Demeter is the daughter of Cronus, Ruler of the first generation of the Olympian Gods who were known as the Titans, and his wife, the Titaness Rhea. Fearing that he would be overthrown by one of his children, just as he himself had overthrown his father, Ouranus, Cronus imprisoned his own children in the deepest regions of Tartarus as soon as they were born. (Later legends claimed that he swallowed them and that they remained alive within him until freed by Zeus). Upset, Rhea concealed her last pregnancy and hid the birth of her last son Zeus upon Earth.
Zeus ended up growing among mortals and as an adult set out to conquer Olympus. He freed his siblings from Tartarus and ended up seducing many of the female gods of Olympus to make them allies in his cause, including Demeter who bore him a daughter, Persephone. Although she became one of his first wives, it was Hera who became Queen of The Gods. Zeus was successful in claiming Olympus as he and his brothers cast lots for the rest of creation. Zeus gained the heavens, Poseidon the seas and Hades (later known as Pluto) the underworld. Demeter inherited protection of the earth by choice to honor her mother, Rhea, who honored Gaea, Mother Earth. Hades, however, desired companionship in the Underworld and fell in love with Persephone. He bribed Zeus for the right to court her and actually followed through in abducting her from Earth.
Unwary of the truth, Demeter pined unaware of what had happened to her daughter or knowing where she was. She allowed herself to be romanced by Poseidon and gave birth to Arion, the horse-god, and Despoena, the fruit goddess who later became Pomona to the Romans. At the marriage of the Theban King Cadmus to Harmonia, the daughter of Aphrodite, she was in another situation to be romantically seduced by the demigod, Iasion, a son of Zeus. She gave birth to Plutus, who became Consus, the Roman god of wealth, and Philomelas, who became Vertumnus, the Roman god of farming. Iasion had his godhood stripped from him by Zeus for violating Demeter in her vulnerable state.
Demeter wandered the world under the name Doso looking for her daughter. She became friends of King Celeus of Eleusis and tried to make his son, Demophon, immortal in return for his kindness but was frightened by a nurse before she could burn off the child’s mortality. She revealed her true existence as Demeter to them and Celeus founded the Eleusian Mysteries to honor her afterward.
Demeter eventually cursed Ascalaphus, the son of the river-god, Acheron, for taunting her by exiling him to the Underworld. Demeter eventually learned from Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft, and the sun god, Helios, that Hades had abducted Persephone and that Zeus had given him permission to do so. She retreated into self-imposed exile into a cave on Mount Elaeus near Phigalia. Zeus sent Pan to locate her and then had the Fates try to talk her into accepting the marriage, but she refused. Meanwhile, drought and famine was occurring on Earth as a result of Demeter’s emotions.
Zeus finally sent Hermes to retrieve Persephone from the Underworld, but in her own misery of being separated from her mother, Persephone had eaten three pomegranate seeds given to her by Ascalaphus, who had his revenge on Demeter for being exiled to the underworld. Because Persephone had been treated kindly in the Underworld, she had to remain bound to her marriage and had to spend equal amounts of time in Hades and on Olympus with her mother. Demeter further punished Ascalaphus by transforming him into an owl. During Persephone’s absences, her children, Pomona, Consus and Vertumnus in duties over the earth and the harvest, frequently attended her in visiting earth.
Demeter particularly favored the Trojans during the Trojan War because they were descendants of Iasion’s brother, Dardanus. Their descendants who founded Rome called her Ceres, but as Zeus allowed the worship of the Olympian Gods to die out, Demeter broke off many of her ties to mortals and in a sense retired as her role as a goddess without giving up her powers of immortality. She and Persephone, however, do often dress as human beings in order to pose as mortals to go visit and shopping on Earth. During one such trip, Hercules briefly interrupted them to inform them that Hades was holding the mortals Bounty, Caledonia and the young wards of the Fantastic Four captive in his realm briefly during their happy sojourn. The message caused Persephone to rush to the underworld to avoid a major altercation.
Despite her lack of modern worshippers, Demeter does still bestow power on human mystics and priestesses who know how to call upon her. In recent years, Demeter added energies that the sorceress Clea called upon to create Ardina, a female counterpart of the Silver Surfer.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Demeter possesses the conventional attributes of an Olympian:
Superhuman Strength: Demeter possesses superhuman strength equal to that of the average Asgardian female and can lift about 25 tons.
Superhuman Speed: Demeter is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than that of the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Stamina: Demeter's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins than the musculature of human beings. Her stamina is equivalent to the average Olympian and she can exert herself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatige impairs her.
Superhumanly Dense Tissue: The skin, muscle, and bone tissues of Demeter's body has about 3 times the density of the same tissue in the body of a human. This contributes, somewhat, to her superhuman strength and weight.
Superhuman Durability: Demeter's body is considerably more resistant to injury than the body of a human. She can withstand great impact forces, temperature and pressure extremes, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.
Regenerative Healing Factor: If injured, Demeter is capable of recovering fully with superhuman levels of speed and efficiency. The exact extent of her healing powers isn't known, but is believed to be about average for an Olympian.
Immortality: Demeter is functionally immortal. She is immune to the degenerative effects of aging and hasn't aged since reaching adulthood. She is also immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections. However, this doesn't mean that she can't be killed.
AbilitiesShe is a skilled dancer.
Class 25:Demeter is able to lift 25 ton range
Dimensional teleportation using his own powers.
Demeter has not yet made an actual appearance in the Marvel Universe; she has been alluded to in two storylines.
- 2 Appearances of Demeter (Olympian) (Earth-616)
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