The Champions of Gods – Achilles, Spartacus and Rostam

Throughout the millennia a huge number of people were born and died without being remembered afterward.

It is the sad fate of this world that not everyone gets to be remembered. There were lots of special people, but even most of them were forgotten through the sand of time.

However, there is an exception to every rule. There are legends that stood the test of time.

Tails of their lives were retold throughout the millennia.

Their spectacular feats of strength, bravery, and courage stand out as an inspiration and will be remembered for generations to come.

These heroes are some of the greatest warriors in the history of mankind and in Champions of Gods, we will give our absolute best to showcase them in all of their glory.

 

Achilles

If we are to start a conversation about the greatest hero that has ever existed we must start with the top contender.

The Hero of the Trojan war, labeled as “The greatest warrior that has ever lived”.

The one and only,

Achilles.

Achilles is one of those heroes that are trapped between myth and reality. Regardless of his reality, his epic tale will never be forgotten.

Achilles was the son of Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, and Thetis, a nymph. When Achilles was born, his mother wanted to make him immortal and thus, dipped him in the river Styx. However, she did not realize that his heel, by which she held him, was not touched by the waters, and so that was the only part of his body that remained mortal.

Thetis foretold that her son’s fate was either to gain glory and die young or to live a long but uneventful life in obscurity. Achilles chose the former and decided to take part in the Trojan war.

Achilles and his Myrmidons were among the first ships to reach the sands of Troy. They were very skillful in battle and they were one of the main reasons that the Greeks captured the coast of Troy, as easily as they did.

After being dishonored by Agamemnon, Achilles refused to lead his forces alongside the rest of the Greek army. The mistake Agamemnon made was soon very clear to him because Trojans started to push the Greeks back. He tried to get Achilles back into the battle, but no matter what Agamemnon offered, Achilles refused.

However, even mighty  Achilles couldn’t escape his destiny.

The Trojans, led by Hector (prince of Troy and the greatest warrior in all of Troy), subsequently push the Greek army back toward the beaches and assault the Greek ships. With the Greek forces on the verge of absolute destruction, Patroclus (cousin of Achilles) lead the Myrmidons into battle wearing Achilles’ armor. Patroclus succeeded in pushing the Trojans back from the beaches but was killed by Hector before he could lead a proper assault on the city of Troy.  Hector took his battle armor as a war trophy and headed back to Troy.

After Achilles greaved over the death of his beloved cousin, his mother Thetis brings Achilles a special armor made by Hephaestus (which includes Shield of Achilles that was described in the extremely precise detail in the Iliad).

What is as legendary as Achilles’s fighting skills, is his anger. It was said that Achilles killed so many men, in his search for Hector, that Zeus himself sent the gods to restrain him, so he wouldn’t destroy Troy before the time allotted for its destruction.

What this shows is that the unhindered rage of Achilles can defy fate itself.

Once that he finally found Hector they had a battle in which the Trojan prince realized how terrifying Achilles truly is.

After bringing death to Hector, Achilles would very soon suffer the same faith.

The only part of Achilles’s body that wasn’t dipped in the river Styx was his heal. That heal was his only weak spot.

The legend says that when Paris shot an arrow at Achilles, it was Apollo who guided his arrow (a payback for Achilles decapitating the statue of Apollo in his temple) straight to his heel.

That was the shot that took the life of the great Achilles.

His bones may be gone, but his name will live forever!

 

Spartacus

Spartacus is one of those Heroes that aren’t part of the mythology but were real life heroes.

His deeds were so great that he earned to stand shoulder to shoulder with these mythical giants.

The most famous of all the gladiators, he embodied the spirit of freedom, and fought for it, till his last breath.

Let’s talk a bit more about him.

Spartacus was a man, born a Thracian and later became a mercenary. Then he became a Roman soldier, but after deserting their ranks he got enslaved.

From a consideration of his strength, he was made a gladiator.

Spartacus was trained at the gladiatorial school (ludus) near Capua belonging to Lentulus Batiatus.

Spartacus was a heavyweight gladiator called a murmillo. These fighters carried a big oblong shield (scutum), and used a sword with a broad, straight blade (gladius).

When Spartacus and the others made their escape from the gladiator school, they chose Spartacus as their main leader (though Crixus and Oenomaus were leaders as well).

At first, Spartacus and his group were thought of as nondangerous by Romans, so they sent militia under the command of the praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber.

Not did Spartacus and his forces defeat the sent militia, but they defeated the second expedition as well and nearly captured the praetor commander in the process.

With these successes, more and more slaves flocked to the Spartacus’s forces, swelling their ranks to some 70,000.

Later, Spartacus’s forces had huge victories and expanded their raiding territory to include the towns of Nola, Nuceria, Thurii and  Metapontum.

They even defeated two Roman legions, though losing nearly 30.000 rebels which were under Crixus’s command.

When Romans were alarmed by the unstoppable rebellion, the Senate charged Marcus Licinius Crassus, the wealthiest man in Rome with the task of ending the rebellion, once and for all.

It took entire eight legions which included over 40.000 trained Roman soldiers to finally finish the job.

Spartacus met his end at the hands of these overwhelming forces.

His bravery and his battle for freedom have been remembered for almost 2.000 years and will probably be remembered forever.

 

Rostam

Rostam is one of those mythological Heroes whose epic deeds blow our minds.

Though less known (compared to the greats of more famous mythologies like Greek and Norse), Persian mythology has a very real contender for the spot of the greatest Hero of all time.

Rostam’s mother was Rudaba (the princess of Kabul) who was known for her peerless beauty, and Rostam’s father was Zal.

Zal was one of Persia’s most powerful warriors and a great general who conquered many rebellious tribes and ruled over Zabulistan. Zal was known for his wisdom and was unparalleled in riding and fighting on horseback.

Rostam was brought up and trained by Zal in warfare. When Rostam single-handedly slew a mad elephant (with a mace owned by his grandfather Sam) his father sent him on his first military assignment.

Rostam’s first task was to conquer the fortress on the summit of Mt Sipand. His great grandfather, Nariman, once besieged it and was slain in the battle. Rostam breached the fortress, defeated the enemy, ransacked its treasury and reported his success to his father Zal and grandfather Sam.

 

One of his more famous adventures is his seven labors story through which he passes to save his sovereign, Key Kavus who is captured by the demons (Divs) of Mazandaran. These labors are similar to those of Hercules.

He had lots of adventures like:

  • Taming his legendary horse Raksh.
  • His tragic battle against another awesome hero Esfandiyar (which we will cover in a post about Esfandiyar)
  • his struggle against the dēw (modern Persian div “demon”) named Akvan
  • his epic journey to Mazandaran (land of demons) and many more.

 

However, probably the most famous and the most tragic of all of his stories is the one in which he kills his own son Sohrab.

Fighting, while the two are unaware of the identity of their opponent, until Rostam wounds his son and during their final conversation, the two realize they were father and son.

Rostam met his tragic end by falling into a huge hole filled with poisoned spears, which were set up by his jealous brother Shaghad.

His epic tales have survived the test of time, and it is the right moment for his stories to come to life, once again.

 

In Champions of Gods

In Champions of Gods, we will give our best to recreate all of these awesome Heroes in their full glory.

These Heroes shall rise again. Their stories will grow bigger than ever.

Lore of these heroes will get even bigger, as the winners of the worlds take their rightful place.

An awesome adventure is upon us, one that would make even these Legendary heroes proud.

 

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