Sackcloth & Ashes
Tanakh is the great city with a population of tens of thousands that has grown over the eons around The Etemenanki. Its access to the wealth of the Great Tower’s resources and control over irrigation caused it to swallow up the neighboring towns over time, resulting in nearby ruins as the towns were retaken by nature. Tanakh sits with a mighty river, The Acheron to its east, and a panoply of cultivated fields surround it to the north and west before giving way to the Green Sea and The Blooming Desert. To the south is a towering mountain range, The Bernhardt Mountains.
Tanakh’s many natural borders mean that it has weathered few real conflicts since its inception and virtually none in recent memory. Only old timers still mention stories of great conflict between the realm’s great city-states from the days when those greybeards first arrived in Sheol. Indeed the greatest threat to the city comes from The Etemenanki itself. The tower periodically has wondrous beasts that escape from it and reign havoc on the city below. These intermittent attacks from within necessitated the creation of The Tower Authority to protect the city from what is ironically both its most potent threat and greatest resource.