Upon returning to Karnak after securing his plan for world peace, Veidt lectures three of 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.
A large and luxurious complex, it consists of several buildings. It is served by a tiny landing strip.
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 Adrian Veidt can observe world newscasts and events, adorned with a mural of Alexander the Great 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.
- In the early concept for the Watchmen limited series, Karnak was depicted as a huge resort for the rich and wealthy.
- The complex is named for the Karnak complex in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.