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MYTHIC GREECE FOR MERP
Supplement: Heroes of Mythic Greece, Part III

Copyright Daniel M. Myers1©2001

Edited by Lowell R. Matthews for The Guild Companion

Editor's note: This article is a supplement to the article "Mythic Greece for MERP" and its addendum on the Trojans, which appeared in the May 1999 and December 1999 issues of The Guild Companion, respectively. Two bestiary articles, "Natural Fauna of Mythic Greece" and "Fabled Monsters of Mythic Greece," appeared in the March 2000 and July 2000 issues, respectively. The first "Heroes of Mythic Greece" article appeared in the November 1999 issue.

1.0 Introduction

This article recounts tales of the deeds and exploits of the third group of legendary Heroes of Mythic Greece. The first article (November 1999) contained descriptions of ten of the greatest early heroes; the second ( January 2001), eight made famous by their sons and/or the Trojan War. Some of the ten heroes described in this article will be very young or not yet born if the Gamemaster plays in Year 296, as is suggested by Mythic Greece. However, the GM's world is his own.

The descriptions of the heroes are divided into three sections. The first provides a brief history of the hero. Please note that there are numerous variations upon and holes within the myths. Where variations differ and holes appear, logic, imagination, interpretations of various variations, or even pure fantasy are used to fill the holes. Therefore, if some fact or detail about a hero seems implausible, feel free to change it. In addition, the history of the hero is just a summary of events. For an in-depth character overview of a particular hero, consult any Greek Mythology book. All references to years parallel the Mythic Greece timeline. The suggested year for playing is 296.

The second section provides the heroes' personal traits, such as appearance and personality. This section also details what the hero is doing in Year 296. In a few instances, the hero has died, retired, or is too young to adventure with the PC party.

The third section provides MERP and RM game statistics. Due to the nature of Special Powers, unusually high stats are common. In MERP statistics, when a hero is using his Statistic Power, affected stats are modified in parentheses. For example, when Meleager is using his Great Vitality, his OB changes from 122 to 165, denoted 122 (165). For RM, the situation is slightly different, because RM handles Statistic Powers by using the stat potential rules and thereby makes an accounting for them. For more information on the Special Powers, please read the first "Mythic Greece for MERP" article (May 1999).

2.0 Daedalus (Cunningly)

As the greatest artist, architect, sculptor, and inventor of mechanical devices of Mythic Greece, Daedalus is a man before his time. He is born in Year 240 into Athenian nobility through his father Eupalamus and his mother Alcippe, both members of the famous House of Cecrops2. Daedalus spends much of his youth in Athens, during which time he marks himself for greatness by creating several inventions. His fame as an architect grows as he designs many of the city's grander buildings. Daedalus wants to pursue other interests, but the city's nobility commissions him to perform many deeds. He therefore takes his nephew, Talos, as his pupil, which allows Daedalus to pursue such other interests as physics and engineering. As time passes, Talos becomes an adept learner. Soon Talos' services are demands as much as those of his uncle and his fame, begins to rival Daedalus' own. This makes the uncle jealous of his nephew, and Daedalus throws Talos off a hilltop. Before he can dispose of Talos' body, Daedalus is caught, tried, and banished from the city in Year 260.

Daedalus flees to the court of King Minos II in Knossos, Crete, which at the time is the most powerful kingdom in all of Hellas. Minos II welcomes the young engineer and artist. He commissions Daedalus to perform many projects. During this time Daedalus' interest in magic begins. While at court, he falls in love with a slave named Naucrate, who gives him a son, Icarus. He eventually buys her freedom and three live together happily for some time.

Some time before Daedalus' arrival at Knossos, Minos II prays to Poseidon for a great beast to sacrifice. Poseidon then sends him an enormous snow-white bull, called the Cretan Bull. However, Minos cherishes the bull, relents on his promise, and sacrifices another in its place. In response, Poseidon curses Minos' wife Pasiphae with a passion for the bull. While Minos is away fighting a war with Athens, she turns to Daedalus for help in constructing a cow-shaped mechanical contrivance with which she mates with the bull. She later gives birth to the Minotaur. When Minos returns victorious, he grows furious when he hears what has happened. He forces Daedalus to build a labyrinth underneath his palace, then imprisons the Minotaur there, and feeds his political enemies to it.

In Year 278, Daedalus tests Minos' hospitality again when he tells the secret of the maze to Ariadne, Minos' daughter, who in turn tells the secret to Theseus. Theseus kills the Minotaur, escapes from the labyrinth, and flees Crete with Ariadne. When Minos hears of how Daedalus has assisted his daughter, he throws Daedalus and Icarus into the labyrinth and sells Naucrate back into slavery. The engineer realizes that if he were to escape, he would have to sneak past the guards and stow away on one of Minos' heavily guarded ships. He thinks that to be impossible, so he conceives of another escape route, by air. He builds two sets of birdlike wings for himself and Icarus. The two fly across the Aegean Sea with them, but Icarus flies too high, too close to the sun-chariot of Helios. The wax holding Icarus' wings together melts; he falls into the sea and drowns. Daedalus makes it safely to Athens, where Theseus shelters him for some time. The following year, during another war between Athens and Crete, Daedalus escapes to Sicily (Thrinacia) and lives under the care of King Cocalas, who like King Minos II before, is happy to host such a famous scholar.

Minos becomes obsessed with catching Daedalus, and not knowing where he can be found, devises a plan to find him. He sends messengers throughout Hellas and beyond with a challenge: Whoever can lace a string through an intricate phial will win much fame and treasure. One messenger reaches the court of King Cocalas, whereupon the King puts Daedalus to the task. Daedalus succeeds in stringing the phial by tying the string onto an ant, which wanders through the phial. King Cocalas announces the successful completion of the task as his own. The messenger returns to Minos proclaiming that Cocalas has succeeded in stringing the phial. Minos knows that only Daedalus would have been able to solve the puzzle. He gathers half the Cretan fleet and sails to Sicily, where he demands that Daedalus be turned over to him. Cocalas agreed to surrender Daedalus and promises to entertain Minos while Daedalus is being brought to him. While Minos relaxes in a bath, Cocalas' daughters, following their father's orders, pour boiling water over Minos and kill him. Cocalas then orders a sneak-attack upon the Cretan fleet harbored in the city. The majority of the fleet is burned and the survivors flee to Crete or its colonies.

After this event, Daedalus attempts to locate his wife to no avail. In Year 300, he leaves Sicily for Sardinia, where he joins Iolaus, the nephew of Heracles. There he continues to build and study until he dies of old age.

2Cecrops was an early King of Athens.

2.1 Daedalus: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Daedalus is an average Achaean fifty-year-old man with a thick gray beard, gray hair, and shining beady eyes. For his old age, he is still slightly muscular and has a hardy constitution. He does carry a sword and knows how to use it. He is usually seen carrying an array of strange devices, which are his tools. His laboratory is filled with a throng of wondrous mechanical devices; some work, others do not.

At that time, Daedalus lives in Sicily, making works of art, machines, and toys for King Cocalas and his daughters. His goods are highly prized and hotly traded; he is often consulted on matters of craftsmanship and engineering. He is something of a user of magic although he does not openly display his magical powers. These often take the forms of potions or the creation of an enchanted device, for example, the birdlike wings that allowed him to escape Crete. He is a very capable craftsman and can create weapons and armor with a +20 bonus. He has a weakness for helping attractive women that has gotten him into trouble in the past, which suggests that his Hunter is Aphrodite. He is a Priest of Apollo; his Watcher is Athena, the goddess of crafts.

2.2 Daedalus: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Sage (Scholar3)

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Athena

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

Aphrodite

Level:

15

Special Powers:

Greater Skill (15 Skill Ranks in Crafts)

Hits:

75

AT/DB:

No/15

Shield

No

Melee OB:

50 sw

Missile OB:

10 sp

MM:

10

    Homes: Athens, Crete, Sicily, and Olbia (in sequence).

    Stats: ST 75, CO 80, AG 85, IT 101, IG 95, PR 90, AP 72.

    Skills: Art & Architecture 80, Appraisal 30, Engineering 80, First Aid 25, Medicine 35, Lock Making 65, Leather working 40, Rope Making 50, Trap building 60, Goldsmith 65, Smith 75, Sculpting 55, Geography 40, Physics 55, Math 45, Priest 20, Perception 60, Read Runes 40, Use Items 70, Stalk/Hide 45, Sailing 40, Trading 30, Weather Watching 35 Climb 23, Swimming 38.

    Spells: Patron: Apollo. PP 45. Directed Spell 30. Knows "Item Lore," "Lore," "Nature's Lore," and "Spell Defense," to 10th level.

3This is an Optional Profession in the MERP. See Appendix A-6, under "Optional Material"

2.3 Daedalus: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Sage

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Athena

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

Aphrodite

Level:

15

Special Powers:

Greater Skill (15 Skill Ranks in Crafts)

Hits:

75

AT/DB:

No/15

Shield

No

Melee OB:

50 sw

Missile OB:

10 sp

MM:

10

    Homes: Athens, Crete, Sicily, and Olbia (in sequence).

    Stats: ST 75, CO 80, AG 85, IT 101, IG 95, PR 90, AP 72.

    Skills: Art & Architecture 80, Appraisal 30, Engineering 80, First Aid 25, Medicine 35, Lock Making 65, Leather working 40, Rope Making 50, Trap building 60, Goldsmith 65, Smith 75, Sculpting 55, Geography 40, Physics 55, Math 45, Priest 20, Perception 60, Read Runes 40, Use Items 70, Stalk/Hide 45, Sailing 40, Trading 30, Weather Watching 35 Climb 23, Swimming 38.

    Spells: Patron: Apollo. PP 45. Directed Spell 30. Knows "Item Lore," "Lore," "Spell Defense," "Delving," "Analysis," "Lore's Master," "Absorb Knowledge," and "Weave Tales" to 10th level.

2.4 Daedalus: Items

    Cretan Talisman: Given to Daedalus by his wife Naucrate just before she is sold back into slavery, this item appears as a dark blue, geometric design of a seashell. Daedalus wears it every day as a reminder of his wife and son. Little does he know that it provides him with a +10 bonus to DB and Channeling RR's.

    Daedalus' Sword: Daedalus made this ivory-handled sword himself; it is magical with a +20 bonus to OB. The jewel in the pommel has a separate enchantment that makes the weapon a Sword of Sharpness4.

4Items of Sharpness add +10 to all MERP critical rolls or add a level of severity to all RM criticals (E becomes F = E + A, separate rolls).

3.0 Idomeneus (Knowing One)

During the Trojan War, no hero is braver or more handsome than Idomeneus. Born in Year 270 as son of Deucalion, Prince of Crete, Idomeneus grows up to be a man well liked by his peers. Ironically, he does not grow up in Crete, but in Athens.

In 278, King Minos II of Crete sends his son Prince Deucalion to wage war on Athens in retribution for the death of the Minotaur. Initially, the war goes well for Crete. Deucalion takes the war directly to Athens. There he is killed; his death turns the tide of the war so that by the end of the year King Theseus of Athens takes Knossos, the capital of Crete, by force and captures Minos' grandson Idomeneus. Meanwhile, Minos has taken the other half of the Cretan fleet to Sicily to capture Daedalus. The daughters of the king of Sicily, who is loath to part with Daedalus and his magical toys, murder Minos. With the Cretan military crushed, Theseus becomes the regent of Crete and raises Idomeneus in Athens.

Idomeneus grows up to be a very handsome man. Like most of the prominent young princes of his generation, Idomeneus pursues the hand of Helen and takes the oath to defend her when she is finally given in marriage to Menelaus.

In 292, Theseus abdicates the throne of Crete, allowing Idomeneus to take up the scepter of kingship. Idomeneus and Theseus remain on friendly terms. Upon arriving in Crete, Idomeneus finds a child lying exposed on a hilltop, left to die. He takes the child to be raised as his own and names him Leucus. A few years later, Idomeneus marries Meda, a beautiful Cretan of noble descent; together they beget several children.

In 313, the Trojan War begins. Although he is a little old, Idomeneus, bound by his oath, agrees to go to war. He trusts Leucus to safeguard the throne until he returns. Idomeneus is made co-commander of the Achaean forces. He sends a hundred ships to Troy for the war, one of the largest fleets in the Achaean alliance. At Troy, Idomeneus performs bravely and is one of the handsomest men on the Achaean side. When Hector challenges the heroes of the Achaean forces, Idomeneus is one of the few to dare accept the challenge. Also, he is one of the few selected to hide in the wooden horse to sack the city.

After the war, he returns home. On the way, a strong storm blows his fleet off course. Idomeneus promises Poseidon that he will sacrifice the first thing he sees in Crete if he returns safely. Poseidon hears his prayers and grants him his request; the rest of the return trip goes without incident.

Upon landing in Crete, Idomeneus is instantly greeted by his son, who has been eagerly waiting for his father's return. Forsaking his promise, Idomeneus fakes the sacrifice of his son and sends the child away. Meanwhile, Meda has fallen in love with Leucus while Idomeneus was at Troy. Leucus has planned to usurp the throne. However, when he hears that Idomeneus has arrived early and knows about the affair, Leucus panics and kills Meda and Idomeneus' daughter. Idomeneus in retaliation storms the palace, blinds Leucus, and regains the throne. Idomeneus lacks the heart to expel Leucus outright as he knows that no court in Hellas will shelter him. He therefore banishes him from Knossos to another Cretan city.

Meanwhile, the gods grow angry over Idomeneus' ruse to deprive them of a sacrifice. In 334, they plague the land with disease and famine. A year passes with no end to the plague in sight. Idomeneus attempts to placate the gods through various ways, to no avail. In time, the people begin to grow restless. Leucus, although blind, emerges as the voice of the opposition. In 336, the Cretan people expel Idomeneus. With a group of loyal followers he settles in Italy and builds a city there, where he is made king. He dies soon after the completion of the city.

3.1 Idomeneus: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In Year 296, Idomeneus is King of Crete. Although in decline, Crete is still one of the mightiest kingdoms in Hellas. He has recently married Meda and she is pregnant with their first child. Although Idomeneus was raised in Athens, he wears the traditional Cretan clothing. He is clean-shaven and wears makeup and jewelry, as do most male Cretans. Idomeneus appears as a tall, very handsome man with dark hair and sallow features. He speaks Greek with a native Athenian accent and fluent Minoan. While he lived in Athens, the Minoan nobility made sure he was instructed in Minoan customs and culture. He is outgoing, talkative, and pleasant. In battle armor, he wears the design of the black rooster on his round shield. His helmet is garnished with boar tusks. He is skilled with the spear and knows how to use the Cretan double axe. He is on a friendly basis with most of the kings in Hellas, especially with Menelaus, and maintains close ties with Athens. His Watcher and Hunter is Poseidon. Poseidon takes Idomeneus' actions and words literally; unintended consequences are the result.

3.2 Idomeneus: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Minoan

Home:

Athens, Crete

Hunter:

Poseidon

Level:

12

Special Powers:

Great Prowess

Hits:

110

AT/DB:

CH/30

Shield

Yes (+15)

Melee OB:

120 (163) sp

Missile OB:

100 (143) sp

MM:

15 (45)

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 88, AG 100 (110), IT 75, IG 80, PR 95, AP 94. All stats in parentheses denote value when using Special Powers.

    Skills: Ambush 5, Acrobatics 30, Animal Handling 35, Battle Axe 147, Boxing 75, Bull Leaping 20, Foraging 20, Dancing 30, Jumping 30, Lyre 25, Tracking 58, Perception 30, Riding 69, Sailing 45, Singing 28, Swimming 91, Weather Watching 30, Geography 30, Centaur Lore 30, Greek 5, Amazon 3, Minoan 5, Phoenician 2.

3.3 Idomeneus: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Minoan

Home:

Athens, Crete

Hunter:

Poseidon

Level:

12

Special Powers:

Great Prowess

Hits:

110

AT/DB:

16/30

Shield

Yes (+15)

Melee OB:

148 sp

Missile OB:

124 sp

MM:

30

    Stats: CO 88, AG 105, SD 78, ME 82, RE 82, ST 106, QU 105, PR 95, EM 78, IN 80, AP 94. Special Power stats are included in Rolemaster potentials.

    Skills: Ambush 5, Acrobatics 30, Animal Handling 35, Battle Axe 147, Boxing 75, Bull Leaping 20, Foraging 20, Dancing 30, Jumping 30, Lyre 25, Tracking 58, Perception 30, Riding 69, Sailing 45, Singing 28, Swimming 91, Weather Watching 30, Geography 30, Centaur Lore 30, Greek 5, Amazon 3, Minoan 5, Phoenician 2.

3.4 Idomeneus: Items

    Rooster Shield: This shield is emblazoned with a black rooster, a scared animal to Helios (the Sun Titan), who is a distant relative of Idomeneus. The shield is an heirloom and provides the wearer with +15 DB and immunity to all heat attacks.

    Boar Tusk Helmet. This traditional Cretan helmet adds +5 to DB.

4.0 Idas and Lynceus (Of Mt. Idas and Sharp Eyes)

One of the greatest pairs of twins in Mythic Greece, Idas and Lynceus are the rivals of another famous set of twins, their cousins Castor and Polydeuces (Pollux). Idas becomes a famous spearman while Lynceus becomes famous for his eyesight; he can see perfectly for miles away even in the depths of the seas. They are born a year before their rival twins in Year 246. King Aphareus of Messene is the father of Lynceus, but Poseidon is the father of Idas. The king thinks the twins are both his sons and raises them as such, though in truth Poseidon had laid with Aphareus' wife Arene on the same night as did the king.

From the beginning, the twins are inseparable. Wherever Lynceus goes, Idas is sure to follow. Their childhood playmates are another set of twins from nearby Sparta, Castor and Polydeuces, whose father was reputed to be Zeus. As they grow up, their childhood friends become their friendly rivals, with each set of twins trying to outdo the other. Together, they raid other kingdoms, adventure, kill bandits, and war.

In Year 267, the Leucippides, priestesses of Athena and Artemis, are betrothed to Idas and Lynceus. However, Castor and Polydeuces kidnap the pair and take them to Sparta. Although Idas and Lynceus do not retaliate, the act strains their friendship with Castor and Polydeuces. Nevertheless, the two sets still adventure together. In 273, they hunt the Calydonian Boar. A few years later, they sail on the Argo, where Idas is reputed to be the second-best spearman among the Argonauts behind only the mighty Meleager. In both of these adventures, Idas and Lynceus play significant parts.

In 270, Idas falls in love with a beautiful princess, Marpessa, the daughter of King Evenus of Aetolia. The king loves his daughter very much and does not want to lose her. He therefore challenges all suitors to a chariot race. Whoever can beat him in the race will win his daughter's hand; those who fail will lose their heads. Already, several suitors have lost and their heads are spiked on stakes outside the palace walls to remind future suitors of the consequences. Idas asks Poseidon, his father, for a set of Great Horses, which he is granted. He then challenges Evenus to a race and wins. In despair, Evenus drowns his horses and himself in a nearby river soon after the race.

Idas promptly takes Marpessa to Messene. When he reaches Messene, Apollo, who like Idas has fallen in love with Marpessa, tries to take her by force. Quickly, Idas challenges Apollo to a duel. Before they can come to blows, Zeus parts them and rules that Marpessa should decide whom she prefers to marry. Marpessa, fearing that Apollo will leave her when she grows old, chooses Idas. The two promptly marry.

Idas' marriage does not change the twins' ways. They continue a life of high adventures and cattle raids. At one point, they take a small force to Mysia, a kingdom in Asia Minor, to take the throne. They are eventually beaten back by a son of Heracles, Telephus—who will later be named king for saving the kingdom—but not before they acquire much loot and treasure, which they bring back to Messene.

In 313, their rivalry with Castor and Polydeuces turns ugly. All four participate in a successful cattle raid in Arcadia. They argue over the spoils, which leads to a fight. Idas kills Castor, then Polydeuces kills both Idas and Lynceus.

4.1 Idas and Lynceus: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Idas and Lynceus live in Messene and can be found either at their (mortal) father's palace while sleeping and dining or out adventuring while stealing cattle, killing bandits, visiting friends, or joining other people's quests. In other words, they tend to be out and about Hellas looking for adventure and hard-won honor. Both brothers are typical Achaean heroes, loving war and the honor of hard-won treasure. Although Idas is outspoken and hotheaded whereas Lynceus is tactful and a fluent speaker, their strongest trait is their intense devotion to one another. Their closest friends are Castor and Polydeuces.

In appearance, the brothers are identical twins. Both are tall, fair-haired, tanned, well built, energetic, and active. They are both watched by Poseidon and therefore are Greater Heroes. Since he lost Marpessa to Idas, Apollo has borne a grudge against the brothers, especially Idas, and has asked Helios to Hunt the brothers. Apollo would prefer to shoot them full of arrows; however, he is forbidden to hunt the brothers by order of Zeus. When adventuring, Idas and Lynceus are found in a chariot pulled by a pair of Great Horses. Lynceus often acts as Idas' charioteer. They are typically in full armor gear, with each carrying two spears and a sword. Idas carries a bow and is quite good using it.

4.2 Idas: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Messene

Hunter:

Helios

Level:

14

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

123 (189)

AT/DB:

CH/30

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

132 (168) sp

Missile OB:

100 bw

MM:

15

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 100 (120), AG 80, IT 76, IG 70, PR 80, AP 80. All stats in parentheses denote ability when using Special Powers.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Boxing 78, Foraging 30, First Aid 20, Leadership 30, Gambling 25, Geography 20, Riding 66, Seduction 30, Stalk/Hide 66, Tracking 68, Trickery 30, Perception 28, Wood Crafts 15, Hellas Lore 15.

4.3 Idas: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Messene

Hunter:

Helios

Level:

14

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

160

AT/DB:

16/30

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

165 sp

Missile OB:

100 bw

MM:

15

    Stats: CO 108, AG 80, SD 60, ME 75, RE 78, ST 107, QU 80, EM 70, IN 70, PR 80, AP 80. Special Power stats are included in Rolemaster potentials.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Boxing 78, Foraging 30, First Aid 20, Leadership 30, Gambling 25, Geography 20, Riding 66, Seduction 30, Stalk/Hide 66, Tracking 68, Trickery 30, Perception 28, Wood Crafts 15, Hellas Lore 15.

4.4 Lynceus: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Messene

Hunter:

Helios

Level:

8

Special Powers:

Great Vision

Hits:

91

AT/DB:

CH/30

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

95 sp

Missile OB:

70 sp

MM:

15

    Stats: ST 90, CO 85, AG 80, IT 76, IG 70, PR 80, AP 80.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Foraging 30, Leadership 30, Charioteer 58, Gambling 25, Geography 20, Riding 76, Stalk/Hide 66, Tracking 68, Perception 48, Public Speaking 30, Trickery 30, War Tactics 25, Wrestling 50, Leather Crafts 15, Horse Lore 20.

    Spell Power: Great Vision {Level 5 • Any • All Except Satyrs and Sileni • Special}: Hero's vision is increased twofold; this part of the Spell Power is treated as Continuous. Great Vision also allows the hero to see through illusions and the disguises of gods, or to see invisible objects, if the target fails a RR vs. level 5. This ability can only be attempted once per day.

4.5 Lynceus: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Poseidon

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Messene

Hunter:

Helios

Level:

8

Special Powers:

Great Vision

Hits:

91

AT/DB:

16/30

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

95 sp

Missile OB:

70 sp

MM:

15

    Stats: CO 85, AG 80, SD 60, ME 75, RE 78, ST 90, QU 80, EM 70, IN 70, PR 80, AP 80.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Foraging 30, Leadership 30, Charioteer 58, Gambling 25, Geography 20, Riding 76, Stalk/Hide 66, Tracking 68, Perception 48, Public Speaking 30, Trickery 30, War Tactics 25, Wrestling 50, Leather Crafts 15, Horse Lore 20.

    Spell Power: Great Vision {Level 5 • Any • All Except Satyrs and Sileni • Special}: Hero's vision is increased twofold; this part of the Spell Power is treated as Continuous. Great Vision also allows the hero to see through illusions and the disguises of gods, or to see invisible objects, if the target fails a RR vs. level 5. This ability can only be attempted once per day.

4.6 Idas and Lynceus: Items

    Both carry and use normal Achaean gear.

    Their chariot is pulled by two of Poseidon's Horses (Great Horses). These horses have the ability to run on rough terrain as if it were normal and possess greater stamina than any normal horse. (For more on Poseidon's Horses, read their description in "Fabled Monsters of Mythic Greece," July 2000.)

    Idas carries a well-constructed +10 bow.

5.0 Teiresias (He Who Delights in Sights)

Perhaps one of the greatest soothsayers in Mythic Greece, Teiresias played an instrumental and tragic part in every major event in the history of Thebes, a major city in central Hellas5. Teiresias is born in the early years of the Age of Heroes, Year 88, and lives to be over 200 years old. He finally dies in 298 at the sacking of Thebes. He is the son of Everes and the Dryad Chariclo, a daughter of Zeus. He spends his childhood in the countryside. His mother, being powerful in the ways of magic, teaches him magic.

Upon reaching manhood, Teiresias sets out to the newly constructed city of Thebes, which will be his home for the rest of his long life. Along the way, he happens upon two snakes mating. He strikes one and instantly he turns into a woman. For several years, he remains a woman until one day he happens upon the same scene again. He strikes one of the snakes again and becomes a man once more.

Shortly thereafter, he mediates a dispute between Zeus and Hera, siding with Zeus. As a reward, Zeus grants him the powers of prophecy and long life. At this time, he becomes a devoted priest of Zeus for the city of Thebes. His skill in prophecy gains him fame in the city and soon he becomes the Kings of Thebes' personal soothsayer; he outlives several kings and queens. He holds that position for the rest of his long life.

While still a young man, Teiresias ventures out of the city to visit his mother. Upon the way, he happens to hear someone singing. He looks between the bushes to spy Athena, the goddess of crafts, nude, and washing in a pool. When she catches sight of him, she immediately makes him blind. The Dryad Chariclo protests the act to the gods, saying her son had unintentionally spied on Athena. Had he known she was there, he would never have dared spy on her. Athena is moved. She takes a serpent and orders it to lick Teiresias' ears. From that time on, Teiresias understands the speech of birds. She also gives him a magical cornel-wood staff, which will serve as a walking stick as he grows older.

Owing to his long life, Teiresias is connected with practically all of the events of Thebes. Teiresias counsels King Pentheus, one of Thebes' earlier kings, to welcome Dionysus, the god of wine. He does not accept this counsel and pays with his life for angering the god. Generations later, Teiresias also reveals to King Oedipus that he has killed his father, Laius, and has married his own mother, Jocasta, thus fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Teiresias is even consulted about smaller matters; he advises Alcmene, mother of Heracles and resident of Thebes, on how to raise her son.

In later times, during the campaign of the Seven Against Thebes, Teiresias prophesies that the city will be saved if one of the original descendants of Thebes sacrifices himself. Soon after that war, he advises King Creon to allow Antigone to bury the enemy, particularly her brother, who was one of the chief heroes. During the assault of the Epigoni, he advises the Thebans to commence negotiations for peace and to take flight during the armistice. During the assault of the Epigoni, he knows that his time is near, since he is fated to live so long as the city does. He dies later that night when the city is evacuated, for reasons unknown, with his staff found missing.

In the Underworld, Teiresias retains his reason and his gift as a soothsayer, although the departed souls of most others are accustomed to flit aimlessly about as gibbering shades. It is in this capacity that Odysseus visits him for consultation on how best to return home from the Trojan War.

5The Thebes of Greece has no real relationship to the city of the same name in Egypt. 6A military expedition led by seven heroes to reclaim the throne of Thebes for Polyiences, a son of Oedipus. 7A military expedition led by the sons of the original Seven Against Thebes.

5.1 Teiresias: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Teiresias is a hunched old man with a long white beard and milky-glass eyes. He is led around by his daughter, Manto, also a soothsayer of some repute. He is constantly sought after by visiting princes and kings for his counsel on various matters. He is normally aloof and distant because he has seen much sorrow in his life. Zeus watches over him; he is a priest of Zeus. His Hunter is special—Hera, angry with Teiresias for siding with Zeus, has cursed him to the city of Thebes. He is tied to Thebes in much the same way as Dryads are tied to their trees or other natural features. Teiresias cannot leave the city for long periods; when the city is destroyed so is he. Therefore, his life is tied to the everyday life of the city. He can feel the city's sorrows and happiness within him. His only possession is his staff, which he carries wherever he goes. His two daughters and his grandson, Periclymenos, a Theban hero, love him very much.

5.2 Teiresias: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Animist

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Thebes

Hunter:

Special

Level:

18

Special Powers:

Speak to Animals (Birds)

Hits:

50

AT/DB:

No/10

Shield

No

Melee OB:

N/A

Missile OB:

N/A

MM:

0

    Stats: ST 60, CO 80, AG 71, IT 96, IG 95, PR 89, AP 65.

    Skills: Administration 20, Cooking 25, Public Speaking 50, First Aid 55, Music 25, Singing 25, Perception 50 (through senses other than sight), Priest (Zeus) 40, Storytelling 50, Omen Reading 70, Wood Crafts 30, Hellas Lore 50, Nymph Lore 40, Thebes Lore 60, Geography 40, Use Items 88, Law 55, Leather Working 25, Legend & Lore 50, Minoan 5, Pelasgian 5, Sintian 4, Greek 5.

    Spell Power: Speak to Animals {Level 5 • Fertility • Any • Continuous}: Hero can speak to animals (in this case, specifically birds).

    Spells: Patron: Zeus. PP 36 (×3). Base Spells 36, Directed Spells 78. Knows "Sound/Light Ways," "Nature Lore," "Protections," and "Detection Mastery" to 10th level.

5.3 Teiresias: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Astrologer

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Achaean

Home:

Thebes

Hunter:

Special

Level:

18

Special Powers:

Speak to Animals (Birds)

Hits:

50

AT/DB:

1/10

Shield

No

Melee OB:

N/A

Missile OB:

N/A

MM:

0

    Stats: CO 80, AG 71, SD 90, ME 94, RE 98, ST 60, QU 71, PR 89, EM 98, IN 96, AP 65.

    Skills: Administration 20, Cooking 25, Public Speaking 50, First Aid 55, Music 25, Singing 25, Perception 50 (through senses other than sight), Priest (Zeus) 40, Storytelling 50, Omen Reading 70, Wood Crafts 30, Hellas Lore 50, Nymph Lore 40, Thebes Lore 60, Geography 40, Use Items 88, Law 55, Leather Working 25, Legend & Lore 50, Minoan 5, Pelasgian 5, Sintian 4, Greek 5.

    Spell Power: Speak to Animals {Level 5 • Fertility • Any • Continuous}: Hero can speak to animals (in this case, specifically birds).

    Spells: Patron: Zeus. PP 36 (×3). Base Spells 36, Directed Spells 78. Knows "Light Ways," "Weather Ways," "Detection Mastery," "Locating Ways," "Lore," "Protections," "Time's Bridge," "True Perception," and "Holy Vision" to 20th level.

5.4 Teiresias: Items

    Athena's Staff: This staff is made from magical cornel wood. It gives a +20 bonus to all Animist and Astrologer Spells, acts as a ×3 PP multiplier for those two professions, and can be used as a +20 quarterstaff.

6.0 Asbolus (Charcoal)

Asbolus the Centaur is the soothsayer and chieftain of the Centaurs living in the Thessaly region. He lives near the human city of Lapithae and grows up near humans. Around Year 260, Asbolus and several other chieftains band together and successfully fight several battles with nearby human kingdoms to establish a land of the Centaurs' own in Thessaly. He establishes a thriving trade with the city of Lapithae. Peirithous, King of Lapithae, has blood ties with some of the nearby Centaur princes.

In 273, Asbolus, while visiting his friend Chiron in Mount Pelion, encounters the Centaur Pholus. Pholus has entertained the human hero Heracles and has opened jars of wine given as gifts by the Dionysus, the god of wine. The strong smell of the wine intoxicates Asbolus. He and others attempt to take the wine by force from Heracles and Pholus. The struggle ends with Chiron mortally wounded and countless Centaurs dead, including Pholus. Asbolus leaves Mount Pelion in sorrow and never returns to the mountain again in his life.

Six years later, Asbolus and several other Centaur chieftains are invited to the wedding of their dear friend and distant cousin King Peirithous of Lapithae. Many famous guests attend the wedding, including Nestor, Prince of Pylos; Theseus, King of Athens; Caeneus of Lapithae; crafty Nessus, a Centaur prince from near Lapithae; and the mighty Eurytus, chieftain of the Centaurs in Thessaly. During the ceremony, wine is brought out and Centaurs unaccustomed to it begin to fight with the other guests. While intoxicated, Eurytus jumps onto the wedding stage and attempts to rape the bride. Asbolus, who had learned his lesson on Mount Pelion and who is a good friend of Peirithous, attempts without success to hold Eurytus back. But Eurytus, through his sheer size and brute strength, kills the bride. Heavy fighting breaks out which lasts all through the night. Although he attempts to calm the situation, Asbolus is wounded and flees with several other Centaurs. The battle becomes known as the Lapith–Centaur Fight and marks the beginning of the feud between Lapiths and Centaurs. In the battle, many died on both sides, but the Centaurs lost and suffered the most.

In the ensuing months, war breaks out. Asbolus acts as the Centaurs' chief augur and surgeon. At this time, Asbolus reveals to Nessus that he will die by the arrows of a nine-fingered man. With no such man in sight, Nessus wreaks havoc on the Lapiths until Heracles, who has only nine fingers, passes by and fights on the side of the Lapiths.

With two of the greatest heroes, Theseus and Heracles, fighting against them, the Centaurs are doomed. Many fall to the heroes' clubs and arrows. Asbolus understands that the Centaurs will have to declare a truce until Heracles and Theseus leave. The Centaurs withdraw from Lapith territory and wait until the heroes leave.

The following year, Theseus and Peirithous leave Lapithae to go to the Underworld to kidnap Persephone, the goddess of Tartarus, while Heracles joins the Argo. Asbolus and the other chiefs gather their forces, invade the Lapith territory, and defeat the Lapith army. As the result, Asbolus regains his lands, the fruitful trade and openness the two cultures once had has ended.

In the following years, Asbolus continues to counsel the Thessalian Centaurs as their chief augur and surgeon in the area. He also fights in several skirmishes with the Lapiths. Some are successes; others are disappointments. He maintains his hold on his land to his old age. He dies of old age in Year 312.

6.1 Asbolus: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Asbolus appears as a thirty-year-old Centaur. He is a black stallion with black woolly hair, shining green eyes, and dark skin on his human half. He is thickly built, thoughtful, and energetic. Asbolus, like other forest folk, mistrusts humans, although he realizes that forming ties with humans could be beneficial. Other Centaurs often seek his advice and help. He is a skilled surgeon and augur. Hera occasionally watches over him; he is a Priest for the Centaurs in the region. Ares sporadically hunts him since Asbolus tends to favor peace and nurture trade ties with the local human population. He counts Nessus, Chiron, and various local river gods and nymphs as friends. He carries a spear and bow during times of war.

6.2 Asbolus: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Animist

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Hera

Race:

Centaur

Home:

Thessaly

Hunter:

Ares

Level:

10

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

122 (186)

AT/DB:

No/30

Shield

No

Melee OB:

75 (128) sp

Missile OB:

60 bw

MM:

15

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 100 (120), AG 75, IT 95, IG 92, PR 82, AP 68. All stats in parentheses denote ability when using Special Powers.

    Skills: Administration 20, Boxing 65, Climb 50, Foraging 35, First Aid 45, Leadership 30, Music 35, Public Speaking 45, Priest (Apollo) 20, Omen Reading 50, Signaling 20, Sky Watching 40, Stalk/Hide 86, Geography 30, Thessaly Lore 20, Trap Building 55, Herb Lore 40, Animal Lore 20.

    Spells: Patron: Apollo. PP 20 (×2). Base Spells 20, Directed Spells 55. Knows "Sound/Light Ways," "Nature Lore," "Protections," "Detection Mastery," "Spell Defense," "Surface Ways," "Direct Channeling," "Bone/Muscle Ways," and "Organs Ways" to 10th level.

6.3 Asbolus: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Astrologer

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Hera

Race:

Centaur

Home:

Thessaly

Hunter:

Ares

Level:

10

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

165

AT/DB:

3/30

Shield

No

Melee OB:

100 sp

Missile OB:

60 bw

MM:

15

    Stats: CO 110, AG 75, SD 92, ME 96, RE 92, ST 105, QU 75, PR 82, EM 88, IN 95, AP 68. Special Power stats are included in Rolemaster potentials.

    Skills: Administration 20, Boxing 65, Climb 50, Foraging 35, First Aid 45, Leadership 30, Music 35, Public Speaking 45, Priest (Apollo) 20, Omen Reading 50, Signaling 20, Sky Watching 40, Stalk/Hide 86, Geography 30, Thessaly Lore 20, Trap Building 55, Herb Lore 40, Animal Lore 20.

    Spells: Patron: Apollo. PP 20 (×2). Base Spells 20, Directed Spells 55. Knows "Light Ways," "Concussion's Ways," "Purification," "Detection Mastery," "Spell Defense," "Blood Law," "Bone Law," "Muscle Law," "Way of the Voice," "Holy Vision," "Starlights," and "Starsense" to 10th level.

6.4 Asbolus: Items

    Asbolus' Staff: This staff of dark, twisted wood acts as a ×2 PP multiplier and can be used as a +10 quarterstaff.

7.0 Sarpedon (Rejoicing in Wooden Ark)

The bravest and most gallant warrior on the Trojan side, Sarpedon is the son of Zeus and the Princess Laodameia of Lycia, a Minoan kingdom in Asia Minor. Prince Evander of Lycia, a son of another famous Sarpedon of Crete, raises the child as his own. In Year 296, the king of Lycia dies and two of Sarpedon's uncles strive for the vacant throne. The local merchants, wanting to avoid a civil war, ask Sarpedon, who has already distinguished himself as a just and fair young man, to be king. Under his reign, Lycia continues to become a prosperous trading country, competing heavily with Rhodes, a nearby island.

In 313, King Priam of Troy asks his ally Sarpedon for help in the Trojan War. Sarpedon agrees and takes a large part of the Lycian army to Troy. There he distinguishes himself as a brave warrior. Among some of his exploits, he slays King Tleopelemus of Rhodes in single combat. Later, Sarpedon meets his death fighting Patroclus. He is loved so much by Zeus that before his dead body can be despoiled by the Achaeans, Zeus transports it to Lycia, where Sarpedon's body can receive the proper burial rites.

7.1 Sarpedon: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Sarpedon is only fifteen years old, though he appears to be in his early twenties. He rules the kingdom of Lycia well under the advice of his two uncles, who had been competing for the kingdom. His people respect his noble carriage as king. He is tall, powerfully built, and very handsome, with dark features and sallow skin. Zeus watches over him because he is his father. Hera hunts him because his birth results from Zeus' infidelity. Despite his Minoan heritage, Sarpedon wears full Achaean battle gear when at war or adventuring, which includes a chariot, two spears, sword, and armor. In 296, Sarpedon is a Level 5 Typical King (for more information, read "Fabled Monsters of Mythic Greece (July 2000), or the Rolemaster Campaign Classic Mythic Greece: Age of Heroes). The stats presented below date from his Trojan War exploits a decade later.

7.2 Sarpedon: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Minoan

Home:

Lycia

Hunter:

Hera

Level:

13

Special Powers:

Greater Vitality

Hits:

121 (187)

AT/DB:

CH/30

Shield

Yes (+10)

Melee OB:

110 (153) sp

Missile OB:

88 sp

MM:

15

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 100 (120), AG 90, IT 70, IG 75, PR 90, AP 90. All stats in parentheses denote ability when using Special Powers.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Animal Handling 50, Boxing 35, Cookery 30, Gambling 20, Climb 80, Foraging 15, Riding 77, Stalk/Hide 56, Tracking 58, Perception 34, Public Speaking 20, Swimming 48, Weather Watching 40, History 20.

7.3 Sarpedon: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Minoan

Home:

Lycia

Hunter:

Hera

Level:

13

Special Powers:

Greater Vitality

Hits:

160

AT/DB:

14/30

Shield

Yes (+10)

Melee OB:

140 sp

Missile OB:

88 sp

MM:

15

    Stats: CO 110, AG 90, SD 77, ME 72, EM 70, ST 106, QU 90, PR 90, EM 78, IN 78, AP 90. Special Power stats are included in Rolemaster potentials.

    Skills: Ambush 8, Animal Handling 50, Boxing 35, Cookery 30, Gambling 20, Climb 80, Foraging 15, Riding 77, Stalk/Hide 56, Tracking 58, Perception 34, Public Speaking 20, Swimming 48, Weather Watching 40, History 20.

7.4 Sarpedon: Items

    +10 Spear.

    +10 Shield and Armor.

8.0 Agamemnon (Very Resolute)

Agamemnon is considered the most powerful king in Hellas during his time. He is named commander-in-chief and supreme king of the Achaean forces during the Trojan War. Agamemnon comes from a famous family that can call several gods as their grandparents. However, with all of his power, he still falls to Thyestes' curse. That curse begins with his father Atreus and his uncle Thyestes.

In 265, King Sthenelus of Mycenae dies. His son Eurystheus is king of Tiryns, so the Mycenaeans choose between Atreus and Thyestes. Through trickery and adultery, Thyestes wins the throne. With the help of the gods, Atreus gains the throne and expels Thyestes. Upon learning that his brother has cheated on his wife, Atreus exacts a cruel revenge on Thyestes, feeding him his butchered children, whereupon Thyestes curses Atreus and his seed and flees. Atreus will spend the rest of his life searching for his brother.

Atreus and his first wife Aerope have two sons, Agamemnon and Menelaus, and one daughter, Anaxibia. She dies some time later. His second wife bears no children. His third wife, Pelopia, is unfaithful; she has the affair with Thyestes and bears Thyestes a son, Aegisthus. Atreus thinks the child is his own and raises him as such.

Agamemnon, elder of the two brothers, is born in 273. When Agamemnon and Menelaus become young men, they go to the Oracle of Delphi, where they find Thyestes and bring him back to Mycenae. Arteus imprisons his brother and ordered Aegisthus to kill him. Instead, Thyestes reveals that he is Aegisthus' father and persuades him to kill Atreus. Thyestes then takes the throne. Atreus' sons Agamemnon and Menelaus escape the coup and go to the court of King Oeneus of Calydon. Later, King Tyndareus of Sparta restores their fortunes by deposing Thyestes, who flees with his son. Tyndareus installs Agamemnon on the throne of Mycenae.

In 294, Agamemnon sacks the small city of Pisa and kills its king, Tantalus, in order to marry by force Tantalus' wife Clytemnestra, a woman of renowned beauty. Tyndareus, her father, sanctions the marriage despite the fact that his sons Castor and Polydeuces have misgivings about Agamemnon. Their unhappy marriage produces three daughters and a son named Orestes.

Two years later, Menelaus marries another daughter of Tyndareus, the famous Helen, and moves to Sparta. In 313, Paris of Troy kidnaps Helen, and Menelaus turns to his older brother for help. Agamemnon organizes and leads the Achaean forces to Troy. There, Agamemnon is accounted to be one of the best warriors on the Achaean side. After ten grueling years, Agamemnon is able to marshal his forces to victory and take Troy. He takes Priam's daughter Cassandra, a prominent seer of Troy, as his prize.

While Agamemnon is at war, Aegisthus returns to Mycenae and conspires with Clytemnestra to kill Agamemnon when he returns. Clytemnestra has many reasons to be disloyal to her husband. Despite her noble descent, he treated her as a serving girl, which upset her greatly. In addition, Agamemnon sacrificed their daughter before sailing to Troy. (Actually, Artemis took the girl right before the sacrifice and made everyone believed she was sacrificed.) Therefore, it should be no surprise that she would willingly conspire with Aegisthus to murder her husband. Unlike his fellow heroes, Agamemnon returns home with relative ease, only to be hacked to death in the bathroom by his wife. A bloody coup soon follows. All of Agamemnon's soldiers and supporters are massacred and Thyestes' curse is fulfilled. Eventually, Agamemnon's son Orestes avenges him.

8.1 Agamemnon: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In Year 296, at the age of 23, Agamemnon is the wealthiest king in Hellas. He is big, haughty, greedy, and grasping beyond his years. At present, Clytemnestra is very unhappy with their marriage. Agamemnon has made some very powerful friends who include King Tyndareus of Sparta, King Oeneus of Calydon, King Nestor of Pylos, whom he greatly respects, and Prince Odysseus of Ithaca. He also has a few grudges with Ajax and Achilles. The Dioscuri—Castor and Polydeuces—distrust Agamemnon. Clytemnestra, sister to the Dioscuri, complains constantly about Agamemnon's treatment. Because Agamemnon belongs to the royal line of Atreus, his Watcher is Zeus. Aphrodite, for obvious reasons, is his Hunter. In times of war, Agamemnon wears full Achaean battle gear of two spears, a sword, a chariot, and shield.

8.2 Agamemnon: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

Aphrodite

Level:

12

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

133 (199)

AT/DB:

CH/45

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

129 (172) sp

Missile OB:

85 sp

MM:

10 (35)

    Homes: Mycenae, Calydon, and Sparta.

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 100 (120), AG 75, IT 76, IG 80, PR 80, AP 77.

    Skills: Animal Handling 30, Boxing 52, Climb 90, Foraging 25, First Aid 20, Gambling 25, Riding 68, Stalk/Hide 70, Leadership 30, Seduction 30, Tracking 88, Perception 48, Omen Reading 25, Sailing 25, Swimming 78, Trickery 40, War Tactics 25, Woodcraft 15, Wrestling 78, Hellas Lore 30.

8.3 Agamemnon: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Greater Hero

Watcher:

Zeus

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

Aphrodite

Level:

12

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

165

AT/DB:

CH/45

Shield

Yes

Melee OB:

157 sp

Missile OB:

85 sp

MM:

20

    Homes: Mycenae, Calydon, and Sparta.

    Stats: ST 100 (110), CO 100 (120), AG 75, IT 76, IG 80, PR 80, AP 77.

    Skills: Animal Handling 30, Boxing 52, Climb 90, Foraging 25, First Aid 20, Gambling 25, Riding 68, Stalk/Hide 70, Leadership 30, Seduction 30, Tracking 88, Perception 48, Omen Reading 25, Sailing 25, Swimming 78, Trickery 40, War Tactics 25, Woodcraft 15, Wrestling 78, Hellas Lore 30.

8.4 Agamemnon: Items

    Scepter of Zeus: This scepter made by Hephaestus is Agamemnon's emblem of power as commander of the Greek forces at Troy. Hephaestus gave it to Zeus, who gave it to Hermes, who in turn gave it to Pelops, from whom it descended to Agamemnon. It is magical and provides the user with a +15 to influence skills. It also helps protect the user from all mind or influence spells, adding +15 to RR's.

    Agamemnon otherwise possesses +5 equipment.

9.0 Menelaus (Might of the People)

Menelaus is best known as the husband of Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman in all of Mythic Greece. Much of his story parallels that of Agamemnon (§8.0). Unlike Agamemnon, the curse of Thyestes did not affect Menelaus. However, he did experience great anguish in his life. He was born in Year 277 to Atreus and Aerope.

When a young teenager, Menelaus goes with Agamemnon to the Oracle of Delphi, as was the custom for young princes and heroes at the time, to figure out their destinies. While there, they find their father's brother and mortal enemy Thyestes. They bring him back to Mycenae, where he is promptly imprisoned. Atreus, delighted to be able to finally rid himself of his archenemy, orders his youngest son Aegisthus to kill Thyestes. Instead, Thyestes reveals to Aegisthus that he is his father and persuades him to kill Atreus. A bloody coup takes place and Menelaus, along with his brother, flees to the court of King Oeneus of Calydon. Thyestes becomes King of Mycenae. The following year, Tyndareus, King of Sparta and foster-father of Helen, assists the brothers in recapturing the city and installs Agamemnon as King of Mycenae. Tyndareus develops close ties with the brothers and Menelaus becomes ambassador for his brother in Sparta. During this time, he develops a friendly relationship with Helen and her brothers, Castor and Polydeuces. Later, he asks for Helen's hand in marriage.

In 294, Menelaus returns to Mycenae to assist his brother's assault on the small city of Pisa. Agamemnon marries Clytemnestra, a woman of renowned beauty, and a daughter of Tyndareus. Two years later, Helen chooses Menelaus, her friend, from various suitors to be her husband. He then moves permanently to Sparta. For several years, the two live happily married. They hunt, sing, and dance together, and their marriage produces many children.

This happiness is destroyed when Paris, a prince of Troy, arrives while Menelaus is away visiting his friend Idomeneus in Crete and abducts Helen. When Menelaus receives news of his wife's abduction, he hastily leaves Crete and returns to Sparta. He calls upon all the suitors of Helen, who had sworn to help whoever of their number was chosen. He then turns to his brother, Agamemnon, who is the wealthiest and one of the most powerful kings in Hellas, for help. Together, they organize a large force of former suitors and heroes to sail to retrieve Helen.

Another terrible event takes place shortly after Menelaus returns to Sparta. His brothers-in-law, Castor and Polydeuces, fall in combat to their cousins. King Tyndareus, who has saved the throne for his sons, promptly abdicates in favor of Menelaus. Thus, Menelaus, like Agamemnon albeit to a lesser degree, becomes king of a powerful city. His older brother is given the title of commander-in-chief and marshals the Greek forces. In 313, the Greeks set sail to Troy and wage war for ten years. In the tenth year, the Greek forces sack Troy and return Helen to her husband.

At Troy, Menelaus distinguishes himself as a valiant warrior. Among some of his more spectacular deeds, he fights and badly wounds Paris in single combat. In fact, Paris was so heavily wounded that only Aphrodite could heal him. He also bravely faces the Trojan prince Aeneas, a famous warrior. He is the first to come forward and fight to regain the dead body of Patroclus despite the heavy concentration of Trojan spears and swords. During the capture of the city, he kills the Trojan prince Deiphobus and rescues Helen.

On his return trip home, he is caught by a storm that carries him to Crete, where most of his ships founder. He sails on to Egypt, where he stays for five years, acquiring much wealth. Upon leaving, he becomes becalmed on the Island of Pharos, where he consults with the sea-god Proteus on how to return to Sparta. Menelaus follows Proteus' advice and returns to Sparta in 330, eight years after the end of the war.

Menelaus lives to a ripe old age. When he dies in 350, he is carried off alive to the Elysian fields, the Greek version of Paradise.

9.1 Menelaus: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Menelaus and Helen are newlyweds. He becomes a Prince of Sparta and is well liked by the King and his sons, Castor and Polydeuces. Menelaus is an attractive redheaded man with extraordinary manners and a generous heart. He is gentle and soft-spoken. He counts among his friends Castor, Polydeuces, Idas, Lynceus, Idomeneus, his brother Agamemnon, Nestor, Antilochus son of Nestor, Diomedes, and Tyndareus. Normally he wears a tunic of bright colors, but in times of war he carries the normal Achaean gear. Although he is much loved by the gods he is not Watched or Hunted by them. Therefore, Menelaus is a Lesser Hero. Zeus personally bestows the honor of going directly to the Elysian Fields upon him.

9.2 Menelaus: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Lesser Hero

Watcher:

N/A

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

N/A

Level:

9

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

90

AT/DB:

CH/30

Shield

No

Melee OB:

95 sw

Missile OB:

75 sp

MM:

15

    Homes: Mycenae, Calydon, and Sparta.

    Stats: ST 88, CO 90, AG 86, IT 80, IG 85, PR 80, AP 80.

    Skills: Acting 30, Animal Handling 40, Boxing 65, Cookery 20, Climb 67, Lyre 20, Riding 60, Stalk/Hide 56, Sailing 40, Tracking 55, Perception 30, Public Speaking 20, Swimming 78, Hellas Lore 30, Leadership 15, History 30.

9.3 Menelaus: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Warrior

Hero Status:

Lesser Hero

Watcher:

N/A

Race:

Achaean

Home:

See below

Hunter:

N/A

Level:

9

Special Powers:

Great Vitality

Hits:

90

AT/DB:

14/30

Shield

No

Melee OB:

95 sw

Missile OB:

75 sp

MM:

15

    Homes: Mycenae, Calydon, and Sparta.

    Stats: CO 90, AG 86, SD 85, ME 85, RE 80, ST 88, QU 86, PR 80, EM 80, IN 80, AP 80.

    Skills: Acting 30, Animal Handling 40, Boxing 65, Cookery 20, Climb 67, Lyre 20, Riding 60, Stalk/Hide 56, Sailing 40, Tracking 55, Perception 30, Public Speaking 20, Swimming 78, Hellas Lore 30, Leadership 15, History 30.

9.4 Menelaus: Items

    Menelaus uses normal Achaean equipment.

10.0 Calypso (Hidden)

Born in Year 200, Calypso is the daughter of the Titan Atlas and the Nereid Pleione. She is reared at the edge of the world in an area called Beyond the Ocean8. In 287, when her father fights alongside the Giants against the Olympians and loses, she leaves her home with some of her friends and supporters and founds an island, which she called Ogygia. She later enables the island to move about the seas and eventually reaches the Mediterranean Sea. She is visited often by Tritons, Nereids, some of which are her sisters, and shipwrecked humans, whom she finds fascinating. During Year 315, she rescues the hero Odysseus and keeps him on her island for seven years. She attempts to persuade Odysseus to stay with her with promises of immortality and happiness, but the gods inevitably tell her to let Odysseus go.

8A mystical region far beyond the great unknown seas, not visited by many mortals. (For further readings see Mythic Greece: The Age of Heroes.)

10.1 Calypso: Personality, Appearance, and Notes

In 296, Calypso lives on the island Ogygia and travels about the sea. She is a friendly, polite, and extremely beautiful woman. She is small in stature with brown skin color and deep blue eyes that seem to flash. She typically wears graceful Achaean dress of the highest quality and carries no weapons. If faced with the possibility of combat, she will use her spells or transform herself into various objects and creatures and use her formidable wrestling abilities.

She is a powerful user of magic, and is a Priestess of Poseidon. As a Nereid, she is immortal. However, unlike most of her kind, the Olympians count her as a goddess, though her power is not on par with that of the average god. She has assisted heroes in the past and tends to incur the wrath of their Hunters on occasion. Her father, Atlas, watches her.

Calypso's island is an idyllic place with gardens, forests, and fountains. She lives in a deep cave with several rooms, which open on wild gardens, a sacred wood with great trees and streams that flow over the turf. She spends her time spinning and weaving with her serving girls, who are also Nymphs; they sing as they work. Calypso is a little lonely and she helps shipwrecked sailors whenever they become marooned on her island. Sometimes she entices them to stay and forget about their troubles and past lives. Eventually, her spell wears off and they move on. She finds humans fascinating and exotic.

10.2 Calypso: MERP Statistics

Profession:

Animist

Hero Status:

Demigoddess

Watcher:

Atlas

Race:

Nereid

Home:

Ogygia

Hunter:

Special

Level:

20

Special Powers:

Nereid Abilities

Hits:

100

AT/DB:

No/40

Shield

No

Melee OB:

100 wr

Missile OB:

N/A

MM:

35

    Hunters: Minions of various gods who are Hunters to the mortals she helps.

    Stats: ST 85, CO 89, AG 98, IT 88, IG 90, PR 94, AP 100.

    Skills: Acrobatic 50, Animal Handling (of the sea) 40, Cookery 20, Climb 77, Cloth-Making 30, Dancing 40, Dagger 95, Dyeing 40, Foraging 45, Singing 50, Omen Reading 55, Riding (Sea Animals) 60, Seduction 45, Jumping 30, Stalk/Hide 96, Tracking 54, Perception 64, Priest (Poseidon) 40, Public Speaking 40, Wrestling 100 (See Melee OB), Swimming 138, Sea Animal Lore 50, Geography 40, Leadership 25, Legend & Lore 70, Trickery 40.

    Spell Power: Nereid Abilities: Each Nereid has her Special Power chosen for her. This is automatically the Open Channeling spell list "Protections," except that the list is modified: the level 1–3 spells are omitted, the level 4 spell Resist Elements becomes level 3, and the level 6 and 7 spells are each lowered by two levels. In addition, a new level 2 spell is added from "Nature's Movement," Swimming True. The Nereid's spells from her Special Power cost no Power Points and have unlimited duration. For example, since Underwater Breathing is on the list, she can breathe water and air interchangeably and never needs to consciously change between the two media; if knocked unconscious in the air and dumped into the water, she will automatically breathe the water with no difficulty.

    Special Abilities: Sea Animal Sensitivity: No sea-animal will harm Calypso unless provoked.

    Spells: Patron: Poseidon. PP 40 (×2). Base Spells 40, Directed Spells 75. Knows "Barrier Law," "Detection Mastery," "Nature's Law," "Locating Ways," "Lore," "Protections," "Nature's Movement," "Plant Mastery," and "Nature's Protection" to 10th level.

10.3 Calypso: Rolemaster Statistics

Profession:

Animist

Hero Status:

Demigoddess

Watcher:

Atlas

Race:

Nereid

Home:

Ogygia

Hunter:

Special

Level:

20

Special Powers:

Nereid Abilities

Hits:

100

AT/DB:

1/40

Shield

No

Melee OB:

100 wr

Missile OB:

N/A

MM:

35

    Hunters: Minions of various gods who are Hunters to the mortals she helps.

    Stats: CO 89, AG 98, SD 90, ME 92, RE 90, ST 85, QU 98, PR 94, EM 90, IN 94, AP 100.

    Skills: Acrobatic 50, Animal Handling (of the sea) 40, Cookery 20, Climb 77, Cloth-Making 30, Dancing 40, Dagger 95, Dyeing 40, Foraging 45, Singing 50, Omen Reading 55, Riding (Sea Animals) 60, Seduction 45, Jumping 30, Stalk/Hide 96, Tracking 54, Perception 64, Priest (Poseidon) 40, Public Speaking 40, Wrestling 100 (See Melee OB), Swimming 138, Sea Animal Lore 50, Geography 40, Leadership 25, Legend & Lore 70, Trickery 40.

    Spell Power: Nereid Abilities: Each Nereid has her Special Power chosen for her. This is automatically the Open Channeling spell list "Protections," except that the list is modified: the level 1–3 spells are omitted, the level 4 spell Resist Elements becomes level 3, and the level 6 and 7 spells are each lowered by two levels. In addition, a new level 2 spell is added from "Nature's Movement," Swimming True. The Nereid's spells from her Special Power cost no Power Points and have unlimited duration. For example, since Underwater Breathing is on the list, she can breathe water and air interchangeably and never needs to consciously change between the two media; if knocked unconscious in the air and dumped into the water, she will automatically breathe the water with no difficulty.

    Special Abilities: Sea Animal Sensitivity: No sea-animal will harm Calypso unless provoked.

    Spells: Patron: Poseidon. PP 40 (×2). Base Spells 40, Directed Spells 75. Knows "Barrier Law," "Detection Mastery," "Nature's Law," "Locating Ways," "Lore," "Protections," "Nature's Movement," "Plant Mastery," "Nature's Protection," and "Shifting" to 20th level. Also knows "Gas Manipulation" and "Liquid Manipulation" to 15th level.

10.4 Calypso: Items

    Floating Island "Ogygia": Ogygia is a small subtropical island with a large mountain in the center. It can float at a rate of 25 miles per week. The island is embedded with a 15th level forgetfulness spell affecting all mortals on it. This spell creates an illusion of happiness in the minds of the mortals, which in turns stirs a yearning to stay on the island and forget their homelands.

    Sea-Blue Amulet: This magical amulet was given to Calypso by her father Atlas. It acts a ×2 PP multiplier and provides the wearer with a +10 to DB and all RR's.

    Weaving Tools: These are magical and double the normal rate of weaving.

1Original material copyright © 2001 by Daniel M. Myers. Rolemaster™ and its component parts, including Mythic Greece: The Age of Heroes, are the property of Iron Crown Enterprises. Fantasy Hero™ and its component parts are the property of Hero Games. Both are used by the author in the context of producing a role-playing game supplement.

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