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Cassandra

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Cassandra had a really bum deal. Sure, she was a princess of Troy, and yeah, she was really pretty—some say she was the second most beautiful woman in the world next to Helen. But despite all these good things, poor Cassandra was horribly cursed. See, she was able to see the future, but no one would ever believe any of her predictions. Why? Well, Apollo gave her the gift of prophecy because he was sweet on her. But then, when she wouldn't go all the way with him, he cursed her to never be believed. This curse was total torture for Cassandra during the Trojan War. She tried and tried to steer her city from the catastrophe she saw coming, but everybody just thought she was completely insane.

Basic Information

Name

Cassandra

Nickname

That crazy lady

Sex

Female

Current city

Elysium

Work & Education

Occupation

Seeress
Priestess of Apollo
Princess of Troy

Education

Apollo's School of Prophecy

Beliefs

Political views

Down with Greece!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Priam (Dad)
Hecuba (Mom)

Siblings

Paris
Hector
Deiphobus
Helenus
Polydorus
Troilus
Polites
Antiphus
Pammon
Laodice
Polyxena
(This is an abbreviated list. My father, King Priam, had 50 sons and 50 daughters with my mother and his concubines.)

Children

Some say I had sons by Agamemnon named Teledamus and Pelops, who Clytemnestra killed along with the two of us. Great, like my life needed to get any more depressing.

Friends

Everybody thought I was bonkers

Enemies

Ajax the Lesser (who forced himself on me)
Agamemnon (who kidnapped me and forced himself on me)
Clytemnestra (who murdered me for no good reason)

Relationships

Relationship status

Flirtation with Apollo (which left me horribly cursed)
Forced to be Agamemnon's love slave

Interested in

Everybody, please just stay away from me.

Favorites

TV Shows

True Blood 
Medium 
Carnivale (So canceled before its time. You failed me, HBO.) 

Quotations

"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins."
– Carlos Santana

"That's when the pain comes in
Like a second skeleton,
Trying to fit beneath the skin.
I can't fit the feelings in."
– from "Every Single Night" by Fiona Apple

"The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom."
– Clarence Darrow

"I wish I had a river so long.
I'd teach my feet how to fly.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on."
– from "River" by Joni Mitchell

"Comedy is tragedy plus time."
– Carol Burnett

Books

Agamemnon by Aeschylus (I like the part where Agamemnon dies, but the part where I die is depressing.) 
"Alone" by Maya Angelou 
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan 
"Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti (Most of the men in my life were like the goblins in this poem.) 
"The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Yeah Blanche, I know what it's like to be crushed by the cruel world.)  
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 
"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (I predicted the future would be like this, but nobody believed me.) 
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 

Music

Agamemnon by Rathergood.com (Yes, Agamemnon was just as stupid as this video makes him seem.) 
Every Single Night by Fiona Apple 
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men 
Skinny Love by Birdy 
Gun Has No Trigger by the Dirty Projectors 
Lights by Ellie Goulding 
Five Seconds by Twin Shadow 
River by Joni Mitchell 
No Light, No Light by Florence and the Machine 

Movies

Carrie (I totally get where she's coming from.)  
The Gift (This should probably be called The Curse.)  
Minority Report  
The Sixth Sense  
Ghost 
Troy (It's hilarious when Agamemnon dies in this movie.)  
Black Swan  
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Lisbeth Salander (She knows how to make men pay.)
Mace
Tarot cards
Kick boxing (Life taught me that a girl needs to know how to protect herself.)

Interests

Prophecy

Groups

Seers and Seeresses
Troy will rise again
Fiona Apple Fan Club
Bird watchers