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The Twelve Olympians
The Twelve Olympians


Overview:


As one might expect, this "verse" contains the myths and legends told by the ancient Greeks which they mostly believed were true. Though we know better now, the stories of the Greeks are still timeless as they spoke more about human society rather than having their center of gravity around an unseen, supernatural and mysterious power like the monotheist stories have. The influence of the Greek myths in the arts continues today, as Saint Seiya can clearly attest.

Canonicity:


Again as one might expect, there is no true canon for the Greek myths, though presumably if one were to use these in debates it would probably be considered not "canon" anymore if the tale came from a later author or period past the demise of the ancient world at the latest (or since the modern times). The most prominent of the ancient Greek authors were and continue to be Homer and Hesiod, even more so today considering that their works have survived where others have not. However as one should expect, there were versions of Mythology created before said authors that contradicted their writings (particularly the creation of humans), so canonicity is really open for debate. Also it's interesting to note there have been different creation myths interpreted and written by Greek poet and even philosophers of the classical period of Greece such as Orpheus, Empedocles, and Plato.

Standing:


The gods have displayed quite an impressive set of powers, ranging from immortality (though it should be noted that the gods can be hurt- sometimes severely, and fatigued), matter manipulation, shape shifting, weather manipulation, illusion creation and other forms of mental powers, and more varieties of reality warping on a planetary scale. Heroes such as Herakles (Latinized as Hercules) have done great feats in their own right, including in the case of Herakles, holding up the world with his strength. And according to Greek poet Hesiod, Zeus's thunder/lightning was described as being easily powerful enough to raze the whole Earth, if not outright destroy it, depending on how you interpret "being hurled to ruin" as well as leveling the Heavens themselves, and arguably even the universe itself, once again depending on your interpretation. Speed wise, the Olympians range from massively hypersonic to sub-relativistic and are essentially around low Herald level in terms of powerset. It should also be noted that Greek Mythology has the primordial deities known as the Protogenoi originating as beings of the fundamental aspects of creation as well as the Fates (whom can casually warp the fabrics of reality/time/causality to their very whim) plus several other cosmic entities and reality warpers of more obscure note and one possibly omnipresent being from which all the gods and all of creation sprang out of and is the primal and abstract embodiment of existence (Chaos).

Overall the Greek myths are collectively more powerful than terrestrial-based fictions like Gundam Wing, Chrono Crusade, and Eragon as well as the Holy Shonen Trinity and the Power Six, but less powerful than series with planet busters and other-worldly plots like Dragon Ball, Heroic Age, Sailor Moon, and namely above all Saint Seiya (which itself was inspired and loosely based on Greek Mythology). Though given the above mentioned top-tiers and the high and great yet vague amount of scope/power they possibly hold as well as having different interpretations and portrayals of certain gods based on creation myths, Greek Mythology as a whole would be very difficult to accurately rank in comparison to most other fictional universes in general.

Although most people aren't aware of this, it is pretty interesting and worth noting that if one looks into the other ancient Greek/Roman religious sects, philosophies and philosophical religions, and mystery religions (most of which can be interpreted as "Expanded Universe" canon/material to the classic greek/roman myths), you would find quite a few feats for the Greek gods/beings being much stronger and greater in scope and power than their mainstream Homeric/Hesiodic counterparts and not to mention most likely other more powerful abstract and cosmic-level gods/beings not directly seen or heard in once again the Homeric/Hesiodic myths.

One of the instances that come to my mind after lurking on other forums last year would be Orphic Zeus, whom according to Orphism, pretty much not only soloed but ate all the other Greek/Roman gods mentioned in it and the whole cosmos and thus became one with the "cosmos" and everything in it and is/becomes the Supreme Being. And not to mention, this very incarnation of Zeus in Orphism, pretty much becomes every god, being, and thing that he swallowed, including the "cosmos". And before anyone asks, yes, according to several sources, Orphism does refers to the "cosmos" in their texts as a multiverse. An infinite one even.

Here are two links that point to online evidence/sources of Orphism (and possibly Greek mythology in its entirety) having a multiverse:
http://apollonios.tripod.com/hellenic/eea5.html
http://apollonios.tripod.com/hellenic/eea4.html
(I can post quotes from the site later, just in case people are too lazy to find it themselves in either of the above links)

That's all I remember for now. But I can safely say: Goddamn... you guys never thought the Greek deities were THAT fucking powerful, did you?

Known Supporters:
Nevermind
Phalanx Bone
Lord Black

Character Profiles:


The Twelve Olympians:


Zeus

Poseidon

Hera

Demeter

Aphrodite

Athena

Apollo

Artemis

Hermes

Ares

Hephaestus

Dionysus

Other Gods:


Hades

Persephone

Pollux

Castor

Mortal Heroes:


Herakles

Achilles

Odysseus

Perseus

Primordial Entities:

Chaos
Gaia
Nyx
Hemera
Chronos (not to be confused with Cronus, the god who got beat by the Olympians)
Aether
Uranus
Tartarus
Erebus

Misc:
Orphic Zeus