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Early Life

Atlas was one of the Titans, son of Iapetus and Clymene, and brother of Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius.[1]

Titanomachy

During the Titanomachy, the war between the Titans and the Olympians, Atlas and his brother Menoetius sided with the Titans, while Prometheus and Epimetheus helped the Olympians.

Punishment

When the Olympians defeated the Titans; Zeus the most powerful sent out to Eagles to mark the boundaries of his dominion. Where they met was declared the center of the world. It was there he condemned Atlas to hold the Heavens aloft as the Axis Mundi, the world Axis. The continent where he stood was christened "Atlantis" which simply meant the "Isle of Axis".[2]

Twelve Labors of Hercules

Gaea, goddess of Earth, gave Hera a tree of golden apples as a wedding present. Atlas' daughters had the role of protecting it. Hercules was ordered to fetch the golden apples from Atlas' daughters, so he asked Atlas for help. Atlas had Hercules hold up the heavens while Atlas went to look for his daughters, who had the apples. Finally Atlas returned, but he didn't want to take over holding up the sky again. He had enjoyed his brief break and told Hercules that he would deliver the apples himself to the king. Hercules tricked Atlas into taking the load back by asking Atlas to hold it while he shifted the load. Hercules then took the apples and Atlas again shouldered the weight of the heavens.[3]

1793, A.D.

On September 18th, 1793, the then President of the United States of America; George Washington, was at a ceremony laying the corner stone of the capital of the new city Washington, D.C.. When he was laying the stone he looked into the sky and noticed something he had never noticed before, Atlas holding up the heavens. Revealing that the Axis Mundi was now in North America.[4]

Modern Era

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Powers

Immeasurably strong, Atlas can support infinitely massive weights, including the heavens themselves. Linked to the Axis Mundi, he moves with it to the center of world power and spirituality. The Axis Mundi exists in various other forms to various other faiths, including Yggdrasil, the Bodhi Tree and the Crown of Silla, associated with the Asgardians, Buddhists and Shin, respectively. These forms are accessible to each other by deities aware of their existence, and what affects one form affects them all. Anyone who knows the Atlantean spell can use the Omphalos with the Axis Mundi to affect Earth's history and take Atlas' place.

Abilities

Though rarely engaging in combat in recent millennia, Atlas was the Titans' greatest warrior. He is easily outwitted, but has extensive knowledge of world geography and human history.



  • Atlas should not be confused with the alleged similarly named great king of Atlantis or with the Olympian warrior god Atlas (who first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124).[1]

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