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A clay tablet narrating an intervention from a concerned youth.
Ancient times were ruled by the principle that might makes right. Women who wished to impose their will unto the world had to rely on subterfuge and wits.
This tablet is decorated with a single line at its bottom, the silhouette of Mount Aegaeon; the location where, legend tells, Zeus was raised.
The tablet reads:
When summer arrived and King Minos had not yet granted us his blessing
a young woman sneaked her way into our tent and told me of the labyrinth
– at the foot of a mountain, the very same where Zeus spent his youth –
where we would find a fearsome hybrid, a fiend born from the queen’s affair with a beast.
During my saffron-harvesting afternoons the wives told me of such a beast,
once known as a deity of prosperity paraded by King Minos,
locked away to the labyrinth’s confines after taking to cannibalism.
He, the young woman said, guards the Labrys of Crete,
gift of Zeus to his birthplace, at the very center of the labyrinth.
“Seek the cursed fiend at the world’s heart,
in the crimson shrine he keeps the thread-cutting axe.
But know, bastard of Troy, that only those inspired by the divine
may raise it – pray for Athena’s blessing.
Touch it not; it is coated with Zeus’ ichor.
‘Tis not a man’s lot to grasp divine matter.”
I departed with my father that same night,
from the distance I glimpsed Zeus’ mountain.
It grew closer with each passing day,
much like my father’s suffering came to a close.
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- Mount Aegaeon - A mount in Crete bearing the Psychro Cave. In that cave, the Titan Rhea hid the new-born Zeus from Kronos until he was old enough to face his father.