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Bellerophon Bellerophon was a hero, alongside of Kadmos and Perseus, before the days of Heracles"—whose greatest feat was to have killed the Chimera.

Bellerophon's myth

Bellerophon was son of the king Glaucus of Corinth and the grandson of death-cheating Sisyphus, who had been sent to Tartarus for his many impieties in life, though he had founded Corinth. Bellerophon's grandsons Sarpedon and the younger Glaucus fought in the Trojan War. Bellerophon's heroic journey began —with an exile: he had murdered either his brother, Deliades, and in expiation of his crime arrived as a suppliant to Proetus, king in Tiryns, one of the Mycenaean strongholds of the Argolid. Proetus, by virtue of his kingship, cleansed Bellerophon of his crime. The wife of the king, Anteia, took a fancy to him, but when she was repulsed accused him of having attempted to ravish her. Proetus dared not satisfy his anger by killing a guest, so he sent Bellerophon to king Iobates his father-in-law in Lycia, bearing a sealed message in a folded tablet: "Pray remove the bearer from this world: he attempted to violate my wife, your daughter." Before opening the tablets, Iobates feasted with Bellerophon for nine days. On reading the tablet's message Iobates too feared the wrath of the erinyes if he murdered a guest; so he sent Bellerophon on a mission that he deemed impossible: to kill the Chimera, living in neighboring Caria.

Capturing pegasus

The Lycian seer Polyeidos told Bellerophon that he would have need of pegasus. To obtain the services of the untamed winged horse, Polyeidos told Bellerophon to sleep in the temple of Athena. While Bellerophon slept, he dreamed that Athena set a golden bridle beside him, saying "Sleepest thou, prince of the house of Aiolos? Come, take this charm for the steed and show it to the Tamer thy father as thou makest sacrifice to him of a white bull." It was there when he awoke. Bellerophon had to approach pegasus while it drank from a well; Polyeidos told him which well—the never-failing Pirene on the citadel of Corinth, the city of Bellerophon's birth. Bellerophon then put on the golden bridle and mounted his steed and flew off to where the Chimera was said to dwell.

The Slaying of the Chimera

When he arrived, the Chimera was truly ferocious, and he could not harm the monster even while riding on pegasus. He felt the heat of the breath the Chimera expelled, and was struck with an idea. He got a large block of lead and mounted it on his spear. He then flew head-on towards the Chimera, holding out the spear as far as he could. Before he broke off his attack, he managed to lodge the block of lead inside the Chimera's throat. The beast's fire-breath melted the lead, and blocked its air passage. The Chimera suffocated, and Bellerophon returned victorious to King Iobates. Iobates, on Bellerophon's return, was unwilling to credit his story. A series of daunting further quests ensues: he is sent against the warlike Solymi and then against the Amazons who fight like men, whom Bellerophon vanquishes by dropping boulders from his winged horse; he is sent against a Carian pirate, Cheirmarrhus; an ambush fails, when Bellerophon kills all sent to assassinate him; the palace guards are sent against him, but Bellerophon calls upon Poseidon, who floods the plain of Xanthus behind Bellerophon as he approached, but the palace women sent him and the flood in retreat by rushing from the gates with their robes lifted high, offering themselves, to which the modest hero replied by withdrawing Iobates relented, produced the letter, and allowed Bellerophon to marry his daughter Philonoe, the younger sister of Anteia, and shared with him half his kingdom, with fine vineyards and grain fields. The lady Philonoe bore him Isander, Hippolochus and Laodamia, who lay with Zeus the Counselor and bore Sarpedon but was slain by Artemis. However, as Bellerophon's fame grew, so did his hubris. Bellerophon felt that because of his victory over the Chimera he deserved to fly to Mount Olympus, the realm of the gods. However, this presumption angered Zeus and he sent a fly to sting the horse causing Bellerophon to fall all the way back to Earth in to thorn bushes that pierced his eyes on the Plain of Aleion ("Wandering"), where he lived out his life in misery as a blinded cripple, grieving and shunning the haunts of men.

Bellerophon

Created By Aarnott
Date Created: 12:10, 8 April 2008 (MDT)
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Bellerophon
Male Human paladin 15
Hit Dice 107 (15 HD)
Initiative +1/
Speed 30ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class 28, touch 11, flat-footed 27 (+1 Dexterity, +12 armor, +5 shield)
Base Attack/Grapple +15/+20
Attack Bellerophon's Spear +24/+19/+14 melee (1d8+5/x3, triple damage on a mounted charge)
Full Attack Bellerophon's Spear +24/+19/+14 melee (1d8+5/x3, triple damage on a mounted charge)
Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks Smite Evil 5/day (+7 attack, +15 damage)
Special Qualities Immune fear, disease, Aura Good (15th level), Courage
Saves Fort +18, Ref +13, Will +14
Abilities Strength 20, Dexterity 13, Constitution 15, Intelligence 14, Wisdom 14, Charisma 24
Skills Diplomacy +25, Handle Animal +25, Heal +20, Listen +2, Ride (Dexterity)+19, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +7, Knowledge (religion) +7, Sense Motive +10, Spot +2
Feats Mounted Combat, Ride-By Attackb, Spirited Charge, Pegasus Mount, Graceful Mount, Leadership, Hoof Smite
Environment Wandering in mythic mediterranean lands
Organization Usually solitary
Challenge Rating 15
Treasure see possessions
Alignment LG
Advancement -
Level Adjustment -

Possessions Bellerophon's Spear, belt of giant strength +4, cloak of charisma +4, +4 full-plate, +3 large steel shield

Languages Common, Celestial, Elvish, Dwarven

Patron Deity Athena

Lay on Hands (Su) Bellerophon can heal wounds (his own or those of others) by touch. Each day he can heal a 105 hit points of damage. He may choose to divide his healing among multiple recipients, and he doesn’t have to use it all at once. Using lay on hands is a standard action.

Divine Grace (Su) Bellerophon gains a bonus equal to his Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws.

Turn undead (Su) Bellerophon may turn undead 10 times per day as a 12th level cleric.

Spells Prepared (CL 7th):
4th—death ward
3rd—Heal Mount
2nd—shield other, zone of truth
1st—Bless Weapon, divine favor, Lesser restoration
Spell-Like Abilities
at will—detect evil
4/week—remove disease

Pegasus Celestial Mount

CR —
LG Large magical beast
Init/Senses +7/Darkvision 60ft., Low-Light Vision, Scent; Listen +17, Spot +17
Languages Common (cannot speak)
AC 25, touch 12, flat-footed 22
(-1 size, +3 Dexterity, +13 natural)
hp 102 (12 HD)
SR 20
Fort/Ref/Will +19/+17/+15; Improved Evasion
Speed 70ft. (14 squares), fly 130ft. (26 squares)
Melee 2 hooves +17 melee (1d6+6) and bite +12 melee (1d3+3)
Space/Reach 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Atk/Grp +12/+22
Special Actions Smite Evil 5/day (shared with Bellerophon's usages)
Spell-Like Abilities
at will—detect good and detect evil within a 60-foot radius.
Abilities Strength 22, Dexterity 16, Constitution 16, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 14, Charisma 13
Feats Flyby Attack, Iron Will, Wingover, Power Attack, Improved Initiative
Skills Diplomacy +3, Listen +17, Sense Motive +10, Spot +17
Advancement —
Possessions Horseshoes of Speed
Empathic Link (Su) Bellerophon and pegasus have an empathic link out to a distance of 1 mile.
Graceful Mount (Su) pegasus shares Bellerophon's Charisma bonus to saving throws.
Smite Evil (Su) pegasus uses Bellerophon's smite evil uses per day, Charisma bonus, and paladin level when he uses this ability.

Bellerophon's Spear (DnD Equipment)

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Before his battle with the Chimera, the gods granted Bellerophon a powerful spear to aid him against the beast. This +4 spear grants acid, cold, fire, and lightning resistance 15 against breath weapons.

Bellerophon's Spear deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. It has reach, so you can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you can also use it against an adjacent foe. While mounted, it can be wielded with one hand.

Any stone skewered by Bellerophon's Spear has it's weight reduced by a factor of 100 so long as it remains pierced. Bellerophon used this spear to lift a boulder and fling it into the mouth of the Chimera, which killed it.

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