Atalanta

AKA Atalanta, UNTIL Superhuman Registry No.: 983007

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atalanta
The subject protects a priceless Mayan artifact from a hail of gunfire during an attempted robbery of the Millennium City Museum of Natural History

Base of Operations: Millennium City, MI. USA

Group Affiliation: Squadron Academy

Alignment: Good

Motivation: Upholding the good

Abilities: The subject has received what she refers to as “Gifts of Power” from the twelve gods of Olympus. They are listed along with the name of the deity which bestowed it below:

  • Zeus – power and stamina
  • Hera – skill in diplomacy and negotiation, the ability to mend discord
  • Poseidon – the Trident of Poseidon, granting limited power over the earth and the seas
  • Demeter – strength and durability
  • Athena – wisdom
  • Apollo – enhanced healing ability
  • Artemis – hunting and tracking ability, skill with a bow and arrows
  • Ares – martial prowess and skill in military strategy, skill with bladed weapons
  • Aphrodite – beauty
  • Hephaestus – divine armor and the Lariat of Light
  • Hermes – flight, superhuman agility, superhuman speed and the ability to understand and communicate fluently in any language
  • Hades – ability to commune with the shades of the dead and a virulent attack she calls “The Breath of Tartarus”

Skills: see above

Paraphernalia: see above

Vulnerabilities: The subject is fluent in all human languages but is unaware of their subtler nuances or cultural references, a weakness that could be exploited. The subject’s unfamiliarity with 21st century technology is another potential Achilles’ heel.

Threat Level: Beta

Atalanta (Greek: Ἀταλάντη) was the daughter of King Iasus (Greek: Ἴασος) of Arcadia. Enraged that the gods had denied him a son and heir, Iasus abandoned Atalanta on the summit of Mount Lykaion to die of exposure. Moved by her plight, Artemis (Greek: Ἄρτεμις), goddess of the hunt, interceded to save the child’s life. The goddess arranged for the defenceless child to be found by a she-bear, which suckled and cared for her, until two hunters, Euripides (Greek: Εὐρῑπῐ́δης) and his son Alexander (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος), discovered the infant in a thicket. Filled with compassion, Euripides removed her from the mountain and raised her as if she were his own daughter.

Atalanta grew to become not only a virtuous and eloquent young woman but also a skilled hunter and fierce fighter. When her brother Alexander was killed by the monstrous Calydonian Boar, a fearsome creature that ravaged both men and cattle, she swore to destroy the beast. Answering the call of King Oineus (Greek: Οἰνεύς) to hunt down the boar, she drew first blood, which weakened the animal enough for the hero Meleager (Greek: Μελέαγρος) to slay it. He awarded her the prize of the pelt but his jealous uncles tried to take it from her by force, for which Atalanta slew them.

Returning to Arcadia, Atalanta found her father had died of a broken heart. Having buried him next to his son, she left Arcadia in search of her destiny, eventually arriving in the kingdom of Iolcos. It was there that she met Jason (Greek: Αἴσων), who was preparing to embark on the quest to find the Golden Fleece (Greek: χρυσόμαλλον δέρας). Atalanta and her fellow Argonauts were successful and returned with the Fleece to Iolcos, where Jason took his rightful place as king. Although renowned for her physical prowess, intelligence and great beauty, Atalanta remained unfulfilled.

Returning to Arcadia after several years of wandering, Atalanta was reunited with her biological father Iasus. Childless and long-since widowed, Iasus compelled her to marry. She agreed, insisting that she would wed the man who could defeat her in a footrace. Many tried and failed to best her until Hippomenes (Greek: Ἱππομένης), with divine assistance from the goddess Aphrodite, succeeded. The two married and lived happily, eventually having a son named Parthenopaios (Greek: Παρθενοπαῖος), until Zeus (Greek: Ζεύς), the King of the Gods of Olympus, turned them into lions after they had made love in one of his temples.

Her story would have ended in antiquity had the dangers facing mankind not become so grave that the Olympians felt the need to intervene. After resurrecting her, each of the Twelve bestowed upon Atalanta “Gifts of Power” and returned her to Earth as their emissary.

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