History Headscratchers / TheHeroesOfOlympus

1st Jun '16 3:57:39 PM SteelEdge
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* Small one. It's said that gods have no DNA, which is why there's no taboo against demigods dating non-sibling demigods. But why is Piper said to be half white even though her father is Cherokee? The other non-white characters are never described as being half white like Piper is. Did Aphrodite appear to Tristan as a white woman?

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* Small one. It's said that gods have no DNA, which is why there's no taboo against demigods dating non-sibling demigods. But why is Piper said to be half white even though her father is Cherokee? The other non-white characters are never described as being half white like Piper is. Did Aphrodite appear to Tristan as a white woman?woman?
* When Percy meets Octavion, Percy says that he reminds him of someone. Who is he talking about?
23rd May '16 7:21:20 PM SteelEdge
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** Because the Pillars of Hercules are specifically created to guard Civilization from dangerous monsters. The ancient greeks believed that the Atantic Ocean was the wild untamed ocean filled with the most dangerous monsters and the Pillars of Hercules keep them safe. Only now the situation has inverted and the Mediterranean has become the place filled with dangerous monsters and the Western Civilization is across the Atlantic. So the Pillars have no need to move.

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** Because the Pillars of Hercules are specifically created to guard Civilization from dangerous monsters. The ancient greeks believed that the Atantic Ocean was the wild untamed ocean filled with the most dangerous monsters and the Pillars of Hercules keep them safe. Only now the situation has inverted and the Mediterranean has become the place filled with dangerous monsters and the Western Civilization is across the Atlantic. So the Pillars have no need to move.move.
* Small one. It's said that gods have no DNA, which is why there's no taboo against demigods dating non-sibling demigods. But why is Piper said to be half white even though her father is Cherokee? The other non-white characters are never described as being half white like Piper is. Did Aphrodite appear to Tristan as a white woman?
17th Mar '16 7:50:24 PM omegafire17
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** We have to remember that bits of the floor, walls, ceiling, the statue itself, a lot of things in that layer were covered/supported by spider-silk - no doubt all the lines stuck together in some fashion, or perhaps Arachne tried to catch it with more of her own, until she ran out and suddenly boom, instant weight on the line. Also, there was the explicit 'Nemesis trade' angle going on, which was implied to have pulled them down - maybe Arachne had a small part involved with this, or maybe she didn't; it's unclear exactly what happened underneath the weakened floor, since our focus was on the demigods.
12th Jan '16 12:16:27 AM HeWhoMustNotBeUsernamed
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*****Of course. It was a prophecy from Delphi, and the Romans get their prophecies from augurs.


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** Or a brief lapse into omniscient narrator.


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*** Because the Greek and Roman camps can't know about each other. To admit he knew Percy he'd have to invent a completely new background for both of them and this way was just simpler.


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31st Dec '15 5:40:09 PM fbiuzz
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** Because the Pillars of Hercules are specifically created to guard the Mediteranean Sea, due to the powerful connection that the Greek-associated entities still have with their homeland.

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** Because the Pillars of Hercules are specifically created to guard the Mediteranean Sea, due to the powerful connection Civilization from dangerous monsters. The ancient greeks believed that the Greek-associated entities still Atantic Ocean was the wild untamed ocean filled with the most dangerous monsters and the Pillars of Hercules keep them safe. Only now the situation has inverted and the Mediterranean has become the place filled with dangerous monsters and the Western Civilization is across the Atlantic. So the Pillars have with their homeland.no need to move.
31st Dec '15 5:35:36 PM fbiuzz
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** Also the shapeshifting and burning-stick curse are all inherited traits that were past through by blood. It's the same reason why Percy Jackson still has water manipulation abilities even though he is a Greek Demigod. The Curse of Achilles however was something Percy gained by taking a dipped into a magical river.
31st Dec '15 5:20:41 PM fbiuzz
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** Not to mention that in Greek Mythology. Blessings and Curses are pretty much one and the same. The Dionysus bless King Midas, but it end up being a curse. Notably Achilles' Invulnerability is called "The Curse of Achilles" even though being invincible would seem to be a blessing. The inherent problem with divine blessings is that their is always a sort of string attached or "payment" one must give up in exchange for divine favors or abilities. Probably explains why none of Hephaestus' kids get fire ability or why Heracles cannot fly even though Jason can. Those abilities cost extra, and a demigods life ''already'' suck as it is.
30th Dec '15 9:10:28 PM DarkStarling
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* It's been shown time after time that mythologically significant locations get transplanted to whatever location is currently the center of Western Civilization. That's why all the giants are under American mountains, Olympus is in New York, etc. The Pillars of Hercules, though, remain where they have always been, in Spain... Why? This is acknowledged in universe, but no explanation is ever offered.

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* It's been shown time after time that mythologically significant locations get transplanted to whatever location is currently the center of Western Civilization. That's why all the giants are under American mountains, Olympus is in New York, etc. The Pillars of Hercules, though, remain where they have always been, in Spain... Why? This is acknowledged in universe, but no explanation is ever offered.offered.
** Because the Pillars of Hercules are specifically created to guard the Mediteranean Sea, due to the powerful connection that the Greek-associated entities still have with their homeland.
27th Dec '15 10:30:42 PM HeWhoMustNotBeUsernamed
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** Here's a possible explanation: Periclymenus' blessing was passed through his bloodline, and he has Roman descendants (well, Romano-''Chinese'' descendants, in Liqian). His blessing may be Greek at heart, but perhaps it took on Roman characteristics when his family left Greece.

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** Here's a possible explanation: Periclymenus' blessing was passed through his bloodline, and he has Roman descendants (well, Romano-''Chinese'' descendants, in Liqian). His blessing may be Greek at heart, but perhaps it took on Roman characteristics when his family left Greece.Greece.

* It's been shown time after time that mythologically significant locations get transplanted to whatever location is currently the center of Western Civilization. That's why all the giants are under American mountains, Olympus is in New York, etc. The Pillars of Hercules, though, remain where they have always been, in Spain... Why? This is acknowledged in universe, but no explanation is ever offered.
21st Dec '15 11:16:09 AM HeWhoMustNotBeUsernamed
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* It's explicitly stated that Greek blessings can't survive crossing the Little Tiber, because you officially enter Roman territory there. That's why Percy loses Achilles' invulnerability (thinking about it, why didn't it come back after he left Rome? Or finished his quest from Rome, or whatever?). So exactly why does Frank get to keep Periclymenus' blessing? It's Greek, right? And what about the whole burning-stick curse? It's based on Meleager, a ''Greek'' hero. Shouldn't he lose those traits while he's in Rome?

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* It's explicitly stated that Greek blessings can't survive crossing the Little Tiber, because you officially enter Roman territory there. That's why Percy loses Achilles' invulnerability (thinking about it, why didn't it come back after he left Rome? Or finished his quest from Rome, or whatever?). So exactly why does Frank get to keep Periclymenus' blessing? It's Greek, right? And what about the whole burning-stick curse? It's based on Meleager, a ''Greek'' hero. Shouldn't he lose those traits while he's in Rome?Rome?
** Here's a possible explanation: Periclymenus' blessing was passed through his bloodline, and he has Roman descendants (well, Romano-''Chinese'' descendants, in Liqian). His blessing may be Greek at heart, but perhaps it took on Roman characteristics when his family left Greece.
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