I, Oedipus, your new savior and ruler, have arrived!
My lord! We call for your aid as we suffer and starve everyday as this curse brings us nothing but misery! Hear my call!
Ah, my people, how worried I am for them. I hear all and as always I shall bring end to this plague and lead us into better foundations!
This plague has us on our last breaths! We suffer of starvation and disease! Someone do something!
After arriving at Thebes from his journey from Corinth, once he had killed his father and his acquaintances as well as fighting off the Sphinx, Oedipus had been crowned the King of Thebes and now aids his city as the royal ruler, listening and trying to fix their calls for help.
What say you? I'm sure whatever it is I will be able to save my town no matter what.
My lord! I have returned! I'm sure what I have to say will bring good fortune no matter what..
Though he had helped out his people by fighting off the Sphinx, the people of Thebes are still in desperation for more activity and rule and less emptiness in the city as the plague over Thebes leaves the people to perish and die.
My lord, it appears that the murderer of our previous king still lives as his blood is the central cause for our suffering.
That is all? Then I will bring justice to this murderer and lift this plague once and for all!
Oedipus feels great empathy towards the perish of his people as he states it several times so that he may portray himself as a great and kind ruler. He waits for his loyal servant to return so that Thebes may discover the cause of this problem.
The Sphinx still lives? Blast! Then I will take action myself, have its head, and find this wretched murderer that plagues my people!
Creon, Oedipus' wife's brother who also serves Oedipus, returns from the Oracle of Apollo to seek why Thebes is in a state of demise after being sent by Oedipus. Though the news Creon returns with might not be too satisfying in terms for Oedipus.
Creon reports to Oedipus of how Thebes is cursed by a plague due to how the former king, Laius, had been killed and his murderer still remains in Thebes and his blood is the cause for the curse upon the city. Oedipus responds by saying this murderer will receive justice so that he may save essentially save Thebes,
Besides the plague cursing Thebes, the Sphinx has returned and still fools and feeds off of the people trying to enter the city. Oedipus, trying to be the brave ruler, says how he will go to the Sphinx and kill it himself and take action to try his best and fix the problem that curses Thebes.