Zeus - King of the Greek gods
Hera - Queen of the Greek gods, sister and wife of Zeus
Hades - god of the underworld, brother of Zeus
Poseidon - god of the sea, brother of Zeus
Demeter - goddess of harvest and fertility of the earth, sister of Zeus
Hestia - the virgin goddess, ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state. sister of Zeus.
Aphrodite - Daughter of Zeus and Dione, Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality
Artemis - Daughter of Zeus and Leto, goddess of the hunt, the moon, and chastity
Athena - Daughter of Zeus and Metis, goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.
Ares - Son of Zeus and Hera, god of war
Apollo - Son of Zeus and Leto - god of the sun and light, music and poetry, healing and plagues, prophecy and knowledge, order and beauty, archery and agriculture.
Dionysus - Son of Zeus and Semele - God of the vine, grape-harvest, wine-making, wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, theatre
Hephaetus - Son of Zeus and Hera - god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture.
Hermes - Son of Zeus and Maia - Messenger of the gods, god of trade, thieves, travelers, sports, athletes, border crossings, guide to the Underworld
Eris - Daughter of Zeus and Hera, sister of Ares - minor goddess of discord and strife
Deimos - son of Ares, twin of Phobos - god of dread
Phobos - son of Ares, twin of Deimos - god of fear
Dolos - Personification of trickery, cunning deception, craftiness, treachery and guile
Apate - Counterpart of Dolos, goddess of fraud and deception.
Enyo - Daughter of Zeus and Hera, goddess of war and destruction, another sister of Ares
Ephus - the godling man with an unsual power.
Dr. Quinn Markov - human wife of Ephus
Aniketos - Human who is the Caspian god killer
Amaunet - sister of Aniketos, the Eternal Nile Serpent
Egyptian Goddesses and wives to Ephus
Bast - Goddess of cats, protection, joy, dance, music, family, and love
Sekhmet- Goddess of fire, war, and dance
Hathor - Goddess of the sky, dance, love, beauty, joy, motherhood, foreign lands, mining, music and fertility.
Serket - Goddess of scorpions, medicine, magic, and healing venomous stings and bites
Maat - Goddess of Truth and Justice
Tefnut - Goddess of Rain, Air, Moisture, Weather, Dew, Fertility, and Water
Brothers of Bast and Sekhmet
Thoth - God of knowledge
Sobek - God of the Nile, the Army, military, fertility and of crocodiles
Anhur - God of war and the sky bearer - Full brother of Bast and Sekhmet
Horus - Ancient God of the sky and kingship
Min - God of fertility
Khonshu - God of the Moon
Apophis - God of Chaos and darkness
Shu - God of the wind and air
Ares and his sons worked for another day to finally get his body back together. Both Phobos and Deimos falling to the ground exhausted when the last part re-attached. Though he was grateful, he wasn't about to appear weak thanking them.
The whole time, Ares was trying to figure a way to turn a duel between the godling and himself, to his advantage. There had to be a way that, no matter what happened, he was the victor and also the hero. Problem was a great deal of the supposed allies he had, had disappeared or been captured.
Thinking of both his sisters, a curse slipped from his lips. As much as he had used them, he found that he still had feelings for them. Bah, like he was ever going to admit to anyone, especially them. Fortunately, here he looked at his sons, he still had them.
With a stretch of his arms, Ares tried to summon up his power. Another curse escaped his lips, he could only feel about half his power.
He soon admitted a growl when he got only a little more as he tried to power up. Damnit! That little Egyptian bitch had done some serious damage to him. Another one that he would so enjoy breaking when he took her down.
The problem with that was that Ra was her father. Another head god that had, some serious power like his father had.
A chuckle came from Ares, true his father wasn't as strong as her had been, to Ares he was a useless thing.
With a plop Ares sat in the nearest chair. This was going to require a great deal of planning. That bastard demi-god was probably making sure that he had as little time to recover as he could.
Ares again started to chuckle, demi-god, not even a full god, unworthy of the power he held. A truly evil, wicked smile crossed Ares features, it was about time he, Ares showed that coward true power.
With a last look at his sons, Ares extended his senses. Ah! Good, the three conflicts he had started were still going on, though, they did seem to be winding down. Well, he thought, we can't have that, appearing near the first he quickly started to insight their anger. A sigh escaped his lips as he felt renewed strength flow into him.
Within a few hours Ares was laughing evilly, good he had all his strength back. Not only that, he could feel it starting to inch higher. This should be fun he thought as he reached out to find Ephus.
A sick, twisted smile came to Ares, with this added power, his far superior skill, he should defeat, hopefully kill Ephus. That sounded so sweet, it had been a very long time since he had ended a god's existence, let alone a demi-god. To feel the eternal life force, drain from a god, so good!
Ephus started to stride toward his home when he felt two whooshes of power. Stepping back Ephus powered up not completely sure of the company about to appear.
A moment later a male and female appeared looking suspiciously, like Dolos and Apate, though these two looked younger.
To his complete surprise the both of them bowed slightly to him. "Hail Ephus, we know not what you have done, we both wish to thank you." Here the male looked at the female who nodded. "We, also wish to pledge ourselves and our services to you."
Again, Ephus was surprised, "I was not looking to have slaves, servants only allies. That plus, I wished only to do what was right. I felt what had been done to the both of you, it felt right to remove that."
The male's eyes narrowed when Ephus stated this, "what may I ask do you desire if you do not wish these things? It has always been the way to..."
"I told you before, I AM NOT LIKE THAT!" This time it was Ephus's eyes that narrowed, "don't make me angry Dolos, you wouldn't like..."
Ephus was stopped short when Dolos doubled over in pain, the elbow of his sister jammed into it.
With a hiss she started, "I can see that even after what he did and said, with the evidence you feel, you still act like this. Prepare for a long time of pain, if I have to keep correcting like a child!"
"But..." Dolos began.
"Shut up brother, continue on like this, I might have to do that constantly to keep you quiet!" Apate turned to Ephus, "I will have to remind him a lot, it appears he cannot trust his senses. Should only take a thousand years or so." This last Apate said with a smile.
"One can only hope that he will trust them one day. I hope that the task I set for the both of you wasn't difficult?" Ephus asked.
Dolos again started to open his mouth, only to grunt in pain as, Apate's elbow was again, lodged in his stomach.
"Not a word brother, at least, 'til you open your stubborn eyes. No, it went far better than we thought it would. The first part of you plan is in place, though I fear the outcome." A sad looking Apate said.
Ephus nodded also with a sad look on his face, "as do I, though, it appears this may be the only way. I have already spoken with Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Demeter and Hera though I don't think she will be able to assist. The strange thing is I haven't been able to contact Hestia."
"You might have trouble there she..." Apate said her elbow poised near her brother's stomach.
There was a huge whoosh of power as a red headed goddess, appeared looking, very much like Hera appeared.
"I came as soon as I could though, I cannot stay long. The fires of Olympus do not tend themselves." She had to do a double take as she was suddenly staring at Ephus. "By the holy ground of Olympus! What is this overwhelming power that I feel?" A look at Apate, showed that the lovely, younger looking goddess, was also feeling it.
With a groan, Apate waved her hand as she and her brother vanished. Hestia, nodded, a groan of lust escaping her lips as she turned back to Ephus.
"I know not where this compulsion is from, I have to have you!" Shredding her clothes, she reached aggressively for Ephus who held out a hand, causing her to whine.
"Follow me," Ephus then led her to the small building near his home. "I will help you, it will be my way though, lay down." Ephus nodded as she quickly did as he told her. Removing his clothes, he saw that she was starting to pant faster and faster. This turned into a yelp, then a scream when Ephus kissed her ample breasts, then her lips.
"I have never felt this before, I feel such a need to have you in me, to complete me." Hestia said in a panting voice filled with desire and lust.
Without saying a word Ephus started too slowly. agonizingly work his way down her neck, again lavishing attention on her taunt peaks. Another scream escaped her lips when he took each of them. Moving lower he stopped momentarily at her belly button causing her to gasp trying to rise off the floor.
Finally, he reached the small thatch of hair that covered her sex. Diving right in Hestia's eyes went wide as she felt a feeling flow through her like nothing she'd ever felt. It was in that moment that Ephus stopped his face in shock.
"Hestia? I cannot go further; I did not realize that you were pure. I cannot do this, not like this with this power." Concentrating, Ephus passed a hand over Hestia, shaking a moment, Ephus nodded then passed another hand over her. Hestia was immediately dressed, then she was staring at herself, then Ephus.
"By all the powers of the realm! Was I bare before you?" Hestia asked to which Ephus nodded. "Then I am no longer pure, am I? It has been said that, there is nothing harder to change than the mind of a human male, when sex is involved."
When Hestia lowered her head, Ephus cleared his throat gaining Hestia's attention.
"I did nothing more than use my mouth, I apologize that you cannot remember all. You no longer have anything to fear from me, you are the only one. Not even my mate is completely immune as you are." Ephus said.
Hestia's eyes went wide as she ran a hand between her legs, then a shout of joy as she kissed Ephus.
"For this ultimate gift you have bestowed upon me, if you have need of me as you do my sisters and brothers call out. I owe you a debt that I can only hope to repay you, I was completely powerless to you." With a bow she said, "Again I thank you." Then she was gone in a moment.
Ephus shook his head as he again started toward his home. Several more whooshes of power had him shaking his head. Then as before several more whooshes of power let him know he had even more company. This time though he was smiling as it was his Egyptian wives. At first, he thought, as Hera and Isis also appeared.
Ephus crossed his arms as he thought, crap now what? As he looked at the sea of females that were there, he wondered wanted now.
Surprising enough it was Hera and Isis who stepped forward. "Son," Isis started, crap Ephus thought again, this must be big for her to call me that. "We have ascertained that Enyo's power is far lower than Sekhmet's power was when you punished her. You know the problems she is having."
"I know that she and her brother tried to kill you. I know that she deserves to be punished, you have not been a god for long. The small amount of power you granted her has helped, though not enough. We are afraid that she just might expire or suffer the malady that Sekhmet did." Hera added.
"Son, can you grant her a bit more? Perhaps a bit more than Sekhmet? Nothing major like being able to move, full-fledged attacks. Just up her power some more, please?" Isis continued.
"I am getting far better, though I do at times have the fear return. You are the only one who can bring me back to normal. As the one who has gone through this, don't let het end up like me." Sekhmet chimed in.
Ephus could only shake his head, damn they were trying a three-pronged attack. Damn it, it was starting to work too. Finally releasing a sigh Ephus said, "all right bring her here."
All three of the females before him smiled wide, then there was a small pop with Enyo was appearing on the ground before him. Reaching out, Ephus was astounded by what he felt. The amount of pain he felt, plus Enyo had no healing power. Rapidly fixing that he saw Enyo smile then a sigh of relief left her.
A few moments later Enyo was standing flexing her arms and legs. Then she flexed what power she had.
In an almost too low voice to hear Enyo said, "thank you, the pain is gone now." Drawing a small fire ball, she threw it, watching as it fizzled out a second after it left her hand. The same happened with her water, lightning and wind attack. Bowing to Ephus she moved beside Hera.
"We both thank you Ephus," Isis said then she Hera and Enyo disappeared. A moment later he 'heard' Hera. I also wish to thank you for what you did for my sister, Hestia. You have garnered more respect than you know.
Ephus chuckled a moment, if doing the right thing get this for him? Then by all means he would keep doing it.
He then turned to look at his six goddess wives, Sekhmet with the largest smile on her face.
"You have done a great thing husband, Sekhmet said. The rest of his wives nodded their agreement, each coming to passionately kiss him then vanishing. Bast as usual was the last as she kissed him far longer than the rest.
"I am still watching you husband; I am working on increasing my power. If you are harmed, there will be nowhere to hide nor anything that will stand in my way, with your other wives' power added to mine, I feel there will be nothing left of the war god. Still husband, be cautious." Bast said as she kissed Ephus with a passion that he felt was melting everything around them.
With a turn Ephus was about to take a step, when he felt another familiar power approach. Again, shaking his head, he made a chair to sit in. Less than a minute later Eris appeared bowing low to him.
"Master," she said her lips trembling. "I am here to receive the punishment that I deserve, I failed you master I..."
Ephus almost growled then quickly quieted when he saw her start to tremble.
In a low soft voice Ephus said, "I have told you before that I will not punish you. I cannot for you doing the best that you can. Besides, I know for a fact that Ares didn't feel the increase in your power. I am glad of that as I am afraid, he would have tried to end you."
A startled Eris looked up into Ephus' eyes seeing nothing but the truth there and... something else. Though she was unsure, she had never seen the look, he was directing toward her before. This brought something strange to her face, a true smile, one she felt deep within.
"I know that you instructed me not to call you master, master. I am having a very difficult time with it; I am trying as you told me mas... sir." Eris said smiling at herself catching the mistake.
A smile also came to Ephus' lips, "you have greatly improved Eris. I am afraid that I have another mission for you if you wish to take it."
A bow to the floor, had Ephus slightly groaning, "anything I can do to help you master. I will do the best I can m... sir."
A smile on his lips Ephus leaned over to whisper in her ear. A huge smile on her lips she nodded vigorously, then she popped out.
Ephus nodded as he started to stand then shook his head as he sat. No point, he was sure there were a few more out there that were coming to see him. Sure enough, Hephaestus appeared less than a minute later.
A small smirk on his face, Ephus smiled at Hephaestus.
"I have repaired the armor that I originally made you. I have also hardened it to resist the metal of the blades more. I have never seen anything that the blades can't cut, though this is the closest I have seen. No sword I have, can penetrate, let alone cut this." Hephaestus said the pride showing on his face.
"I thank you Hephaestus , I know that it will serve me well." Ephus said seeing Hephaestus's chest swell more from the praise. Bowing slightly to Ephus, Hephaestus quickly vanished.
Ephus turned when he heard a door open. seeing his human wife and son, they walked the short distance to him.
Making another chair appear, Ephus explained what had been going on with the many visitors. This he explained was as close as he had made it to the house.
He was about to say more, when there were four large powers approaching him. Then, Zeus, Hades, Poseidon and Demeter appeared. Ephus only nodded his head as he shook the hand of each god and goddess. A small smile crossed his lips as he saw the shock that came to their faces.
"Yes, to answer your question, you are, all four of you, powered almost completely. The next time Ares will not fare as well." Ephus said.
"I take it then; you wish to continue with the plan as you stated before?" Zeus asked.
"Yes, I am afraid it is the only way, even with the power I have, I am going to have a hard time doing this. There is still a great chance I could fail." A now sad looking Ephus said.
"I for one don't like it," Hades spat, "There has to be another..."
"Believe me, I have tried, a very great many different ways, in all he escapes and is a hundred times worse. No, it has to be this way, there is far more depending on this, then just ending Ares terror." Ephus said.
Quinn, Ephus' human wife, was looking back and forth not really liking what she was hearing. Then again, she'd never really liked a lot of Ephus' plans, though it usually turned out well. From what she was hearing? She damn sure hope that was the case this time.
She looked at Ephus, he was holding his son very close, a love shining in his eyes. Yes, she was worried this was so different from any other time he went out to help. What in the hell was he planning? Why in the hell did she have a feeling that, she wouldn't like it if she did?
All four gods rose to leave then turned back, "though I know that Hera has already thanked you, we also wish to. You have honored our family and our sister. We are not about to forget that." Zeus said, all four slightly bowing to Ephus, then all vanished.
"Are you ready to go in?" Quinn asked.
"Soon, I feel I still have one or two more yet." Ephus told her.
"Alright we'll be there when you finish." Quinn told him.
Ephus nodded as he sat to await anymore guests. With a sigh he nodded as he felt another power approaching. A moment later Thoth and Anhur appeared before him.
"My, my," Thoth said, "it appears that you are most popular today brother." A large smile spreading across his face. "I have come to get the information that I could not see, may I?" Ephus nodded as Thoth touched his head a moment then smiled. "Very wise brother, so many visitors today."
"Enough brother Thoth, Ephus and I have business to attend to." Anhur spit out impatient.
Thoth shook his head as he started to put his arm up. He suddenly stopped slightly shock at the shake of Ephus's head. "Alright brother Ephus, Anhur," bowing to both he was gone in seconds.
"You have progressed very well brother Ephus. I intend to teach you all I know as quickly as I can. As you know we both have been at this for a very long time. The fact that you have learned all you have is a very good sign." Anhur said a strange smile on his face.
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