Harpies's Clique: Winged Wonders
This group likes nothing better than to soar the friendly skies. You can catch them winging their way from class to class, and after school their feet barely touch the ground.
The Harpies aren't exactly the most popular members of this clique, because the ugly bird-ladies have a tendency to steal and poop on things. Oops.
Calais and Zetes are the winged sons of Boreas, the North Wind. They became famous when they set sail with Jason and the Argonauts on the quest for the Golden Fleece. The Boreads then became the Harpies' worst nightmare when they chased the bird-ladies away from King Phineus, whom they had tormented every day at the orders of Zeus.
Iris is the beautiful golden-winged goddess of the rainbow and a messenger of the gods. Although she is way prettier than her sisters, the Harpies, the bird-ladies never hated her for it. After all, it was Iris who stepped in and saved them from the Boreads.
Here he is: the most popular Winged Wonder of them all. Pegasus, the snowy white flying horse, is the son (or colt?) of Medusa and Poseidon. He became the steed of the hero Bellerophon and helped the hero kill the Chimera. Later on, Bellerophon got too big for his britches and tried to ride Pegasus up to Mt. Olympus. For this infraction, Zeus sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus, making the flying horse inadvertently buck Bellerophon to his death in the rocks below. Afterward, Pegasus became the bearer of Zeus's thunderbolts and eventually became a constellation.
Daedalus, the famous inventor, was one of the first humans to ever fly the friendly skies. He escaped from imprisonment on Crete by flapping away on wings he made out of wax and feathers. This worked out great for him, but not so great for his son, Icarus, who flew off without him. Despite his Dad's warnings, Icarus soared too close to the sun, which melted the wax in his wings and caused him to fall to his death in the sea. Womp womp.
Nemesis is the dark-winged goddess of vengeance and retribution. She's not happy unless she's soaring toward some criminal who needs to get put in their place.
The Erinyes are a whole lot like Nemesis. When a crime needs punishing, the Erinyes flap their wings and are on the case in two shakes of their own tail feathers.
These sexy ladies are often confused with mermaids, but they're actually half-bird instead of half-fish. The Sirens are most famous for their gorgeous, mesmerizing songs. We don't recommend downloading any of their tracks anytime soon, though. Their songs may be beautiful, but they also hypnotize sailors, luring them to their deaths on jagged rocks.
Come Valentine's Day, you see this little winged guy everywhere. Eros, the Greek god of desire, is the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. He spends most of his time fluttering around and causing trouble with his love-inducing golden arrows.
However you pronounce it, Hraesvelg is an eagle from Norse mythology who hangs out on ice mountains and flaps his wings to send super cold winds.
Ashur is an Assyrian god of war, who has four wings and the head of an eagle. He started out as a puny god of the city of Assur, but gained in popularity until he became one of the big deal gods of all Assyria. So, yeah, his OK Cupid gets mad hits.
This Indian deity is a god of the sun and has the head and claws of an eagle. The main thing to know about him is that he hated snakes. Like, hated them.