Young Prince Cadmus was assigned by the king to locate his missing sister, Europa, who was last seen playing on the beach with a wild bull.
As a result, Cadmus could never again show his face around any of the Coastland settlements and was effectively homeless.
The Founding of Cadmeia
During his fruitless search, Cadmus had met and married the lovely Harmonia. As wedding gifts from the bride's parents, Harmonia received a necklace of enduring youthfulness, while Cadmus received a divine mandate to build a seven-gated city in the Hellenic wilderness of Boeotia.
The newlyweds followed a magical cow across the countryside.
Cadmus slew a dragon.
The couple created a band of Spartoi warriors by plowing the dragon's teeth into a sacred field.
And to save costs, Cadmeia was built on some existing ruins using mainly Cyclops labor.
Cadmeia becomes Thebes
A princess got blown up during a tryst with Zeus.
A prince got turned into a deer after an encounter with Artemis.
A king got torn apart by his own family members at the urging of Dionysus.
And eventually, the people took to renaming their city Thebes, so they could pretend the previous royal scandals had all happened in some other, less lucky place.
The Curse of Laius
The descendants of Cadmus and Harmonia reigned over a kingdom of spreading influence and growing ambitions, supported by five powerful tribes of noblemen descended from the five original dragon-blooded Spartoi.
The Thebans also benefited from the guidance of the ancient gender-fluid seer, Tiresias.
Until one day, Good King Laius received a prophecy from Tiresias that greatly disturbed him.
As a result, a child was left to die on the slopes of Mount Kithairon, Tiresias was banished to a spire atop the Temple of Apollo, and everyone else was ordered to never speak of prophecy again.
It was all very mysterious.
Riddle of the Sphinx
Years later, a sphinx appeared, bringing a miasma of famine, disease, and death. The monster-infested, plague-ridden kingdom was further thrown in chaos when Good King Laius was slain on the road while seeking aid, leaving behind a widowed queen and no heir.
All seemed lost until the great hero Oedipus arrived, fleeing an unspeakable fate in his home kingdom of Corinth. Oeidpus defeated the sphinx, married Queen Jocasta, and took his place on the throne. With the wise counsel of Creon, a Spartoi-spawned magistrate from the Tribe of Echion, Oedipus brought peace and prosperity to Thebes for the next fourteen years...
...until another plague arrived, with an even greater intensity than before.
The Runner is complete!
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