I have started my book on Greek mythology, having completed the first chapter and started the second chapter. The first chapter will involve introducing the Gods of Olympus and the plans they have for the demigod population. The second chapter will introduce the main character and the demigod community. Something big is about to happen that will shake ancient Greece to the core. The wrath of the gods is about to be unleashed!
Based on the number of moving parts and references to Greek mythology, I am estimating my book on gods and demigods will be roughly the same size as the Harry Potter books by the time it is done. I have never written something that big before, but I am up for the challenge. I will keep you updated on all developments.
“Brothers, put aside the petty grievances that have splintered us for so long. We will unite. We will stand together, and I will wipe out this plague!”
Zeus, God of War II and God of War III
As I continue to write and brainstorm about my story on Greek mythology, I am starting to rethink a few things. While my original plans for my main demigod character will remain unchanged, I will be making some overarching changes to the overall story. Amongst those changes will be the inclusion of two more demigod characters. Initially, I have been struggling on finding ways to make the inclusion of other demigods work, but I think I may have found a way to make it work. Like my main demigod, the other two demigods will have complex blood ties to multiple Gods of Olympus instead of just one. I did this not just so my protagonist would have people to interact with on his quest, but also for a practical reason. One demigod going to war with all of Olympus would be the height of folly. Even almighty Zeus was not strong enough to defeat the Titans all by himself. Therefore, my main demigod will need additional allies for his war with the gods.
“And just like that, everything changed. At that terrible moment, in our hearts, we knew. Home was a pen; humanity, cattle.”
Eren Yeager, Attack on Titan
Before the Gods of Olympus ruled all of creation, the universe was ruled by a pantheon of primordial deities known as the Titans. The Titans were led by Kronos, who was the father of the first generation of Olympians. One day, Kronos feared that his children would rise against him. His paranoia was so great that he swallowed his children one by one. However, Kronos’s wife Rhea tricked him into swallowing a stone while she hid her last child, Zeus. Eventually, Zeus became strong enough to free his siblings and they went to war with the Titans. The colossal battle, which came to be known as the Titanomachy, between these two pantheons shaped the landscape of ancient Greece. In the end, the Titans were defeated and overthrown by the Gods of Olympus and were imprisoned in the deepest and darkest pits of Tartarus. Some Titans were spared, but they possessed far less power and influence than they had before. We have seen multiple scenarios of what could happen if the Titans were to escape Tartarus. In my story on Greek mythology, I will be depicting my own scenario of what could happen if the Titans were freed. After being imprisoned in Tartarus and tormented for untold millennia, I can imagine the Titans would be driven mad with rage, consumed by pain, fueled by spite, and starving for revenge.
At some point in my story of Greek mythology, I will depict a period in my demigod’s life where he serves as a mercenary. Can you imagine what a demigod mercenary would be worth? A warrior who possesses divine strength, speed, and durability! Such a mercenary would prove to be quite valuable on the battlefield. With this in mind, I looked for real life wars that have taken place in ancient Greece. I found the Peloponnesian War, which took place during the fifth century B.C. This war was between Athens and Sparta. I am thinking of having my demigod character participate in this war, but I won’t say which side he will be on.
In ancient Greece, the standard issue sword was the xiphos. The xiphos was a one-handed sword that was often used in conjunction with a shield. One of the most prominent examples of the xiphos would be the sword of Achilles, which he famously used to slay countless opponents during the Trojan War. Two-handed swords were virtually nonexistent in ancient Greece because to wield one would be to deprive yourself of a shield. Without a shield, you would become a target for archers and men with slingshots. However, I am thinking of giving my demigod character a two-handed variant of the xiphos.
“A gift from the Gods, forged on Olympus.”
Draco, Clash of the Titans (2010)
One of the interesting aspects of demigods in Greek mythology is that their capabilities are not limited to their divine strength, durability, and speed. Some are armed with weapons and equipment that are mystically enhanced. A prominent example of this is Perseus, one of Zeus’s many demigod children. During his quest to slay the Gorgon Medusa, Perseus received a number of items from the Gods of Olympus. Those items included a helmet that granted him invisibility, the winged sandals of Hermes, a magical sword, a specialized pouch that would allow him to carry Medusa’s head, and a reflective shield that allowed Perseus to look at Medusa without turning to stone. The usage of such items can make a demigod an even more formidable warrior when combined with their augmented physiology. With this in mind, I will be giving the demigod in my Greek mythology story an arsenal of mystic items. Such weapons and equipment will enable my character to go toe-to-toe with the gods themselves.
The most beautiful of the Gods of Olympus would be Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite had an unusual origin story in Greek mythology. When the Titan Kronos castrated his father Ouranos, Kronos tossed his father’s genitals into the sea. This resulted in sea foam to form on the ocean’s surface. From that sea foam Aphrodite was born. After joining the Gods of Olympus, Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus, god of the forge. However, Aphrodite was not happy with her marriage to Hephaestus and satisfied herself by having countless love affairs. Her favorite lover was her brother-in-law Ares, the god of war. Out of all the Gods of Olympus apart from Zeus himself, Aphrodite likely has the most demigod children. I am planning to make Aphrodite the female lead in my story of Greek mythology.
“You will learn some day that being half human makes you stronger than a god.”
Zeus, Wrath of the Titans
When I started my story on Greek mythology, I initially wanted to include five demigod characters. Now, I am thinking that will result in a story that is too complex. With this in mind, I am thinking of having the story revolve around one demigod character. Still, this one demigod will have complex blood ties to various Gods of Olympus and is the result of more than one pairing of Gods and mortals. For the first book, I am planning to have my protagonist undergo some unorthodox training from rebel gods. This training will be partially inspired by the 12 labors of Hercules. However, instead of doing tasks like cleaning stables and finding apples, my character’s training will consist of fighting various kinds of monsters. At the end of each battle, my protagonist will discover more of his innate power. Essentially, I will be writing my own demigod legend.
One of the most infamous of the Greek Gods would be Ares, the God of War. Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera as well as the brother of Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Hephaestus, god of the forge. While his sister Athena embodied the intellectual and strategic aspects of warfare, Ares embodied the violence and bloodlust that came with war. He was also the favorite lover of Aphrodite, goddess of love. When it comes to personality, I like to think that Ares was similar to Kenpachi Zaraki and Yachiru Unohana from Bleach. This would make him an individual who is hopelessly addicted to fighting and killing and would always be on the lookout for a worthy opponent. In terms of fighting style, I like to think that Ares fought like a berserker, ignoring all injuries he sustains and fights with the insanity and bloodlust of a madman. In my story of Greek mythology, I am thinking of making Ares a major antagonist as he acts as Zeus’s enforcer.