Patroclus is not strong enough to use the spear of ash which the Centaur Cheiron gave to Peleus
You are ACHILLES. While Patroclus arms, you tell Automedon to harness the horses, the immortal pair Xanthus and Balius, and the mortal Pedasus. You draw up the Myrmidons in their five companies, and inspire them with a rousing speech. You know the rude names they called you, and how desperate they are to get into battle. You go to the beautiful chest which your mother gave you.

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