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Birthdate:Sep 15
[Name:] Hermes, Greek Messenger et al.
[Age:] Immortal
[Birthday:] During the rise of Mercury, in the Late Summer, Early Fall.
[Pantheon:] Greek/Roman
[Sexual Orientation:] He is a little of everything.
[Family:] Zeus, father; Maia, mother; Ares, Apollo, Dionysus, Hercules, brothers; Athena, Artemis, Persephone, sisters.

Hermes is a youthful boy, (canonly between 12 and 18) with a golden appearance. His hair is curled and blonde, usually a mop of tussled locks of hair. His skin is tanned, and smooth (he’s not a very hairy boy), and his eyes are a bright blue. Upon his arrival at the Facility, too, he will be wearing nothing but a youth’s toga and his winged sandals (as he is described most often as wearing.)

Hermes also looks about the age 17/18 usually. He does have the ability to affect his appearance, and while in F1 can change it for short periods of time. In mythology his age-wise appearance is most often between that of a 12 to 14 year old boy (Homer, Odyssey 10. 135 ff (trans. Shewring) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) :"I was met by golden-wanded Hermes; he seemed a youth in the lovely spring of life, with the first down upon his lip." ) and that of a young adult ( .) The most important thing is that Hermes appears to be the youngest of the Greek gods (Suidas s.v. Hermes (trans. Suda On Line) (Byzantine Greek lexicon C10th A.D.) :"They create [images of] him [Hermes] as the youngest of all [the gods].") despite actually being older than several. He is very rarely described in an adult manner, despite having fathered his own children. (Apuleius, The Golden Ass 10. 30 ff (trans. Walsh) (Roman novel C2nd A.D.) :"[From a description of an ancient Greek play depicting the Judgement of Paris :] A radiant boy appeared, naked except for a youth’s cloak draped over his left shoulder; his blonde hair made him the cynosure of all eyes...")

**I should note that yes, in the older Mythological art (not so much in the text I've found) Hermes is seen as an older male with a full beard. However, for the purposes of RP withing a_facility and in general, I've forgone the use of the artwork as an source. Well, mostly.**
Hermes is a trickster God by definition. He's playful and youthful, and particularly mischievous. Throughout his mythology he is shown to grant prayers and blessings in the most unorthodox methods. An arrogant child, he often believes that people should adore him simply because he is one of the 12 seated Olympians. He feels he is privileged (example of this is in how he became on of the 12 seated Olympians, where he stole Apollo's cattle) and does not except to be held responsible for his actions (again, in the case of stealing Apollo's cattle, he was rewarded with what he wanted with very little cost to himself.) He also has a burning desire to be accepted, almost demanding of it.

In a lot of ways Hermes can be childish and child-like in his behavior. That isn't to say that he can't be an adult (he is the representation of wisdom, after all), it is just that among his peers he tends to be very selfish and attention demanding. He likes to be the center of attention, often claiming to be 'Zeus' favorite', though there isn't too much bases in that. He is fond of his siblings, though Apollo and Dionysus are by far his closest siblings. Apollo and he are often found to court the same women, as well as share in day to day events. Dionysus, however, Hermes helped save and raise when the godling was first born. He repeatedly hid the child from Hera, and would later be in Dionysus' company a great deal. And despite his apparent attitude toward Ares, Hermes is also close to his oldest brother in his own way, though most would be hard pressed to see it behind all the teasing he does.

Hermes is also a lover more than a fighter. That being said, he won't engage in a direct fight with anyone or anything. Hermes relies more on is wit and cunning. He will often attack from behind, with quick, deadly blows...or simply bow out of the fight as he did with Leto in the Illiad. He does not feel inclined to give in to people who attempt to goad him into a fight either. Hermes wit and cunning, however, does not come to the forefront of Hermes personality only when confronted with a fight, however. He doesn't like to give answer out right, even if he knows the answer already. He enjoys word play, and double speaking, and trying to get others to trip up in what they are saying. Not that he will lie, if it comes to it. In fact, while he is a patron deity of liars and thieves, Hermes himself is oath bound to not lie.

And among his many quirks, there is the fact that Hermes is a rather tactile individual, as well as affectionate. Mostly this side comes about after he has done something 'wrong' and is of a mind to help smooth over any rough edges that might have resulted. He has no desire to actively hurt people, generally speaking, but that doesn't stop him from being a pain in their butts. ((Re-Cattle stealing))
Hermes, in Greek mythology, is the Olympian god of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of commerce in general, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. The Homeric hymn to Hermes invokes him as the one "of many shifts (polutropos), blandly cunning, a robber, a cattle driver, a bringer of dreams, a watcher by night, a thief at the gates, one who was soon to show forth wonderful deeds among the deathless gods."

As a translator, Hermes is a messenger from the gods to humans, sharing this with Iris. An interpreter who bridges the boundaries with strangers is a hermeneus. Hermes gives us our word "hermeneutics" for the art of interpreting hidden meaning. In Greek a lucky find was a hermaion.

Hermes, as an inventor of fire, is a parallel of the Titan, Prometheus. In addition to the syrinx and the lyre, Hermes was believed to have invented many types of racing and the sport of boxing, and therefore was a patron of athletes. Modern mythographers have connected Hermes with the trickster gods of other cultures.

Hermes also served as a psychopomp, or an escort for the dead to help them find their way to the afterlife (the Underworld in the Greek myths). In many Greek myths, Hermes was depicted as the only god besides Hades and Persephone who could enter and leave the Underworld without hindrance.

In the fully-developed Olympian pantheon, Hermes was the son of Zeus and the Pleiade Maia, a daughter of the Titan Atlas. Hermes' symbols were the rooster and the tortoise, and he can be recognized by his purse or pouch, winged sandals, winged cap, and the herald's staff, the kerykeion. Hermes was the god of thieves because he was very cunning and shrewd and was a thief himself from the night he was born, when he slipped away from Maia and ran away to steal his elder brother Apollo's cattle.

Hermes was loyal to his father Zeus. When the nymph Io, one of Zeus' consorts, was trapped by Hera and guarded over by the many-eyed giant Argus Panoptes, Hermes saved her by lulling the giant to sleep with stories and then decapitating him with a crescent-shaped sword.

In the Roman adaptation of the Greek religion, Hermes was identified with the Roman god Mercury, who, though inherited from the Etruscans, developed many similar characteristics, such as being the patron of commerce.

Hermes' epithet Argeiphontes, or Argus-slayer, recalls his slaying of the many-eyed giant Argus Panoptes, who was watching over the heifer-nymph Io in the sanctuary of Queen Hera herself in Argos. Putting Argus to sleep, Hermes used a spell to permanently close all of Argus's eyes and then slew the giant. Argus's eyes were then put into the tail of the peacock, symbol of the goddess Hera.


His epithet of Logios is the representation of the god in the act of speaking, as orator, or as the god of eloquence. Indeed, together with Athena, he was the standard divine representation of eloquence in classical Greece. The Homeric Hymn to Hermes (probably 6th century BC) describes Hermes making a successful speech from the cradle to defend himself from the (true) charge of cattle theft. Somewhat later, Proclus' commentary on Plato's Republic describes Hermes as the god of persuasion. Yet later, Neoplatonists viewed Hermes Logios more mystically as origin of a "Hermaic chain" of light and radiance emanating from the divine intellect (nous). This epithet also produced a sculptural type.

Other epithets included:

Agoraios, of the agora | Acacesius, of Acacus | Charidotes, giver of charm | Criophorus, ram-bearer | Cyllenius, born on Mount Cyllene | Diaktoros, the messenger | Dolios, the schemer | Enagonios, of the (Olympic) games | Enodios, on the road | Epimelius, keeper of flocks | Eriounios, luck bringer | Polygius | Psychopompos, conveyor of souls
Animal Husbandry, Roads and Travel (and Hospitality), Heralds, Trade and Merchants, Thieves and Trickery, Language and Writing, Persuasion and Craftiness, Athletic Contests and Gymnasiums, Inventor of Rustic Tools and Arts, Bird Omens, Feast and Banquets, Protector of the Home, Guard Dogs, Guide of the Dead, Astronomy and the Calendar, Divinitation by Pebbles, and Dreams of Omens.
[PB:] Currently...varies
[a_facility:]Character Info for game use.

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[Disclaimer:] Hermes is a creation of my own mind, and Mythology, Alex Pettyfer, however, does belong to himself. The entries posted here, or any RP done here is of my own creative interest. Do not steal/copy/reproduce please. There may also be sexual situations, so please no minors.
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