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Transcript of Homer's Odyssey
Translation of text by Ian Johnston,
Malaspina University College,
Adaptation to game version by Tabatha L. Orange Intro:
In the first four books of the
Odyssey, we do not meet Odysseus.
We are given a brief account of he
and his crew's hardships in the
Trojan War, as well as the plight of
his son, Telemachus. In the fourth book, the goddess Athena petitions Zeus to ask for Odysseus' release from the clutches of the goddess Calypso, who has kept him entrapped for several years (Odyssey Book 5), in hopes he will crave everlasting life as a god.
You are Odysseus in the game. Rated M (Mature)
Mild cases of nudity
and because Odysseus leaves clothing in Circe's room Zeus said to Hermes, the messenger of the
gods, “Hermes, since in every other matter
you are our herald, tell the fair-haired nymph
my firm decision—the brave Odysseus is to get back home" (Odyssey Book 5). Hermes speaks to Calypso of Odysseus,
"Zeus is ordering you to send him
off as soon as possible. For it is
not ordained that he will die far
from his friends. Instead his fate
decrees he’ll see his family and still
make it home to his own high-roofed house native land”
(Odyssey Book 5). Calypso speaks to you after Hermes leaves.
"Poor man, spend no more time in sorrow on
this island or waste your life away. My heart agrees
—the time has come for me to send you off. So
come now, cut long timbers with an axe, and make
a raft, a large one. Build a deck high up on it, so it
can carry you across the misty sea. I’ll provision it
with as much food and water and red wine as you
will need to satisfy your wants. I’ll give you clothes and send a favouring wind blowing from your stern, so you may reach your own native land unharmed, if the gods are willing, the ones who hold wide heaven, whose will and force are mightier than my own” (Odyssey Book 5). Athena: "Odysseus, you have angered
the god Poseidon. You must sail on
turbulent seas from Calypso's island.
Your final destination is Ithaca, Greece
- your birthplace and homeland. There
you will slay the suitors of your wife,
Penelope, and reunite with your
son, Telemachus." (Save Point on the island of the Phaeacians)
You are met by Nausicaa, daughter of
Alcinous - King of Phaeacia - and her
maids. Your clothes were lost in the sailing
so she clothes you. Nausicaa has fallen in love with you and
takes you to meet her father. You are brought before King Alcinous and tell of your
harrowing adventures. The King takes pity on you and
gives you ships and crews to complete the rest of your
journey. But first... Athena: "You must compete
against one of his sons, Laodamas, in a discus match.
If you win, you may leave Phaeacia and continue your journey." If you lose, you will go back to the Save Point
and compete against Laodamas again until you
are successful. (Power up your throw by pressing
on a button, then release to throw your discus)
(Save Point after win) (King gifts a trunk filled
with clothes, weapons, and provisions) (Minstrel music plays) Athena: "You and your men have come
to the land of the Cicones. These are
fiersome people, Odysseus - you must
fight well and escape."
(Cicone tribesmen rush you and your men)
(If battle is won, there is a Save Point) Athena: "Well fought, Odysseus!
Take a vacation at the land of the
Lotus-Eaters. Here you will scour
for treasures these people have
forgotten about in their careless intoxications. Take these treasures to aid your journey. But be aware that your men follow you and do not stay too long in the company of these people. For your men will become as lost as them." (10 minute timer to gather all 30 treasures hidden within the land and run back to the ships. After ten minutes, Odysseus and his men perish and will have to start again at the shore.) Athena: Odysseus, you are in
grave danger. You have errantly
come upon the land of the Cyclops.
These are barbarian creatures. Take
of their flocks to feed your men, but
please be careful! (You and your men set about killing goats for food. An alarm is sounded when they are spotted. Four Cyclops come out to battle you. 7 of your men will be captured and taken to a cave by a fifth Cyclops.) If the Cyclops are defeated: Athena: "Now Odysseus, you must hurry to the ships and get off this island!" Athena: "There is only one way to kill
Polyphemus and save your men,
Odysseus; you must pierce him
through the eye. Each time you miss
your mark, one of your men will be
eaten by the Cyclops. If all of your men
are eaten, you will also die. There's no
time to wait! Go!" Possible outcomes: - You kill the Cyclops and escape with remaining men; or - You and your men are killed and return to last Save Point. (Save Point if successful) Athena: "You are most welcome on this
floating island of Aeolia, Odysseus. Find
Aeolus, who will give you gifts of gold
and silver. You have 5 minutes to find
Aeolus and get the treasure to the ship,
or the loot will become dust!" (Timer starts. If 5 minutes shows success, you carry on to Laestrygonia. If time is up, you start at the shore of Aeolia until you are successful.) From here you will travel to see Lamus, king of Laestrygonians.
(You and three men travel along a road. You will meet a young
girl by a well who beckons you to her home. You and your men
are appalled at the Giants.) (You are rushed at by fighting
man-eating giants.) (If you lose, he starts at Aeolia for timer hunt.)
(If you win you escape in one ship while watching the other ships and men destroyed.
There is a Save Point.) You and your men come to Aeaea,
the fair-haired Circe's isle. All of you
climb a hill and come upon Circe's
home, surrounded by friendly wolves
and lions. Circe seats you next to her, men fed by servants, then turned into pigs from the poisoned food. When Circe is not looking, Hermes swoops down and gives you an herb called Moly, an antidote to the poison. You charge at Circe to kill her but she stops you and tells you what your next destination is. Circe: "Resourceful Odysseus, Laertes' son and Zeus' child, if it's against your will,
you should not now remain here in my house. But first you must complete
another journey—to the home of Hades and dread Persephone. Consult the
shade of that Theban prophet, blind Teiresias. His mind is unimpaired.
Even though he's dead, Persephone has granted him the power to understand
—the others flit about, mere shadows." (Odyssey Book 10)
(Circe frees you to give the Moly to your crew. You run to the ship and sail to Oceanus.) You and your men land at Oceanus and walk along a stream.
You look in your inventory and set out milk, honey, wine,
water and barley meal on the ground and pray to the gods.
As you descend into Hades, you are assaulted by the Shades.
You must slay the Shades before reaching Teiresias. Once you reach the blind prophet,
he says, "Resourceful Odysseus, Laertes'
son and Zeus' child, what now, you
unlucky man? Why leave the sunlight,
come to this joyless place, and see the
dead? Move from the pit and pull away
your sword, so I may drink the blood and
speak the truth" (Odyssey Book 11). Teiresias tells you to be careful in killing the herd of Helios, the sun god. And that your journey to Ithaca to claim your home and family will be faced with more obstacles.
(You fight Shades on your way back to the surface. )
(If Life meter does not run out, there will be a Save Point.) You return to Circe's island because you forgot an item of clothing in her bed chamber.
Circe catches you taking your clothing and tells you to listen. She says, "Odysseus, when
you leave here, you will be met by two Sirens who will try to sing you to your death. Have
your men tie you to the mast of your ship and place beeswax in their ears so they can
guide your ship safely. Your crew are not to untie you no matter how much you beg
them." "Beware of Scylla, the goddess in the cave beyond the Sirens. She is a vicious monster! She has a dozen feet, all deformed, six enormously long necks, with a horrific head on each of them, and three rows of teeth packed close together, full of murky death." "There is a huge tree on the opposite island with leaves in bloom. Just below that tree divine Charybdis sucks black water down. She spews it out three times a day, and then three times a day she gulps it down—a terrifying sight. May you never meet her when she swallows! Make sure your ship stays close to Scylla's rock." "Go now before I punish you for invading my home!" Your men tie you to the mast and place
beeswax in their ears before sailing off.
Soon you come upon the Sirens, who
sing to you as you cry out to resist
going mad. Your crew successfully row past the Sirens. (Save Point) Athena: "Odysseus, remember to steer
your ship as close to Scylla's cave as
you can in order to avoid Charybdis,
the eddy that will drown you!"
(If you get too close to Scylla, she eats
your crew and you start at Save Point.)
(If you get too close to Charybdis, you and your crew drown. You will start again at Save Point.)
(Save Point after successful sail-through.) You soon come to an island where cattle reside.
Remembering how stealing wild goats from the
Cyclops affected you and the crew, as well as Teiresius'
warning, you make the moral decision not to slay Helios'
cattle, and sail past the island. You tell your men to remain at the ship while
you travel to your herdsman, Eumaeus's home,
in disguise. Your son, Telemachus, is there. You
reveal yourself to the two men
(Athena turns you from a beggar back into a nobelman). They pledge to help you gain your home and fight your wife's suitors. The three of you travel to
your home, picking up bows
and quivers of arrows.
You are dressed as a beggar
Once inside your home, you see a vast
feast with many men in your hall. You
see Penelope hold a bow in the air.
She says, "Listen to me, bold suitors,
who've been ravaging this home with
your incessant need for food and drink,
since my husband's now been so long
absent. The only story you could offer
up as an excuse is that you all desire to marry me and take me as your wife. So come now, suitors, since I seem to be the prize you seek, I'll place this great bow here belonging to godlike Odysseus. And then, whichever one of you can grip this bow and string it with the greatest ease, then shoot an arrow through twelve axes, all of them, I'll go with him, leaving my married home, this truly lovely house and all these goods one needs to live—things I'll remember, even in my dreams." (Save Point) You are challenged to an Archery
tournament. If you lose the
tournament of a "best out of three",
you start at the Save Point. If you
win, you advance. (Save Point after win) Athena: "Odysseus, now is your
opportunity to turn on the suitors!"
(Eumaeus and Telemachus assist you
in slaying all the suitors. You must
win in order to advance, or return to Save Point.) Penelope rushes
down the stairs to
greet you, her
long lost husband. Athena:
You are now home in the loving
arms of your family again.
Live long and well!
Fig. 1: Title, Skiathos. Fig. 2: Homer, British Museum. Fig. 3: Zeus and Athena, Desktop Nexus. Fig. 4: Hermes, CampHalfBlood. Fig. 5: Hermes and Calypso,
Kellscraft. Fig. 6: Calypso and Odysseus,
ESL Wildcats 07. Fig. 7: Odysseus on a Raft, Kellscraft. Fig. 8: Nausicaa, Allposters. Fig. 9: King Alcinous, Maicar. Fig. 10: Discus, UTexas. Fig. 11: Cicones, Myspace. Fig. 12: Blue Lotus, Oas. Fig. 13: Wild Goats, Dave Walsh. Fig. 14: Cyclops, AC Pangelique. Fig. 15: Aeolia, SemOdyssey3. Fig. 16: Giants, Juan Castaneira. Fig. 17: Circe and Lions, Flickr. Fig. 18: Circe, Mystic Medusa. Fig. 19: Hades, Derek Langille. Fig. 20: Teiresias, M. Lahanas. Fig. 21: Circe Face, Flickr. Fig. 22: Sirens, Traumwerk. Fig. 23: Scylla and Charabdis, Bloomfield Report. Fig. 24: Helios' Cattle, ClasUfl. Fig. 25: Eumaeus, M. Lahanas. Fig. 26: Beggar, M. Lahanas. Fig. 27: Penelope and Bow, Jim and Ellen. Fig. 28: Archery Competition, Drob. Fig. 29: Killing Suitors, Drob. Fig. 30: Odysseus and Penelope, Bob Ritzema. Fig. 31: Athena, AE Forge. Works Cited: Fig. 1: “Title”. Skiathos. 1998-2002. Web. January 11.
Fig. 2: “Homer”. British Museum, London. Web. January 11.
Fig. 3: “Zeus and Athena”. Desktop Nexus. 2009. Web. January 11.
Fig. 4: “Hermes”. CampHalfBlood. Web. January 11.
Fig. 5: “Hermes and Calypso”. Kellscraft. 1999-2007. Web. January 11.
Fig. 6: “Calypso and Odysseus”. ESL Wildcats 07. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 7: “Odysseus on a Raft”. Kellscraft. 1999-2007. Web. January 11.
Fig. 8: “Nausicaa”. Allposters. Web. January 11.
Fig. 9: “King Alcinous”. Maicar. 1997. Web. January 11.
Fig. 10: “Discus”. UTexas. 2005. Web. January 11.
Fig. 11: “Cicones”. Myspace. 2003-2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 12: “Blue Lotus”. Oas. 2000. Web. January 11.
Fig. 13: “Wild Goats”. Dave Walsh. 2007. Web. January 11.
Fig. 14: “Cyclops”. ACPangelique. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 15: “Aeolia”. SemOdyssey3. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 16: “Giants”. Juan Castaneira. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 17: “Circe and Lions”. Flickr. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 18: “Circe”. MysticMedusa. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 19: “Hades”. Derek Langille. 2010. Web. January 11.
Fig. 20: “Teiresias”. M. Lahanas. 02 Feb 11. Web. January 11.
Fig. 21: “Circe Face”. Flickr. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 22: “Sirens”. Traumwerk. 2009. Web. January 11.
Fig. 23: “Scylla and Charabdis”. Boomfield Report. 27 Oct 2010. Web. January 11.
Fig. 24: “Helios’ Cattle”. ClasUfl. Web. January 11.
Fig. 25: “Eumaeus”. M. Lahanas. 02 Feb 11. Web. January 11.
Fig. 26: “Beggar”. M. Lahanas. 02 Feb 11. Web. January 11.
Fig. 27: “Penelope and Bow”. Jim and Ellen. 10 Dec 04. Web. January 11.
Fig. 28: “Archery Competition”. Drob. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 29: “Killing Suitors”. Drob. 2011. Web. January 11.
Fig. 30: “Odysseus and Penelope”. Bob Ritzema. 15 Aug 10. Web. Januaryr 11.
Fig. 31: “Athena”. AE Forge. 1996-2010. Web. March 11.
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