|“||I have warned you - continue to pursue me and I will spare neither you, nor your city, nor your son!||„|
|~ Gargarensis warning Arkantos not to intervene with his goals when they first meet.|
Gargarensis is the main antagonist of the video game Age of Mythology, more specifically the Fall of the Trident campaign. He is a cyclops warlord who intends to free the Titan Kronos from Tartarus in order to become immortal.
He was voiced by J. D. Hall.
Gargarensis was born in Lerna 59 years before the events of Fall of the Trident. He was a distant descendant of the Greek god Poseidon who had seduced the cyclops' great-grandmother Amymone. Though Gargarensis has not forgiven Poseidon for what he did to Amymone, the cyclops figures that the sea god owes him. Rather than try to exact vengeance against Poseidon, Gargarensis wants to become a god more than anything else.
Poseidon envies his brother Zeus of ruling over all of the heavens and is promised power by Kronos in exchange for his and the other Titans' liberation from Tartarus, the deepest part of the Underworld. While the Underworld can be entered from different places, all of the paths to Tartarus are sealed by adamantine doors know as Hades Gates. Since they can be only opened by mortals, Poseidon tasks Gargarensis with releasing the Titans through one of these doors. Gargarensis accepts the task, believing that he shall be rewarded with immortality by Kronos and Poseidon.
At the beginning of the campaign, Gargarensis sends one of his two main henchmen, the minotaur pirate Kamos to attack Atlantis and steal a trident from a statue of Poseidon, the civilization's patron. While Kamos flees with the trident, he's pursued down by the Atlantean admiral Arkantos who takes the trident back before continuing to help finish the Trojan War. Gargarensis also has his other main henchman, the Egyptian bandit-assassin Kemsyt to attack the port city of Ioklos after its army has left to join the Trojan War. Kemsyt brings some of the citizens to a northern countryside where the passage to Erebus, the Greek section of the Underworld, is located. Gargarensis forces the prisoners to dig the passage from the ground while he builds a fortress to keep away unwanted visitors.
Gargarensis first appears at the closing cinematic of the campaign's 6th scenario, overseeing the prisoners digging open the passage to Erebus. Kemsyt arrives to inform him that Kamos has lost the trident and Arkantos has joined the Trojan War. Gargarensis correctly deduces that Troy's siege has ended (as happened in the 6th scenario) and tells Kemsyt to bring Kamos to speak with him.
In the 8th scenario, Arkantos and his companions — the Greek prince Ajax and the centaur Chiron from Ioklos — arrive at Gargarensis' fortress in search of the Ioklos prisoners brought there. For the entire scenario, Gargarensis stands at the edge of the pit that has Erebus' passage at its bottom. After the heroes fight their way through to the pit, Arkantos speaks with Gargarensis for the first time, with the former standing in the pit and the latter standing at the edge of it. Gargarensis warns the Atlantean to keep out of his business or else Arkantos will be destroyed along with Atlantis and his son Kastor. As two meteors rain on Arkantos' men, Gargarensis jumps at the passage and enters the Underworld.
In the 9th scenario, the three heroes enter Erebus and discover Gargarensis' forces trying to open a Hades Gate with a giant ram. Correctly suspecting nothing good will come out of Gargarensis opening the gate, they proceed to attack the ram. Gargarensis first appears by arriving at the ram, but he leaves when the heroes first attack it. After the ram is destroyed, Gargarensis mocks the heroes from a high ground, stating that there are other routes to Tartarus. As he laughs, an earthquake traps the heroes in the Underworld, forcing them to find another way out.
In the 10th scenario closing cinematic, Gargarensis is traveling with Kamos to Egypt aboard one of the minotaur pirate's ships. They discuss if Arkantos will continue to be a problem, with Gargarensis saying that even if the Atlantean escapes from Erebus, he can never build up an army and bring it to Egypt before Kronos is released. He also says that the only Egyptian god who'd oppose them, Osiris, has been neutralized by Set. Little does he know that Arkantos ends up from Erebus into Egypt before the cyclops. There he allies with Amanra, a mercenary servant of Isis and Osiris, against her nemesis Kemsyt. Osiris has been killed and cut to four pieces by Set, but he can be revived by reassembling his body parts. If one piece is destroyed, however, Osiris cannot return.
In the 14th scenario, Kemsyt captures all of the heroes except for Amanra when they arrive in the city of Abydos, imprisoning them on a prison island. With the strong army of Gargarensis blocking her way to a ship, Amanra attacks the cyclops' stronghold. This prompts his army to move from Amanra's path to the ship, allowing her to reach the prison island. In the closing cinematic, Gargarensis and Kemsyt interrogate the imprisoned Arkantos and the high priest Setna through the bars. The cyclops swears to find out which deity is supporting Arkantos, but when Arkantos declares it to be Poseidon, Gargarensis laughs and attempts to stab the Atlantean through bars. However, Amanra and the other heroes appear behind Arkantos. Gargarensis then retreats with Kemsyt to Osiris' pyramid, promising to deal with the heroes in due time. The heroes then fight against Kemsyt and Kamos' troops before they escape from the city with the first piece of Osisis.
While Arkantos dreams in the 16th scenario, he is revealed the motives of Gargarensis and Poseidon by Athena. He then ends up joining forces with his son Kastor, Gargarensis and Kamos, with the two villains becoming playable for the rest of the scenario. They destroy an enemy empire that resembles Atlantis, after which Athena tells that Atlantis will share the empire's fate if Gargarensis manages to free Kronos.
The heroes split up across Egypt to recover the remaining three parts of Osiris. Amanra fights Kemsyt in his offshore stronghold while Arkantos and Ajax face off against Kamos. Kemsyt manages to escape while Kamos is killed. Chiron in turn faces Gargarensis' troops while trying to recover Osiris' head from a great Tamarisk tree. He's joined by a Norse warrior Niordsir who has followed Gargarensis from Midgard. He explains that the cyclops has united the giants that have ruined much of Midgard, and that the Norsemen hope to prevent Ragnarok - the end of the world - by stopping Gargarensis.
In the 20th scenario, Gargarensis oversees the workers digging open the passage to the Underworld situated in front of Osiris' pyramid. Kemsyt arrives to inform him of his failure and Kamos' death. Gargarensis furiously demands from Kemsyt the army that he promised. Upon being informed that the army is traveling along the coast, the cyclops rides out to make the army move faster, assigning Kemsyt to keep the workers digging and making it clear he won't care if the bandit will be killed by the Underworld's creatures. While the cyclops is gone, the heroes bring the four pieces of Osiris in front of his pyramid. As the priests begin the reviving ritual, Gargarensis arrives with Kemsyt's army. He starts bragging that Osiris is dead, but then the ritual takes effect and Osiris appears in flesh and blood. He then proceeds to destroy Kemsyt's army, but Gargarensis and Kemsyt manage to escape on a ship. The heroes, however, know that they're headed north where the next Hades Gate is located and set sail to pursue them.
In the 22nd scenario, the heroes arrive in the frigid norse lands where Gargarensis has allied with the Norse trickster god Loki who has tricked various Norse clans into fighting each other. Having waited for the heroes, Gargarensis triggers an avalanche that scatters the heroes over the area. As they reunite, they have to fight off the cyclops' troops as well as the Dwarf Eaters and Lost Souls, other servants of Loki. They afterwards realize that the avalanche sealed off their only pass into Midgard, forcing them to find another route.
In the 23rd scenario closing cinematic, Gargarensis reaches Kemsyt in Midgard as giants are destroying a village. Kemsyt informs that Loki has destroyed Thor's hammer, rendering the god powerless to oppose them. Pleased with this knowledge, Gargarensis comments that he may not kill Kemsyt after all. Afterwards the heroes run into the old man Skult who's truly a disguised Loki. He tricks them into carrying the banner of the despised frost giant Folstag, incensing some Norse clans into attacking them. After he escapes, the valkyrie Reginleif joins up with the heroes to unite the remaining clans against Gargarensis before he can ignite Ragnarok.
In the 27th scenario, the heroes learn that Gargarensis has found the entrance to the Underworld (Niflheim), the Well of Urd, and built a fortress around it a few days before the heroes' arrival. As they fight their way to the Well, Gargarensis lingers by the Well before the heroes are too close. He has entered Niflheim by the time the heroes reach the Well.
In the 28th scenario, the heroes find Gargarensis trying to break Niflheim's Hades Gate with his giant ram. They kill the fire giants protecting the ram, but Gargarensis' reinforcements force them to retreat to the Well. Chiron sacrifices his life to stop the fire giants hot on their trail. In the next scenario, the heroes meet the dwarf brothers Brokk and Eitri who've followed them to Niflheim in order build a new hammer for Thor. With Gargarensis' forces at the Hades Gate too strong for them, the heroes assist the dwarves, hoping that Thor can seal the gate with his new hammer. Gargarensis manages to damage the gate sufficiently, and Kronos starts opening it. Gargarensis is then enveloped by a purple haze as the Titan begins to grant him his immortality. However, the newly assembled hammer of Thor closes the gate, and Gargarensis escapes with Kemsyt as a resulting explosion sends everyone out of Nifleheim and onto Midgard.
In the 30th scenario, Gargarensis is with Skult and Kemsyt as the latter berates him for not killing Arkantos when they had the chance. Gargarensis and Skult assure Kemsyt that all is not lost because they have a plan in which Kemsyt gets to play an important role. Gargarensis leaves the north and sets sail to Atlantis where the last Hades Gate is located. Meanwhile, Skult disguises Kemsyt as Gargarensis, and they attack the heroes with a large army. They're defeated after Odysseus arrives with his own army, and Kemsyt (still disguised as Gargarensis) is executed by Ajax.
The Final Confrontation at Atlantis
In the second last scenario, Arkantos sails with Ajax and Amanra back to Atlantis, but when they arrive, the severed head of "Gargarensis" turns out to be that of Kemsyt. The real Gargarensis has already laid siege to Atlantis, and Arkantos proceeds to rescue citizens.
In the final scenario, Gargarensis takes over the great temple where he pleads for Kronos' assistance. A large statue of Poseidon comes to life, and it proceeds to strike the ground with its trident, revealing the Hades Gate located beneath Atlantis. As Arkantos makes the other heroes to evacuate the Atlanteans, he faces Gargarensis' army. Gargarensis spends the entire scenario standing in front of the Hades Gate where he cannot be reached. When he gets tired of the Norse allies of Arkantos providing him with units, he summons a dangerous earthquake to destroy the Norse settlement. Soon he does the same to the Egyptian allies of Arkantos.
After Arkantos is blessed by Zeus, he becomes a demigod powerful enough to fight against Poseidon's walking statue. After he delivers the statue a fatal strike on the head, Gargarensis can only yell impotently. As the statue grumbles, it drops its trident which impales Gargarensis, killing him instantly. Though the island of Atlantis is destroyed, its citizens are rescued, Kronos remains imprisoned, and Arkantos becomes a god.
Gargarensis is a ruthless and tyrannical warlord who desires to become a god more than anything. Being Poseidon's descendant through his great-grandmother Amymone whom the sea god seduced, the cyclops somehow believes that Poseidon owes him for what he did to Amymone. He is willing to risk the end of the world by releasing the destructive Titans back on earth, caring only about being rewarded by Kronos with immortality. He doesn't care about the lives he ruins in this campaign.
Gargarensis also doesn't think highly of his cowardly yet useful henchman Kemsyt, threatening to dispose of him for his failures. He eventually forces Kemsyt to impersonate as him and be killed in his place while he escapes the north unnoticed. He is also shown to be one to blame others for his setbacks, as he blames his other henchman Kamos for the cyclops' own failure to open the Hades Gate of Erebus by claiming that Arkantos wouldn't have come to intervene had Kamos killed the Atlantean before that.
Gargarensis is arrogant and manipulative, as he often taunts the heroes for their attempts to stop him. While a strong fighter and a cunning general, he doesn't seem to believe in putting himself in harm's way, for he is usually encountered in secure positions where the heroes cannot reach him, or accompanied by his soldiers. He also makes quick escapes when the situation turns south for him. This could be because he doesn't want to die, which is supported by the fact that he desires immortality. He also has a poetic and imaginative side to him, uttering verses on several occasions.
Powers and Abilities
Gargarensis is a warlord with vast resources and troops. Being both a cyclops and a hero unit, he's a strong fighter, having a lot of hitpoints and striking swiftly with his trident. Like regular cyclops units, he has a Throw special attack. Like them, he can pick up and hurl human units, though he has the additional power to kill many surrounding units as well.
|“||And he strides among the tree-tops and is taller than the trees / And his voice through all the garden is thunder sent to bring... What is it Kemsyt? (Kemsyt: Kamos has returned, sir. He lost the trident. He says the Atlantean was headed for Troy. The battle there will not last much longer once he joins the Greeks.) The siege at Troy is already over. (Kemsyt: Zeus could still interfere.) (*Gargarensis points his trident at Kemsyt*) Do you question me, Kemsyt? (Kemsyt: N-no! Everything is exactly as you said it would be; the fortress, the tunnel, Troy.) Giants and the Genii / Multiplex of wing and eye, / Whose strong obedience broke the sky... Send Kamos, I want to speak with him. (Kemsyt: Yes, general.)||„|
|~ Gargarensis speaking with Kemsyt in their first appearance.|
|“||They rush in red and purple / From the red clouds of the morn / From the temples where the yellow gods shut up their eyes in scorn... I will warn you, this once. (Arkantos: Enough babbling, coward. Come face me - Atlantis does not fear the likes of you!) It should. I have warned you - continue to pursue me and I will spare neither you, nor your city, nor your son!||„|
|~ Gargarensis meeting Arkantos for the first time.|
|“||(*chuckles*) This is interesting. I would have thought you smarter than to ignore my warning. Fortunately, there are other routes to Tartarus, so this one can be closed. (*laughs as the earthquake commences*)||„|
|~ Gargarensis trapping the heroes in Erebus after they foil his attempt to open the first Hades Gate.|
|“||(Kamos: We should have opened the first gate to Tartarus.) And if you had killed the Atlantean when he came to take the trident back from you, we would have. (Kamos: What if he escapes the Underworld?) What if he does? He isn't going to gather an army and bring it to Egypt before I've let the Old One out. (Kamos: What of the Egyptian gods?) Only Osiris would stand against us. And Kemsyt claims Set has seen to him. (Kamos: Excellent. If Arkantos does manage to escape Erebus, he will not escape me again.) He had better not. Poseidon wishes his sons returned to power. No man from Atlantis will stop this.||„|
|~ Gargarensis speaking with Kamos on their way to Egypt.|
|“||(Arkantos: But why did he want to kill Osiris?) (*Gargarensis arrives to interrupt Arkantos' conversation with Setna*) Then you truly do not know? (Arkantos: You always seem to hide behind something when I see you, cyclops.) You interrupted me in Greece, escaped the Underworld, and arrived here before me. There is no way you did this on your own. I will know which gods support you - now. (Arkantos: Lord Poseidon watches over all the people of Atlantis.) Lord... Poseidon? Ha-ha-ha-hah! You're more a fool than I expected. Let's see if he's watching over you now... (*raises his trident to stab Arkantos through the bars, only for Arkantos' allies to appear through the cell's back wall*) (Ajax: You may feel less like fighting after I pull off your head!) I will deal with you all in due time. We have more pressing matters to attend to at Osiris' pyramid.||„|
|~ Gargarensis speaking with the imprisoned Arkantos before leaving upon the other heroes' arrival.|
|“||So... you failed me again, Kemsyt? (Kemsyt: There was nothing I could do, General... Kamos is dead.) And you're about to join him! Can you at least deliver me the army you promised? The passage to the Underworld will soon be open - and you know what manner of creatures lurk within. (Kemsyt: They are traveling along the coast now... they will be here soon.) I'm going to ride out and motivate them to travel faster. (Kemsyt: What should I do?) Keep the men digging. If they reach the Underworld, pray to Poseidon that you can hold off whatever comes out until I return.||„|
|~ Gargarensis threatening Kemsyt as they're about to open Egypt's Underworld passage.|
|“||I'm glad you've all gathered here. You're just in time! And I'm glad you've brought the pieces of Osiris with you. Do you see now? Nothing happens. Your god is dead... What... NO!||„|
|~ Gargarensis gloating when the reviving ritual of Osiris doesn't seem to work, only for the reviving to commence during his monologue.|
|“||The North is full of tangled things and texts and aching eyes / And dead is all the innocence of anger and surprise...||„|
|~ Gargarensis springing the avalanche trap he has prepared for the heroes in the north shores.|
|“||(Kemsyt: What kept you?) It took Arkantos longer to get to the pass than we expected. Has Loki taken care of our opposition? (Kemsyt: Yes. There is a god who watches over these people, but Loki found the source of his strength, a hammer, and destroyed it - he has no power without it.) Excellent. I may not have to kill you after all, Kemsyt. Let's go.||„|
|~ Gargarensis meeting up with Kemsyt in Midgard.|
|“|| Kronos, finally you are free. (*the Hades Gate opens and a purple haze envelops Gargarensis*) Yes! My reward! What? (*the new hammer of Thor closes the gate*)
|~ Gargarensis managing to open Niflheim's Hades Gate and about to be rewarded by Kronos before the new hammer of Thor closes the gate.|
|“||Kronos! Old One! Give me my reward!||„|
|~ Gargarensis pleading for Kronos' assistance in the final battle.|
|“||Your Norse friends will no longer be able to help you! Feel the power of the gods!||„|
|~ Gargarensis destroying the Norse allies of Arkantos during the final battle.|
|“||Your Egyptian allies have been destroyed, as you will be...||„|
|~ Gargarensis destroying the Egyptian allies of Arkantos during the final battle.|
|“||Ahhh... Zeus has blessed you... it is of no use. Kronos will soon be free and Zeus his slave!||„|
|~ Gargarensis' reaction to Arkantos becoming more powerful through the blessing of Zeus.|
|“|| NOOOooooooooo! You promised me, Kronos...
|~ Gargarensis breaking down as the player wins the final scenario.|
- The poem verses Gargarensis utters several times are from Lepanto, a poem of G. K. Chesterton.