The Stymphalian Birds
by Eric Feka
At Hera's command, Herakles must journey to Lake Stymphalia and clear the area of a flock of strange birds that have settled in the marsh. She hopes that these flesh-eating monsters will prove to be the son of Zeus's downfall because each is as tall as a man, can shoot barbed feathers from its wings, and has a beak made of bronze. Herakles must use all his cunning and strength if he is to prevail.