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Literature / Akritas

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The City of the World’s Desire has fallen. One thousand years of mythical power locked away has been unleashed on the land. Can the restless spirits of the old gods be put back to rest, or will the souls of all mortals be consumed by the underworld?
How many stories are like this? Written by old men many years after their events took place. Can you believe the story I am going to tell you, reader? -Niketas Akominatos

Akritas is an adventure/mystery trilogy of novels surrounding the events of the Sack of Constantinople in the year 1204, Anno Domini. While the story follows the narrative of real history closely, the introduction of themes from Greek mythology and the divine place the novel solidly in the realm of fiction.

This book provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: By the end of the second book, an action squad is formed made up of Constantine, Eudokia, Nikephoros, and...Robert.
  • Ascended Extra: Constantine Laskaris plays a major role in the plot despite his historical counterpart never being heard from again after the Battle of Adramyttium.
  • Chaotic Stupid: The protagonists think that The Furies are this at first.
  • Comically Inept Healing: Niketas Akominatos loves to tell stories about healers at shrines who are this.
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  • Deadly Decadent Court: From the politics of the sack to the unleashing of demons from the underworld, the Imperial Court seems to be the origin point for much of the story's problems.
  • Death of the Old Gods A child in Chalcedon tells Robert de Clari that the old gods died when Jesus was born.
  • Defiled Forever: Eudokia Angelina weeps that the city is this after the sack.
  • End of an Age: In both the sense that Roman Empire is ended and so is the era of peace with the Gods.


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