Athena, whom the Romans call Minerva, She is known as the Goddess of Wisdom. She 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. She is known as the Goddess of Wisdom. She also presides over war, when fought in a just cause. She is the daughter of Zeus and his first wife, Metis. As a child, she accidentally slew her best friend, Pallas, daughter of the sea-god, Triton. Out of respect, she later added Pallas' name to her own. To this day she is sometimes called Pallas Athena.
Athena was one of the six goddesses which included Hera, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter, Aphrodite who created the Amazons. Athena is seen as the one primarily responsible for the Amazons skills in warfare and the source of their wisdom. When the Amazons were captured by her brother Hercules, due to Aphrodite's outrage at the trickery Queen Hippolyta fell to that stripped them of their powers, it was Athena who forgave them first and granted them the strength to free themselves on the condition they would not seek vengeance on their captors. She became a patron of the Amazons Wonder Woman. She also lends a portion of her might and wisdom to Mary Marvel.
After a power struggle with her father Zeus, involving his champion versus her champion Wonder Woman. Athena took the throne of Olympus, while Zeus, Hades and Poseidon secretly rebelled against her, but Zeus saw the error of his ways and Hades was killed by Ares who was promised the Underworld by Athena, Poseidon left rather than fight Ares. When the second crisis began, Athena took the Amazons and the Olympians to a new dimension.
Athena and the Olympians were captured by Granny Goodness who impersonated her when Wonder Woman sought a means to return to Themyscira to save Nemesis during the Amazons Attack on Washington DC, later she was freed from captivity with the other Olympians due to the actions of Mary Marvel, amongst others before they retreated from reality to mend.
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 cannot be physically harmed by conventional means.
- Power Distribution: Olympians can bestow a portion of their power unto others.
- Self-Sustenance: Olympians do not require water or nourishment.
- Superhuman Stamina: Olympians 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.
Genius-Level Intellect: As the patron Goddess of Wisdom, Athena possesses a keen cognitive intellect, and is a master in the field of philosophy.
Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): As the patron Goddess of War, Athena is a master at unarmed combat.
Swordsmanship: Athena is an expert at all forms of melee combat, including the use of a Greek or Roman short sword.
Equestrianism: Athena is proficient at horseback riding and could drive a horse with great proficiency both for practical purposes and during times of war.
- Class 100+ ; It is generally accepted Olympians are sufficiently strong enough to lift 100 tons with minimal effort.
Mortal Faith: Athena's immortality however relies heavily upon the faith of those who worshipped the Gods. The vitality of all of the Gods of Mount Olympus waxed and waned in proportion to the strength of society's belief in them at any given era. When belief in the Gods began to falter in light of new religions (particularly Christianity), the vitality of the Gods lessened.
In times of war, Athena wears a battle helm, body armor and a red cloak.
Chariot or war horse.
Traditional weaponry of her native time period. This includes, short swords, slings, spears, pikes, throwing nets, etc.
- The general public is unaware of Athena except as a mythological character.
- 49 Appearances of Pallas Athena (New Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Pallas Athena (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Pallas Athena (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Pallas Athena (New Earth)
- Athena at the Marvel Database Project
- Athena at Encyclopedia Mythica
- Minerva article at Wikipedia
- Athena at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
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