Giant / Talos – Heroes III vs. Mythology series

Giant is a very generic term for monsters. The creators of Heroes 3 probably found inspiration while watching the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts (I definitely recommend watching). Talos and Giant are very similar, they both have a sword (the sword in the opening intro is even more similar), they wear a hoplite helmet, have no armor and even both wear sandals.

Talos was a monstrous bronze man with gigantic stature constructed by Hephaestus, who guarded the island of Crete in Greek mythology. He was entirely made of bronze, though he has a single vein within his body. The vein connected from ankle to neck, and had the blood of gods, ichor, coursing inside. A nail in Talos ankle prevented the ichor from flowing out. This bronze giant was tasked with hurling boulders at passing ships, including the Argo, manned by Jason and the Argonauts.

As his entire body was formed out of metal, there was no need for conventional armor for Talos. He did have a helmet which resembled that of ancient hoplites.

According to Apollodorus, Talos was slain either when Medea drove him mad, deceived him that she would make him immortal by removing the nail, or was killed by Poeas’s arrow. In the Argonautica, Medea hypnotized him from the Argo, driving him mad so that he dislodged the nail, ichor flowed from the wound, and he bled to death.

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  1. Paul

    Nice find, interesting to see how H3 was inspired by Ray Harryhausen monsters (skeletons, snake woman, medusa…)


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