Characters of Cimmeria: Zeus

Zeus is the son of Cronos and Rhea and the current head of the Olympian Pantheon. The children of Cronos and Rhea were eaten by their father, but Rhea replaced Zeus with a stone that Cronos ate instead. Zeus was raised on Crete in a tree, so that Cronos could not sense his presence on land. Zeus led the other Olympians against the Titans and eventually won with his thunderbolts made by the Cyclopes. Zeus is god over many things including the sky, lightning, leadership, military agreements, divination, and virtue. His holy animal is an eagle and his favored cities are Bradel Fields and Jipangu. He is married to his sister, Hera, but is widely know for his infidelity.

Zeus had many interactions with mortals after the Olympians migrated to Cimmeria. The First Orc Chief struck a chip from one of Zeus’s teeth and was cast down for the affront. Zeus blessed Gollard to make him the King of Aractrash. Nox’s Museum of Power that houses Cimmeria’s powerful artifacts was constructed primarily by Zeus. The Father God also fathered a few famous heroes. Most notable were two of the Dragon War Heroes, Cecilia and Amalgami, and the Queen of Xoria and the Amazons, Anajakaze.

Zeus’s position at the top of the celestial hierarchy was disrupted by the Dahak monster. The Dahak ambushed Zeus in Olympus. It punctured Zeus’s belly with a special pitchfork and removed the Titan, Metis, who had lived in Zeus’s stomach for centuries. The Dahak fled with its prize. Zeus was too injured to pursue and the other gods were too shocked to react in time. The Pitchfork poisoned Zeus and he lay bedridden for two and a half decades until he was healed by the heroes of the Second Alliance. During that time his reign was threatened by Ares, Poseidon, Hades, and Blendegad. Zeus punished each in turn and retook his seat on the throne of Mount Olympus.

A list of some of Zeus’s many, many children from Classical mythology follows: Aeacus, Amphion, Apollo, Arcas, Ares, Argos, Artems, Astraea, Ate, Athena, Balius, Britomartis, The three Charities, Clytemnestra, Cronius, Dardanus, Dike, Dionysus, Eileithyia, Epaphus, Ersa, The three Fates, Hebe, Helen, Hellen, Hercules, Hermes, The three Hours, Iasion, Lacedaemon, Litae, Locrus, Minos, The nine Muses, Nemea, Palici, Pandia, Pelasgus, Persephone, Perseus, Polydeuces, Rhadamanthys, Sarpeon, The three Seasons, Tantalus, Thebe, Tityas, Xanthus, and Zethus.

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