The Ten Brothers

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Soon Leucippe gave birth to a daughter, Cleito, whose beauty outshone that of all other women in the world. The small family lived easily in the paradisiacal land, raising or hunting the food they needed. They discovered the mystical metal orichalcum and learned some of its properties.

Sadly, Evenor and Leucippe died not long after Cleito reached adulthood. Bereft, and all alone on the island, she called upon Poseidon to help her. The god responded… and when he saw how beautiful she was, he instantly fell in love with her and proposed marriage. When she agreed, he used his powers to create a home for them on a small hill several miles from shore. He raised up hills and lakes around the house to ensure some measure of privacy (and protection from wild beasts), and he created two freshwater springs — Thernos, whose water was always hot, and Krios, whose water was always icy cold. Today those springs exist still, at the centre of the city of Thermiom, and are one of the most sacred places on all of Atlantis.

At Poseidon’s command, abundant crops sprang from the Earth to feed him and his bride, and soon they had a rich and pleasant household. But a house without children is a sad place, and so Poseidon and Cleito filled their home with offspring. They had five pairs of twin sons, each a strong warrior and commander. Their first pair was Vondarien and Gadrius; the second pair Ampheres and Euaemon, the third Mneseus and Autochthon, the fourth Elasippus and Mestor, and the youngest twins Azaes and Diaprepes.

Each of Poseidon’s sons grew to be tall and handsome, and a master of whatever interested him. Vondarien, the eldest and greatest of the Ten Brothers, seemed skilled in all things, but particularly leadership; Mestor and Diaprepes were great scholars; Autochthon a farmer and miner; Ampheres a hunter; Azaes and Elasippus warriors; Euaemon a mariner and trader; Mneseus a smith.

As the sons of Poseidon, each was mighty, far stronger and more powerful than other men. They could wield powerful magics, and were immortal.

Poseidon made Vondarien King over all the others, though each received a tenth of the island as his birthright. Their word for “first among equals” was Atlan, and so the island became known as Atlantis, “the land ruled by the Atlan.” But in those early days, there was little need for kingship. Poseidon brought the other cultists from the distant land to Atlantis, that his sons might have wives and followers, but there were still few people on the island. For centuries the Ten Brothers hunted the wild beasts and monsters of the island, and studied those things that interested them; each also took several wives and sired children. They mastered the use of orichalcum, and using the mysterious metal built weapons and devices powered by their own divine energies and the mighty magics Poseidon himself taught them before Cleito died and he once again departed the mortal world.

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The Ten Brothers

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