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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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THE ODYSSEY

Homer’s The Odyssey is three stories in one: Odysseus, King of Ithaca, and his 20-year journey home from the Trojan wars; his ever patient and faithful wife Penelope fending off suitors for her hand; and Odysseus’s son Telemachus’s growth from boy to man. To keep things simple, we’ll focus only on the events that make up the main story that gives the epic poem its name.

After leaving Troy, Odysseus’s ships are caught in a storm and land on the island of the Lotus-Eaters where many get high by munching on the plant, and decide to just hang, rather than continuing the journey. Odysseus manages to get enough of them set straight to set sail again.

The ships stop at the land of the Cyclops, one-eyed giants. After one of the Cyclops, ...

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