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Name

Artemis

Also Known As

Elene (Night - True Form)
Thea (Day - Cultist)

on MUX as

Elene

Archetype

The Explorer

Occupation

Snake Dancer

Apparent Age

Mid-Twenties

Played By

Ana de Armas

Faction Membership

Performers
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It's a colorful, sensual world. Inspiration is everywhere -- in connections with other people, in ideas, in reinvention of self and of perspective. Live in the now, shape your own destiny, and never give up searching for new ways to push your passions and experience new things. Take risks and see the possibilities that abound everywhere you look. Take the road less-traveled. Or the road well-traveled. Boldly go wherever the fuck you want, because life isn't worth living unless it's been thoroughly explored.

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You want to see everything and go everywhere. Curiosity drives you, and often it drives you into ditches filled with bad stuff, but that's just called the scenic route.



Role in Carnival

Coming to America

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long, long before the first Grecian boot was planted upon the shores of the New World, the seeds of belief had been scattered upon the winds, carrying Artemis beyond the boundaries of the lands in which she had been born. To the islands of Samos, of Icaria and Crete. Across the Aegean to the lands then called Anatolia, which comprised much of what is known as Turkey, today. Her followers brought her with them further still, spreading into Scythia to the East, and delving deeper into the Roman Empire to the West. To Gaul, then South into Iberia. It was from here, ultimately, that her people would first sail across the vast ocean to the distant shores of what is now called America.

Read on...



The Narváez expedition brought Don Theodoro to Florida in 1528, and when his Christian god did not come to his salvation as the crew steadily died off to attacks from the indigenous peoples, disease, and starvation, he reached out to those brethren of Artemis to whom his ancestors had wisely paid worship. It was not Artemis herself who came to ease his passing; her interest was not sufficiently ensnared until decades later. A Greek captain named Ioannis Fokas -- Juan de Fuca to the Spaniards with whom he sailed -- set out to discover the fabled Strait of Anián, a sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His first voyage in 1587 met with disaster early on, when the Santa Ana and her companion ship, the San Francisco, encountered a typhoon on leaving the Philippines. Many travelers would offer up prayers to Artemis even then, for fair weather on their journeys. De Fuca was one of these. While both ships were wrecked on the coast of Japan, only his vessel, the Santa Ana, was salvageable with no lives lost. Curious now, as the crew's composition now included peoples of distant lands with which she had no experience or sway, Artemis watched as the Santa Ana continued on toward the western coast of the New World. As the English privateer Thomas Cavendish met them on approach to Cape San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, and attacked. As de Fuca and his men were set ashore, far from their intended destination of Acapulco.

The burning Santa Ana was looted, then left to sink. Standing atop a rocky promontory with her golden bow, Artemis intervened once more, sending winds to guide the faltering vessel to shore and rains to put out the flames. A few of the men spotted her, and when they finally managed to limp the ship to Acapulco, the tale was spread. The seeds were sown. Artemis had come to America.

Evolution: Artemis was worshiped by the Amazons of Greek mythology. Understandable -- free, wild, adventurous, untamed and spirited, she embodies their key characteristics. Strong and independent, they were farmers, weavers, potters, mothers, daughters, priestesses, tamers of wild animals and formidable huntresses and warriors. They neither needed, nor bound themselves, to men.. the first feminists, in a sense. Their horsewomanship and archery skills were legendary.

The most likely path forward for Artemis will be to hold to her roots. Freedom. Self-reliance. The notion that a woman can do anything a man can, and do it well. Feminism.

And one potential vehicle that would be highly effective in carrying her message to a wide audience is, amusingly enough, in the character of Wonder Woman. An Amazon. Her first appearance in comics isn't far off, now. The timing is perfect for her to begin taking actions that would ultimately make her the inspiration for that character.

At the core of it all, though, will remain her embodiment of the spirit of feminism -- social, economic, personal and political equality for women.

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Brawn: Poor
+ Enduring (Positive)
Finesse: Good
+ Lissome (Positive)
+ Nimble (Positive)
Brains: Normal
+ Vigilant (Positive)
+ Shrewd (Positive)
- Curious (Negative)
- Impulsive (Negative)
Spirit: Good
+ Tenacious (Positive)
+ Alluring (Positive)
- Aloof (Negative)
- Vengeful (Negative)

Perks and Quirks

+ Shapeshifter (Animal)

In her glory days, Artemis would often transform others into animals - particularly if they had angered her in some way. These days, she merely utilizes the gift on herself. Purely by choice, mind you. She would never admit that her power has diminished in this regard.
+ Power (Minor): Charm Sacred Animals - Spirit

Ancient goddess of the hunt, but in a beautiful contradiction, also protector of wild beasts. She can charm and control animals, making them servants and guardians - though only those she holds as sacred to her (bears, stags, snakes, canines). She cannot summon them; they must already be present.
+ Power (Minor): Healing/Growth - Spirit

Like her brother, Artemis has long been known to heal - or harm. Though his manifests as a warm, golden light, the moon deity's blessing is cool, soothing, a soft silvery-blue glow. She can help tissues regenerate and injuries heal more quickly than they might otherwise, or speed recovery from illness by strengthening the body's defenses; in similar fashion, she can positively affect growth in plant life, owing to her eternal link to the wilds. Conversely, she can reverse the effects, should she need (or choose) to.
+ Cult
- Too Pretty

There's natural beauty, and then there's the ethereal. The nigh-otherworldly allure that some, like 'Elene,' seem to possess. There's a glow about her - moonlight, sure, but this almost seems to come from within, somehow. She attracts attention, whether or not she necessarily wants to.
- Superstitious

  • When Orion is clearly visible in the sky (November to February, roughly), she cannot take a lover.
  • Can never hand someone a knife, or accept one directly handed to her.
  • Cannot allow transgression against a woman or an animal she holds as sacred to her pass without retribution.
  • Must touch something red when she says the same thing at the same time as another person.
  • The birthday of anyone she's fond of must be celebrated with cake, or they will have bad luck (either obtained or baked herself, though the latter would be hilariously disastrous).
  • Must throw salt over her shoulder when jealousy or false flattery is directed at her.
  • Can't touch or hold an object made of silver.
- Nocturnal

Artemis comes alive at night, but the day is her brother's purview. While not necessarily harmed by the sun, its rays seem to have a draining effect on her; she remains within her trailer with shutters drawn, possessing one of her Cult should she need to extend her awareness beyond its walls.

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;Homer, Odyssey 6. 102 ff (Greek epic C8th B.C.):"Artemis far-shooting (iokheaira) ranges the mountainside — on lofty Taygetos, it may be, or it may be on Erymanthos — taking her pleasure among the boars and the running deer; Nymphai of the countryside (agronomoi), daughters of Zeus who holds the aigis, are all around her and share her pastime; Leto her mother is glad at heart. With head and forehead Artemis overtops the rest, and though all are lovely, there is no mistaking which is she."

Many are the legends that speak of Artemis and her retinue of nymphs, of mortal maidens and youths who accompanied her on her adventures. Though the vast majority of them have been lost to time, at least one or two have stuck. These are her most trusted companions, beloved by the goddess, and granted the most favor by her by far — especially now that she no longer holds the power to extend their lifespans any further.

Others have joined her band over the years. Often women, drawn by the sense of self-empowerment and freedom the goddess radiates and fosters in those who follow her. Some, rescued from unhealthy or abusive environments, lingered out of gratitude and a desire for continued protection. A few had the seeds of belief planted when 'Elene' helped speed their recovery from illness or injury, and stayed as those seeds flourished and grew with time spent in her presence.

And then there's Mal.

In any case, the Nymphai all share a few key commonalities. Loyalty. Zeal. And, perhaps most importantly to Artemis herself, sustaining faith.

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Mal

Role: The Mascot
Age: Late 20s
Played by: Nathan Fillion
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Thea

Role: The Right Hand
Age: Ancient
Played by: Ksenia Solo
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Marnie

Role: The Beast Whisperer
Age: Mid 20s
Played by: Reese Witherspoon
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Nikaia

Role: The Conscience
Age: Ancient
Played by: Christina Aguilera

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Hodr

Sideshow Marksman

The chain that connected me to my anchor. Trusted more than most.

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Mal Winchester (Carnival)

Roustie
The unofficial 'mascot' of the Nymphai, Mal has a pretty happy existence, truth told. He's the only male amidst a gaggle of gorgeous gals, after all! Yes, he really is a he, despite his given name. Call him 'Mallory' at your peril.

Of course, he learned long ago not to muck up the group dynamic by trying to initiate romantical courtship shenanigoolery with any of Elene's ladies. That way lies Drama. He doesn't even know how to spell, but he knows that word starts with a D, and a big one, in this particular case.

It suits him just fine, though, truth told. He's got a pitter-patter in his adorably oafish heart for Miss Georgia, after all. She's just so pretty, and so down to earth and genuine and sweet and pretty...

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Thea Onasis (Carnival)

Snake Dancer

Coming to America

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long, long before the first Grecian boot was planted upon the shores of the New World, the seeds of belief had been scattered upon the winds, carrying Artemis beyond the boundaries of the lands in which she had been born. To the islands of Samos, of Icaria and Crete. Across the Aegean to the lands then called Anatolia, which comprised much of what is known as Turkey, today. Her followers brought her with them further still, spreading into Scythia to the East, and delving deeper into the Roman Empire to the West. To Gaul, then South into Iberia. It was from here, ultimately, that her people would first sail across the vast ocean to the distant shores of what is now called America.

Read on...



The Narváez expedition brought Don Theodoro to Florida in 1528, and when his Christian god did not come to his salvation as the crew steadily died off to attacks from the indigenous peoples, disease, and starvation, he reached out to those brethren of Artemis to whom his ancestors had wisely paid worship. It was not Artemis herself who came to ease his passing; her interest was not sufficiently ensnared until decades later. A Greek captain named Ioannis Fokas -- Juan de Fuca to the Spaniards with whom he sailed -- set out to discover the fabled Strait of Anián, a sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His first voyage in 1587 met with disaster early on, when the Santa Ana and her companion ship, the San Francisco, encountered a typhoon on leaving the Philippines. Many travelers would offer up prayers to Artemis even then, for fair weather on their journeys. De Fuca was one of these. While both ships were wrecked on the coast of Japan, only his vessel, the Santa Ana, was salvageable with no lives lost. Curious now, as the crew's composition now included peoples of distant lands with which she had no experience or sway, Artemis watched as the Santa Ana continued on toward the western coast of the New World. As the English privateer Thomas Cavendish met them on approach to Cape San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, and attacked. As de Fuca and his men were set ashore, far from their intended destination of Acapulco.

The burning Santa Ana was looted, then left to sink. Standing atop a rocky promontory with her golden bow, Artemis intervened once more, sending winds to guide the faltering vessel to shore and rains to put out the flames. A few of the men spotted her, and when they finally managed to limp the ship to Acapulco, the tale was spread. The seeds were sown. Artemis had come to America.

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Marnie Walsh (Carnival)

Performer (Elephant Act)

Coming to America

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long, long before the first Grecian boot was planted upon the shores of the New World, the seeds of belief had been scattered upon the winds, carrying Artemis beyond the boundaries of the lands in which she had been born. To the islands of Samos, of Icaria and Crete. Across the Aegean to the lands then called Anatolia, which comprised much of what is known as Turkey, today. Her followers brought her with them further still, spreading into Scythia to the East, and delving deeper into the Roman Empire to the West. To Gaul, then South into Iberia. It was from here, ultimately, that her people would first sail across the vast ocean to the distant shores of what is now called America.

Read on...



The Narváez expedition brought Don Theodoro to Florida in 1528, and when his Christian god did not come to his salvation as the crew steadily died off to attacks from the indigenous peoples, disease, and starvation, he reached out to those brethren of Artemis to whom his ancestors had wisely paid worship. It was not Artemis herself who came to ease his passing; her interest was not sufficiently ensnared until decades later. A Greek captain named Ioannis Fokas -- Juan de Fuca to the Spaniards with whom he sailed -- set out to discover the fabled Strait of Anián, a sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His first voyage in 1587 met with disaster early on, when the Santa Ana and her companion ship, the San Francisco, encountered a typhoon on leaving the Philippines. Many travelers would offer up prayers to Artemis even then, for fair weather on their journeys. De Fuca was one of these. While both ships were wrecked on the coast of Japan, only his vessel, the Santa Ana, was salvageable with no lives lost. Curious now, as the crew's composition now included peoples of distant lands with which she had no experience or sway, Artemis watched as the Santa Ana continued on toward the western coast of the New World. As the English privateer Thomas Cavendish met them on approach to Cape San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, and attacked. As de Fuca and his men were set ashore, far from their intended destination of Acapulco.

The burning Santa Ana was looted, then left to sink. Standing atop a rocky promontory with her golden bow, Artemis intervened once more, sending winds to guide the faltering vessel to shore and rains to put out the flames. A few of the men spotted her, and when they finally managed to limp the ship to Acapulco, the tale was spread. The seeds were sown. Artemis had come to America.

No badges for Carnival.

2019-04-22
Where In The World is Mephisto?
(2019-04-22 • The Workshop) Management sends a group to try and find Mephisto who has been missing for quite some time.
Cast  •   Diamond Devil  •  Coyote  •  Hodr  •  Bik  •  The Unicorn  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Sekhmet  •  Osiris  •  Manticore  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Artemis  •
2019-04-18
Paradise Found
(2019-04-18 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) The group sent to town for supplies returns with dire news and a mob not far behind them.
Cast  •   Bik  •  Urania  •  The Unicorn  •  Coyote  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Manticore  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Osiris  •  Hodr  •  Hypnos  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Dashiel Hogarth  •  Ouroboras  •  Urania  •  Artemis  •  Thunderbird  •  La Llorona  •
2019-04-08
Blowing Smoke
(2019-04-08 • Apothecary Tent) In the guise of Thomas Mayne, Osiris pays a visit to Hypnos' den of iniquity with a request and finds it crowded. Lorraine grimly weighs the possibilities, Holden and Diamanto discuss marriage, and Theodoro and Elene become kissing cousins.
Cast  •   Hodr  •  Artemis  •  La Llorona  •  Osiris  •  Hypnos  •  Diamond Devil  •
2019-04-07
New Mexican Midway Morning
(2019-04-07 • Carnival Grounds - Midway) And it's a mess.
Cast  •   Hodr  •  Artemis  •  Osiris  •  Diamond Devil  •  Bik  •
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