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Our Quest for St. Elmo’s Fire

St. Elmo’s fire on Masts of Ship at Sea

St. Elmo’s fire on Masts of Ship at Sea

We have set forth on a quest for St Elmo’s Fire by order of the mighty Zeus himself. If we complete each of the 3 tasks he has laid before us, we will take our rightful place as patrons of sailors and travelers and helpers of mankind.

This great quest will require all the endurance, skill and wit we can muster.  To achieve our ultimate goal we must complete all three tasks to recover St. Elmo’s Fire, returning it to Tyndareus, king of Sparta.

Task 1: We must be quick and nimble like the sea serpent while navigating the Argo down the winding and narrow Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to the distant nation of the Conch Republic, where we shall battle pirates to prove ourselves of sound tactics with great prowess in battle and capture the Spear of Athena.

Task 2: We must embark on a 5-year odyssey aboard the Mojo Risin to return the Spear of Athena to Temple of Athena Nike at the Acropolis of Athens in Greece.  We must also unite the 32 great tribes of humanity under our banner by circumnavigating the globe and visiting every nation. This epic journey will test all of our limits as we encounter and learn of new people and customs.

Task 3: Finally we must tame mighty beasts for a marathon race to win St Elmo’s Fire.  After we have brought the dread hound Cerberus and the endless serpent Ouroboros under our command, they must carry us in a mad dash around the planet.  In this our skills will be pitted against one another as Polydeuces, aboard the Cerberus, contends with his brother, Castor, aboard the Ouroboros, in a great sprint around the globe.

Only then we can attain the true prize of St Elmo’s Fire and return it to Tyndareus, king of Sparta.  Upon completion of our tasks both major and minor we shall return to our father and be rewarded as we take our rightful place as patrons of sailors and travelers.  True helpers of mankind and heroes among men.

Let the King do this, the captain of the ship! Let him do this, I say, and have for his own the immortal coverlet, the fleece, glowing with matted skeins of gold.

Pindar 522–443 BC
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