Humanity is, by its nature, a storytelling species whose imagination is among its most powerful strengths. For its entirety of the species' existence, the first written story the Epic of Gilgamesh was codified in 2100 BCE, oral storytelling was (and still is) the main method of storytelling. For every story codified by a writer, there are thousands of stories locked away in a storyteller’s brain. And for every story codified, there are likely hundreds that have been lost to time’s relentless march.
So that’s what the goal of this story is about, you are writing one of these forgotten heroes, looked over by the founders of written storytelling. It can be a tale of triumph over the most terrible of tyrants and monsters or the hero’s final dark hour when their hubris catches up to them. For simplicities sake, I’m limiting the mythos to the Hellenic (it’s all Greek to me) Mythology (It should be noted that the existing Greek Mythology mentions features as far afield as the Iberian Peninsula, the Russian Steppe and even the British Isles so go nuts), just because that’s among the most well-known of all mythologies.
But what is writing a hero without a marauding monster and so two vile monsters are raising their head; the Time Limit, and the lesser seen but equally devastating Word Limit. The former imposes a looming deadline of 20:00hours BST on the 26th of August, and the latter crushes you with a 2500-word limit.
Good luck and may your stories be truly legendary.