Hero’s Journey Part 2: Supernatural Aid

Our hero might be reluctant, but he is committed to his quest and soon after starting out will encounter, as Joseph Campbell pictured it, a wizened man or women, but I argue it could be anyone or anything.

Willow had the brownies.

Bilbo met, strangely enough, Golem.

This meeting will present the hero with one or more talismans or artifacts that assist them in moving forward on the adventure and also potentially in helping satisfy the story’s climax.

“The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders
At out quaint spirits.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Prompt:

Write the scene in which the hero finds their magical helper. What is he given? How does it help?

Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi:

I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn’t allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did.

Luke Skywalker:

What is it?

Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times… before the Empire.

For max difficulty strive for a single entry, with a beginning, middle, and end Aim for at least 500 words.

Published by Bryan Aiello

Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and updates on his podcasts, follow him on Twitter: @bryaiello and Reddit: /u/voyage_of_roadkill.

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