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Don't moralize at me! I have no love for images, old gods, prophetic words.
— Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the fifth king of the Sumerian city of Uruk, a demigod, and the central figure of The Epic of Gilgamesh, considered by many to be the first novel ever written. Gilgamesh was an interesting kind of demigod; his mother was a goddess, and he had two fathers: one mortal, and one divine. Therefore, Gilgamesh was two-thirds god, and one-third mortal.

Gilgamesh was a brutal and cruel king. The people of Uruk prayed to the gods to save them from their oppression, and the gods responded by creating an equal to Gilgamesh's power in the form of Enkidu, an animalistic wild man. Enkidu, once he was civilized by a priestess, learned of Gilgamesh's actions and challenged him to a wrestling match. The two battled fiercely, but Gilgamesh eventually won in the end. Recognizing each other's strength, the pair become close friends.

Later, the goddess Ishtar tried to seduce Gilgamesh, but was spurned. Furious from her rejection, Ishtar unleashed the Bull of Heaven upon Uruk. Gilgamesh and Enkidu managed to slay the Bull, but for killing the divine animal, the gods decreed that Gilgamesh must die. Enkidu instead sacrificed himself in his friend's place.

The grieving Gilgamesh now came face-to-face with the idea of mortality. Gilgamesh set off to seek out Utnapishtim, the only human to have been gifted with immortality. Utnapishtim attempted to explain the need for death to Gilgamesh, but the king remained unconvinced. Finally, Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh of a plant hidden under the ocean that could grant eternal youth. Gilgamesh retrieved the plant, but it was eaten by a snake. Having failed his quest, Gilgamesh dismally returned to Uruk.

Battle vs. Achilles and Patroclus alongside Enkidu (by Laquearius)[]

TBW.

Winners: Achilles and Patroclus

Expert's Opinion[]

TBD.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

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