Son of Selene.
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History @l.thebe • Apr 15
Adrastus, who lived during the end of the Titanomachy, was always seen as something special to the Olympians. Living in a time where humanity was still finding their feet, Adrastus was an Olympian sympathiser on Earth and helped rally mortals behind them. The six Olympians took note of this, putting Adrastus in their good graces. It was why there was no objection when two Titans - either aligned with the Gods or neutral as to uphold their duties - went to the mortal man to procreate. Adrastus had captured the hearts of Styx and Selene wooed them both and, within the year, had two sons by them; Achilles and Aschines respectively. Though he wasn't a man of much, the word of Adrastus had become revered and it was that very concept that had drawn the titanesses to him.
After the pageantry of the Titanomachy, Adrastus returned to his humble life as a farmer. Being in favour with the Gods, Demeter blessed him often with good harvests and thus his life was never hard. Through charity and humbleness, any extra riches Adrastus made went to less fortunate family members or back into the farm itself. His sons had their early life mirror their father's; pushing the plough was a formative memory of Aschines' and his father's teachings that excessive wealth and power did not hold much power in the grand scheme of things were concepts that stuck with the young boy. Aschines was raised to side with the Olympians despite his mother's neutrality, and believed wholeheartedly in what his father had said. To the younger child of Adrastus, there were no doubts in his mind that what his father was telling him was wholly true.
Growing up so long ago in history, monsters were regular occurrences and naturally Aschines honed his fighting skills very early on. From hellhounds to fire-breathing sheep, to harpies and the odd stymphalian bird, Aschines was able to fight them off with relative ease. In a combination of tricks from his father, support from his mother and the natural sibling desire to outperform his brother, Aschines' sword fighting skills were admirable by the time he became a teenager. Mostly, beyond any monsters that were attracted to him from being a demi-titan, Aschines worked to protect his father's farm. His skills became useful as, by the time he was thirteen, the Olympians had began to employ he and his brother to carry out small tasks for them. As it was so close to the end of the Titanomachy and the need to consolidate their power was still very much evident, most of the tasks were to flush out remnants of the Titans. Albeit they started as small tasks, Aschines took great pride in them and was undoubtedly loyal to the Gods. To him, they seemed the epitome of perfection; would you start a revolution if you didn't think things could be better?
By the time he was seventeen, Aschines was viewed as a highly competent demititan that many Olympians could rely on. From carrying smaller tasks out such as seeing things through to bigger, more important things like solidifying Olympian influence in certain parts of Greece, Aschines could do it all. Not everything was sunshine and rainbows for the family, however, as Achilles began to question himself and his beliefs. Why did he work so hard for the Gods yet his father, a mortal the Gods claimed to trust highly, still live a hard life? Sure the gods blessed him with bountiful harvest but they never made it so he could stop working. Would he and Aschines get rewarded for all their hard work? Or would they just need to wait and see if they'd get into Elysium when they died? In any case, Achilles attempted to persuade his brother against the gods but Aschines' loyalty prevailed. He had confidence in the word of the Gods and had no intention on betraying their trust. The first conversation where Achilles had mentioned dissenting forced a wedge to develop between the two, transforming their relationship to one of camaraderie and healthy rivalry to arguments and distrust. Naturally, Eris was drawn to the conflict and swore she'd do whatever it took to break the budding and respectable family of Adrastus into fragments.
It took Eris a while to craft her master plan but, when she did, it was sure to break any bonds the family of three had forever. She had suggested to Achilles - promised him, even - that if he stole Zeus' bolt then he could take power and that he and Aschines could become powerful, much akin to Zeus and Poseidon themselves. She implied that the gods would be at his will and the two could rule as equals alongside the Olympians rather than their laymen. The idea appealed massively to him and, as one would, he brought it up with his brother with excitement. Aschines had a much less enthusiastic approach to the idea. He tried to remind his brother that Eris was the goddess of discord and, if anything, her promises were full of clauses that would catch up with him, with them. As one might've expected, an argument ensued between the brothers. This time, however, the argument was one of epic proportions that served as nothing more than the final thing that broke their relationship forever. It ended with Aschines very promptly telling Achilles that he'd do anything it took to stop him from achieving his goal.
It was then that Achilles realised that Aschines would never side with him and that now he was a liability. As he schemed to steal the bolt, it became obvious that Aschines was an obstacle. It was common knowledge that both of Adrastus' sons were evenly matched when it came to their prowess with weapons and if anyone was to stop one of them, it'd be the other. Thus it became paramount to distract Aschines for he too knew Mount Olympus well. It wasn't long before Achilles decided he'd frame Aschines by terrorising the Hesperides. He had told his brother that he was going to steal a golden apple for immortality and then steal the bolt. Knowing that Aschines would be drawn to stop him, Achilles went to the grove prior and terrorised the Hesperides. As he knew he made it no secret that the golden apples seemed to be his plan, Achilles knew that both Aschines and the Gods would arrive to the Garden of the Hesperides at the same time and hopefully his own disloyalty would be placed upon Aschines too. Much like he had predicted, Aschines arrived to the Garden just moments before the Gods to find the Hesperides in a state of disarray. Seeing no logical explanation other than Aschines being the reason for their disorder and a potential incentive to steal an apple, Zeus punished him by damning him to an eternity with the Lotus Eaters. Soon after, Achilles had also been found out and suffered a similar fate.
Upon hearing the crimes of both of his sons, Adrastus cast himself off a cliff into the sea in shame for his family had lost the prestige it once had.
The Hesperides never stopped campaigning for Aschines' innocent, however. Although the son of Selene moved along with the Lotus Eaters to wherever the centre of power was in the world, the Hesperides retained that he was innocent. Originally trying to implore their mistress, Hera, to see reason, the nymphs were struck down when the goddess stood by her husband. To her, it was obvious that Aschines had been guilty. It was then that the Hesperides attempted to have Themis see reason. The titaness tried - even more so as Aschines' mother, Selene, faded away - but Zeus was adamant. Aschines always knew when his mother had faded; it was as if something within him had disappeared and he was left even emptier - something that no luxuries from the Lotus Eaters could ever fulfil. Aschines never once tried to find his brother in whatever iteration of the Lotus Hotel they were in for he had nothing to say to him; as far as he was concerned, Achilles had damned him to a life of punishment when he was innocent. Now make no mistake, Aschines' loyalty to the gods never wavered. To him, he was convinced that Achilles and Eris had played a trick over the other Gods, positive that it was only a matter of time before his innocence was proven. Did the hope waver? Sure, but he knew it'd feel like only a few hours for him as that is how the Lotus Eaters operated.
After roughly one thousand, seven-hundred and nineteen years of campaigning, the Hesperides eventually managed to change the mind of the gods. With the help of Themis, they proved that Aschines was innocent and that it was Achilles who wanted to usurp power on his own. Perhaps in humility, Zeus ordered for Aschines to be extracted from the Lotus Eaters' clutches and to return to the outside world. Returning back to the world in 1019 AD was a struggle for Aschines. Having left to join the Lotus Eaters in Crete, the sudden reappearance in Constantinople - or Byzantium, as maybe Aschines might've once called it - messed with him a little. Zeus offered him a place on Olympus as an attendant as a way of rectifying what had happened but Aschines denied, citing that he wanted to try and make a go at the world. The offered remained on the table, however.
For the next couple of years, until he technically turned twenty-one, Aschines roamed around Constantinople as he tried to adjust to what the new millennia had in store for him. He was shocked - perhaps even appalled - to see that the Greek Gods had fallen out of popular belief in lieu of a single deity. He found it hard to come to terms with this, even more so as he was ousted and ostracised for believing in something so outdated and abnormal from the new status quo. Aschines found refuge in small pockets of the Byzantine Empire that had some beliefs rooted in the Greek Pantheon, albeit those were few and far between. Fearing persecution, Aschines decided to take Zeus up on his officer and after no more than four years in the mortal world once more, he ascended to Olympus.
For the next thousand years or so, Aschines worked as a dutiful attendant on Mount Olympus. Made immortal as compensation for his mistreatment, Aschines once again became a favourite of the Olympians. Though he didn't serve out any tasks like he had once done all those years ago, he found it was all that he had ever wanted to converse and socialise with the Gods once more. It took him no time at all to forgive them. Ironically so, from time to time Aschines visited the Garden of the Hesperides to chat to a few of them. He was indebted to them and always made it known, despite their protests otherwise. Aschines was wholly comfortable in his life with no desires to change an aspect of it.
In 2020, however, he watched from Olympus as New Athens was erected, seeing how it was touted as a place where those born to any deity could live so long as they were loyal to the Gods. Intrigued, Aschines considered for days on whether or not he wanted to try the mortal world out for a second time. Though he was intimidated, it seemed that New Athens would be the perfect place to start as he would be surrounded by a culture he recognised and amongst people who believed in the Gods like he himself did, obviously. He proposed the idea to Zeus who, happily, allowed him to roam the world once more with his attendant position always offered, just in case he had a change of heart. Aschines could never tell if Zeus felt particularly guilty over what had happened or, more likely, if he had grown attached to him. Either way, Aschines figured, it was a favourable position to be in.
Upon coming down to Earth once more, Aschines assumed the name London Thebe, with the new forename being an homage to his mother through an obscure reference.
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