|The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal|
The saddle horn on the camera-left shelf.
January 9, 1994
Vicky & Damon
The Silver Saddle Horn of Hannibal is the 30th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.
This episode's moat crossing required the first player from each team to climb across the Moat using the knotted rope overhead; once across, his partner would throw him a rope to coil around the pole at the other end and hold onto tight, allowing the second player to walk across the bottom rope while hanging from the higher rope. Simple, right? Wrong. The Orange Iguanas took 39 seconds to make it across, which was not TOO bad, but the other teams took a lot longer. The Purple Parrots placed second after 1:11, the Red Jaguars third after 1:44 and the Green Monkeys fourth after 2:36. In retrospect, though, it was fairly obvious who would win, because when the Green Monkeys hit their gong, neither the Blue Barracudas nor the Silver Snakes had even gotten their first player across.
Steps of Knowledge
One of the greatest generals who ever lived led an army of 60,000 men and 38 elephants through Spain and France, and over the Alps into Italy. His name was Hannibal, and he crushed the ancient Romans in the worst defeat of their history. Legend has it the idea came to him in a dream. One day, Hannibal summoned his spiritual advisor, Mumbo, and said to him:
"I dreamed I was floating above the ground on something gray with wings, and while riding it, I crushed the city of Rome. What do you make of this, O Spiritual Advisor?"
"My lord," said Mumbo, "you must gather a band of elephants and take them over the Alps to Rome!"
This seemed like a good idea to Hannibal, so off he went, and bought 38 elephants. The elephant dealer was so pleased he gave Hannibal a silver saddle horn as a token of his thanks. Hannibal won his battle and gave the silver saddle horn to Mumbo.
|Steps of Knowledge Results|
|The sight of Carthage was found in which of these modern countries?||
||Green Monkeys (Wrong Answer)|
|Red Jaguars (2 steps left)|
|Did Hannibal begin his campaign against Rome from…?||
||Red Jaguars (1 step left)|
|Did Hannibal swear eternal hostility to the…?||
||Orange Iguanas (2 steps left)|
|Rome is found in which of these modern countries?||
||Red Jaguars (Advanced to Temple Games)|
|Was the city of Carthage founded by…?||
||Green Monkeys (2 steps left)|
|Which of these mountain ranges did Hannibal have to cross to attack Rome?||
||Green Monkeys (1 step left)|
|Which of these large animals did Hannibal cross the Alps with?||
||Orange Iguanas (1 step left - Rang in before Olmec could finish)|
|Did Hannibal take elephants to Italy…?||
||Green Monkeys (Advanced to Temple Games)|
The Red Jaguars are 12-year-olds Damon and Vicki. The Green Monkeys are 14-year-old Lee and 12-year-old Jessica.
Hannibal Helper (Knotted Rope Mountain)
The first game required the girls to climb up a "mountain," grabbing the four stuffed elephants along the way and putting them in the sack they were carrying. When they got up to the top and got the fourth elephant in the sack, they then needed to climb down the other side of the ramp; whoever completed the game first won. The girls both climbed at the same pace, but what decided it was the fact that, at the beginning, Vicki had a harder time getting the elephants in her sack than Jessica did. Vicki tried her best to catch up, but she was still a little bit behind when Jessica made it down the other side of the mountain with 16 seconds left, so the Green Monkeys won the first half Pendant of Life.
Slippery Alps (Water Chute)
The second game was another fun one. Before the game, Kirk explained that Hannibal lost all but one elephant in the Alps because their flat feet meant that they slid around a lot on the snow and ice and got hurt easily. However, in the game, the boys had to slide as far as they could in 60 seconds, with only the furthest slide within the time limit being compared. Lee started out strong, but eventually Damon caught up and slid further as he got the hang of the game. His furthest slide was a bit better than Lee's furthest, so Damon won a half Pendant for the Red Jaguars, tying the scores.
Roman Column (Pulley Pillar)
The last Temple Game was that two-person pulley game that was used a lot throughout the first season. This time, players needed to build a Roman column by grabbing a ring and dropping it onto the pole. For what it was worth, the game was not all that bad this time, since both teams got stopped up just as much (other times, the only reason one team won was because the other's rope got caught a lot more). Vicki slipped an extra ring on the column as time ran out, but even without it, the Red Jaguars still got seven rings on the column to the Green Monkeys' six, earning the full Pendant of Life and winning the Temple Games 1½-½.
|Temple Games Results|
|Team||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Pendants Won|
|Red Jaguars||Lost||Won||Won||1½ Pendants|
|Green Monkeys||Won||Lost||Lost||½ Pendant|
Vicki was a fast frontrunner; she had no trouble going through the Cave of Sighs and the Wheel Room, but she also unintentionally decided the run's fate by herself. After opening both doors leading out of the Throne Room, she headed up into the Heart Room and progressed left into the Treasure Room, where she met the first Temple Guard. After figuring out she could not directly enter the Shrine of the Silver Monkey from the Treasure Room, she opened the treasure chest and spent a while looking down into it.After a while, Vicki retreated to the Heart Room, but then headed up into the Observatory and then opened both doors by spinning the sundial, proving that the Jaguars could have potentially started in the Room of the Three Gargoyles and gone across the Troubled Bridge. Confused for a bit, Vicki returned to the Treasure Room from the Observatory, but she eventually headed back into the Heart Room again and then finally climbed back down into the Throne Room with about 1:11 on the clock, having wasted more than a third of the run with her little detour. Vicki then headed into the Holes of Python, where a Temple Guard hidden past the ladder caught her with 49 seconds on the clock.
Damon was not quite as fast as Vicki, but he still moved at a decent pace and tried to make up for lost time. The only room that really slowed him down was the Holes of Python, but granted, that room slowed down just about every contestant that went through it. Time unfortunately ran out after he hit the actuators for both crawl tubes leading into the Tomb of the Ancient Kings. After great competition in the Steps of Knowledge and Temple Games, this was a fairly frustrating loss at the Temple.
|Temple Run Results|
|Method of Loss||Failed Acquisition|
|Temple Guard Locations|
|Half Pendant Location||Most Likely the Heart Room|
- Lee of the Green Monkeys was on of the two known British contestants to appear on the show. The other contestant was Janet of the Purple Parrots from The Priceless Portrait of the Polynesian Girl (she was born in England to American parents while Lee is much likely an English emigrant to the United States).
- This was the first of the two runs to ever feature a Temple Guard in the Holes of Python. The other run was The Codebook of Mata Hari.