Taking the Prize

Last battle of Troy

Given special orders by King Kryos, the party accompanied by a pair of slingers and three strong spearmen the team have served as a unit for many years leading up to the conclusion of the war. They rushed through the streets of Troy in the midst of battle to find their path barred by the Trojans at every turn. Despite the loss of three of their number they make their final push into the government complex, where the Trojans have secured a most unusual treasure.

Protected by a veil of moonlight, a golden lyre sits atop a marble pedestal, guarded by a priestess of Hecate and a band of Trojan soldiers. After a fierce battle the party decides to hold control of the building while deciding what to do with this stringed musical instrument. Their first attempt, involved knocking it off the pedestal and allowing it to strike the floor. The shriek of sound tears at their souls causing them harm. Thus it is learned this is no normal instrument. Securing it in no less than three sack the party decided to return to the King immediately with the prize, least this artifact falls back into enemy hands.

The fighting in the streets continued as the city burned around them, but the resolved to fight their way through until they were able to reach friendly forces who then escorted them out of the city. The light of day break greeted the Greek ships as they made their way onto the beach. disembarking the ship, King Kryos eager to claim his prize, pushes his way past the weary Greek warriors to the party. After a brief exchange about payment which only serves to infuriate the King they agree to hand over the Lyre. But when the sacks are removed, it is not the Lyre but a broken crate lid that is discovered, much to the befuddlement of all… One of the spear-men, by the name of Argyros is also conspicuously missing.

Assuming he has been deceived, King Kryos demands the party retrieve the Lyre from their wayward companion by the time “the sun reaches its apex” or they themselves face execution. Wasting little time and testing the King temper no further they set off to track Argyros who has abandoned his armor and weapons and is making his way to the opposite shore, joined by several others. Along the way they are slowed by obstacles, each with a sense divine power. By the time they catch up with Argyros he and his rogue crew already have their boat in the water and preparing to leave with the Lyre. Despite their rush to exact vengeance for the betrayal, Argyros explains that what they have recovered are the Strands of Fate cut from the very threads of life so carefully tended by The Fates, of whom they hold power even over the gods. King Kryos being selfish and unwise would use its power to serve his own ends. While Argyros wishes nothing more than to bring back his son from an unjust death, and to free him from the depths of Tartaros itself. Begrudgingly the party accepts this explanation and agree to set sail with Argyros and his crew to escape the King’s rage.


Epimetheus is not entirely proud of his use of th elYre. He knows his training is, at best, rudimentary in its use. But, as a follower of Hermes, the inventor of the Lyre, he believed he was obligated to learn a little of how to play one. Events so far have proven just how little he learned!

Epimetheus no longer wants to try and use the Lyre as a weapon, fearing he must make amends to Poseidon for his affrontery in his desperate straits. He intends to purchase a bull and sacrifice it to Poseidon on Crete, hoping to start the process of seeking Poseidon’s, if not forgiveness, then at least ease his anger. Perhaps Theo can give Hermes a few hints, being a worshipper of teh Sea God as he is.

The death of King Kryos was not as heroic as Epimetheus and Stabby the Rogue are making out. The story they are telling is it took hours, many wounds, great speeches and mortal combat of the most heroic kind! In truth, it took place inside the King’s tent, mostly in dimness, between Epimetheus and Stabby the rogue ambushing the King as he ducked into his tent. Nearly falling themselves, tripping over everybody as two of the King’s bodyguards rushed in to aid him. Falling down, punching, kicking, being wrestled and Stabby put into what Epimetheus was pretty sure was an illegal choke hold by one of the King’s bodyguards. But, in the end, between Epimetheus’ furious fists and Stabby’s bloody knife, both bodyguards and King Kryos were laid out, dead, at their feet.

Oh, and the others were just screwing around below decks, cheering them on. Or so the story now goes…

Taking the Prize

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