Daedalus of Athens was known throughout the land as a genius scientist and architect. However, he grew envious of his assistant, his nephew, who was gaining a brilliant reputation of his own. So Daedalus killed his nephew. He was convicted of murder and banished for life to the Isle of Crete.
On the Isle of Crete, Daedalus was startled to find a mysterious prehistoric site, half buried in a hill, that contained the wreckage of a huge spaceship.
He could find no clues why the ship had journeyed to Earth, nor why it had crashed. But even though it seemed too damaged to ever fly again, its computer still seemed to be working.
Daedalus spent years trying to activate the computer and learn its secrets. Finally he succeeded, and the computer came to life. To his amazement and pleasure, a holographic image appeared of a most beautiful young lady. "Greetings," said a voice from the computer, "My name is Ariadne."
Deeply impressed with Ariadne' abilities, Daedalus proposed a deal to her: He would repair her if she would teach him her technology. She accepted it.
After learning the alien technology, Daedalus produced exotic machinery and weapons for Minos, the king of Crete, to gain his favor. These devices pleased King Minos, and he used Daedalus' creations to become powerful and prosperous .
King Minos built a shrine for Ariadne on the hill where the spaceship had crashed, and instructed his people to worship her as a messenger of the gods . His true purpose was to keep people away from Ariadne by making the site an inviolable sanctuary. He also kept Daedalus captive in his castle, to keep the alien secrets under his control.
Among the things Daedalus created for the king was a bio-weapon, the Minotaur. However the Minotaur turned out to be uncontrollable and deadly--it was a man-eater! It was so dangerous that King Minos ordered Daedalus to built a Labyrinth to confine it.
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