Prometheus

Deity Category

Titan

Mortal Scribe

D.M. White

His Story Continues

 “If created things are seen and handled as gifts of God and mirrors of His glory, they need not be occasions of idolatry – if our delight in them is always also a delight in their Maker.” 

 I am your Maker

Know Your God

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 80 kgs

Hair Color: Blonde hair, medium length 

Facial Hair: Stubble unkempt

Eyes: Blue

Distinguishing Features: Large scars on stomach

Family

Parents:  Clymene and Iapetus

Siblings:  Menoetius, Atlas, Epimetheus 

Spouse: Pronoia

Children: Deucalion

Professions

Prometheus is a lawyer and a Fire Marshall at the OA Complex. He deals with the paperwork for the God Complex and the various issues that are created and raised through the actions of the Gods and the mortals.  Zeus has still not forgiven Prometheus for his betrayal, and thought this a fitting punishment rather than tying him back to the rock.  Zeus also though that it would be amusing for Prometheus to be the fire marshal for the God Complex, he thought there was a certain irony to it.  

Residence

The Olympus Administration Complex’s Residence Tower.

Personal Information

General Overview: Prometheus is a trickster who loves to wind up the other Gods.  His superior intellect and gift of forethought allows him to stay one step ahead of the game, much to the frustration of the others.  The Gods find it amusing when Prometheus is on their side, but hate it when they are the focus of his attention. His punishment from Zeus and long period of isolation means that Prometheus doesn’t have a strong connection with any of the Gods, and so has little concern about what they think of him.  Prometheus’ main weakness is his love of humans and his desire to help them, often ahead of his family.

Prometheus wishes to protect mortals from suffering any harm as a result of the actions of the Gods. 

Prometheus doesn’t trust any of the Gods.  In particular, he has a deep hatred of Zeus for the punishment Zeus inflicted upon him.  As a result, Prometheus is a bit of a loner and his main interactions with the Gods involves him winding them up for his own amusement.  By contrast, Prometheus has an almost blinding love for the humans he created and cannot see their faults.

Prometheus is patient and caring with mortals, but somewhat short with the other Gods.  He has a very dry sense of humour and can be a bit of a trickster. He suffers from PTSD as a result of his punishment, which can result in a lack of sleep and anger issues.  

Nicknames: The Creator

Likes: Exercise – running and weightlifting, looking after his pet dog (Sera). Watching fire (he could do that for hours), Mortals, Exploring and playing with gadgets made by mortals.  

Dislikes: Birds of prey (particularly eagles).  The other Gods. Family

Flaws/Weaknesses

Prometheus is often blinded by his love of mortals, such that it makes him act irrationally against the other Gods when he feels they have caused harm to them.  He is a bit of a loner in the God Complex and has a deep mistrust of the other Gods, and this makes it difficult for him to develop any relationships. The other Gods are also aware that Zeus has still not fully forgiven Prometheus and so they often keep their distance so as not to anger Zeus.  Prometheus also has an unhealthy obsession with tracing Heracles’ bloodline. As a result of his punishment, Prometheus suffers from terrible night terrors and has PTSD; this can often lead to him becoming angry and volatile. He tries to control this through going to the gym and running.

Skills/Abilities

ImmortalityPrometheus 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.  He does, however, have both mental and physical scars following being sentenced to eternal damnation by Zeus. 

Babble-speak – Prometheus can communicate in all languages and dialects. 

Master Craftsman – Prometheus as a master craftsman, has created a suit which he can don when appearing in the mortal plane in order to easily transform himself into a mortal.  He removes it when back in the God Complex amongst the immortals. Prometheus can create anything he likes from clay.  He can even bring mortals back to life (although this tends to anger Hades and they are never the same person).

Fire wrangler – Prometheus can manipulate fire in any way he pleases.

Foresight – Prometheus can see things before they happen.  In particular, he can read the minds of mortals (most of the time).

Personal Attire

Normal Daily Wear: Dark blue suit, a white shirt and shades

Alternative Dress Wear: N/A

Magical Artifacts/Weapons

All Prometheus’ artifacts and weapons were confiscated from him by Zeus prior to his punishment and are – as far as Prometheus is aware – still held by Zeus.

Historical Synopsis

Prometheus is the grandson of Uranus and the first cousin of Zeus.  The first time we properly hear about him is during the Titanomachy.  His name means ‘Forethought’, and so it is perhaps not surprising that he became a turncoat and fought against the Titans, including his father (Iapetus – known as the Piercer), and his brothers Atlas and Menoetius, during the war thus playing a fairly sizeable part in sentencing most of his immediate family to eternal damnation in Tartarus.  

Prometheus has something of a love/hate relationship with Zeus.  In the early days they were close, but both men were ambitious and considered themselves natural leaders, and it no doubt chided Prometheus that it was his cousin who rose to the highest honours in the Pantheon with his charm and superior skill-set.  It was Zeus who won all the accolades from the other gods, whilst Prometheus remained side-lined.     

After the Titanomachy, Zeus gave Prometheus the task of creating man, which he did using clay.  It was Prometheus’ piece de resistance, but Zeus was unimpressed. He was ‘meh’. And his indifference irritated Prometheus, driving a wedge between their relationship.  

The strain of the relationship was evident at Mecone.  When the gods and men were disputing with one another, Zeus ordered that man must sacrifice a portion of each food to the gods.  Prometheus was outraged and decided that he would trick Zeus. He divided a bull into two parts and asked Zeus which portion of food should be sacrificed.  Unbeknown to Zeus, Prometheus had wrapped the best parts and the intestines in the skin with the stomach dumped on top (making it look quite revolting). In the second pile Prometheus had placed the bull’s bones which were covered with fat.  Zeus picked the bones (thus allowing man to eat the meat). Upon realising that he had been deceived, Zeus was furious and he ordered that fire should be withheld from man as punishment.      

Prometheus knew that man would struggle to progress without fire and it pained him to see his children suffering.  Unable to watch it any more, Prometheus did the unthinkable and stole fire from the gods to give to man. Zeus, so enraged by the betrayal, then condemned Prometheus to the most savage and cruel punishment he could think up; Prometheus would be chained to a rock in Scythia and have his liver eaten by an eagle.  To make his suffering stretch further, each night his liver would magically restore itself, only for the eagle to return the following day. And so Prometheus sacrificed himself so that man could prosper.   

Zeus didn’t stop with Prometheus though, he also punished man by creating Pandora and gifting her to Prometheus’ brother, Epimetheus (who had joined Prometheus during the Titanomachy and was now living with man).  Prometheus had warned his brother not to accept any gifts from the gods, but such was the beauty of Pandora, Epimetheus could not resist. Pandora brought with her a jar and a warning that the jar should never be opened.  Curiosity, however, overcame Pandora, and she opened the jar unleashing all of the evils into the world. Prometheus, tied to his rock, could only watch the pain and suffering of his children.

Prometheus was eventually freed.  Heracles eventually found him in chains on Mount Caucasus and – having obtained Zeus’ consent – killed the eagle and freed the Titan.  It is there that his story comes to an abrupt end. For now. 

Prometheus as told by Retired Scribe

Introduction written by D.M. White

My, my!  How you have come on, my children.  And how you have grown – 7.5 billion!

I still remember the moment I molded you like it was yesterday.  That first piece of clay was cold and wet in my clumsy fingers, my first attempt frightening.  It took a while for me to get the right formula. I tried everything – seven eyes, three fingers, two heads.  Nothing quite worked.  

And then, one day, perfection.  I knew it straight away. My magnum opus.  I showed Zeus, my excitement palpable, but he didn’t get it.  He couldn’t see what I had created. He didn’t understand. His ignorance was painful.  

Still, there was something missing.  You were constrained, like a dog pulling on a leash.  I needed to set you free, and so I did the unthinkable.  I betrayed Zeus. I gave you fire. It was a small gift, but one with unimaginable consequences.  I thought that once Zeus saw you flourishing he would get it, but instead, his anger was immense and his punishment swift and brutal.  It still brings shivers every time I think about it.  

Those chains.  

That eagle.

The unrelenting pain.  

But I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Just look at you now, with your fancy devices and luxury lifestyles.  You are like gods. Imagine what life could have been like if it wasn’t for the cruel tricks of my family.  I may have been away for a while, but I have been watching. Always watching. And I have seen what they have done.  It’s about time someone had a little fun with them…    

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