But when his monsters fail to defeat Hercules, he sends Megara to seduce Hercules and find his weakness. Megara falls in love with Hercules on their following date and forgets about the mission, simply saying that he has no weakness when he asks. Hades deduces that Hercules' love for Megara is his weakness and uses her to trick Hercules into giving up his godlike strength for a day for Meg's safety. Hercules agrees and Hades, knowing Hercules will not interfere, not only unleashes the Titans at last but also sends the Cyclops to kill Hercules while he is powerless.
Meanwhile, Hades ignites an attack on Mount Olympus, successfully imprisoning Zeus and the others deities in the process, thus allowing the throne to fall into his hands.
During the Cyclops' attack on Hercules, a pillar falls on Meg, severely injuring her. This breaks Hades' promise that Meg would not be hurt, causing Hercules to regain his strength. Hercules proceeds to go to Mount Olympus, where he engages the Titans and eventually defeats them, thwarting Hades's invasion. However, Meg has died because of her injuries thanks to the Fates clipping her life thread and Hades claims her soul as his consolation prize, knowing how much her death will hurt Hercules.
Hercules storms into the Underworld subdues Cerberus and confronts Hades, demanding he returns Meg to him. Hades smugly explains to Hercules that Meg is dead and he cannot have her back. Hercules offers his soul in exchange for Meg's and Hades displays a moment of being genre savvy, seeing the deal as almost too good to be true. However, he decides to agree on the condition that Hercules must retrieve her himself. It is not until Hercules has already dived into the River Styx that Hades shouts that the former will be dead before he can reach Meg.
The Fates attempt to cut Hercules' life thread, but are unable to. Hercules' genuinely heroic sacrifice causes him to become a god, making him immortal. Hercules emerges from the river, carrying Meg's soul. Hades, astounded, attempts to smooth-talk Hercules again, who angrily punches him, sending Hades into the river, where he is swarmed by the souls trapped inside and dragged into its depths.
It is unknown what happened to him afterward, though Pain and Panic's commentary implies that Hades may be trapped within the river for quite some time, if not eternity. During the end credits when the thanks to the staff are shown, Hades' voice is heard saying that everyone's got a happy ending but him. Then he asks if anyone's listening and if he's talking to hyperspace.
Contrary to film canon, where Hades was unaware of Hercules' survival until the demigod was 18, the animated series shows that Hades often faces off against a teenage Hercules. Hades tries many different schemes to destroy Hercules and take over Olympus, plans including exposing the other gods to water from the river Lethe- thus making them all forget their original roles and leaving him free to take over -diverting the River Styx into Greece, or killing Zeus when he temporarily made himself mortal to prove a point to Hercules.
Despite all these transgressions, he is never expelled from godhood, frequently being summoned to Mount Olympus for job-related matters afterward. Hades is shown to have a very poor working relationship with those in his service, primarily the witch Hecate , who frequently attempts to usurp control of the underworld out from under him. Despite Hades attempts to frequently abandon the underworld for Mount Olympus, he seems protective of the job when it is threatened to be taken away from him. In one episode , he notably teamed up with Aladdin 's deceased arch-enemy Jafar and used subsequent attempts to defeat each other's enemies.
They didn't always get along however and sometimes argued. Hades found Jafar annoying because he hated his puns and evil laugh, thinking of him as a freak. Their evil plans failed when they underestimated the value of Hercules's strength and Aladdin's ingenuity, culminating in the two teaming up to stop Hades and send Jafar back to the Underworld for good. In " Hercules and the Tapestry of Fate ", thanks to Icarus ' and Hercules' messing with the Tapestry of Fate, Hades is alerted to the Tapestry's existence, allowing him to create an alternate reality where Hades is King of Olympus, while Zeus became Lord of the Underworld.
They eventually got into a fight nearing the end of the episode, and the reality was undone after Hercules destroyed the tapestry binding the reality together which also resulted in Hercules getting tickets to a canceled concert that he had earlier not been able to get due to Prince Adonis beating him out of it. Hades has several notable appearances on the series. His first attempt to woo Maleficent fails, so he goes to Mickey Mouse for advice. Mickey tells Hades to try to be nice, but this fails too. Hades attempts to take his anger out on Mickey until Maleficent discovers how cruel he is towards Mickey and decides to date him.
Another notable appearance by Hades in House of Mouse is " Suddenly Hades ", where Pete destroys the House's thermostat and all the guests leave due to the heat, except for Hades, who enjoys the heat. Mickey and friends then try their best to keep Hades in the House since Mickey's contract states that the House stays open as long as the show goes on, he would be obliged to close the House down if there were no guests whatsoever.
One way in which Mickey tried to keep Hades included an act from Chernabog , a sort of fast-forward version of Night on Bald Mountain. Hades loved it "Hey! It's the old act! I love this guy! Hades eventually left when Pete flooded the House, but this allowed The Little Mermaid characters to enter the House instead. In the episode " House Ghosts ", his bloopers reel was shown on the big screen, humiliating him so badly that he tortures his minion's Pain and Panic for no particular reason. Hades is one of the main villains in Mickey's House of Villains as well, though he does not take part in the initial scheming at the beginning of the film.
Hades makes his debut in the twelfth episode of the fifth season, " Souls of the Departed ", played by Greg Germann. Hades is the ruler of the Underworld , a purgatory-like place where the souls of those with unfinished business on Earth go after their death. His lair resides in the caves beneath the Underworld library, accessible by taking an elevator. Years before the first Dark Curse was cast, Hades appears to Liam Jones brother of Captain Hook , and persuades him to let the ship they are on the sink so that Hades can get new souls for the Underworld.
He offers Liam the coveted Eye of the Storm stone as well as the safety of Liam and his brother if he agrees. Liam takes his offer, causing all of the crew to die in the shipwreck. Liam and Hook survive, becoming members of the Royal Navy. When Hook is killed as the Dark One and Emma and the rest of the group arrive in the Underworld searching for him, Hades sends Cora to persuade Regina to leave the Underworld with Robin and Henry , or risk sending her father to Hell. Cora's repeated attempts to get rid of her husband actually help him to complete his unfinished business with Regina, allowing him to pass on to Heaven.
His departure from the Underworld causes the hand on the fallen town clock to tick forward one minute. Later, Cora meets Hades in his lair insisting she receives her end of their bargain which involves Regina's well-being , despite the failure of her mission. Hades makes a point to mention how much she cares for Regina despite abandoning her other daughter to become royalty, and as punishment, he reverts her to her peasant status, forcing her to deliver mill flour bags for all of eternity.
After Megara escapes from the dungeon, she happens to be discovered by Emma and Regina. Megara leads them to the Underworld mines, as they are the entrance to the dungeon. Hades stops them and shows Emma Hook's bloody hook removed from his body. Later, after Megara and Hercules pass on, Hades tells Hook that for every soul that leaves the Underworld, he will keep one of Hook's friends behind as a replacement.
Giving Hook a carving instrument, Hades tells him that Hook will get to pick three friends to stay behind since three souls moved on. Hook refuses, and Hades sends him down the River of Lost Souls, to be chained up and slowly lowered into the river to kill him. After Rumplestiltskin , Milah , and Emma arrive to where Hook is being imprisoned, Emma goes in to save him while Milah guards the boat to make sure Rumple does not take it.
Hades appears, freezes Milah in her place, and brings Rumplestiltskin back to his lair to offer him a deal: burn the boat and he will let Rumple return to Storybrooke. Rumple agrees to the deal and returns to the dock burning the boat. Hades then manipulates Rumple's magic to blast Milah into the River, killing her. Later, Hades decides which of the heroes get to stay behind, since Hook refused.
Hades shows Mr. Gold the contract. At some point, Hades discovers the crystal ball that Rumple had previously used, and repairs it. He spends hours trying to figure out why Rumple was affected by the image of Belle. After some investigating, he found out that Rumple was trying to find out where Baelfire went. As Baelfire is dead, the crystal ball instead showed Rumple his new, unborn child, that Belle is pregnant with. Hades also discovers a healer that Rumple had previously killed in the Enchanted Forest had a contract with the Dark One about taking his second-born child.
Realizing that this can force Rumple to do his bidding, he has the healer sign over the contract to him. When Rumple approaches, asking Hades to send him home, he pretends to comply, but then tells him he is going to delay his return. He then shows Rumple the crystal ball, explaining that Belle is with child and that Hades now has the power to take the baby at any point, unless Rumple decides to work for him. Hades learns of the mutiny being planned by Liam, Hook, and the rest of the heroes.
Realizing they could discover his weakness, he pays a visit to Liam who is a bartender in the Underworld. Hades tells Liam that he needs him to find the storybook that is hidden in the Underworld Sorcerer's mansion, and rip out the last few pages that contain the story of Hades. When Liam asks why he should agree to help him, Hades threatens him with divulging his secret to Hook: that Liam lets the sailors aboard the ship drown so he and his brother could get the jobs in the navy.
Around her were strange devices and things that eerily resembled tomorrow's technology of weaponry. And beside her stood a red and gold colored robot. Rating may change. No pairings as of yet. Just Himself by Uchiha B reviews Everyone knew his face and he didn't like it. Fragmented Fate by punkish furball reviews Destiny cannot be absolutely determined.
It exists in fragments Where and how we end up is completely our own design. Rating prone to change. All chapters currently under revision. What would happen if he choose to follow her to Inuyasha's time? And why? Can 2 Sesshy's coexist in the same time? And what will young Sesshomaru do when he meets his older, colder self? What did surprise her was how she got roped into this stupid errand, managed to get hurt THEN managed to run into two of the infamous demons who lived there. Who knew demons were so tempting? Of Raven and Dog by Izno reviews She knew her ties with Honda Tohru would someday bring her big trouble, which she thought would be endurable.
But her certain connection with a perverted dog brought much trouble than she thought. Control by ConsistentlyInconsistent reviews When his tight control is being tested by frequent migraines that push him to his limits, Bruce meets a young woman named Kagome. Will she be the key to regaining what he thought was lost, or will she unlock the beast within? Thank You by Melody Crossover reviews Kagome Higurashi was going through Kidney failure, and just when she was about to get kicked off the list for retrievals, a match is finally found.
And Kagome does everything in her power to make sure that the mysterious donor is found out and properly thanked. Yusuke never thought twice about donating a kidney, but when he does he doesn't expect a thank you from a pretty lady. A surprise reunion brings forth feelings both old and new for a pair that deserves nothing more than the love of the other. Too bad that there are many obstacles in their pathway.
Disorderly Conduct by Minnionette reviews Koenma is a firm believer in fighting fire with fire, although bringing the Reikai Tantei out of retirement to subtlety monitor Oga and companions seems more akin to fighting a bonfire with gasoline. Especially when the Reikai Tantei are as subtle as a porcupine in a nudist colony. Yes, he, the serious, arrogant, cold and scary Western Lord. But things won't be easy since no one can make Sesshomaru XxxX in fifteen days. Ice Revolution by lebunnylub reviews It was strange but he loved watching the other ice skate, it was so beautiful.
Out on the ice, anyone can become beautiful. Ice-skating, Sports. Or at least that was what he thought until he met her. Kuronue's Twin.
First Kiss! Full Summary Inside! Beautiful by Ari-the-Writer reviews Discontinued. This story may one day be severely reworked, but it would be reposted in that case. This story as it is will never be updated. This has a oneshot prequel called, "How it all Began. When an old love appears, will Kagome be able to fight her feelings in favor of duty? Or will a new interest whisk her away? Bold Butterfly, Blushing Spider by Bunny. K reviews She was used to getting into sticky situations, but being saved from one by a superhero that was known for putting the bad guys into sticky situations was a new one.
And all this on a school night. Young men are disappearing around Tokyo and no one knows how or why. They simply vanish. By request, the Reiki team is charged with looking into the disappearance of one certain young man. Their investigation leads them to seek assistance from an unlikely source Between Gods and Devils by Kanna37 reviews Forced to destroy the well to keep Naraku from it, Inuyasha swears a powerful vow invoking the kami as witnesses to Kagome to protect her always.
But after Naraku's dead, he forgets what he swore on his family's honor to follow Kikyou to hell. Suddenly, Kagome's alone Eye's of a Whisperer by Akuma-Chibi reviews Kagome has been able to see them since she was a child. Her eyes could see, for each person, a different Angel This ends up tying her to the Kira case, the second she is called in for an emergency. How will her role play out? Fangs of the Father by Umei no Mai reviews Kagome had been attuned to youkai blades from the very beginning. That the blades formed from the Dog General's fangs took a fancy to her was likely a product of the deceased Inutaisho's unusual fondness for human females: What a daiyoukai wants, he gets.
You just snatched her off the bloody street!
The Apprentice by Whispering Kage reviews Kagome Higurashi is anything but your average high schooler. She is, in fact, the apprentice of the world's greatest archer, Hawkeye. Yet at his insistence and fatherly affection, she took time off to focus on her studies. When the Avengers come, asking for help with a rapidly destabilizing Hulk, will it bring about the beginnings of redemption? I do not own or make any claim on any property belonging to Marvel Comics or Rumiko Takehashi.
Rated for language and theme. Between Now and Destiny by SilverontheRose reviews Who knew that an unplanned trip to a New York police station and twenty-four hours was all destiny needed to reorder so many lives? I do not own or claim anything that is property of Rumiko Takahashi or Marvel. She strikes a deal with the Fire Nation Princess and the girl is taken from her tribe, given to none other than the Fire Prince Zuko.
The Basic Rules Of Science by SilverontheRose reviews Had she paid more attention in science, Kagome would not have been as surprised as she was on this trip. The basic rules governing her life were always the same. Rated for Loki's mouth. No pairing, oneshot. Foreign Affairs by Kagome Yuki Niwa reviews Kagome didn't believe everything they said in the media but maybe she should have where Tony Stark was concerned. No one could be that much a playboy - it just wasn't possible. Unexpected Endeavors by scottishfae reviews The shard hunting group is rocked by an unexpected request from Sesshomaru and forced to endure the deal when, by mistake, Kagome agrees to his offer.
Check my profile for updated news on this story. Chain of Love by Chiera reviews Sesshoumaru's mother decides that the Western lands need an heir and hires a Matchmaker to deal with the job. She soon realises that no arrow of Amor could make Sesshoumaru fall and thus resorts to more extreme means - or rather it would seem, to a chain.
Walking On Air by Bunny. K reviews After receiving a message from an old friend, Kagome and Shippo make their way to a new world to solve a dire problem. Little did Kagome know, was she would gain the interest of another man. Who knew wizards were so insistent. Sesshoumaru being the one who had done was even more of a lie to her. Now though, being pregnant, she doesn't want to meet him or come anywhere near him in fear of her unborn babies.
But he is not the only problem she has to worry about. What is she to do now? Chapter 7 Revised as of Mar 20, She had only been the owner of her little business for a few weeks when Sesshomaru's Blackmailed Mistress by Kookie reviews To keep her family from finding out a dangerous secret that may tear it all apart, Kagome Higurashi becomes the Mistress of Sesshomaru Takahashi, the leader of the deadliest gang in Tokyo, all through blackmail. A Study in Mythology by Akuma-Chibi reviews Kagome fell down a magic well seven years ago; now Twenty-two years old, she hasn't been down the well since her and her friends defeated Naraku four years ago.
She finds a letter sitting on her porch when she gets home addressed to: Miss.
Mess Up! Oden is instant forgiveness however and Hawkeye thinks S. By sheer luck did she find the little black book that would change her life; though refusing to use such a thing she couldn't bare to part with it, keeping it, she meets the most strangest of beings that changes her life. From Pickpocket to Pirate by Yuu-chi reviews Lovino does something both very brave and very, very stupid and lands himself aboard a pirate ship against his will.
Perhaps picking the pockets of the famed Captain Antonio Fernandez Carriedo wasn't the best choice he's made. Through unusual circumstance, Sesshomaru has decided to return her. Unless, you know, he kills her first. A long story told in short snippets. Oh, and by the way she's a youkai! Tide of Betrayal by Luxio Nyx reviews After he and his brother are captured by a ruthless pirate captain, Alfred Jones is forced to go undercover on a rival pirate ship to save his brother.
His mission: to kill Captain Arthur Kirkland. Jones is a small-town guy living with his brother in southern Virgina, until a phone call about the death of a mysterious relative brings them to the UK. Who was this woman? And why is Alfred having visions of a man with green eyes? Phantom Fairy Tale by The Literary Lord reviews After losing his family, friends, and home to a horrible slaughter, Danny swears off his ghost powers forever.
But how long can that last when he is unexpectedly drawn into Higurashi Kagome's life? Rated T. Counterbalance by punkish furball reviews She was a perfect compliment to his personality What will happen when she is suspected of being Kira by a certain detective? Will she be able to keep her secrets? Fate has given them a chance to heal, together. T for Cuba's mouth! Inuyasha is a WHAT! But instead of going to apologize, he is attacked by a demon and is turned into something Humans and demons are at war. General Arthur is captured by demon general Ivan and made into a slave. After forming a plot with his ex-lover Arthur plans to seduce and destroy the demon Ivan.
But will he succeed? Francis x Cupid! Happy Valentines day! Patience by honeybeeze reviews Kagome could only wait for Inuyasha for so long. Kaze no Miko by Alias Erotavlas reviews Kagome saves young Jin from a bear demon and asks him to join the group. What could possibly happen? Based off my original one-shot Chibi Kaze Tsukai. Coffee by Dictator4Life reviews America was pretty proud of himself for snagging a date with the pretty foreigner. But what happens when he figures out that Kagome is just as much of a hero as he is? He wants a way out and then he discovers the young American peasant, Alfred, who's been impersonating him.
Now he has an idea. Japan discovers one of his citizens is making a webcomic about personified nations. Intent on stopping the mangaka, Japan joins America in New York as they attempt to prevent the leak of the world's oldest secret. Featuring Himaruya Hidekaz. My Last Breath by Kanafire reviews Two years have passed since Naraku's death and the disappearance of the jewel and Kagome is living a normal life. That is until she is attacked by a hollow and rescued by a red haired man with a sword. All But A Television Terror by Milkingcows reviews "Amber Alert: Missing child of nineteen years, blonde hair, blue eyes, a bomber jacket and cargo pants.
His name is Alfred F. Jones, and if anyone has seen him, they are to call the information line immediately!
Connected by VeryHungryAuthor reviews Kagome made a wish to try and make a happier outcome for Kikyo and InuYasha, but there was an unexpected payment required of her. Kuwabara - Complete. At least the ruler seemed like a nice decent guy Well, more like romantic comedy, really. Kiku Honda, the up-and-coming actor and his manager, the famous Kagome Higurashi! Introducing Hetalia: Axis Powers, the television series! Incoming Text by bowlerhatfringe reviews Lovino Vargas just wanted to text his brother's new cellphone. Instead, he accidentally texts this guy named 'Spain'.
What the heck? Moreover, this guy just won't stop freakin' texting Lovino! A Miko's Love Story by Tempest78 reviews When a spell throws Bankotsu and Kagome into a marriage-or-death predicament, the Inutachi and Shichinintai are forced to form an alliance. What happens when dark secrets from Bankotsu's past come into play? Hamburgers by Dictator4Life reviews Only Kagome can get a date when arguing about hamburgers. Then again, America can do it, too.
Fractured Fairytale by R. Avalon reviews Kagome just can't quite get the hang of being a fairytale princess. And it doesn't help that her prince is a total dog. Okay, slightly more than dangerous. As the Don of an Italian mafia in America striking up a deal with a Yakuza lord, there is, potentially, danger. But what could become of it is anything but!
Autumn Doe by Superschwiizer reviews When tiny doe horns appear on Mattie's and autumn leaves appear all over his body, he has no idea what to do. But it seems someone wants him gone because of it. All she wanted was freedom from this fate Wet by VeryHungryAuthor reviews Kagome makes a wrong turn while escaping from something rather unpleasant and ends up in the boy's locker room.
Now…this could be fun. You by VeryHungryAuthor reviews Kurama finds himself quite interested in the new girl at school. But could there be more to her than what she's letting on? Alone Together by VeryHungryAuthor reviews Keiko left Yusuke, and the heartbroken Detective rescues the woman who turns out to be exactly what he was looking for. De Amicitia by r ii n g o k ii t s u n e reviews Friendship is a particular thing.
It is a bond that can be strengthened, distanced, and even ended, but it is never forgotten. I was being chased by a shadow, and as I ran, I came to a cliff and stopped short of running off. I turned to go back, but the road I had taken was no longer there. I was stranded on this high cliff. Kagome is one of five successors,shes also the only female successor. Peace Treaty by piratequeen reviews After centuries of war between humans and demons, a new peace treaty is proposed to put an end to the misery and destruction.
It is a marital alliance with Kagome and Sesshoumaru at the center. The Cursed Monk by forthright reviews CU. Kagome finds a brochure describing a cave with the statue. Thinking it might be Midoriko's cave, she plans a trip to revisit the site. However, this cave doesn't contain the legendary miko; instead, it's an amorous monk. Miroku x Kagome. Tainted by honeybeeze reviews There were days where Naraku was whispering in her ear demanding for blood. She knew she was becoming diluted.
But she kind of hoped he's also becoming diluted. Hero by Komorebi-chan reviews He just wanted her to be her usual self, and smile. Kagome kidnapped herself! It's time to be a hero! America's randomness and romance put together! Do not own either Inuyasha or Hetalia.
Maid for You by luna-magic reviews Inuyasha plays a prank on his older brother Sesshoumaru - by purchasing him a mail order bride! Except something seems a little off about this one… Drabble series. The Slaughterhouse by VioletLolitaPop reviews He's always had a certain talent for creeping on strangers and making them uncomfortable until they want nothing more than the chance to flee from his presence, the perfect prerequisite for his line of work. Happily Ever After by honeybeeze reviews It was so wrong, but nothing had turned out right.
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Oh that can't be good; especially when it's that time of the month. He hated it as much as he hated spiders and less than he hated ghosts. A haunted dentist's office would be an absolute nightmare for him. Ivan, birthday fic written for ahmerst. He doesn't plan on it, but he upsets a group of dangerous people, only because he protects something that they needed. He never intended to fall for what they needed either. Hetalia with a Pokemon flair, America breeding. When Last we Left our Heroes by Black. Jones, is off to fight bad guys, defend freedom, and possibly even save the world!
Or, she would be if she hadn't just been captured by the evil villains. Superhero Parody AU and Gen! Reason to Live by honeybeeze reviews In death, Kagome finds a reason to live. Which is all kinds of confusing, because he's pretty sure he likes chicks. It can only result in a cheesy fluffy love story! IggyKag oneshot! But what happens when her life is turned upside down by Third Division's Ichimaru Gin, who has taken a sudden interest in her? How is she to keep her head when a certain Knave of Hearts decides he wants to make her his own?
Rated M to be safe. But suddenly they're thrown together by a bunch of would-be boring hours of waiting Now with no one to protect her, what happens when she falls into the lap of a wolf demon? Thing by Yuu-chi reviews In which America insists it's not a Thing, Canada disagrees and England has yet to be informed. Subjecting to Tyranny by KitKatAttack reviews Rumors of Naraku's presence lead the shard hunters to a little red-haired boy, covered in blood, crying in the middle of a decimated village.
Baby Beel sees her as a potential parent, what will happen when their worlds collide? There might be a new queen on campus. Gentle Monsters by Ahmerst reviews While on vacation at his family's cabin, Alfred can't help but notice a sudden chill in his room and that the window has somehow opened itself.
It doesn't help that there's a monster crawling along his ceiling. Human AU, Ivan as a vampire. Expect the Unexpected by momo reviews Beyond manages to escape prison and slip into Japan, creating a new plot against L.
He then meets a young girl named Kagome who he uses in his twisted web, but what happens if he actually falls for her? She Doesn't Give A Damn! Until she had to move, and now She was the new girl at Whammy Tech, and is rooming with a complete. Accidentally Funny by Kanna37 reviews Sesshoumaru has joined up with the tachi - but Kagome really isn't prepared for the daiyoukai's twisted sense of humor. Who knew he even had one? Written randomly - no set updating schedule.
Their will was a false one. They were told what to think, not taught how. In a world of rules and order, asking questions is dangerous. But for Ciel, that is all he has. Questions for his parents' brutal murders Clutter by forthright reviews AU.
Higurashi decides to help her daughter put her life together; enter Sesshoumaru, professional organizer extraordinaire. A romantic comedy told in word snippets. Semiramis and Cyrus were each said to have lost an army there through hunger and thirst; and these foes, the most fatal foes of the invader, began to attack the Greek host. Nothing but the discipline and all-pervading influence of Alexander could have borne his army through. Speed was their sole chance; and through the burning sun, over the arid rock, he stimulated their steps with his own high spirit of unshrinking endurance, till he had dragged them through one of the most rapid and extraordinary marches of his wonderful career.
His own share in their privations was fully and freely taken; and once when, like the rest, he was faint with heat and deadly thirst, a small quantity of water, won with great fatigue and difficulty, was brought to him, he esteemed it too precious to be applied to his own refreshment, but poured it forth as a libation, lest, he said, his warriors should thirst the more when they saw him drink alone; and, no doubt, too, because he felt the exceeding value of that which was purchased by loyal love.
A like story is told of Rodolf of Hapsburg , the founder of the greatness of Austria, and one of the most open-hearted of men. A flagon of water was brought to him when his army was suffering from severe drought. I do not thirst for myself, but for my whole army. Our own Sir Philip Sidney , riding back, with the mortal hurt in his broken thigh, from the fight at Zutphen, and giving the draught from his own lips to the dying man whose necessities were greater than his own, has long been our proverb for the giver of that self-denying cup of water that shall by no means lose its reward.
A tradition of an act of somewhat the same character survived in a Slesvig family, now extinct. It was during the wars that ranged from to , between Frederick III of Denmark and Charles Gustavus of Sweden, that, after a battle, in which the victory had remained with the Danes, a stout burgher of Flensborg was about to refresh himself, ere retiring to have his wounds dressed, with a draught of beer from a wooden bottle, when an imploring cry from a wounded Swede, lying on the field, made him turn, and, with the very words of Sidney, "Thy need is greater than mine," he knelt down by the fallen enemy, to pour the liquor into his mouth.
His requital was a pistol shot in the shoulder from the treacherous Swede. Now I will punish you. I would have given you the whole bottle; but now you shall have only half. The king, hearing the story, sent for the burgher, and asked him how he came to spare the life of such a rascal. The family only lately became extinct in the person of an old maiden lady. Such, according to old Roman story, was the feat of Horatius Cocles. It was in the year B. Lars Porsena, one of the great Etruscan chieftains, had taken up the cause of the banished Tarquinius Superbus and his son Sextus, and gathered all his forces together, to advance upon the city of Rome.
The great walls, of old Etrurian architecture, had probably already risen round the growing town, and all the people came flocking in from the country for shelter there; but the Tiber was the best defence, and it was only crossed by one wooden bridge, and the farther side of that was guarded by a fort, called the Janiculum. To arms! However, the supports of the bridge had been destroyed.
Back, Herminius! Back, ere the ruin fall! The statue was shown even in the time of Pliny, years afterwards, and was probably only destroyed when Rome was sacked by the barbarians. Nor was the Roman bridge the only one that has been defended by one man against a host. In our own country, Stamford Bridge was, in like manner, guarded by a single brave Northman, after the battle fought A. The chosen English king, Harold, had marched at full speed from Sussex to Yorkshire, and met the invaders marching at their ease, without expecting any enemy, and wearing no defensive armour, as they went forth to receive the keys of the city of York.
The battle was fought by the Norsemen in the full certainty that it must be lost. The banner, "Landwaster", was planted in the midst; and the king, chanting his last song, like the minstrel warrior he had always been, stood, with his bravest men, in a death ring around it. There he died, and his choicest warriors with him; but many more fled back towards the ships, rushing over the few planks that were the only way across the River Ouse. And here stood their defender, alone upon the bridge, keeping back the whole pursuing English army, who could only attack him one at a time; until, with shame be it spoken, he died by a cowardly blow by an enemy, who had crept down the bank of the river, and under the bridge, through the openings between the timbers of which he thrust up his spear, and thus was able to hurl the brave Northman into the river, mortally wounded, but not till great numbers of his countrymen had reached their ships, their lives saved by his gallantry.
In like manner, Robert Bruce , in the time of his wanderings, during the year , saved his whole band by his sole exertions. He had been defeated by the forces of Edward I. His little army went wandering among the hills, sometimes encamping in the woods, sometimes crossing the lakes in small boats. Many ladies were among them, and their summer life had some wild charms of romance; as the knightly huntsmen brought in the salmon, the roe, and the deer that formed their food, and the ladies gathered the flowering heather, over which soft skins were laid for their bedding.
Sir James Douglas was the most courtly and graceful knight of all the party, and ever kept them enlivened by his gay temper and ready wit; and the king himself cherished a few precious romances, which he used to read aloud to his followers as they rested in their mountain home. But their bitter foe, the Lord of Lorn, was always in pursuit of them, and, near the head of the Tay, he came upon the small army of men with Highlanders, armed with Lochaber axes, at a place which is still called Dalry, or the King's Field.
Many of the horses were killed by the axes; and James Douglas and Gilbert de la Haye were both wounded. All would have been slain or fallen into the hand of the enemy, if Robert Bruce had not sent them all on before him, up a narrow, steep path, and placed himself, with his armour and heavy horse, full in the path, protecting the retreat with his single arm. It was true, that so tall and powerful a man, sheathed in armour and on horseback, had a great advantage against the wild Highlanders, who only wore a shirt and a plaid, with a round target upon the arm; but they were lithe, active, light-footed men, able to climb like goats on the crags around him, and holding their lives as cheaply as he did.
Lorn, watching him from a distance, was struck with amazement, and exclaimed, "Methinks, Marthokson, he resembles Gol Mak Morn protecting his followers from Fingal;" thus comparing him to one the most brilliant champions a Highland imagination could conceive. At last, three men, named M'Androsser, rushed forward, resolved to free their chief from this formidable enemy. There was a lake on one side, and a precipice on the other, and the king had hardly space to manage his horse, when all three sprang on him at once. One snatched his bridle, one caught him by the stirrup and leg, and a third leaped from a rising ground and seated himself behind him on his horse.
The first lost his arm by one sweep of the king's sword; the second was overthrown and trampled on; and the last, by a desperate struggle, was dashed down, and his skull cleft by the king's sword; but his dying grasp was so tight upon the plaid that Bruce was forced to unclasp the brooch that secured it, and leave both in the dead man's hold. It was long preserved by the Macdougals of Lorn, as a trophy of the narrow escape of their enemy. Nor must we leave Robert the Bruce without mentioning that other Golden Deed, more truly noble because more full of mercy; namely, his halting his little army in full retreat in Ireland in the face of the English host under Roger Mortimer, that proper care and attendance might be given to one sick and suffering washerwoman and her new-born babe.
Well may his old Scotch rhyming chronicler remark:— "This was a full great courtesy That swik a king and so mighty, Gert his men dwell on this manner, But for a poor lavender. Here is one more instance, from far more modern times, of a soldier, whose willing sacrifice of his own life was the safety of a whole army. Louis XV. From this the Marquis de Castries had been despatched, with 25, men, towards Rheinberg, and had taken up a strong position at Klostercamp.
On the night of the 15th of October, a young officer, called the Chevalier d'Assas , of the Auvergne regiment, was sent out to reconnoitre, and advanced alone into a wood, at some little distance from his men. Suddenly he found himself surrounded by a number of soldiers, whose bayonets pricked his breast, and a voice whispered in his ear, "Make the slightest noise, and you are a dead man! The enemy were advancing, to surprise the French army, and would be upon them when night was further advanced.
That moment decided his fate. He shouted, as loud as his voice would carry the words, "Here, Auvergne! Here are the enemy! Louis XV was too mean-spirited and selfish to feel the beauty of this brave action; but when, fourteen years later, Louis XVI came to the throne, he decreed that a pension should be given to the family as long as a male representative remained to bear the name of D'Assas.
Poor Louis XVI had not long the control of the treasure of France; but a century of changes, wars, and revolutions has not blotted out the memory of the self-devotion of the chevalier; for, among the new war-steamers of the French fleet, there is one that bears the ever-honoured name of D'Assas. Already had his might devoured the cherished colonies of the Greeks on the eastern shore of the Archipelago, and every traitor to home institutions found a ready asylum at that despotic court, and tried to revenge his own wrongs by whispering incitements to invasion.
His many capitals—Babylon the great, Susa, Persepolis, and the like—were names of dreamy splendour to the Greeks, described now and then by Ionians from Asia Minor who had carried their tribute to the king's own feet, or by courtier slaves who had escaped with difficulty from being all too serviceable at the tyrannic court.
And the lord of this enormous empire was about to launch his countless host against the little cluster of states, the whole of which together would hardly equal one province of the huge Asiatic realm! Moreover, it was a war not only on the men but on their gods. The Persians were zealous adorers of the sun and of fire, they abhorred the idol worship of the Greeks, and defiled and plundered every temple that fell in their way.
Death and desolation were almost the best that could be looked for at such hands—slavery and torture from cruelly barbarous masters would only too surely be the lot of numbers, should their land fall a prey to the conquerors. True it was that ten years back the former Great King had sent his best troops to be signally defeated upon the coast of Attica; but the losses at Marathon had but stimulated the Persian lust of conquest, and the new King Xerxes was gathering together such myriads of men as should crush down the Greeks and overrun their country by mere force of numbers.
The muster place was at Sardis, and there Greek spies had seen the multitudes assembling and the state and magnificence of the king's attendants. Envoys had come from him to demand earth and water from each state in Greece, as emblems that land and sea were his, but each state was resolved to be free, and only Thessaly, that which lay first in his path, consented to yield the token of subjugation. A council was held at the Isthmus of Corinth, and attended by deputies from all the states of Greece to consider of the best means of defence.
The only hope of averting the danger lay in defending such passages as, from the nature of the ground, were so narrow that only a few persons could fight hand to hand at once, so that courage would be of more avail than numbers. The first of all these passes was called Tempe, and a body of troops was sent to guard it; but they found that this was useless and impossible, and came back again. It looks like a piece broken off from the coast, and to the north is shaped like the head of a bird, with the beak running into a gulf, that would fit over it, upon the main land, and between the island and the coast is an exceedingly narrow strait.
The Persian army would have to march round the edge of the gulf. They could not cut straight across the country, because the ridge of mountains called Oeta rose up and barred their way. Indeed, the woods, rocks, and precipices came down so near the seashore, that in two places there was only room for one single wheel track between the steeps and the impassable morass that formed the border of the gulf on its south side. These two very narrow places were called the gates of the pass, and were about a mile apart. A wall had once been built across the western-most of these narrow places, when the Thessalians and Phocians, who lived on either side of it, had been at war with one another; but it had been allowed to go to decay, since the Phocians had found out that there was a very steep narrow mountain path along the bed of a torrent, by which it was possible to cross from one territory to the other without going round this marshy coast road.
This was, therefore, an excellent place to defend. The Greek ships were all drawn up on the farther side of Euboea to prevent the Persian vessels from getting into the strait and landing men beyond the pass, and a division of the army was sent off to guard the Hot Gates. The council at the Isthmus did not know of the mountain pathway, and thought that all would be safe as long as the Persians were kept out of the coast path.
The troops sent for this purpose were from different cities, and amounted to about , who were to keep the pass against two millions. The leader of them was Leonidas, who had newly become one of the two kings of Sparta, the city that above all in Greece trained its sons to be hardy soldiers, dreading death infinitely less than shame. Leonidas had already made up his mind that the expedition would probably be his death, perhaps because a prophecy had been given at the Temple of Delphi that Sparta should be saved by the death of one of her kings of the race of Hercules.
He was allowed by law to take with him men, and these he chose most carefully, not merely for their strength and courage, but selecting those who had sons, so that no family might be altogether destroyed. These Spartans, with their helots or slaves, made up his own share of the numbers, but all the army was under his generalship. It is even said that the celebrated their own funeral rites before they set out, lest they should be deprived of them by the enemy, since, as we have already seen, it was the Greek belief that the spirits of the dead found no rest till their obsequies had been performed.
Such preparations did not daunt the spirits of Leonidas and his men, and his wife, Gorgo, who was not a woman to be faint-hearted or hold him back. Long before, when she was a very little girl, a word of hers had saved her father from listening to a traitorous message from the King of Persia; and every Spartan lady was bred up to be able to say to those she best loved that they must come home from battle "with the shield or on it"—either carrying it victoriously or borne upon it as a corpse.
He consented, and encamping around the warm springs, caused the broken wall to be repaired, and made ready to meet the foe. The Persian army were seen covering the whole country like locusts, and the hearts of some of the southern Greeks in the pass began to sink. Their homes in the Peloponnesus were comparatively secure—had they not better fall back and reserve themselves to defend the Isthmus of Corinth?
But Leonidas, though Sparta was safe below the Isthmus, had no intention of abandoning his northern allies, and kept the other Peloponnesians to their posts, only sending messengers for further help. Presently a Persian on horseback rode up to reconnoitre the pass. He could not see over the wall, but in front of it, and on the ramparts, he saw the Spartans, some of them engaged in active sports, and others in combing their long hair.
He rode back to the king, and told him what he had seen. Now, Xerxes had in his camp an exiled Spartan Prince, named Demaratus, who had become a traitor to his country, and was serving as counsellor to the enemy. Xerxes sent for him, and asked whether his countrymen were mad to be thus employed instead of fleeing away; but Demaratus made answer that a hard fight was no doubt in preparation, and that it was the custom of the Spartans to array their hair with special care when they were about to enter upon any great peril. Xerxes would, however, not believe that so petty a force could intend to resist him, and waited four days, probably expecting his fleet to assist him, but as it did not appear, the attack was made.
The Greeks, stronger men and more heavily armed, were far better able to fight to advantage than the Persians, with their short spears and wicker shields, and beat them off with great ease. It is said that Xerxes three times leapt off his throne in despair at the sight of his troops being driven backwards; and thus for two days it seemed as easy to force a way through the Spartans as through the rocks themselves.
Nay, how could slavish troops, dragged from home to spread the victories of an ambitious king, fight like freemen who felt that their strokes were to defend their homes and children! But on that evening a wretched man, named Ephialtes, crept into the Persian camp, and offered, for a great sum of money, to show the mountain path that would enable the enemy to take the brave defenders in the rear! A Persian general, named Hydarnes, was sent off at nightfall with a detachment to secure this passage, and was guided through the thick forests that clothed the hillside.
In the stillness of the air, at daybreak, the Phocian guards of the path were startled by the crackling of the chestnut leaves under the tread of many feet. They started up, but a shower of arrows was discharged on them, and forgetting all save the present alarm, they fled to a higher part of the mountain, and the enemy, without waiting to pursue them, began to descend. As day dawned, morning light showed the watchers of the Grecian camp below a glittering and shimmering in the torrent bed where the shaggy forests opened; but it was not the sparkle of water, but the shine of gilded helmets and the gleaming of silvered spears!
Moreover, a Cimmerian crept over to the wall from the Persian camp with tidings that the path had been betrayed, that the enemy were climbing it, and would come down beyond the Eastern Gate. Still, the way was rugged and circuitous, the Persians would hardly descend before midday, and there was ample time for the Greeks to escape before they could be shut in by the enemy. There was a short council held over the morning sacrifice. Megistias, the seer, on inspecting the entrails of the slain victim, declared, as well he might, that their appearance boded disaster. Him Leonidas ordered to retire, but he refused, though he sent home his only son.
There was no disgrace to an ordinary tone of mind in leaving a post that could not be held, and Leonidas recommended all the allied troops under his command to march away while yet the way was open. As to himself and his Spartans, they had made up their minds to die at their post, and there could be no doubt that the example of such a resolution would do more to save Greece than their best efforts could ever do if they were careful to reserve themselves for another occasion. All the allies consented to retreat, except the eighty men who came from Mycenae and the Thespians, who declared that they would not desert Leonidas.
There were also Thebans who remained; and thus the whole number that stayed with Leonidas to confront two million of enemies were fourteen hundred warriors, besides the helots or attendants on the Spartans, whose number is not known, but there was probably at least one to each. Leonidas had two kinsmen in the camp, like himself, claiming the blood of Hercules, and he tried to save them by giving them letters and messages to Sparta; but one answered that "he had come to fight, not to carry letters"; and the other, that "his deeds would tell all that Sparta wished to know".
Another Spartan, named Dienices, when told that the enemy's archers were so numerous that their arrows darkened the sun, replied, "So much the better, we shall fight in the shade. One of them, called Eurytus, put on his armour, and commanded his helot to lead him to his place in the ranks; the other, called Aristodemus, was so overpowered with illness that he allowed himself to be carried away with the retreating allies.
It was still early in the day when all were gone, and Leonidas gave the word to his men to take their last meal. He therefore marched out beyond the wall, without waiting to be attacked, and the battle began. The Persian captains went behind their wretched troops and scourged them on to the fight with whips! Poor wretches, they were driven on to be slaughtered, pierced with the Greek spears, hurled into the sea, or trampled into the mud of the morass; but their inexhaustible numbers told at length.
The spears of the Greeks broke under hard service, and their swords alone remained; they began to fall, and Leonidas himself was among the first of the slain. Hotter than ever was the fight over his corpse, and two Persian princes, brothers of Xerxes, were there killed; but at length word was brought that Hydarnes was over the pass, and that the few remaining men were thus enclosed on all sides. The Spartans and Thespians made their way to a little hillock within the wall, resolved to let this be the place of their last stand; but the hearts of the Thebans failed them, and they came towards the Persians holding out their hands in entreaty for mercy.
Quarter was given to them, but they were all branded with the king's mark as untrustworthy deserters. The helots probably at this time escaped into the mountains; while the small desperate band stood side by side on the hill still fighting to the last, some with swords, others with daggers, others even with their hands and teeth, till not one living man remained amongst them when the sun went down. There was only a mound of slain, bristled over with arrows.
Twenty thousand Persians had died before that handful of men! Xerxes asked Demaratus if there were many more at Sparta like these, and was told there were It must have been with a somewhat failing heart that he invited his courtiers from the fleet to see what he had done to the men who dared to oppose him! The body of the brave king was buried where he fell, as were those of the other dead. Much envied were they by the unhappy Aristodemus, who found himself called by no name but the "Coward", and was shunned by all his fellow citizens.
No one would give him fire or water, and after a year of misery, he redeemed his honour by perishing in the forefront of the battle of Plataea, which was the last blow that drove the Persians ingloriously from Greece. The Greeks then united in doing honour to the brave warriors who, had they been better supported, might have saved the whole country from invasion. The poet Simonides wrote the inscriptions that were engraved upon the pillars that were set up in the pass to commemorate this great action.
One was outside the wall, where most of the fighting had been. It seems to have been in honour of the whole number who had for two days resisted— "Here did four thousand men from Pelops' land Against three hundred myriads bravely stand". In honour of the Spartans was another column— "Go, traveller, to Sparta tell That here, obeying her, we fell". On the little hillock of the last resistance was placed the figure of a stone lion, in memory of Leonidas, so fitly named the lion-like, and Simonides, at his own expense, erected a pillar to his friend, the seer Megistias— "The great Megistias' tomb you here may view, Who slew the Medes, fresh from Spercheius fords; Well the wise seer the coming death foreknew, Yet scorn'd he to forsake his Spartan lords".
The names of the were likewise engraven on a pillar at Sparta. Lions, pillars, and inscriptions have all long since passed away, even the very spot itself has changed; new soil has been formed, and there are miles of solid ground between Mount Oeta and the gulf, so that the Hot Gates no longer exist. But more enduring than stone or brass—nay, than the very battlefield itself—has been the name of Leonidas. Two thousand three hundred years have sped since he braced himself to perish for his country's sake in that narrow, marshy coast road, under the brow of the wooded crags, with the sea by his side.
Every citizen loved his city and her greatness above all else. There was as yet little wealth among them; the richest owned little more than a few acres, which they cultivated themselves by the help of their families, and sometimes of a few slaves, and the beautiful Campagna di Roma, girt in by hills looking like amethysts in the distance, had not then become almost uninhabitable from pestilential air, but was rich and fertile, full of highly cultivated small farms, where corn was raised in furrows made by a small hand plough, and herds of sheep, goats, and oxen browsed in the pasture lands.
The owners of these lands would on public days take off their rude working dress and broad-brimmed straw hat, and putting on the white toga with a purple hem, would enter the city, and go to the valley called the Forum or Marketplace to give their votes for the officers of state who were elected every year; especially the two consuls, who were like kings all but the crown, wore purple togas richly embroidered, sat on ivory chairs, and were followed by lictors carrying an axe in a bundle of rods for the execution of justice.
In their own chamber sat the Senate, the great council composed of the patricians, or citizens of highest birth, and of those who had formerly been consuls. They decided on peace or war, and made the laws, and were the real governors of the State, and their grave dignity made a great impression on all who came near them. Above the buildings of the city rose steep and high the Capitoline Hill, with the Temple of Jupiter on its summit, and the strong wall in which was the chief stronghold and citadel of Rome, the Capitol, the very centre of her strength and resolution.
When a war was decided on, every citizen capable of bearing arms was called into the Forum, bringing his helmet, breast plate, short sword, and heavy spear, and the officers called tribunes, chose out a sufficient number, who were formed into bodies called legions, and marched to battle under the command of one of the consuls. Many little States or Italian tribes, who had nearly the same customs as Rome, surrounded the Campagna, and so many disputes arose that every year, as soon as the crops were saved, the armies marched out, the flocks were driven to folds on the hills, the women and children were placed in the walled cities, and a battle was fought, sometimes followed up by the siege of the city of the defeated.
The Romans did not always obtain the victory, but there was a staunchness about them that was sure to prevail in the long run; if beaten one year, they came back to the charge the next, and thus they gradually mastered one of their neighbors after another, and spread their dominion over the central part of Italy. They were well used to Italian and Etruscan ways of making war, but after nearly years of this kind of fighting, a stranger and wilder enemy came upon them.
These were the Gauls, a tall strong, brave people, long limbed and red-haired, of the same race as the highlanders of Scotland. They had gradually spread themselves over the middle of Europe, and had for some generations past lived among the Alpine mountains, whence they used to come down upon the rich plans of northern Italy for forays, in which they slew and burnt, and drove off cattle, and now and then, when a country was quite depopulated, would settle themselves in it.
And thus, the Gauls conquering from the north and the Romans from the south, these two fierce nations at length came against one another. The old Roman story is that it happened thus: The Gauls had an unusually able leader, whom Latin historians call Brennus, but whose real name was most likely Bran, and who is said to have come out of Britain. He had brought a great host of Gauls to attack Clusium, a Tuscan city, and the inhabitants sent to Rome to entreat succour.
Three ambassadors, brothers of the noble old family of Fabius, were sent from Rome to intercede for the Clusians. Brennus was justly enraged, and sent messengers to Rome to demand that the brothers should be given up to him for punishment. The priests and many of the Senate held that the rash young men had deserved death as covenant-breakers; but their father made strong interest for them, and prevailed not only to have them spared, but even chosen as tribunes to lead the legions in the war that was expected.
The Gauls were much enraged, and hurried southwards, not waiting for plunder by the way, but declaring that they were friends to every State save Rome. The Romans on their side collected their troops in haste, but with a lurking sense of having transgressed; and since they had gainsayed the counsel of their priests, they durst not have recourse to the sacrifices and ceremonies by which they usually sought to gain the favour of their gods. Even among heathens, the saying has often been verified, "a sinful heart makes failing hand", and the battle on the banks of the River Allia, about eleven miles from Rome, was not so much a fight as a rout.
The Roman soldiers were ill drawn up, and were at once broken.