Children of Perseus
Territories Controlled by the Children of Perseus
Most famous and foremost of the Oracles of the Greeks, Delphi is sacred to the god Apollo, and his priestesses prophecy on his behalf there every year. The sacred spring which bubbles forth in the centre of the Oracle is said to be a vast source of water quintessence - the rarest kind - but brave indeed is the philosopher who takes it without the permission of Apollo.
The Oracle at Delphi is very active once more and has issued a prophecy: The Blood of Zeus Must Face Their Destiny.
Further, the Oracle claims that Apollo has temporarily made way for his grandfather at Delphi, and that for the very first time, the Titan Coeus, He Who Turned The Pole Of The World, speaks through the Oracle. He would speak with any who have the wellbeing of the Pivot of the World as their concern and does not care for their nation. An opportunity to speak with Coeus will arise at the Twelfth Annual.
Delphi trades by land with Thebes and Trappavos. Since the Tenth Annual, it has also been the home of a new School named for the demigod Heleus; a great marble building has arisen on the hill above Delphi, surmounted by the golden head of the gorgon Stheno, which shines with an uncanny light as a beacon seen far and wide. Delphi has become a centre for learning; separate schools specialising in the healing arts, athletics, combat, philosophy and music have all sprung up under the banner of the School of Heleus and in Delphi itself, the merchants and citizens seem full of energy, argument and debate. Those brought to the school of medicine seem to recover from their ailments supernaturally quickly and on occasion even lost limbs or maimings seem to recover under the aegis of the school.
‘’While the head of Stheno stands above the school, Delphi counts in all ways as a second CAPITAL for Greece. ‘’
Just south of Delphi there is a great lake. Sometimes, under the fullest light of the noonday sun, a strange mirage appears in the lake of an island, barely visible. The nature of this omen is not yet clear.
In the midwinter at Delphi a great festival is held honouring the outgoing Pantokrator of Greece, Kapaneus, and welcoming the new Pantokrator, Io. In honour of his leadership, Kapaneus is gran ted the honorific Megas - "the Great" - a title previously given only to Alexander himself.
Hadrumetum is a Libyan trading hub to the south of Carthage, maintaining land caravans to Carthage and Leptis Magna.
It is also the centre of the cult of Astarte in Libya and home to her largest temple which receives rich patronage and all due honour as is her right as the Queen of Heaven. Since the Tenth Annual, strange transformations have been occurring in the Temple of Astarte. Rumour has it the High Priest there hired a set of sculptors from Garama to refurbish the temple in Astarte’s honour; but a project planned to take ten years has been completed overnight, and not to the satisfaction of the High Priest. The wall frescoes now depict sacred cows and bulls among rushes, imagery not associated with Astarte; and the statue of the goddess herself now depicts her as a beautiful woman with horns and, to put it politely, an ‘’’Egyptian look’’’ about her.
The Priest refused payment for the work – upon hearing this the lead sculptor, a tall veiled man, promised the Priest would regret his parsimony. The following day it was discovered one third of the city treasury was missing and all that was left in its place was a short note in elegant handwriting pointing out that refusal to pay for work done was theft, and formally complaining of the High Priest’s wickedness and mendacity to the city authorities. The High Priest has been sacrificed to Astarte, just to be on the safe side.
Hadrumentum is an old city, predating even Carthage, and has been a Phoenician asset for over six hundred years; it is regarded as the capital of the Barcid family, and many of their major holdings can be found in the vicinity.
This distant outpost of the Greek world on the northern coast of the Black Sea is the centre of the Kingdom of the Hellenic Bosphorus, a small Greek outpost in the lands of Skythia. It is from here that the famous Amazons come, the warrior women who famously seduced Alexander and fought against Herakles.
Aside from the long trade caravan route along the coast from Serdika, Panticapaeum trades by sea with Byzantium and with Persian Phasis in the land of Colchis.
Since the Fourth Annual Panticapaeum has undergone a massive surge in growth. Trade caravans and even settlers from Hyperborea arrive daily keen to explore “Barbarian Greece” and philosophers from the south congregate to hear the Hyperboreans speak of their knowledge of medicine and blood. The once isolated territory is becoming a significant trade hub.
With its capture by Persians at the Tenth Annual, the city is full of civil unrest and riot; the Persian tax collectors and overseers struggling to undertake their duties. Attempts by Persian Magi to replace the statues of Hades, Persephone and the other subterranean gods of Greece with those of Nergal and Ereshkigal have been met with outright violence, with Greek priests barricading the doors of their temples and threatening murder on the “godless Persians” and their empty idols.
The very heart of Greek culture, the city of Mycenae is the seat of the oldest known examples of Greek civilisation, with areas of the city said to predate even the fall of Atlantis itself. Mycenaean Greeks traded with Hittites and Caananites, with Egypt under the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and with Atlantis under King Minos.
Those who have been to the Annuals say the architecture of the city is reminiscent of that on Atlantis, and that Mycenae and Atland were close allies; certainly, frescoes on the walls of the city show devotions to Pan, Hecate and Dionysos.