Olympian can be considered to mean of and/or pertaining to Olympus, that is, the celestial home of the Greco–Roman pantheon of gods and goddesses. The Greek gods are often called Olympians. Classically, the Olympian gods were a pantheon of twelve including: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Artemis and Hestia. Hades, spent most of his time in the underworld rather than on Olympus.

However, different sources over time include different gods among the twelve. For example, Herodotus included Hercules among them. In the ancient world, any Greek god who is related to one of the twelve can be considered an Olympian. In mythology the first generation is with Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera and Zeus. Zeus with Hera had only six children: Ares, Enio, Hebe, Eileithyia or Ilithyia, as well as Angelos in some myths Eris or Discord. Before his wedding with Hera he already had children from others goddesses with Metis the children were Athena and with Mnemosine the nine childrens were rhe muses. After these children he impregnated many lovers and they bore many more children including: Aphrodite, Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus and Hermes.

Role - Importance - Territory Edit

The lands of Greece, Illyria (balkan peninsula), Macedonia, Italy (Rome), Anatolia (Asia minor) and Colchis (Georgia) praised and prayed to these gods and their temples often making offerings, despite some of the gods caring and help about them in return. The people believed the gods to be the bringers of all forms of matter and life whether they were suffering through hard ships or going through great times.

Powers and abilities Edit

The Olympians gods commonly possess many Powers and Abilities divine, among them, immortality, invulnerability, the power to heal wounds and diseases, energy without limitations, the ability to become invisible to the human eye, superior senses, they can change their physical appearance, they have the ability to teleport, can manipulate energy, matter and natural elements to create phenomenons. Different levels of deities or gods have a range of powers, they can sense other supernatural beings, for example the evil presence of Lord Dahak radiates with the darkest of energies.

Title and Functions Edit

Most of the Olympians are born with specific powers relating to some planetary element, force of nature, or aspect of mortal life. These Olympians are capable of manipulating the world and those in it in ways other Olympians cannot, and they are expected by Zeus to carry out the role that has been given to them, though each god is given considerable leeway with how they choose to enforce their role on the world.

Aphrodite, for example, has the title of Goddess of Love, and in addition to the standard powers of an Olympian, she has the ability to control the emotions of mortals, especially as they relate to love or passion. Hephaestus is the god of the forge, and he has talent for forging and craftsmanship, crafting most of the weapons wielded by the gods, while Ares is the god of war, and often rewards his faithful when they excel in battle or strategic warfare. Other Olympians have power over natural forces, such as Demeter, whose sphere of influence includes plants, flowers, crops, and seasons, and Apollo, whose power influences sunlight. Some Olympians have very specific, niche domains. Morpheus, for example, holds sway over the dreams of mortals, while gods like Nemesis and Hermes perform work for the gods directly, as the goddess of divine retribution and the messenger of the gods, respectively.

Some gods don't possess a domain of their own, but instead share in the duties of another god, functioning as that god's subordinates. Strife and Discord both work for Ares, while Cupid is not only Aphrodite's son, but also her subordinate. Mortals or demigods that are not born with full godhood but rather are granted power later in life, such as by consuming Ambrosia or having godhood bestowed upon them by Zeus, do not have a domain of sorts, and thus are limited to the standard powers possessed by all Olympians. Examples of such beings include Velasca, Callisto, and Hercules when Zeus briefly elevated him to full godhood.

Occasionally, when a god dies or has failed to perform their duties adequately, other Olympians can be given a chance to usurp their domain, usually by performing the task the original god could not. One example of this occurred when Hera sent Stregna, a minor goddess with no domain of her own, to finish the task of slaying a man that stole oil from Hera's temple when Nemesis failed to do so, promising Stregna that she would become the new goddess of divine retribution should she succeed at killing Nemesis. (Young Hercules: "Herc's Nemesis")

Limitations Edit

Gods are limited in their ability to restore others to life. Normally, only Zeus or Hades are capable of reversing death, and even then it was something they would seldom do without very good reason. Restoring slain demigods is even more difficult, as it took both Zeus and Hera to restore the life of their grandson, Evander. Most gods are also incapable of healing injuries without the blessing of either Athena or Zeus.

In some cases, other gods are able to return to life those they have slain themselves. Ares brought back three people that he had killed while framing Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess: "The Reckoning").

Very few things can permanently kill an Olympian. Hind's Blood, the Ribs of Kronos, the Dagger of Helios and Zeus himself. Finally, Zeus has the power to permanently revoke another Olympian's godhood, making them fully mortal. Olympians are also capable of willingly giving up their godhood at any time, though once they do, only Zeus can restore it.

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List of Olympians known and mentioned Edit

  • Achelous God of Achelous river (mentioned in RPG)
  • Aphrodite - Goddess of love/Aphrodite II- Queen of the Olympians (Strange World)
  • Amphitrite - Wife of Poseidon ( mentioned in the novel Hercules: Serpent's Shadow )
  • Apollo - God of Sunlight.
  • Ares - God of War/Ares II- God of Love (Strange World)
  • Artemis - Goddess of the Hunt, Wildlife and Amazons
  • Asclepius - God of Healing and Medicine
  • Athena - Goddess of Wisdom, Warfare and Weaving
  • Bacchus - God of Good Times
  • Bliss - Son of Cupid
  • Boreas - The God of North Wind (mentioned in RPG)
  • Calliope - Muse of Epic Poetry
  • Circe: The Sorceress Goddess ( mentioned in the novel Xena: The Empty Throne )
  • Celesta - The Death
  • Cupid - God of Love/Cupid II- God of War (Strange World)
  • Deimos - God of Terror
  • Demeter - Goddess of the Agriculture and Harvest
  • Dionysus - God of Wine
  • Discord - Goddess of Chaos
  • Fates - Goddesses of Destiny
  • Fatuus - A God of Prophecy
  • Fortune - Goddess of Luck
  • Furies-Goddesses of Vengeance
  • Gaea or Gea: The Mother Earth.
  • Hades - God of the Underworld
  • Hecate - Goddess of the sorcery
  • Hephaestus - God of the Forge
  • Hera - Queen of the Gods/Hera II- Goddess of Music (Strange World)
  • Hercules - God of Energy and Strength (briefly)
  • Hermes - Messenger of the Gods
  • Hestia - Goddess of the Home
  • Lachrymose - God of the Despair, Boredom and Misfortune
  • Momus - God of Satire
  • Morpheus - God of Dreams
  • Muses- The Nine Goddesses of inspiration.
  • Nemesis - Goddess of Divine Retribution
  • Nereids - The Sea nymphs, the 50 daughters of gods Nereo and Doris (mentioned in RPG)
  • Mnemosyne - Titan of memory and the mother of the Muses with Zeus.
  • Nike - Goddess of Victory
  • Nymphs - Minor goddesses or supernatural being, the diferent aspects of nature. (mentioned in RPG)
  • Panope - Goddess of water
  • Pan - The Satyr God  ( mentioned in RPG and Hercules: The First Casualty )
  • Persephone - A Goddess of nature and Queen of the Underworld
  • Poseidon - God of Seas, Earthquake and Horses
  • Psyche - Wife of Cupid in the myth Goddess of human soul
  • Proteus - The Shapeshifting God
  • Pax - Goddess of peace
  • Strife - God of Strife
  • Stregna - servant of Hera
  • Themis - Goddess of Justice
  • Terpsichore - Goddess of Dance and Music
  • Triton - A God of seas son of Poseidon
  • Zeus/Zeus II - King of the Gods and god of Thunder, Sky and Lightning.

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