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Oracle of Delphi (The Pythia)

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The Oracles of Delphi (a.k.a. the Pythias) were complete know-it-alls. Literally: they knew everything. They got the inside scoop about the future from Apollo, god of prophecy, so they totally knew everything that was going to happen. There were tons of different Oracles over the years—mostly young virgins drafted from the area surrounding the village of Delphi. For centuries, pilgrims traveled from all around the Mediterranean to the slopes of Mount Parnassus, where the Oracles gave out their cryptic prophecies (for a price). It was like Googling "What's my future?" and actually getting an answer.

Basic Information

Name

Oracles of Delphi

Nickname

The Pythias, Little Miss Know-It-Alls

Sex

Females

Current city

Elysium (We miss Delphi!)

Work & Education

Occupation

Seeresses
Priestesses of Apollo

Education

Apollo's School of Prophecy

Beliefs

Political views

What's the point when you know what's going to happen anyway?

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

There were tons of us, so we had tons of different parents.

Siblings

A whole bunch.

Children

We took vows of chastity, so not too many.

Friends

Apollo (a great god to serve)
Priests of Apollo (who helped run our temple)

Enemies

Emperor Theodosius I (the stupid Roman who shut down Delphi)

Relationships

Relationship status

Sworn virgins

Interested in

We only have eyes for Apollo.

Favorites

TV Shows

Touch 
Medium 
Carnivale 

Quotations

"The ancient oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing."
– Socrates

"Prophecy: Two bull's eyes out of a possible million."
– Mark Twain

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
– Proverb

"Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes."
– from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by the Beatles

"You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine"
– from "Dancing Queen" by ABBA

Books

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 
The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco (Life really starts to seem this absurd once you know everything that's going to happen.) 
"Dream-Land" by Edgar Allan Poe (This poem totally describes what it's like when we go into one of our trances.) 
"The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot (We're not going to tell if the last lines of this poem are true or not.) 
"Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" by Wallace Stevens 
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells 
"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton 
Oedipus the King by Sophocles (Hey, we tried to warn him.) 
"The Mind is an Enchanting Thing" by Marianne Moore 
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

Music

Crazy by Patsy Cline (You can't help but be a little crazy after inhaling fumes all day.)
Lights by Ellie Goulding (Yes!) 
Karma Chameleon by Culture Club 
Dancing Queen by ABBA (Little known fact: this is a great song to prophesize to.)  
Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles (Lucy was totally one of us.) 
Maximal Crazy by Tiesto (Yeah, we can't get enough trance music.) 
Where is My Mind? by the Pixies 

Movies

The Matrix (We're all about the Oracle.) 
Final Destination 
Donnie Darko (weird, but awesome) 
Mulholland Drive 
Paranormal Activity 
Looper 
Vision 
Minority Report 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Fortune cookies
Volcanoes
Crystal balls
Tarot cards

Interests

Prognostication

Groups

Seers and Seeresses
League of Prophets
Fortunetellers
No Boys!
Apollo Fan Club