The Ascent of Priam - A Fighting Fantasy -

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This is a short 'Choose Your Own Adventure' story with many outcomes based on Greek Mythology. Wisdom and bravery will help but there are many tricks along the way!

See if you help the fallen King Priam regain his kingdom and his crown!

Submitted: October 15, 2012

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The Ascent of Priam

~ A Fighting Fantasy ~

 

1

You awake sore, still reeling from your humiliating defeat at Troy. The former King Priam forced to flee, reduced to a common peasant at the hands of the Achaeans. Standing atop the Caucasian mountains, you gaze at distant columns of smoke rising from your once noble City. You vow to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.  

Go to 22

 

2

You have an arduous journey ahead of you and decide to leave the quarrelling couple to resolve their differences without your aid. You walk on, eventually reaching a busy township. Wine is abundant, many drinking men offer you libation. Also evident are a number of stages upon which theatrics are being performed. You realise this is the festival Dionysia. A waiter in a masks and costume finery offers you food and alcohol.

You accept the offer of drink – Go to 16

Relax by watching a play – Go to 23

3

You crouch in the shadows for what seems like an eternity. Eventually the monster falls asleep. Grabbing a wooden stake from a pile of firewood you rush the Cyclops and drive the stake through his eye into his brain, killing him where he lay. You have the cave to yourself.

Rest until sunrise – Go to 5

Continue on your quest – Go to 26

4

You travel for many painful days. Little food or water passes your lips. Your skin burns and your feet are bloodied. You are distracted, but not so much that you do not feel the full import of what you see in the near distance. As you approach you first you take the nightmarish scene before you to be a symptom of delirium. Shackled to the base of a mountain a wild eyed, skeletal man struggles vainly to shake from his body the fierce vulture tearing at his exposed liver.

Help this benighted man – Go to 7

Flee the scene – Go to 19

 

 

5

You awake to find two Cyclops’ looming over you. “You animal”, one roars, “You dare to slay Polyphemus”. They take hold of you and you die to the sound of your limbs being torn from your body.

You die a messy, horrible death!

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

6

You restrain the woman. The man returns with many soldiers and she is led roughly away. “Deal with him”, the man announces abruptly, nodding in your direction. A group of soldiers approach and lead you away to receive your just reward. 

Go to 17

 

7

Throwing off your disgust you charge the beast and let fly a kick. As the carrion eater shrieks into the air a thunderous rumble splits the sky; the enraged voice of mighty Zeus shakes the mountain and lightening crashes upon you from all directions. You have defied the Gods and tried to help the immortal and intelligent trickster Prometheus. For endeavouring to deny Zeus his eternal vengeance you will now also suffer the same fate, the only blessing being your fragile mortal vessel which soon expires.

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

8

Congratulations!

You defeat the Syphnx and reclaim your seat as the ruler of Troy. Together with your new bride you have a long and happy life.

 

9

After a fierce battle the red mist clears. You stand exhausted amongst the dead. Around you are bloody carcasses of… livestock! You realise you were the victim of the goddess Pallas Athene’s mesmerism. You see soldiers approaching.

Go to 17

 

 

 

10

Before the monster sees you, you break for the exit. Taking one final glance behind you, you see the Cyclops just as he chops at you with an evil looking trident.

You die a messy, horrible death!

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

11

The Sphynx flies at you and devours you whole.

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

12

“Traveller, take hold of this traitor and keep her for me. I will fetch my men. You will be richly rewarded for your service to King Creon”. The man pushes her into your arms and sweeps away without a glance or doubt.

Hold the woman captive – Go to 6

You allow the woman the freedom to escape – Go to 14

 

13

Iole proves to be enchanting company. Together the journey is idyllic and she soothes not only your aching body but also your troubled mind. Mutual affection blossoms into love. Iole agrees to be your bride.

Go to 20

 

14

As the man hurries away you enter into conversation with the woman. You can tell at once that she is proud and honest and agree to help this unyielding woman escape. Before leaving, Antigone tells you her name and the tale of her father, the fabled Oedipus, and how he solved the riddle of the Sphynx to claim the throne of Thebes.

Go to 4

 

15

The Sphynx flies at you and devours you whole.

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

 

16

Many hours of drinking and brooding on your misfortune leaves you spoiling for a fight. You spot some lowly Achaeans foot soldiers celebrating their victory over Troy.

You launch an attack! – Go to 9

Leave; you have bigger fish to fry – Go to 21

 

17

You shake your head, a lightening bolt strikes your tender skull and as your pain clears your vision swims slowly into view and you survey your surroundings. You are in a dungeon. A mouse scurries through a crack in the otherwise impenetrable wall; a luxury of escape you will never experience.

You have failed to avenge Troy and reclaim your crown.

 

18

You arrive in Troy. The Achaeans have fled. To your horror you find your kingdom in the thrall of the wicked Sphynx. She will not leave until someone solves her riddle.  You decide to take her challenge. She addresses you thusly,

“What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?”

You answer:

The Sun – Go to 15

A Man – Go to 25

A Goat – Go to 11

 

19

Recalling stories from your youth you decide it is unwise to meddle with the gods. You leave Prometheus to his fate.

Go to 24

 

20

You arrive in Troy. The Achaeans have fled. To your horror you find your kingdom in the thrall of the wicked Sphynx. She will not leave until someone solves her riddle.  You decide to take her challenge. She addresses you thusly,

“What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?”

You answer:

The Sun – Go to 15

A Man – Go to 8

A Goat – Go to 11

 

21

You take into account the bigger picture, and after a brief rest to reclaim sobriety, you eat a hearty meal and carry on your journey to Troy.

Go to 4

 

22

After many hours travelling you see a violent struggle ahead. A man, obviously one of wealth, is manhandling a wan, ascetic looking woman dressed in squalid garments. The man is fierce but she is bold and unyielding despite his viciousness.  

Do you intervene? – Go to 12

Do you continue on your journey? – Go to 2

 

23

You settle in to watch a play. Sophocles is directing ‘Oedipus Rex’ and you are regaled by the tale of the tragic hero; how he solves the riddle of the Sphynx only to fall dramatically as was so famously prophesised. You cannot but help admire the unyielding loyalty of his daughter, Antigone. Her tale resonates strongly within you.

Go to 4

 

24

The scorching sun becomes too much. You seek shelter in a cave in the face of a mountain. The cave is full of vats of goat’s milk and cheese.  You eat your fill. Soon the cave darkens as the sun filtering in is blocked by a gigantic figure. A swarthy, giant wearing reeking animal skins fills the cave mouth with his muscular frame. Gazing fearfully at this creature you see he has only one eye, huge, in the centre of his forehead.

Make a run for it! – Go to 10

Hide in the shadows – Go to 3

 

25

Congratulations!

You defeat the sphinx. You return to your castle jubilant but your elation is short lived. Your journey has left you weary and old. You are in no shape to find a bride. You live out your reign alone, regretting opportunities missed. Could you have secured a better future? 

 

26

Walking along you see a distant fire raging. Approaching you find a sullen young man and a noble looking, but sad girl in slave attire. Together they tell you that they are being forced into marriage. Hyllus begs you take his unwilling bride Iole away with you and relieve them from this incestuous union.

Take her with you – Go to 13

Refuse to take her – Go to 18

 

 

 

 


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