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Castor and Pollux (The Dioscuri)

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Castor and Pollux (or Polydeuces) are tight as tight can be. From the day they hatched out of the same egg, these twin boys have been inseparable. Also known as the Dioscuri, the twins were pretty major Greek heroes and were worshipped all over the place. We can see why. Not only did they rescue their sister Helen from Theseus, they also helped hunt the Calydonian Boar and went on the Quest for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts. These days, the Dioscuri are kicking it together in the sky, where they watch over sailors and horsemen as the constellation Gemini.

Basic Information

Name

Castor and Pollux (Polydeuces)

Nickname

The Dioscuri, the Twins, Gemini Guys, Egg Heads

Sex

 Males

Current city

The stars

and/or

One of us lives in the Underworld, while the other lives on Olympus. We trade places every day.

Work & Education

Occupation

Princes of Sparta
Warriors
Horsemen

Education

The Zeus School of Power

Beliefs

Political views

Spartan Power Party

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Zeus (Dad)
Leda (Mom)
Some say King Tyndareus was Castor's dad.

Siblings

Each other
Helen
Clytemnestra

Children

Castor had Anogon with Hilaeria
Pollux had Mnesileos with Phoebe

Friends

Jason and the Argonauts

Enemies

Theseus and Pirithous (who kidnapped our sister Helen)
Paris (who also took off with Helen)
Lynceus and Idas (our jerk cousins who don't know proper etiquette when cattle rustling)

Relationships

Relationship status

Castor married Hilaeria
Pollux married Phoebe

Interested in

We're pretty open: nymphs, goddesses, lovely young mortal women…

Favorites

TV Shows

Pro Boxing 
Six Feet Under 
Friday Night Lights 

Quotations

"All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin."
– Lord Byron

"Am I my brother's keeper?"
– Cain, Genesis 4:9 

"Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother."
– Kahlil Gibran

"Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping."
– August Hare

"I wonder which brother is better,
Which one our parents love the most.
I sure did get in lots of trouble.
They seemed to let the other go.

A tear fell from my father's eyes.
I wondered what my dad would say.
He said I love you,
And I'm proud of you both,
in so many different ways."
– from "Murder in the City" by The Avett Brothers

Books

"Leda and the Swan" by William Butler Yeats (Here's a poem about when we were conceived. Is it weird that we like this?) 
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
Two Gentlemen of Verona by Williams Shakespeare  
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Three? Pishaww...we only needed two.) 
"Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman 
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott  
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard 
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas 
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett 
"Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Music

Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers 
Right Where I Belong by the Constellations 
Some Nights by Fun. 
Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J (in honor of when Pollux gave Amycus a K.O.) 
You've Got a Friend by James Taylor 
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes 
Die Young by Ke$ha 
Gangnam Style by Psy 

Movies

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (We love a good buddy pic.) 
I Love You, Man 
Rocky 
The Shawshank Redemption 
Twins 
Taken (Liam Neeson thinks he's tough, but you should've seen how awesome we were when we rescued Helen from Athens.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark 
The Blues Brothers 
Fight Club (Pollux could totally take Brad Pitt.) 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Omelets
St. Elmo's Fire
Horses
The Kentucky Derby

Interests

Horsemanship
Astronomy
Astrology

Groups

Heroes
Twins
Horse Lovers 
Constellations