Golden Fleece: Ragnar Ribcracker as Hydra

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Golden Fleece -- attainable item hung over rug, cannot touch the rug (bound by bells/alarm? Protected by Hydra.
Hydra gets two more lives for every time you hit him in the head.

I'll see about Ragnar Ribcracker for this role.

Wolfram will take care of the fleece test.

quester's don't have to kill the hydra, just take the fleece without all being killed.

This will probably be set on the "confidence course" somewhere.

Sir Colin and Timm Nawrocki will join Ragnar as parts of the Hydra.

Update: Here's how we'll run the station--
Bells on the wall. hanging from the ropes (see below)
Sleeping hydra at the wall's foot opposite the ropes. That's Ragnar, Colin and Timm
any noise wakes 1 fighter.
Head shot that fighter, and another fighter gets up and the one you hit gets back up too.
After all three are up, each hydra part gets one more life for every time they get headshot.

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how to kill hydra?

Have we decided how the hydra can be killed?


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To kill the hydra

Any blow to the body. Unlike Minotaur, Hydra's arms and legs are vulnerable though.

For any blow to the head, Hydra rises up one more time.

For example: Hydra fights a Son of Achilles and receives a good head shot, which he ignores. Then he gets hit in the body and falls over, but gets right back up. When he gets hit in the body again, he stays down. If he had been hit good in the head twice, he would get up twice.

Que Les Mauvais Soient Dévoré de la Flamme

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Other Ways to run the Hydra

If we somehow found ourselves with more volunteer fighters, we could run Hydra like this:

Initially one fighter faces the questers.
If he dies to a head shot, he shouts good, falls down, and another fighter comes out. The first one stands back up.
Repeat until every hydra guy has been killed by a non-head blow.

This sounds like more fun than the other, but requires more guys.

To get the fleece from the

To get the fleece from the Kingdom of Colchis, Jason had to:
1. Yoke the fire breating bulls to a plow
2. Sow the teeth of the dragon Cadmus slew, which would immediately grow into armed men you would attach the person who planted the teeth. Survive battle with the men.
3. Then he had to get past the dragon that guarded the fleece.

To pull this off, he got help from Medea, daughter of the king, and a powerful sorceress. They married in secret with Hecate (Trivia's) blessing. Then, Medea gave him a charm to get past the bull and Cadmus men without harm, and a potion that calmed the dragon's rage and put him to sleep.

You could adapt this to allow two alternate ways past the Hydra.
1. Trivia can provide a hint to not hit him in the head. If they answer a really, really hard question (like the name of the ram), they get a charm and can just walk past.
2. Use the purple water to put the dragon to sleep.

HYDRA in Chaucer / etc


IDRA, IDRE. The Hydra is the constellation the Water Snake with one hundred heads, lying in the southern hemisphere next to Corvus, The Raven (Tetrabiblos, I.9). The Hydra lived at Lerna and acted as sentinel to the border at the entry to the realm of the dead, while her brother, Cerberus, guarded the gates. Her fiery breath was her weapon, and when one head was cut off, two more sprang up in its place. In his second labor Hercules vanquished the Hydra. He killed her and dipped his arrows in her poisonous blood to make them deadly (Met IX.69, 192-193; Aeneid VI.576-577, VII.658).

The Water Snake does not appear as a constellation in Chaucer's works. It is called "the firy serpent venymus," MkT 2105, in the rehearsal of Hercules's labors. Chaucer seems to have misread Aeneid VI.288, where flammisque describes the Chimera. Lady Philosophy reminds Boethius that when one doubt is cut away, others spring up like the heads of Idra, the serpent that Hercules slew, Bo IV, Prosa 6.19-20. Hercules is celebrated for his labors, including the slaying of Idra the serpent, Bo IV, Metr 7.41-42. [Cancer: Dragoun: Ercules]

Idra is the ME variant, Idre the Italian variant, Inf IX.40. Latin initial h was not pronounced and it disappears in Italian.
Chaucer, The Tales of Canterbury, ed. R.A. Pratt, 214; Dante, The Divine Comedy, ed. and trans. C.S. Singleton, I, 1: 90-91; Ovid, Met, ed. and trans. F.J. Miller, II: 6-7, 16-17; Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, ed. and trans. F.E. Robbins, 57.
Copyright © 1988, 1996 Jacqueline de Weever
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