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The Cronos device is a small golden contraption, its appearance is a cross between a scarab beetle and a Fabergé egg. The device unfolds its outstretched mechanical arthropod pincers that sinks into the the flesh of its user. A retracting sting, like that of a scorpion would unfurl and puncture through the flesh; the device then injects the elixir into the user imparting immortality, in return the user must feed on human blood to sustain him. The device is both totemic and metaphoric, relating to both Egyptian and Greek mythology.
In ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle is associated with the sun god Khepri. As myth suggests, this deity propels the sun, even into the depths of the underworld. He was specifically connected with the rising sun and the creation of the world. Thus, the scarab beetle was a symbol of the cycle of life, death and rebirth/renew/resurrection. The name Cronos represent both time and destruction. In Greek mythology, Cronus/Kronos was the ruler of the Titans. He devoured his own children in an effort to prevent a prophecy from coming to fruition, the prophecy predicted that one of his sons will rise up and overthrow him. Kronos is often confused with Chronos, the primordial god of Time in Greek mythology. The Cronos device ultimately draw parallels to life/death, past/present/future, ancient/modern, sacrifice/rebirth.
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