- Attend, O most devoted of worshipers! For, on this day have the eyes and ears of Olympus been reopened to you.
- -- Hermes src
- -- Hermes src
Hermes, whom the Romans call Mercury, is the messenger of the Olympian Gods. He is a member of the Olympians, a extra-dimensional race once worshipped as a deity by the people of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. He is the patron of travelers and thieves, and also conducts the souls of the dead to Hades to be judged. He is the illigitmate son of Zeus the king of the gods and Maia a female Titan he seduced.
Unlike the rest of the Olympian Hermes is known for his tricks and light attitude especially towards mortals. Hermes has been known to share a portion of his powers with worthy individuals. He one of the gods under his Roman name of Mercury, that blessed Billy Batson allowing him to transform into Captain Marvel and later he was the only male god to bless Princess Diana aka Wonder Woman upon her birth, giving her the powers of speed and flight.
Later when Mount Olympus was destroyed by Darkseid, the Olympians decided to destroy Mount Olympus in order that it can be rebuilt. This requires the gods to depart the plane for an indefinite amount of time. Hermes was the only one who dissented, choosing instead to stay on Earth.
Part of this is that he is enamored with Diana, but he also wants to reassert the connection between men and gods. He is often seen trying to reconstruct a demolished temple in New Hampshire, and he moves in with Steve Trevor for some time.
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
Hermes was attempting to reach Zola who is pregnant with Zeus latest illegitimate child; however, he is ambushed by Hera's creations and is critically injured. He brought her a key that transported her to Wonder Woman's apartment in London. Along with Wonder Woman they returned to Zola's home where Diana chased off Hera's monsters. Zola learned from an injured Hermes that she is pregnant with Zeus child, and for her safety she was taken by Wonder Woman along with Hermes to Paradise Island. While there Hermes tells Zola of the well known version of Diana's origins before asking what shape Zeus took to woo Zola herself, something Zola doesnt remember, since she's had a number of partners, including a pool hustler, truck driver and some guy that was in a band, explaining that she 'likes men'.
Later on Zola tries to get in between a growing argument between Diana, Strife and Hermes by reciting song lyrics, which does break them all up in favour of staring at her weirdly, getting her to pipe down again
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Superhuman Strength: Olympian strength level is many times that of most super-beings, the exact limits of which have never been measured. It is generally accepted they are sufficiently strong enough to lift 100 tons with minimal effort.
- Superhuman Speed: Olympians are capable of moving faster the the finest human athlete.
- Energy Manipulation: Olympians has the power to control and project multiple types of energy.
- Metamorphosis: Olympians can alter their physical form (presumably) into any shape that they can choose.
- Immortality: Olympians are immortal and will never truly die. Olympians do not age the way a normal human does.
- Invulnerability: Olympians are cannot be physically harmed by conventional means.
- Power Distribution: Olympians are can bestow a portion of their power unto others.
- Self-Sustenance: Olympians dor not require water or nourishment.
- Superhuman Stamina: Olympians are can operate for prolonged periods of time without tiring. They do not require sleep.
- Magical Manipulation: Olympians have the power to manipulate vast amounts of magic energy to nearly any effect they desires.
- Class 100+ ; It is generally accepted Olympians are sufficiently strong enough to lift 100 tons with minimal effort.
- Mortal Faith: Olympian vitality is dependent upon humanity's faith in the gods (though this has not always been consistent). When humanity's belief in the gods wanes, the gods lose a portion of their power. As such, their ability to influence the course of human events decreases.
- 63 Appearances of Hermes (New Earth)
- 6 Images featuring Hermes (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Hermes (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Hermes (New Earth)
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