Quick Facts Edit
|"There's more to being a hero than saving people, man. None of it matters unless you care."|
|Position||Greek Demigod; Fated Hero|
played by: elise/cat
- Birthday: June 6th
- Heritage: Spanish & Ancient Greek
- Nationality: New Olympian (North American)
- Birthplace: Athenia (New England)
- Residence: Downtown Denver
- Eye color: Lilac (often mistaken for blue)
- Hair color: Black & purple
- Skin tone: Dark olive
- Distinguishing characteristics: A large, black tattoo on his back, shaped like a skull with roses growing out of the eye sockets
- Positive traits: Outgoing, empathetic, laid-back, tactful, optimistic
- Negative traits: Self-sacrificing, naive, self-hating, paranoid, gullible
Cyrus is a kindhearted, gentle young man with a somewhat guileless disposition. Though he wouldn't be characterized as having a spoiled personality, his semi-pampered upbringing as a hero has led to him being outraged at simple lacks of understanding or patience, typically when directed at people other than himself. His hero complex runs extremely deep. While this isn't something that most people would take issue with in his own world, his willingness to help strangers is often perceived as off-putting in societies removed from New Olympia.
Despite his kindness, frankness, and empathy, Cyrus is easily provoked to anger, and has been known to showcase his explosive strength in a moment of fury. When he feels someone he cares about is threatened, Cyrus can become cold and terrible; in a similar vein, when he's asked to deal with gods and monsters, he adopts a professional, almost businesslike demeanor with a twist of necessary charm. Cyrus hates behaving in such a manner, but realizes it's necessary around all gods, save for Persephone, Hades, and, perhaps, Thanatos.
Trauma has made Cyrus unwilling to let people pry into his personal life, so despite his attempt to get to know others, attempts to piece out his own inner strife will likely be met with resistance. Cyrus has blocked out events of his past to such an extent that he pretends certain things didn't happen to him; as a result, any reminder of such events will cause him to spiral into shame and self-hatred. He has a list of particular trigger words that should be avoided to prevent such a spiral from happening.
Cyrus has a range of powers, thanks to his godly parentage and status as a hero. These powers can be broken up into divine and fated, the former of which were granted to him by Persephone, and the latter of which were granted to him by way of his status as a hero.
Divine Powers Edit
- Plant growth/manipulation: Cyrus can cause plants to grow and can manipulate them to do his bidding if he chooses. Through this method, Cyrus can also create plant-and-clay homunculi, who can keep him company or do his bidding.
- Healing abilities: Cyrus's blood and bodily fluids contain healing agents that make it almost impossible to kill him by way of a mortal wound. He heals himself automatically, and can heal others either by introducing them to his own blood, spit, etc.; or by using a particular incantation he learned from a son of Hecate.
- Earthquakes: Because Persephone is a cthonic deity, Cyrus inherited from her the ability to cause earthquakes and open portals to the Underworld.
- Judgment: As Hades and Persephone are the judges of souls in Greek myth, Cyrus acquired a certain passive ability for divining the quality of souls. He can tell which souls have been blackened with hatred and violence, and which haven't.
Fated Powers Edit
- Strength: Cyrus has strength that surpasses that of regular demigods.
- Speed: Cyrus has the ability to run faster than his peers.
Cyrus is from New Olympia, the North American superpower in an alternate future. In this alternate world, polytheism reigns supreme as religious world powers, and among the most prominent of those religions is the mythology of Ancient Greece. In New Olympia, Greek demigods outnumber non-demigods, and are perceived to be unofficial first-class citizens. While there's no specific hierarchy of gods' children (i.e., a child of Zeus is no more important or powerful than a child of Iris), the most important and desirable kind of demigod is a fated hero.
Fated heroes are born once every few decades, to act as a precursor to some great battle or war. There are some who say the birth of a fated hero provides a self-fulfilling prophecy: that people discover a fated hero's existence and begin plotting their battles, rather than the battles being predestined and the reason for the hero's birth. Either way, Cyrus was born as one such hero in the year 2031, to the grand general Henry Delgado, and Persephone, the goddess of spring.
Being that Grand General is the title given to the executive leader of New Olympia (much like a prime minister or president), Cyrus was born to relative luxury and endless opportunities. Though his twin sister, Ofelia, was not born as part of a prophecy, she was treated in the same manner as her brother. They were tutored by Chiron, nannied by nymphs, and, every spring, they were sent to their mother's temple for godly instruction. Persephone, ever the doting mother, filled her children's heads with ideas of grandeur and eternal life; she said they would be promised immortality after death, and sent to live in the halls of the other gods.
Despite their worldwide fame and endless care, Ofelia and Cyrus were hated by their brother, Sebastian, who was born a non-demigod and perceived by his father as lesser. Sebastian, who was six years older than his younger siblings, did everything in his power to torment them both. His favorite target was Cyrus, who lacked Ofelia's ire, and would often attempt to reason with Sebastian rather than pushing him off. Sebastian berated and pinched Cyrus for years without the young hero's protestation, out of the watchful eye of his mother or father.
One day, however, as Cyrus was doing laps around his personal track, Sebastian tripped him with a concealed rat trap, and something snapped in the younger boy. He hurtled at Sebastian and beat him within an inch of his life, only stopping as Chiron forced him to. Henry Delgado, who had witnessed the scene from afar, praised Cyrus for sticking up for himself, and regarded Sebastian's injuries with contempt. Though Cyrus was horrified by his own violence, and was desperate to make amends with his older brother, Sebastian refused to forgive him or his father. He ran away in the night.
Without Sebastian in the house, Cyrus was free of torment. Still, he couldn't help perceiving himself as something dangerous. What if he got angry and killed his father? His sister? No matter how many times Persephone attempted to assuage her son's concerns, he maintained he couldn't trust himself until he had tested himself around other demigods like him.
At the age of eleven, Cyrus and Ofelia were sent to Laurel Academy, the private training and tutelage center for wealthy demigods in what's known to us as New England. Being a famous hero, Cyrus was welcomed into the school with open arms; the other students flocked to him, desperate for his friendship and attention, and desperate, mostly, to be named his therapon, or heroic companion. At Laurel, Cyrus and Ofelia became friends with many demigods, like Milo McKinley, son of Thanatos; Jasper Mitchell, son of Ares; Lainey Cahill, daughter of Pontus; Micah, a son of Morpheus with a shifty backstory; and Melanie Delgado, his first cousin and a daughter of Iris.
Cyrus's closest friend, however, became Alec Swanson, a son of Hecate and Cyrus's choice of therapon. Alec was strong and quick, though naturally not as much as Cyrus; in fact, there were many other students at Laurel whose abilities seemed to surpass Alec's own. Yet, Alec had a certain something about him, a charm that had been known to beguile even Aphrodite herself. He was a smooth talker, a positive influence, and an incredibly beautiful boy. Between the ages of eleven and twelve, when Alec was Cyrus's companion, Cyrus believed himself to be in love with the other boy.
Everything changed when Cyrus and Alec fell into Tartarus, a tragedy that befell them during the summer between their second and third years. Cyrus had promised Alec a trip into the underworld, where his mother and stepfather resided. While the trip itself mostly passed without incident, they were unaware of the fact that they had been followed there. Milo, who had unlimited access to the underworld as a child of Thanatos, had been bullied and blackmailed into leading his godly cousin, Ezra Allen, after Cyrus and Alec.
Ezra, a son of Eros, was a few years older than the other boys, and intensely jealous of Alec's position of glory alongside Cyrus. He desired the power of a heroic companion, though he felt Cyrus himself was naive and stupid. In an effort to remove Alec from Cyrus's side, thereby giving himself an opening, he forced Milo to help him lure the boys into Tartarus, the realm of punishment in the Greek Underworld.
WARNING: Mentions of torture, death, blood, and rape below.
Cyrus and Alec were steered in the wrong direction by a centaur under Milo's order. The centaur, rather than leading them to the pathway between the Underworld and the Mortal World, deposited the boys directly into the entrance to Tartarus, then sealed the portal behind them. Milo's involvement ended here; his job had only been to give the centaur orders, orders only a descendant of Thanatos was capable of giving.
In Tartarus, Cyrus and Alec struggled for breath and fought to find a way out. They toiled together for roughly a week, fighting off monsters and taking shelter wherever possible. Without food or drink, they were forced to survive on nectar and pomegranates alone; by the time they ran out of those, both Cyrus and Alec began to fear they would die in the pit.
As despair set in, Cyrus confessed to Alec that he had feelings for him, a sentiment Alec didn't immediately return. Before he had the chance, both boys were attacked.
Alec and Cyrus were knocked unconscious and dragged to a place where a group of monsters and dead souls held them captive. It seemed word had gotten out among the residents of Tartarus that the living fated hero had ended up in their reach somehow; the opportunity for retribution against the gods was too great for them to pass up.
However, as Cyrus was their intended victim, they had no use for Alec. He was stabbed by one of the monsters and left to die. Cyrus's power was insufficient by that point, so he was unable to heal his companion. Their captors laughed and jeered as Cyrus wept over his dying friend, who admitted in his final moments of life that he had feelings for Cyrus, too. Even then, Cyrus suspected this to be a lie, but he kissed Alec all the same before he stopped breathing. Then, without giving him time to grieve, Cyrus's captors began torturing him.
Cyrus was in Tartarus for a full month, during which time he was bled, flogged, starved, and beaten. Cyrus's healing abilities, being passive and requiring no energy, made it so that he couldn't bleed to death or pass out. While this was, in a sense, the blessing that kept him alive, it also forced him to endure pain that most people would have blacked out from. Worst of all, it forced him to stay alert during a series of violent rapes, often at the hands of huge, nonhuman monsters.
Ezra Allen, who'd followed Cyrus into Tartarus himself, presented himself at the moment when it seemed as though Cyrus had lost hope. He used his passive ability to charm the monsters, then killed them while they were in a daze. He carried both Cyrus and Alec's body out of the pit with him, and was heralded as a hero by those who learned of his rescue. His plan to forcibly become Cyrus's companion worked; a shell-shocked and starving Cyrus agreed to take him on as his right-hand man, in front of a crowd of their peers.
Cyrus's heart was broken after Tartarus, a rift that never fully repaired. To this day, he feels responsible for Alec's death, his own rapes, and Ezra Allen's rise to relative power.
Though Ezra initially attempted to win Cyrus over by playing nice, when he didn't get anywhere fast, he resorted to manipulation and blackmail. He convinced Cyrus that it was his fault that Alec had died, since he had given the centaur the wrong directions that led them to Tartarus. Unknowing that Milo had given those directions, Cyrus became wracked with guilt, and convinced himself he was stupid and unable to follow simple directions. Ezra promised never to tell a soul what he knew about Cyrus's involvement in Alec's death, so long as the hero agreed to do whatever he wanted for the rest of his life.
Believing he deserved punishment, Cyrus agreed, and embarked on a four-year stint of letting Ezra humiliate him however possible. Ezra's torment ranged from anything as innocuous as forcing Cyrus to pick up his groceries, to anything as sinister as forcing him to dress and undress in front of Ezra. The latter of the two eventually yielded to Ezra forcing sex on Cyrus, who, despite his superior physical strength, felt he was powerless to do anything to stop the other demigod. Ezra, like all children of Eros, had been a victim of many sexual assaults in his lifetime; Cyrus reasoned with himself that Ezra simply didn't know how to be intimate with someone, and that he wasn't really "raping" Cyrus, as he probably didn't know what rape was. Additionally, Ezra had the ability to imbue Cyrus with an aphrodisiac that made him feel loose-limbed and ready for sex. The combination of all these elements led Cyrus to believe their sex was truly consensual.
Ezra made it a point to call Cyrus a slut or a whore at any opportunity. He told Cyrus that what had happened him in Tartarus had spoiled him for anyone else, and that no one "normal" would ever want to sleep with him. Cyrus began to understand that his sexuality was something that belonged completely to someone else, and succumbed to Ezra as his total controller.
When he learned of the restorative power of Cyrus's blood, Ezra began bleeding him once daily, accumulating a supply of the stuff with the intention of creating some kind of philosopher's stone for himself. Though Cyrus's healing abilities made it impossible for him to get too weak, the final intrusion made him feel increasingly unhappy about the way his life had been going these past three years. Now sixteen, he was nearly a man, and would therefore soon be expected to perform the tasks required of a man. He wondered if he would even be capable of performing such tasks when he'd proven himself to be so stupid and easy to control; he began cutting himself, not with a mind to commit suicide, but because he was so disgusted with himself that he felt a need to disfigure his body. It didn't matter, anyway, as his cuts merely stitched themselves up again in the end, but it gave Cyrus a sense of control.
During his sixteenth year, Cyrus became aware of the fact that the god Apollo had been watching his sister, Ofelia, intently. Though Ofelia was a lesbian, Cyrus quickly caught on to the fact that Apollo was intending to take her as a consort of sorts, possibly as revenge for Persephone having snubbed his advances centuries before.
Knowing there was nothing Ofelia would want less than to be the consort of a god, Cyrus offered himself instead, agreeing to act as a tribute for Apollo, who would come and take his pleasure from the boy every summer. Apollo began visiting Cyrus's bedroom once a week, which made Ezra increasingly jealous and more vicious in his own advances. For some time, Cyrus was torn between his demigod "boyfriend" and the needs of Apollo, who, despite being kinder than Ezra, was more aggressive by far. Though he didn't want to sleep with Apollo, either, Cyrus again believed that because it was his idea, then it must be fully consensual.
All of this happened in secret. No one knew of Cyrus's guilt over Alec's death, Ezra's persistent abuse, or Apollo's visits. Cyrus worked double-time to prepare for the battle he was supposedly fated for, and grew stronger than ever; meanwhile, Milo, wracked with guilt himself, watched as Cyrus's emotional state deteriorated almost imperceptibly. Finally, despite Ezra's express orders to the contrary, Milo approached Cyrus to tell him the truth about what had happened in Tartarus.
The May Day Massacre Edit
Though May Day isn't a Greek festival, it's one of the carry-overs into New Olympus, and something the students of Laurel Academy celebrated in honor of Persephone. At the May Day festival, Milo pulled Cyrus aside and confessed to him that Ezra had coerced him into leading Cyrus and Alec into Tartarus, and that Cyrus's guilt was therefore unfounded. Cyrus forgave Milo immediately, understanding that Ezra's manipulative abilities were so great as to force anyone to do what he wanted. However, at the realization that he'd been suffering for years for nothing, Cyrus flew into a rage, which caused a small-scale earthquake and opened a portal to Tartarus.
The festival-goers were terrified, believing they would all be destroyed by the monsters that came forth from Tartarus; however, Cyrus, in his abject fury, mutilated and destroyed every monster that rose to meet him, then tossed their mangled bodies back into the pit. After what felt like hours of bloodshed, Cyrus finally rounded on his classmates, using a passive ability to determine who had been in league with Ezra all this time. Those who had conspired against him, and had thus contributed to Alec's death, were killed; those who had no part in the events were shepherded to safety by Ofelia and Milo.
Cyrus saved Ezra for last, and took special care to destroy him in the most painful and gruesome way possible. When it was over, and Ezra was finally dead, Cyrus was filled with a dull, hollow feeling. He felt he'd finally fulfilled his own prophecy of himself and become a monster, unable to control his own violent impulses. Even with the admission that Ezra had unfairly blamed him for everything that happened, Cyrus still felt as though Alec's death was his own fault, and still felt like all the violence that had been inflicted against himself was deserved. Desperate to move past the trauma, he left Laurel Academy; through some chance, he then ended up in Pseudo Seattle.
PS Canon Edit
Because Cyrus has repressed his trauma and has made no effort to deal with it, he's easily triggered by a handful of actions, phrases, or words.
Calling Cyrus any of the following names will cause him to go into a shame spiral:
He's also uncomfortable with mentions of bestiality, particularly concerning horses, as the mention reminds him of the centaurs in Tartarus that assaulted him. He has a similar relationship with bulls, thanks to his assault at the hands of a minotaur. Beyond that, any unwanted sexual advance or comment directed toward Cyrus is almost guaranteed to make him highly uncomfortable, even if it doesn't necessarily trigger an episode.
Ofelia Delgado Edit
Ofelia is Cyrus's twin sister and closest friend. The two siblings have been close since infancy, and balance each other's personalities out well.
A Native American son of Morpheus, Micah's history is unknown. At some point in his early childhood, he left what's presumed to have been a Lakota reservation with his unwell mother. He became a member of Cyrus's guard, and one of the hero's closest friends.