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Gilgamesh is a story that has been around for thousands of years. In the beginning, it was told over and over, and eventually it was laid on clay tablets that were scattered throughout the region in which it was written.

Gilgamesh was a larger than life man, 2/3 god, 1/3 man he roamed the earth looking for an equal. Never finding one, he landed in Uruk. It is implied that he killed the men and raped the women. The people of the city implored the Gods to send down an equal to Gilgamesh to quench his quest. The Gods heard their request and granted it. In the fields of the area there came a man. Not so much a man as a half beast because he was raised by the animals of the land. The people lured out the man by way of a whore that taught him of the world he was not privy to.

This mans name was Enkidu.

Once the whore got Enkidu to enter Uruk, Gilgamesh heard of his arrival and went out to meet the man who they say would be an equal fight. Gilgamesh and Enkidu fight, and finding neither of them are the stronger they instead become fast friends.

These friends go out on a quest, to destroy the guardian of the cedar forest Humbaba. Gilgamesh asks the Gods for prophetic dreams and receives them. The dreams are horrifying to Gilgamesh but for each dream, Enkidu finds a happy positive ending. Once the friends meet the Humbaba, they destroy it with three blows.

A goddess (Ishtar) is enamored by the sight of these men killing the guardian and she calls out for Gilgamesh to bed her. He refuses and she in turn becomes enraged and unleashes a Bull of Heaven on...