Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Theoi god of war and warriors
Ares is the unbridled god of slaughter and war, bloodlust and berserking, a force of nature unleashed upon the battlefield. He is the presider over weapons and the destruction they can wreak, and the epitome of reasonless courage and manhood. Unlike Athena, the other war deity of his pantheon, he has nothing to do with strategy; he is pure, unadultered brute force, and his children and followers are made in his mold, reckless dominators of any war. Though largely focused on mayhem and the glory of battle, Ares was also the defender of some cities and a supporter of warriors in times of need.
Ares and Aphrodite
Ares carried on a long-standing affair with the beautiful goddess Aphrodite, despite the fact that she was married to his brother, Hephaestus; once, when they were coupling in Hephaestus’ house, Helios spied them and informed her husband of the adultery. Hephaestus fashioned an invisible net and trapped the two of them as they embraced. The other gods of Olympus came to see the spectacle and openly mocked the caught lovers, and once he was loosed Ares fled to Thrace for a time, humiliated and angry. Despite this setback, his affair with Aphrodite carried on, and she bore him many children despite bearing none to her husband.
Ares and the Aloadae
The Aloadae, two ancient giants, were encouraged by Hephaestus to trap Ares in chains and throw him into a bronze urn, where he remained trapped for over a year, screaming and howling in impotent rage. The giants’ step-mother finally heard and took pity on him and relayed his plight to Hermes, who interceded to free him, allowing him to escape back to Olympus and the healing arts of his parents.
Ares and Poseidon
Poseidon had a son named Halirrhothios, who insulted the beauty of Ares’ daughter Alcippe. To avenge her honor, Ares killed Halirrhothios, incurring Poseidon’s formidable wrath. He was forced to appear at a trial of all the gods, wherein Poseidon argued that Ares should be killed for having taken the life of his cousin; however, Zeus, Ares’ father, was presiding over the trial, and chose to acquit him instead.