Our story begins on the Mediterranean island kingdom of Iolcus...
The king of Iolcus, Aeson, and his wife, Alcimede, had a baby, Jason...
Unfortunately, Jason also had an evil and power-hungry uncle named Pelias, who had been scheming to take the throne from his brother...when he finally made his move, he had Aeson imprisoned, and took over the kingdom! He killed as many of Aeson's relatives as he could...

Alcimede feared for Jason's life, and so she sought help from outside...

Jason's mother deceived Pelias by doing some scheming of her own! She faked Jason's death and mourned as if he had died. Meanwhile ,the infant was bundled off to the wilderness cave of Chiron the Centaur, to be protected and taught survival, in the hopes that someday he would return and avenge his father...

Chiron tutored Jason in fighting, hunting, survival, and the civilized arts. When he had come of age and had grown into a man, Chiron finally revealed to him his birthright and told him the story of his nasty uncle.
Filled with the need to avenge his parents, Jason set out like a proper hero to claim his rightful throne. With Chiron's blessings, he traveled to Iolcus to confront his Uncle Pelias....

Unknowingly, Jason was also to play his part in a plan hatched by a goddess on Mount Olympus...

Hera, wife of almighty Zeus himself, ?nursed a rage against King Pelias. ?(SURPRISE!) Jason's uncle, the ?false king, had honored all the gods but Hera. Arrogantly, he had refused to give the Queen of Olympus her due.

Hera's plan for revenge was fraught with danger; it would require a true hero.

Hera had had her eye on Jason, but wished to test him first, to make sure he was true hero material!!!

On the road to Iolcus, Jason came to a river that had flooded...no one could cross. An old woman stood by the raging river, and told Jason that she was stranded. Jason, being a goodhearted young man, offered to swim the flooded river with the old woman on his back.

What he didn't know was that the old woman was really Hera in disguise!
Jason had passed her test...

Hera reveals herself and lays the plan down to Jason. He is to go before his uncle and make a deal. He will ask Pelias to undertake an impossible quest of his choosing. If he completes the quest, his uncle will give up the throne and release his parents. Jason had his doubts, but he also knew that he now had a very powerful goddess helping him out!!!

Jason arrives at Iolcus and his Uncle is quite shocked to find him still alive...the plan goes exactly as Hera had told him. Pelias agrees to send Jason on a quest in return for the throne when he successfully returns!
But where to send Jason? Pelias had no plans of giving up his throne, so he thought of a task so impossible that he knew Jason would never return...

Pelias challenges Jason to go ?and get the Golden Fleece ?(which was a magical, ?golden fur that had come ?from a flying mythical ram!), from King Aeetes of Colchis.

The Fleece was said to have magical powers; the power to heal any wound!!!

Colchis was a kingdom at the eastern end of the Black Sea...few had ever been there, and the way was filled with uncharted dangers...it was considered the edge of the world!

And so it came to pass that Jason was on a great quest. Word went out all over the length and breadth of Greece that he would require adventurers, heroes and warriors to join him for the quest; he was looking for shipmates to embark upon a perilous, dangerous but glamorous adventure. Success would mean fame and glory! Heroes poured in to Iolcus to sign up...
And in spite of the miniscule chances of anyone surviving to lay eyes upon the Fleece, let alone get past the serpent that was supposed to guard it, as well as returning with the prize, large numbers of heroes were ready to run the risk.

Some of the heroes who joined Jason on his quest were very familiar names: Orpheus, the twin demigod warriors Castor and Pollux, the huntress Atalanta, Zethes and Calais (the sons of the north wind, Boreas!), Theseus and a ton of other demigods! And many others! And if this wasn't already a star-studded group, the greatest adventurer of all would sign on for the quest: Hercules himself!

In the year it took for the crew to form, the best ship building in all of Iolcus decided to build Jason his best boat, in return for being able to join the adventure...His name? Argus. To honor him in his fine skills, Jason named this huge new boat the ARGO, and from then on, the adventurers were called the ARGONAUTS!!!

The Argonauts would deal with many tests on their way to the Golden Fleece, such as the lusty women on the island of Lemnos, the six-armed giant Gegenees, the Harpies, woman-headed, bird-bodied, razor-clawed scourges that attacked them, the Clashing Rocks, and not least, the tests of King Aeetes, who ruled the land of Colchis, where the Fleece was kept in secret.

While visiting King Czyicus of the Doliones, the Argonauts gathered supplies at a location known as Bear Mountain, where they confronted a race of six-armed giants called the Gegenees. With the help of Hercules, the men who had been guarding the Argo fended off the giants until Jason and the rest of the crew could return to help...the adventurers wiped out most of the giants and continued on their way!

The next obstacle would come when the Argonauts visited another island, where they found the former king of Thrace, Phineas, who had been punished by Zeus. As punishment, daily, a huge feast would appear on the island. When Phineus would attempt to eat, Zeus' nasty hounds, the Harpies, would swoop down, steal the food and foul up the rest of it with their droppings. This would happen daily...

Jason takes pity on Phineas, and sets the sons of Boreas on them. Since they can fly, they chase the Harpies away so that Phineus, who is starving, can finally have something to eat...

In gratitude, he tells them the location of Colchis and also about the next danger they will face...the Clashing Rocks!

The only way to reach Colchis was through huge rock cliffs that came together and crushed anything that traveled between them.

Phineas told Jason to release a dove when they approached these islands, and if the dove made it through, to row with all their might. If the dove was crushed, he was doomed to fail. Jason released the dove as advised, which made it through, losing only a few tail feathers.

Seeing this, they rowed strongly and made it through with minor damage at the extreme stern of the ship. From that time on, the clashing rocks were forever joined leaving free passage for others to pass.

Finally, the Argonauts, after months of traveling, arrive in Colchis...King Aeetes was not very happy to see them show up. He knew what they were after right away...

King Aeetes has no plans to give up the Golden Fleece to Jason, fairly or otherwise!!!

However, his daughter, Medea, fell in serious love with Jason (thanks to a little help from Aphrodite!) and was determined ?to help him in his quest, even if she went against her father.

Medea was a sorceress, and knew how to make all kinds of potions and special medicines...

King Aeetes demands that Jason pass a test to win the Fleece; a task no mortal could achieve! He was challenged with plowing a field with fire breathing cattle. To even come near the beasts was instant incineration. Burned to a crisp!

Medea decides then and there to defy her father and prepare Jason for the task. She concocts a special lotion that would protect him from the extreme heat and fire!

Jason, with the help of Medea's lotion, manages to catch the cattle and plows the rocky ground...but Aeetes adds an extra task on to the job! Now he must plant a "special" handful of seeds in the ground where he has plowed...

But these were no normal seeds!

They were dragon's teeth...

When Jason put them in the ground, as soon as they hit the soil, they sprouted into fully-armed skeletons...walking dead!!! And they would not stop until Jason and his crew were wiped from the earth!!!

The walking dead, the "SOWN MEN," could not be killed with swords or weapons...they seemed unstoppable!

Seeing no way to escape the skeletons, Jason and his crew retreat to the hills. Aeetes sends his men after them...

Medea knows where the sacred grove of the Fleece is and helps Jason by taking him to there. One problem: the Golden Fleece is guarded by a mighty monster, the Colchian Dragon!!!

Medea once again aids Jason and uses a special sleeping potion on the dragon, allowing Jason to kill it dead!!!

The Argonauts take the Fleece and run straight for the Argo...Aeetes and his men are hot on their tails...its a race for survival!

Aeetes sends his fleet of boats to catch the Argo...Zetes and Calais, the sons of the North Wind, are able to give them a little more speed in their sails, but it is not enough...Aeetes will catch them sooner or later...

During the chase, Jason discovers a stowaway onboard...it appears that Medea's brother has hidden himself away to sabotage the ARGO and slow the boat down so that Aeetes can catch up!!!

Medea, who's love for Jason means that she will go through any lengths to save him, kills her own brother and throws him overboard...

She knows her father will stop to pick up the body for a proper burial, giving them time to escape...

And so the Argo escapes, bound for Iolcus, but heading through more unknown waters...

Along the way, Jason, Medea and the crew will encounter more obstacles, most bent on killing them...

The Murderous Sirens!!! Defeating the Talos of Crete!!!

Finally, the Argonauts return home...much to Pelias' surprise and shock!!!

Jason brings him the Fleece and demands his crown...AND IS REFUSED!!!

Pelias takes the Fleece and has Jason under guard...

Medea knows its up to her to deal with Jason's nasty uncle...

She appears to him as a hooded sorceress who tells him that she can give him FIFTY extra years to his life...greedy for power, Pelias demands the secret!

Medea kills a bull and dumps it into a bubbling cauldron...using her magic, she brings it back to life!!

Pelias demands that he receives the same treatment and orders Medea to kill him and bring him back, stronger and younger than ever!

Pelias dies from his own greed at the hand of Medea..once again, she has saved Jason.

Jason finally can assume the throne of Iolcus!!!

Jason and Medea marry...but all is not well that ends well...

Over the years, Jason begins to fear Medea. Strangely, all his enemies and anyone who questions him begin to die mysterious deaths. Jason knows who is to blame...and he can't take it anymore. He leaves Medea and vows to marry a younger, innocent bride...

"Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned..."

Medea does not take it well...she vows revenge...!!!

She has given up everything for Jason, and feels betrayed...

Medea burns Jason's new bride alive, destroys his palace...and kills their sons...

Jason had done something you should never do...mess up the plans and wishes of the gods and goddesses.

First off, Aprhodite was upset because it was her love that had brought Jason and Medea together. Second off, Hera was unhappy because she is indeed the Goddess of Marriage. Jason had broken his off with Medea, and had crossed Hera that way...

So, its no wonder that he lost all that they had given him...

But in the end, he rebuilds his palace, remarries and has another son. This time, he is sure to repay the gods, as he offers the Golden Fleece to Zeus as a sacrifice...having appeased the gods, he has been left to a normal life. His name is remembered forever as that of a hero!!!

And what about Medea? Well, a supernatural girl to the end, she fled Iolcus, with the help of her great-grandfather, Helios, the old god of the sun. He sends a golden chariot, pulled by dragons to rescue her...

Beyond that, she goes on to have her own adventures and becomes quite an infamous lady. It is said that she eventually returned to Colchis, where she found her dad Aeetes had been overthrown. Using magic, she kills the new king and returns him to his kingship, and the two are reunited...