Subject: "You are of the Pantheon."
Posted on: 2020-08-14 11:10:05 UTC

"You are of the Pantheon."

Maryanne fell through fire, and wasn't burned.

"You will be loved. You will be hated. You will be brilliant."

She reached out, wondering, and gasped as what she had taken to be flames revealed themselves as feathers, blazing scarlet and razor sharp.

"Within two years, you will be dead."

The feathers, the blades, were within her now, drawn in through the serpentine wound they had cut. She was a bird - no, she was a knife, elegant and keen, and the dance of battle sang in her veins.

"You are the Lady of the Dagger. Protector of your sister's realm. Of the peace. Of war. Unrelenting, undefeated, unequalled."

The world reappeared, and Maryanna dropped into a crouch, arms wide, daggers ready. The old woman stood above her, her own arms held out in greeting.

"We meet again, Lady Kee'ra," she said. "I've missed you."

These were actually really easy costumes to combine for some reason. The basic shape formed the instant I saw Lady Kee'ra, and I didn't have to change her much along the way. The ponytail worked its way in very naturally. Thank you for the references, they were exactly the right level.

I've drawn that as her actual face, but like the Raven Queen, Lady Kee'ra probably has a mask somewhere if you want it.

No idea what her powers, are, other than... y'know, stabbing. I'm picturing her performance as more dance than song, cutting inspiration from the very air with her blades.

And with that, we are officially halfway to a full Pantheon! I wasn't sure I was going to get six gods, let alone within three days, so this feels really good. :)

An unrelated aside, to anyone concerned: Ananke isn't nearly this repetitive in the canon. The comic only shows us three? four? ascensions played straight, spread across 45 issues or so; they're an occasional set piece, not a consistent origin story. But they work very well for my purposes.


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