Ares
Ares
AresIcon.JPG Hera's child, perhaps by Zeus, perhaps by parthneogenesis, Ares is the instinctual in battle, the bloodthirstiness and the panic, the chaos and the roar. He is said to have committed the first murder. The only ones who can tame the savage warrior are his lover, Aphrodite, who keeps him ensnared in her charms, and her husband, Hephaestus, whose cunning in craft and inventions allowed him to trap the god in his bed. The moral of this story? Rage and righteous indignation are all very well and good, but won't win a war against someone with a better gun. Mars.jpg

Common History

It is commonly thought Ares was born to Hera and to Hera alone, supposedly with the assistance of an unknown sacred plant. Tradition states that his birth was an act of jealousy undertaken by his mother, an act of revenge for Zeus's creation of Athena without her assistance or aid. Determined to prove that she did not need the king of Olympus in order to create, she poured all of her rage into this child, and so Ares' love of war and conflict is instinctual, bred deep into his bones. Other schools hold that the god of war was born of Zeus and Hera both and so, with his birth, the imbalance between the holy father and holy mother could never be restored.

There are many stories in which Ares is seen blessing and providing for a victor in just combat and rewarding a lone warrior who embraces the Lord. These stories are central to his myth and to his worship as the most implacable of gods, whose destructive fury is necessary to secure a lasting peace for his people. However, the story most frequently told of him is the Fall of Ares, in which he was caught with his lover, Aphrodite, by her jealous husband, Hephaestus. Captured in a net of silver threading and openly mocked by the other gods, the purpose of the story is primarily considered to be a reminder that even for the Lord of War, passion can be one's downfall, and that passion tempered by reason and forethought is the sharpest spear of all. (Of course, some of his, ahhhh, fiercest followers dismiss this notion as Athenian nonsense.)

The Lord of War is often worshiped by many in the Colonial military. He is also referred to as Mars by most common folks, but is known solely as Ares among his followers on Gemenon.

His symbols are: Helmet, Spear, Shield, and Breastplate

His Sacred animals are: Dog, Horse, Bull, and Woodpecker

His Colour: Blood Red

Related Colonies

  • Tauron: Ares is viewed as the chief deity on Tauron and serves as patron to its people. As such, some of the largest Martismass celebrations in the colonies are held on the planet. It's Armilustrium commemorations are second only to those hosted by the Colonial Fleet on Picon.
  • Gemenon: Home of the Brotherhood of Ares- the Cult's main leader (Patriarch) directs the liturgy and rites from Ilumini. In the Spatiua Gol Plateau, the largest Seminary and college dedicated to Ares, is located.

Common Rituals

Armilustrium: Shared with Apollo, Artemis, and Athena, this holiday is a blatant celebration of war and warriors in all forms. The festival is a week-long affair that occurs in mid-July, with commemorations centered primarily on Picon, the home of the Colonial Fleet. There is a seemingly endless parade of the best and the brightest among the Fleet, including almost all of its display units. Drill teams, demo units, and formation flights are staples of the day, as are expos of both the latest and the most historically significant military gear. (This also serves as something of a recruitment drive, as well, and allows the tax-payers to see exactly where their money is being spent.)

The highlight of the event is the formation flyover by the Colonial Knights, weaving colored streams of smoke through the air. This serves as the commencement of Armilustrium Games, in which athletes from both branches of the Colonial Fleet and the police forces of all the Colonial worlds compete. These games are dedicated solely to the military arts — fencing, wrestling, archery, etc. Those who triumph can expect their names to go down in history — and to have their images splashed across cornflakes boxes all over the star system.

The October Horse: In late October (near what would be our Halloween), a three day festival of horse races in the name of Ares occurs. On the third day of the festival, a horse — usually the tri-winner — is sacrificed to the Lord, to prepare for the War with Winter as the seasons come to change.

Dog Sacrifice: As the dog is viewed as the most sacred animal to Ares, they were often given to him in sacrifice in the early days of the colonies. Now, it's more common for a paper or wicker dog to be made with meat hidden in the belly. The offering is left on the fire after the symbolic slitting of the throat is done with a knife and the meat, once cooked, may or may not be eaten by the supplicant. This is one of the most frequent offerings made to Ares at the conclusion of prayers offered in his temples.

Cults and Sects

  • Brotherhood of Ares: The official name of those ordained in the service of Ares. They are considered priests, like all of those dedicated to the Lords of Kobol. As such the Brotherhood know some of the darker mysteries of Ares and do their best to lead their people, both in times of peace and times of war. It is common to find a member of the Brotherhood serving as a chaplain among the armed forces, though their only 'accepted' seminaries are on Caprica, Tauron, and Picon. By far the most liberal of the seminaries devoted to Ares, these schools are viewed skeptically at best and as outright heretical at worst by the more orthodox (and some would say fanatical) sects.
  • Sons of Ares: A fundamentalist group that started on Sagitarron. They've been accused by the CIB and other government agencies of being a religious terrorist sect, though they are rarely successfully convicted of breaking any laws. The group consists primarily of devout veterans and ex-service members.

Hymn

Magnanimous, unconquer'd, boistrous Mars,
In darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars;
Fierce and untam'd, whose mighty pow'r can make
The strongest walls from their foundations shake:
Mortal destroying king, defil'd with gore,
Pleas'd with war's dreadful and tumultuous roar:
Thee, human blood, and swords, and spears delight,
And the dire ruin of mad savage fight.
Stay, furious contests, and avenging strife,
Whose works with woe embitter human life;
To lovely Venus, and to Bacchus yield,
To Ceres give the weapons of the field;
Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin'd,
And give abundance, with benignant mind.

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