Olympian Gods and Titans

Olympian Gods and Titans

The following list is intended as an overview of the supernatural beings worshipped by the Greeks in one form or another: PC’s choose a Watcher and a Hunter God.

The Anemoi: The four winds, sons of Eos, some also representing a season—Boreas (North Wind, winter), Notus the (South Wind, autumn), Zephyr (West Wind), and Eurus (East Wind). Sometimes they took the form of horses and pulled Zeus’ chariot, and many of their offspring are immortal horses.

Aphrodite: Goddess of love, marriage, sex, and fertility. She was born of a mixture of sea-foam and Uranos’ castrated genitals, arising spontaneously and arriving on the isle of Cyprus. Zeus feared that the gods would fight over her so he quickly gave her as a bride to Hephaestus. Unhappy with her ugly club-footed husband, she had many affairs— particularly with Ares (she is the mother of Ares’ children Phobos and Deimos)—and many children. Of mercurial temperament, she had a habit of cursing or destroying any mortals who compared their beauty to her own.

Watcher: she will watch her own children or those who devote themselves to the cause of Love. She helps by healing, getting them out of fatal situations and by having helpful people fall in love with them.
Hunter: she hunts by intrigue; she might arrange for a hero’s loved one’s to despise him, or by having someone fall in love with him that puts them in a terrible situation.

Apollo: God of archery, prophecy, music, and healing, he is an excellent bowman and the brother of Artemis. He is sometimes worshipped as the sun god, and his arrows are as piercing as the rays of the sun. A lusty god, he chased nymphs, mortal women, and even a few beautiful young men.

Watcher: Protects those he loves in combat by deflecting blows, healing and even spiriting them away in times of great danger.
Hunter: He kills those he hates, so don’t choose him as a Hunter.

Ares: God of war, battle, and frenzy. Handsome and cruel, he had an affair with Aphrodite and married her after Hephaestus divorced her. His sons Phobos (god of panic) and Deimos (god of fear) attended him in war (as did Eris) and elsewhere. Though a war god, he had a habit of running to Zeus for help whenever he was wounded.

Watcher: He often shape-change into the form of a mortal warrior and fight alongside the hero he loves (until he is wounded and flees back to Olympus).
Hunter: Ares uses his powers to guide the blows of the enemies of those he hunts, and deflects blows onto those he hunts.

Artemis: Virgin goddess of the hunt, childbirth, and protection of children. She is the twin sister of Apollo. Her arrows are as soft as moonbeams and bring painless death. Artemis is often depicted hunting deer, and is usually accompanied by a group of nymphs. She can be vengeful when the mood takes her, and has killed mortals for slighting her mother Leto or for viewing her bathing.

Watcher: she watches her own priests, priestesses and great hunters. She empowers them with her protection and accuracy in battle, sometimes shoots down enemies and sends animals to aid them.
Hunter: she kills her enemies, so don’t choose her.

Athena: Virgin goddess of wisdom, battle-skill, heroism, and the defence of cities. She is patron deity of Athens (after winning a contest with Poseidon). The daughter of Zeus and Metis, she sprung forth fully grown from Zeus’s head. She wears Medusa’s head on her shield, the Aegis.

Watcher: She only watches valiant, clever heroes. She heals them in combat and can in imbue them with her accuracy and protection. She can shape-shift into mortal form to inform and guide her hero.
Hunter: she does not hunt heroes.

Atlas: The titan of daring thought, he fought against Zeus in the titan-god war and holds the vault of the sky on his shoulders as a punishment. In some tales he was pardoned and now guards the great pillars that hold up the sky.

Coeus: Titan of questioning intellect. Husband of Phoebe, together they form the foundation of knowledge and discovery. He is father of Leto, and thus grandfather of Apollo and Artemis.

Crios: Titan of lordship and mastery who gained power over the air, water, earth, and underworld. His granddaughter Hecate inherited these powers.

Cronus: Titan of time’s effect on human lives, Cronus defeated his father Uranos and became ruler of the universe, only to be deposed by his own son Zeus. As well as fathering six of the great gods, he is father of Chiron, the wise centaur who taught Jason, Asclepius, and Achilles.

Demeter: Goddess of the harvest, agriculture, and law. She is a sister of Zeus and mother of Persephone (bride of Hades). Persephone must spend six months out of the year in Hades’ realm, and Demeter’s sorrow over her absent daughter causes winter in the mortal world.

Watcher: she doesn’t.
Hunter: she doesn’t.

Dionysus: God of wine, revels, theater, and festivals. He was a very popular god in the late Greek classical age. Half-mortal himself, he often helps mortals but likewise can drive them to drunkenness and madness if they offend him.

Watcher: he will send his followers to give aid and assistance.
Hunter: he sends forest-creatures and maenad followers after his victim, enjoys driving men mad (especially when they’ve drunk wine), seduce and subvert their women, make crops fail etc.

Eos: Goddess of the dawn, mother of the four winds, daughter of Hyperion and Thia. Her mortal husband Tithonus shrank into a grasshopper as he aged because Eos only asked Zeus to grant him eternal youth, but neglected to ask for eternal life.

Watcher: healing and spiriting away their hero.
Hunter: she does not hunt hero’s violently, but shines brightly on them especially when they are at sea. She can inspire madness and animate dead animals (a roasting ox, that takes a walk through the dinners is going to terrify them).

Eris: Goddess of strife and hatred. She is a sinister and mean creature who loves enticing others into trouble. Her golden apple of discord destroys friendships and causes wars. She is the mother of evil minor godlings of murder, grievances, lies, hardship, famine, and pain.

Eros: God of love, usually depicted with wings and a bow with arrows that cause creatures to fall in love. Son of Ares and Aphrodite, he married a beautiful princess named Psyche (“soul”) despite his mother’s ire about the mortal girl’s beauty.

Watcher: she will watch her own children or those who devote themselves to the cause of Love. She helps by healing, getting them out of fatal situations and by having helpful people fall in love with them.
Hunter: she hunts by intrigue; she might arrange for a hero’s loved one’s to despise him, or by having someone fall in love with him that puts them in a terrible situation.

Epimetheus: Titan of afterthought and the father of excuses, he created the beasts of the earth. After Prometheus stole fire from the heavens, Zeus punished mankind by giving Pandora to Epimetheus as a wife.

Hades: God of the underworld and wealth, he keeps mostly to himself in his realm with his wife Persephone. The Greeks felt that speaking his name would draw his attention (and hasten the speaker’s death), so they called him “the Unseen” or “the Host of Many.”

Watcher: Hades does not watch heroes.
Hunter: He sends up ghosts and shades to bedevil heroes at bad times.

Hecate: Goddess of witchcraft, with magical powers over the earth, sea, and heavens. She is sometimes seen as a dark and mysterious aspect of Artemis, representing mysteries of femininity and the moon. In some tales Hecate is the mother of the mortal sorceresses Circle and Medea.

Watcher: she acts as a source of knowledge, seldom giving direct aid but often giving information.
Hunter: she will send beasts and creatures to bedevil and waylay the heroes. This creatures are never normal and often monsters or creatures of her own devising.

Helios: God of the sun and sight (and to a lesser extent the measurement of time by the sun). He steers the sun-chariot across the sky with four fiery wild horses. He is so bright that only the gods can look at him directly in his true glory.

Watcher: he gives information and harasses enemies. He might lend the sun chariot for the hero to escape in. He can only help for brief periods in the day because he is busy but can give more time and assistance at night.
Hunter: He does not hunt violently, but shines brightly on them especially when they are at sea. He can inspire madness and animate dead animals (a roasting ox that walks through the dinners is going to terrify them).

Hephaestus: The forge and fire god, born lame in one foot (or crippled when thrown from Olympus to the earth by jealous Zeus or angry Hera). A master craftsman, he and his cyclopes forged Zeus’ thunderbolts and many of the metal monsters of Greek stories. He was married to Aphrodite, but divorced her because of her many affairs.

Watcher: he tends to aide those he favours by making equipment for them on short notice and depositing them where they will be found by the PC when most needed. It may not always be magical but will be of the finest quality.
Hunter: Hephaestus may send mechanical creatures or monsters, or traps to harm those he dislikes. He doesn’t kill outright, but may trap someone he dislikes into a disastrous situation. He’s clever and not very forgiving.

Hera: Goddess of marriage and women, queen of the gods, wife of Zeus. Jealous of all of his infidelity (many myths revolve around Zeus’ attempts to evade her wrath), she managed to conceive two sons (one of them Hephaestus) by herself. Zeus is the father of her children Ares, Eileithyia (goddess of childbirth), and Hebe (goddess of youth). She aided some heroes (such as Jason, leader of the original Argonauts) and sided with the Greeks in the Trojan War.

Watcher: Hera occasionally watches a mortal who has impressed her with courtesy and nobility. She will be able to arrange for the character to be helped by other gods, forces of nature, luck, npc’s etc. She does not appear herself in these situations.
Hunter: Hera hunts Zeuss’ lovers and his children by other lovers. She is very cunning and very vindictive. She is especially fond of driving heroes temporarily mad when they’re among family and friends, of breaking heroes weapons at bad times, and of trading favours with other gods to see that her Hunted is continually harassed.

Hermes: God of messengers, guides, travel, herds, and invention. He helped many Greek heroes in their tasks. Hermes created the first lyre, and it is said his spirit watches over travelers from the small cairns of stones placed at crossroads.

Watcher: Hermes provides those he likes with information and lends magical items.
Hunter: Hermes does not Hunt

Hestia: Virgin goddess of the sacred hearth and sacrificial flame. A gentle goddess, she is the oldest sister of Zeus. She gave up her seat in Olympus for Dionysus, so she was made the goddess of the sacrificial fire, and a portion of every sacrifice to the gods goes to her.

Hyperion: The titan of watching and observation, and father to Eos, Helios, and Selene.

Iris: Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Dressed in a gown of iridescent drops, she carries news to and from Olympus and the mortal world.

Japet: The titan of spoken words and thoughts, husband of Clymene (titan of fame and infamy, daughter of titan Oceanus). He was Cronus’ general in the god-titan war.

Leto: Titan of darkness, and unnoticed and hidden things (gifts she bestowed on the living things of the earth) as well as motherhood. She is the mother of Apollo and Artemis, and said to be the gentlest of all the Olympians.

Metis: Daughter of Oceanus, she is the titan of good counsel and prudence. Prophecy said that if she bore a son to Zeus, he would overthrow his father, so Zeus tricked her into changing into a fly and swallowed her so that he might always have her advice. Her unborn daughter Athena grew within Zeus’ skull and sprung forth from his head fully grown.

Mnemosyne: Titan of memory and inventor of words. She was one of the first goddesses of music and her nine daughters the Muses (fathered by Zeus) carry on that role.

Muses: Minor goddesses of music, arts, literature, and performance. Their names and domains are Calliope (eloquence and epic poetry, she is the mother of Orpheus), Clio (historical writing), Erato (mimicry and erotic poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry), Melpomene (tragic performance), Polyhymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance and choral song), Thalia (idyllic poetry and comedic performance), and Urania (astronomical writing). Calliope is the mother of Orpheus, the greatest mortal musician in the world.

Nike: Goddess of victory. She has great feathered wings. Though born of obscure titans, she was welcomed to Olympus by Zeus and aided Athena in her tasks. Her brothers Kratos and Zelos represent strength and rivalry, and her sister Bia represents force.

Oceanus: The titan personification of the great river that surrounded the world, as well as titan of all fresh water. He is father to the spirits of rivers, seas, clouds, and rains of the Greek world with his wife Tethys.

Pan: The god of flocks and shepherds. A nature god, Pan is the son of Hermes and has goat’s legs, pointed ears, and shaggy hair all over his body. He is the protector of hunters, shepherds, and flocks. He enjoys music and wine, and the satyrs serve him.

Phoebe: Titan of answering intellect and the wife of fellow titan Coeus; together they form the core of all knowledge and discovery in the world. She is the mother of Leto, and thus grandmother of Apollo and Artemis. Phoebe is the original owner of the oracle at Delphi, which she gifted to her grandson Apollo.

Poseidon: God of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. He created horses as a gift to Demeter after several failed experiments such as the hippo, camel, and giraffe. He is a moody and violent god, prone to lash out with waves or earthquakes. He is the father of many godlings and water-spirits and a few mortal heroes as well.

Watcher: when watching a hero, Poseidon usually performs Hunter activities against his follower’s enemies.
Hunter: he causes ocean storms to delay his enemies and kill their followers. He will also send sea monsters to harass them.

Prometheus: The titan of forethought, he created the second race of humans after the first race was wiped out by the battles of the gods. Stole fire from the heavens to give to mankind, chained to a mountain as punishment where the Kaukasian eagle would tear out his immortal liver each day. Eventually Heracles freed him.

Rhea: Titan of female fertility, queen of the titans, primary wife of Cronus, and mother to the six first Olympian gods.

Selene: Goddess of the moon chariot, she lights the world at night while her brother Helios rests. Her husband Endymion was granted eternal sleep at her request so he may stay forever young, and he fathered her fifty daughters (the Menai, who represent the fifty lunar months between each Olympiad).

Watcher: healing and spiriting away their hero.
Hunter: she does not hunt heroes violently, but shines brightly on them especially when they are at sea. She can inspire madness and animate dead animals (a roasting ox, that takes a walk through the dinners is going to terrify them).

Tethys: The titan of nursing and of water flowing underground, she is the wife of Oceanus. As mother to thousands of river-spirits and other minor godlings of nature, she is normally accompanied by Eileithyia, a minor goddess of childbirth.

Themis: Titan of customs and order. An oracular goddess, she is the mother of the three goddesses of destiny as well as the goddesses of seasons and divination.

Thia: Titan of sight, and the one responsible for imbuing precious metal and gems with their sparkle and value. The Greeks believe that sight worked by a kind of ray emitted by the eyes, so it follows that she is the mother to the sun and moon, whose lights illuminate the world.

Zeus: Leader of the Olympians, god of thunder, sky, kingship, and justice. He fathered many gods and mortal heroes on many different women (some immortal, some not), much to the annoyance of his queen Hera. His weapon is the thunderbolt.

A PC must have Zeus as his father to have him as a Watcher. As a Watcher, he does not physically intervene; he will occasionally command a Hunter to desist or will ask another god or hero to help his child. He cannot be a Hunter because your PC would not last long….

Olympian Gods and Titans

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