The Immortal Game
Distributor of War Booty, Girder in Armour, Champion of the Anchorage, Of the Counsels, Destroyer of Giants, Gorgon-Crested, Deciever
Epic Intelligence, Epic Wits, Animal (Owl), Arete, Health, Justice, War, Guardian, Civitas
Academics, Command, Craft, Melee, Investigation, Science
The patron goddess of Athens is renowned for her wisdom, counted as its very personification among the Dodekatheon; she is the mistress of knowledge, philosophy and tactics and a war-goddess well-known for the most well-planned and executed of battle strategies. She is also a virgin goddess and patron of all civic and cultural development, a dispenser of justice and a proponent of civilization. She has been a guide and aide to many a hero, and continues to further the cause of her pantheon wherever possible.
Honey-haired and well-rounded— voluptuous, some would say—Athena is the best at everything, perpetually wise except when her ambitions reduce her to foolish actions. As Goddess of wisdom, Athena has the power to mediate disputes, to resolve them by force or to create new techniques that render the argument irrelevant. She has no patience for those who rely on aggression alone to solve their problems. Athena tends to be proud, however, and she can be misled into risky contests by challenging the depth and breadth of her skills. She does not lose gracefully.
In modern times, Athena has been a devoted middle school teacher, a waspish librarian, a first-rate artist and a popular motivational speaker. Those who see her often use terms such terms as “old soul,” “many-layered” and “quick-witted.” Her sharp-tongued intelligence scares off many potential partners, but though chaste, she has proven a devoted patron to many a Scion who’s impressed her with their cleverness and quick wits, regardless of those Scions parentage.
Her adopted Scions are similarly well endowed with graces of art and artistry. Skilled at languages and fine crafts, they tend to become famous artists and performers—unless their mother pulls them away to other tasks and projects, such as saving the World.
Zeus became lovers with the titan Metis, an ancient goddess of wisdom; however, a prophecy was made claiming that Metis’ son would overthrow and kill his father. When he discovered that Metis was pregnant, Zeus swallowed her to prevent her from giving birth to his usurper. Shortly thereafter, however, he found that he had a terrible pain in his head; when the pain and pressure would not let up, he finally called upon his son Hephaestus to relieve him of his agony by performing a craneotomy with his tools. When the smith struck Zeus’ head, Athena burst forth from it fully formed; she had been born inside Zeus and forced her way out, a full-fledged goddess of war and wisdom.
Athena and Pallas
When Athena was born, Zeus sent her to his nephew Triton, who raised her as a foster-father alongside his own daughter, the sea-nymph Pallas. The two shared everything and grew to adulthood together, but one day they quarreled and the argument came to blows. Both war-goddesses struck true, but while Zeus protected Athena from all harm, he did not protect Pallas and Athena inflicted a mortal wound on her. Athena was so mortified that she had killed her foster-sister that she created the Palladium, a great statue monument to Pallas, and left Triton’s palace forever.
Athena and Hephaestus
Hephaestus, infatuated with Athena, once attempted to rape her; he seized hold of her garments, but she was too nimble for him and escaped, and his semen fell upon the ground. From it sprang forth the serpent-god Erichthonius, whom Athena raised as her foster-son.
Athena and Poseidon
Long ago, both Athena and Poseidon wished to be the patrons of Athens, a thriving city of great power and artistic merit. They competed and argued endlessly over the matter, until Athena suggested that they should each give the Athenians a gift and let the people decide for themselves. Poseidon agreed and struck the ground with his trident, causing a spring to spring up out of the ground, while Athena offered the people the gift of the olive tree. Poseidon’s spring was salt water, which was useless to the Athenians, so they chose the olive tree and Athena became their patron, lending her name to the city itself.
Athena and Arachne
Athena, the greatest weaver among the gods, once had a student named Arachne, who became so full of pride at her skills as a weaver that she proclaimed that she was better than her teacher. Though many cautioned her against hubris, including Athena herself in disguise, Arachne claimed that she wished to face the goddess in a weaving contest, confident that she would triumph. The contest commenced and Athena wove the scene of her victory over Poseidon, while Arachne wove images of all the infidelities ever committed among the gods. The works were of equal skill, but Athena was so enraged by the disrespectful subject Arachne had chosen that she destroyed her student’s loom and the tapestry and transformed her into the first spider, whose descendents all weave tapestries that are destroyed as soon as they are created.