Aphrodite is the goddess of Love and Beauty, currently unscribed.
Know Your Goddess
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Naturally blonde but currently wears it shoulder length and brunette
Facial Hair: Eyebrows on point
Eyes: Naturally blue but has glamoured them to appear green.
Distinguishing Features: Small but curvy. Hourglass figure.
Professional meddler for several centuries before she matured. Once the internet began, she owned several online dating services which both provided income and allowed her to meddle with willing mortals. As she returns to the God Complex, she plans to open a counselling service aimed at couples counselling and individuals with self-esteem issues, Divine Intervention.
No fixed address, however, she is usually found at the Cygnet Hotel in Cyprus or in Montmarte, France. After rejoining the pantheon, she keeps her residence on the 2nd floor of the GC.
General Overview: Aphrodite has done a lot of growing in the last 2000 years. When she first left the pantheon she lived a “party girl” type lifestyle, moving around the world and messing with the love lives of high profile men and women (Like Guinevere and Lancelot; you can blame her for that). Along the way she got bored with such meddling and simply travelled, enjoying what the world had to offer and taking lovers. She doesn’t like to talk about it but she fell in love and got her heart broken.
The pain she went through was the catalyst for her change in attitude. Most recently she has been running her dating apps and planning for a counselling service. She regrets a lot of her behaviour where people got hurt (Dinlas, Eros, Hephaestus etc) and wants to make amends. She has vowed to no longer use her powers to inflict pain. She wants to help humans heal their lives through love.
While she is trying to change she still does not trust Eris after the whole apple thing. She is still quick to anger but she’s working on that. She thrives on flattery. She still can’t help but meddle in people’s relationships but she does so to help. So if you tell her your problems she’ll try to help you fix it, but she won’t make that unrequited love fall for you.
Deity Nicknames: Dite. Encourages people to use this name when she returns to GC.
Likes: Love, sex, romance novels/movies, music, mead, spicy food, the beach/swimming, spa days, summer, flowers especially roses, anemones, and carnations.
Dislikes: people willingly inflicting pain, her own past (when she was immature and played with people for fun), abusers, dishonesty,
Flaws / Weaknesses
A Woman Scorned. Hell hath no fury. Olympus hath no fury. This world hath no fury like Aphrodite when she’s mad. She has been working on her temper, but when provoked, gone are all the strides she has made and the old Aphrodite rears her petty and provocative head.
Wide Open. Aphrodite is wholly committed to love. It is her entire being. Her reason for existence. She wants to love and see love blossoming all around her. To this end, she is extremely open where matters of the heart are concerned. Whether it is a romantic entanglement for herself or watching the amorous exploits of those around her, Aphrodite cares deeply about all matters of the heart, embracing love with arms wide open. There’s just one problem with that: wide open means wide open. Love means having your defenses down, and all the problems that come with it.
Fatal Attraction. It’s been a long time since she’s seen Ares, but in that time, Aphrodite has figured out that he’s pretty poison. The attraction between them brings out the worst in her, the parts of her she has tried to leave behind. There’s still a spark there, but Aphrodite works hard to make sure there is no fuel to burn, even if it means keeping her distance from the God of War.
Skills / Abilities
Immortality. Technically immortal. Immune to the effects of aging, cannot die by any conventional means, and is immune to all known mortal diseases and infections. As a deity, they are able to teleport, or "pop" anywhere in the mortal plane with a few exceptions, the God Floors of the GC HQ are mystically protected, so no teleporting to or in between them, anything on the non-mortal plane, i.e., the Underworld, Atlantis, and the Void, are non-accessible without a guide.
Mother Tongue. As the bridge between the mortal world and the divine, they speak all languages mortals do, even the long dead ones.
Power of Love. Aphrodite can read “love lines” between people (i.e. she can tell if people are in love with each other, lust, unrequited love etc). She also has the power to create a love connection (make someone fall in love with someone), which she has used in the past for “evil”. Now she will only make a match (like through her apps) for two participants who have a compatibility to begin with, and who are asking to have their affairs meddled with. In order to create or augment an emotional connection, Aphrodite must physically touch the person, allowing her aura to flow into them and incline them towards love.
Loving Kindness. Aphrodite has some power over making others feel loved, which she uses to soothe spirits and bolster self-esteem. In her time away, Aphrodite learned to love herself, learning that this is the root of all true love in the world. Her love for herself acts as a mirror, reflecting the good and beautiful back to the one who needs to see it, helping them overcome their emotional difficulties. This power has one major limitation: Aphrodite has to ask the person if they will allow her to help them, and they must willingly accept. The person must open the door and let love in.
Tough Love. Aphrodite is all about loving yourself. Mortals, these days, have developed a penchant for self-harm, which is in direct opposition to everything for which Aphrodite stands. Abusing heroin? Aphrodite can make you immune to the effects - good luck getting a fix. Sending nudes to that toxic ex? Aphrodite can cause your phone to lose cellular reception only when you’re drunk-texting. So, next time something saves you from yourself, it might just be that the Goddess of Love wants you to love yourself a little more.
- P.S. Two problems with this. (1) She can’t use it to deal with her own issues. Otherwise, that Ares thing would have been settled a long time ago. (2) If she loses her temper, expect that guy not to call you back and all other forms of meddling...for your own “good”, of course.
Aphrodisiac. Aphrodite knows how to brew a love potion unlike any other. One drop of this potent elixir in drink or food promises a night of hedonistic abandon for whoever consumes it. She is notorious for adding it to chocolates and wine and gifting these to those she wishes to give her blessing. Like any love potion, it is untargeted. Whoever consumes it receives the effects. So, she is very careful to either hand deliver these items or only send them through someone she trusts implicitly.
Normal Daily Wear: Usually a shirt with a long skirt, possibly jeans and a sweater. Pretty low-key fashion. Limited capsule style wardrobe.
Alternate Dress Wear: Usually a maxi-dress ball gown type dress, in a sea colour (teal, aquamarine, turquoise etc)
Her Girdle. A magical belt that acts like a magnet for love, promoting her natural attraction magic. It can transform to match any outfit, and she lends it out upon request, when she feels the request is worthy. When loaned, the girdle accents the wearer’s natural beauty, bringing it to the forefront and gracing them with Aphrodite’s favor in all matters of the heart.
Aphrodite is historically the Goddess of Love (usually sexual) and Beauty. She was born of sea foam when the amputated genitals of Uranus landed on the Sea. As such, although she is not an aquatic deity (like Amphitrite is) she has a love of the ocean and beachside locals. Although married to Hephaestus traditionally she treated her marriage with contempt and not even matrimony was enough to stop her from having as many affairs as she wanted with both gods and mortals. Historically she is a jealous goddess, who interferes in the love lives of any whom she believes to have wronged her. It was her feud with Hera and Athena, instigated by Eris.
- The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. (28 Dec 2018).
- Aphrodite. URL: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Aphrodite-Greek-mythology