Real Name: Pandia
Occupation: Goddess of light and beauty
Legal Status: Citizen of Olympus
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of Pandia's existence except as a mythological character.
Other Aliases: None, although she was once confused with Helen of Troy
Place of Birth:
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Zeus (father), Selene (mother), Ersa, Nemea (sisters), Hades, Helios, Poseidon (uncles), Aurora, Demeter, Hera, Hestia, Circe (aunts), Hercules, Apollo, Ares, Hephaestus, Hermes, Dionysus, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Persephone, Discord, Helen, Hebe, Eileithyia (half-sisters), Triton, Arion, Despoena (cousins), Asclepius, Cupid, Deimos, Phobos (nephews),
Group Affiliations: The Gods of Olympus
Base of Operations:
First Appearance: (unidentified) Thor Annual 1
History: Pandia is the daughter of Zeus, ruler of the extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Olympian Gods, and Selene, goddess of night and daughter of the Titans, Hyperion and Theia. Zeus had overthrown the Titans for control of Olympus and several of the Titans were exiled to Tartarus, the most dismal region of the underworld called Hades. Some of the Titans had sided with Zeus in the war with Olympus. Helios, the sun-god, had supported Zeus in conquering Olympus and was one of the few to retain his power although he was eclipsed by the god Apollo, who was worshipped by the Ancient Greeks as a god of the sun.
Helios's sisters, Selene and Eos, became attendants of Artemis, sister of Apollo, and expected to follow vows of chastity along with Artemis, but Selene found herself seduced by Zeus. She had three daughters, Pandia, Ersa and Nemea. Pandia and her sisters also followed Artemis into vows of chastity. In later years, Pandia was one of the goddesses chosen by Hera to protect the mortals chosen to become the Young Gods. She was also present on Olympus when the Asgardian god Thor came to Zeus for the life energies to restore the Asgardian gods to life after their ordeal with the Celestials.
Pandia was among the Olympians sent into the Land of Shades
when Typhon, longtime enemy of the Olympian Gods, escaped Tartarus and extinguished
the Promethean Flame on Olympus. Pandia was restored to life after Hercules
defeated Typhon. Since then, she has lived through the sorceress Circe's
attempted destruction of the Olympian Gods and an attack by the Dark Gods,
eternal enemies of the Asgardian gods. Following Hercules' near death at the
Masters of Evil, Zeus has issued an edict preventing the Olympians from visiting
earth, but he has recanted the decision with the seeming destruction of the
Asgardians. Behind the auspices of a philanthropic corporation on Earth with the
high council of the Olympians as board of directors, the Olympian gods have
assumed mortal guises and roles to live on earth. Pandia has used this
opportunity to try and understand the human condition, but to the general
public, she appears as a naive and self-centered individual related to a
powerful affluent family.
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 320 lbs.
Strength Level: Pandia possesses the normal human strength of a Olympian goddess of her size, height and build who engages in extensive regular exercises and can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Pandia possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Olympian gods. Like all Olympians, she is immortal: she has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Zeus, Poseidon and Apollo or for a number of Olympian gods of equal power working together to revive her. Pandia also possesses superhuman strength and her Olympian metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Olympian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the Olympians' superhuman strength and weight.)
Pandia has some ability to tap into and manipulate some form of magic. She can travel between dimensions, such as from Olympus to Earth, alter her form and appearance and mentally control anyone she catches with eye contact. She can also levitate herself to fly through the air and emanate enough light to become as bright as a small star.
Comments: Pandia has not yet appeared in either Marvel or DC Comics, but she is possibly behind the scenes in many of the stories.
Clarifications: Pandia is not to be confused with:
Last updated: 05/01/06
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