"An orphan fighting for the very survival of humanity"
Played by: akula2ssn
Deity: Emperor of Mankind
Body Type: fit
Hair: white (originally dark brown)
Scars: left cheek, right thigh, back
Relationship Status: Single
Personality: While a fierce zealot of her faith, Athene is very calm and collected, and very much a team builder, qualities that are often attributed to the martial discipline of being a Cadian.
Athena is fit as a front line soldier should be. Her hair cut into a bob just off the shoulders and naturally is dark brown but is colored in the traditional white of the Adepta Sororitas. She wears black powered armor adorned with the fleur de lis and crimson livery. Tattooed in red on her right cheek is the fleur de lis.
Athena is level headed with a sharp analytical mind. As a bit of a free thinker, Athena has often found herself at odds with her superiors within the Adepta Sororitas.
Sororitas Power Armor: A lighter version of the powered armor worn by the genetically altered, Adeptus Astartes, the Sororitas Power Armor provides protection against physical threats as well as increased strength.
Godwyn-De'az Pattern Bolter: A smaller variant of the Astartes bolter, the Godwyn-De'az was designed for use by regular humans. In addition to firing .75 cal explosive kinetic rounds, the weapon also features an attachment for a bayonet type weapon called a Sarissa.
Power Sword: A gift for her service to the Ordo Hereticus of the Inquisition.
Sister Caroline: Athene's second in command. Spirited and gruff, Caroline has been a good counterweight to Athene's often level headed and somber personality. Sister Caroline is also a Sister Retributor, specializing in the use of heavy weapons. Athene and Caroline have had a long history together going back to their days in the Schola Progenia.
Not a member of the orders militant, Sister Rena is a member of the orders hospitaller and has served as the squad's medicae for the past year. Soft spoken and timid, it is easy to mistake her slight form as weak. Rena has served along side Athene's squad in numerous campaigns and is largely considered by all to be a part of the squad.
Sister Amelia: Jovial and free spirited, Amelia has often been verbally reprimanded by Athene. Despite this, Amelia is considered one of Athene's finest warriors.
Sister Irene: Irene is the newest member of the squad. A competent fighter, Irene has yet to find her place within the team.
Sister Cassandra: Cassandra is a Sister Dominion, specializing in assault weapons. She often prefers to carry a stormbolter into battle. Cassandra is very hot tempered and zealous in battle.
Sister Ilea: Sister Ilea, is holds a special position within the squad. Her body bares the scars, not just of battle, but of the flagellation she endured as a Repentia. The nature of the infraction which led her to join the ranks of the penitent is known only to Athene and Caroline, and the two have strongly discouraged the curiosity of the other sisters. The fact that Ilea had joined the Repentia, and found redemption before death spoke enough as to her character and faith and should serve as an example to the others.
Sister Eva: Sister Eva is by all accounts, the most pious of the squad. During hymnals, her voice is often described as that of an angel proclaiming the beneficence of the God Emperor. Her knowledge of scripture is unrivalled and her faith unquestioned. She often leads her sisters in prayer, and has been granted the special honor of being designated to carry the Simulacrum Imperialis whenever the presence of such a relic graces the squad.
Sister Clarice: Sister Clarice is the only member of the squad who was born and grew up on Holy Terra and led a largely sheltered life in regards to the threats that face humanity throughout the galaxy compared to her sisters. Despite this, she has proven to be a capable warrior, and has more than earned the respect of Athene and Caroline.
Sister Nadia: Sister Nadia spent most of her childhood on the ice world of Valhalla. Her parents were officers in the Imperial Guard who were killed defending the planet from an ork invasion.
Sister Lydia: Sister Lydia is a Mordian, and one of the remaining original members of Athene's squad. She is fiercely loyal to her superior and has helped shoulder the burden of many campaigns.
Sister Mjoll: Mjoll is the squad's close combat specialist. She was born on the death world of Fenris.
Sister Serana: Sister Serana was born on the planet of Baal, the home world of the Blood Angels. Her parents were serfs in the service of the Blood Angels. Both were killed during the Tyranid invasion that decimated the planet.
Sister Rayya: Sister Rayya grew up in the lower tiers of the hives of Necromunda. Where it not for the bounty hunter, Kal Jerico, she likely would have grown up to be one of the many faceless gangers who's lives would be cut short in the endless violence of the underhive wars.
Athene was born on the planet Cadia. Her father sergeant in the Kasrkins, while her mother was a sister dialogus of the Order of the Holy Word. At the age of 6, her parents were killed during a raid by a Chaos warband on the garrison where they were residing. Her parents hid her just as the traitors began to overrun the garrison. Athene witnessed the horrors inflicted upon her parents before re-enforcements arrived. The Cadian forces found the traumatized little girl, unable to speak. Given the highly martial culture of Cadian society, Athene was looked upon by many as weak and unfit within regimented confines of Cadian society. Chastised and shunned, she would have been abandoned on the streets of the fortress world, were it not for a Ministorum priest who had led the surviving troops in the defense of the garrison.
Drill Abbot Steuben a harsh and fearsome man of the cloth. It is said that the only thing that the men and women of the Astra Militarum regiments of Cadia feared more more than the Commissars, was Drill Abbot Steuben himself. The man wielded the threat of eternal damnation as a Commissar wielded summary execution. For all his martial prowess, Drill Abbot Steuben was first and foremost a man of faith. When he saw the child, Athene, Steuben did not see weakness. He saw strength and faith that had been tested to its limit. In Steuben's eyes, this meant that the child was ready to grow in both with the proper guidance. Steuben took Athene with him to the Schola Progenium on Ophelia VII. It was there that Steuben tempered the young Athene and forged her into an strong young woman. Once she was of age, Steuben introduced Athene to Drill Abbess Diana. It was Diana who selected Athene as a candidate to become a novitiate of the Adepta Sororitas.
Athene was not alone when she was transferred to the charge of Drill Abbess Diana. During her years under Steuben's tutelage, Athene met another young orphan by the name of Caroline. Like Athene, Caroline was orphaned on Cadia. Both her parents where soldiers of the Imperial Guard. The two became close while being raised under Steuben, and both would spent their time as novitiates together both in prayer and on the battlefield.
It didn't take Athene and Caroline long before they were fully initiated into the ranks of the battle sisters under the Order of Our Martyred Lady. Athena is a veteran of a number of campaigns in and around the Cadian Gate, attaining the rank of Sister Superior. While Athene has fought many of the various types of threats to the Imperium, she has seen the most action against the forces of the Ruinous Powers. As a result she has often crossed paths with members of the Ordo Hereticus of the Inquisition.
During the outbreak of the 13th Black Crusade, Athene found herself fighting for the very survival of the world of her birth. Athena faced the combined forces of Chaos under the Arch Heratic along side her sister, Cadians in the Astra Militarum, Adeptus Astartes of the Black Templar, and forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus and Inquisition. However, in the end Athena could only watch helplessly from the evacuation fleet as the planet of her birth, the fortress world of Cadia was consumed by the warp.
In recent years, Athene has found herself repeatedly working with Inquisitor Mathias Chang of the Ordo Hereticus. The first two crossed paths in the Calixis sector while Mathias was investigating hints of a possible cult of pleasure among the noble houses. Athene had been tracking down the location of a relic stolen from the Cathedral of Illumination of Hive Tarsus. Neither were aware of the other's operation. While Mathias tried to infiltrate the hidden temple of the cult, he was caught and was embroiled in a fight for his life with the cult's enforcers. Out of ammunition, Mathias was forced into melee combat. After taking a blow to the head, Mathias lay dazed and disoriented on the stone floor as the enforcer was about to deliver a killing blow when the stone wall to the temple was blown inward by a round from the battle cannon of a castigator tank. Athene, and her sisters stormed the temple. As she began to check the bodies that lay on the floor before continuing to sweep the temple, Athene noticed the rosette around Mathias's neck and helped him up. Since that day, Athene and Mathias often worked side by side whenever the interest of the Ordos and the Ecclesiarchy crossed. The two have developed a mutual respect for each other on both a professional and personal level. The two have often called upon each other for assistance with their endeavors in the name of the Emperor and the Imperium.