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 <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​aphrodite">​Aphrodite</​apdx>​ is the oldest of the Olympians and is <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​zeus">​Zeus</​apdx>'​ aunt. After <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​cronus">​Cronus</​apdx>​ cut off <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​uranus">​Uranus</​apdx>'​ testicles he threw them into the sea near <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​cyprus">​Cyprus</​apdx>​. The surf's thrashing and the orb's power mixed with the fertile sea. Such was the power of Uranus that a giant scallop shell formed and washed up on the Cypriot shore, opening to reveal an adult Aphrodite. Beautiful and graceful, she took dominion over love, beauty and passion. <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​aphrodite">​Aphrodite</​apdx>​ is the oldest of the Olympians and is <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​zeus">​Zeus</​apdx>'​ aunt. After <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​cronus">​Cronus</​apdx>​ cut off <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​uranus">​Uranus</​apdx>'​ testicles he threw them into the sea near <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​cyprus">​Cyprus</​apdx>​. The surf's thrashing and the orb's power mixed with the fertile sea. Such was the power of Uranus that a giant scallop shell formed and washed up on the Cypriot shore, opening to reveal an adult Aphrodite. Beautiful and graceful, she took dominion over love, beauty and passion.
  
-Aphrodite rejected the absolute rule of Cronus arguing that all should be free to do as their hearts pleased. Barred from the court and exiled she  wandered the mortal realm, revelling in the freedom it gave her. Travelling far she attracted a huge number of followers, her influence reaching even to the distant east.+Aphrodite rejected the absolute rule of Cronus arguing that all should be free to do as their hearts pleased. Barred from the court and exiled she wandered the mortal realm, revelling in the freedom it gave her. Travelling far she attracted a huge number of followers, her influence reaching even to the distant east.
  
 When the Olympians rebelled against Cronus and his Titans, Aphrodite joined their cause and earned a place on Olympus. However, Zeus suspected the goddess'​ passion and demanded she choose a god to marry. Aphrodite accepted the condition but subverted Zeus' will by delaying her choice as long as possible. When the King of the Gods' patience finally ran out he forced her to choose, but once again Aphrodite'​s cunning came to the fore. She selected the newly arrived <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​hephaestus">​Hephaestus</​apdx>​ although the smith-god did not meet her standards of beauty, choosing him to annoy the rest of the pantheon. When the Olympians rebelled against Cronus and his Titans, Aphrodite joined their cause and earned a place on Olympus. However, Zeus suspected the goddess'​ passion and demanded she choose a god to marry. Aphrodite accepted the condition but subverted Zeus' will by delaying her choice as long as possible. When the King of the Gods' patience finally ran out he forced her to choose, but once again Aphrodite'​s cunning came to the fore. She selected the newly arrived <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​hephaestus">​Hephaestus</​apdx>​ although the smith-god did not meet her standards of beauty, choosing him to annoy the rest of the pantheon.
  
-Hephaestus, delighted with his bride, made her a magnificent girdle which did the impossible and enhanced the already beautiful goddess'​ looks. ​ Sadly, Aphrodite became bored with the smith. Her frequent dalliances ​ with mortals and <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​ares">​Ares</​apdx>​ forced Hephaestus to accept the divorce she wanted.+Hephaestus, delighted with his bride, made her a magnificent girdle which did the impossible and enhanced the already beautiful goddess'​ looks. Sadly, Aphrodite became bored with the smith. Her frequent dalliances with mortals and <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​ares">​Ares</​apdx>​ forced Hephaestus to accept the divorce she wanted.
  
 Aphrodite inspired many loves between mortals and gods whose unions produced numerous demigod heroes including <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>​ and <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​bellerophon">​Bellerophon</​apdx>​. Each time a demigod was born her power grew and Zeus became worried. He forbade the mating of gods and mortals, signalling the withdrawal of the gods from the mortal world. Aphrodite inspired many loves between mortals and gods whose unions produced numerous demigod heroes including <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​herakles">​Herakles</​apdx>​ and <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​bellerophon">​Bellerophon</​apdx>​. Each time a demigod was born her power grew and Zeus became worried. He forbade the mating of gods and mortals, signalling the withdrawal of the gods from the mortal world.
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 ===Personality and Appearance=== ===Personality and Appearance===
-She appears as a beautiful young woman in her prime, flawless and awesome. ​ Often going about naked, she sometimes wears a simple robe and her girdle. ​ Though generally pleasant when in a good mood, those who cross her discover someone vain, ill-tempered and easily offended. Aphrodite uses her physical attributes to get what she wants, adores the worship of her beauty by mortals and is swift to punish any who deny it. +She appears as a beautiful young woman in her prime, flawless and awesome. Often going about naked, she sometimes wears a simple robe and her girdle. Though generally pleasant when in a good mood, those who cross her discover someone vain, ill-tempered and easily offended. Aphrodite uses her physical attributes to get what she wants, adores the worship of her beauty by mortals and is swift to punish any who deny it. 
  
 ===Worship=== ===Worship===
 Aphrodite’s most important festival celebrates spring'​s arrival in April and is held throughout Greece. Major temples can be found on the islands of Cythera and Cyprus. Her largest temple is in the city of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​corinth">​Corinth</​apdx>​. The temples are known for the beauty of their priests and priestess, many of whom engage in ritual sex in worship of their goddess. Votive offerings are commonly a garland of flowers, incense, or goats, hares and young cows (but never pigs) during festivals. Aphrodite’s most important festival celebrates spring'​s arrival in April and is held throughout Greece. Major temples can be found on the islands of Cythera and Cyprus. Her largest temple is in the city of <apdx ref="​open:​settings:​6d6hellenic:​apdx:​corinth">​Corinth</​apdx>​. The temples are known for the beauty of their priests and priestess, many of whom engage in ritual sex in worship of their goddess. Votive offerings are commonly a garland of flowers, incense, or goats, hares and young cows (but never pigs) during festivals.
  
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