Greek Fire plays an important part in Awakening The Beast. It was such a devastating weapon that the recipe was a closely guarded secret. Actually, the secret was so well kept that the formula was lost and never rediscovered. Below is an excerpt from an online article about Greek Fire from www.lordsandladies.org/.
…There are several possible] formulas for creating Greek Fire. Some accounts suggest that petroleum and oil were used as an ingredient. Other … formulas which seems far more likely include a combination… of ingredients such as Quicklime, Saltpeter, Bitumen, Sulphur, Resin and Pitch. … This terrifying fiery substance stuck like glue to almost any surface and was nearly impossible to extinguish except with sand, salt, or urine. Throwing water alone on Greek Fire only fanned the flames. The history of Greek Fire [dates] back to the 7th century and was first used against the Arabs at their siege of Constantinople of 673. [Greek Fire was used in land and sea battles against the Arabs with devastating results.]
Below is more information about Greek fire found in an online article from NewScientist;
[Greek Fire] was one of the most terrifying weapons ever made. [It] was a flaming mixture fired from the ships of the Byzantine empire from the 7th century. …This deadly concoction was created by a family of chemists and engineers from Constantinople, and the secret recipe died with them…When enemies captured elements of the equipment, they just weren’t able to … use [them] to recreate the same effects…. Historians have … deduced that a bronze pump probably pressurized heated oil, which was then ejected through a nozzle and ignited. In 2002, a reconstruction was built for a National Geographic TV programme, using a mixture of light crude oil and pine resin. Their flame destroyed a ship in minutes.
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