Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chapter 13

Then he sent his messenger to invite the monarch into the city. The invitation did not go wanting, because the king gave many gifts of spices, gold and silver to Nimrod. Upon reaching the city of Nimrod there were large stacks of straw piled in the streets and the smell of burning brick furnaces. The population worked feverishly to add more bricks, to stretch the tower yet another block. They seemed to be in a hypnotic trance, smelting brick, stirring cement and lime, faster, faster, to build the most magnificent tower in the world. King Farsaid also had the fever to add his energy to this tower. It took two weeks to walk around the base and observe the construction of the bricks. Markets were strewn throughout the lower levels and while astronomers wprled erecting devices to chart the sky, priests sacrificed to their gods and built altars and pits to dispose of the bones of animals and decapitated victims. There was an atmosphere of excitement; the workers were pleased with themselves. Nimrod's home was an elegant palace supported by tall columns built of cement and brandished with diamonds brought from Africa. A colonnaded porch surrounded on both sides by bathing pools led to the palace entrance. The floors and walls inside the palace were made of alabaster and every archway was decorated with gold statues of the heathen god Re. Nimrod's throne was as tall as the ceiling and emblems designating his peculiar priesthood were carved into it. A
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carpet sewn together by bear skins and trumped with the head of a animal of the underworld was laid across the floor from the archway to the threshold of the throne. King Farsaid and Prince Nel were escorted to the seat of the throne by a servant who periodically poked them in the backs with his staff.

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