Mars/Lore

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Mars minimap icon.png Mars, the First Son of Heaven
Mars, first son of heaven, spent a long existence waging endless war, and saw countless more crusades waged beneath the banner of his old name. Wars of conquest and of vengeance. Just and unjust... Always cruel. So much like his father, Mars indulged his basest impulses--with inclinations much more monstrous than those of Zeus--and he inflicted suffering untold.

But as the epochs vanished behind him, the selfish ways of his father--the ways of many amongst his godly kin, they who judged him despicable--eventually began to ring hollow. War for its own sake was no longer enough to satisfy his desires. For the first time in his ageless days, the god of war began to question to what ends he swung his glorious spear.

As the Fates would have it, his solution came easily: he must wage war for a larger purpose, and inspire more than mere savagery and sorrow at the sight of his crest. He must at last lay claim to the mantle of leadership that is his birthright, for the time has come to burn down the pantheon of the old age and build a just new empire atop the ashes of his kin. Only then might he find satisfaction, and make the glory of Mars evident to all.


Mars
Mars Preview 10.jpg
Associated with
Heroes:Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus
Io minimap icon.png Io
Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother
Factions:Ash Legion
The Continuum
Places:Quoidge
Gods:Selemene
Flayed Twins
Characters:Sheragndar
Other Lore:Stygian Conquests
Wightfall Invasion

Background[edit]

  • Mars has disowned his heritage in his quest to create a new empire.[1] He has an old name given to him by his father, which he has discarded.[2]
  • Mars receives, and demands sacrifices be made to him.[3]
  • Mars once killed one of his tutors, whom he likens to Rubick.[4]

Battles[edit]

Mars has fought in countless wars, including the Stygian Conquests, the Wightfall Invasion and caimpaigns against The Continuum. He fought against a mysterious figure named Sheragndar,[5] and was responsible for creating Quoidge as a result of his wars.[6]

The Ash Legion[edit]

An undead warrior of the Ash Legion.

The Ash Legion, a group of supreme warriors who found thrill in combat, was slain by Mars after challenging the god to a fight. Their undead bodies now rise willingly at Mars' command, forming an Arena of Blood in which combatants can fight without interference.[7]

The Witch[edit]

One of Mars' exploits involved helping a village defeat a witch, who was possessing and turning the villagers against one another. After the villagers sacrificed their last bull to Mars, he took up arms to storm the witch's fortress, killing her converted minions, and eventually slew the witch herself. The villagers returned to normal after this, and rejoiced greatly with songs dedicated to Mars.[8]

Relationships[edit]

Mars mentions several other gods of the Greek pantheon. His father is Zeus, his mother is Hera, his uncles are Poseidon and Hades.[9] He also makes reference to Vulcan, the god of fire and blacksmithing who forged his spear.[10][11]

He is estranged from Zeus, his father, whose pantheon he wishes to topple.[12] Because of his enmity towards his father, Mars also hates lightning, which reminds him of Zeus' thunderbolts.[13]

Aside from the Greek gods, Mars has hostile relationships with the gods of Dota 2, seeking to hunt down and kill Selemene and the Flayed Twins.[14][15] He is neutral towards the Omniscience.[16]

Mars is close with Io, describing it as his oldest friend who helped him through dark times.[17] He also has a strange desire for Black Arachnia's brood and eggs.[18]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Mars response: ▶️ I disown my heritage, and vow that the flight of my spear will never again be so petty.
  2. Mars response: ▶️ I don't answer to that name anymore, you old fool.
  3. Mars response: ▶️ The requisite sacrifices may be lacking, but I find the competition intriguing for once...
  4. Mars response: ▶️ You remind me of a tutor I once killed.
  5. Mars response: ▶️ Where have all the good wars gone? The Stygian Conquests, the Wightfall Invasion... the centuries-long campaigns against the the forces of the Continuum... Battles that mattered, had consequence. In the final push against Sheragndar, I didn't halt the song of my spear for the full cycle of an Ultorian moon. The bodies in my wake, enough to fill mortal worlds! Hmmmm. It's not like today. Today's war is...tedium. The same fight in a different trench. Each stake smaller than the last. But there's a great war left out there somewhere... I'll do whatever it takes to find it.
  6. Mars response: ▶️ You know, Quoidge wouldn't even exist without me.
  7. Arena of Blood description.
  8. Mars response: ▶️ The villagers sacrificed their last bull. Obviously, I felt compelled to help them. Damn the costs! But the witch's magic claimed more and more of the simple folk, turning them against their kin ? against even me! I slew scores of them to reach the hag's stronghold. But, once I took her head, every single possessed villager who was still alive returned mostly to normal. Yes, I expect there was much rejoicing as the families collected their dead... And songs in my name. What a sight!
  9. Mars response: ▶️ Say hello to my uncle!
  10. Mars response: ▶️ Thank Vulcan!
  11. Spear of Mars description.
  12. Mars response: ▶️ I didn't come here to exchange pleasantries. It's time for you to die!
  13. Mars response: ▶️ I hate lightning!
  14. Mars response: ▶️ This is going to be fun. Oh, and when we're done here, tell the Flayed Twins I'm coming for them. Happy hunting!
  15. Mars response: ▶️ Your mistress is next.
  16. Mars response: ▶️ I had no quarrel with your worthless god...only with you!
  17. Mars response: ▶️ My oldest friend... You've helped me through some dark times.
  18. Mars response: ▶️ Now to harvest the eggs!