At last you catch up with Nur-Shamash. Both he and Tappum are pleased to see you and laugh about your long run to reach them. Nur-Shamash is leading the donkey train out of town towards the distant mountains. You have never seen the mountains before. It will be many days before you reach them and you try to imagine what they will be like. You have heard stories of the hero Gilgamesh and his fight with the demon Humbaba who lived in the mountains. You become nervous about what you will meet.

You stop to talk to a shepherd who is taking his flock to Ashur. He tells you how cold it can get in the mountains.

Do you want to continue on towards the mountains or go with the shepherds back to Ashur?

the mountains back to Ashur