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Scylla

 

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Description

A monster with six arms, six heads with four eyes each and at the lower part of her body, six hideous dogs with mouth containing three rows of razor sharp teeth.

With necks fully expanded, Scylla is 15 feet tall; the necks are 5 feet long each.

Hidden in a cave at the bottom of a cliff, Scylla usually let her heads rearing up out of the chasm, gapping dolphins or any human or animal that would venture in the surroundings. 

 

Origin

Scylla was formerly a beautiful maiden daughter of Phorcys and Crateis or Lamia and Triton. Glaucus who was madly in love with Scylla went to Circe, the enchantress and asked for a potion that would burn Scylla's heart.

Circe fell in love with him but Glaucus still wanted Scylla. Circe was so mad she made a poison to damage Scylla beauty and put the poison in Scylla's bathing spot.

When Scylla took a bath, she turned into a monster. In other versions of the legends, Poseidon fell in love with Scylla and a jealous Amphitrite asked Circe to punish her. 

 

Story

In The Odyssee, Homer tells of the perils that Odysseus had to face when he and his crew steered their ship between the two cliffs that were the homes of Scylla and Charybdis.

Circe warned Odysseus that if he sailed too close to Charybdis, the monster would capture his boat when it sucked down the sea in her regular routine. Odysseus could sail by Skylla and take his losses or he could linger and fight Skylla, thus loosing the entire crew to Charybdis. It was a cruel choice for Odysseus but it got worse.

When Odysseus and his brave crew came to the Rovers, Odysseus put on his finest armor and stood with two spears scanning the rockface for any sign of Skylla.

Regardless, he was still taken by surprise. They gave Charybdis a wide birth and sailed near Skylla's rock. While Charybdis kept their attention with her gushing and sputtering, Skylla swooped down unseen and snatched up six of the crew.

Their legs and torsos were dangling from Skylla's mouths as she lifted them to her cave to eat them. They screamed for Odysseus and begged for help but he stood helpless on the deck with the rest of the terrified crew. Odysseus said it was the most pitiful scene his long-suffering eyes had ever seen. 

When Herakles brought back Geryon’s cattle, Scylla snapped up one cow and eats it. Herakles killed the monster but it was later resuscitated by Phorcys

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