Birth of Athens
The Athenian legends of their own earliest days say that their city was founded about 1550 B.C. by King Cecrops, who came from Egypt and gathered the people of the neighborhood and built a city upon the steep rocky hill which we know today as the Acropolis, the sacred hill of Athens, the height which bore all of her most beautiful temples and statues. This city was called, from its founder, Cecropia.
A long time ago the first king of Athens, King Cecrop set out to find a patron deity for his city state; already a prosperous and vibrant city. He called on Athena and Poseidon because both in fact desired to be the patron of this beautiful city. Their rivalry was so intense that they almost went to war and just as they were about to attack each other, Athena, with her typical, wise approach suggested that they should hold a contest for the city. With King Cecrops the judge they set up the contest and decided that whoever presented the city with the best gift would be rewarded with the city itself as the grand prize.
In the midst of a huge crowd, with King Cecrops presiding over the contest they went up to the Acropolis to present their gifts to the city. Poseidon was to go first, and he lifted his massive trident and struck the earth with it. At the point where the spear struck, a frothy spring burst out producing a sea. The people loved it but as they went closer to taste the water, to their dismay the water was salty.
When it was Athena's turn her act was far less dramatic. She quietly knelt and buried something in the ground which in time grew into an olive tree. This turned out to be a much more useful gift, granting the Athenians, not only the olives themselves as sustenance, but also a source of oil for their lamps and for cooking their food as well as the wood from the olive tree to build their boasts and houses. Clearly Athena's gift was deemed by far the better by Cecrops and he declared her the winner, and the patron deity of Athens. Athena became the protector of the city, many people throughout the Greek world worshiped her as Athena Polias. As patron of Athens she fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Achaeans.
The contest for the city of Athens was later carved into the stone relief on the rear pediment in the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis with both of our heroes appearing in the center of the composition with the goddess holding her olive tree and Poseidon his trident.
Queen of Athens
The King grew drunk with power and began to misuse his political influence in the city to waste Athens' resources and wealth. City officials were coerced into his chain of corruption and refused to testify against him, and as a result of his political manipulations, the King believed himself a peerless intellectual. Yearning to free her people from the manipulative ruler, Athena opted not to use her divine power to intervene, instead challenging the King to a battle of verbal wits, the victor becoming the city's ruler. With Athena to start off first, she presented the King with a riddle, asking him, "Should I fly a rooster over Greece and it lays an egg, where would this egg land? You have twenty seconds". Pensively searching for an answer, the King found himself unable to answer the question, "I do not have an answer. Where would the egg land?", he asked. With an amused chuckle, wise Athena replied, "It would land nowhere, for roosters do not lay eggs. Chickens do". Outsmarted and ashamed, the King resigned, and thus began Athena's prosperous reign.
Hephaestus the son of Hera and Zeus was the god of technology, blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes. He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and he was worshiped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly in Athens. The center of his cult was in Lemnos. Hera, mortified to have brought forth such grotesque offspring, promptly threw him from Mount Olympus. He fell nine days and nights and landed in the ocean. To gain revenge for his rejection by Hera, Hephaestus fashioned a magic throne, which was presented to her on Mount Olympus. When Hera sat on the throne, it entrapped her, making her a prisoner. The gods on Mount Olympus pleaded with Hephaestus to return to their heavenly domain, as to release Hera, but he refused. Dionysus gave the smith god wine, and when Hephaestus was intoxicated, Dionysus took him back to Mount Olympus slumped over the back of a mule. Hephaestus then released Hera after being given the beautiful Aphrodite as his bride. Years later, Hera planned her revenge on Hephaestus for entrapping her with his little fashioned magic throne invention, and without Zeus knowing about the plan, Hera ordered Hercules to brutally beat Hephaestus leaving his face deformed. After being brutally beaten by Hercules, Hera was still hungry for revenge and wanted Hephaestus to suffer and so she casts him down to Tartarus where the flames may one day burn the very flesh from his bones. Athena the Greek virgin goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, useful arts, defense and battle strategy stood from the edge of Mount Olympus and watched as Hephaestus suffered day after day. Athena being very sympathetic visited the smith god one day and began to remind him of all the cruel things he had attempted to do to her, but since she felt bad for Hephaestus the goddess of wisdom freed him from his torment and demanded he hid on Mount Ida until she has spoken with Zeus. Even though Athena gave Zeus many headaches when she was inside his head, Athena was Zeus' favorite daughter and so the sky-father took his daughter's side and warned Hera to not lay a finger on Hephaestus or she will be the one imprisoned in Tartarus. After speaking with her father and freeing Hephaestus from his torment, Athena returned to Mount Ida where Hephaestus brilliance and wits drew her attention. Athena helped him with his inventions, and he finished his studies successfully with her help. Their relationship eventually ended on good terms and the two had a beautiful daughter named, Helena Troy, who they trained to become one day the greatest warrior and ruler in all of Greece.
Princess of Athens
Raised in Athens, Helena was monitored, like all other children of the Gods, and this was because Zeus did not trust any child born from the gods due to fearing one child would overthrow him and cause the destruction of Olympus. Consumed by fear the sky-father gave young Helena several test, if she was to survival these test she could stay in Athens and continue her life as a child without being harmed. Helena, already was powerful and a mighty warrior at a young age, along with her best friend, Thalia the daughter of Ares, who were both trained, and dreamt of protecting the world from evil. After two days of preparing for their challenges and training with their parents, Zeus sent the two goddesses to the Desert of Lost Souls where they faced their several challenges and succeeded without any trouble or guidance from their parents. After the two young heroes succeeded the challenges of the Gods and returned home, the Oracle of Apollo visited Zeus and foretold the demise of the Olympian Gods, and the destruction of Olympus. She saw that it would be brought about not by the hands of the Titans, who thirsted for revenge, but by the hands of a female child of the gods who was already born and living in Athens. One storming night, when the two best friends were training outside Athena's temple, Athens was raided by the gods, Poseidon and Zeus, and their army of Cyclopes, in search of Thalia who they actually thought was the one to bring the downfall of the Gods because she was a daughter of Ares and could not be trusted while Helena was the daughter of Athena who Zeus trusted, but they were wrong by picking Thalia, the demigod. Zeus, seeing Thalia trying to run away, snatched her and began to depart. In anger and desperation, Helena jumped to attack the sky-father and save her best friend, only for Poseidon to smack Helena across the face and send her crashing into a building which made Athena even despise Poseidon more. Insulted by this, Poseidon raised his trident to kill Helena, but was stopped by Athena reminding him that they had what they were looking for. Before leaving, Athena apologized to her daughter, and disappeared into flames. The loss of her best friend left an indelible mark on Helena, as she vowed to seek revenge on Zeus and Poseidon in honor of Thalia. After a year later, Helena turned ten years old and her mother made her the Princess of Athens.
The Athenian Army
Princess Helena produced what is probably the most iconic military in modern Greece. The Athenian Army are now known for their bravery, professionalism and skill, a reputation well deserved. At their zenith they proved themselves to be the best military in all of Greece. The Athenian Army are formed with cyclopes, demigods, satyrs, gods, nymphs, humans, and many other species to protect Athens from outside invaders.
The training of Athenian soldiers started when they were boys and girls. They were sent to a military boarding school, at age five where they formed a class with other boys and girls their age. Their education emphasized physical, mental and spiritual toughness and could be quite brutal. They where taught to endure hardship and pitted against each other in fights by their instructors. Their entire lifestyle was focused on military training, wisdom, strategy, and war. A few hundred Athenian men and women could take out a few thousand of the enemy; such was their amazing battlefield warfare. However, the Athenians heroic code, was to not retreat, and not give up. Even when they lost their shields or broke their blunted down spears and swords; they died fighting tooth and claw.
Athenian Military Duty
At age twenty the men and women of Athens moved into the barracks and became full time soldiers. Even if they married, they lived in the barracks. Military service lasted until the age of forty, duty in the reserves lasted from forty to sixty years of age. In desperate time’s men and women as old as sixty-five could be called up to protect supplies or defend the city.
A soldier typically wore imperial gold, muscled breastplates, a helmet with cheek plates, as well as greaves and other shin armor. Their shield is made of imperial gold, with the Greek symbol (Ω) on it. It was very heavy and protected the warrior from chin to knee. They also wore a golden cape to represent them as Athenians, though the cape was never worn in combat.
Their primary weapon was a spear around 7-9 feet (2.7 meters) in length called a doru. The doru had a leaf shaped spearhead on the business end and a spike on the other. The spike, called a “lizard killer” could be used to stand the spear up by planting it in the ground or it can be used to finish off fallen enemies that the formation is moving over. Additionally, if the spearhead broke off the spear could then be spun around and the spike used in its place.
Athenian soldiers also carried a short sword, the xiphos, to be used as a secondary weapon and in the crush of battle when only a short weapon could be used effectively. The blade of a xiphos was typically about 2 feet (50-60 cm) long. The blade was shaped like a long leaf and could be used for slashing; however they were usually used for stabbing. The Spartans used an even shorter xiphos than the other Greeks, the blade measuring only 1-1½ feet (30-40cm) long making it even easier to use in tight places. The xiphos could be used to stab at the unprotected groin, armpit or throat of an enemy.
Another secondary weapon available was the kopis, a short sword with a heavy curved blade that could be used for hacking away at enemies. Although it had a point that could be used for stabbing the weapon was designed to be used almost like a hatchet. The results of the use of this weapon were gruesome, giving it a reputation as a “bad guys” weapon.
Greek fire is also a weapon used by the Athenian military, and is described as being one of the most dangerous magical substances in the world. It was an actual weapon used by the Byzantine Empire, which controlled Greece since Theodosius and soon before the fall of Constantinople. How it was made is a lost secret but there are a lot of speculations. After such success alike substances made by other empires were called Greek fire too. Greek fire was a very dangerous weapon for the mortals that used it, and for the enemies. There were two types of Greek fire. The first one was a mixture of chemicals. The second was made by reflecting light off many polished shields or mirrors. Archimedes was the one who supposedly made Greek fire with mirrors. The chemical Greek fire was a lot more dangerous to make. Archeologists still haven't yet found the recipe for it since it was actually made by Hephaestus.
Use of the bow by archers has been prevalent since the Middle Ages, spanning into the Renaissance. As such, individuals with the weapon were commonly assigned as sentries for important locations, and used their bows to attack trespassers from the rooftops that they were stationed on.
In battle, soldiers with bows were used to pick off enemies from a distance, or to defend their walls during siege warfare. In the Renaissance, crossbows became popular for this purpose as well, however, a longbow was a more effective choice if it was used by a skilled soldier. The Athenian army use bows frequently, as they were silent, long-ranged weapons, and many individual members were known for their skill with them.
They had a pretty efficient navy during all their history, which made it much easier to travel long distances and to transport goods or even orders throughout the empire. They didn't invest on their military navy as they did on ground troops but it indeed existed in a considerable number.
A pegasus is a winged horse. They have been known to come in a variety of colors from brown, to white, to black, and even mixed colors. The Athenian Army use the wing horses to fly over their enemies and attack from above.
(Fact: Imperial gold is very rare, as it was consecrated in Ancient Rome. The ore is specifically deadly to monsters, immortals and their descendants. In addition, it is extremely volatile, causing devastating destruction if broken)
The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their virgin patron and queen. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decorations of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC. It was built to celebrate the Athenian and Greek victory over the Persians in Maraton. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments.
Theater of Dionysus
At the Theater of Dionysus, named after the god of wine, one of the greatest events of the year was performed. It was a religious festival held in honor of the gods. For ten days, Athenians filled the theatre to watch plays performed by their favorite poets and playwrights. They consisted of either three tragedies or three comedies followed by a short satyr farce.
Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It is notable for a design that is at once elegant and unusual. According to legend, the god Hephaestus once tried to rape Athena, the virgin goddess and patron of the city. Unsuccessful, he impregnated the earth instead, resulting in the birth of the demi-god Erichtonios. Raised by Athena, Erichtonios became an early king of Athens and is regarded as the ancestor of all Athenians.
The Athena Promachos was a colossal bronze statue of Athena sculpted by Pheidias, which stood between the Propylaea and the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens.
Propylaea is a gateway that serves as the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens.
Temple of Athena Nike:
The Temple of Athena Nike is a temple on the Acropolis of Athens. Nike means victory in Greek, and Athena was worshiped in this form, as goddess of victory in war and wisdom.
An Athenian temple to Demeter, the Eleusinion was the place where all sacred objects associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries were kept between ceremonies. It is located at the base of the Acropolis.
The Brauroneion is the sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia on the Athenian Acropolis, located in the southwest corner of the Acropolis plateau, between the Chalkotheke and the Propylaia in Greece.
A building that housed the treasury of Athens. It contained the bronze and other metal possession of the treasury, and is located adjacent to the south wall, a little to the southwest of the Parthenon.
Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus:
The Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus is a no walled open-air sanctuary dedicated to Zeus Polieus (city protector) around 500 BC on the Acropolis of Athens, sited to the Erechtheion's east. None of its foundations have been discovered and its trapezoid plan and many entrances have been worked out from rock cuttings on the acropolis. The eastern area of the sanctuary is thought to have housed the oxen for the annual Bouphonia or ox-sacrificing. Its main entrance had a pediment.
(I will add more buildings over the next couple of days)
The Acropolis of Athens:
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
Market of Olympus:
The Market of Olympus was a market quarter in Athens which was located in the northwestern part of the city, just next to the royal palace. It held the reputation of being the largest market in Greece, and was split into two separate structures that ran from west to east, and north to south.
Fortress of Athens:
The Fortress of Athens is a large fortified structure that sits high above the docks of the city of Athens.
Docks of Athens:
Its a series of docks, and up and beyond them is a fortress-like structure that protects the gates to the city (the Fortress of Athens).
The Olympic Games were the greatest national festival for the Athenians. Held every four years, athletes came from all regions of Greece to compete in the great Stadium of Olympia and honor their supreme god, Zeus. The most important of the competitions was the pentathlon, where an athlete competed in five different events. At the conclusion of The Games, the winners were presented garlands and crowned with olive wreaths.
The Palace of Helena Sol:
The grand staircase stretches forward to the majestic entryway, visible wears of time within the creases and nooks. The old gods watch with vacant eyes on their marble thrones, judging in silence with furrowed brows as it's visitors are embraced by the obsidian doors. Columns with thick bases taper upwards to scroll mimicked platforms holding the frame to a nameless mason's magnum opus at the apex; a flawless remembrance of the gods themselves.
The Palace of Azrael:
From the outside it looks much like a Greek cathedral except obviously larger as its a palace. This is mixed with an artistic skeletal layout to the more traditional craftsmanship. The walls in many places looking like rib cages and lights of brilliant fire located in the eyes of the various skulls. The colors all of a black obsidian or metallic grey. On the inside however there is no real sense of one culture, though Greek is prominent there's designs of several others. The only places not of beautiful construction are closets and the armory which are lined with, weapons and armor though charmed where one has to work or live in the palace to gain access. It while populated by those who serve Azrael is maintained primarily by undead forces. Allowing Azrael's military and herself to put more time in training each other and others in the surprisingly lush garden around the palace. At any given time the walls around the structure can be raised by the sister of Angeni should Athens fall under attack.
(More locations will be added)
- Do not destroy anything.
- No battling in my city.
- You are here just to visit Athens or speak with the Princess.
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