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Teotihuacan was the largest cultural, political and religious center of the Mayan civilization. It was also where the first time portal was located.
Overview[edit | edit source]
Teotihuacan was a large ancient city located in a sub-valley of the Valley of Mexico. The city was originally inhabited by the Mayans, though the Aztecs made use of Teotihuacan sometime later after it became abandoned.
Like many other great civilizations, the Sirians placed a Time-Lock deep within Teotihuacan, inside the Sun Pyramid. When someone entered the portal, it would send them forward in time to the Babylonian city of Persepolis. However, getting to the portal was no easy task, considering the size of the city and the traps hidden throughout.
The Mayans also had Kukulkán, the Mayan god of wind, guard the portal. For someone to enter the portal, a crystal skull from the city of Palenque had to placed on a pedestal in the center of the arena. When done so, Kukulkán would be summoned and test the worth of his opponent. If Kukulkán was defeated, he would open the portal as a sign of respect to the victor.
Design[edit | edit source]
Teotihuacan was designed with many temples, pyramids, and houses. On top of these buildings were statues of jaguars, stone heads, and two-headed serpents. The walls were decorated with Mayan symbols, faces and masks. There were two large pyramids in the city, the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. These pyramids were dedicated to both the Sun and the Moon as the latter played an important role in the Mayan civilization.
Teotihuacan was a very dangerous place as well. High walls, spikes, bottomless pits, rooms with strange gravity, arrow traps, spinning walls and crushers made it very challenging for anyone who ventured into the city unprepared. Some areas of the city were built as mazes to make navigation more complex. These mazes had traps placed on the walls and around corners, firing arrows at intruders. There were many guardhouses within the yards inhabitaed by highly trained Mayan warriors who would defend the city from attackers.
Places of interest[edit | edit source]
Montezuma's altar[edit | edit source]
Located in the main yard by the city's entrance, this altar held two masks. These masks represented the different faces of Montezuma, one of the mightiest and most powerful leaders of Teotihuacan. He used these masks when he acted as a judge; the 'Seriously Scary' mask meant that the convict didn't have much of a chance of getting away with the crime they had committed, while the 'Hilarious Happy' mask often caused bursts of uncontrollable laughter, tears of relief and a future life for the accused.
Lava caverns[edit | edit source]
Underneath the city was a large, open cavern with a fiery river of lava. The Mayans also built houses in this cavern. Over time, they became submerged into the lava pools. There was a bridge in the middle of the cavern, though a portion of the bridge appears to have been destroyed by the lava. The only way to get across to the other side of the cavern was by crossing a moving rock platform.
Serpent Yards[edit | edit source]
This part of Teotihuacan was dedicated to Ixchel, Mayan goddess of the Moon. It was also the location of the Moon Pyramid. As its name implies, there were lots of yards which featured two-headed serpent statues.
Pyramid of the Sun[edit | edit source]
The Sun Pyramid was the largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, and the location of the Mayan time portal, which is guarded by Kukulkán, the Mayan god of wind. Within the pyramid was a massive fighting arena with a pedestal in the middle.
Pyramid of the Moon[edit | edit source]
The Moon Pyramid was the second largest building in Teotihuacan. At the base of this pyramid, the Ixchel mask could be found, which was needed to gain access to a locked area of the serpent yards.
Xibalba[edit | edit source]
Xibalba was a deep underground chamber located beneath Teotihuacan. Believed by many to be a myth, Xibalba was the name of the underworld in Mayan mythology, which meant 'Kingdom of Death'. The location of Xibalba had never been found, and, according to the legend, Xibalba was surrounded with lethal traps. As it was underground, Xibalba served as a shortcut to the Sun Pyramid.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sam makes his way to Teotihuacan after obtaining the crystal skull from Palenque. There, his main objective is to get to the Sun Pyramid. Fighting his way through the traps and mazes set up by the Mayans, Sam eventually makes it to the pyramid, where he duels Kukulkán. After his defeat, he opens the portal for Sam to continue on his mission.
It appears that Mental wiped out the inhabitants of Teotihuacan before Sam arrived, as the city is empty by the time he gets there.
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Gallery[edit | edit source]
List of appearances[edit | edit source]
- Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (First appearance)
- Serious Sam: Xbox (Non-canonical appearance)
- Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
- Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter
- Serious Sam Classics: Revolution (Non-canonical appearance)