Hermes – Messenger of the Gods

hermesHermes – Messenger of the Gods

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Staff
  • Favored Animal: Ram
  • Symbol: Winged Boots
  • Portfolio: God of Travel, Mischief, Thieves, Commerce, and Language; Messenger of the Gods
  • Domains: Celerity, Commerce, Greed, Trade, Travel, Trickery, Wealth
  • Favored Race: Kitsune
  • Description: Messenger of the gods; god of commerce, thieves, eloquence and streets. Symbols include the caduceus (staff entwined with two snakes), winged sandals and cap, stork, and tortoise (whose shell he used to invent the lyre). Son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. The second-youngest Olympian, just older than Dionysus.

During the dead of night, Maia gave birth to Hermes, whos father was Zeus. Fearing the wrath of Hera, she hid Hermes in a nearby cave. There she raised the boy as a herdsman. He raised cattle and chickens and traded them in nearby towns. The boy grew much faster than normal children and soon the boy was a man. He invented the lyre from a tortoise shell and then traded that for more cattle. Soon, he had a large farm and herd that was enough to support his family. However, this was not enough for the son of Zeus. After he matured, Hermes found he had the power to shapeshift and was conscripted into his father’s army.

He held the position of messenger and would carry messages and communications between the armies. To help in this task, Hephestus crafted a pair of winged boots that would allow him to move faster than any bird.

A young Aphrodite caught the eye of Hermes and he pursued her. At first she rebuffed his advances, but eventually she gave in. The two would often shift into fox form and chase each other around the woods. After such an encounter, Hermes and Aphrodite were intimate and conceived a child. Thier child was the first of the Kitsune, of which the race was created. Unfortunately, their son was killed during the Titan Wars. With the death of thier child, the Kitsune worship Hermes, and to a lesser extent, Aphrodite.

After the Titan Wars, Hermes continued to be a messenger for the gods. He also became revered as a patron of travellers, theives and merchants. He contined to bear children, including Pan and Tyche, and continued his relationship with Aphrodite.

Followers of Hermes are, of course, Kitsune, merchants, travelers, thieves and those with a little mischievous in their hearts.

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