The Greek-Arabian War
Will, Age 12, Harrisburg, PA

Background and setting: In an alternate universe, the Greeks defeated the Romans during Pyrrhus’ reign, in 279 B.C., and added Rome to their empire. Greece long thrived, for 1430 years, with help from the gods. Now, however, castles have started to appear, and Arabia is looking to put an end to the great Greek Empire…

Part I

The hero Honorian was relaxing at the city of New Athens, when he heard a loud clinking noise outside his house. Suddenly, he saw a herald running up to him. “Emergency meeting!” he said. “We’re going to be invaded!” The fear shone in his eyes and Honorian knew he wasn’t joking.

“But how,” Honorian said, astonished, “would someone build up an army to attack us? We have conquered so much land. Who has done this?”

“It’s the Arabs, sir,” replied the messenger. “They have managed to build up their own empire to the east.” Suddenly, the general came up, oblivious to the problem.

“So,” the general said, looking surprisingly upbeat, “how are you doing? You seem a bit… frightened. Is there a problem?”

They toldl the general about the planned attack. He responded by getting the army ready to attack the Arabs first. The war had started…

Part II

A month had passed since the Greeks first attacked the Arabs at one of their big cities; the name has not been preserved. This occurred in 1150. The Greeks were destroyed and retreated with very few survivors. The Arabian army was equipped with much better armor made of a special mineral known as the padparadscha sapphire, an extremely hard (and very valuable) mineral, though how the Arabs acquired it is something that puzzles even the Olympians. Along with this, the Arabs were very skilled tacticians, using good strategies against the Greeks.

A large projectile launcher sent boulders flying at the Greek army, and although the gods saved warriors, they couldn’t stop the whole bombardment and there were many casualties. Another problem was the Arabian weaponry. Their several different attacks devastated the Greek army.

Honorian was at home during all this. He, being Roman, was not put in the army. Now, however, he had been forced to start preparing for war, and he had no idea what to do. Everyone that was good at tactics and fighting was dead. What to do?

Suddenly, the Greek gods decided to help this troubled hero, as he was well known in the Greek society. They had Honorian come up and speak with them to come up with a solution to their problem.

Part III

The gods agreed to come up with a solution to the Greeks’ problem. Unfortunately, they had no idea how the Arabs’ weapons worked, or how to pierce their armour. Their time was running out. The Greek armies were constantly pushed back, and not much of their territory was left to protect.

Honorian thought of what he had heard about the battle. A survivor said that the sounds were deafening, the surroundings destroyed, and the casualties brutal. He stood thinking for an hour. Finally, he had it! The Greeks needed to use explosions.

They came up with many theories at once, but after looking into them, they were very bad ideas.

After a quick discussion with the gods, Hephaestus went to work. He created an arrow with an explosive tip, using a black dust called gunpowder, packed into one small arrow tip. Knowing it wouldn’t be enough, he created a launcher that fired these arrows. The gods were anxious… would this work?

Despite how few people wanted to fight, Honorian gathered an army and went to finish the war.

Part IV

Honorian led Greek forces to the Arabs for the final battle of the war, The Battle of Pyrrhia. The Arabs figured nothing could defeat them. Then the arrows were launched, and they realized they may be in trouble.

After a long battle, the Greeks proved victorious. The Arabs’ arrogance had been their demise. Honorian returned a hero, and everyone feared the Greeks.

Except for a couple of people…


Although the Greeks won the battle, they were severely weakened. Shortly after the Greek victory, about five-ten years later, the Ottomans and the Germans easily defeated the Greeks, and the Empire came to an end. The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” entered the Greek language.

Thus, the first guns were created, gunpowder was brought to Europe, and two empires came to an end.    

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