The Immortal Game
An Evil Enchantess
She’s an evil enchantress
She does evil dances
And if you look deep in her eyes
She’ll put you in trances
Then what will she do?
She’ll mix up an evil brew
Then she’ll gobble you up
In a big tasty stew
Soooo…. Watch out!
The legendary Circe is among the most powerful and unusual of the titanspawn. Created directly from the union of the Titan Helios and the nymph Perse, Circe was born fully grown in the form of one of the World’s most beautiful women. An equal to all but the most powerful of the Greek Gods, Circe’s incredible powers were limited by only three potent weaknesses. The most important was the location—after Helios and the other Titans were overthrown; the Gods bound Circe to the island of Aeaea, rendering her unable to use any of her powers while off the island’s shores.
Second, Circe was and is vulnerable to moly, a rare herb that apparently grows only on the island of Aeaea. Any mortal who carries even a sprig of moly on his person is completely immune to Circe’s powers, and Circe can be slain by a weapon that has been immersed in the herb’s juices.
Her third weakness is the fact that she is bound by powerful oaths, which work both for and against her. When the titanmophy the Dodekatheon wanted to ensure the enchantress would never really bother them again. She naturally only swore oaths if the Gods did so in turn. Most of these oaths were the ones that would keep her bond to the island. All the Oaths come with special clauses that allow her out of them but it would mean burning a lot of bridges and changing her world – perhaps not for the better.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe is described as living in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood. Around the house prowled strangely docile lions and wolves, the drugged victims of her magic; they were not dangerous, and fawned on all newcomers. Circe worked at a huge loom. She invited Odysseus’ crew to a feast of familiar food, a pottage of cheese and meal, sweetened with honey and laced with wine, but also laced with one of her magical potions, and she turned them all into swine with a wand after they gorged themselves on it. Only Eurylochus, suspecting treachery from the outset, escaped to warn Odysseus and the others who had stayed behind at the ships. Odysseus set out to rescue his men, but was intercepted by the messenger God, Hermes, who had been sent by Athena. Hermes told Odysseus to use the holy herb moly to protect himself from Circe’s potion and, having resisted it, to draw his sword and act as if he were to attack Circe. From there, Circe would ask him to bed, but Hermes advised caution, for even there the goddess would be treacherous. She would take his manhood unless he had her swear by the names of the gods that she would not.
Odysseus followed Hermes’s advice, freeing his men and then remained on the island for one year, feasting and drinking wine. According to Homer, Circe suggested two alternative routes to Odysseus to return to Ithaca: toward the “Wandering Rocks” or passing between the dangerous Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, conventionally identified with the Strait of Messina. She also advised Odysseus to go to the Underworld and gave him directions.
Towards the end of Hesiod’s Theogony (1011f), it is stated that Circe bore Odysseus three sons: Ardeas or Agrius (otherwise unknown); Latinus; and Telegonus, who ruled over the Tyrsenoi, that is the Etruscans. The Telegony (Τηλεγόνεια), an epic now lost, relates the later history of the last of these. Circe eventually informed him who his absent father was and, when he set out to find Odysseus, gave him a poisoned spear. With this he killed his father unknowingly. Telegonus then brought back his father’s corpse, together with Penelope and Odysseus’ other son Telemachus, to Aeaea. After burying Odysseus, Circe made the others immortal. According to Lycophron’s Alexandra (808) and John Tzetzes’ scholia on the poem (795 – 808), however, Circe used magical herbs to bring Odysseus back to life after he had been killed by Telegonus. Odysseus then gave Telemachus to Circe’s daughter Cassiphone in marriage. Some time later, Telemachus had a quarrel with his mother-in-law and killed her; Cassiphone then killed Telemachus to avenge her mother’s death. On hearing of this, Odysseus died of grief.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus (1.72.5) cites Xenagoras, the second century BC historian, as claiming that Odysseus and Circe had three sons: Romus, Anteias, and Ardeias, who respectively founded three cities called by their names: Rome, Antium, and Ardea. In a very late Alexandrian epic from the 5th century AD, the Dionysiaca of Nonnus, her son by Poseidon is mentioned under the name of Phaunos.
In the 3rd century BC epic, the Argonautica, Apollonius Rhodius relates that Circe purified the Argonauts for the death of Absyrtus,8 maybe reflecting an early tradition. In this poem, the animals that surround her are not former lovers transformed but primeval ‘beasts, not resembling the beasts of the wild, nor yet like men in body, but with a medley of limbs.’
Three ancient plays about Circe have been lost: the work of the tragedian Aeschylus and of the 4th century BC comic dramatists Ephippus of Athens and Anaxilas. The first told the story of Odysseus’ encounter with Circe. Vase paintings from the period suggest that Odysseus’ half-transformed animal-men formed the chorus in place of the usual Satyrs. Fragments of Anaxilas also mention the transformation and one of the characters complains of the impossibility of scratching his face now that he is a pig.
After the Zday event the two remaining Gorgon sisters invaded her Island. After placing Circe under house arrest the sisters turned the island into a six star hotel tourist complex. Here they lured the rich and powerful to aide the titans’ plans after the defeat at London.
The band Future Days Past arrived and freed the island and Circe. One of their members ended up spending time in Circe’s bed.
Recently she was wed to the Demigods Arscenio, Clive, Jerico, Rocky, Suraja and Yu.