Hera

Queen of the Gods • Queen of Heaven • The Matriarch • Goddess of Marriage • Defender of Pure Women • The Mistress of the Peacock • The Jealous Wife

Description:

Hera is a beautiful, but not a young woman. She dresses in modest, royal robes with a crown on her head, wielding a lotus-tipped staff of authority.

Bio:

History
Hera is Zeus’s wife, daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and Queen of the Multiverse. As with all of Cronus’ children but Zeus, she was devoured whole by her father shortly after birth. Hera remained trapped in Cronus’ body until liberated, along with her siblings, by Zeus. She was raised in secret by Tethys and eventually joined Zeus and the other Olympians in the war against the Titans. She fell madly in love with handsome and powerful Zeus over the course of the war. Zeus was drawn to Hera, because of her commanding nature, self-assurance, and upright character. She also remained a virgin until her wedding day—Zeus would likely have grown bored of her, otherwise. Hera had several children by Zeus—Ares (God of War), Eileithya (Goddess of Childbirth), and Hebe (Goddess of Youth). Zeus was not satisfied with Hera’s love alone though. Starting shortly before the end of the war, Zeus slept with other women, including defeated Titans, Nymphs and even mortals. This horrified and disgusted Hera, who saw marriage as a sacred responsibility. She grew intensely jealous of Zeus’ lovers and hateful of his bastard children, responsible for the death or ruin of many of them. Had it not been for Hera, Olympus would likely have many more young gods and goddesses, and the mortal worlds would be populated with far more descendents of Zeus. She hunted Leto throughout the multiverse while pregnant with Apollo and Artemis, tried to kill Heracles in his crib, and was responsible for the death of Dionysius’ mother. She also imprisoned the Nymph Io, until she was rescued by Hermes. Hera trapped Zeus’ mortal son Arcas as a constellation in the heavens and transformed the mortal Queen Lamia into a horrific monster that devoured her own children. Hera could not bring herself to cheat on Zeus. It was not because she did not think he deserved it or even because she loved him, but because she truly held marriage to be profoundly sacred. Hera managed to give birth to her son Hephaestus with no father involved as a way to spite Zeus for his infidelities. Hephaestus was an imperfect creation, as he was lame and ugly, so Hera cast him out of Olympus in disgust. He survived only being raised by Eurynome, a kind Nymph. Hephaestus became a renowned smith and craftsman, eventually invited to Olympus by Zeus. Hephaestus grew into an ally of Zeus instead of his mother, whom he hated for rejecting him. Hera has more than just a jealous side. She became the patron goddess of wives and upright women, as well as the institution of marriage. She has always been a generous mistress to those who serve her loyally. Hera has shown mercy and given comfort to noble women who have been wronged or shamed, particularly caring for those who are defenseless. She admires the qualities of valor, moral certainty, and love of family—all of which were traits that made her fall in love with young Zeus. She is also known to be kind to heroes who show those qualities. Hera generally sees mortals as a lesser species truly beneath her, but she is not above finding favor with those who perform admirable deeds. She has even been charmed by the heroic mortal Jason, leader of the Argonauts—she aided him in spite of Jason being a friend of Heracles, even avoiding trouble with Heracles while he travelled with the Argonauts. Hera is a patroness of cultured cities when they display what she perceives as moral qualities. One of the cities she favors is Athens of Classical Earth—she aided the Athenians during the Trojan War, preventing Artemis and Apollo from fighting against that city. Her marriage to Zeus has only gotten worse over time. She would never leave Zeus, because of her beliefs of marriage, also doing so would mean giving up her power and influence as Queen of Olympus. She has become dedicated to not only thwarting Zeus’ affairs, but also frustrating his other projects and causing trouble for him. To this end, she has built a stable of loyal agents—mortals throughout the multiverse, indebted gods, and many creatures are loyal to her and act as spies and enforcers. Her network of spies and agents, particularly when assisted by her friend Themis, means that there is little of interest that can happen in the multiverse without Hera eventually discovering it. One of Hera’s greatest rivalries was with Zeus’ youngest child, Dionysius. She despised him and tried everything to ruin his existence. After she killed his mother while pregnant with Dionysius, Zeus intervened to save the child. After she sent giants to kill the child, Zeus raised him from the dead. Dionysius escaped her wrath by being hidden as a girl in a mortal kingdom. Hera tried to morally destroy him as a adult by exaggerating his character flaws, but he was protected by powerful forces that Hera did not anticipate. Dionysius was later led to prove himself by invading Classical India, a world in which Hera was devotedly worshipped. She aided the mighty Priest-Kings of that world, the Brahmins, in hope of destroying Dionysius, but he triumphed and was made an Olympian by Zeus. Dionysius got his own revenge on Hera with a bit of help from her shunned and resentful son Hephaestus. The cast-out god took revenge on his mother by making a magnificent new throne for her (Hephaestus constructs the thrones of all the Olympians). When Hera sat upon the throne, she was magically bound to it and incapable of escaping. Dionysius made certain to drug Hera’s drinks as they were brought to her by servants while waiting to be released. Deeply drunk and drugged by secret potions, Hera momentarily took leave of her senses and allowed herself to be seduced by her hated opponent—Dionysius impregnated Hera. She gave birth to Pasithea, the Mad Goddess of Drug-Induced Vision. Never had Hera felt so defeated or humiliated, thwarted and tricked into violating her own oaths of marriage. Since that time, she has been fearful of Dionysius and grown more subdued, humbled by her defeat. This is not likely to last, especially if Zeus continues his ways, approaching new lovers and creating new bastards.

Location
Hera is almost always on Olympus. She rarely leaves the realm of the gods. On the rare occasions when she does, it is almost always to rest and recover in her Garden Realm. For any other task that would require travel to other worlds, she prefers to send her messenger
Iris or other trustworthy agents to act as her proxy.

Hera

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