Everyone knows about Heracles’ 12 impossible labours, and the cruel trick Hera played on him to take revenge on her unfaithful husband Zeus. Many are aware of Heracles’ sorrow at killing his own family, and how he was deceived by Hera and King Eurystheus, Heracles’ weak and spiteful cousin.
But, few are aware of the 13th trial Heracles had to perform, which until recently lay undiscovered, etched on yet to be found tablets in undisturbed buried temples. Now published for the world, all will know of Heracles’ 13th, and most amazing labour of all; The Quest For The Sword of Andreus.
Andreus had been a swordsmith to the king of Crete, and the best in the known world. Later, he was made a god by the titan, Chronos and ordered to serve as swordsmith for all time. This angered Andreus, who vowed never to make another sword as long as he lived. He did however make one final sword – his finest creation ever. Into the sword he poured all his anger and hatred for the gods, his power and his skill, until he had made a weapon which it was said could defeat Zeus himself! Hera wanted it, and so Eurystheus set Heracles this final task – go to Crete, find the sword, and return with it for Hera. Then he would be free.


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