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Selene (Luna) - Winged Wonders

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Winged Wonders

This group just loves to soar the friendly skies. You can catch them winging their way from class to class, and after school their feet barely touch the ground. Selene's beautiful white wings earned her a place in this high-flying clique. We do wonder why she even needs those wings, though, since she flies across the sky every night in her magical chariot. Oh well, an extra accessory never hurt anyone.


Eos, the goddess of dawn, is Selene's sister and one of the prettiest members of this clique. Every morning, Eos wows the world when she rises up on her white wings and disperses the mists of night with her rosy fingers. Like Selene, she's also known for having a taste for handsome young mortals. She just can't keep her rosy fingers off 'em.


Iris, goddess of rainbows, is one of the most popular members of this clique. Everybody loves watching her fly through the air on her golden wings, bringing rainbows wherever she goes. Iris's wings were also super useful for her job as messenger of the gods.

The Harpies

These bird ladies have disgusting, warty faces, matted hair, and dirty stinking feathers. Their favorite thing to do is snatch food off of people's tables and then poop on the leftover crumbs. We are not making this up.

The Boreads

Calais and Zetes were the winged sons of Boreas, the North Wind. They became famous when they set sail with Jason and the Argonauts on the quest for the Golden Fleece. The Boreads became the Harpies' worst nightmare, when they chased the bird-ladies away from King Phineus who they tormented every day at the orders of Zeus.


Here he is: the most popular Winged Wonder of them all. Pegasus, the snowy white flying horse, was the son (or colt?) of Medusa and Poseidon. He became the steed of the hero Bellerophon and helped the hero kill the Chimera. Later on, Bellerophon got too big for his britches and tried to ride Pegasus up to Mt. Olympus. For this infraction, Zeus sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus, making the flying horse inadvertently buck Bellerophon to his death in the rocks below. Afterward, Pegasus became the bearer of Zeus's thunderbolts and eventually became a constellation.

Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus, the famous inventor, was one of the first humans to ever fly the friendly skies. He escaped from imprisonment on Crete by flapping away on wings he made out of wax and feathers. This worked out great for him, but not so great for his son, Icarus. Despite his dad's warnings, Icarus soared too close to the sun, which melted the wax in his wings and caused him to fall to his death in the sea.


Nemesis is the dark winged goddess of vengeance and retribution. She's not happy unless she's soaring towards some criminal who needs to get put in their place.

The Erinyes (the Furies)

When a crime needed punishing, the Erinyes flapped their wings and were on the case in two shakes of their own tail feathers.


These sexy ladies are often confused with mermaids, but they're actually half bird instead of half fish. The Sirens are most famous for their gorgeous, mesmerizing songs. We don't recommend downloading any of their tracks anytime soon, though. Their songs may have been beautiful, but they also hypnotized sailors, luring them to their deaths on jagged rocks.

Eros (Cupid)

Come Valentine's Day, you see this little winged guy everywhere. Eros, the Greek god of desire, is the son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. He spends most of his time fluttering around and causing trouble with his love-inducing golden arrows.


Hraesvelg is an eagle from Norse mythology, who hangs out on ice mountains and flaps his wings to send super cold winds.


Ashur was an Assyrian god of war, who had four wings and the head of an eagle. He started out as a puny god of the city of Assur, but gained in popularity until he became one of the big deal gods of all Assyria.


This Indian deity was a god of the sun and had the head and claws of an eagle. The main thing to know about him is that he hated snakes. Like, hated them.

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