Elpis: Introduction

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Elpis (Ancient Greek: ἐλπίς) - the personification and spirit of hope. 

 

A story in five parts with accompanying album by The May Project and clothing collection by Etta Every

 

Character Key

 

Main Characters

Prometheus: “forethought” – a Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gifted it to humans, sentenced to eternal torment for this act. Brother to Epimetheus. Ingenious and clever.

Elpis: one of the daemones (spirits) – the spirit and personification of hope. Daughter of Nyx. The last spirit remaining in the jar opened by Pandora, who let out all the evil spirits in the world.

Zeus: God of sky and thunder, ruled as king over gods and men. Husband to Hera. 

Pandora: created by the Olympian gods and gifted by them with seductive virtues and vices. Sent to Epimetheus by Zeus as a gift. Opened a jar filled with evil spirits, all of which were let out into the world, introducing the evils of humanity to mankind. 

Epimetheus: “hindsight” – a Titan, brother to Prometheus. He and Prometheus acted as representatives of mankind. Foolish.

Moros: one of the daemones – the spirit of impending doom who drives mortals to their deadly fate, and does not set his victim free even in the realm of death. Representative of the inevitability of death and suffering.

 

Referenced Characters

Nyx: Primordial goddess of the night. Excessively powerful and beautiful, supposedly feared by Zeus himself.

Hephaestus: God of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture. Son of Zeus and Hera, married to Aphrodite. Acted as blacksmith for the gods, made all Olympian weaponry.

Athena: Goddess of wisdom, handicraft and military victory. Daughter of Zeus.

Aphrodite: Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. Daughter of Uranus.

Hera: Goddess of marriage and the family. Sister-wife of Zeus, queen of the ancient gods. Daughter of Titans Cronus and Rhea. Jealous and vengeful in nature.

Hermes: Emissary and messenger of the gods. Son of Zeus.

 

Ancient Greek Gods

 

Theoi Olympioi (The Twelve Olympian Gods and Goddesses)

Superseded the previous generation of ruling gods, the Titans.

Aphrodite

Apollo

Ares

Artemis

Athena

Demeter

Dionysus

Hades

Hera

Hermes

Poseidon

Zeus

Hestia (sometimes included)

Hephaestus (sometimes included)

 

Protogenoi (Primordial Gods)

Firstborn of the immortals; formed the fabric of the universe. Emerged fully formed from Chaos at creation.

Aether: Heavenly air (ether)

Ananke: Necessity

Chaos: Earthly air

Chronos: Time

Erebus: Darkness

Eros: Procreation

Gaea: Earth

Hemera: Day

Hydros: Water

Nesoi: Islands

Nyx: Night

Oceanus: Fresh-water

Ourea: Mountains

Phanes: Generation

Phusis: Nature

Pontus: Sea

Tethys: Nursing

Thalassa: Sea

Thesis: Creation

Uranus: Sky

 

Titanes (Titans)

Ruled the cosmos before the Olympians came to power. Eventually deposed by Zeus.

Ouranides (first-generation Titans, children of Gaea and Uranus):

Oceanus

Tethys

Coeus

Phoebe

Hyperion

Theia

Crius

Iapetus

Themis

Mnemosyne

Cronus

Rhea

Coenides, Creonides, Hyperionides, Iapetionides (second-generation Titans):

The Potamoi (gods of rivers)

Oceanides (water nymphs)

Nephelai (cloud nymphs)

Asteria

Leto

Helios

Selene

Eos

Atlas

Prometheus

Epimetheus

Menoetius

Pallas

Astraeus

Perses