Personal Journal: meadowed
Age: He looks to be in his late teens - or early twenties (but I feel like that's pushing it). Mentally he has his childish moments (particularly when he is teasing/playing with
I'd say the best way to describe him is an immature teen with a god complex.
Timeline: At the end of the manga.
Personality: Before Apollo truly encounters humanity, he does not know his name or why he is the god of the sun. He assumes all humans are insects - meant to be crushed or act as entertainment to their "betters" (i.e. the gods). However once he finally reveals himself to his followers and discovers that they have named him "Apollo", he begins a slow, subtle transformation. Why do humans call out to the gods for aid? Why do they assume the gods will protect them or alter the weather to ensure they have a bountiful harvest? To him, everything has a time and place and he does naught to interfere with it. Thus he assumes, initially, that humans are just stupid.
Ganymede begins to alter his opinion about human stupidity, however, and he gains much amusement when the Prince of Troy calls him "demon" and claims that he will "kill him". No one has ever dared to approach him with such fierce anger or hatred and he decides that he much prefers Ganymede's company over Poseidon's - but that isn't so profound since Poseidon is far less intelligent (and less divine) than his brothers Hades and Zeus. (In fact, the god of the sea annoys him more often than not.)
He relates all of his opinions to his older sister Artemis and she agrees with him, which is natural for them. She is the one he most values in all the world and he believes no one is more beautiful than her. Yet after Poseidon decides to "make things fun" for the younger god, Apollo is presented with a sacrifice named Iris. She, like Ganymede, causes him to have profound questions about the nature of the gods and humanity. What really separates them?
It surprises him that both gods and humans can be bored. Additionally, he finally begins to understand why humans leave offerings and seek protection from the gods. They are remarkably fragile - yet far more intelligent and unique than insects. When Iris calls out for help when Hades frightens her, Apollo doesn't think twice about coming to her aid. But he is confused by Hades's warning about getting too close to those who are destined to die.
At least he doesn't comprehend it until Iris dies. She is sacrificed to him after she gains his favor and friendship and he misses her. He also understands, through his bond with her, that his beloved older sister - the one he always sought for advice - does not exist without him. In a way, he created her and she is not independent of him; she is his mirror image and there is nothing unique about her thoughts or actions.
Apollo mourns her loss too - or perhaps he mourns the truth. Regardless the effect is the same. After Iris, he spends more and more time with Ganymede. Their opposition doesn't change - not really - but something about it softens. They learn to exist side by side and Apollo offers Zeus's prisoner brief views of the future. (He also offers Ganymede a modicum of protection against Zeus's might when the god of the sky descends.)
The god of the sun will always be a brat - that is an indisputable fact. He loves pushing the barriers and seeing extreme reactions (which probably fits with his fiery nature). Yet he has times of profound reflection and it is easy to see that he is a young god feeling out the world - both his and the mortal world - for the first time. He visibly matures over the course of the manga and keeps a close eye on humanity - even after they stop worshipping him and the other gods (some of which he has never heard of (ex. Athena, Iris etc.).
In a way, he becomes closer to the ground than the sky, but that isn't surprising considering the sun's rays reach far. As long as a human remains in his sight - i.e. they are not confined in the realm of Hades - he will mark their progress and learn the full strength - and weakness - of the mortal race (which is how he finds Heinz).
And, if he is feeling merciful, he will share his findings with Ganymede - who has, for all intents and purposes, become Artemis's replacement.
Background: On the day of his coming of age party, the young - and beautiful - Trojan Prince Ganymede is abducted by Apollo. The young god has been ordered by Zeus to take the golden Prince to a garden that has been made for him. Said garden has the ruins of the Parthenon in the middle of it, white flowers (that never die or fade despite being cut) on the ground and an endless sky of stars overhead. Upon arriving - and trying to escape - Ganymede realizes that the flawless garden is actually his prison.
From time to time, Apollo visits Zeus's new pet/toy and gains much amusement out of him (at Ganymede's expense). He even goes so far as to bring others into the garden - mortals that will remind Ganymede of the life he left behind. He urges them to help Ganymede escape by promising them that he can fulfill one of their wishes if they succeed. Each time, the mortals are unsuccessful, which isn't surprising considering Zeus would have to release Ganymede for him to be truly free. (However it is hinted throughout the story that one of the reasons Ganymede can't leave is because he has lost his hope.)
Besides spending time
Yet it is Hades who warns him about the change Apollo will endure once he sees his situation clearly. Like Ganymede, Apollo realizes at the end of the manga that he has only seen what he wants to see in others - and if, for some reason, they don't conform to his standards, he molds them accordingly.
(It should be noted that not much happens - action wise - in this story. Rather, it's more philosophical as a god - who has never had to worry about hunger, thirst or death - comes to understand mortals a little better. He even begins to show his own form of affection towards two of them - Ganymede and Iris - and that's a huge step for him considering he saw them as nothing but "ants"/"bugs" before.)
Abilities: Gravity doesn't hold him down. At all. He floats more than he stands and he never tires himself walking somewhere.
He also cannot tell a lie. It's part of being a god. Whatever he says - if he can say it - comes into fruition as the truth. (I am totally okay with that being messed with by the RC deities.)
The fire of the sun is his element - he can make the sun brighter/hotter or dim it, but he too must abide by the seasons. Even when mortals beg for him to make it less hot, he refuses them. Everything has a time and place.
He is an excellent archer - mainly because Ganymede told him he had to be. God of the Hunt and all that. Silly mortals.
He is immortal, obviously, and I do not know if he can be injured? Or suffer from hunger or thirst for that matter.
Network/Actionspam Sample: [Taken from another game.]
How impudent. (The proud, usually unwavering voice of Apollo begins to record. While his tone is definitely softer - weaker? - he is clearly pushing himself to sound normal.) A cage within a cage to force my tongue. Do you wish to know how I am?
(The notion is laughable, surely? A god dying?)
The sun died. He was named a Tribute (Ironic considering he is usually given tributes.) and slain in a barbaric tournament. His body was given no incubation before his spirit was returned to it.
(As if dying isn't bad enough, must he wake up cold?!)
Is this amusing? Do you find some deeper meaning in bringing the gods pain?
(He can't be the only god. He can't be.)
Hades would see the irony. Didn't he say once that the sky would rot? The sun is part of the sky...
(The question "am I rotting?" is left unsaid.)
No good can come from spending time with mortals. I have learned my lesson. If you return my immortality, I will consider forgiving your transgressions.
(Maybe he could have phrased that better, but he considers it a nice offer all things considered. His pride is definitely at stake and dying hurts..)
Prose Log Sample: [Taken from another game.]
The mere audacity of mortals to not only find a way to strip his godhood from him but to also parade him in front of these...judges?...was more than he could bear. Apollo scowled, livid. He had been ordered - and persuaded none too kindly - to obey orders. Said orders had led him to this table, which was ladened with weapons.
"What would you do if I used these blades against you?" his eyes, which reflected the colors of the rainbow, were fixed upon his judges, his lips pursed into a childish pout, "Then you would feel this humiliation..."
As if mortals in this particular world didn't feel the same humiliation - in varying degrees - every day. Apollo couldn't be bothered to learn about empathy, especially when he felt a sharp prod to his back.
"I don't forget." he chose a bow and arrows, "God of the hunt, hm?"
He turned away from those many staring eyes and placed a slender hand on his hip. What - or who - was he going to hunt? It didn't matter in particular. Either way, they would be visiting Hades soon.
Another pet for his dismal garden.
"Fight...survive...win." he repeated, sounding bored, "Make it worth my while. Hunting is not a sport I often..." if ever, "indulge."
Turning gracefully - his poise and flexibility hadn't completely diminished in his mortal form - Apollo aimed an arrow at the nearest judge, smiling wickedly.