Dark marble obelisks with rolling purple highlights lead to the fortress housing rooms of various themes. Visible in the story are a vast gymnasium, a large dining room, a room with a large pool, one containing a wall of television monitors from which Veidt can observe world newscasts and events, adorned with a mural of [Alexander]] cutting the Gordian knot, and a meditation chamber containing an orrery.
The complex also included a vivarium, a huge glass dome housing a terrarium where many species of plant and animal life were kept alive, despite the harsh climate outdoors. Upon returning to Karnak after securing his plan for world peace, Veidt lectures his Vietnamese servants on the origins of his superhero persona. However, Veidt also poisons all three men and opens the dome, letting in the frigid air, killing all the life within the terrarium.
Karnak also contained an intrinsic field subtractor much like the one that Jon Osterman worked with at Gila Flats prior to the accident that transformed him into Dr. Manhattan. Veidt, using his pet lynx, Bubastis, tricks Manhattan into entering the field generator, attempting to destroy his former colleague.
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