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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 

    • Spotter's Guide

      You might have a hard time getting Cassandra to talk to you. See, she's cursed to know the future, but for no one to ever believe a word she says. Back when she was alive, everybody thought she was crazy, so now she's pretty antisocial. If you want to give it a shot, though, she's got a studio apartment down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead. Just knock on the door, and when a gorgeous woman answers the door, do your best to believe.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Early twenties
      Build: Thin
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Red
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: None
      Clothing: Pretty robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Could see the future, but it didn't do her much good

      Typical Companions:

      She's kind of a loner

      Known Hangouts:

      Troy
      Elysium

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Iliad by Homer

      Beautiful Cassandra mourns the loss of her brother Hector in this definitive poem about the Trojan War. (Yeah, it's as sad as it sounds.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Agamemnon by Aeschylus

      In this tragedy, Agamemnon kidnaps Cassandra and takes her back to Greece, where she is murdered by his psycho wife, Clytemnestra.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      In this epic series of mythological poems, Agamemnon is all set to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, when Diana (Artemis) swoops in at the last minute and replaces the girl with a deer. Wow, a happy ending for once.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Agamemnon by Seneca

      This tragedy is a Roman spin on the death of Cassandra and Agamemnon. And it's about as gruesome as a Saw movie.

      Dec 20, 0299 - Dec 20, 0399

      The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

      Agamemnon takes Cassandra as his prize in this epic poem, which picks up where the Iliad left off.

      Dec 20, 1987

      Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley

      Top notch fantasy author Marion Zimmer Bradley retells the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of Cassandra.