Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration. This week’s mythical element is: Gilgamesh Gilgamesh is the central figure of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the greatest surviving work of Mesopotamian Mythology. Two thirds god, Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk, but he started out as a terrible king, a tyrant. His oppression was so terrible that when his people started praying to the gods so that Gilgamesh may change, the gods have answered their prayers and created an equal to Gilgamesh. Starting out as nothing but a selfish ruler, through the epic, Gilgamesh slowly becomes a hero, but in the end, not even he can escape his own mortality. Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.