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Erinyes (Furies)

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Trust us, you do not want to make the Erinyes mad. There's a reason most people call them the Furies these days: when there's a criminal creeping around who hasn't been punished, these furious, snaky-haired, bloody-eyed ladies flap their wings and rise up from the black pit of Tartarus to put the smack down. Their favorite methods of punishment include driving people insane, blighting big stretches of countryside, and blasting whole cities with plague. Back in the day, rumor had it there was a whole flock of Erinyes, but later, people started saying there were only three: Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera. Whatever their number, these goddesses of vengeance seriously don't mess around.

Basic Information

Name

The Erinyes: Alecto, Tisiphone, Magaera

Nickname

The Furies, The Eumenides, The Kindly Ones, The Dirae, The Infernal Goddesses (we love that one), Bad Mamma Jammas

Sex

Female

Current city

Tartarus

Work & Education

Occupation

Goddesses of Vengeance and Retribution

Education

John Jay School of Criminal Justice
Hades School of Pain

Beliefs

Political views

Pro-Zeus (as long as he's tough on crime)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Gaia (Mom), Ouranos (Dad...well, we came from his blood anyway) OR Nyx (Mom)… depends who you ask.

Siblings

If Gaia became pregnant with us from the blood of Ouranos: the Gigantes, the Meliae

If Nyx is our mom and only mom: Erebos, Aether, Hemera, Nemesis, The Fates, Charon, Thanatos, Hypnos

Friends

Nemesis (she totally gets our whole vengeance thing.)
Dike (a goddess who understands justice)
Hades (We're very pleased to work in his Dungeon of the Damned)

Enemies

Orestes (we're still a little miffed that he got away with killing his mom)
Apollo (the one who told Orestes to kill his mom in the first place)
All Evildoers

Relationships

Relationship status

Thoroughly single

Interested in

Nobody

Favorites

TV Shows

Judge Judy
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Revenge

Quotations

"Justice delayed, is justice denied."
– Gabriel Pendas

"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge."
– Paul Gauguin

I'm roasting marshmallows on the fire
And what I'm burning, is your attire
– Rihanna, "Breakin' Dishes"

"Let the punishment match the offense."
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

"In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man."
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Books

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Music

Immigrant Song as sung by Karen O, with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack)
Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks
The Words That Maketh Murder by PJ Harvey
You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
No Light, No Light by Florence and the Machine
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Demons by Sleigh Bells
The Mariners Revenge Song by the Decemberists

Movies

Lady Vengeance
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Kill Bill: Vol 1
Kill Bill: Vol 2 (just for good measure)
The Dark Knight
Thelma and Louise
Colombiana
I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman)
Mean Girls
The Avengers

Activities & Interests

Likes

Court TV
The death penalty
Judy Sheindlan
Lisbeth Salandar

Interests

Criminal Justice (that's about it)

Groups

Cthonic Goddesses
Torturers Union
Judge Judy Fan Club

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