The Telemachan Sea

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In the years following the return of Odysseus to Ithaca, peace and prosperity reigned throughout the kingdom. Following the death of Odysseus, his son Telemachus inherited the throne and like his father, proved to be a formidable leader. He shared a beautiful palace, that was located along the sea, with his mother Penelope. This sea was known to have the extraordinary power to grant wishes.

One night as Telemachus was walking along the sea, he heard someone wishing for all the power in the land. He did not realize that it was the evil sorcerer Pandeus. When Telemachus confronted Pandeus, she threw him into the sea. Telemachus swam to shore exhausted, and fell asleep. He was awakened by the sound of thunder and flashes of lightening bolts, he saw Pandeus raising up an enormous cloud of black smoke. When she spoke her voice had a deafening sound, that echoed throughout the heavens.

She roared, " I am the new ruler of this land. All of you belong to me and will obey my commands." She then released powerful trolls and pointed them towards Telemachus. They dragged Telemachus off to his palace, which now belonged to Pandeus and put Telemachus in a dungeon. They chained him up, walked out and slammed the door behind them. Later on that evening, they brought down Penelope and subjected her to the same fate.

Near dawn, fairies flew through a tiny opening at the top of the dungeon. They sadly stated that they could only free and bring one person to safety. Penelope, in fear for her son's life, forced him to go with the fairies. Telemachus was freed at once and delivered to a forest.

Meanwhile, Pandeus had fulfilled her intentions of being a powerful ruler. She had capture the kingdom...