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A clay tablet narrating a small tragedy of human folly.
One’s body is a vessel given by the gods, knowing full well that is a human fate to be mangled, broken
and maimed. Let pain take you away, for what is human suffering but a blip on a god’s existence?
This tablet bears no adornments.
The tablet reads:
The hybrid guided my father and I to a crimson shrine –
a stone abode housing a shallow pool of clear waters,
as its center lies a stone basin on which burns the holy flame.
To its west there is a smaller shrine, at its center there is a wide slab
of polished stone on which Crete’s two-headed axe is stuck.
I remembered then the young lady’s words, that only one
favored by the divine could wield the thread-cutting axe.
The hybrid boy warned me against it, but the brashness of manhood
rendered me deaf to all words of caution.
To this day I carry the burn marks in my hands;
to this day the axe is imbued with Zeus’ ichor,
it rebelled against mortal touch and striked back.
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- Ichor - The vital liquid of immortal beings, similar in function to mortals' blood. Through many forms, ichor is shown to be noxious to mortals.