Author's Note: Prologue of the sequel to The War Upon Troy. If you haven't read it yet, you probably should or you will get confused. The first line is from Hercules and Xena: Battle for Mount Olympus. This is really an extra background chapter and a bit of a recap of what happened in The War Upon Troy. I made many changes from Troy, The Iliad, and Greek Mythology for the benefit of the story, so any differences you see, such as parents, marriages, children, etc. I changed those on purpose.
Disclaimer: I do not own Greek Mythology or Troy.
How It All Came To Be
Before man…before moon…before history…in a world full of magic and mystery...in space there was nothing, no objects, no sounds, no life, nothing but darkness and a gap in space called Chaos. From Chaos emerged the first generation of Titans who created the world and ruled it during the Reign of Chaos.
Cronus, the first Titan, became the king and with the Cronus Stone, the green stone that emerged from Chaos with his wife and named for him, he governed the universe. Gaia, Cronus' wife, created the Earth for the Titans and its future inhabitants. Oceanus and his wife Tethys created the waters of the Earth, their eldest daughter was the Titan of Deep Thought and Good Counsel, Metis, who later would become the mother of the great Goddess Athena, and later they would have 3,000 Sea Goddesses, the Oceanids. The Titan, Iapetus became the Bearer of the Earth while his wife, Rhea, was the Titan of Female Fertility and Motherhood. Coeus sired the nine Muses upon Mnemosyne. Hyperion and Theia created light. Crius and Themis created law and the Nymphs known as the Pleiades. Polus and Phoebe sired the Anemoi, the winds.
Ever Titan, from the first generation to the last that walked the Earth, had his or her own purpose. The Reign of Chaos was the time for them to create the universe. When time started, the Reign of Chaos ended, transpiring into the Reign of the Titans. Offspring of all Titans were born and the Earth flourished.
The eldest son of Cronus, Zeus, created his own dominion, Mount Olympus, on a high mountain that lay on a lone island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. He wanted to govern the Earth, feeling that the Titans' reign had gone on long enough. He threatened to usurp his father from the throne, but Cronus with his wisdom deemed it time for a new generation's reign. He took the Cronus Stone and passed it to Zeus, naming him the King of the Olympians, as the deities who dwelt on the abode were called. This marked the end of the Reign of the Titans and so the Titans moved from living on Earth to the area under Chaos, but above Olympus, they called it the Cosmos. Some Titans who chose to stay on Earth were given the grace to dwell on Mount Olympus while others chose Elysium.
A century after the Reign of Olympus started the Titan, Prometheus, son of Iapetus and Rhea, brother of Atlas, Uranus, and Hera, created mankind. The deities withdrew themselves completely from the Earth, dwelling only on Mount Olympus or in Elysium. They had man build their own lives and kingdoms, assisting only when necessary and they chose the first rulers of the first kingdoms. The Goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, took bits of power from the Cronus Stone and stored them into scepters that she bestowed upon the rulers of every kingdom that existed and she had powerful scepters made for the kingdoms that the Goddess Amara saw would exist in the future. To truly gain the power of the kingdom was to claim or receive the kingdom's scepter. Unfortunately, Hera's actions caused the stone to disappear, but Zeus being the eldest son of Cronus, was able to hold his rule. As, time wore on, more Titans passed on to live in the Cosmos, but the few who sired children by the later generations of Gods, stayed.
The Gods watched as mortals lived their lives, finding love, glory, and gaining power. Through time, many mortals caught the eye of certain immortals and soon, Demigods roamed the Earth. The first Demigod, who was also the first hero of Greece, was Perseus, son of the Sea God Poseidon and the Princess Danaё of Argos. Perseus became famous through his killing of the only mortal Gorgon in the world Medusa.
Another hero in the time of Perseus was Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, King of Corinth. He was considered the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside of Cadmus and Perseus, before the days of Heracles. His greatest feat was killing the Chimera, a monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail whose breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame.
In the next generation of heroes, the strongest warrior was Heracles the son of Lady Alcmene the most beautiful and wisest woman of her time and Zeus. Heracles, a warrior like no other has been seen before him and for many years after him. He had great strength and courage, his favored attributes, but he had a bit of wisdom in him, which he used when his strength alone could not suffice to aid him. Like his father, Heracles was one to desire and prow after women of great beauty. He lusted for them, but there was never really love, however, he had a favorite among his multitudes of women he snared, and that was Lady Chalciope of Arcadia. Through his Twelve Labors set forth by his archenemy Eurystheus, he gained fame and became the first God of Olympus who was given immortality.
Not long after Heracles, another hero was born, Jason son of Aeson a descendant of Perseus. The Prince of Argos was famous for his role as the Leader of the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. Jason was the typical man, desiring women in his youth, but his father ordered him to choose a wife after his return from his adventures. Unfortunately, he loved two women, Medea the Sorceress, sister to Chalciope, and Glauce Princess of Corinth. The prince asked Aphrodite to choose for him, for he feared that he could only choose both. The Goddess made Jason and Medea fall in love with each other and they were wedded and devoted to each other.
Time went on during Zeus' reign and the world grew; more Demigods were born, as well as more heroes. One of the greatest fighting pair of warriors in history were, Prince Peleus, son of Aeacus, of Phthia and his best friend Prince Briseus, son of Ardys, of Salamis. The greatest warriors of their time these princes were. The two inseparable since their youth and well into adulthood, they decided that, when the time came, they would wed their children and join their families. However, this thought was put aside when the Goddess Amara visited Briseus in his dreams. The Goddess of Fate told the Prince of Salamis that it was he who would play a large role in the process of the alliance of Greece and the Asia Minor. Briseus asked the Goddess what he must do and when she told him, he agreed immediately. Briseus renounced his sole right to the throne of Salamis and sailed to the Asia Minor where he befriended the King of Lyrnessus. This king, having no legitimate heirs, passed the throne to Briseus after his death. With his new power, Briseus became influential to the King of Troy, Priam. Through his marriage to the favor of Priam, Lady Hesione, the kingdoms of Troy and Lyrnessus were allied.
Distraught by her son's sudden leave, Queen Semele took to her bed ill and later died of a broken heart. Ardys, not having any more will power, passed the throne of Salamis to Lord Telamon, and soon passed away after his wife. Peleus, who had ascended the throne and became King of Phthia, held hope that one day, his path would cross with his friend's once more, whether in life or death. So, he lived on, he married the youngest of the Nereid, Thetis the Silver-Footed, and they had only one son, Achilles, considered the greatest warrior the world had ever seen, rivaling Heracles himself.
Around the time of Achilles was when there was the greatest number of heroes who walked the Earth at once. The oldest was Lord Theseus, son of Aegeus, of Corinth. He made his name by slaying the Minotaur and by winning the heart of an Amazon, Queen Hippolyta. Jealous of Theseus, his enemy Xenophon tried to kill him with a poisonous arrow. Because of her love, Hippolyta took the arrow, saving Theseus' life, but he, mad with grief, thought that the Gods were telling him to do what was done to him, taking the life of a beautiful woman. Theseus chose Helen mortal daughter of Zeus, but after kidnapping her from Sparta and seeing her beauty, he could not bring himself to kill her. Instead, he took her to Corinth and watched over her for three years. Until the day that Prince Pollux of Sparta came for his sister and the duel with the prince was Theseus' last, for this was when he was killed.
Years passed and the Trojan War began. The Gods took up their sides, supporting either the Greeks or the Trojans, but they stayed back, choosing not to interfere. However, those who were favored by the Gods earned some guidance. Many, men and women alike, carved their names into history because of this war.
The war started because of Paris, son of Lampus, who abducted the Queen of Sparta, Helen. The two became known as the Omen of Troy and the Face That Launched a Thousand Ships. Achilles, of course, was the greatest fighter of the Greeks, King Ajax, son of Telamon, of Salamis was the second best warrior. King Odysseus, son of Laërtes, of Ithaca was the most cunning of the Grecian ranks, while King Nestor, son of Neleus, of Pylos was second to Odysseus. Agamemnon, of course, was known as the King of Kings who brought all the kingdoms of Greece together through warfare. His sons, Nicodemus, the ruthless soldier who killed Achilles' greatest adversary, Lord Pramadas, son of Briseus, of Troy, and Menelaus, the one who lost Helen. Achilles' cousin, Patroclus son of Menoetius, was known as the boy who pulled Achilles back into the war after his withdrawal. After the death of Patroclus, by the hand of Hector, Achilles fought the prince and killed him.
Of the Trojans, the title for best warrior was tied between Prince Hector and Lords Melanon and Pramadas, all three, mortals who had great skills. However, in the end, Lord Melanon, eldest son of Briseus, of Troy, was the only one of the three to have survived the Trojan War. Aeneas, son of Anchises, was known as the boy who led the Trojans out of the burning city and into Mount Ida. Prince Helenus, son of Lampus, of Troy was the new king at the end of the war.
There are those who say that the Trojan War was a battle for love, for the forbidden love of Prince Paris of Troy and Queen Helen of Sparta. Some will call it a struggle between two nations, knowing that the world was not big enough of the both of them to prosper. And still others will say that it was fruitless conflict between a kingdom that wanted to protect its people from a man whose greed brought about the destruction of that kingdom. Those who say this are correct. However, Agamemnon's greed and cruelty led to his own death by the hand of a woman, Briseis.
Lady Briseis of Troy, so much could be said about her. Formerly, she was the Princess of Lyrnessus, but that was taken from her as was her virtue, by the malevolent Lord Mynes. When she lived in Troy, she struggled to gain the respect of the people. They scorned her as a potential traitor for her lineage and a fool for having her own mind, but through the years, the Trojans came to see her for what she truly was, an exceptionally intelligent, young woman who gave them hope. Briseis was their greatest treasure, their greatest warrior, their protector, their goddess. She was the fairest woman in Troy and perhaps the world; her beauty surpassed Helen, the cause of the Trojan War. Her skills in battle and strategy were unmatched and unchallenged, her rival being her friends, King Damon, son of Priam, of Athens and his wife Queen Amaryllis, daughter of Athena, of Athens. Of course, Achilles matched and challenged her in every way. Unexpected by all though, was the two of them falling in love. Despair for them, for they could never be together, for they were enemies. Though their fathers were proud, as the Briseus and Peleus had hoped for an arranged marriage between their children, they got something even better, a love shared by their children, so strong that nothing could break it apart. Not the death of Patroclus or the killing of Hector, nor the separation or forbidden idea of their love.
But, even after their short reunion during the sacking of Troy, it seems that they are star-crossed lovers. For as Achilles rushed to take Briseis and her brother to safety, Paris, finally having some courage, shot Achilles through the heel with an arrow, in vengeance of his cousin Hector. More arrows followed and the son of Peleus finally fell. His last words were his love for Briseis and how their love would last until that faithful day that they would be joined together in death. Not long after mortally wounding Achilles, Paris was shot through the heart by Philoctetes, this being his punishment for starting the war that brought down his city and for killing the beloved son of a Goddess. Briseis and her brothers made it into the tunnel and this is where their story continues.
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