One of my favorite pop culture characters was the man known as Kronos the conquer leader of the four horsemen a legend through time decimating the world in his wake. Born over 5000 years ago and appearing more frequently in circa 1800 BC during the Bronze Age, Kronos(pestilence) was recognized as the originator of the Horsemen. Which incorporated fellow Immortals Methos(death), Silas(fame), and Caspian(war), who created a group of horsed raiders who pillaged and slaughtered across two continents throughout the Bronze Age. From their achievements grew the fable of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He forced two rules on the Horsemen: all the plunders of war are meant to be distributed equally among them, and “We never raise a blade against each other.” This, however, did not stop tension among the members: Caspian held Silas in contempt, Methos cordially hated Caspian, and Kronos kept himself aloof, demanding ruthlessness and brotherhood from the others, a dichotomy that was bound to implode quickly. In 615 BC in Mesopotamia, on one occurrence, he met the Kurgan, following his triumph over a different Immortal. Kronos tried to convince him to join the Horsemen in order to secure up for Methos’s absence. The Kurgan declined, insisting that the rules stated that Immortal battle was rigorously one on one and that the Horsemen’s Alliance would not last because there can be only one. The incident forever transformed the relationship linking the Horsemen, and soon the band was sundered and lost to each other.
Kronos tried hopelessly to find followers similar to his former brethren, but nothing was able to match what he had with them its like packing boxes without a place a to put them.
“A dozen times I tried to take up the old ways, I failed. The others I rode with were trash. Scum. I had no one to plan my raids, no one who understood the true use of terror.”
Kronos and Methos located Silas, who was dwelling solely in the Ukrainian forests, and he promptly joined his brethren. They discovered Caspian being contained in a Romanian asylum for the criminally insane, and busted him out, Caspian slaying the doctor in the process. Reunited, the Horsemen set up shop in a deserted submarine pen in Bordeaux, France, where Kronos revealed his new plan: Where before the Horsemen had exercised horses and swords, they would now employ science and terrorism. Kronos unveiled a hidden laboratory carrying a new super virus, which he planned to unleash upon the world, “What better time for us to come together than in the scientific age? Just think of what men like us can do. Men without conscience, without fear. Think of the destruction. The devastation. The death. A world of anarchy and madness. Now you think of that. And dream.” Methos, however, decided to slow his plans down, forcing him to start small. Accused of going soft, Methos described,
“It’s a prelude….What is the first rule of great drama? Start small and build. A fountain to get their attention. Then a public pool to kill a hundred. Then a stadium to kill 10 thousand. Then one drop of the virus in the city’s water supply. Within a week then a country if you want to rule the world you give them a choose the horseman rule or they all die… the horseman rule or the world dies.”