Oracular Statement for Minotaur

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Things to try to work in:

Daedelus, labyrinth, >liver, >bull, map, ball, >axe

Like Dadelus' artifice great power confined
Water held back by natural art, not man's contrivance
Damn those who seek a tower instead.

Trace Dadelus' artifice as a Flamen reads a liver
Tease the way delicately, Trivia's charm to aid
Ariadne as a guidet.
balls and axes fall together

A sword will hold the beast at bay
while gentler minds do turn themselves
around about the great bull's walls and find
an answer to Daedulus’ puzzle.

Another clue offered from some source, guiding them to the liver and it being either a map or an offering to Hades/Pluto:
Prometheus’ pain may be a guide
or a ransom for dark favors.

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quick & dirty rough draft

Amazing maze, how sweet the corn
that may save a wretch like thee
get thee and thine right through this maze
and ne'er need thee come here again

but if thee fails to pass this test
the gent with bull's head awaits
don't waste your time swinging at his horns
'cuz we all like barbecued ribs.

(but only one at a time!)

What the world needs is a good ELE. - Jonathan Blackbow

oracular ramblings for the Minotaur

rough thoughts tying in a few references... the rhythms are generally solid, Susannah could improve/tighten -

To get the team there, assuming the bridge is still a choke point to fight the Minotaur and there is a single path to the other side of the lake/pond/water:

Follow the sacrifice,
flowers of Athens’ youth,
nine years of peace bought with
offerings to Crete’s far shore.

Either with the directive clue above or from another source:

A sword will hold the beast at bay
while gentler minds do turn themselves
around about the great bull's walls and find
an answer to Daedulus’ puzzle.

Another clue offered from some source, guiding them to the liver and it being either a map or an offering to Hades/Pluto:
Prometheus’ pain may be a guide
or a ransom for dark favors.

Minotaur notes: if the fighters do manage to kill the minotaur, there was still the issue of exiting the maze – if the team can get a skein of thread beforehand, a la Theseus, give them a pass on solving the maze. Surely someone at an SCA event will have some amount of thread/yarn handy. Using thread from the Fates (were they willing to part with such things) would be amusing.

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