This drawing by Hydraulisk will be of interest to people around here:
It depicts the first Daemon Prince of Tzeentch in his interpretation. Wearing an oxhide copper ingot on his chest, carrying a cuneiform clay tablet and sporting a luscious Mesopotamian beard, we infer that the first Daemon Prince of Tzeentch in Warhammer 40’000 would be Ea-Nasir, a dodgy Sumerian copper trader of Alik-Dilmun, or the copper guild of Dilmun, in the coastal city of Ur. The world’s oldest customer complain tablet was found in the ruins of his home, and the scathing words sometimes shine through the dry, formal lingo:
Tell Ea-nasir: Nanni sends the following message:
When you came, you said to me as follows: ‘I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots.’ You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Sit-Sin) and said: ‘If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!’
What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt? I have sent as messengers gentlemen like ourselves to collect the bag with my money (deposited with you) but you have treated me with contempt by sending them back to me empty-handed several times, and that through enemy territory. Is there anyone among the merchants who trade with Telmun who has treated me in this way? You alone treat my messenger with contempt! On account of that one (trifling) mina of silver which I owe you, you feel free to speak in such a way, while I have given to the palace on your behalf 1,080 pounds of copper, and umi-abum has likewise given 1,080 pounds of copper, apart from what we both have had written on a sealed tablet to be kept in the temple of Samas.
How have you treated me for that copper? You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory; it is now up to you to restore (my money) to me in full.
Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.
Ea-Nasir the dodgy copper salesman has recently achieved wider fame thanks to Internet tomfoolery, and a fair number of the jokes are delicious. A certain infamous copper ingot scam from 2020 only serves to enhance the impression.
While not a Hashutim Daemon Prince, the ancient Mesopotamian connection in Hydraulisk’s nice drawing may still interest a good number of people around here.