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Perseus is the son of Zeus and a mortal woman named Danae. Danae’s father, King Acrisius, learned after consulting an oracle that he would have not sons. Danae was his only daughter. He also learned that Danae’s unborn son would kill him. He tried to escape his fate by locking Danae in a tower. While locked up, Danae was visited by Zeus and from their union came their son Perseus. When Acrisius became aware of the baby, he had both mother and child placed in a wooden chest and put out to sea.

They were saved by a fisherman named Dictys, the brother of King Polydectes. Polydectes fell in love with Danae, who did not return the feelings. Polydectes devised a plan to get rid of Perseus so he could have Danae. The king levied a tax of a horse from every man on the island. Perseus, being raised by a poor fisherman, did not have any money for a horse. He offered the king any request and he would fulfill it. Wanting to be rid of Perseus, the king asked for the head of the Gorgon Medusa.

Perseus received help from two of the gods, Athena and Hermes. They provided him with winged sandals to get in and out of the cave quickly and quietly. They also gave Perseus Hades, Helmet of Darkness, which made the wearer invisible, an adamantine sickle and a pouch to put the Medusa’s head in.

Perseus traveled to a cave where three Graiae lived. They had only one eye and a tooth between them. Perseus needed them to tell him the secret location of the Medusa’s cave. Perseus waited until one of them took out the eye to hand it to another, and grabbed it. While holding the eye hostage, Perseus forced them to tell him the location of the Gorgons. After getting the location of Medusa’s cave, Perseus threw the eye into a nearby lake.

Using the cap of Helmet of Darkness, he entered Gorgon’s cave. He used a polished bronze shield to watch the three gorgons so not to look at them directly and turn to stone. He waited for them to fall asleep. Once asleep, he took out his sword and used the shield to guide his swing. He chopped off a Medusa’s head, stuffing it quickly into his pouch. He used the winged sandals to get out of the cave before the Medusa’s sisters were able to locate him

Roleplaying Notes

Used with permissiom from Farmboymdp

As seen in Farmboymdp thread at Wizards forum


Male Strong 3 / Smart 2 / Xenophile 5 / Shadow Slayer 4 / Soldier 2; CR 16; Medium-size human; HD 3d8+6 plus 2d6+4 plus 5d8+10 plus 4d8+8 plus 2d10+4; hp 100; Mas 15; Init +2; Spd 30 ft.; Defense 21, touch 20, flat footed 19 (+8 class, +2 Dexterity, +1 leather); BAB +12; Grap +14; Atk +15 melee (1d8+6/19-20, longsword), or +17 melee (1d8+12/19-20, +2 longsword vs. monst. humanoids), or +17 melee (1d6+7/x4, adamantine sickle), or +14 ranged (by weapon); Full Atk +15/+10/+5 melee (1d8+6/19-20, longsword), or +17/+12/+7 melee (1d8+12/19-20, +2 longsword vs. monst. humanoids), or +17/+12/+7/+2 melee (1d6+7/x4, adamantine sickle), or +14/+9/+4 ranged (by weapon); FS 5 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.; AL Good, Mycenae; SV Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +12; AP 10; Rep +3; Strength 14, Dexterity 14, Constitution 15, Intelligence 12, Wisdom 13, Charisma 15.
Occupation: Adventurer (Intimidate, Ride).
Skills: Climb +8, Diplomacy +7, Gather Information +12, Intimidate +18, Knowledge (arcane lore) +10, Knowledge (earth and life sciences) +10, Listen +6, Navigate +7, Sense Motive +10, Spot +5, Swim +8, Tumble +9.
Feats: Archaic Weapons Proficiency, Blind-Fight, Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Frightful Presence, Heroic Surge, Iron Will, Mobility, Power Attack, Power Crit, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Smart Plus.
Strong - Melee smash, improved melee smash
Smart - Savant (Knowledge [arcane lore], Knowledge [earth and life sciences]), plan
Xenophile - Xenolore, xenotypes (monstrous humanoid +4, magical beast +2), xenoresistance +2, xenodefense +1
Shadow Slayer - Detect shadow, shadow immunity 2/-, slayer weapon +2
Soldier - Weapon Focus (longsword), Weapon Specialization (longsword)
Equipment: longsword, leather armor, admantine sickle, kibisis, helm of darkness, winged sandals, mirrored shield.

Sickle of Adamante

Trojan War: Roleplaying in the Age of Homeric Adventure

A Mythic Vistas Sourcebook for the d20 System
Written by Aaron Rosenberg

Gaea gave this unbreakable +6 keen vorpal sickle to her son, the Titan Chronos, to castrate his father Uranus. Zeus later used it to fight the monster Typhon, and Hermes used it against Argus Panoptes. The last known use of the sickle was when Perseus borrowed it from Hermes to sever Medusa’s head. It has since vanished.

Strong transmutation; CL 36th; Weight 2 lb.


The kibisis is a magical pouch, or wallet, given to Perseus to hold the head of the Medusa. It has an extraordinary carrying capacity for its size. It uses extradimensional space to hold objects much large than it normally could. It can carry 250 lb. and up to 30 cu. ft.of gear. Any gear carried does not count towards the character's carrying capacity for the purpose of determining their current load.
Type: Wondrous item (magic); Caster Level: 9th; Purchase DC: 34; Weight: 2 lb.

Hades, Helmet of Darkness

Boots Winged

These boots were given to Perseus by Hermes to allow him quick travel.

Mirrored Shield

This shield was given to Perseus by Athena, so as to avoid looking into the deadly gaze of the Medusa. While it porvides no bonus to defense, the shield gives the user an immunity to gaze attacks, provided they hold the shield and nothing else in one hand. In addition, because of the mirrored outer surface of the shield, any gaze attack that would affect the user has a 50% chance of reflecting back to the creature from whence the gaze attack came. The creature must make a saving throw or suffers the effects of its own gaze attack, as normal.

Type: Armor (magic); Caster Level: 12th; Purchase DC: 50; Weight: 2 lb.

See Also Pegasus

See Also Clash of the Titans

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