The Blue Walls –
Built a century ago by King Unas, the walls are formed of enormous stone blocks transported to Annuakat by river barges from the quarries. The walls themselves were costly to build, but what King Unas did next nearly bankrupted his kingdom. He ordered the walls to be painted blue, a feat which could not be accomplished without vast amounts of lapis lazuli being ground into powder for pigment. His orders were carried out, at great expense, and he had his magicians bind the paint to the stone itself, so that the paint would never chip nor fade. Thus, the walls to this day are as bright and vibrant as the day they were first painted.
Temples of the Six
– Immense structures that dominant the city, the temples to the Annunaki rise up from the skyline with great flat roofs held up by enormous rows of intricately painted columns. While the temple to Annuk is the largest, it is Maskat, goddess of agriculture and health, whose temple is most frequented by offerings. Her lector-priests, with their knowledge of crop blessings that magically fend off diseases and bugs, are the most powerful priests in Annuakat, made rich on offerings. They own much land, both inside and outside the city. The priests of the Temple of Narmaka cultivate opium poppies and the purple lilies whose red tongues produce sassafras, which they sell for great profit.
- The port of Annuakat is not so deep nor so large as to support immense warships, but it still frequented by tradeships seeking to fill their holds with the city's grain.
Royal Palace, Gardens of Narmaka -
The royal palace is the only ziggurat structure in the city, and no building is higher than it. The interior of the ziggurat holds the quarters for the nobility and ruling class of Annuakat, while the steps of the pyramid themselves are taken up by extraordinary gardens, known as the Gardens of Narmaka. Many rare and exotic plants
are grown here and it gives the Royal Palace the appearance of a green mountain, rather than a man-made pyramid. Balconies peek out from within the pyramid to look out upon the gardens, offering the nobility a view of the city as well as their gardens.
At the very top of the pyramid and its ten thousand stairs sits the throne room, which is housed under a roof and walled on two sides, but open to the air both before and behind the throne.