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Scorpion People

— Welcome, ruler of Uruk, and have a rest with the scorpion people. You ease your fatigue, though our home is poor, and my wife is not the best cook.

— Forgive an old fool, Gilgamesh! The meal could have been more worthy, had only this rotting stump set off hunting more often.

— Lord, pay no heed to this groaner! Her tongue may not be tempered, but her heart is good.

— And my husband, though his appearance may frighten people and scorpions alike, is not so hideous at his core. No one knows the woods like him. Rest, Gilgamesh, and then he will show you the way.