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The true and shocking Origins of the Deadly weapon.

Posted by templarnordbyzantine on Aug 2nd, 2013

Greek fire: A volatile compound, when released, it could burn for hours, burn on water, and stick to walls. It was invented in the eighth century by a Syrian alchemist, when this alchemist invented this, he was eager to sell it to his Caliph, who was besieging Constantinople, chief city of the Byzantines. The Alchemist showed off his invention, but the Caliph thought he was doing pretty well in the siege and didn't need any special weapon to win. This left the alchemist in a jam, he had traveled a long way to sell the Caliph his concoction, now he was in an unknown land with no one to buy his invention. But this angered alchemist was determined, so he went to the Byzantines. The Emperor was more open minded about this compound, and bought it from the alchemist. Then the Byzantines went to work installing queer contraptions on the figureheads of their ships.
In the morning the Caliph launched a sea assault on Constantinople, the Byzantines fleet met them before the walls. Words can not describe what was going through the Syrian sailors heads when the Dragon figureheads of the Byzantines breathed liquid flame onto the Syrian boats. By the time the Syrian Caliph realized his mistake, half of his fleet was in flames. The Byzantines won the Day, and drove away the Caliph's forces. The Byzantines later incorporated the Greek fire into their siege defenses, carving open mouthed lion heads into their walls that would spit fire onto the enemy. And even hand-held flamethrowers that one man could operate.

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Michadr
Michadr Aug 10 2013, 7:40pm says:

Another prime example what can happen if you are too "thick" headed. Amazing Story.
Why in the world have we never heard of these things... why :)
ahhh i LOVE IT!

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templarnordbyzantine
templarnordbyzantine Aug 12 2013, 9:27am replied:

If you liked this one then you'll like the next one I'm writing, "Secrets of the Byzantines part 3: A Diplomatic Machine."

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