In my newest story, the gods of Ancient Greece feel they've been forgotten by man and decide to punish them by unleashing the Titans to wipe them out. I'm trying to figure how the Greeks would fare after the Titans are freed.
Conflicting sources of the mythology paint the Titans anywhere from very large humans (10-15 feet) to mountainous beings as large as 164 feet in height. I'm going to try to eliminate some of the doggier aspects of their powers, for instance no controlling the wind or seas, thunder, fire, ect. Additionally to make the fight reasonable fair, omnipotence is a complete non-aspect here, so all you have is basically a race of human giants ranging from 15 to 164 feet invading Greece.
The Titans were said to be immortal in most storytelling accounts, but immortals are difficult to kill right? Let's lower the standard of immortality to "Cannot possibly die unless their head is completely decapitated" and say that's the limit of their regeneration.
Some were said to have elemental traits, like flaming skin, embodying the wind/storms, controlling the weather, but it introduces too much speculation if that's allowed and I want a bit of realism here. Any exaggeration or divine feat will be safely ignored here for the sake of snipping variables. Therefore no other powers are permitted, the Titans will be going full melee here.
Another issue is their populations, I read lot of sources (Based on research into their fight for Mount Olympus) and the details on any such numbers is incredibly inconsistent, but got the impression their race ranged from hundreds to thousands of giant immortal beings. Let's say few thousand then, with only a small number of them the 'main' Titans like Cronus, Hyperion, ect being the large ones. I'll sketch at an arbitrary number like this:
-3000 10 Foot Titans
-300 35 Foot Titans
-30 50 Foot Titans
-12 main ruling Titans as the twelve Uranides, standing at 164 Feet tall (Cronus, Oceanus, Iapetus, Hyperion, Crius, Coeus, Rhea, Tethys, Theia, Phoebe, Themis and Mnemosyne) will lead the charge
If you're curious how I got that figure, it's from the myth where the Titan Oceanus and his wife Tethys were said to have bred 6,000 children together, half male half female. I basically counted those 3000 males and ranked them among the Titan forces.
For storytelling sake I'm going to leave out the four Iapetionides, since I don't believe the likes of Atlas nor Prometheus would be very interested in annihilating humans nor feel like obeying the ruling Greek Pantheon anyway.
- Some other details to recall about Titans are, as mythological beings they don't need to eat, nor will they ever starve. Water, health, disease, nor food supply, are of no concern to Titans.
- As stated before, the Titans do not have access to any other help, nor do they have their supernatural powers. They're merely giant humans here more or less.
- With a few differences. They have immortality and a level of regeneration, but can not survive the destruction of their head.
- The Titans do not age, so outlasting them via any sort of attrition is impossible.
- To give the Greeks a resting chance we'll say the Titans have to give an obligatory "Time out" when the moon comes out.
- This takes place in 341 BC in an alternate history where Xerxes decided not to invade Greece meaning the Peloponnesian War never happened.
- All City States will unconditionally agree to a coalition lead by either Sparta or Athens, and in the case those two both fall Thebes will lead Greece after.
- Xerxes will not invade nor will other countries when they hear of the Titan's advance. I won't rule out an alliance or diversion involving other nations however.
Their goal is to exterminate Greece and win the favor of the gods, as the Greek Pantheon who themselves will not intervene. All city states will work together to fight their divine enemy, and are told by an oracle in advance not only that the Titans will be advancing one week in advance, but also that they can be felled by Head-decapitation (Or alright head destruction). The Titans start out all the way North in Germany and start to stomp their way down, their target being Athens as the first to smash, then every other city-state one by one.
I'm interested in writing this so the politics of the real life Greece, as well as the characterization and mindset of the Titans (Or atleast the named main ones) also comes into play, if possible.
Given the condition of Greece at the time, can they fend off an attack by the approaching Titans marching to decimate their civilization? How would they prepare for such an invasion, could they deal with it? What would be the outcome? And if they'd lose, I'd like to hear what sort of plan they'd reaction go out with before facing divine extinction.