Athena Profile

Athena
Real Name: Tiana Marinos
Age: 300+
Nationality: Greek
Height: 5’5
Weight: 116lbs
Power: Healing Hands

Background:

Early Life:
Athena appears as a woman in her mid-20s but in fact she is around 300 years old. She has by far the earliest known occurrence of super powers on the planet with her amazing healing hands. While placing her hands on a wound of some sort will heal it almost instantly it seems as if her very essence is the epitome of health. Over the course of her life she never became ill and once she reached adulthood ceased to age also. She was brought up by a group of women. She has no recollection of a father or any male influence in her life. Her band of mothers taught her a lot of fine traits such as kindness and generosity, that upbringing coupled with the wisdom of her age makes her a very serene individual. In around 1750 she left the place where she was brought up in an effort to integrate with the wider world. The difficulty she frequently encountered was that her ageless body would become a talking point after a period of time, and so after roughly 10 years in one place she would relocate and devise a new identity. This could often be painful as it meant breaking ties with good friends, there was also a continual feeling of loss as she would hear of people she once knew growing old and dying. In the main she worked in the medical profession as a nurse, quietly aiding the sick with her powers and leaving the credit of miraculous recoveries to the Doctors. However she also travelled the world extensively and participated in a great deal of higher learning, she can speak every major language fluently and accent perfect. Her most recent role is ‘Tiana Marinos’, this is the identity she was using when she first contacted Elite Force about her powers, again as Tiana she was a nurse in Nicosia, Cyprus when she heard of a new unit bringing newly found super powered individuals together for the good of justice and democracy.

Elite Force:
Athena approached Elite Force early in its existence. At this point it had few recruits of the standard it required. Athena changed all that. She was able to display her powers very easily by cutting herself and using her hands to heal the wound in seconds. Elite Force to this point contained largely overly strong recruits who they had yet to train, someone with such a useful almost magical power was of great use to them. Athena was the first poster girl of the unit, regularly visiting the troops of democratic forces in war zones and healing where she could. It did bring its own burdens however, Elite Force would run a tight touring schedule and she did not have the time to heal all that she could, equally she would be inundated with begging letters to restore the health of people all over the world, the fact she could not left Athena feeling very guilty and tied her to Elite Force even more in the hope they would work to prevent conflicts. As time went by her use in public relations overtook her time to heal the sick. She was the soft side of the unit, a face people could trust and someone who was doing good without doubt. The time that PR took from healing did trouble Athena, there was no doubt she was an almighty marketing tool. Athena was generally very popular but there were campaigns from some fanatical religious groups to defame her as a false idol. Many had viewed her efforts as almost Christ-like (something which Elite Force was happy to play up) and the Christian church in particular were keen that these staged healings were stopped. In the past 2 years Athena has taken a step back from the PR front but is still a highly popular member of the unit and is likely the hardest of all to criticise. The Force has been keen to show its strength recently which is not something Athena is really good for. Instead they have looked to the sheer might of Miss Freedom to front most public relations exercises with Athena just over her shoulder offering clarity where needed, Athena has always been keen to support this however.

Operative Use:
Athena is a non-combatant member of the force. She did receive basic fight training when she joined but to this point no enemy has proven strong enough to fulfil the need to place her in a battle as it happens. She has healed team-mates from Elite Force bases after a fight of course. She deals with the occasional cut of cracked rib but nothing too taxing. This gives her a lot of time to work on the all important PR side of the Force, acting as an excellent counter-balance to her friend Miss Freedom who will often speak with gusto about ‘Victory’ and ‘Justice’ while Athena will defend any Elite Force actions more eloquently on the basis of the good they are likely to do. Athena is not a pacifist – she believes in right and wrong, good and bad, and she believes in the missions of Elite Force.

Psychology:
Athena is a well rounded, level-headed character, possibly due to the wisdom that has accrued over her long life. She does maintain a youthful outlook however and has avoided cynicism. Athena believes in doing good and she believes in Elite Force as a power to spread goodness. It causes her some anguish that she cannot heal everybody and for some time questioned whether the PR element to her job was detracting from trying to help people. She has now reconciled these questions with the belief that her mere existence provides the inspiration for others in their lives, doing far more good than she could as an individual. The last few years have been a peaceful time but she does hold out hopes of assisting her team mates whenever possible. It is troubling to her that she is never placed in the peril they regularly find themselves in, even if they can get out of it relatively easily. Athena is dedicated and loyal, she has been mistakenly considered naïve, but in truth her ability to see the bigger picture enables her to quickly forgive the basic misdemeanours of others, she is very trusting and believes strongly in the good of humanity.

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~ by nextglobalcrisis on June 21, 2010.

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