Perseus said he would bring him anything the king would ask; so Polydectes asked for the head of the Gorgon Medusa.
Perseus grew up to become a strong young man. Polydectes heard about Danae and asked her in marriage, but she rejected him. If it wasn't for Perseus, Polydectes would have married Danae by force; so the king decided to create a plan to get rid of the young man.
Perseus set forth on his adventure; he wandered for days, searching for the Gorgons lair.
One night, in an unknown country he realized how hopeless things were. Medusa was a horrible creature, who had snakes growing out of her head instead of hair, and a terrifying gaze that literary petrified anyone who would look into her eyes.
In his despair, a tall woman and a young man with winged sandals appeared and introduced themselves as goddess Athena and god Hermes.
Hermes offered him his winged sandals and the sickle that was used by Cronus to castrate Uranus; while Athena gave him her shield, so that Perseus would not have to look straight into Medusa's eyes. They also gave him further information on how to find the lair of Medusa.
Perseus eventually went to the lair of Medusa and her sisters, whom he found sleeping. He wore the Cap of Darkness, and unseen managed to kill Medusa using the sickle; he then used the shield to carry the head and place it into the magic bag, for even though it was dead, the head still have the potential to turn someone into stone.
Medusa's sisters woke up and attacked Perseus, but he flew away using his winged sandals.
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