Athena

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Athena
Athena Symbol.jpg
Alignment Lawful Good
Divine Rank Greater Goddess
Pantheon Greek
Portfolio Civilization, crafts, war, wisdom
Domains 3E: Artifice, Community, Good, Knowledge, Law, War
5E: Knowledge, War
Home Plane Olympus (Arborea)
Worshippers Constables, fighters, judges, monks, paladins
Favoured Weapon Shortspear

Athena is the Greek goddess of strategic warfare, handicraft, and wisdom. In contrast to Ares's BURN PURGE KILL approach to warfare, Athena spends a lot more time thinking about dumb nerd shit like "supply lines" and "cohesive battle strategy". She is Zeus's 'daughter' in so much as a literal tumor can be considered a child. The myth states that after Zeus married Hera, he got such a massive, titanic, brain-melting headache that he asked Hephaestus to split his skull open. When Hephaestus did so, out popped a fully grown armed and armored Athena. Makes you wonder how awful a wife Hera is that she can give Zeus a headache like that, huh?

Athena is often portrayed as a cool, collected, and somewhat emotionally distant deity. Her wrath is often extremely calculated and ironic, with loads of JUST AS PLANNED for good measure. She is the namesake of the city Athens (yet ironically was also the primary deity of Sparta as Athena the Champion), as well as one of the three petty bitches responsible for the Trojan war, along with Hera and Aphrodite (although Aphrodite probably deserves most of the blame there).

Athena is most often portrayed as lawful good, making her a strong choice for paladin players angling for a character that's more of a strategic combatant. She also works very well with battle master fighters and war clerics.

The Historical Deities of Dungeons and Dragons
Leader(s) Others
Anglo-Saxon: Nerthus Eostre - Hred - Ing - Mannus - Thunor - Tir - Woden
Aztec: Ometeotl Camazotz - Chalchihuitlicue - Chitza-Atlan - Cihuacoatl - Coatlicue
Huhueteotl - Huitzilopochtli - Hurakon - Mictlantecuhtli - Quetzalcoatl
Tezcatlipoca - Tlaloc - Tlazoteotl - Tonatiuh - Xipetotec
Babylonian: Anu Anshar - Druaga - Girru - Ishtar - Marduk - Nergal - Ramman
Celtic: The Daghdha Arawn - Belenus - Brigantia - Cernunnos - Diancecht - Dunatis - Goibhniu - Lugh
Manannan mac Lir - Math Mathonwy - Morrigan - Nuada - Oghma - Silvanus
Chinese: Shang-ti Chih-Nii - Chung Kuel - Fu Hsing - K'ung Fu-tzu - Kuan Yin - Kuan-ti
Lao Tzu - Lei Kung - Liu - Lu Hsing - Lu Yueh - Shou Hsing
Sung Chiang - Tou Mu - Yen-Wang-Yeh
Egyptian: Re-Horakhty Anubis - Anhur - Apshai - Apep - Bast - Bes - Geb - Hathor - Imhotep - Isis
Nephthys - Nut - Osiris - Ptah - Seker - Set - Shu - Sobek - Tefnut - Thoth
Finnish: Ukko Ahto - Hiisi - Ilmatar - Loviatar - Mielikki - Surma - Tuonetar - Tuoni - Untamo
Greek: Zeus Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Athena - Cronus - Demeter - Dionysus
The Furies - Gaea - Hades - Hecate - Hephaestus - Hera - Hercules
Hermes - Hestia - Nike - Pan - Poseidon - Rhea - Tyche - Uranus
Hindu: Brahama Agni - Brihaspati - Kali - Indra - Karttikeya - Lakshmi - Mitra - Puchan - Ratri - Rudra
Sarasuati - Savitri - Siva - Soma - Tvashtri - Ushas - Varuna - Vayu - Vishnu - Yama
Japanese: Izanagi & Izanami Amaterasu - Ama-Tsu-Mara - Amatsu-Mikaboshi - Hachiman - Ho Masubi
Inari - Kishijoten - Kura Okami - Nai No Kami - O-Kuni-Nushi - O-Wata-Tsu-Mi
Raiden - Shichifukujin - Shina-Tsu-Hiko - Susanoo - Tsuki-Yomi
Norse: Odin Aegir - Balder - Bragi - Forseti - Frey - Freya - Frigga - Heimdall
Hel - Hermod - Idun - Loki - Magni - Modi - Njord - Odur - Sif - Skadi
Surtr - Thor - Thrym - Tyr - Uller - Vidar
Sumerian: Enlil Inanna - Ki - Nanna-Sin - Nin-Hursag - Utu