Greek mythology contains many legendary stories, full of bravery, sacrifice, love, and betrayal. You know the heroes of legend, you’ve heard their tales. But what if I told you that they were among us even now?
The Trojan war was where the idea was first created, and hence why it was named after it. As it came to a stop, the gods congregated, rivalry washed away in rarely seen awe of the massacre around them, caused by a single golden apple lobbed at the feet of the dieties. Bodies littering the ground, wounded being carried away by both parties, and the sobs of those who had returned to find their loved ones dead upon the gore-soaked earth. It was a gruesome, bloody sight, and yet, there was a glimmer in some of the gods’ eyes. A spark that spoke of admiration, and in the case of the more battle-minded gods, a calculating glance, as if a silent debate ran through the head.
Standing there in the middle of a massacre, the gods came to an agreement. Some objected, but they were overruled, in favor of a thirst for blood and entertainment. The agreement they came to was thus;
Let all the heroes of the folk be reincarnated into mortal bodies. Let them live their lives oblivious of what they truly were. Let them grow old and wither away, and return them to life once more, in a new body with a mind wiped blank by the waters of the river Lethe.
But, there is a requirement for this cycle to be allowed to continue. Every century, we shall take these mortal heroes, reactivate their divine powers, and subject them to trials upon Olympus, facing eachother in games of combat, skill, and mind. The winner shall earn a place in Olympus, living in luxury amongst we gods until the next Trials, which they will enter with their memories of the previous Trials intact, facing off against a new generation of reincarnated heroes. Let this cycle continue unresisted, and we will have our massacre.
With those finals words, the deities stretched out their hands, brilliant light flashing out of their palms and arcing towards those considered heroes by the people with purposeful intent. All around the world, men and women alike froze in place as a sudden freezing sensation gripped them, pins and needles rippling over flesh covered with goosebumps. And with that final act, the gods retreated from their standing point among the fields of the dead, already looking ahead for the next century.
Over the ages, they selected a scattered handful of those considered heroes once more, gifting them the ability of reincarnation. But, as time progressed into the modern eras, the memory of the trials was forgotten, as was the fact that among them were individuals who harbored the souls of the heroes of legend, completely oblivious to the truth of their reincarnated nature. So, when the next Trials occur, it may come as quite a nasty shock to the heroes…
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