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, Order, 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, but what makes things interesting is that she's the product of his first marriage. The thing is Zeus was originally married to Metis (he married Hera much later), an Oceanid nymph who greatly helped him by coming up with clever plans, such as the plan to poison Cronus with an emetic to free Zeus's siblings. After the war, the marriage between her and Zeus happened and they were soon expecting a baby. Unfortunately, it was prophesized that if they had a son, that child would overthrow Zeus. With this in mind, Zeus did the only sensible thing and assimilated his wife into the depths of his mind, where she continued to give him clever ideas (presumably Inception-style). Some time afterward, 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. Yes, this means that Athena was literally Zeus's brainchild, you may groan now.

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: Ra 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 - Ariadne - 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