Hera – Queen of the Gods

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Hera – Queen of the Gods

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Mace
  • Favored Animal: Cow, Peacock
  • Symbol: Spread out peacock feathers
  • Portfolio: Goddess of family, marriage, and children; queen of the gods
  • Domains: Charm, Envy, Family, Healing, Law, Nobility, Protection, Retribution
  • Favored Race: Hera has no favorites
  • Description: Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family. Symbols include the peacock, pomegranate, cuckoo, and cow. Youngest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus. Being the goddess of marriage, she frequently tried to get revenge on Zeus’ lovers and their children..

Hera was a daughter of Cronus and Rhea. She was saved from the fate of her sisters when her mother snuck away and gave her to a family of ranchers. She was raised by them, knowing who she was, but did not share this information with her until she was much older. Upon hearing of her true parentage, Hera lashed out at her adopted parents and left. She was a rebellious youth and met her brother and future husband, Zeus. The two fell in love and he courted her. Finally, Zeus proposed marriage to Hera. However, she did not say yes the first few times. Eventually, the pair married.

Hera was hesitant to support Zeus and his idea of war against their parents. She finally came around to the idea after learning of her sisters that were freed by Poseidon. She took up arms and gathered her own army of medics and healers, including Zeus’s grandson, Asclepius. She and her army would assist the wounded on the battlefield. But still, if forced to fight, Hera taught them to how to fight and they held their own.

Hera bore the children of Zeus during the war, but was angered at him for taking lovers that also bore his children. In particular, Zeus took the Leto as a lover. When she found out that Leto was pregnant by Zeus, she convinced nature spirits to prevent her from giving birth on land or island. Griefed by this, Leto searched and searched and was not able to find a place to give birth. Poseidon took pity on her and he had an enormous turtle surface for him. The turtle provided his shell as a place her Leto to give birth to the twins Apollo and Artemis.

Zeus attempted many times to deceive or distract Hera in order to complete his conquests. His servant, a nymph named Echo, was often put in the middle of these and he was instructed to be a distraction for Hera. However, she did not fall for his flattery and discovered the distraction. Echo was cursed by Hera to only repeat the words that others say. He could no longer speak his own thoughts.

After the Titan Wars, Hera continued to serve as the Goddess of Women and Family. Her portfolio that she adopted complimented this. She continues to thwart Zeus’s conquests and interfering with his lovers and their children. She and is often called upon for revenge against husbands that go stray.

Followers and clerics of Hera often preside over weddings and ceremonies. She presides over women, and jilted lovers, of all races.

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