The first myth of the week comes from Phoebe. This is a dramatic story in which not evrything is resolved at the end.
Athena the serpent slayer.
Long, Long ago Elpius, a thief, stole King Luton’s most loved treasure, a golden ring. Elpius was banished from the kingdom of Lunate. Yet, he hid the ring so nobody could find it. The gods punished him and turned him into a three headed sea creature, otherwise known as Asaptheus the great. A few years later another villager was banished and the gods turned him into a fire breathing dragon. Every night Asaptheus and the dragon came to the kingdom to sought revenge and destroy everything in their path from houses to people.
Ten years on a baby boy was born. His name was Athenia. His Father was old, but used to be a great hero. As Athenia grew up to the age of 20 he became a fine youth. The beast had destroyed nearly the whole kingdom by now. Nervously, he went to the king’s great palace.
“Oh great and wise one, I have come to ask thee if I could slay the two beasts that come to your kingdom every evening,” said Athenia plucking up courage now.
“Yes,” said the king in his old creaky voice., “But only if you retrieve my most prized possession, the golden ring that Elpius stole from me 30 years ago, you only have one evening to prove yourself worthy.”
So off Athenia went to find the golden ring. When he got to a shining tree he stopped. Right there under the tree was the golden ring. Quickly Athenia snatched the ring and ran as fast as he could back to the king’s castle. Athenia held up the ring, strongly.
“Tomorrow night thou will slay the beast, he has shown himself worthy,” The King said.
As Athenia was walking back, two gods appeared in front of him. One was Athlah,goddess of slaying, the other, Alphteua the god of riddles. Both of them gave him a gift, Athlah gave him a silver sword that could cut through anything and make the person holding the sword invisible, And Alphteua gave him a box which could undo any riddle.
“Take them with you on your quest,” they both said and that was that, they were gone.
Athenia woke up; today was the day he slayed the beasts. He met his friend, Aungus, at the door. Little did he know about his friendship with the two terrible beasts.
“ Take this,” he said nervously. It was a map, not just any map, a map that lead to the trap the beasts and Aungus had set up. But Athenia didn’t know this. As Athenia closed the door Aungus smiled a terrible smile. Ere he went, he grabbed his sword, box and map.
All the people of the village stood outside the brave hero’s rickety old house, except one Aungus. The hero was greeted and praised as he strode through the destroyed kingdom. Just before he got to the dark woods Athlah came down, her white robe flowing like a river behind her. Elegantly, she touched the ground with her dainty feet and said, “Athenia you are brave and clever, but you have not yet realised the most important thing of all, you have been tricked by you friend, Aungus. The map you are holding leads you to both of the creatures caves. You must burn it,” and with that she was gone.
Angrily, he got a stick and rubbed it amazingly hard against a stone. In a blink of an eye he had made a fire. Quickly, he set fire to the map and ran as fast as he could to the glowing tree where he found the ring, maybe he could find a clue there.
Half an hour later he arrived at the tree. On the bark was a riddle. He got out the box Alphteua had given him. The box said the way to go was to follow the green arrows. In front of him he could see the first one.
An hour passed slowly, Athenia suddenly heard a spitting noise, it sounded like a fire. Then, alas a fire broke out, in the trees near him. He could feel the sweat, from the fire, trickling down his back. After that he held up his sword, slowly he turned invisible. He could hear a voice in behind him saying,“Be careful, lest thy is injured,” He looked behind him, but nothing or no one was there. He tiptoed out silently, everything and everyone was asleep. Quietly, he crept up to where the evil dragon was sleeping. The dragon snapped one eye open and closed it again, sharply. Strongly, he swiped his sword across the neck of the beast. That was the first bit done, easy.
He was no longer invisible, as the sword only lasted for one beasts killing. The three headed serpent awoke angrily. Athenia went to his cave yet to realise the awakening. The serpent was a fierce creature he could spit fire balls through his right eye, the teeth could cut through anything and his left eye could shoot blades as sharp as tiger tooth. Athenia dodged as a blade came racing towards him, it went through the cave door, cut through a tree trunk and went far off into the distance. Athenia leaped forward and cut off the left head.
Next, the beast threw a white hot fireball. Athenia ducked ,but it tburnt one of his fingers right off. This gave him more courage. As angry as a Lion, he jumped forward and sliced off Asaptheus’ right head. The beast knocked over the brave hero with his huge tentacle. As Athenia fell to the ground his sword flew through the air and cut the serpent right in the heart. Proudly, he strode through the wood, carrying the heads in each hand.
When Athenia got to the palace the king held a massive banquet with all the villagers, they partied all night without anything interrupting them. But what about Aungus?