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"When deciding where our loyalties lie, we must consider the end."
―Skylax[src]

Skylax the Fair (died 420s BCE) was a member of the Peloponnesian League branch of the Cult of Kosmos during the Peloponnesian War.

Biography

Skylax was the leader of the Abantis Islands, a group of islands under the control of Sparta. On the surface, he seemed like a just leader, but in reality, he worked for the branch of the cult which had infiltrated the Peloponnesian League. Skylax was once a Spartan general who was married to a beautiful woman and had two loving children, but everything changed when they died in an unknown accident. Then the Sage of the Peloponnesian League came to him promising to return his wife and children to him if he joined the Cult of Kosmos. [citation needed]

As a sign of his allegiance and loyalty, Skylax bore a mark of Peloponnesian royalty on his breastplate.[1]

Though Skylax was charismatic and generous enough for the people he led to walk into war, Skylax himself shied away from battle. He used his vast fortune to bribe his enemies to surrender or his allies in the League to answer to him. He would even make donations to Xerxes Military Fort in Lokris, giving them large amounts of money and various cases of wine in exchange for ensuring they allied with Sparta.[1]

He was eventually hunted down and killed by the Spartan misthios Kassandra over the course of her quest to destroy the Cult.[1]

Trivia

  • Skylax is a name most likely derived from the Ancient Greek words σκύλος ( skúlos) meaning 'skin, hide' or σκυλεύω ( skyleuo) which means 'to get the spoils of war', also used specifically of stripping the armor and gear off of the fallen enemy. In modern Greek σκύλαξ (skúlax) means 'young dog, puppy'.
  • If Athens controls Abantis Islands and Skylax has not been killed before then, he would hide in the forest in of Artemision Point in Euboea and with either just a few or no guards around, making his assassination relatively easy.

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