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Diana

Diana

Biographical information

Family

Jupiter (father)

Latona (mother)
Juno (step-mother)
Apollo (twin brother)
Jason Grace, Mercury, Mars, Vulcan, Bacchus, Diocletian, and Hercules (paternal half-brothers)
Minerva, Bellona, ​​Juvantas, and Proserpine (paternal half-sisters)

Physical description

Behind the scenes

Well, I'm not a goddess of healing, but I'm still a goddess. I think I can take care of my little brother's boo-boos.

–Diana to her brother after healing him of zombie poison in, The Tyrant's Tomb.

Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, woodlands and childbirth. Her Greek counterpart is Artemis.

History

Diana, in Roman state religion, is the goddess of the hunt and the moon, woodlands and childbirth. It is believed that Diana was originally a local woodland deity, invoked by women to aid in conception and in childbirth, and that her cult originated in Aricia. One of her most famous places of worship was the grove of Diana nemorensis ("Diana of the Wood") which was located on the shores of Lake Nemi, in Aricia; there Diana was associated with Egeria, a water-nymph who served as the goddess' midwife, and the hero Virbius, said to be the first priest of Diana's Arician cult, called the Rex nemorensis ("King of the Wood").

In Rome, Diana had her own temple on the Aventine Hill which, erected around 540 BCE, was based on the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; Roman tradition holds that it was originally dedicated on August 13 by the fifth king of Rome, Servius Tullius (c. 575-535 BC), and its location on the Aventine, situated just outside the pomerium, was compliant with the tradition that Diana was a deity common to all Latins, not exclusively of the Romans.

Diana was also considered the protector of the lower classes, especially slaves; slaves could receive asylum in her temples, a custom that was seen in Ephesus, and her chief festival, the Nemoralia, held every year on August 13, saw slaves be free from their duties. In art Diana was usually depicted as a huntress with a bow and quiver, accompanied by a deer or a hound. 

The Heroes of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus

Thalia Grace mentions Diana and Artemis to Reyna Ramírez-Arellano, saying that most of the hunters see them both as the same goddess rather then different aspects.

The Trials of Apollo

The Tyrant's Tomb

During the Battle of San Francisco Bay, she responds to her brother's call for divine help, kills Tarquin, and heals Apollo of his poison. After the battle she asks Lavinia Asimov to join, but the daughter of Terpsichore refuses, disappointing the goddess.

Appearance

Diana resembles her Greek counterpart greatly, taking the form of an adolescent girl with long auburn hair tied back in a ponytail and silvery yellow eyes. She wears silver camouflage clothing.

Personality

Diana is said to be more hostile, isolationist, and associates herself more with what the Romans think she is.[1]

Despite her quick temper, she has a soft spot for her twin brother and misses him during his third time forced to be human.

Abilities

  • Enhanced hunting: As the Goddess of Hunting, Diana is an unrivaled master of hunting and tracking, having the same advanced hunting powers her hunters have, but extremely increased. She can help heroes more directly since wild animals and monsters are in her domain.
    • Archery: As the Goddess of Archery, Diana is an extremely skilled archer only rivaled by Apollo
    • Hunting Transfiguration: Artemis can transform ordinary objects and creatures into things associated with hunting.
  • Wilderness manipulation: As the Goddess of the Wilderness, Diana has divine authority and absolute control over the forests, including its inhabitants and surroundings.
    • Animal Authority: Diana has divine authority over wild animals, primarily over wolves, hawks, and stags.
      • Animal Replenishing: She can replenish the animals she kills, thus balancing the fauna.
      • Zoolingualism: She can communicate with wild animals.
    • Atmokinesis: Diana has absolute control over the elements surrounding her domain, though to a lesser extent than her father.
      • Aerokinesis (limited): Diana can control and manipulate air. You can stop the wind at least in the immediate vicinity of the hunt, even in a snowy day.
    • Chlorokinesis (limited): Although she isn't quite as powerful in this regard as her aunt Ceres or her half-brother Bacchus, Diana has control over the plants over any forest and its surroundings. She controls every aspect from its trees to the ground.
  • Lunakinesis: As the Goddess of the Moon, Diana has absolute control and divine authority over the Moon.
    • Photokinesis: Diana has absolute control and divine authority over the moonlight.
      • Moonlight Rays: You can shoot lasers of concentrated moonlight.
      • Enhanced Vision: She can see clearly in the dark.
  • Diana’s blessing: As the Goddess of Hunting and Maidenhood, Diana is capable of granting eternal youth, immunity to illness, enhanced hunting skills, and superhuman physical abilities greater than that of a demigod. Should her chosens break their vow, she can strip them of the powers she grants.

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