Zeus
Zeus
ZeusIcon.JPG Greatest of the Lords and Ladies, Zeus is the head of the pantheon, and father, lover, or sibling to most of the others. Lord of the skies, and the thunder, the sun is said to be his eye, and while he is the youngest of his siblings but through acts of great valour has risen to prominance amongst them. Linked to the Oracle at Dodona, which while lesser known that Delphi is still none-the-less influencial in it's own priesthood. Fatherhood is a common theme, with stories abounding of liasons between fellow deities and mortals alike leading to around 125 alleged offspring. He's most commonly connected to Hera though, with whom he fathered Ares and perhaps Hephaestus. Strong, firm, protective, vengeful, he is not a God to be messed with lightly. zeus.jpg

Common History

It is commonly held that Zeus rescued or freed his siblings Poseidon, Hera, Hades, Demeter, and Hestia from some form of imprisonment or captivity (the exact details of which vary) and divided the rule of all things with his brothers Poseidon and Hades by drawing lots. Zeus got the sky, air, and the heavens, Poseidon the waters, and Hades the underworld. None could claim the earth and thus all three had some influence (and rivalry) there.

Zeus is brother and consort of Hera. Athena is said to have been created by Zeus alone, the goddess springing fully formed from his thoughts. Hera is said to have conceived Hephaestus on her own as pay back. Zeus is also known for his many dalliances with gods and mortals alike. Many myths render Hera as jealous of his amorous conquests and a consistent enemy of Zeus's mistresses and their children by him. Hermes and the twins Apollo and Artemis are all said to be offspring of Zeus' proclivities.

Related Colony

  • Sagittaron: Father. He is their Patron, and they never allow themselves to forget that. They give themselves to him and his will, for he sees what they do not, and knows what is best. He rules over their futures, and their fates, and to go against what is laid down for them is to offer grevious insult to him and his majesty.
  • Caprica: It's perhaps no surprise that the self-proclaimed Captial of the Colonies should have a strong affinity with the most powerful of all the Gods of Kobol. Power atttracts power, and why would the elite worship anyone but the best? More of a lean towards 'leader; than the 'father' figure followed on Sagittaron he is popular with CEOs and others who wish to ascend to great heights.

Common Rituals

The Olympic games are held in honor of Zeus, were the greatest athletes in the Colonies compete every four years.

More locally it is common to honor Zeus as part of seasonal rituals in hopes of favorable weather, or to ask that he avert ills like plague or oppression.

On Sagittaron it was common for parents to make a sacrifice to Zeus upon the birth of a child, asking that the Father grant the newborn with a long life or a particular fate.

Cults and Sects

The Sagittarons faith is the most closely associated with the worship of Zeus. Broadly speaking, the Sagittarons believe they should humbly entrust their lives to the path laid out by the Father of the Gods, via his intermediates the Moirai, or Fates. The Three Fates spin, measure, and cut the thread for each mortal life, and the faithful believe it is an act of great hubris to work against what they see as the will of Zeus. Mortals who ignore or fight against their fate can expect harsh punishment, if not certain doom, as the reward for their pride. These beliefs made Sagittarons a very tradition-based society which many other Colonies considered 'backward.' It also lead them to despise adherents of Asclepius and to distrust modern medical treatment, as trying to cure an ailment that you were meant to suffer could be working against the will of Zeus.

Hymn

O Jove much-honor'd, Jove supremely great,
To thee our holy rites we consecrate,
Our pray'rs and expiations, king divine,
For all things round thy head exalted shine.
The earth is thine, and mountains swelling high,
The sea profound, and all within the sky.
Saturnian king, descending from above,
Magnanimous, commanding, sceptred Jove;
All-parent, principle and end of all,
Whose pow'r almighty, shakes this earthly ball;
Ev'n Nature trembles at thy mighty nod,
Loud-sounding, arm'd with light'ning, thund'ring God.
Source of abundance, purifying king,
O various-form'd from whom all natures spring;
Propitious hear my pray'r, give blameless health,
With peace divine, and necessary wealth.

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