Rage! (Iliad I) by cryptoversal | World Anvil Manuscripts | World Anvil

5. "Patron of the Mice"

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Centering Apollo,
God of Health and Vision:

Mortals call me 
     God of Music,
     Lord of Sickness and Health,
     God of Far-Seeing Prophecy,
     God of Far-Shooting Arrows,
     Deputy Sun-Charioteer,
               but also,
          less frequently,
     Patron of the Mice.

On a supply ship,
          in a coffin-sized pithos of barley,
     they arrive,
          a few at first,
     mice will be mice,
          in the filth and garbage of the Achaean camp,
and soon the plague is everywhere.

The mules
     sicken and die.

Agamemnon orders men to pull more weight,
     and chores around the camp grow harder.

The hounds
     sicken and die.

Agamemnon cancels the hunts
     into the Idaean woods
that bring fresh game to the officers' tables,
          and orders emmer porridge for all.

The men
     sicken and die.

Agamemnon orders
     quarantine flags
          for stricken tents,
          to burn the bodies of the fallen,
          for mass graves.

The men grumble,
     unable to defend
               furry arrows,
     as I stand by,
with my bow.

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* The Kypria
* The Iliad
* The Posthomerica
* Tales of Nostos
* The Odyssey
* The Telegony
* The Aeneid
  Rage is the first book of the Iliad. Amazons is the first book of the Posthomerica.
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