And as the young woman’s lust grew stronger, a danger to the kingdoms rose, for there was no obstacle from which she would turn away. She, like Jupiter, was not content to suffer alone, and she sought to bring the kingdoms to their knees in ruin before her might. And Minerva saw at last that there was no other way.
He was a young one, and Eris’s favorite, and Minerva chose him wisely for her task. His cunning among mortal men was something to be feared, and his eyes as deep as the sea and his heart forged cold as iron, and he was set to tamper the young queen’s madness, and keep the kingdoms on their course, and, for a while, even the gods were blinded to his weaknesses— though they were but the common faults of men.