“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”George Bernard Shaw
Hair Color/Style: Long brown hair, slightly wavy, usually worn down. Occasionally, she’ll wear it in strange up-dos that do not fit the circumstances/situation. She will also include random items, small toys, and baubles in her up-dos.
Facial Hair: None
Eyes: Striking. Eye color is a pale hazel that is so light, people often do a doubletake when seeing her. Long dark lashes.
Distinguishing Features: A wide smile. Long neck. Graceful arms and fingers.
Parents: Zeus and Mnemosyne
Siblings: Calliope, Thalia, Erato, Clio, Euterpe, Terpsichore, Polyhymnia, and Urania
Melpomene develops diagnostic and therapeutic allergenic extracts. She also has a side business where she develops perfumes to sell in small batches under a pseudonym account on Etsy.
She has a laboratory, office, and residence in the OA building, but also maintains a small cottage in Olympus where she can be close to people and feel their tragedies.
General Overview: Melpomene has a small lab where she loves to work. She has a couple of assistants, but has a hard time trusting people with her work, so she is stingy with her hiring practices. She’s close to her siblings and tries to be her mother’s favorite. She doesn’t like to interact with most of the gods/goddesses and stays away from the God Complex most of the time. She enjoys a small simple life and doesn’t like grand gestures or displays of ostentatiousness. One of her favorite things is to develop essences and is always tinkering with new experiments and developing new methods to try and capture someone’s true character and delve into their being. When you first meet her, she seems a little standoffish, but she warms up to you the longer you’re around her… as long as you are authentic. She’s a tad bit pessimistic, but that is part of the territory of being the goddess of tragedy.
Flaws: Nosiness/eavesdropping. Tends to be melodramatic and look for gossip.
Weaknesses: Bad ankles. Wanting to be popular.
Likes: Theater, black jelly beans, mending clothes, apothecary cabinets, bottles and vials, honesty, the quiet at midnight, hefty silverware, paper mache or plasterwork, modesty, baked goods, and collecting unicorns.
Dislikes: Birds, reptiles, and insects. Sarcasm. Chin dimples. Wind instruments. Travel. Homecooked meals. Motorcycles. Climate-change deniers.
Immortality – Melpomene is technically immortal. He is immune to the effects of aging, cannot die by any conventional means, and is immune to all known mortal diseases and infections.
Babble-speak – Melpomene can communicate in all languages and dialects.
Post-Empath Ability – Melpomene has the ability to tune into others’ true feelings by focusing on them. She can do so at a distance, through extended eye contact or being in close proximity (within their energy field). She can determine any tragic elements of their lives and discern an objective reality.
Extraction – When she’s particularly intrigued by a person, she has the ability to capture a bit of their essence and preserve it for later examination and experimentation. She also uses the essences to create hypo-allergenic perfumes.
Limited Shapeshifting/Mortal Possession – Melpomene takes possession of mortal bodies and appears as an ordinary human when on the mortal plane. When necessary, she reverts to her natural state as a goddess.
Telekinesis – Can move small objects (up to the size of a vehicle) in visible range without physically touching them.
Aura Manipulation – The ability to manipulate an aura, the subtle, luminous radiation that surrounds a person or object.
Intuitive Empathetic Replication – The power to copy the powers of others through an empathetic bond and immediately understand how to use those powers. The user feels what the person feels. It takes time to learn the power. They have to remember the emotion used to access the power in order to use it.
Technology Manipulation – The ability to manipulate technology and technological constructs. It is a special form of electrical/telekinetic manipulation, a special form of “morphing,” which allows physical interaction with machines, or even a psychic ability that allows mental interface with computer data.
Mask of Tragedy – Instead of carrying around a bulky mask, Melpomene had one created as a pendant. She wears it on a necklace.
Melpomene is one of the nine Muses, charged with dominion over tragedy. Unlike the common use of the term today, her realm of tragedy refers to the literary and theatrical genre of drama, rhetoric, and serious subjects. This also included today’s idea of tragedy as a profoundly unfortunate or sad circumstance, but we must remember that as a genre it includes much more.
Originally, however, Melpomene was the Muse of singing. However, the overlap of domains with the other Muses of musical expression, such as Clio, Euterpe, and Polymnia, likely influenced her reassignment to tragedy. Her original assignment to singing relates well to the myths that she is the mother of the Sirens, wicked temptresses who lured sailors to their death with song.
Depictions of Melpomene usually showed her holding the mask of tragedy, the one we still see today in contemporary theater, and a sword or club. She also wore cothurnus boots, a style of boots common to tragic actors in Greek theater, and a wreath of ivy or grapevines on her head.