Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Half-Bloodiad pt 2

This week: our villain's history, and events that led to our camp quest:


I. It came to pass that a secret league, intent on overthrowing the gods through the manipulation of machines and monsters, sought an infernal battery to power a terrible construct with which to bring down the gods. And this tale is a great one, with many heroes and fraught with mighty dangers, but it is another’s tale to tell. Yet their plans and misdeeds did not go unnoticed, for their manipulation of the spirits and animus of magic, yea, even the gods themselves, wreaked harm on the wards and guardians of the Underworld. And, her bonds weakened, the ancient sorceress Medea reached out from beyond the grave to return to the world of the living, to harm the children of the gods, and to raise an invincible army to do her bidding and to cast all heroes, all half-bloods, into the dark pits of Tartarus.

II. Medea’s history stands as a monument to conflict, especially with those heroes chosen by the gods. She sought the love of Jason and was betrayed. She sought the love and legacy of king Aegeus and was thwarted by Theseus. And, while her magiks kept her nearly immortal, her legion of Barbary pirates were thwarted by Stephen Decatur, child of Dionysus, nearly two centuries ago. And it was their conflict that took her life, as Decatur wrest from her hands a precious treasure, the dragon teeth of his great-grandsire Cadmus, and threw Medea into the sea from the bow of that ancient of ships, the Argo.

III. Decatur was known throughout the fledgling United States for his bravery, his triumphs at sea, but what remained unknown was his status as a demigod, and the quest he undertook. Then, in that age, Olympus still remained of the old world, and America was yet an unknown frontier to the children of the gods and the cultures and countries they spawned. Stephen Decatur was charged with venturing to the old world to find the ancient dragon teeth of his deceased ancestor, and bringing them back to the Americas, so that a terrible army of Spartoi would not be used to upset the balance of history and power in Europe. This he did gladly, setting off with a small fleet of ships to undertake this quest.

IV. It was Medea who discovered the resting place of Cadmus, that ancient hero, founder of Thebes, wretched and cursed to the end of his days until the gods took pity—or mocked him—by transforming the withered and exiled king into a dragon. Medea claimed the Argo, used sorceries to seduce the noble ship, and it was the Argo who spoke to Medea in the ancient tongues, revealing secrets of the gods and the island where the teeth were hidden. But the gods witnessed her plan, and sought to block it. Dionysus sent his old mentor Silenus, who disguised his Satyr body and appeared before Stephen Decatur. He revealed to the young sea captain Medea’s plan and purpose, and Decatur set forth, called by his country to defeat the Barbary pirates at Tripoli, but in truth to reach Malta before the sorceress. This he failed, but caught her before the Argo took shore, and the brave son of Dionysus stormed the Argo, and seized the teeth of his great grandfather from her grasp, and threw the sorceress to her death in Poseidon’s grip.

Next week: how the dragon's teeth got to Decatur, and how Camp Half-Blood got involved!

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