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Nike was the goddess of Victory. She was the daughter of Pallas and Styx and the sister of Cratus (strength), Bia (force), and Zelus (zeal). She chose the winners and losers on the battlefield and rewarded the winners with glory. She was the winged messenger of Destiny, although she did not over rule the Fates. Goddess of victory in both battle, sports, and success in athletic games and chariot races. With a body like alabaster, wings whiter than snow, hair fiery gold. In both death and Victory, she was a beautiful apparition. She was seen with a laurel wreath, girdle, and a palm leaf.