Under Feet of Clay
Chaotic Neutral Hero
A monolith of Calopene myth, Aedikles was once the strongest man in all of Calopius. At a young age, he wrestled animals and swung tree branches as clubs. As an adult, he was the pride of Pittacae, a noble-born champion who could match whole units of other city’s hoplites. However, he never took up the spear, and his anger was legendary. Often one to take too liberally to the wine, his mind was muddled by Anxi one night, and when his mind cleared he has slaughtered his wife and three children. The rest of his life as a mortal was spent undertaking a series of tasks for the gods to atone for his actions. Though Aedikles never compromised his honor, he was forced to learn that raw strength did not make him a hero, and it wasn’t until the great Nemiode Lion threatened Dikethaleos and Aedikles had to allow himself to be swallowed to slay the beast from within that he learned true strength came from resolve of the heart. Emerging a divinized hero wearing the lion’s skin as a cloak, Aedikles remains one of the most popular heroes across Calopius, with statues to his exploits dotting every city. For his services across the whole land, he is known as the Champion of Calopius, and honored twice each year with festivals. Like most of the Anthrotheon, there are almost no priests of Aedikles, instead merely adventurers who invoke his name. See also, the Labors of Aedikles.