Region of origin: Babylonia

Created by the primordial goddess Tiamat, these giant scorpion-men were set as guards to the gates of Kurnugi, the Babylonian underworld and a land of eternal darkness, opening and closing the gates to allow the solar deity Shamash to travel out and return each sunrise and sunset. Two met with Gilgamesh in his eponymous epic, warning him of the dangers he faced if he passed through the lands beyond their post.

Originally posted on Tumblr on June 17, 2016