Way back when, there was this evil dude named Minos who was also the king of Crete. This evil dude was evil cause he made all sorts of demands on other greek lands - sacrificial demands. Well the Bad king got his hands on a Man-Beast (half man half BULL) and wanted to use him to terrorize and such but he needed a cage that could hold him.
So he kidnapped a guy named Daedalus who was a scientific wizard, a builder - like Doc Brown he was makin flux capacitors. The evil king Minos also stole away Daedalus's son Icarus, just to be a jerk.
Daedalus built King Minos the Labyrinth, A network of passages and dead ends. Filled with lots of stony corners for the Minotaur to smash peoples heads against.
Well Daedalus got into some trouble with the King cause he helped the Kings good daughter Ariadne with some wicked string that she used to help a dude named Theseus kill the Minotaur (don't worry that story is filled with woe too)
Daedalus and his son were in trouble and King Minos was probably gonna come down on them with a hellstorm of old Grecian fury. So Daedalus was smart and fashioned an escape plan. He made two sets of mechanical wings. One for himself and the other for his son. Unfortunately he had limited materials and had to use wax to put it all together. Not a big deal, he and his son just needed to fly across some dangerous water on a sunny day. Icarus must have been a bit dense or maybe he just zoned his dad out all the time cause despite being warned he totally flew up high too close to the sun and his wings fell to pieces.
Daedalus watched him fall and disappear under the water never to be seen from again.
Daedalus managed to get away to mainland Greece. King Minos pursued him but then got trapped in one of Daedalus's best plans... DEADLY HOT BATHWATER - in the end Minos Had to work his tail off in Hades Judging the damned and Daedalus got to kinda live out the rest of his life making stuff.
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I actually made a process blog back when I drew this shirt up - you can find it here