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The Olympian family had been riddled with deceit, secrecy, and lies. All of which have now inevitably brought upon an event that will forever alter the foundations of Olympus and the relationship between the Greek Gods of legend. The Olympian Lord of Lightning and Sky had been warned by the fates that such an event became increasingly possible with the birth of his most recent son, Alceus. The all-knowing fates had offered Zeus a prediction, or rather a warning of things to come as a consequence of Alceus' existence. They first pleased him with stories of his son's future heroism and title as man's savior, and it brought a smile to the condescending sky-father's face. However, their infamous words, "He will be a thorn in your side", only created an aura of indifference around great Zeus, and this aura was sadly followed by a trail of dismissive laughter. That was Zeus' first mistake, downplaying his son's potential threat to him. After all, it was only reasonable given that similar statements were made in anticipation of Hercules' birth thousands of years ago.
Yet the Lion of Olympus simply turned out to be a minor annoyance, a constant nuisance if one will. A slight diversion in Zeus' plans for the world and that was all. But sadly, Alceus was different. The hands of fate had shaped his destiny, and his accomplishments are to be massive. Interestingly enough, it was in fact Zeus himself who is the source of the division in the Olympian family, even before the birth of ruthless Ares, legendary Hercules, wise Athena and the rest, by banishing his own brother, Vasilias, Zeus had prematurely sealed his relationship with his children. Righteous Vasilias did not anticipate any worship from the mortals he chose to oversee, unfortunately, his Olympian brethren disagreed with him and so he was banished from ever laying eyes on his kingdom, and even then the senior Olympian did not vow revenge. Without question, he accepted his fate, almost as if he was the one who had done wrong. It is truly a mystery to many how this decision has come back to sting at a disappointed Zeus. If only he had known what his actions would have ultimately created. But now it is far too late to reverse this, like a true king, Zeus will face his opposition with the utmost courage and ruthlessness.
However, it seems as though heroic Alceus and his allies have prepared more rigorously and consistently for the upcoming war, particularly Alceus himself. Not only has he improved his mental faculties to their absolute maximum but has physically conditioned himself beyond even powerful Hercules' limits. But most impressively, The Champion has trained intensely and relentlessly in the art of manipulating energy, after benevolent Gaea unlocked his latent ability to tap into the forces of the ambient energies in his environment. Having taken an interest in learning how to harness the power of psionic energy, Alceus has focused his time and effort in improving his control over it. His siblings readied themselves as well, with Hercules training intensely, Ares arming himself to the teeth as expected, Athena reviewing the plans and working out any flaws she encounters, and Hephaestus has placed his smithing expertise to good use, claiming to be forging several armors, specifically made for each one of his siblings.
The Sun powerfully beamed down on valiant Alceus' fair skin, the sky as blue as his flawless eyes and his environment was tranquil to say the least. Lying on a vast field of soft short green grass, The Champion enjoyed his last moments of peace before the commencement of the war. The voice of a strong woman called his name, signaling the end of any relaxation. "Alceus. Hephaestus says he wants to give you something", Artemis said, armed with elemental bows and arrows. Before Alceus could even greet his sister, Hephaestus crept up from behind her, dropping pieces of armor and weapons before Alceus. Getting to his feet, The Champion's eyes widened as he saw the armor that Hephaestus had forged specifically for him. They were silver adamantine gauntlets, a golden adamantine helmet similar to his helmet worn prior to opposing his father, and a studded brown leather vest that granted him incredible resistance against electrical assaults, particularly Zeus' lightning. "Thanks Hephaestus", Alceus smiled, before spotting a golden sword and a silver spear.
"Those were specifically made for you. That spear is made of adamantine and it will amplify your elemental powers, while the sword is made of the same metal but enables you to open dimensional portals", Hephaestus explained, proudly smiling as he spoke of the capabilities of his inventions. "Alright, thanks. This'll be useful", Alceus smiled before departing to don his new armor and wield his new weapons. With Hercules donning his famous Nemean Lion Skin and wielding his unbreakable adamantine mace, it seemed as though The Champion's Olympian siblings were more than ready to finally return to Olympus after a month of absence. "You've reviewed the plans?", Vasilias asked, "I have, but not as much as Athena", Alceus chuckled. "Hehe alright. I'll be waiting with the rest for your command", Vasilias smiled, patting his nephew on the back before leaving. Nodding his head calmly, mighty Alceus took a deep breath, having not seen his father in a month. "This is what I've been working for", he murmured, "To set things right", he continued, with confidence. Appearing before his allies, Alceus' words were brief but confident, "You're all familiar with the plan, we've all reviewed it", The Champion said before instantly using his spear's dimensional capabilities to transport himself and his allies to the wilderness of Spain.
Wherever they were in Spain, they were clearly far from civilization. The sky was dark, infested with sorrowful grey clouds that had challenged the Sun for dominance of the sky and won. Thunder rumbled and the sky quaked in fear as the rumbling transitioned into a fierce roaring within a matter of seconds. Soon lightning spread rampantly and wildly across the sky, and finally rain poured heavily on the land, the sound of rain drops falling on metal armor filled the air. "Looks like he's ready", Alceus' eyes trailing into the sky then back at his allies as he referred to his father sitting on the throne of Olympus. "I'm going to bring the rest of our allies here", Alceus said, his eyes glowing white as he forced his will over the ambient psionic energy in his environment. Making use of his massive energy-reserves, The Champion used his mastery over his energy-senses to first search the energy-signature of Maya Lopez. Managing to locate it, he used his newly learned powers from tapping into psionic energy to telepathically communicate with the Trinity's leader. "Hey Maya, it's Alceus. We're all ready. Oh and my brother, Victor will be helping us. I'm opening a portal to your location", Alceus said, using his sword coupled with his energy-related powers to tear open a portal in Maya's location. Now having to bring in Victor, Alceus located his brother's energy-signature and established a telepathic link with him.
"Victor, it's time. I'm opening a portal in your location for you and whoever you're bringing", The Champion said, opening a portal in his brother's location as well. Now only Umbra and his cousin Seward were left. Establishing a telepathic link with them as well, The Champion opened portals in their respective locations. Waiting for the arrival of his comrades, Alceus then remembered the mysterious Olympian woman he had met at the Trinity Foundation's headquarters. She had given him her number and he managed to memorize her energy-signature. He contemplated asking for her assistance and decided to go through with it. Locating her energy-signature as well, Alceus telepathically spoke with her, "I hope you remember my voice", he said, not having opened a portal for her just yet.