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If we destroy heroes who do us great favor, then we are no better than the titans. If this is Olympian justice, I will have none of it.
~ Artemis.
Yes, my brave one. They are beautiful tonight.
~ Artemis to a dying Zoë Nightshade.

Artemis is one of the twelve major gods in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. She is Goddess of the hunt, the moon, and chastity. She leads a group of huntress that go around hunting monsters. In the Titan's Curse she was captured by Atlas, and forced to hold his punishment. She is the twin sister of Apollo.

In the Lightning Thief film adaptation, she was portrayed by Ona Grauer.

Biography

Birth

Artemis is the daughter of the Olympian Zeus, the king of the gods and the Titaness Leto. Upon Leto's pregnancy, Hera became infuriated for Zeus's adultery and cursed Leto to wander the Earth without finding a place with roots to give birth. Leto was eventually given sanctuary on the floating island of Delos, as the nature spirits welcomed her. The goddesses begged Hera to allow her daughter Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, to come to Leto.

Leto gave birth to Artemis on the seventh day of the seventh month, and immediately grew up to the size of a six-year-old girl. Artemis aided her mother in delivering her twin brother, Apollo, and seeing how long it took days and nights for Apollo to give birth, Artemis swore to be a virgin. This event also influenced Artemis to become a protector and nurturer of the young, and she didn't like men after that.

Artemis later asked her aunt Hestia to take her to Mount Olympus so she could meet Zeus, and upon meeting him, he swore on the River Styx to grant his daughter anything as a birthday present. Artemis requested to be an eternal maiden, the goddess of the wilderness, and wanted a band of eighty maiden followers to be her hunters. The Elder Cyclopes forged Artemis' silver bow and arrows, while Pan provided her with hunting dogs.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

Artemis and her hunters help Percy Jackson friends fight against a Manticore that appears as a teacher named Dr. Thorn. Artemis is captured by Atlas whilst hunting the Ophiotaurus and looking for Annabeth Chase who was taken by the Manticore. Atlas used Artemis and Annabeth to bring Percy Jackson and his friends to him.

The titan had Annabeth take his place to hold up the sky, and Artemis switched places with her, not wanting to see the young girl die. During the fight, Zoe Nightshade dies protecting Artemis. The goddess forces the titan back to holding up the sky to honor Zoe Nightshade's death, and Artemis turns her into a constellation.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Shapeshifting: Artemis can shape shift into what she wishes, and has turned into a tiger, a gazelle, a bear and a falcon when fighting Atlas.
  • Enhanced Hunting: As the Goddess of hunting, Artemis is the master of hunting and tracking, and can enhance and increase her hunters' abilities. She can also help heroes more directly by manipulating animals, since they are in her domain.
    • Wilderness Manipulation: Artemis has divine control and absolute authority over the wilderness and the forest.
    • Animal Authority: Artemis has divine authority over wild animals, primarily wolves, hawks and stags.
    • Animal Replenishing: Artemis can replenish the animal she skills, thus creating a balance.
    • Hunting Transfiguration: Artemis can transform ordinary objects and creatures into things associated with hunting, as she was able to transform Actaeon into a stag.
  • Artemis' Blessing: Artemis can grant eternal youth to people due to her being the Goddess of Maidenhood, but can negate the blessing if the person breaks their vows.
  • Reproduction Manipulation: As the Goddess of childbirth, Artemis has absolute control and authority over reproduction. After growing to the age of six immediately after her birth, she helped her mother deliver Apollo.
    • Gender Reassignment: She can reassign someone's gender, as she transformed a Sipriote into a maiden after he accidentally witnessed Artemis bathing.
  • Lunakinesis: Artemis has absolute control and authority over the moon.
    • Photokinesis: She has absolute control over the moonlight.
    • Teleportation: Due to her control over the moon and moonlight, she can travel through waves of light.
    • Moonlight Rays: She can shoot lasers of concentrated moonlight, as shown during the battle against Typhon.
    • Enhanced Vision: Her vision is greatly enhanced, and can see clearly in the dark.
    • Constellations Creation: Artemis can transform people into a group of stars once they have died, and create them into constellations.
  • Aerokinesis (limited): Artemis can control and manipulate the air, but doesn't have divine control over the wind.
  • Chlorokinesis (limited): Artemis has control over the plants in any forest and its surroundings, but not on par with Demeter and Dionysus.

Abilities

  • Leadership: Artemis shows herself to be a capable leader, as she has led the Hunters of Artemis for years.
  • Strategy: Artemis shows herself to be a skilled strategy, but is not on par with Athena.
  • Master Archer: As the Goddess of archery, Artemis is an extremely skilled archer and bowman, and is only rivaled by her twin-brother Apollo, and Orion.
  • Knifemanship: Artemis shows herself to be skilled with hunting knives, using them in close combat.
  • Battle Prowess: Artemis is a formidable opponent, and shows great battle prowess in battle.
  • Zoolingualism: She can communicate with wild animals, and can calm them.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Artemis' Norse equivalents are Skaði and Ullr.
  • Artemis' Egyptian equivalents are Khonsu, Pakhet and Neith.
  • She is one of only three current Olympians who is a virgin.
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