Daughters Of The Wheel by D.M. Kerutos
An index of characters from myth significant to the novel with narrative reference.
(Author created characters are introduced at the book contents page.)
Apollo Artemis Hera Kastalia Leto Nymphs Oracle Parnassos Poseidon Python Zeus
The illegitimate son of Zeus and Leto and twin to Artemis who were both Olympian Gods of the Xronos Line. Apollo is a powerful but unstable character who has dominion over Mount Parnassos and is consumed by a lust for a nymph of the mountain spring at Delfi where his conduct leaves a lot to be desired.
Twin to Apollo and Olympian Goddess, renowned for her hunting skills and caring for infants and women in labour or nursing. In the book we find her enraged and confronting her brother for treacherously assaulting a mountain nymph.
Daughter of Xronos and Rhea, sister and betrothed of Zeus. Powerful Olympian Goddess and mentor* to Python. Resentful of Zeus’ conduct and particularly with Leto and her twins.
A Krinaean Nymph, of the fountains and springs, so much pursued by Apollo that she became frightened of his intentions and committed herself back to the waters never to remerge. The fountain survives on Parnassos as the Kastalian Spring at Delfi where the waters are revered as purifying and inspirational.
Daughter of Kios and adulterous lover of Zeus. Mother to the twins Apollo and Artemis. Hated by Hera and persecuted by Python. In our account we find her a dignified and concerned mother.
Beings of the Imitheic Casts, invoked by the gods but created of no gender interaction, directly from the Earthly elements. Nymphs appear mostly from water sources in the form of beautiful young girls newly come to womanhood. Despite that they are regarded as Goddesses Of Nature, some tell of juvenile and even male nymphs but our history does not tax fantasy beyond the realms of necessity.
An oracle in location, person and expression, is the source of a god’s advice. The person of the oracle in our account is the Oracular Priestess Of Apollo at Delfi on Mount Parnassos, the one time oracular sanctuary of Yia the Earth Goddess. Our Priestess provides the summer solstice, “Words Of Fortune” and is a significant character as the mysteries unravel.
Parnassos 1 (God)
Parnassos was a son of Poseidon (& Kleadora!). He was the first augur of the mountain which bear’s his name but he divined his prophesies by observing the flights of birds so in this he does not qualify as an oracle. In our history he comes to posses the mountain with an influential spirit of some consequence.
Parnassos 2 (Mountain)
Parnassos (2457mtrs) is a sprawling mountain whose slopes run down to the northern banks of the gulfs of Itea and Korinth in Central Greece. The site of Apollo’s Sanctuary and its temple at Delfi upon those southern slopes where our drama is enacted, is most picturesque and the archaeological site very impressive in that setting. The mountain was in ancient history and mythology, regarded to be the centre of the world.
An elder brother to Zeus and son of Xronos and Rhea. A most powerful Olympian God who adopted all the oceans of Earth as his domain in the Olympian Allocation Lottery. He is the father to Parnassos and opens our story with the flight of a golden discus.
A serpent-dragon associated with the oracle at Delfi and reputed to be the off-spring of Hera* or created from the clay by Yia when she was the Oracular Deity. Others suggest that Hera was the Earth Goddess and Python her oracle. There are other accounts but all agree that Python was a thoroughly bad lot who, on the orders of Hera, harassed Leto when she was pregnant with the twins and for which the twin Apollo subsequently slew the beast in the sanctuary cave.
The most powerful of all the Olympian Gods and who, as the youngest son of Xronos and Rhea, freed his siblings from their father’s confinement and having once deposed Xronos established the Godly Seat And Panel Of Olympos from which they ruled The World with Zeus taking dominion over all the sky and the stormy elements. He is generally regarded to be the invocator of the earthly nymphs and which function he performs in our history.
The mountain dwellers of ancient Parnassos told of a time when the God Apollo, in his hatred, chased a serpent into the sanctuary of Mother Earth’s Oracular Cave and slew it there. And they told that at some other time that same god, in his lust of gender, pursued a frightened mountain nymph into a spring pool to her demise. But not all in these tales was told, and not all that was told was set down so that a compound tragedy has languished unknown beneath the mountain shadows this very long time.
As we open the covers to this history behind the myths we will find that it is of the most devoted of loves in unrestrained joy but with a hea.rt-breaking prospect as two dangerous conspiracies with purposes of death converge upon an unsuspecting mountain. This tale is of Kastalia and the fate of her cousin nymphs. Of the Tiller Folk from the elevated plains and the disappearance of their blessed girl. It is of the Temple Priests and the Synod, Apollo’s Oracular Priestess and a hard lesson for Apollo to learn as his wilfulness becomes a burden for him to carry in eternal guilt. But perhaps Apollo is not the only culprit responsible for this tragic history, for there may be proud mortals and jealous gods with their own schemes in play about the mountains peaceful slopes.
It should be noted by guardians of the innocent that their charges may do well to be protected from such references to violence, rape and grief, on the one hand, and adventure, love and joy on the other, as may be pertinent within the text, lest it blight their youth in contemplation of their maturity.