Nia Holt was a strong child of Ares she was rude, selfish and violent. While her twin brother Nathan was a more, level headed and intellectual type. He had even managed to get a diploma in psychology, which was no small feat for a black man in 1969. The main reason he had returned to camp after his graduation was so he could keep his eye on the wild child his sister was. Even though they were 22 and would’ve normally left camp by then, Nia had no plans to do so.
She enjoyed the rush of being a demigod, fighting monsters and dragging her brother along for their father’s many quests. Her bravery and service to him had won Nia much favor among Ares.
One day, the two and 3 other demigods from camp journeyed to Seattle to dispose of some rogue wind spirits for Aeolus. Since one of the questors was a child of Hermes and another was a child of Cybele. Journeying through Pikes Peak to Aeolus’ floating island Aeolia to hand over the spirits to him was child’s play.
Nia went there, expecting some sort of payment from the wind god for her hard work. But Aeolus had other ideas. He tried to court the daughter of war, but she wasn’t interested. But she agreed when Aeolus promised her riches and fortunes if she agreed to have a child with him. Much to Nathan’s dismay, his sister had an affair with the wind god and was quickly impregnated.
Nathan had taken Nia to live in Seattle so they could raise the baby, he had gotten a job as a psychologist in a local mental institute and had an affair with the rage goddess Lyssa. Nia gave birth to her son Miles, around the same time Lyssa had dropped off a baby girl by their doorstep. She was quickly named Cassie and taken under their care.
Nia seemed to lack any maternal instinct while raising Miles, she could never handle changing diapers or hearing any loud crying. Fortunately Aeolus had made good on his promise, after he blackmailed Plutus. He blessed Nia to constantly have large increments of money. So the Holt family lived luxury during the 70’s.
They more just lived off of Nia’s blessing, while Nathan being the kinder and caring twin did all of the work in raising Miles and Cassie. She was quite the daddy’s girl growing up, while Miles always craved his mother’s affection and care.
After the two of them complained of seeing very large dogs and strange bird ladies when they were 11 in 1981. Nathan had explained to them how they were demigods and such, Nia had taken it upon herself to train them both to fend against monsters. She was a very tough teacher on both of them, the training reminding her of her time at camp.
Armed with some hand me down Celestial Bronze weapons, Miles and Cassie were able to fend off any monsters until they were 13. Twas when Nathan decided they were both ready to attend Camp Half Blood. Getting them there was child’s play, but it was a different time at camp in the early 80’s.
This was before Percy Jackson had made it law that all demigods must be claimed by 13 and more cabins were made, Cassie wasn’t claimed by her godly parent for a while unlike Miles. Lyssa was quite unheard back then and she barely had any children. The Holt kids were forced to stay in the Hermes Cabin, campers who were unclaimed or were children of minor gods were looked down upon and ridiculed by children of Olympians.
One day in 1984, the Holt kids were picked for a quest. Their leader was a son of Apollo named Derek, his father asked him to retrieve his stolen chariot. Derek was a very selfish and cruel boy. He had made sure to only pick children of minor gods for this quest. Because he knew if they died, most people would soon forget. Since when he led a quest before and he had two casualties. People cared far more over the son of demeter who died, rather than the daughter of Zephryus.
Joining Derek, Miles and Cassie was Aaron. He was the only son of Lethe at camp during the time. The 4 of them departed, the quest had went on awfully. Miles and Cassie ‘’’wouldn’t’’’ put up with Derek’s awful attitude. So there was much fighting, Aaron was always the one who barely managed to settle the argument. Even though he normally had to use his powers to erase their memories, thus ending the arguments.
But a large fire breathing dragon had attacked them, Derek just panicked and ran away. Leaving Miles, Cassie and Aaron to fight. With their powers over wind and the emotional energy of rage, the Holt children could barely pierce it’s scales. Their savior was Aaron, who would constantly use his powers to warp the deadly flames into oblivion.
But sadly, Aaron had quickly died after pushing Miles out of the way from the dragon’s sharp bite. The beast snacked on him while Miles managed to fly his cousin to safety. Derek was attacked by a large horde of empousai and was torn to shreds.
The two of them returned,Apollo had understood that his son died due to his cowardice and he also had many other children. While Lethe was in a completely different situation, she knew Aaron was strong and could’ve won her favour among the gods. She blamed Miles for his tragic death.
So put him a deep coma that he would not age from, she also replaced all of his memories with fake ones. Making him think he was a boy whose mom disappeared when he was 2 and spent his whole life in foster care. Where Cassie was just an awful bully and his uncle was an abusive man who was supposed to take care of the kids. He’d have these memories for when he woke up, whenever that would be.
After Cassie pleaded with him, Aeolus agreed to keep Miles safe on Aeolia. Where he was tended to by his wind nymphs. But due to the direct interference laws in place, Aeolus could only to it if Cassie agreed to be his immortal servant. She quickly agreed and was made immortal. She would constantly watch over Miles, hoping he’d awaken.
This went on for 18 years, Miles had awoken in late 2012 and was taken to camp by the wind nymphs. Cassie confronted him and pleaded, thinking she had her cousin back. But Miles had rejected her, thinking she was a bully that made his life awful. Rather than the cousin who was like a sister to him.
So Miles, being physically 15 stayed at camp in his father’s cabin. While Cassie had simply left him alone, the idea of staying with a cousin who didn’t know who she truly was was far too painful for her to handle. Now aged 17, Miles still had no idea of his true past.