Jan Scholten

2.6 Lanthanides: Heracles
The labors of Heracles are the mythological counterpart of the essence of the Lanthanides.
All the labors of Heracles are a way of proving oneself. They also purify Heracles from guilt.
Heracles had to do them on his own, without help, and without getting anything in return.
The labors can be seen as proof of being worthy to become a king. One can only be allowed to rule a kingdom when one can control oneself.
The first 6 labors are in the Peloponnese, mostly fighting animals.
The last 6 labors are outside the Peloponnese, mostly fighting half animal, half human: Minotaur, centaur.