My father... was killed by a god. My mother, sister... everyone I loved was killed by a god.
I'd rather die in the mud with those men than live forever as a god.
I know we're all afraid. But my father told me: "Someday, someone was gonna have to take a stand. Someday, someone was gonna have to say enough!" This could be that day. Trust your senses, and don't look this bitch in the eye.
Io: [narrating] The oldest stories ever told are written in the stars. Stories of time before man and gods, when Titans ruled the earth. The Titans were powerful, but their reign was ended by their own sons: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Zeus convinced his brother Hades to create a beast so strong it could defeat their parents, and from his own flesh, Hades gave birth to an unspeakable horror: the Kraken. Zeus became king of the heavens, Poseidon, king of the seas, and Hades, tricked by Zeus, was left to rule the underworld in darkness and in misery. It was Zeus who created man, and man's prayers fed the gods' immortality. But in time, mankind grew restless. They began to question the gods, and finally, rise up against them. Into this world, a child was born. A boy who would change everything.
[Spyros walks closer to Young Perseus, who is thinking of having a sibling.]
Spyros: What is it son?
Young Perseus: I'll have a brother or a sister soon?
Spyros: Think we're gonna love this child differently to the way we love you. We won't.
Young Perseus: This child will be yours. Me... [turns to Spyros.] I'm no one's son.
Spyros: I am your father, Perseus. Marmara is your mother. And you will always be our son. The bond between us is... it's much more than flesh and bone. The love we have for you, it's that love that gods and kings fight over. I've never understood the gods. But even I don't question that you were saved for a reason. And some day... that reason is gonna take you far away from here. But not tonight, eh? [Young Perseus smiles.]
[Marmara comes to sit with them.; As they watch the stars at night.]
[In 6 years, Spyros tried to haul the net.]
Spyros: [calling.] Perseus. Perseus!
[Perseus appears and grabs the rope.]
Perseus: Getting frail, old man? [He haul the net. while Spyros grabs the net.]
Spyros: [calling.] Marmara! Marmara! [Marmara turns to Spyros.; The net is up and there isn't any fish.] Another day, nothing! Caught on the reef! To whom do I direct our gratitude for this glorious bounty?
Marmara: Spyros, please.---
Spyros: Poseidon!, Zeus! Who do I thank, Marmara?
Marmara: Thank the men who provoke them.---
Spyros: They crush my island, They put a plague on yours, They take from us what they want! We're their slaves!
Marmara: The gods gave us life. For that, we should be thankful.
Spyros: I'm tired of being thankful for scraps. I'm a fisherman. Perseus is a fisherman. They've even taken that away from us. What we are. Still they want us to love them anyway. One day, somebody's gonna have to make a stand. One day, somebody's gonna have to say: "Enough."
Andromeda: What's your name?
Andromeda: Take this. Please, drink.
[Andromeda holds out a goblet of wine to Perseus, who reaches to take it]
Draco: [slaps the goblet away] Hands off!
Queen Cassiopeia: Enough!
King Cepheus: Our daughter the missionary!
Andromeda: Have you seen what's happening out there? Have you even bothered to look?
Queen Cassiopeia: We served as an inspiration.
Andromeda: Hundreds of our men lost their lives, yet we celebrate. You're provoking the gods and you act if there will be no consequence.
Queen Cassiopeia: Well, what do you want? Should we be afraid? Should we be trembling and soiling ourselves in fear? The gods need us. They need our worship. What do we need of them? Look at my daughter.
Queen Cassiopeia: What could be more divine than her face? More beautiful than all of the women of Greece! More beautiful than Aphrodite herself! The Olympians should envy her! We are the gods now!
Hades: You were specks of dust beneath our fingernails. Your very breath is a gift from Olympus. You have insulted powers beyond your comprehension.
Queen Cassiopeia: Who are you?
Hades: I am Hades. Kneel.
Io: Not now, Perseus. You will have your chance.
Hades: What do you know of beauty? What is more beautiful than death? Gaze upon me, mortal queen.
[Cassiopeia's body ages and withers]
Hades: In ten days, when the sun is eclipsed, I will unleash the Kraken. Argos will be swept from the earth, and all of you with it. Unless you sacrifice the princess you so foolishly compare to the gods. Only her blood will sate the Kraken and Zeus, who you have so offended. Choose your penance, Argos. Destruction or sacrifice. This is the will of Zeus. [turns and looks at Perseus] The will of your father.
[When Perseus was in prison, Draco enters his cell.]
Draco: So demigod, you have a visitor. She says she knows you.
[Draco leaves as Io enters Perseus' jail cell.]
Io: My name is Io, Perseus.
Perseus: And how do you know me?
Io: I've watched you all your life. I guided you to your family.
Perseus: Are you a god?
Io: There are gods, and there are men, and there are those of us who are in between. Many years ago, I refused a god's advance. I was cursed with agelessness.
Perseus: That's not much of a curse.
Io: I've lived for years watching my loved ones die. I imagine you're sympathetic to that plight.
Perseus: Is it true? Am I the son of Zeus?
Io: Yes. The story of your birth began with the rebellion of King Acrisius...
Io: [narrating] Mankind had grown tired of the gods' mistreatment and cruelty. Acrisius led a siege on Olympus. It is said the other gods wanted to simply lay waste to Acrisius and his army, but Zeus loved man too much. Instead, he chose to make an example of Acrisius. He disguised himself as the king and visited the chamber where the king's wife was sleeping... Acrisius grow mad with rage...
Io: He ordered the execution of his wife and Zeus' newborn son. The queen and her child were cast into the sea. Your mother was killed, but you... part man, part god, you lived. I've watched over you ever since waiting for the day when you will help bring an end to the tyranny of the gods. You were born to kill the Kraken.
Perseus: I don't know why I was born or what I am, but I know it's not the Kraken I wanna kill. [turns to Io.] How do I get to Hades?
Io: If the Kraken falls, Hades will be weak enough for you to strike a deathly blow. Only then will you have the revenge you seek.
Perseus: Then they better release me. [bangs the door.]
Hades: King Acrisius.
Calibos: There is no Acricius. Just Calibos!
Hades: We have a enemy in common, Zeus.
Hades: My brother.
Calibos: What do you want from me?
Hades: Zeus is seed in your wife survived. The child of your shame. Perseus.
Calibos: He lives?
Hades: You murdered your wife for nothing, now Perseus housed himself from Argos to destroy me. He must die.
Calibos: What would you have me do?
Hades: Zeus must think I serve him but I am growing stronger. Until I possess my full power, you will be my weapon. Use this! Kill Perseus for me and I'll destroy Zeus for you.
Calibos: I serve you. The boy will die!
Hermes: Zeus, you must bring an end to this. They've attacked our temples!
Poseidon: Now they dare to desecrate Zeus' image!
Demeter: We could reach out to them!
Apollo: Accommodation could be made! A truce!
Zeus: No! I created them. And they reward my love with defiance?! There will be no truce!
Hades: Finally, some rage from you. How long has it been? How long, brother, since you've my face?
Hades: Endless years I've watched from the Underworld and saw your wrath tempered with love. You created them for one reason, so their prayers would fuel our immortality. But you love them too well, they've grown strong. And now, I am forced to rise because we are all threatened.
Zeus: What do you want, brother?
Hades: Let me loose upon them. They will pray again and you will bathe in their awe and fear. And we will grow strong again.
Apollo: He belongs in the Underworld, not here!
Hades: You do not tell me where I belong. You said it is love that feeds us, but you depend on their love. I've only learned to live on their fear. Their pain.
Poseidon: Zeus? Our brother speaks the truth. Give it to him.
Zeus: Go, do what you will.
Apollo: Father, we need the mortals!
Zeus: No, Apollo. Hades is right. Their insolence are surprised. Like children, they need to be reminded of the order of things! Set an example, brother. Turn them on each other, and back into our arms.
Citizen: To King Cepheus! To Queen Cassiopeia!
King Cepheus: No, to you. Our mighty legion, our heroes would've dare strike a blow at the heart of Zeus! The temples are burning, the statues have fallen. We have starved them of our prayers! Tonight, after generations of struggle, the sun does not set over the ocean, it sets on Olympus itself! A new era has begun! The era of man!
Io: The beast. Medusa was beautiful once, so beautiful as to tempt Poseidon. When he came for her, she ran to Athena's temple thinking that the goddess would protect her. She didn't. Poseidon took her on the cold floor. She prayed to Athena for comfort but the goddess found nothing but disgust. She made sure no one would ever want Medusa again, one look at the creature she has become would turn any living thing to stone. I cannot assist you though, the curse prevents me. It was Athena's one bit of solace to Medusa so that Medusa would never harm a woman. Only men are allowed in the temple, but no man has ever made it out.
Io: Medusa's got a tail, and that's how she'll use it. Listen. Hear her muscles coiling. Smell her skin. Feel her hunger in your gut! Medusa's killed you twice now. Do you think she'll hand you her head, as a present? She won't be gracious about it. One look in her eyes and you'll turn to stone. Good.
Perseus: I'm trying not to enjoy this so much.
Io: I'm trying to help you live.
[After Perseus stabs Calibos in the chest with the lightning sword, the curse has lifted and he returns to his human form]
Calibos: Perseus... don't become one of them.
[He falls down at the chasm as Perseus runs to Io, who was mortally wounded from Calibos' attack.]
Perseus: Io, I'm here.
Io: There's no time.
[Perseus turns to the eclipse.]
Io: The eclipse. Perseus, you must go before it's too late.
Perseus: I'm not going anywhere.
Io: My fate is certain but the fate of Argos is still in your hands.
Perseus: All my life you've been there. You never left me. I can't leave you.
Io: This part of the journey you must do alone. Perseus, you're not just part man, part god, you're the best of both.... Everything will be alright.
[Io dies as her body dissolves into ethereal vapor.]
Hades: Argos is fallen. Do you feel stronger, brother? You thought the Kraken would bring you their prayers, but the Kraken is my child. It feeds only me.
Zeus: I command Olympus! Remember who you serve!
Hades: I serve myself! I have, since you cheated me. You sent me to the Underworld to be hated while you basked in their love.
Zeus: We need the love of humans.
Hades: No, you needed. I survive on their fear. Your reign is over, Brother Zeus. You'll watch while my blessed avenger devours their hopes and then finally, you'll know my pain.
Zeus: There is still a demigod in Argos, brother. Perseus...