The Annunaki

“We are Annunaki. Those of the Royal Blood. Descended from Tiamat, we are her children. She has gifted us this world, and all who live upon it. Ours is the divine right to rule, just as all others are born to serve.”  Words of First Emperor Hirum when he rose to power and forged the Anu Dynasty.

The seven ruling Houses of the Annunaki

 

HOUSE

ANU

Description:

  • Annunaki’ from the Anu bloodline are generally between seven to eight feet tall. They have a very similar head and body to their original dinosaur forms, yet, have evolved to a more bipedal stance. Their strongest physical evolutionary trait is their forearms. These have grown to the same size as other races with extra fingers and an opposable thumb for dexterity, however, their strength remains in their jaws and lower limbs. Anu’ have retained their tails, but their snouts are shorter with blunt front incisors and sharp tearing side fangs. All Anu’ are bald and rarely wear any type of head covering that is popular amongst some of the other Annunaki.

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed over their left eye.

  • All crests are as much identifiers, as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Anu’ favour crests that are simple yet powerful in their line work.

Ability:

  • Allscent – a highly advanced sense of smell and olfactory awareness. So much so, that the ability allows them to can smell truth in speech, along with emotion, sickness and even genetic issues. The strongest of the Anu’ can ‘see with their smell’, allowing for a vast ray of scent abilities to provide them with almost impossible information.

Customs:

  • The high lords and Royals of the Anu Dynasty expect tribute to be paid when they grant an audience. Such is their belief that they are the superior race.

Eating:

  • Meat, meat and more meat.

Greeting and Meeting:

  • When Greeting Anu’, the lesser or weaker of the two must bow first. Power and hierarchy are everything to the bloodline.

Gestures:

  • Anu’ often use their height and build to intimidate others. When they combine this with their ability of Allscent, intimidation is often quite real given this ability uncovers information otherwise hidden. As a result, almost all Anu’ carry a supernatural confidence borne of knowing they can handle any situation.

Visits:

  • Anu’ hold three Citadel’s on Abzu-Ma and ‘Anu Citadel Prime’ is considered the centre of Abzu-Ma society. Because of this, Anu’ rarely feel the need to travel to non-Anu Citadel’s unless ordered by the Emperor or for more hidden personal reasons.

Ethics and Values:

  • Anu’ are known for their strength in all of Abzu-Ma. Many of their customs reflect this. Many other Annunaki bloodlines are steeped in spiritual tradition; this is not the case for the Anu’. They value strength and power. They have strong bonds with their family unit, but rarely does loyalty surpass this. Holding no concern for the Goddess or others, this mindset can make working with Anu’ dangerous.

Alliances:

  • Annunaki’ of House Enki and Enlil.

 

HOUSE

ENLIL

Description:

  • Other than the Annunaki from House Nanna, the Enlil’ are the most physically humanoid. Tall and lithe, with elongated skulls that end in a point. Their mouths are beak-like, yet, still capable of speech. From top of the skull to feet, they can grace almost 8 feet tall. Most Royals attain this size, but the average is slightly less. The Enlil’ are six limbed and one of only two Anki species to have wings allowing them to fly. There is a smaller Anki species that also flies and they primarily flock to the Citadel’s of Enlil for protection of their flying Lords. In the Enlil Citadels, these Anki find work as guards, often seen flying patrol around the centre of the Citadel.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold crest which they wear tattooed under their left eye.

  • All crests are as much identifiers, as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Enlil’ favour crests with curving and overlapping line work.

 

Ability:

  • Farsight – A highly advanced sense of sight. Like the Anu’, the strongest of the bloodline (mostly the Royals) have the ability to see multiple vibrations in the air. For example, they can see radio waves, spiritual connections and psychic bonds that link other Anki and Annunaki alike. It was rumoured that centuries ago, the strongest of the Royal House of Enlil could even see into the future. However, since the split of the Council and the rise of the Anu Dynasty, none have developed this ability.

 

Customs:

  • Enlil’ always provide impeccable hospitably. They view this as a form of perfection and breeding. In truth, this custom arose from the Enlil’s more guarded nature where they say one thing but mean the other. By putting on a good show for their guests, it lowers the visiting bloodlines caution allowing the Enlil to give nothing away and hide behind manners and traditions.

 

Eating:

  • Anything meat of fish.

 

Greeting and Meeting:

  • Unless family, Enlil’ will greet others from a distance. They have large personal space requirements, unless related. When greeting family members, the Enlil’ will touch foreheads. To outsiders, the gesture is still made, but no contact is given.

 

Gestures:

  • Enlil’ can appear quite stoic, often standing still and watching with an uncanny patience. However, their wings often express their mood. The more highly charged the emotion, the more raised their wings become. Conversely the opposite holds true, wings often dropping in times of sadness or even exhaustion.

 

Visits:

  • The Enlil’ have two Citadels on Abzu-Ma. They are also the primary bloodline tasked with building space craft for off world colonization and the engineers for all of Abzu-Ma. As such, while the Royals rarely leave their citadels, many of this bloodline frequent other Citadels to oversee construction, maintenance and general improvements where needed.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Enlil’ are family orientated. Like the Enki’, the understand the power of having family close by. As such, many of their decisions are made at a group level for the betterment of their bloodline as a whole. To an outsider, the Enlil’ decisions may appear weak, anti-confrontational even. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Enlil’ are flyers, able to soar on the winds for days on end. They know the value of patience, of playing the long game to get what they want. They have an end game in sight, and they plan to see it to fruition.

 

Alliances:

  • Annunaki of House Anu and Enki.

 

HOUSE

ENKI

Description:

  • Annunaki’ from the Enki bloodline are smaller than the other Annunaki', averaging approximately six-foot. The Enki’ have become more upright like the Anu’ in their posture but retained their strong tail. When they run, their tail allows them to kept balance as they accelerate to speeds beyond the other Annunaki’. Like the Anu’, their power is in their legs. They have large splayed toes that account for the posture shift, their dew claw remains but their snouts have disappeared to give way to mouths. They have blunt front incisors between sharp tearing fangs. Long feather-like spines track from the back of their head down the back to mid-tail. The same spines also appear on their arms. On the arms, these can straighten to become weapons. On the head and spine, they are purely decorative. The female’s head spines often grown longer than then males. Enki’ are also the largest bloodline from a population perspective. They and their Marduk servants count in the millions; a far greater number than the sheer thousands that the other bloodlines account for. Given their Bloodline is in charge of the military and the off-world wars, the majority of Enki’ are engaged in battle on other worlds.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed either in the middle of their chin or along the jawline or neck.

  • All crests are as much identifiers, as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Enki’ favour crests with short sharp strokes of line work.

 

Ability:

  • Onemind – the ability of telepathy. Being pack hunters, Enki’ are graced with the ability of telepathy. Their pack-bonds can be made so strong they can act and live as one mind. They can also enter other pack member’s thoughts and speak mind-to-mind at will. Enki’ have specific technology made to allow them to harness their gift and openly enter the minds to others outside of their pack. This makes them the perfect interrogators as well as soldiers.

 

Customs:

  • Of all the Marduk, bar the Anu’, the Enki’ have kept their instincts close to the surface. It may be because they are more in touch with their hunter instincts. In fact, Enki’ view the hunt – the ferociousness of it – as spiritual in nature. They see a truthfulness to it that other bloodlines lack. Where others vie for power or political favour, the Enki’ only concern themselves with the baser truths – there is honour in the hunt; in the kill. A clean kill is always offered up as a gift to the Goddess.

  • Despite ruled by hunter instincts, Enki’ are still fantastic strategists, a gift attribute to the hunter in them all.

 

Eating:

  • Anything meat or fish.

 

Greeting and Meeting:

  • Family bonds including packs are almost non-existent in greeting (at least physically). Most speech and communication is done telepathically. For non-Enki greetings, an almost dismissive nod is all that will be given. Enki’ follow the Anu’ but believe no other species is truly their superior.

 

Gestures:

  • Staring. Enki love to stare as a challenge of dominance or when sizing up a rival or just for the sheer fun of it!

 

Visits:

  • Not many visit the Enki Citadel. The Citadel is harsh and overcrowded. It’s primary purpose of training soldiers for the military. Those that do visit are usually from Anu Prime on assignment from the Emperor (seeking military information). It is unusual for Enki Lords to leave their Citadel too, however many who are in the military travel off-world with the Marduk’ and other Anki’, or oversee special bodyguard posts to the Royals.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Enki’ value family and strength. They care deeply about honour to their House and their families in general.

 

Alliances:

  • Annunaki of House Anu and Enlil.

 

HOUSE

NINURTA

Description:

  • Annunaki from the Ninurta bloodline are generally six-foot in height and just as wide, giving the appearance they are bigger than they actually are. Like the other Annuanki’ and Anki’, evolution has made them bipedal, trading forelimb pads for hands. They have kept the large bony ridge of a crown and their three horns however their beak has smoothed down to a more humanoid face. Given the size of their heads, quick turning movement is not something Ninurta’ do well, and most, in fact, practice the art of being present and always conscious of where they place their body. Ninurta’ share the responsibility of jointly ruling the Temple with House Nanna, given both bloodlines secondary gifts that manifest in these bloodlines. Because of this, Ninurta’ are deeply spiritual and their Citadel is considered the hub of Temple society.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed along the centre ridge of their crown.

  • All crests are as much identifiers as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Ninurta’ favour crests with circular line work with intersected but connecting lines and dots.

 

Ability:

  • Skinsight – the ability to see memory and thought through the touch of skin. Like the Enki’, Ninurta’ have created technology that when worn, can access the memory of other Anki’ and project it for all to see.

 

Secondary ability:

  • Goddess Ear – the strongest of the bloodline develop a secondary gift called Goddess-Ear. This is the ability to hear the voice of Tiamat, the Goddess of Abzu-Ma. All who develop this gift are expected to join the Temple and attain the rank of Parsu-Marharu – the highest-ranking priest of their bloodline and guiding the Dynasty for the betterment of all Anki’ within Abzu-Ma.

 

Customs:

  • Ninurta’ believe every movement is a sign of the Goddess. As such, everything they do is to honour Tiamat. Words are not spoken; movement is not made, without forethought. When interacting with Ninurta’, you must understand that they seek to be present in the moment and while they look to the future, everything is only done for the now.

 

Eating:

  • Mostly plant-based food.

 

Greeting and Meeting:

  • Ninurta’ greet each other with blessings of the Goddess. For them, it is their way of expressing hello and goodbye.

 

Gestures:

  • Most Ninurta’ move with purpose. Slow and controlled, they see life as a dance with the Goddess and try to channel her in everything they do.

 

Visits:

  • Ninurta’ who join the Temple will leave their Citadel and join all others. As Parsu, it is their calling to help all Anki’ and Annunaki’ alike. Even though Ninurta’ are in direct conflict with the Anu Dynasty, all Parsu’ are given amnesty from any political ties to their Houses as the calling of becoming one of Tiamat’s chosen elevates them beyond the bloodline.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Ninurta’ seek peace and freedom for all. Of all the Annunaki, they do not see Anki’ or even Marduk’ are lesser. In Ninurta Citadel, all are treated as equals and it is their belief that all should be across Abzu-Ma. As such, the Ninurta’ are in direct conflict with the Anu Dynasty and its supporters – the Annunaki from House Enki and Enlil. If it wasn’t for the support of House Nanna and Utu, the Dynasty would have tried to invade Ninurta’ and bring it to heel too. As it is, both factions of the Annunaki survive under a tenuous stalemate which has existed for hundreds of years.

 

Alliances:

  • Annunaki of House Nanna and Utu

 

HOUSE

NANA

Description:

  • Resembling clerics of old, the Annunaki of House Nanna stand with their large eyes and bald heads covered with a circular, bony ridge. Nanna’ have lost their tails, standing completely bipedal and leaving behind their past power in attacking from frontal head assaults. Their ability over their skin is what has caused this change in their evolutionary state. Nanna’ share the responsibility of jointly ruling the Temple with House Ninurta, given both bloodlines secondary gifts that manifest in those worthy. Because of this and their connections to the dead, Nanna’ are seen as deeply spiritual, but often avoided given their knowledge of the afterlife and the white-plains that lie beyond.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed under their right eye.

  • All crests are as much identifiers, as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Nanna’ favour crests with simple dot work. Parsu-Taru’ also take a second singular dot about the right eye as a sign of their White-Tongue ability.

 

Ability:

  • Stoneskin – the ability to harden parts (or all) of their skin at will, to absorb shock or impact.

 

Secondary ability:

  • White-tongue – the strongest of the bloodline develop a secondary gift called the White-Tongue. It is the ability to commune with the dead. All who develop this gift are expected to join the Temple and attain the rank of Parsu-Taru – highest ranking priest of their bloodline and guide the departed spirits across the white-plains back to the abyss where they can meet Tiamat once more.

 

Customs:

  • Perhaps the most divided of all the bloodlines, Nanna’ have a history steeped in gladiatorial-like combat which they still uphold to this day. Annual festivals of feats where the Upper and Low Lords compete for glory are famous across Abzu-Ma. At the same time, those who are gifted with the White-Tongue are treated as Royals given the knowledge they learn from communing with the dead and their visits to the white-plains. This bloodline is sought after for both its fighting savvy by the other bloodlines and its need for Parsu-Taru to join other Citadels around Abzu-Ma.

 

Eating:

  • Only plant-based food.

 

Greeting and Meeting:

  • It is customary for most Nanna’ to touch foreheads as a sign of greeting (similar to the Enlil’). Parsu-Taru’ however, are exempt from touching and will often avoiding touch all together as they may unwillingly call ancestor spirits.

 

Gestures:

  • Nanna’ are lively and enjoy life. They are often active and unable to stay still. It is only the Parsu-Taru’ who undergo an obvious personality change when they develop the White-Tongue ability. This gift of communing weighs heavily on the Nanna’, dragging their liveliness down to a more stoic stance that sets them apart from their other brethren.

 

Visits:

  • Most Nanna’ will not visit the Anu, Enlil or Enki Citadels given their obvious split when the Dynasty was formed. However, all are welcome to the Nanna Citadel when the annual feast of feats is held. All guests must take an oath of peace and enjoy the games. Like the Ninurta’, the Nanna’ who become Parsu are also given amnesty from any political ties to their Houses as the calling of becoming one of Tiamat’s chosen elevates them beyond the bloodline.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Nanna’ align themselves with the Ninurta and Utu bloodlines, wanting peace for Abzu-Ma and do not support the off-world wars that the Dynasty has waged. Given their bloodline is the second biggest and their support for the Ninurta’ is well known, it is all that has kept the Anu’ from attempting to bring all other bloodlines to heel. While they are great fighters, Nanna’ fight for the love of it, finding joy, humour and honour in the act of training. This is vastly different to the Enki’ who do it for the love of the hunt.

 

Alliances:

  • Annunaki of House Ninurta and Utu.

 

HOUSE

UTU

Description:

  • The bulkiest of all the Annunaki’, the Utu’ are the least bipedal also. Most appear stooped but that is only to counterweight the sheer size of the spines on their back spines, which, despite clothing, are always proudly displayed as a mark of prestige. It should be known that while the Utu’ believe in displaying their spines proudly, they also cover their heads with hoods that are inbuilt into the robes that they wear. Like the Ninurta’, the Utu’ have also evolved so that they have dexterous forelimbs and not the soft pads from their past.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed along the ride side if their forehead and temple.

  • All crests are as much identifiers, as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Utu’ favour crests with circular line work and interconnecting dots.

 

Ability:

  • Skinmend – all Utu’ have the ability to heal through touch. This is limited to strength and power of each Utu individually.

 

Customs:

  • Utu’ are closely aligned with the Temple and work alongside Parsu’ helping out by healing the sick Anki’ where they can. As their ability is seen as Goddess-given, they believe that they are channelling her power by healing. Because healing is offered to all, it is seen as a grave injustice to strike down an Utu’.

 

Eating:

  • Plant-based with some fish.

 

Greeting and Meeting:

  • Utu’ have taken up the same greeting that those of House Ninurta and the Temple use – by bestowing the blessings of the Goddess as a form of hello and goodbye.

 

Visits:

  • Utu’ frequently visit Ninurta and Nanna Citadels. If called upon by the Dynasty for healing, the Utu will attain amnesty from harm before setting foot on Dynasty soil. However, given the advanced technology, most of the Anu, Enki and Enlil Houses do not seek the Utu’ for their healing when they have the ability to heal themselves.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Given their ability, Utu’ value life and often get easily frustrated by those who they see as ‘eager to throw it away.’ They will always help, despite that annoyance, for it a grave thing to ignore any creature on Abzu-Ma who is hurt. Utu’ that do so, believe that this will bring down the wrath of the Goddess on them. Utu’ can have an extremely gruff exterior, almost matching that of their spines, but once they get to know a person and see that they are worth their time, the Utu will be loyal for life.

 

Alliances:

  • Annunaki of House Ninurta and Nanna.

 

HOUSE

NINHURSAG

Description:

  • While their ancestors might gentle giants with enormous necks, the Ninhursag bloodline don’t resemble much of their forefathers. While tall, towering at 8-9 foot, their bodies are tall and long limbed. Their necks are somewhat longer than the others, but not disproportionate to the rest of their limbs. The one aspect that sets them apart is the enlarged skull which protects a brain twice as big as any of the other Annunaki’. Their heads are kept covered, often in various metals as opposed to cloth like some of the other bloodlines, and where the other Houses favour robes and tunics, the Ninhursag’ wore clothes tailored to their bodies setting them even further apart from the rest of Anki society.

 

Family Crest:

  • Each family has a gold symbol or crest which they wear tattooed in the centre of their forehead.

  • All crests are as much identifiers as they are organic interfaces for Anki’ technology. All access and authority is coded to these tattoos.

  • Ninhursag’ favour crests with small intricate dot work.

 

Ability:

  • Mindsight – their gift seems the most unusual and unassuming, but it is in fact, what shaped most of Anki society and way of life. The gift of mindsight allows those of House Ninhusag to comprehend equations far beyond the other bloodlines. Anything that can be imagined, that exists in the cosmos, those of House Ninhursag can comprehend and find the means to create.

 

Customs:

  • Since their disappearance, many of their customs have been outlawed by the Dynasty

 

Eating:

  • Plant-based foods.

 

Ethics and Values:

  • Ninhursag’ are the true pacifists of the Annunaki’. To them, all life is sacred.

 

The Temple of the

Goddess Tiamat

“From her, all things rise. To her, all things return.” Covenant of the Parsu.

 

Tiamat is the Goddess of Abzu-Ma. It was her deep waters that birthed the world and all that live upon it. The Anki people may be the subjects of the Annunaki Royals’ that rule them; but there is one other force of power that rivals their control. Tiamat’s chosen – those who join her Temple and devote their lives to the betterment of Abzu-Ma.

 

Temple life is different from Anki Society. Here, all who join are expected to give up their bonds to their old lives and commit to a life of service in her name. They do not go without, but their means are simple. Because service to the Goddess is considered as a divine calling, even Marduk can leave their masters to join the Temple.

 

All who dwell within Tiamat’s walls as her chosen are given respect by Anki and Annunaki alike; to ignore this is a grave disrespect to the Goddess herself.

 

There are two main roles within the Temple, that are available to all Anki’ and Marduk’.

 

Parasu

  • Meaning: ‘to decide’.

  • Role: All novice and initiates of the Temple first take up the role of Parasu. As Parasu, the initiates serve all other Parsu within the Temple walls and learn the ways of the Goddess to decide if they wish to take the next step to become Parsu. While some choose to remain and live the simple life of Parasu, most choose to become Parsu where they can help others on a larger scale. Once the choice to become Parsu is made, it is a lifelong decision.

  • Clothing: Parasu wear grey robes with no adornments.

    • If it is a Marduk who joins the Temple, the initiate forgoes his House collar of royal gold or lower-lord rose-gold and takes the collar of silver, as a sign to all that they are now a servant of the Goddess. This silver collar will be worn for the remainder of the Marduk’s life.

 

Parsu

  • Meaning: ‘Religious Duty’.

  • Role: All who join the Temple to serve the Goddess become Parsu. As Parsu, their duty is to help all who are in need and assist the Parsu-Maharu or Parsu-Taru in the Higher Rites of the Goddess.

  • Clothing: Parsu wear black robes with silver embroidery. The black is a sign of the Abyss – the great waters that are Tiamat herself.

 

While all can become a servant to the Goddess, the Temple is still held in balance by two Annunaki bloodlines due to their secondary gifts bestowed by the Goddess. As such, only Annunaki who have ‘Duranki’ – the bond to heaven and earth – can elevate their status within the Temple and only if these secondary gifts manifest themselves.

 

Parsu-Maharu

  • Meaning: Maharu means to ‘Receive’. These are the Parsu high-priests from House Ninurta who are blessed with the secondary gift of Goddess-Ear. They can channel the wisdom of the Goddess and bring it to the people of Abzu-Ma. Parsu-Marahu’ oversee the birth rites of all new Anki who enter the world and bestow Tiamat’s blessings on them.

  • Clothing: These high priests wear red robes with white embroidery. The red and white are to symbolise the two halves of Tiamat and are the polar opposite to Taru. Red is life blood that runs through all and when the flesh is gone, all must pass through the white-plains.

 

Parsu-Taru

  • Meaning: Taru means to ‘Return’. These are the Parsu high-priests from House Nanna who are blessed with the secondary gift of the White-Tongue. They can speak with the dead and help them on their path to return to the Goddess. Parsu-Taru’ oversee the death rites (called ‘Sa Belet’ – the rites of the Netherworld), helping Anki cross the white-plains.

  • Clothing: These high priests wear white robes with red embroidery. The white and red are to symbolise the two halves of Tiamat and are the polar opposite to Marharu. The white-plains are what await all Anki' and Marduk' at the end of their life and the red of life blood anew for when they are reborn to join the world once more.

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