The Annunaki (also known as the "Anunna" and "Mesopotamian gods") are a race of superhuman powerful humanoid beings who were worshiped as far back as pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis and Valusia circa 19,000 BC, continuing through several of the Hyborian-era nations, and then achieving prominence among the Sumerians, Assyrians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia (between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers) up to about 500 AD; the Canaanites, Hittities, Hurrians, Philistines and Phoenicians worshiped the Annunaki as well. Most of the Annunaki dwelled in Dilmun, a small dimension adjacent to Earth; a nexus between Dilmun and Earth existed on what is the modern-day island-nation of Bahrain. The Annunaki are called different names by their human worshipers; for example, the wind god Dagon is known as "Enlil" to Sumerians, while he was called "Ellil" by Canaanites. Generally speaking, the Annunaki no longer have worshipers on Earth, and many degenerated into demons in their attempts to retain influence over the Earth realm.
The Annunaki's origins are shrouded in legend. According to ancient myths, the dragon-like Tiamat (aka Leviathan, the primeval embodiment of the sea) coupled with Apsu (the embodiment of the fresh water below the Earth's surface) and gave birth to the first Annunaki; Lahmu and Lahamu. One generation later, Anu, the grandchild of Lahmu and Lahamu, was born and eventually matured into the god of heaven and the Sky Father of the Annunaki. With the primordian Earth Mother Gaea (known among the Annunaki as "Ki", and later as "Ninhursag"), Anu sired a new generation of Annunaki. When Apsu grew annoyed by the chaos introduced by these younger generations of his offspring, he planned to destroy the Annunaki, but the water god Ea learned of this and preemptively slew Apsu. This enraged Tiamat and her son Kingu, who led armies of Tiamat's monster progeny in an attack on the Annunaki, resulting in a prolonged civil war that ended with Anu's allies victorious and Tiamat dead. Marduk, Anu's grandson who served as the god of judgment and magic, led the Annunaki to victory during the war and replaced Anu as ruler of the Annunaki upon the defeat of Kingu and Tiamat.
During the Hyborian era, the Hand of Nergal, a talisman empowered by the underworld god Nergal, fell to Earth and was used by a number of dark mages, including Xaltotun of Acheron; the Hand was opposed by its counter-talisman, the Heart of Tammuz, which was empowered by Nergal's rival, the benevolent shepherd-god Tammuz. Circa 10,000 BC, the Hand of Nergal was acquired by Munthassem Khan, the satrap of Yaralet, who was corrupted by it. Ultimately, Munthassem was destroyed when the Hand was used against the Heart, and Nergal met defeat at the hands of Tammuz. The wizard Atalis claimed both artifacts, eventually merging them with the demonic Arm of Kx'ulthuum, granting an immensely powerful limb to a formerly one-armed barbarian later known as Fafnir Hellhand.
Decline and Degeneration
When monotheistic religions began to replace worship of the Annunaki in the Middle East, Anu decided that the time had come for the Annunaki to break most of their ties with Earth and return to Dilmun, where their power was not dependent on mortal worshipers. However, his edict was unpopular with several of the Annunaki, who feared losing their influence over the mortal sphere. Sensing their desperation, an ancient demon borne from the concentration of primordial evil energy that remained on Earth following Demogorge's destruction of the Elder Gods approached several of the Annunaki with an intriguing offer. Calling himself "Marduk Kurios" (a name familiar to the Annunaki), this ancient evil tempted them with everlasting power. Those Annunaki who succumbed to Kurios' trickery and accepted the terms of his deal were transformed into demons.
In modern times, the Annunaki who returned to Dilmun with Anu have remained largely removed from mortal affairs; however, those who degenerated into demons have frequently come into conflict with Earth's heroes. For instance, the god of metal Ningal possessed the Black Knight (Dane Whitman)'s body, but Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Stephen Strange eventually imprisoned the demon in a block of mystic amber. Later, as the "Demon of the Dunes," the desert god Martu plagued the Arabian Knight (Abdul Qamar) in the Saudi Arabian deserts.
Powers and Abilities
Average Strength level
25 - 30 tons
Population: 2000 (estimated)
Type of Government: Monarchy
Level of Technology: Magic
Cultural Traits: The Annunaki all possess certain superhuman physical attributes. They are true immortals who cease to age upon reaching adulthood, and they cannot die by conventional means. Annunaki flesh and bone are about three times denser than similar human tissue, contributing to the gods' superhuman strength and weight. An average male god can life about 30 tons; an average goddess can life about 25 tons. The gods' metabolism gives them superhuman endurance in all physical activities. Many Annunaki also possess additional superhuman powers, and several have degenerated into arch-demons in attempts to maintain influence in the Earth realm following the loss of their mortal worshipers. For instance, the desert got Martu possesses the ability to create powerful sandstorms.
Representatives: * Anu
- Anunnaki (original spelling) translates as "Children of Anu" or "People of Anu."
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