The Medusas Picture

As some of you may or may not know, I have an obsession with Medusa. Hardcore. I would totally rape her if Poseidon didn't already cover that (in one version of her story). Basically, there are three versions of why Medusa isn't a human and is instead all snakey.

1) Medusa was raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple, and since there was sex in a temple Medusa was punished. One version makes it consensual, but same difference

2) Medusa was so beautiful and proud of her hair, and bragged that she was lovelier than Athena. Athena punished her for that by making her snakey-haired.

3) Medusa was in some corner of the world where she couldn't see the sun, and she was ordered to say there. She left and was duly punished.

Since when Medusa was slain, the Pegasus and Chrysaor came from her head, it makes sense that these were due to her being pregnant with a god's twins. However, since I want to be a bit more fair and make Athena seem SLIGHTLY less bitchy, here's my version:

Medusa was born to Phorkys and Keto along with her two sisters, Stheno and Euryale. While her two sisters were immortal and cursed with hideous appearance, Medusa was mortal and a great beauty. Most of all, her hair was amazingly glorious and the pride of her looks. Many men courted the girl, and her sisters treated her like a princess. This all went to Medusa's ego, and she bragged that she was lovelier than the goddess, Athena. This ticked off the goddess of wisdom, but with Medusa's parentage, she could not punish her without retribution. However, when the god of the sea, Poseidon, forced himself on the girl in her temple, Athena treated it as a blasphemous act and punished the girl to have the same cursed appearance as her sisters, with her "beautiful hair" turned instead into writing snakes. Then, to add insult to injury, she made it so all men who gazed upon her turn to stone, making all of Medusa's courters abandon her. The two Gorgons brought Medusa to their island and made her their queen, and there she waits for her eventual end.

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