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Fates

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The Moirae—often called the Fates in English—are the goddesses who decide the fate of all living things. No big deal. These three sisters usually appear as hideous old crones—think the Wicked Witch of the West, but uglier. Clotho is the youngest sister, and she is responsible for spinning the thread of life at a mortal's birth. The middle sister is Lachesis, who measures those life-threads and decides how long each one will be. Atropos, also called Aisa, is the oldest of the sisters; it's her job to take each mortal's life by snipping the thread with her scissors. Powerful much? Absolutely. Some say that not even Zeus can escape the webs these ladies spin.

Basic Information

Name

The Moirae: Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos (Aisa)

Nickname

The Fates, the Parcae, the Fata, The Controllers

Sex

Female

Current city

Olympus

Work & Education

Occupation

Um, being fate

General Duties:


Deciding everything that will happen to everyone who is born, including the moment and way in which they will they die. Yeah, don't get on our bad side.

Division of Labor, Fate by Fate:


Clotho: spins the first thread of life, causing birth
Lachesis: measures the length of the thread of life
Atropos (Aisa): cuts the thread of life, bringing death

Education

Spinning Wheel School of Weaving
Delphi Institute of Divination (head mistresses)

Beliefs

Political views

Us. We're in total control.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Zeus and Themis, or maybe Nyx and Erebos

Children

We cause everyone to be born, so in a way everyone is our child—whom we later kill.

Friends

Eileithyia
Thanatos
The Erinyes (the Furies)

Enemies

Why bother?

Relationships

Relationship status

Thoroughly single

Interested in

Obstetrics
Thanatology
Embalming
Arachnology
Everything that's ever happened, is happening, and will happen

Favorites

Quotations

"The fates lead him who will—him who won't they drag."
– Seneca

"But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state?"
– Alexander Pope

"Everything is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence."
– George Santayana

"They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
It was then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate."
– Bob Dylan

Books

Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fairy Tales, just generally. We love them.

Music

God's Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
Say My Name by Destiny's Child
All Your Pretty Fates by the Veda Rays
The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunny Men
Simple Twist of Fate by Bob Dylan
Such Great Heights by the Postal Service
Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
The Sewing Machine from the Perils of Pauline
My Death by David Bowie, covering Jaques Brel
Paradise by Coldplay
I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Movies

The Golden Girls (TV show)
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Crash
Serendipity
Kismet
A Simple Twist of Fate
The Matrix
Babies
The Tree of Life
Final Destination

Activities & Interests

Likes

Tapestries
Quilts
Sewing Circles
Birthing Rooms
Hospices
Tombstones

Groups

Mt. Olympus Sewing Circle
The Triple Goddesses Club
AARP
Shuffleboard Fanatics