The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes and to have asked a riddle of travelers to allow them passage. The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.
It was said in late lore that Hera or Ares sent the Sphinx from her Ethiopian homeland (the Greeks always
Chimera, the Sphinx's mother remembered the foreign origin of the Sphinx) to Thebes in Greece where she asks all passers-by the most famous riddle in history: “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at midday on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?” She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age. By some accounts (but much more rarely), there was a second riddle: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first". The answer is "day and night" (both words are feminine in Greek).
Bested at last, the tale continues on and says that the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died. An alternative version tells that she devoured herself. Thus Oedipus can be recognized as a "liminal" or threshold figure, helping affect the transition between the old religious practices, represented by the death of the Sphinx, and the rise of the new, Olympian gods.
The Sphinx (Σφίγγα in Ancient Greek), also known as "The Master of Riddles", is a creature with the head of a woman and the body of a lion.
One demigod can be enough to defeat the riddle. Yet if you can't answer the riddle, it will most likely take more than 5 demigods to slay this ferocious town leveler.
It has a strong body and wings.
If you answer her riddle correctly, the beast won't eat you, and has to grant you passage.
The beast will ask ridiculously hard riddles, or ask riddles that have no answer so that it can devour people.
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