{Reference Page: The Olympians}

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Before you read the reference page, please keep in mind that there are many variations of Greek Mythology. Please do not go into the comments to say that I am incorrect in my analysis of the gods/goddesses. While you might have learned about them differently, this is how I was learned and how the story will be influenced. 

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King Zeus: He is the King of all Gods and Men. An Olympic Greek God of Sky and Thunder. He is the youngest child between the titans, Kronos and Rhea. With his siblings, they usurped their father from the throne. Hera is his sister/wife, and a majority of all demi-gods and gods are his children. The only three children that he shares with his wife, Hera, are Hebe, Hephaestus, and Ares. His sacred weapon is the thunderbolt, his sacred tree is the oak, and his sacred animal is the eagle. 

Queen Hera: She is the Queen of all Gods and Men. An Olympic Greek Goddess of Marriage. She is one of the six children between the titans, Kronos and Rhea. She was eaten by her father, Kronos, when she was first born, but then she usurped him from the throne when she was freed from his stomach. Her marriage with her brother, Zeus, is fruitless, and she is often depicted in stories as a vengeful wife who murders Zeus's lovers and bastard children. Hera has three children with Zeus (Hebe, Hephaestus, & Ares), but she tried to kill Hephaestus when he was a child by throwing him off of Mt. Olympus. Her sacred symbol is her polos (crown), her sacred flower is the waterlily, and her sacred animals are cows and peacocks. 

Lord Poseidon: He is the King of all the Seas. An Olympic Greek God of Earthquakes and Horses. He is one of the six children between the titans, Kronos and Rhea. He was eaten by his father, Kronos, when he was first born, but then he usurped him from the throne with his siblings when he was freed from his stomach. Poseidon is the father of many of the other Demi-Gods in myths that weren't fathered by Zeus or Ares (i.e. Theseus, Orion). He is married to the Amphitrite, one of the fifty Nereids, and fathered two children with her- Triton and Rhode. Known for his rivalry with his niece, Lady Athena. His sacred symbol is his trident, his sacred trees are the pine tree and wild celery, and his sacred animals are dolphins and horses (specifically, the half-horse and half-human creations named hippocamps). 

Lord Hades: He is the King of the Underworld. A Greek God of Wealth. He is the eldest male child between the titans, Kronos and Rhea. He was eaten by his father when he was first born, but then he usurped him from the throne with his siblings when he was freed from his stomach. Hades is not the God of Death, but he is in charge of ruling over the Underworld where the dead reside. His most famous story is related to kidnapping his sister's only child, Persephone, in order to make her his wife. He is occasionally seen as an Olympian, but in the editing version of this story he will not be. He is the most faithful Greek God. There are a few stories that cite Hades as being infertile, and that is the story that I follow in this story. His sacred symbol is his helmet that can turn him invisible, his sacred tree is the cypress, and his sacred animal his Cerberus the three-headed dog. 

Lady Demeter: An Olympic Greek Goddess of Agriculture and Grain. She is one of the six children between the titans Kronos and Rhea. She was eaten by her father when she was first born, but then she usurped him from the throne with her siblings when she was freed from his stomach. Demeter's only child is with her brother, Zeus, and becomes Hades's wife, Persephone. Her sacred symbol are the cornucopia and scepter, her sacred plant is a sheaf of wheat, and her sacred animal is the serpent. 

Lady Hestia: A former Olympic Goddess of the Hearth. She is the first born child between the titans Kronos and Rhea. She was eaten by her father when she was first born, but then she usurped him from the throne with her siblings when she was freed from his stomach. Hestia is one of the three virgin goddesses. Her sacred symbol is fire, and her sacred animal is the swine. 

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