Messerach, the One-Eyed King, was a ruler in ancient Assyria, some time between 1050 BCE and 800 BCE. Oddly, for those 250 years, Messerach is the only king listed on record.

He was eventually buried in an ornate sarcophagus, which came to be known as the Ankaran Sarcophagus, due to its discovery near Ankara in modern-day Turkey. The carvings on the sarcophagus depict female demon Lamasstu, a Mesopotamian figure often associated with Lilith.

The Sarcophagus was unearthed by Professor Ingvar Johansen in 2004, after its location was disclosed to him by an anonymous source, and it was placed on the NZ Elizabeth Dane for transport to Los Angeles.

Before arriving at port, something happened: the sarcophagus was seemingly opened from within, and the crew of the Dane massacred.

In actuality, Messerach's mummified body was removed from the sarcophagus, and kept in Smiling Jack's possession. It was last seen sitting in a patio chair next to Jack on the Hollywood hills, overlooking the burning Venture Tower.

Background Information

  • While many ancient royals have biographies where it's claimed they have lived for extended periods of time, this is not one of those cases. There is no historical king named Messerach. Between 1050 BCE and 800 BCE, Assyria had a succession of kings: Ashurnasirpal I, Shalmaneser II, Ashur-nirari IV, Ashur-rabi II, Ashur-resh-ishi II, Tiglath-Pileser II, Ashur-dan II, Adad-nirari II, Tukulti-Ninurta II, Ashurnasirpal II, Shalmaneser III, Shamshi-Adad V, and Adad-nirari III.

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