Apollo

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Apollo is god of the sun, healing and prophecy, he is currently voiced by Ryan O'Hara.

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Know Your God

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 210 lbs.

Hair Color: Blonde, usually in a short and conservative style

Facial Hair: None.

Eyes: Baby Blues

Distinguishing Features: Apollo has a tribal tattoo on his stomach of a sun around his navel, and a tapestry of Greek symbols and astrological symbols down his right arm. He bears twin serpents around his wrists, a clear (line art) serpent on the left, a black serpent on the right. He also has a scar across his right shoulder blade from where Python landed a near mortal blow.

Family

Parents: Zeus and Leto

Siblings: Artemis (his twin), and many others

Spouse: None

Children: 4, including Asclepius and Orpheus

Professions

While not in the Complex or running errands for Zeus, Apollo is owner of a club named Solaria. It lies a few blocks down from the God Complex.

The club is a haven for music lovers, a place where anyone can go and simply indulge in their own preferred genre of music.

It is a gift from the God of Music to his people, and in turn, gains him favourable worship from those that adore him.

Residence

Apollo resides on floor 32 of the God Complex, in an apartment that houses a large collection of varied music as well as space for his bow and a quiet room where he looks into the future. In the west end of the room is a medical bay where he performs healing for the other deities.

Personal Information

General Overview: A loyal and friendly man, Apollo's first priority is his fellow Gods. While he possesses more power than most of the others, he remains humble and polite among his peers, and dotes on his sister Artemis. An avid hunter, Apollo is often found hunting alongside his sister when time allows.

Nicknames: Olly (to Artemis only)

Likes: All forms of music, lazing in the sun, keeping his archery skills sharp in contests with the other Gods.

Dislikes: Disrespectful and rude mortals; not getting enough sun; badly tuned instruments and bad players.

Flaws / Weaknesses

Sister’s Keeper. Apollo is protective of Artemis as though she were an extension of himself. Should someone belittle, abuse, or make unwanted advances toward Artemis in any way, Apollo is like a sun gone nova. When his temper boils, the only person that can bring him back to earth is his twin.

Overcast. Apollo is at his strongest in direct sunlight. When he steps out of the sun - whether that be to go indoors or simply the passing of day into night hours - Apollo’s powers are diminished. It is not a complete loss of power, but the lack of sunlight causes all of his abilities to wane. His powers are restored again with exposure to direct sunlight. The ultraviolet lights mortals have invented cannot substitute. Apollo is not a plant.

Blind Seer. Apollo is the original Oracle of Delphi. Paintings where the Oracles are blindfolded so that prophecy can be read true have their origins in Apollo’s psychic gifts. For Apollo to have a chance to read the future, he must stare directly into the sun. This renders him blind so that the visions can be seen clearly with the inner eye. This would normally incinerate a lesser being, but Apollo being of the sun, balances his energy, matching it to the sun itself, and for a period of time afterwards, runs an intense fever that makes him impossible to touch. It also is extremely uncomfortable for Apollo to endure. This is why he does not like to do prophecy unless the situation is dire. This is also the root of why the Oracles were sequestered after delivering prophecy - Apollo has to keep to himself until sunrise the next day, allowing the darkness of night to cool him to normal.

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.

Babble-speak. Apollo can communicate in all languages and dialects.

Solar Power. As god of the sun, Apollo is able to utilise Heliokinesis, generating light akin to that of the sun, but at a far lower but still considerable temperature than the sun itself. This light’s primary purpose is to be used as a weapon. He can use this power in darkness as well, but its strength is diminished as with any other power when out of direct sunlight.

Virtuoso. Being God of music, Apollo can play any instrument he touches as well as any master of that instrument. He can also bless mortals to either play well or play dismally, depending on their favor with him. He can also extend this power to blessing instruments. An instrument blessed by Apollo never needs to be tuned and never plays a wrong note. This boon is also only granted to those in favor and may be removed at any time.

Foresight. Due to his humble nature, Apollo was given the ability of foresight. Seeing the future extracts a toll on Apollo (see Blind Seer above) and so he refuses to speak of what he sees, even to his father.

SongBlade. Apollo can manipulate the vibrations and tone of live music being played and use it to harm or heal another person. This does not work with recorded music as those are captured and replayed sounds. The target of this must be within ten feet of Apollo, within the range of his immortal aura. Within that aura, Apollo can augment the music being heard and use it. This works on both mortals and immortals, though immortals have to be willing to be subjected to it, as their auras are already powerful on their own.

Equilibrium. Like the serpent coiled around the staff that symbolized medicine, Apollo has the ability to both heal and harm by affecting the body of the patient. Apollo bears two serpents, one around each wrist, coiled symmetrically. The left wrist bears a serpent etched as line art, colorless, but detailed, while the right wrist bears its twin, inverted and black as night. Which effect Apollo has on the patient depends on which hand he sends power through.

  • Left Hand. When Apollo lays his left hand on a person to heal them, he heals by drawing illness or harm from their body. It flows like ink up his arm, making the clear serpent come to life. The serpent devours the negative energy, blackening for a time until the harm is transmuted and it becomes clear again. Once the illness or harm has been taken in by the serpent, it becomes part of Apollo’s being. It does not harm him as he is immune to illness. Apollo cannot touch anyone until the clear serpent loses all trace of what it absorbed.
  • Right Hand. When Apollo lays his right hand on a person to harm them, he harms by pushing illness or harm into their body. The black serpent comes to life and vomits, emptying itself of all manner of foul toxins. As that energy flows into the target and invades their healthy being, the black serpent goes clear, becoming little more than sketched lines. It will eventually restore itself to its normal color. Once the illness or harm has been emptied from the serpent, Apollo goes through a process of absorbing environmental contagion around him to refill the serpent’s powers. While the serpent is turning back to its blackened state, Apollo cannot touch anyone or the contagions he is absorbing will infect the one he touches.
  • Twinned. Apollo can use these powers in tandem to his advantage, healing with his left hand to absorb illness, then forcing that contagion into the serpent on his right hand. Doing this actively instead of passively costs him significantly in energy and he cannot sustain it for a great length of time. When necessary, however, it allows him to heal for hours on end, though he will be severely weakened for several days after doing so.

Personal Attire

Normal Daily Wear: When not on official business for Zeus, Apollo is often seen in casual clothing, quite often jeans, boots and shirts that bear witty slogans or pop culture references. However, when he is performing a task for his father, Apollo wears suits of either dark blue or black.

Alternate Dress Wear: No alternate clothes, just those mentioned above

Magical Artifacts/Weapons

Bow of Apollo. Apollo wears a specially made pendant around his neck that - upon a touch - becomes his golden bow, which he fires using silver arrows.

Apollo's Lyre. Also on his person, Apollo carries a miniaturised version of his famed Lyre, which was made - along with his bow - by Hephaestus.

Historical Synopsis

Born on the island of Delos to Zeus and Leto, Apollo is the god of many things including the sun, music, medicine, disease, prophecy and truth.

He is a slayer of several great mythological beasts, including Python, an act that led to the establishment of what is now the modern Olympics.

Apollo is also an oracular deity, considered the patron God of Delphi and the most Hellenic of the Pantheon due to his varied and often contradictory gifts. He was gifted foresight for his humble nature, but has never spoken a single word to another of what he sees, preferring to let the future unravel as it is intended.[1] [2][3]

Introduction

Hello, dear mortal.

My name is Apollo.

You may not have heard my name, but you will have heard the fruits of my favor every time a musician plays a beautiful melody, or the sun shines upon the innocent and the carefree.

My favor is easy to gain, my friend, and I encourage you and your fellow mortals to come up, say hello and possibly befriend a deity.

But do please remember… should you force me to turn away, your greatest melodies will become chaotic noise… the sun may never shine upon you again…

But I don't think we will have much trouble on that score… so come and say hi, my friend. I may be a God and a son of Zeus, but you never know - I might just brighten up your day.

  1. The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. (10 Jan 2019). Apollo.
  2. Wikipedia Apollo
  3. Wikipedia Hyacinth