Oh my dearest Penelope i've been gone for so long and neglected my family and kingdom ever since the end of the war we tirelessly hopped island to island
directly after the war me and my unruly crew visited the Ciconies thinking we were on the way to Ithaca. My men were absolute savages and raided the town against my wishes while I was prepping the boat to leave the citizens rounded up their army and killed of a fraction of my men before we could escape
Just when we thought we evaded the worst but the journey ahead would only be worse. The whole journey was a big twist of fate
After sailing for what seemed months we came upon lotus eaters who offered us sweet lotus. The small lotus from what i heard were exquisite and supple. but much like the rest of the journey proved to be deceiving allowing my men to be forgetful and yearn to stay on the island and forget Ithaca but due to my wisdom and knowledge I knew to get them all out of there quickly.
Although the journey wasn't entirely treachery some threats were direct but out of our control a good example was when we encountered a cyclops
The Cyclops stood well over me and my men after we dared feast on his food. The accursed beast ate my men slammed their brains out on the cold stone. It was gruesome a sight I believe even you, Telemachus my son would have fainted. But I odysseus used my quick thinking two outsmart the beast the way i did it was brilliant. I saved all my men's lives and taunted the beast
This perilous journey did come with some benefits as we just left the cyclops me an my men were disheartened and left homesick in our time of need the gods answered me; Aeolus answered our cries and granted us a bag of winds to get us back to Ithaca. We almost made it until my untrustworthy crew opened the bag of winds believing it was gold and sent us off. Into a whole new set of problems. Those accursed men so little time would have been wasted it angers me to event think of them.
Such a mighty threat a catapult is scared to me to death when my when went straight for it
This setback blew us into even more trouble catapult rained down upon us taking down our ships one by one. It all happened so quickly all by the island of the Laestrygonians. One attack after another. leaving your dear spouse in trouble with a untrustworthy crew