Greek Bronze and Gold Short Sword and Dagger, C. 1450-1300 BC
The daggers and early swords of the Aegean Bronze Age represent some of
the most striking artifacts of the period in terms of their opulence,
craftsmanship and display of technical virtuosity. Whilst some were used
solely for ceremonial use, many were functional instruments of war,
attested by the clear developments in form, according to fighting
preferences and practices. The short sword, which developed from the
dagger, is one of the most interesting innovations of the Bronze Age,
often signifying social status in societies in which hierarchy and
one-on-one combat were primary concerns. The present dagger and short
sword probably originate from Crete, in the locality of the great
palaces at Knossos, or from Mycenae. The Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations were renowned for their wealth, richness of culture,
technical sophistication, and strong influence across the Greek world
for centuries to come. These are the weapons of the fabled heroes of
Troy, the great treasures of powerful kings like Agamemnon, who ruled
over the kingdom of Mycenae.
Thank you @sherlove-freebatch for helping me find @pembroke who is the artist of our lovely little cartoon above!! Thanks for the inspiration for this little fic :)
Stiles doesn’t know exactly when it began. No, that’s a lie, it started with the Fairy Incident of July. What he means, is he doesn’t know when it became normal. The first time it happened was last year with those godforsaken fairies.
The Big Bad wasn’t exactly big, but damnit, they were mean.
It had begun as pranks almost, little things done around the pack as inconveniences and something to roll your eyes and sigh at. Things like adding blue hair dye to Isaac’s conditioner. (Scott’s blush when he let the word ‘cute’ slip made Stiles ‘aww’ resulting in a nice bruise on the arm from Isaac.) Then it was the thing where all the forks in Derek’s apartment up and disappeared. Then Boyd’s car got saran-wrapped.
Easy stuff, really inconsequential. Sure, it was annoying and made Erica wolf out when her favorite t-shirt had a smiley face cut out of it, but it wasn’t like they were actually hurting them. Derek decided it was probably best to leave them alone and leave them shiny trinkets in the forest to keep the pranks from persisting.
It worked, too. (Crazy? Stiles definitely agrees.) They have a nice month of quiet and the settling feeling of their territory being at peace. Well, it was nice while it lasted.