|Divine Rank||Greater Goddess|
|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|
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.