Talos Picture

"In 1963, I was flown in from the dying monster boom in North America to witness an amazing archaeological discovery. Apparently, the remains of a gigantic bronze statue had been found on the Isle of Crete, off the coast of Greece, during an archaeological expedition. The statue was that of a muscular bearded man, once more than fifty meters tall, though the statue had long ago been smashed to pieces and scattered about the beach. A crushed human skeleton was found beneath the thing’s torso, in a position suggesting that the human in question had been killed upon the fall of the statue.

The statue was revealed to be semi-hollow, with an incredibly intricate system of clockwork machinery found within. The machinery hints that perhaps the statue was once somewhat mobile – though to what extent remains unknown, as no exterior joints were found on the outside hull. Tubes that once carried some kind of liquid about the great body have been analyzed, but no trace of whatever it was remains – though some partially-melted tubes suggest something extremely hot. A massive steel bolt on the heel of the thing was found to have been tampered with, though the reasons behind this remain unknown.

The statue's origins remain unknown as of this writing, though there was one interesting parallel with mythology that nobody could help making. Ancient Greek legends speak of the “Isle of Bronze”, said to hold a massive storehouse full of divine treasure. The Island was once guarded by the Man of Bronze; Talos, a bronze giant created by the God Hephaestus. According to the legend, Talos was eventually subdued by the hero Jason during his quest for the Golden Fleece. On the advice of the goddess Hera, Jason apparently stabbed the statue’s heel – his only fleshy part – with a spear, letting his life-blood of molten lead run out. Unfortunately, one of Jason’s crewmen was killed in the struggle, and the legendary Heracles – Jason’s greatest crewman – remained behind on the island as his atonement, for it was he who had tried to steal some of the divine treasure and incurred Talos’s wrath.

Whether the thing we found is Talos or not, it’s certain that whoever crafted the thing was capable of far greater technological sophistication than any known Greek of the time.

As of now, the statue's remains are to be partially exhibited in the Museum of Natural History in Crete."

Note: A familiar name has been found etched into the interior of the statue's forehead: "Harryhausen". I still have no idea what it means...

Reality Check: This is Ray Harryhausen's version of Talos, from the 1963 film "Jason and the Argonauts". I do not own this design or the character; Harryhausen made the design, Talos belongs to the ancient Greeks.
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