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Helios (Sol)

  • Profile

    Helios is all fired up. Mainly because the Titan god of the sun got booted from his job by a shiny young Olympian named Apollo. During Roman times, people smushed Apollo and Helios together in their minds, and the next thing you know, Apollo was driving the old god's chariot across the sky with the sun flaming behind him. We wonder what Helios's fiery-winged steeds thought about this regime change. Did they rebel against their new master? The world may never know.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Helios

    Nickname

    Sol, Sol Invictus, the All-Seeing, Helius, the Sun, Hot Stuff

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    I've got an awesome palace at the edge of the world. (It's way cooler than anything Apollo's ever dreamed of.)

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of the Sun (forced into retirement)

    Education

    The Uranus School of Sky-Riding

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus (Until he let Apollo take my job.)

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Hyperion (Dad)
    Theia (Mom)

    Siblings

    Selene (the moon)
    Eos (the dawn)

    Children

    Phaeton
    Aeetes (Father of Medea)
    Circe
    Pasiphae (Mother of the Minotaur, Ariadne, and Phaedra)

    Friends

    Selene (My beautiful sister)
    Eos (My awesome brother)
    The Hesperides (Who know how to rock out a sunset.)

    Enemies

    Apollo (Who's a no-good chariot stealer)
    Ares (Who's still mad at me for telling Hephaestus that he was sleeping with Aphrodite.)
    Aphrodite (See above)
    Hades (Who is ticked off that I told Demeter that he was the one who kidnapped Persephone... it's complicated)
    Kronos (Who hates me because I sided with Zeus during the War of the Titans)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Flings with nymphs like Klymene and Neaira

    Interested in

    Someone nice to pass eternity with

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Luck (I heart horses.)
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Just plain funny.)
    Nova

    Quotations

    "When you hear a boy ask why the sun comes and goes, tell him because in this life there is no light without the dark."
    – Mago de Oz

    "There's more to light than the opposite of dark."
    – Ric Ocasek

    "Hey now it's the sun
    And it makes me smile."
    – The Polyphonic Spree

    "To me every hour of light and dark is a miracle. Every inch of cubic space is a miracle."
    – Walt Whitman

    "Tonight
    We are young
    So let's set the world on fire
    We can burn brighter
    Than the sun."
    – Fun.

    Books

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (A voyage to the end of the earth? That's what I do every day.)
    Twilight (How cool is it that the vampires in this book don't die when they see me?)
    "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Picked this one up because of the title, but man is it good.)
    "Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art" by John Keats
    Horses of the Sun by Leanne Owens
    Henry V by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare uses the sun as a symbol of awesome kingliness—sounds about right to me.)
    "When I Consider How My Light is Spent (Oh His Blindness)" by John Milton
    The Odyssey by Homer (I love reading about how Odysseus's men got what they deserved for eating my cattle.)
    The Sun by Seymour Simon

    Music

    We Are Young by Fun. ("Set the world on fire," huh? Reminds of when my son, Phaeton, did just that.)
    Keep Your Eyes Ahead by The Helio Sequence
    Every Breath You Take by the Police (I'll be watching you, Sting. They don't call me "all seeing" for nothing.)
    Light and Day by the Polyphonic Spree (An ode to my glory worthy of Homer.)
    Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden (I listened to this song over and over again when Apollo stole my job.)
    Night and Day by Frank Sinatra
    Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John
    Lights by Ellie Goulding (Okay, yeah, I dance around my bedroom to this song.) 

    Movies

    Sunshine
    Killer Joe (I'm thinking about hiring this guy to take out Apollo.)
    Spartacus (Can't get enough of the chariot scene.)
    Breaking Dawn
    Wrath of the Titans
    City Slickers
    Rock of Ages (What can I say? I just have a thing for 80s power ballads.)
    War Horse (Not as tough as my horses, but still impressive.)

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Sun
    Roosters
    Cattle Ranching
    Chariots
    Cowboys
    Sunbathers

    Interests

    Helio astronomy
    Hippology
    Ranching

    Groups

    Titans
    Sun worshipers
    Chariot lovers
    The Dude Ranchers' Association

    • Spotter's Guide

      Back in the day, Helios wouldn't have been too hard to spot. All you had to do was look up into the sky during the day to see the Titan god of the sun pulling the fiery ball with his chariot. Unfortunately for Helios, he got forced into retirement during Roman times, when everybody started saying that it was Apollo who pulled the sun across the sky. If you want to have a chat with the former sun god, you'll have to head to his palace at the ends of the earth where he spends most of his time moping about the good old days. He's still fired up about losing his job, though, so it'd probably be better if you didn't bring it up.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Muscular
      Complexion: Shining
      Hair Color: Fiery red
      Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: A shining crown of light; chariot drawn by fiery winged steeds; oh, and the sun
      Clothing: Purple robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: The blazing sun

      Typical Companions:

      Flaming winged horses
      Selene (his sister, the moon)

      Known Hangouts: 

      The sky (Well, until Apollo took over his sun-towing job.)
      Rhodes (where he used to be worshiped like crazy)
      His palace at the ends of the earth

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Odyssey by Homer

      Odysseus's men pay big time for making a barbecue out of Helios's sacred cattle in Homer's epic poem.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      In Ovid's classic collection of poems, Helios totally tattles on Aphrodite for cheating on Hephaestus with bad boy Ares.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

      In this installation of the Percy Jackson series, Apollo tells Percy all about how he took over Helios's sun-driving job during Roman times.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War Series

      Helios is crushed by Kratos in this bloody video game. (Which is why Helios hates it so much… although it's kind of a guilty pleasure.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Immortals

      The god of the sun makes a cameo in this Hollywood blockbuster, but he's bummed that he didn't get a bigger part.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Wrath of the Titans

      Helios pops up in yet another Hollywood blockbuster that remixes Greek mythology. Once again, Helios just can't understand why he isn't the star.