A History of The Expedition
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3. The Expedition sets out.
were complete. Fresh water barrels and food had been loaded into the hold. A
course had been set and the sail unfurled. The crowd on the jetty watched in expectation.
The sail hung limply from the rigging, barely moving in the still air.
never do,” said Xenon. "The people are expecting a spectacle.”
you try calling on Neptune for a wind?”
Cassius put in.
Oh, you mean Poseidon. I keep forgetting your roots are in Italy.
only just started. It seems a bit presumptuous to call on the gods so soon.”
worst that could happen?” Ajax said.
get sent to Hades for interrupting his tea break. You know what the gods can be
think of the kudos if you show you’ve got a direct line to the god of the sea?
The crew will be very impressed.”
ruefully "Why not?” and with that he fell to his knees, raised his hands and
Poseidon, lord of the sea, grant us a favourable wind so we may set out on our
journey. We dedicate our ship to you and we will sacrifice in your temple on
A hush fell
over both the crew and the watching crowd. Still the sail hung like a useless
rag. Disappointment filled everyone’s heart. After some minutes Xenon lifted
his head and felt a slight breeze on his face. He began to grin, as did others
of his crew and a cheer went up from the crowd. The sail filled with air and
the ship left the harbour. The crowd watched until the ship disappeared over
the horizon and all their best wishes and hopes went with it and its crew.
ship’s crew lost sight of their city they turned their gaze in the direction
they were heading. They were greeted by a seemingly endless vista of open sea.
Nothing enlivened the monotonous scene of water. They felt lost, some wondering
if they had done the right thing by enlisting for the voyage. This state of
affairs continued for a number of days until at last the lookout pointed
towards the horizon. A mist obscured the view. Despite the wind, the mist
appeared motionless. This was obviously the reason for their city’s isolation
but why was it there and by whose hand? The gods playing a game? Had the City
offended one of them? More questions and no answers.
"How do we
get through this then?” said Orestes.
straight through. Always confront things head on I say,” added Orpheus.
Ajax. "I will try and call on Poseidon.”
Xenon interjected. "He’s already helped once, he won’t be too happy if we
disturb him again so soon.”
ventured, nothing gained,” said Ajax confidently.
earlier, he knelt down, raised his hands and offered up a prayer to the sea
began to sway as the sea swell grew. Soon it was as if they were in the midst
of a storm as the waves washed over the ship. The crew feared for their lives.
The sea boiled and a mighty figure emerged from the deep, the water spilling
all around. To a man the heroes averted their eyes, for this was none other
than Poseidon himself. The god turned towards the mist and pointed. Then he
pursed his lips and blew. A strong gust of wind hit the mist and it cleared as
if it had never existed. Poseidon then sank beneath the waves causing a
maelstrom almost sucking the ship under after him. Eventually all was calm and the