Athena (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||An ancient-Greek-style helmet|
|Home Plane:||Venya, Mount Celestia|
|Portfolio:||Protection, Knowledge, Wars of liberation, Glory, Punishing evil, Marital sex|
|Clergy Alignments:||Lawful Good, Neutral Good|
|Domains:||Protection, Knowledge, Liberation, Glory|
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Athena is the second-born and second most powerful of the high archangels spawned by Yulia. Athena was created to be the lover of the archangel Lucifer. After Lucifer turned evil, Athena asked Yulia to enchant her dagger with the power to cut through spirit, and Yulia granted the request. Athena then refused to have sex with Lucifer, so he raped her. She used the enchanted dagger to sever Lucifer's penis, and as Lucifer writhed in pain, she cast him out of the realm of angels.
Athena monitors the souls of mortals, seeking out the most evil ones. Upon such evil beings she places a curse, which will turn their soul into a wretched blob known as a lemure upon their death.
Athena has pale skin, curly dark brown hair, and brown eyes. In contrast to mortal humans, Athena's flesh is rather hard, her muscles as hard as stone, and this makes her especially tough in battle. As is common in archangels, Athena has 2 large wings attached to her back. Her wings have white feathers.
Athena wears an ancient-Greek-style helmet which covers up much of her hair. The helmet usually has the visor tilted up, such that Athena's face is exposed. Athena wears a thin white cloth sheet that is wrapped around her, and she wears leather sandals, with straps that wrap around diagonally up her calves. She sometimes also carries a broad-bladed greatsword in a scabbard strapped to her back, particularly when she is leading armies of mortals.
In battle, Athena only uses a greatsword when fighting alongside mortals, so as to imitate the way that mortals fight. Since Athena has the strength of a god, she has no problem wielding the greatsword with one hand rather than two. Athena hardly needs to use a greatsword, or any weapon, due to her godly powers. Athena is able to make a very powerful attack by opening her mouth wide and shooting out a conical blast of bits of red-orange lava.
Athena's lair is in Venya, on Mount Celestia. Athena's lair is a marble temple on a mountainside that is covered with pine trees and snow. The temple has many tall columns of marble, supporting very high roofs.
Athena teaches her followers to defend the innocent, fight for liberty, and punish evil beings.
Clergy and Temples
Athena's clergy dress in imitation of Athena, and follow Athena's teachings. In battle however, Athena's followers usually wear armor, since a thin white cloth sheet provides minimal protection.
Athena's temples are made in imitation of the style of Athena's lair, being made of marble, and incorporating marble columns.