Really? This trip back is going to be a piece of cake!
It wasn't pleasant. However, at least I found Tiresias. He said we could get back home to Ithaca if we cut through Thrinacia. We just need to make sure we don't harm any of Helios's sacred cows.
Before we do anything though, we have to go back to Aeaea to bury Elpenor and map out the route we will take.
Hooray! We made it back alive! We're so close to getting back home! I can already feel the calming winds of Ithaca blowing all throughout Mount Neritos. The swishing and swaying of the wind alleviating the heat from any individual person caught within its path. Oh, just hold on a little longer, Penelope, the end of our journey home is in sight!
Don't worry, I plan on attending.
Um, sir? We found Elpenor's body outside of Circe's temple. I just wanted to know if you would like to attend his funeral that we are holding.
One Funeral Later...
Circe, I must thank you for giving us some advice on finding Tiresias. The advice he gave us was to cut through the island of Thrinacia, do you know what route we should take?
Why can't we just go a different route? It doesn't seem like a great idea to sidestep around three monsters who have the capabilities of killing us all.
If you plan on travelling through Thrinacia, then I suggest you take the most direct route through the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis. Just be careful, as every precautionary measure will be necessary to traverse around these beasts.
While these monsters may seem threatening, you shouldn't worry, as there are ways to easily get past them. When you encounter the Sirens, simply block your ears when sailing past, as their lyrical magic is useless if it isn't heard by anyone. Also, it is recommend to row past Scylla instead of Charybdis, as you will only need to sacrifice 6 men to get past, rather than losing your crew entirely to Charybdis. (Book 12)
Alright men! Today is the day we set sail for Thrinacia! The waters ahead are full of rough patches, but we have the threads to patch up the sea! The Sirens are our biggest obstacle on our route, and even then, they are easily countered! Once we get close to them, each ad every one of you will put wax into their ears to block their music from being heard! I, on the other hand, will tie myself to the mast, for I wish the listen to their song! If I beg to be released, you shall only tie the rope that bounds me tighter! Let me serve as an example that I, Odysseus, have your intentions in mind and am looking out for every one of you on board the Pontikonisi! Fret not the trail you take, but the way you traverse the path! (Book 12)
And so, Odysseus and his men traveled the waters of the Mediterranean to return home. After losing 6 men to Scylla (whom Odysseus kept a secret from his crew), they arrive on the land of Thrinacia. However, Zeus decides to destroy the Pontikinosi and strand Odysseus and his crew on the island of Helios. After their food supply begins to run dry, Eurylochus proclaims that they should kill one of the sacred cows to sustain themselves for the day. Despite Odysseus's warnings, Eurylochus kills a sacred cow and immediately upsets Helios. In retaliation, once the crew repairs their ship to leave the island, Zeus sends a massive strike of lightning down on the ship, killing everyone except Odysseus. Zeus then decides to blow Odysseus back to Charybdis in an attempt to kill him as well, but he survives and washes up on the shore of Calypso's island after nine days, where he is held captive for 7 long years. (Books 12)