Many hundreds of years ago, there was a time of seemingly infinite darkness. The age of the Greek Gods had just begun, and they were shrouded in uncertainty. The gods called a council, searching for a way to clear away the endless night.
Eleven in number; Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Artemis, Ares and Demeter. The main gods on Olympus.
For weeks on end, the gods argued and debated on a solution, siblings siding together and against each other. Great rifts growing ever large between them.
In their haste, the council had forgotten to summon their sister; Hestia. Goddess of the hearth and home, Hestia was angry that her family had forgotten her in their time of need.
In an entrance that rivaled some of the higher Goddesses, Hestia appeared on Olympus in a flash of flames. She implored the others as to why she had not been asked for her help, for her wisdom in many ways was greater than even Athena's. In her travels among the houses of the mortals down below the God's realm, Hestia had heard scared whispers in the dark households.
Hestia told her fellow Olympians that the mortals wished for a hero amongst them, and that creating a hero in such a way that they had created Pandora at the beginning of moral time, they could drive away the darkness.
The Olympians were in agreement. They hastened to Hephaestus' workshop, where he produced a block of pale marble that was as smooth as a baby's skin. He carved and chipped at it for weeks on end, making sure every detail was in the likeness of a human.
Here was Hephaestus' mistake. He created the marble into a statue of a woman, as beautiful as Aphrodite herself. When the gods and goddesses saw this, they shook their heads in dismay. A woman couldn't bring them out of the darkness, mortal women couldn't be warriors. that was the job of the men.
Hephaestus, with Athena and Artemis, insisted that they must still bring the woman to life. With the powers of the gods, she could be an example for the mortals on earth, if nothing else.
The council of twelve, plus Hephaestus, now gathered in the main hall of Olympus, the statue in the center of the room. Thunder rumbled overhead, and lightning flashed.
Zeus, being king of the gods, went first, kneeling before the statue. In his regal voice, he gave the girl bravery in the face of danger, as well as the power of lightning.
Hera went next, giving the girl levelheadedness and the power of control over anger, something the goddess herself wished she possessed.
Poseidon gave the power over the water, in likeness of his own gifts. He also provided the girl with green eyes the color of the waves.
Hermes, messenger of the gods, gave the girl the power of flight when in need. Apollo provided healing gifts, Athena gave infinite wisdom and a unbendable shield of light gold.
Artemis gave her own power of archery as well as a skillfully crafted bow and quiver that could never run out. Ares matched it with great warrior prowess and a sword of unbreakable metal. Aphrodite graced the statue with some of her own beauty, giving her brown waves of hair, long eyelashes, and red lips that would attract any man.
Hades stepped forwards with three gifts; a bracelet that gave the wearer the power to shapeshift into any form they wished; a cap of invisibility, and a pouch that could hold anything within it; gifts of his own making.
Demeter gave the woman the power of the animals and plants, so that she could communicate with any beast, and care for the Earth as Demeter did.
Hestia came forwards last, and gave the girl the power of kindness and compassion. Then she breathed life into the statue, so that it was living girl. The Olympians momentarily rejoiced.