One of the sets from the Ten Commandments.

Aten was a city deep in the Guadalupe Dunes of California, built around the set of a movie filmed in the 1920s. It was created and run by Akhnaton before his death.

Deep in the Guadalupe desert located in what is left of California was located an old movie set that has been turned into a new city. This city was called Aten and is ruled over by a genetically engineered man who's original name was Alpha, but he changed it to Akhnaton. He has molded the city and the society of the entire population after Ancient Egypt. The people lived in relative peace and prosperity. He wanted to take Krysty as his wife and the mother of his children, and nearly succeeds in doing so using his formidable psionic abilities, but Krysty snaps out of his control and kills him. His daughter Nefron takes over as the ruler of the city. (Nightmare Passage)


The Ten Commandments was a 1923 American silent epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Written by Jeanie MacPherson, the film is divided into two parts: a prologue recreating the biblical story of the Exodus and a modern story concerning two brothers and their respective views of the Ten Commandments.

The Exodus scenes were filmed at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in northern Santa Barbara County. The film location was originally chosen because its immense sand dunes provided a superficial resemblance to the Egyptian desert. Rumour had it that after the filming was complete, the massive sets – which included four 35-foot-tall (11 m) Pharaoh statues, 21 sphinxes, and gates reaching a height of 110 feet, which were built by a small army of 1,600 workers – were dynamited and buried in the sand. Instead, the wind, rain and sand at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes likely collapsed and buried a large part of the set under the ever-shifting dunes. The statues and sphinxes are in roughly the same place they were during filming. In 2012, archaeologists uncovered the head of one of the prop sphinxes; a 2014 recovery effort showed the body of that sphinx to have deteriorated significantly, but a second better-preserved sphinx was discovered and excavated.

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