Athena – Goddess of Wisdom

 

athenaAthena – Goddess of Wisdom

  • Alignment: LG
  • Favored Weapon: Spear
  • Favored Animal: Owl
  • Symbol: Owl perched on an olive branch
  • Portfolio: Goddess of wisdom, reason, handiwork, and strategy in battle
  • Domains: Balance, Knowledge, Law, Meditation, Mentalism, Mind, Planning, War
  • Favored Race: None
  • Description: Goddess of wisdom, reason, intelligent activity, literature, handicrafts and science, defense and strategic warfare. Symbols include the owl and the olive tree. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Metis, she rose from her father’s head fully grown and in full battle armor after he swallowed her mother.

Born of Zeus and Metis, Athena was born in the halls of a monastery on the shores of the sea. Unfortunately, Metis was killed during childbirth. Athena remained in the monastery and learned with the monks. The monks accepted her as one of their own and taught her the knowledge that was kept within the walls. She learned the basics of knowledge and wisdom, along with basic tactics and warfare. When she came of age, Athena was gifted with the Heart of Metis. With the heart of her mother in Athena’s possession, she was now able to realize the full potential of her heritage. She absorbed the wisdom that her mother possessed and gained access to her innate dragon form. After many decades of training, she was able to control her new abilities and tap into her newfound knowledge. She willing shared this wisdom with the other monks and recorded it in tombs that were kept deep within the monastery’s librium.

Athena joined her father’s army, reluctantly, and brought along her 10,000 Fists. She fought along side Zeus and was crucial in the planning of the Battle of Ithytos, which led to the death of the Titans Themis and Theia. Unfortunately, the battle also claimed scores of her monks. Athena mourned their deaths for 6 months before rejoining the war. However, there were only a few skirmishes that remained before Zeus, Poseidon and Hades slew Cronus and ended the Titan Wars.

After the war was over, Athena returned to her monastery to teach and has set up many many more across the lands. The remaining members of the 10,000 Fists dispersed and took up leadership positions at these monasteries.

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.

Demeter – Goddess of Agriculture and Soil

DemeterDemeter – Goddess of Agriculture and Soil

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Scythe or Sickle
  • Favored Animal: Pig
  • Symbol: Cornucopia
  • Portfolio: Goddess of Agriculture and Soil
  • Domains: Cavern, Creation, Earth, Feast, Gluttony, Good, Plant
  • Favored Race: No Favored Race
  • Description: Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, cornucopia, and pig. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

Demeter was born to Cronus and and Rhea, however, she was promptly devoured by her father after childbirth. She was freed when her brother, Hades, poisoned Cronus and caused him to disgorge her and Hestia. Demeter landed in a field of grain and was found by a farmer. The farmer raised Demeter as his own and taught her about farming and agriculture.

Hades, Zeus and Poseidon searched out Demeter and found her among the fields of grain. They convinced her that she needed to join thier fight against their father and the other Titans. She agreed and gathered an army of farmers. Her brothers laughed at her army, after comparing them to thier own. However, it was Demeter and her farmers that spread the knowledge of farming to everyone. This knowledge is what kept the other armies fed during the war.

Demeter married one of her commanders, Karmanor and bore children for him. She is also the mother of Persephone with her brother Zeus.

Her followers are generally farmers.

Apollo – God of Light and Prophecy

apolloApollo – God of Light and Prophecy

  • Alignment: NG
  • Favored Weapon: Longbow
  • Favored Animal: Wolf, Raven, Lizard
  • Symbol: Sun bathed lyre
  • Portfolio: God of the sun, archery, athleticism, prophecy, the arts, and good health
  • Domains: Celerity, Competition, Destiny, Fate, Good, Oracle, Sun
  • Favored Race: Elves
  • Description: God of light, prophecy, inspiration, poetry , music and arts, medicine and healing. Son of Zeus and Leto. Symbols include the sun, lyre, swan, and mouse. Twin brother of Artemis.

 

Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis, were both born from Leto and Zeus. Leto, fearing the wrath of Hera, gave birth to the twins on the back of an enormous turtle. Apollo was born second, with the assistance of Artemis, who was his mother’s midwife.

After Apollo was born, Hera sent the dragon Python to kill Leto. However, the young Apollo went to protect his mother. He begged Hephestus for a bow, like the one he gave to his sister Artemis. Hephestus finally gave in and crafted him a silver bow. The bow was enchanted, or cursed, with the ability to impart disease and sickness on its arrows. Apollo cornered Python in a cave and slew the dragon. Afterwhich, Apollo recevied the gift of prophecy.

Apollo had a vision of the death of Orion, companion of Artemis, and joined with her after the event. Together, with their army of elves, launched an assault on the Titans Selene and Helios. Artemis slew Selene at the same time Apollo killed Helios.

When the Titan Wars were over, Apollo received the portfolio of Prophecy, The Sun, Athleticism and The Arts. The messenger of the gods, Hermes, also gifted him with a special Lyre that was crafted from a tortoise shell. The lyre was a gift to remind Apollo of his roots. Since then, he has gathered quite a following of musicians and poets. As with the other gods, Apollo had a great number of lovers that bore multiple children. This includes taking many of the Muses as lovers.

Followers of Apollo are the Elves, athletes, philosophers, musicians and poets.

Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

artemis

Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

  • Alignment: CG
  • Favored Weapon: Bow, Pike
  • Favored Animal: Boar, Bear, Deer
  • Symbol: Moon bathed bow and arrow
  • Portfolio: Goddess of the moon, archery, hunting, childbirth, and virginity
  • Domains: Animal, Chaos, Liberation, Moon, Passion, Planning, Pride
  • Favored Race: Elves
  • Description: Goddess of the hunt, virginity, archery, the moon, and all animals. Symbols include the moon, deer, hound, she-bear, boar, cypress tree, and bow and arrow. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo.

Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo, were both born from Leto and Zeus. Leto, fearing the wrath of Hera, gave birth to the twins on the back of an enormous turtle. She was born first and then assisted in the birth of her twin brother Apollo as her mother’s midwife.

As a young child, Artemis frequently caught the wrath of his stepmother, Hera. After she was beat by her, the young child would climb into Zeus’s lap and weep. As she got older, the thrashings would subside and Artemis would amuse herself with archery. She befriended the ancient elves of the mountains and forests during her escapades and shared her knowledge with them. To this day, the elves are some of the greatest archers in the land and they have Artemis to thank for this.

She was gifted with a golden bow that was crafted by Hephestus.

Artemis made an oath to always remain a virgin when she was a child. However, may had interests in her. Only her hunting companion and commander in her army, Orion, won her heart. She led an army of elves during the Titan Wars and fought along side her father’s army. Sadly, Orion was slain by the Titan Selene. Enraged at the killing of her love, Artemis joined with Apollo’s army of elves. The twins engaged Selene and Helios. Artemis killed Selene with an arrow, crafted by Hephestus and forged from her tears.

After the Titan Wars, Artemis was bestowed with the portfolio of The Moon, Archery and Virginity. Even to this day, Artemis remains true to her oath to remain a virgin. She keeps a contingent of warriors, which she calls her Companions, that are loyal to her and have pledged to protect her with their lives.

Her followers are, of course Elves, but virgins, midwives and hunters as well.

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.

Hades – Lord of the Underworld

HadesHades – Lord of the Underworld

  • Alignment: LE
  • Favored Weapon: Helmet
  • Favored Animal: Snake
  • Symbol: Three-headed cerebus
  • Portfolio: God of the Underworld, Death and Mortality
  • Domains: Darkness, Death, Earth, Evil, Law, Repose
  • Favored Race: Hades has no favored race as Death does not play favorites. All are equal in the eyes of Hades.
  • Description: God of the Underworld, the dead and the dying; he was born into the first Olympian generation, the elder brother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia and Demeter.

Hades is the eldest son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. During the Titan Wars, Hades fought on the side of the Titans with his armies of the Underworld. However, during the war, he watched Cronos devour his sisters Hestia and Demeter. After this event, he sought after his younger brothers Zeus and Poseidon. He offered to switch sides and fight along side them under the condition that he remain the ruler of the Underworld and that he would be free to impose his own will upon his Realm. Zeus and Poseidon agreed with the caveat that Hades free thier sisters first.

Hades agreed to this and proceeded to craft a poison from a mix of poppy seed and cyprus root. The poison would cause his father to disgorge his sisters. Immediately afterwards, Hades swooped them up and fled to be by Zeus’s side. Once he rescued them and the three brothers were together, Hades drew up a contract for the division of the cosmos for after their victory. In this contract, Zeus would rule the heavens and air, Poseidon would rule the seas and Hades would remain as lord of the Underworld. The contract went on to state that they were forbidden from taking any actions in the others respective realms. Just as the contract was agreed to and signed, Cronos struck down his eldest son and sent him back into the Underworld.

Once again, Rhea interceded on her son’s behalf. She travelled to the Underground and revived Hades. He retured to the earth with a vengeance now. His contract was validated and he joined the fight against his father and the other Titans. His army, as with the other Titans, mainly consided of other dragons and drakes. However, his daughters, the Erinyes would soon join his side as well.

During the war, Hades battled with the Titan Lapetus on multiple occasions. In their final battle, Hades in dragon form, tore the heart of Lapetus from his chest and ate it. With this act, Hades exercised his power as first born Titan to absorbed the portfolio of Mortality that Lapetus once had. This assault on Lapetus was intentional and he was targeted by Hades specifically due to this portfolio. With the control over Mortality and as Lord of the Underworld, Hades indeed had power over the dead and dying.

When the Titan Wars was over, the contract took effect. Hades became Lord of the Underworld. One of his first acts, based on actions during the war, was to construct the Veil. The Veil is a barrier between the land of the living and the dead. It prevented those that have parted from coming back. This upset Prometheus since it obstructed his Magic. In turn, he allowed Magic to bring back the dead by temporarily perforating the Veil. Although angered by this act, Hades eventually agreed and now allows this. However, he loathes the Undead and the use of them. He is in constant conflict with Hecate, the Mistress of the Undead and his occasional lover.

Followers of Hades are undertakers, dealers in dead, death cults and enemies of the Undead.

Poseidon – God the Sea

PoseidonPoseidon – God the Sea

  • Alignment: CN
  • Favored Weapon: Trident
  • Favored Animal: Dolphin, Horse
  • Symbol: Trident and Waves
  • Portfolio: God of the seas
  • Domains: Chaos, Weather, Strength, Water
  • Favored Race: Merfolk
  • Description: God of the seas, earthquakes, and tidal wave. Symbols include the horse, bull, dolphin, and trident. Middle son of Cronus and Rhea. Brother of Zeus and Hades. Married to the Nereid Amphitrite, although, like most male Greek Gods, he had many lovers.

Poseidon was born amid a field of sheep. His mother, Rhea, hid his birth from his father, Cronus, for fear that he would destroy him. This proved to be true as Rhea presented Cronus with a baby horse, in which he promptly devoured. Afterwards, Rhea gave Poseidon to a shepherd family to raise. The family lived on the island of Chourns and the ocean had always facinated Poseidon. Unlike his siblings, Poseidon knew of his parentage and knew that his father wanted him dead. He kept a low profile as to not draw the attention of the Titans and their wrath. However, it seemed that Poseidon was so intrinsically tied to the sea that he seemed to affect it. When Poseidon would be angered or upset, the sea would whip up and a storm would hit the island. Alternatively, when Poseidon was pleased or content, the seas would be fair and calm.

As he got older, Poseidon became a fisherman and would head out on the boats to catch fish for the island. Soon the other fisherman began to notice that the seas reacted to Poseidon. They began to praise him and keep him in good spirits as to keep the seas happy as well. Unfortunately, this did not always happen. One day, he was out on the boat when a storm hit. Poseidon was cast from the boat and lost at sea. His parents, the shepards that raised him, could not believe this. They knew it would take more than a small storm to kill their son. For 2 months, they walked along the shoreline and sent out bottled messages for him to return home.

Poseidon was rescued by the Nereid, a race of sea nymphs. He was so gracious for this that he betrothed the nereid Amphitrite and took her as his wife. One the two month date of his accident, Poseidon and Amphitrite left the ocean and went back home. As they walked onto the shore, they were met by his parents and other islanders. They threw a party for the new couple. The story of his accident and coming back is what caught the ear of Zeus when he was planning his war on the Titans.

Zeus approached Poseidon and proposed that he be a general in the war he was planning. Since he was still upset about the assassination attempt by his father, Poseidon joined as the General of the Seas. He gathered the Nereid and merfolk and joined in the fight against the Titans.

After the Titan War was over, Poseidon returned to Chourns and his bride. Over time, he has taken on a multitude of other lovers, both male and female. Also like his brother Zeus, he had fathered a great number of children as well. However, Amphitrite remained by his side. Rumor also suggest that she had taken on lovers during the war as well.

Followers of Poseidon are sailors, fishermen, Nereid, merfolk and those that make a living on or near the sea.

Ares – God of War

aresAres – God of War

  • Alignment: CE
  • Favored Weapon: Longspear
  • Favored Animal: Dog, Vulture
  • Symbol: Clawed spear and shield
  • Portfolio: God of war, combat, and arms
  • Domains: Chaos, Courage, Destruction, Glory, Madness, Pride, Strength, War, Wrath.
  • Favored Race: Orc
  • Description: God of war, violence, and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar, serpent, dog, vulture, spear, and shield. Son of Zeus and Hera, all the other gods (except Aphrodite) despised him. His Latin name, Mars, gave us the word “martial.

 

Ares was born from Zeus and Hera. The middle child was born during the opening of Battle of Escrutia Ridge. The armies of Zeus and Hera were enganged with the Titan Hyperion and his army of drakes. The pregnant Hera gave birth on the battlefield and Ares was born in the blood and gore of friend and foe alike. From that day on, Ares was obsessed with battle and killing. He trained and mastered, along with his sister Athena, all of the martial arts. However the two differred in thier point of view for war. While Athena studied under Zeus in matters of planning and tactics, Ares revelled in the battle itself. On the battlefield, Ares would be seen bathed in blood and charging into battle on his war chariot.

Not unlike his father, Ares had a multitude of lovers. With his sister, Aphrodite, he had twin sons Phobos and Deimos. He raised and trained them to be just as overwhelming, insatiable and destructive in battle as he was. However, due to the love of thier mother, they did not get entirely consumed as Ares did. Nonetheless, the trio of father and sons decimated thier enemies.

Ares learned that Hephestus created his dwarves to help him with his tasks and Ares sought the same for his soldiers. The army that he had needed constant replacement and he devised a way to create creatures that would breed like vermin and would have the same skill, and bloodlust, as he did. Hephestus assisted him with the forging of iron, to signify strength, that he would use in his ritual. To impart a little bit of himself, he cut off a piece of his heart. The ritual created the race of orcs and they indeed proved to be highly skilled in battle and had the insatiable bloodlust of Ares.

After the Titan Wars, the orcs remained on the world and continued to worship Ares. The other gods and goddess were concerned with the violence and evil that Ares and his orcs possessed. However, any retribution against them was tempered by the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, Adrestia. Adrestia implored that her father and the orcs were needed to balance the scales and any attempt at retribution against either of them would result in catastrophic devastation. The argument satisfied Zeus and the others. Ares and Aphrodite were so pleased in their daughter that she was given the portfolio of Balance and made a goddess.

Followers of Ares are, of course Orcs, but also include soldiers, warriors, mercenaries and even some in military leadership.

Hephaestus – Master Craftsman, Lord of the Flame and Forge

hephestusHephaestus – Master Craftsman, Lord of the Flame and Forge

  • Alignment: LN
  • Favored Weapon: Axe, Hammer
  • Favored Animal: Fire Elemental
  • Symbol: Hammer and Anvil
  • Portfolio: God of masonry, blacksmithing, and fire and the forge
  • Domains: Artifice, Craft, Creation, Fire, Metal
  • Description: Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, donkey, hammer, tongs, and quail. Son of Hera and Zeus. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word “volcano.”

Hephestus was conscripted into the Titan Wars by his parents Zeus and Hera. As a young man, he spent his time in the forges perfecting his trade. Eventually, his knowledge and skill exceeded that of his mentors. The items he crafted were in high demand and became legendary. He was approached by his father and uncles, Poseidon and Hades and tasked with creating weapons for them.

For his father, Zeus, he crafted the Lightning Bolt.
For his uncle, Poseidon, he crafted the Trident.
For his uncle, Hades, he crafted the Helm of Darkness.

After he was completed with these tasks, Zeus asked him to create the weapons for the rest of the armies. This was a monumental task that not even the Lord of the Forge could accomplish alone. Hephestus secluded himself to his forge at Mount Blackrock. He gathered blocks of granite from the mountain and created the Dwarves.

He imbued his children with the skill and knowledge of the forge. With their help, Hephestus was able to craft all the weapons, armor and other items for the armies.

After the Titan Wars were over, Hephestus took his place among the pantheon as the Lord of the Forge. Soon after, Hephestus was working in his forge when Athena approached him. She wanted him to make some weapons for her. However, Hephestus was overcome with lust for her. She rebuffed his advances and left the workshop. However, she went to her father, Zeus, and advised of what had happened. Angered by the incident, Zeus struck down Hephestus into the sea and stripped him of his status.

The dwarves that he created were the ones that rescued him. They pulled him from the sea and into their mountain fortress deep within Mount Blackrock. Now it was Hera’s turn to be angry for seeing her son cast into the sea. She enlisted the help of Dionysis to help him regain his domain. Hera and Dionysis tricked Zeus into releasing the portfolio, where they immediately bestowed it up Hephestus again.

Even though he has regained his status, the act of his father left him scarred. His right leg was permanently broken and deformed. He isolated himself with his dwarves. However, he still continued to craft items for the other gods and goddesses, but never again for his father.