As the Persians marched westward towards ancient Greece, the Spartans, under the generalship of Leonidas were dispatched to the pass at Thermopylae, and ordered to check Xerxes' advance. Wielding their light and deadly 'Pure Drive' swords (a technology they stole from the ancient Babolatonians), the Spartans wreaked havoc upon the Persians by swinging wildly at them with their (practiced since early childhood) western grips. Unfortunately, due to the many injuries caused by the combination of equipment, and physically demanding fighting style, the Spartans were only able to send three hundred warriors to the battlefield. Xerxes ordered his soldiers to utilise their old fashioned eastern grips, and slice low at the Spartans' ankles. This tactic forced the Spartans to fight on their knees, and alas, one by one, they were all laid low. When news of the Spartans' defeat, and the manner of the the tactics employed by the Persians reached Athens, an army was dispatched to halt the Persians advance. The Athenians were able to field a much larger army than the Spartans because their method of fighting was much less prone to injury. Prokennides, Archimedes' great grandfather, had designed a new type of sword for them, which was know as a 'kinetic'. This sword protected the user from the harsh vibrations caused by clouting people all day. The Athenians also employed use of the Semi-Western grip, which not only allowed them to lay Spartan-like crushing blows upon their enemies, but also enabled them to parry the Persians' low slices. Needless to Say, the Persians were defeated by the Athenians, and Western civilization was saved at it's birth, thanks to kinetic technology and the Semi-Western grip.