The Olympians

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

Another branch of the order of light set in Greece.

The Olympians, Lance Diakos, Hercules, Trent Moralis AKA Mercury and Lana Katia AKA Artemis along with a dozen solders and a scientist were in a fancy plane on their way to Amaliada, in Greece. They had finally gotten word that the gorgans would be there tomorrow. They were likely there for some time it was just they would be more of a problem now, more likely, for whatever reason, the seerers only saw them now. All branches of The order of light had this problem. As useful as seeing the future was it wasn’t always reliable or accurate. Hercules shifted in his seat, he was getting antsy. He didn’t like to fly but it wasn’t that big of a problem. He was also exited to fight gorgans. He knew it would take more than just his incredible strength to win. He always liked a more challenging battle. Though he had spent more time with the Olympians than any of them, he never wanted a leadership role. He knew more than likely, when the time came, he would replace his father as Zeus, whether he wanted it or not. Lance, the team leader, looked at a map of Greece, marking spots with an x. These were all places they had searched for the labyrinth. For all he knew it could be in another continent. “I don’t know why you spend so much time looking for that damn maze.” Artemis said “It’s a waste of time.” “Who knows what the labyrinth holds.” Lance said “It could have so many secrets hidden within its many walls.” “And the possibility of treasure.” Hercules said “And a minotaur to fight, no doubt.” “You have seen the Indiana Jones movies, right?” Trent asked “They don’t end well most of the time.” “That’s because of greed, I only care about knowledge.” Lance said “Like Indi.” “Well whatever is hidden there should probably stay there.” Trent said “Can we get off it already?” Artemis said “I’m sorry I brought it up.” The plane suddenly got silent for a while, making most of them a little uncomfortable.  “Are we there yet?” Hercules finally asked, breaking the silence.

 

In Amaliada, the team offloaded some equipment. Artemis turned to Lance and the scientist “Either of you sense what we came for?” the scientist pulled out a charm, it spun around and swayed. It suddenly perked up, pointing South-West. Lance looked in that direction “Can’t see anything there out of the ordinary.” He said, and considering his eyes were like a pair of super binoculars, that was saying something.” “Great, so were, a ways off.” Artemis said “Let’s get moving people.” They started to trek on through the hills and toward a small city. Once there, the locals were friendly. They didn’t seem to know anything out of the ordinary in the area, which was a pretty good sign. Lance and the scientist did their thing a few more times until it led them a mile or so away from the town. Lance could see movement underground but there was no cave for quite a distance still.

 

“Man, we finally know where to go but an exact location would have been nice.” Trent said “Really?” Hercules said “You’re complaining about a little walking?” “Not complaining, I’m just saying. Why can’t they predict something more exact? It’s hot out. And these poor guys have to lug all this stuff around.” Trent said pointing to a trio who seemed to have little issue with the heat or the walk. The equipment was on a motorized cart so they definitely didn’t have to lug anything around. One of them almost scoffed because Hercules was the one carrying the most.  “Is something affecting your brain?” Hercules asked “Enough already.” Lance said “I see the cave entrance.” The cave was almost next to another city. “Check the city just in case Mercury.” Lance said. He shot off, kicking up a bunch of sand that Hercules and Artemis dusted off themselves. He returned seconds later causing an equal mess “pretty quiet, same as the last place really.” Trent looked at the group covered in dirt “Sorry.” He said.

 

They entered the cave, Hercules, Lance and three others pulled out lanterns from the gear and turned them on to light the way. Hercules looked to the scientist “Maybe you should wait outside where it’s safe.” He said “No.” Lance said “We stick together.”. They descended deeper until only the lamps made any light, they all kept close to each other. Lance was looking around, inspecting the whole tunnel workings. He didn’t exactly have x-ray vision but he could see life deeper in. “There’s two of them.” He said “I suppose that will be enough of a challenge.” Hercules said. They all descended further. The scientist was in the middle of the group since he had no fighting skill. Artemis had her hand on her sword even though she knew the enemy was still some ways off. The group reached a large open area that had a few more lanterns up. Likely placed by the gorgans living there. They saw a dozen statues spread out. Possibly hikers who had ventured too far and a few animals. “Damn.” Trent said. They walked past some of the lost souls, Lance giving them their last rights as he past then his gaze shot up “Move!” He jumped aside and the rest followed suit, a large tail smashed the ground where Lance once stood. Everyone shielded their eyes, trying only to look at the lower body of the gorgan. “Ahh, more visitors.” She said in a hiss “Come to see our art collection?” A second voice said. Artemis drew her sword and took a mirrored shield from the case they had. Hercules dropped his case with a thud, threw the lid at the monsters, which they dodged and grabbed an oversized mace from the box. “Protect him.” Lance said to the others pointing to the scientist.

 

The four warriors surrounded the gorgans. Trent spinning his disks, getting ready to throw when he needed to. Hercules and Artemis gagging the opponents. The gorgan sisters were obviously trying to make eye contact while avoiding the mirror “We know about the story of our ancestor Medusa.” One of them said. Lance had closed his eyes. With his ability he could see them now even then but he would still block them turning him to stone. “There are too many sister, we should go.” One of the gorgans said “Do you really believe we would let you get away” Hercules said. “We just want to share our gift with the world.” A gorgan said “Don’t you think our statues are beautiful?” The other asked “We can always add you to our collection.” The first said “Then you’ll be appreciated forever.” Said the second “No thanks.” Trent said and spun, throwing disks at light speed. The gorgans hid behind some stalagmites but not before being hit several times. Before they could like their wounds Artemis sprang behind them and swung her sword, her eyes were closed but she came very close to decapitating one of them none the less. She dodged what would have otherwise grazed her cheek and then saw Mercury charging for her, also blind. She swung her tail and managed to trip Trent who flew headfirst into the stalagmite. He was knocked unconscious. Lance went over to check him while the gorgans retreated again, Hercules hot on their tails. “He’ll be ok.” Lance told Artemis who took him back to the others for medical attention.

 

Hercules swung his massive mace, taking out stalagmites and boulders, the gorgans knew they were lucky to avoid the attacks. The tried to counter attack but Hercules deflected the tail swipes and claws, he barely needed to see his opponent to counter such lazy attacks. “I thought this was going to be challenging.” He said. Lance came up behind Hercules and drew a knife, it was an ancestral blade with a unique design. Moments behind Lance, Artemis came. The gorgans turned pail, they sensed their impending doom. But they were not going to just give up. One swooped low, trying to get eye contact with Hercules, thinking he was the biggest threat. He turned away, spinning his mace. The gorgan leapt back but tried again. The second one went after Artemis who still had the shield, she would be more difficult to deal with. Artemis kept the shield at eye level so she could watch the attacker’s movements. They did their little dance battle, nether attempting a strike. Suddenly the gorgan jumped back and coiled around Hercules. Her sister struck him in the head with her tail while he was being held. Hercules just smiled and broke the grip easily. After being thrown down the gorgan stood, Artemis sprang and swiped her sword. This time the head came off. “Sister!” the second gorgan cried out and lashed at Artemis who angled the shield. The gorgan put her arm up and turned, she saw Lance coming at her, eyes closed. The knife dug into her stomach and she pulled back, covering the wound. A giant mace came for her head and she dropped. “Damn you!” she said. She slithered off, trying to find safety but everywhere she went one of the Olympians were waiting. She was starting to get very frightened now as she hid behind a rock, breathing heavily. The rocked smashed away and there was Hercules “No!” the gorgan screamed and took off, she turned her head and saw her own face in the mirrored shield. She turned to stone in seconds.

 

The trio returned to the group who had recovered the severed head and placed it in a containment box. Trent had regained consciousness but felt foolish for knocking himself out. “I really got to watch were I’m going, huh?” he said. Lance looked around at the stone people “What do we do with them?” he asked “We can’t reverse the effects.” Artemis said “So honestly, we leave them here.” “Don’t they deserve a proper burial?” Hercules asked “You can block the cave entrance when we leave, I suppose.” She said. Lance felt she was being a bit cold but knew they couldn’t take all the bodies out in this condition. He bowed his head in respect for the dead. He then used his eyes to scan the area again and saw a different opening half a mile from where they fought the second gorgan. There was a small lake out there. “There’s another exit that way.” He said pointing “Shouldn’t we go back where we came from?” Trent asked. “I’d like to see where it goes.” Lance said “And we should block it off too anyway, while we’re at it.” He looked at the men with them “You can return to the ship, bring it to the entrance we came to. We’ll try not to be too long.”

 

Lance, Hercules and Lana walked through the cave, past the new gorgan statue. They eventually came to the exit and walked out to a lake, it was quite beautiful. They looked up and saw daylight coming from a large whole, it lit the area quite well. The lake itself was boiling. At the other side of the lake Lance could make out a doorway. “A door.” He told the others “A door?” Hercules asked “Not another cave? A door?” “Yes.” Lance scanned further as Artemis set explosive charges at the cave. “It’s the labyrinth.” Lance said “Really?” Hercules asked in surprise “Well, it doesn’t come right out and say it but there is a carving of a bull head and the typical ‘Abandon all hope ye who enter here’ warning.” “We should check it out.” Hercules said with some excitement “We don’t have a way across the lake.” Artemis reminded them both “I’d hate to bust your bubble boys but we’ll have to come back another time. We can come in there.” She said pointing to the whole above them. “We don’t even know where we are, how do you suppose we get back here?” Hercules said. Lance reached into his pocket and pulled out a small tracking device “Ahh that helps.” Hercules said. Lance took his knife and tied the tracker to it. He carved a symbol into the ground and place the knife in the center. It gave off a light glow. He would see this spot from several miles away. Lance stood again and looked toward the doorway again, standing there for some time “Come on.” Artemis said and the three of them returned the way they came.

 

When they exited the cave, the plane was waiting for them. They entered and blew the charges, sealing the cave for good. Lance was still in a daze, looking at the spot where he left his marker as they took off. “We finally found it.” Hercules said “Found what?” Trent asked “The labyrinth.” “Are you sure?” “Well…Maybe not entirely but it’s still worth exploring.” “It’s got to be the right place.” Lance interrupted the back and forth between the two “After all this time, it has to.” “It’s only been a few months.” Artemis said “Some people have been looking for years.”. The group sat in silence for a while as they made their way back to “Olympus”.


Submitted: July 13, 2021

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