Ekhidna's Last Stand Picture

This is an illustration based on a drawing of mine. It depicts a character from the Apkallu Mythos on what seems to be close to her last moments.

She is an important, almost legendary character from the Apkallu Mythos, loosely based on the Greek Myth's version. She has the Tartarean Blade, and access her life-regenerating serum (natural to all Drakainas [half-snake, half-woman people], acessible to few) through symbiosis with Daimobia (chemosynthetic autotrophic microorganisms). That makes her virtually immortal. She is the daughter of Nymph Ceto and Vovin Phorcys, prominent aristocrats of Corinth and colonialists of Atlantis, in "the Third World", off-bounds of their native Helladeas. Her color scheme is based on the Pelamis platurus Sea Snake.

She lived during rough three hundred years. The first century of her life saw the entire kind of the Elemental Dragons (dubbed as "Vovin") being persecuted in the planet of Helladeas, under the most diverse accusations, but generally by a mass hysteria concerning the fears of the human population. That left room for Tritons (at time of the Topakhon Wars, footsoldiers to Olympian aristocrats) to take positions historically attributed to the Vovin. Vovin like Phorcys (Ekhidna's Father) saw that as a cruel deception coming from some gods. But Ekhidna saw it all: the fate of the Tritons themselves was tied to the same end of the Vovin, just when they ran out of use for the Olympians. For their very ability to create a conch of Orichalcum and become immortal would make them virtual forces of nature, aggregating pretty much a bunch of impopularity and worst kind of invisible enemies and deception over them. The gods were careless for their creations, deemed to care for others on how much they were subordinates to the forces they played. She discovered that yet Poseidon was merciful witht the sea-creatures chaste she belonged too, what he meant was to exile them and hold them back in the off-bounds "Third-World" (modern-day Tredius), where they'd be as good as dead, and would have to fight their way for survival - only in a play of a god's beast versus other gods' - pretty much how the entire history played.

Being herself too sure she was never meant to live under the roof of a civilization, as her father was initiating some of her sisters (such as Medusa, before she fell), she was at least compassionate to don't let the Vovin fall in a trap, to play a game that was already won: the Civilizatory Oath. By being cast upon the colonies of Atlantis, the Vovin were dealing themselves with the scoundrels of piracy and slavery that instead of colonizing Tredius, intended to escape from the official war and profit with it on the outer realms. She was a champion to the natives where she passed: Helping Sedna against the merciless Jotunn, for example. While her former family spent near two centuries in Atlantis until it sank (by order of no one but Poseidon himself), she has pursued many "heroes", killing them before they completed their assassination missions, before they served as pathetic bounty hunters for gods. She avenged the beasts through the Tartarean Blade adorned with one of the plenty skulls of her brother Ladon Dragon. That until the time she found out who was behind all this play: Zeus. Before escaping from Helladeas to the Third World, she murdered the Olympian lord, the aristocrat Días imbued with the Djinn Khasatra Vairyia, and by using the camp of the Vovin-friendly "safe haven" of Chiron, she found ways to herself escape from such shadowing exile, setting herself to the battlefronts of Tredius. Once there, after all the events already described, she came to the stunning conclusion that Zeus wasn't only alive, he was actually following her every move.

As an all-seeing giant, he materialized upon her as she was about to give away her tartarean weapon as a manner to set free Apep (and thus menacing the plans concerning the Atlantean colonization). Before she could complete her resolve, she'd slash the giant for a last time, in a vicious battle. Atlantis would still fall, even though Apep wouldn't be released. Another force was lifting an entire layer of the planet core that day, and the catastrophe that happened there would have two elementals unlikely joining forces. Hydros saw no longer need for Atlantis and would sink it to prevent Apep reaching Chaos. Baal, as Ammon, would mine Lapolakh's plan to tame Apep, making the beast return from its own path of destruction. It was already damaged at the point it came to face the gods, their greatest work at the day was to turn it back from where it came. Weaponless, Echidna was also out of options since not even the Wand of Abaris was on her hands. Stranded on the last moments of Atlantis, she fell down to the Chaos dimension. Her brief awake at the Drakon Mount would have her turned into stone by Hydros, who in turn sensed her trick: that of shedding her body as if it was an exchnage of skin, leaving her kratozoa to nurture from Chaos itself, as if it was a huehueyolcatl like Apep.

As if it was a snake fated to release the beast to defeat all the gods.


Other versions:
And also, her cameo appearance on current events of the mythos. Her role on that is to drag the protagonist out of the self-envelopment of the Chaos dimension. Through her immortal "Kratozoa", the protagonist is able to re-create the Asklepian, to which will help him gather the Vovin kind on his home-planet and set its civilization to ruins. However, without his planning the use of her power, her legacy, will happen briefly before that event takes place, in a matter of life or death for the protagonist. She's kind of an initiatory figure for him, until he becomes Typhon. However, since the Kratozoa were originally thought to talk telepathically only through Orichalcum conchs (and the Chthonian, at time, has none), it becomes ambiguous if the Kratozoa is herself or an avatar the Chaos dimension itself has done to drag the Chthonian towards its own will (that deems its release from Hydros).

In other words, even if it is her or not, it is genuinely a completion of her will: As if it was a snake fated to release the beast to defeat all the gods - only that in this case, the Beast wasn't expectedly Chaos, rather Typhon, no emissary of any cause but of his own, and ultimately, hers:

the defeat of not only a god, but of all of them.


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