The Invincible

Essay by onomadUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, March 2004

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Long ago the God Perpiplaneta lived high upon mount Olympia. As the fates spun their threads over countless ages, Perpiplaneta began to feel an urge to cast aside mortal men and populate the lands with beings of his own creation. And so he came down from the mountain of the gods, and made himself lord of many cities on earth by invading them and killing every man woman and child he laid eyes upon. He was without mercy for anyone or anything; all men and even their herds were slain. Hearing this, the Gods were not pleased with the acts of Perpiplaneta, for though they delighted in making games with the children of the earth, they would not destroy them all.

The other Olympian Gods were enraged by the acts of Perpiplaneta. They demanded that Zeus, the greatest of their number, take action. And so Zeus did give warning to Perpiplaneta: repeat not the actions among another city lest he face tremendous consequences.

Alas, Perpiplaneta's thirst for blood could not be quenched, and destroyed four more cities of men, six in all. When Zeus saw Perpiplaneta continue his path of war, his anger was like a thunderstorm in midsummer, and his retribution was swift as lightning. He struck Perpiplaneta down, but did not kill, lest the law of the Titans be broken. The God of Storms and his wife, fair Hera devised a punishment of unending cruelty. They made Perpiplaneta into a creature most foul, with a body like a pressed olive, but shiny as polished glass. He was made into a reddish-brown, like dried blood and they gave to him a yellow band round his neck: a collar to mark his cowardice. No arms, but instead six spiny legs, for the six cities that fell before him, which...