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Prometheus

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Human beings owe pretty much everything to Prometheus, the Titan god of foresight. Not only did he make the first men out of clay, he also gave us fire, which he snuck away from the altar of Zeus in a fennel stalk. Poor Prometheus paid big time for this little burglary—Zeus had him chained to a rock, where every day eagles would come and eat his liver. To make matters worse, each night his liver would grow back, so the eagles would have a tasty liver snack all ready for them the next day. According to some folks, Heracles came by years later, set Prometheus free, and got Zeus to pardon the hero of mankind. Phew.

Basic Information

Name

Prometheus

Nickname

Firebringer, The champion of mankind, Hot stuff

Sex

Male

Current city

I have a Winnebago and kind of tour around. I don't really like staying in one place too long because I spent so many years chained to a rock.

Work & Education

Occupation

Titan god of foresight, Teacher

Education

The Fates' School of Fortunetelling

Beliefs

Political views

Down with all tyrants

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Iapetos (Dad)
Klymene (Mom)

Siblings

Epimetheus
Atlas
Menoetius

Children

Deucalion

Friends

All mankind (I created them, after all)
Epimetheus (My brother is pretty forgetful, but he's a good guy)

Enemies

Kronos (The whole siding-with-the-Olympians thing didn't help my cause)
Atlas (My brother is still ticked off at me about the war—you should see the things he posts on my timeline)
Zeus (Whatever—the people totally needed that fire!)

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Pronoia

Interested in

Sea nymphs like my wife (I just have a thing for them)

Favorites

TV Shows

The Science Channel (I know I'm a dork, but I love to learn.)
The Discovery Channel
The Gilmore Girls (I just kind of can't help myself.)

Quotations

"I think, therefore I am."
– René Descartes

"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."
– Thomas Jefferson

"Neither fire, nor wind, nor death can erase our good deeds."
– Buddha

"Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice."
– David Kenyon Webster

"I'm a lonely boy."
– The Black Keys

Books

All My Sons by Arthur Miller (A great play about the personal responsibility we all have to do the right thing for the good of everybody. Just sayin'.)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Totally shows how "justice" can go awry.)
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Joan was not afraid to stand up to the powers that be.)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (Zeus's regime is just as oppressive as Napoleon the pig's.)
"A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka
"To Build a Fire" by Jack London
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (It's just awful to keep knowledge away from people.)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (Not a lot of people know that that's the full title.)
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

Music

We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel (That's right, Billy—I'm the one who started it.)
Lonely Boy by The Black Keys 
Light My Fire by The Doors
Live to Rise by Soundgarden
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele
Paradise by Coldplay (Spent a long time wishing for paradise when I was chained to that rock.)
Teach Your Children Well by Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Play With Fire by The Rolling Stones

Movies

Dead Poets Society
The Motorcycle Diaries (Che rocks.)
Prometheus (And not just because it has my name!)
The Dictator (This guy reminds me of Zeus.)
Stand and Deliver
127 Hours (Only 127? I was trapped on a rock for way longer than that.)
Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
The Hunger Games
Mr. Holland's Opus

Activities & Interests

Likes

Fire
Human beings
Gorgonzola cheese (I used to hate it, but it just kind of grows on you)
Play Dough (It would've been a lot easier to mold men out of this stuff)
Wii Bowling (Just think—if I'd never given mankind fire, then you all never would have achieved the creation of this amazing game.)

Interests

Rebellion
Education
Pyrotechnics
Prophecy

Groups

Titans
Teachers Union
Pyromaniacs
Sculptors