Zeus had been disturbed by a headache for some time. Since he had decided to kill his father, pain in his head nagged him.
???: Your head is a scary monster.
Thunderous Supremacy - Zeus: Or you could say a monster lives in there.
???: Distress is a seed that follows and goes with your worries.
???: There’s no cure for your headache if your worries aren’t ceased.
The doctor touched Zeus’ forehead as he finished his words.
???: It’s fortunate you found it early. If you would like it to wear off, you should worry less.
Celestial Divinity - Yuanshi Tianzun: Or both the pain and your worries grow.
Starting soon after Zeus’ ascendancy to the throne, threats abound: from within, he faced the threat of Godly usurpers, and from outside, it was the search for new sources of power to replace the gradual decrease of power in heaven. He was on the edge of a burnout.
: Athena began to take shape in Zeus’ head. His worries became her bones and she consumed his thoughts as nutrients. As she grew up, Zeus’ head became too cramped for her.
: She must open and jump out of Zeus’ head.
One has as much wisdom as his worries, for insight is born with distress.
Athena: Hephaestus, the Demons once again vanished in front of us.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: I have seen them only twice. They always come themselves.
The goddess had never seen a demon. She drove her carriage, going hither and thither in the realm of man chasing behind Demons. Hephaestus the God of Fire taught her to distinguish the aura of the Demons for he was the only one who had seen the Demons. They were standing in front of a residence of the Demons, where the limbs of Demons were scattered here and there. It seemed the place had just undergone a catastrophe, but there was no traces of fighting.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: This is natural explosion.
Athena: So they would sacrifice themselves only to avoid us?
Athena: But how did they know we’re coming?
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Athena, I have a feeling...
Hephaestus, God of Fire: the Demons doesn’t want us to understand them.
Athena: We’re just trying to figure out what are they here.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: To Humans, both Gods and Demons are outsider.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: What’s truly worrisome is that...
Hephaestus, God of Fire: their presence here is for the same reason as ours.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: A battle between us is inevitable.
Athena: That’s why the Gods should investigate the reason why they are here.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Yes, but only as members of the Gods.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: We can stay in the realm forever as the guardians.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Let’s go back, Athena. Chasing after is meaningless.
Athena: Have you forgotten your mission?
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Mission? We share the same mission.
Athena: Don’t try to fool me.
Athena pointed her spear at Hephaestus.
Athena: Hephaestus, don’t think I will show you mercy just because I owe you a favor.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: I am not as naive as you are.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Even if you find the Demons, do you think you can defeat them?
Athena: At least we should reach out to know them.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: They are something different.
Athena: You can’t always be right.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: Zeus has asked me to stay with you,
Hephaestus, God of Fire: because I know them better than you do.
Hephaestus, God of Fire: And you are trying to disobey him.
Priest: Our city flourishes because of you, Goddess of Wisdom.
Priest: Without you, we won’t be able to live.
Athena: You have chosen to settle down here. That’s all.
Priest: There isn’t anything to do with me.
Priest: We can build you the grandest temple with the hardest rocks.
Priest: We can dedicate you the perfect offering.
Athena: There’s no need to do so.
Priest: Then what did you bring us the blessing of the earth for?
Athena: It’s just a coincidence. I don’t intend to do so.
The ringing voice of the goddess echoed in the temple. The priest called her name to make her come, in the hope that she would bestow the land with her blessing. However, the goddess was not what they expected, neither amiable nor kind. Rather, she behaved like a warrior on the battlefield, chasing after her target without concern.
Priest: Having us disperse is no different than killing us.
Athena: Everyone has different goals. How can my departure harm you?
Athena: Moreover, I have never been a goddess to men.
Priest: Goals? Your goal is our goal.
Priest: We are your dependable followers. We shall remove all obstacles for you.
Priest: Why don’t you test out our power?
Athena: Mortal, the Gods aren’t here to serve you. We have more important missions.
Priest: It’s alright as long as we can borrow your might.
Athena: From now on, inform me at once if you have any information about the Demons.
Athena’s priests were all females, adorned in white robes and laurel wreaths. Every few years the old priests would pick maidens from the city to be their successors, as well as the spokespeople of the Goddess.
One year, another group of maiden were old enough to succeed to the duty. The servant guided the maiden to the inner hall; while the chamber was flanked by priests, the Goddess herself was absent. The priests ordered the maidens to swear to be loyal to the Goddess of Wisdom.
Most maidens followed the order, yet one of them was in a brown study and she hummed a tune absent-mindedly.
The melody gave Athena a headache upon hearing it, leading her to curse aloud. She could not endure the tune of the evil god under the sea as the godly powers she possessed were unstable because of her birth out of abstract nothingness. She had also become suspicious after all the vain efforts of looking for the Demons over the years.
She decided that the maiden must be associated with the Demons, so she questioned the maiden.
Athena: Where did you learn this song?
Athena: I have made a promise with Humans.
Athena: If you remain silent about where the Demons are,
Athena: You should know the consequences.
Athena’s voice filled with anger resounded through the temple and stunned the priests. By the time the maiden returned to her senses, she was bound onto the altar by the priests without any opportunity for defense, so she struggled vigorously. Athena, racked with agonizing pain, could barely maintain her sanity. She ordered her priests to leave, and left a mark on the maiden.
Athena: Cunning human, how dare you waste my time.
Athena: You want my power as well as that of the Demons!
Medusa the Dreaded: It’s...
Medusa the Dreaded: ...
Medusa the Dreaded: a song I heard on the sea...
Athena did not deprive the maiden of her life. She turned the maiden into a winged gorgon, making her stay in the temple as a warning to the residents in the town. When Poseidon learned of this, he launched a destructive raid to Athena’s city, and her followers resisted desperately. Slowly the war spread to the whole realm, the rest of the Gods were also involved in the chaos.