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Helios (Sol)

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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