Olympia Picture


This is a new series I'm working on. It's the twelve Olympian deities as fairies.
They live on Olympia, a floating island (not just a mountain but an island) in the sky, in a world called Neraida.
They influence both the lives of the Fae, and (secretly) humans, although the humans do not realize their existence and are unaware of Neraida.

Top Row
Hera Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family. Symbols include the peacock, pomegranate, crown, cuckoo, lion and cow. Youngest daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Wife and sister of Zeus. Being the goddess of marriage, she frequently tried to get revenge on Zeus' lovers and their children.

I made Hera the most elegant of all the gods/fairies. Why not? She's queen. She lives in the main palace (a tree-like palace) with Zeus on Mt. Olympia. All the others live in palaces (also tree-like) and estates all around Zeus' main palace (with the exception of Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, and Athena).

Artemis Goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery, the moon, and all animals. Symbols include the moon, deer, hound, she-bear, snake, cypress tree and bow and arrow. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo.

Shown here is her chambers within Zeus' main palace. She is getting ready to hunt.

Athena Virgin goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, defense and strategic warfare. Symbols include the owl and the olive tree. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Metis, she rose from her father's head fully grown and in full battle armor after he swallowed her mother.

I depicted her here in full battle regalia, complete with her spear and Aegis. (Just pretend that thing she's wearing is her helmet.) Her rooms reflect her attributes, thus, she has red and white hangings, red being the color of war.

Aphrodite Goddess of love, beauty, and desire. Symbols include the dove, bird, apple, bee, swan, myrtle and rose. Daughter of Zeus and the Oceanid Dione, or perhaps born from the sea foam after Uranus' semen dripped into the sea after being castrated by his youngest son Cronus who then threw his father's genitals into the sea. Married to Hephaestus, although she had many adulterous affairs, most notably with Ares. Her name gave us the word "aphrodisiac", while her Latin name gave us the word "venereal".

As their chambers reflect their attributes, I put a mirror/vanity in her room to symbolize beauty. On the vanity are her cosmetics (beauty/desire). She is surrounded by pillows on the floor to symbolize love and desire. A pillow belongs to a bed. And what happens in a bed? (We all know....)
In the corner of the room is little baby Cupid (Eros).

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Zeus King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; god of the sky and thunder. Youngest child of the Titans Cronus and Rhea. Symbols include the thunderbolt, eagle, oak tree, scepter and scales. Brother and husband of Hera, although he had many lovers. Brother of Poseidon and Hades.

Here he is in the throne room of the palace. In his hand is a glowing ball of energy that will soon grow into a thunderbolt.

Apollo God of light, knowledge, music, poetry, prophecy and archery. Son of Zeus and Leto. Symbols include the sun, lyre, bow and arrow, raven, dolphin, wolf, swan and mouse. Twin brother of Artemis.

Shown here is the inside of his palace (which is located within the compound of the main royal palace, so it's a separate house but also part of Zeus's palace). As he is the sun god, his house is dotted with lanterns (in which the light of the sun is trapped). He is ready to hunt.
He wears laurel on his head in honor of Daphne, the girl he loved (who never loved him back) who was turned into a tree.
I swear he looks like Legolas, but that was not my intention! It just happened to come out that way.

Ares God of war, violence and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar, serpent, dog, vulture, spear and shield. Son of Zeus and Hera, all the other gods (except Aphrodite) despised him. His Latin name, Mars, gave us the word "martial."

Good grief! Look at his chambers! I wouldn't want to cross him. The curtains of his chambers are soaked in blood, with blood spatters on it.
Also, he was formerly a vegetation deity, so it would only make sense to put plants in his room.

Hephaestus Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, donkey, hammer, tongs and quail. Son of Hera, either by Zeus or alone. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word "volcano."

This is Hephaestus hard at work in his shop deep in the bowels of the island. Poor guy! While he's off working, his wife is somewhere else (or maybe at home) in the arms of another dude!

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Poseidon God of the seas, earthquakes and horses. Symbols include the horse, bull, dolphin and trident. Middle son of Cronus and Rhea. Brother of Zeus and Hades. Married to the Nereid Amphitrite, although, like most male Greek Gods, he had many lovers.

He is the only Fae who rarely uses his wings as he lives in the water. The only time he uses it is when he has to go up to Mt. Olympia.
His costume was inspired by Aquaman (this time, it is. In the case of Apollo, it was an accident).

Demeter Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, and pig. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea. Her Latin name, Ceres, gave us the word "cereal".

Here she is in her chambers with the infant Perspehone in her arms.

Dionysus God of wine, celebrations and ecstasy. Patron god of the art of theatre. Symbols include the grapevine, ivy, cup, tiger, panther, leopard, dolphin and goat. Son of Zeus and the mortal Theban princess Semele. Married to the Cretan princess Ariadne. The youngest Olympian, as well as the only one to have a mortal mother.

It just makes sense to make him drunk here. And his decor just screams "Wine!"
Look at those grapes!

Hermes Messenger of the gods; god of commerce and thieves. Symbols include the caduceus (staff entwined with two snakes), winged sandals and cap, stork and tortoise (whose shell he used to invent the lyre). Son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. The second-youngest Olympian, just older than Dionysus. He married Dryope, the daughter of Dryops, and their son Pan became the god of nature, lord of the satyrs, inventor of the panpipes and comrade of Dionysus.

Hermes is the only god/Fae who doesn't have wings on his back. Rather, his wings are on his feet.
The pouch in his hand is something he stole (hey, he's the god of thieves, right?).

Here they are individually
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Zeus fav.me/d5mwa6j
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