"Speak softly, and carry a big stick." —Theodore Roosevelt
Rebekah Anne Cross
19, born 2/29
Years at Olympus Academy
"How will I know, will my heart make me believe it so?"
— Chemical Love
Slightly above average height. Rebekah is striking in a decidedly understated manner. Much less understated is her exceptionally long black hair, frequently worn back in a ponytail (equestrian quips are uttered at one’s own risk) to keep it out of her way. Her complexion is a little shy of pale, as though she doesn’t spend as much time in the sun as some, but still more than others. Her eyes, on the other hand, are a blue gray. So gray, in fact, they strain what would normally be considered possible. Inheritance from her godly parent, if one had to guess. The color has been called ‘unnerving’ by those on the wrong end of her ire, and ‘intense’ by those who perceive her usual demeanor. A demeanor that generally leaves her expression stoic; mouth set in a neutral line, with her eyes focused intently on her latest project.
The specific reason for Rebekah’s understated appearance, in large part, would be her I-don’t-really-care-chic sense of fashion. She’s internally consistent in her choices, but she doesn’t care much about how she dresses. Jeans, a t-shirt, and a hoodie work as well as jeans, a shirt, and a sweater. For any and all occasions short of an event explicitly labeled “formal”, in fact. Sometimes her shirt will near a witticism or reference, other times it will be a solid color. Colors, however, generally tend towards the darker/bluer end of the spectrum. With a few notable exceptions, most will be some shade of blue, purple, green, black or gray. Footwear is strictly functional; sneakers.
When it comes to bags, however, there are to be no compromises. Messenger style only, with a primary compartment suitable for carrying multiples books in addition to a 17” laptop. And on top of all of that, any chargers or notebooks she happens to be carrying. A small pocket for blue light-negating tinted glasses is a must, in the event of extended work time on the go.
Rebekah Cross is a firm believer in speaking only when she has something to say. Small talk for small talk’s sake simply fills a void that rarely needs filling. Idle chatter is neither informative nor purposeful, so she rarely indulges. Her quiet nature, however, belies a mind that never stops working. She never stops thinking, no matter the time of day, about whatever has her attention at that particular moment. Most people… Are very much a distraction. Idle chatter is the name of the game for many, and given that she doesn’t play ball, she can come across as very detached. Not quite antisocial, but definitely introverted.
If one manages to get in her good books, however, they’ve earned a long-term friend. One that, to the shock of many, doesn’t really stop talking. Long diatribes are a firm indicator, unbeknownst to many, that she actually cares enough to tell you what she’s thinking.
Athena has never been quite like the other Gods or Goddesses. What attracts many is meaningless in her eyes, while what is meaningless to many is meaningful. As a Goddess of Wisdom, she is attracted by exactly that. Wisdom. Which goes a long way to explaining why she was drawn to a small-time author in the American Southwest. Their relationship wasn’t very long, but it was long enough for Rebekah to be conceived. They parted on very pleasant terms; part of wisdom is knowing when something won’t work, and expecting a relationship with an immortal Goddess to last is definitely on that list. That isn’t to say, however, that they ceased all contact; unlike some of her siblings, Athena stopped in from time to time to see her daughter. Advise Rebekah’s father on his writing career when he was out of ideas, as well. She isn’t the Goddess of Inspiration for nothing.
Nor was Rebekah her daughter for nothing. She showed an exceptional intelligence from a very early age, and worked out for herself (long before her father was ready to tell her) that her mother wasn’t quite normal. Both parents gave her the full explanation when she was barely in her teens. If anything the knowledge made her more driven. She was a high school graduate by sixteen, and taking classes at the local university by seventeen. Despite offers of admission from more prestigious schools, supporting her attendance financially wasn’t a possibility. Not right away, at least. She intended (and intends) to transfer schools in order to finish her degree, but Olympus Academy is another step on the road before she does. She took a break from university courses on her mother’s suggestion, recognizing that while she could learn normal subjects with ease whenever she wanted, the understanding of her heritage that the Academy offered couldn’t be found elsewhere.
"Wise, for her age. I would expect no less. But a little too comfortable. Necessity is the mother of invention, and with her new peers… I think her comfort zone will be sufficiently taxed."
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom
Relationship With Godly Parent
Friendly, though not necessarily all that close. Athena made an effort to be around during her daughter’s life, at least from time to time, but her very nature made it impossible to really be Rebekah’s mother. They’ve been closer since Rebekah learned of her real nature, but Athena is still more of a semi-maternal adviser to her than a family member. Whether this is exactly as she would like it, or if she would like something closer, is a piece of knowledge kept close to Rebekah’s chest.
She Who Knows Herself: Fitting for the daughter of Athena, Rebekah is blessed with the ability to analyze and understand that which she sees. Be it magic, technology, or somewhere in between she can fathom its inner mechanics and principles. In simple terms, if she sees it, she can understand what makes it tick. More mundanely, she also possesses an eidetic memory.
Hippeia: Rebekah is exceptionally fleet-footed; supernaturally so. Athena was worshipped under the title Hippeia, ‘of the horses’, for her invention of the chariot. From this aspect her daughter derives her godly speed and sure-footedness.
Ergane: Athena was a goddess known for a fondness of industry, and her varied patronage has found an… odd confluence, in the modern world. As one of the inventors of the chariot and the wagon, arguably the world’s earliest vehicles, with an ability to understand anything she can bear witness to Rebekah is preternaturally gifted behind the wheel of a vehicle. To the point that she can drive just about anything, and extremely well with very little effort.
Promachos: The First Fighter. She who fights in front. Though best remembered as a Goddess of Wisdom, Athena was a Goddess of Strategy, as well. Specifically embodying strength, the strategy of war, and justice. In this way she is as much a martial a figure as she is a wise one. From this her daughter inherited the ability to win her fights not through brute strength, but through preparation. With the proper understanding of her needs she can craft a tool, provided there is some kind of material at hand, and imbue it the properties she needs at that moment. As a Goddess of Strategy, known her her invention, Athena’s parentage permits Rebekah whatever tool or weapon she requires; provided she has the wisdom to understand her needs, that is.
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