The birth of the gods played a significant role in the ancient Greek world. They caused a ripple effect to occur across the mortal realm, whether or not mortals are hampered by the Mist. They created the identity of the demigod by forging a relationship with mortals and giving the world someone to look to in times of trouble. One of these gods in particular was destined to become the leader, the king, the over-seeing father of the Greek gods. The birth of Zeus was met with many attempts on his life to prevent the thunder-god from being born and ruling the Greek pantheon. Not long after Zeus was born the infant was swaddled in gold and taken to Crete, where inside a shadowy cave sacred to the Naiads, he was laid to rest. It is within this cave the Naiads tended to a hive of bees whose honey was said to be used for preservation -- preservation of the body by healing wounds and acting like the sacred ambrosia of the gods. In an effort to gather this honey, four fellows disguised themselves in bronze. The bronze was to easily fool the bees into believing it to be gold and associated with Zeus. The bees weren't fooled by the intruders and quickly aimed to protect the infant god. Zeus further rewarded the bees by giving them their beautiful golden color, a hue which has become sacred and in association of him. He also made the bees hardy to survive and nourish him with the honey they created.
Your quest begins with a prophecy:
within the canopy of the cave,
their bravery helped the king they saved.
forever blessed are strands of gold,
for an object of the king will it be sold.
a death within is a death without,
will bring upon a storm of doubt.
let it burn what you hold dear,
and his daughters will help you persevere.
The object of your quest is to seek the location of where the bees and their honey are kept. The honey is key to offering a replacement supplment of the ambrosia poisoned in camp. Their honey offers the same properties of healing and nourishment but without the added effect of burning to a crisp if too much is consumed. The ancient shield you carry around with you holds the key in beginning your quest. Imbued on the back of your shield is the raised surface of what appears to be a map. There are carvings of two cities within the grain of the wood: Crete and Ithaca. It does not tell you where these two cities are located, nor does it indicate if this is where you must begin your quest or where your quest comes to an end.
Further underneath the map carved within the wood is the Ancient Greek words for "Burn in Thebes."
The answer to the riddle lies tucked away in a shrine sacred to Ares and guarded by daughters of war known as the Amazons. The Amazons here have dedicated their lives in protecting the shrine including one of the most revered objects associated with the god of war: the burning torch. The Amazons are always seeking out a reason to start a war and take in captives, but show them the shield, and they may grant you a safe and welcoming stay. It is here you should take the shield to the torch and let the quenching fires burn the shield in effort to reveal the next step of your journey.
As the fire spreads over the indention of the map on the back of the shield, unearths more of the map and even a location of where you are to go. It reveals a state in which Ithaca and Crete are located: in the heart of Nebraska but more importantly an area of water in which you will find the sacred cave where Naiads tend to the bees. The Amazons will warn you -- if anyone or anything should die within the cave, their one and only chance will bring upon ruin and obtaining the honey will most certainly fail. The Amazons will provide the leader of the quest with a brochure about the town of Ithaca, where a lone shopkeeper sells ancient Greek artifacts. You may want to find something inside the shop belonging to Zeus otherwise the bees will only see all of you as intruders.
Arriving in Ithaca and procuring an item sacred of Zeus, follow the map on the back of the shield to a preservation. Here beside the lake the cave rises out of the ground. Take precaution as the Naiads of the lake are not fond of visitors. Showing them the item associating with Zeus will give you access to the cave. The Naiads, as it would appear, have been expecting your arrival. They will teach you how to construct a beehive as they have instructed other men to do so, to carry the bees within upon your travel back home.
• Ronan will discover a map on the back of his ancient shield bearing two names: Ithaca and Crete. Below the map are the words "burn in Thebes".
• Learning of Thebes, Illinois, you will journey across the land to the state. The sacred shrine of the war god lies tucked within the town but do not worry, the entire town is run by Amazons. They do not take likely to strangers but upon seeing the shield, they will bring you and your questmates directly to the shrine.
• Once inside the shrine they will discover the burning torch, a sacred object of Ares. Take the shield and allow the fire of the torch burn the back of the shield and more of the map will be revealed. The indentions become roads, the dots become buildings, areas of green and blue become forest and water. The Amazons shall instruct them to head to Ithaca where they will find a shop selling ancient Greek artifacts in the disguise of antiques. Find something belonging of Zeus. They also warn the quest shall fail if anyone or anything is to die within the sacred cave.
• Journey to the cave with the item of Zeus and reveal it to the Naiads protecting the cave. They will welcome you inside and understand what you are here to do. Learn from them how to create a beehive to transport the bees in and make the journey safely home.