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Orion

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    Orion was a hunting machine. Well, actually he was a hunting giant, but you get what we mean. Some say his love of hunting is what got him killed. After he bragged that he was going to hunt down every wild animal on earth, Gaia sent a scorpion that gave the giant hunter a lethal sting. Of course, there are a ton of other stories about how Orion died, so it might not have gone down quite like that. The one thing everybody can agree on is that after Orion died, he was placed in the stars. He's totally easy to find these days. Just look up; he's one the brightest constellations in the sky.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Orion

    Nickname

    The Hunter, Scorpion Bait

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    The Stars

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Hunter

    Education

    Artemis' School of Hunting

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Poseidon for king

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Poseidon (Dad)
    Euryale (Mom)
    or
    Born when Poseidon, Hermes, and Hephaestus all peed on an ox hide and buried it in the ground. (Yeah, I know. That one's weird even for us Greeks.)

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    None

    Friends

    Hephaestus (who helped me when I was blind)
    Cadalion (who led me to the sun when I was blinded)
    Helios (who healed my blindness)
    Artemis (my hunting buddy)

    Enemies

    King Oinopion (who blinded me)
    Scorpion (who stung me to death)
    Gaia (who may have sent the scorpion after me)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Single
    Kind of forced myself on Merope
    Fling with Eos
    Flirtation with Artemis

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Buckmasters 
    Arrow 
    Land of the Giants

    Quotations

    "All are not hunters who blow the horn."
    – Proverb

    "Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant."
    – Yiddish Proverb

    "Vegetarian—that's an old Indian word meaning 'lousy hunter'"
    – Andy Rooney

    "There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
    And she's buying a stairway to heaven."
    – Led Zeppelin

    "Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion."
    – Egyptian proverb

    Books

    "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway (I like anything about safaris.) 
    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 
    The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
    Beowulf (Grendel's just lucky I wasn't around; Beowulf let him off easy.)
    "My Life had stood - a Loaded gun -" by Emily Dickinson 
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (I never hunted vampires, but I think Abe and I have a lot in common.) 
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London 
    The Stranger by Albert Camus (I don't know why I did the bad things I did either.) 
    "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway 
    "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury 

    Music

    Hard to Love by Lee Brice 
    Gigantic by the Pixies (Kind of required on every giant's playlist.) 
    Truck Yeah by Tim McGraw 
    Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions (That scorpion who killed me sure rocked me all right.) 
    I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons (This one goes out to Eos... I mean Artemis... oh, whichever.) 
    Gangsta by tUnE-yArDs 
    Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin (Reminds me of when I became a constellation. Yeah, I'm a star.) 

    Movies

    The Avengers (Some people think I'm like the Hulk, but I think of myself as more of a Thor type.) 
    The Deer Hunter 
    King Kong (He's just misunderstood like me.) 
    The Iron Giant 
    The Hunger Games (I would've won fo sho.) 
    Predator 
    Snow White and the Huntsman 
    Bambi (Call me cold, but I'm rooting for the hunters.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Bow hunting
    National forests
    Barefoot water skiing
    Seeing eye dogs

    Interests

    Gigantism
    Ecology
    Astronomy

    Groups

    1,000,000 Hunters United 
    The Federation of Giants
    We're Not Monsters
    Stargazers
    Andre the Giant Fan Club 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Orion isn't too hard to spot. All you've got to do is look up into the night sky. These days, he kicks it as one of the brightest constellations up there. Back when he was alive, he was still pretty easy to spot. He was a giant, so it's not like hiding behind a bush ever did him much good. Not that Orion was really into hiding or anything. He was a fierce hunter who liked nothing better than stomping around the wilderness and whacking animals with his club. So yeah, dead or alive, you don't really need our help.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Twenties
      Build: Huge
      Complexion: Bronze
      Hair Color: Brown
      Facial Hair: Beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Hunting scars
      Jewelry and accessories: Nah
      Clothing: Rough hide
      Armor: Too tough for armor
      Type of Weapon: Club, Bow and arrows

      Typical Companions

      Artemis
      Cedalion

      Known Hangouts

      The woods
      The stars

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      Astronomy by Hesiod

      Only fragments of this ancient text exist, but one of them gives you the low down on Orion.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Odyssey by Homer

      In this epic poem, Odysseus has an Orion sighting when he swings by the Underworld to consult with the seer, Tiresias.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus

      Diodorus claims in his ancient poem that Orion was the biggest, strongest hero of all time. (We wonder what Heracles would have to say about that.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Orion gets a few shout-outs (mostly as a constellation) in this collection of ancient poems.

      Dec 20, 0099 - Dec 20, 0199

      The Library by Apollodorus

      Yup, Orion can walk on water. At least that's what Apollodorus says in this ancient text.

      Dec 20, 2019

      L'Orione by Francesco Cavelli

      Orion gets caught up in a love triangle with Artemis and Eos in this opera.

      Dec 20, 1984

      Orion by Ben Bova

      In this series of science fiction novels, Orion is reinvented as an eternal warrior fighting against a dark enemy through time and space. (Sounds cool.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass

      Blind Orion appears in an opera within an opera, where his searching for the sun is used as a metaphor for modern science.