithet Na'Dinger (god-slayer) whose ultimate goal would be to kill the God of Abraham. It is for this reason that he adopted another name calling himself Noctifer (night-bringer) contrasting Lucifer (light-bringer) seeing as they had similar intent. Unlike Lucifer, Nimrôd focuses his attention on all gods with his father being the primary target for his rage mockingly calling him ʼĒl ʻElyōn.

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Nimrôd views himself as the embodiment of the Sun and the Sun's reflection (the Moon) often patronizing the moon-god Sîn which he finds befitting considering what his name became synonymous with transgression/offense against religious or moral law. In his original form, Nimrôd was known most for his javelin An.Bar (sky fire; meteor) which often burns white with a yellow aura indicating intense heat or a blue aura indicating intense cold. The An.Bar can be held during his attacks to use as a spear or change its form becoming a bow that shoots arrows similar to his javelin (but over a greater distance), a sword, hammer, mace or (his other favorite) a morning star.

While he had become more powerful, Nimrôd found himself now bowing before a more powerful demon named Amaymon but ruling over four powerful kings of Hell who had been subject to Gaap with legions of demons under his command. Nimrôd can also manifest huge bat-like wings, provide intellect or ignorance, can teleport, has the ability to manipulate emotions of love or hate, can make people beautiful to those they desire, and has extensive medical/healing knowledge inherited from the demon Gaap. He is also subject to, and has power over, necromancers who might summon him but would find it difficult to make him obey if there was nothing he gained from it.

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He has the ability to take on the form of a centaur vastly increasing his skills and his strength. In this form, he sometimes wields a Scythe that glows purple and black with the ability to drain energy from his opponents. He can channel this power through his other energy weapons creating even greater explosive power forming thick protective armor that is invisible until something strikes it. But, it would be his powers as a half-god which would prevail, the power of the Sun which now became transformed to radiant hellfire allowing him to hold his own against more powerful demons.

Married several times, his current wife is a demonic centaur named Ryōma who possesses certain dragon-like attributes and breathes hellfire which she uses to empower her sorcerous spellcasting. She gave birth to a daughter by Nimrôd named Baigujing (White Bone Spirit), a shapeshifter whose powers to deceive are extremely well developed. Nimrôd's other daughter is Barbarra (flames) which he sired with Inanna who possesses her mother's beauty and serves as her father's war chief. Rejected by her mother, she sought him out slaying demons along the way devouring them and dressing in their skins until becoming 70% goddess and 30% demon possessing a mix of her parents powers.



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