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This article contains spoilers for Issue 19 of The Wicked + The Divine. Read at your own risk.

"In two years, I'll be gone. Even if they forget the details, they'll remember being happy for a night."
—Dionysus[src]

Dionysus is one of the gods of the Recurrence, symbolised by an icon of a bunch of grapes. He is known to have appeared in the 2010s Recurrence.

HistoryEdit

Before his incarnation, Dionysus was a fan of the Morrigan, who advised him to stay underground. He was present at the 10 January gig where the Morrigan and Baphomet's argument was interrupted by Laura. He attempted to capture footage of the Morrigan at this gig, but only saw a person in a hospital bed instead.

On 14 April 2014, someone outside of Fantheon was handing out fliers advertising his performance, suggesting his incarnation was only shortly beforehand. His Underground Dionysus Kiss Story Party XI took place on 17 May, and was attended by Laura and most of the gods.

Dionysus was angered by the Pantheon's treatment of the Morrigan following Inanna's death and protested her imprisonment. He also expressed doubts about Baphomet's complicity in Tara's murder.

Dionysus fell ill at one of his parties and was forced to stop the hive-mind, provoking the anger of his party-goers. He left to get a sugary drink and was confronted with Baphomet, who pulled him down into the Underground. The Morrigan and Persephone were also there, and he met Minerva for the first time. They explained to him that Ananke was responsible for the murders and both Baphomet and the Morrigan expressed their belief in Persephone. However, they were then attacked by Baal, Sakhmet and Amaterasu, who had come to rescue Minerva on Ananke's orders. Dionysus was out of his element in the battle, not being a fighter. The other gods were successful in their attempt, but left behind Minerva's owl, which contained files relating to her investigation into Ananke. One of these files contained unwatched footage of Ananke confessing that she planned to kill Minerva, to their horror.

They immediately set off for Valhalla in pursuit of the others. They continued their battle there, and Dionysus brought along a weaponised version of his dancefloor to help them in the fight. Dionysus even joined in the battle himself, determined that nobody would die. He attacked Woden, and destroyed his mechanical golem in order to defeat the giant Valkyrie that was currently decimating their forces. The battle was halted by Urdr's arrival, as she persuaded them to prioritise Minerva's safety over the fighting. Dionysus called off his dancers and they went to save her from Ananke, arriving just in time to prevent her being sacrificed. Once they had captured Ananke, Persephone violently killed her, to the shock and horror of the other gods. They decided to call it self-defence, though Dionysus seemed uncomfortable with this decision.

AppearanceEdit

Dionysus is a bald, dark-skinned man with a laurel wreath tattooed on his head. His eyes are coloured grey and red, and when performing they turn black all over, as do the eyes of everyone his powers are affecting. He comes from a Desi background.[1] He wears a t-shirt that reads "YOL∞", as well as an acid badge.

PersonalityEdit

Of performing, Dionysus said that he wants people to be able to remember a night of happiness, even if they can't remember the details. However, as a result of his power he is no longer "alone in his own head", and he doesn't sleep. He very rarely stops performing, and prioritises the needs of his dance-floor over the wishes over the Pantheon. He has described himself as being neither a fighter nor a lover.

RelationshipsEdit

BaphometEdit

Dionysus is friends with Baphomet, and was dubious about his apparent role in Tara's death. He joined forces with him against Ananke.

The MorriganEdit

Dionysus was a fan of the Morrigan before becoming a god, and remained one even after his incarnation. They are friends, and he was unhappy about her imprisonment.

WodenEdit

Dionysus has an antagonistic relationship with Woden and was repulsed by his objectification of Tara. In return, Woden considers Dionysus an enemy.

PowersEdit

  • Hivemind possession: Dionysus has the ability to create a hivemind dancefloor, which causes the participants to glow different colours, with each member seemingly following his command. He is also able to possess members of the hivemind and speak through them, even gods, for a short period of time. Dionysus has such a grasp on his participants that they are able to form a large army powerful enough to challenge Woden's giant Valkyrie, implying he may provide them with some tolerance or endurance. Such an ability means members of the hivemind lose all sense of time, and are transfixed in a state of sound despite there seemingly being no distinct music, or even noise. The major side effect of his abilities is his lack of sleep. Therefore, to continue performing he requires a high amount of sugar intake after a certain amount of time. Similar to Tara, though not to the same extent, his participants become less enthused when he ceases performing.
  • Weapon creation: He is able to summon a large coloured staff that splits into powerful nunchucks for him to use in combat, which are strong enough to destroy Woden's mechanical golem.
  • Underground teleportation: Being an underworld god, it is likely he is able to travel to the Underground, but is yet to do so of his own accord.

MythologyEdit

Dionysus is based on the Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy.

QuotesEdit

By Dionysus

"Welcome to the party at the end of the world."
—Dionysus[src]
"Oh hell. If I'm going to fight, we do it my way. No one dies tonight."
—Dionysus[src]

Dialogue

Laura: "You... You're the best of them, aren't you? You make people happy. You're happy. Woden thinks he's got the worst hand... You've got the best."
Dionysus: "Heh. I haven't been alone in my head for two months. Plus? I don't sleep."
―Laura and Dionysus[src]
Dionysus: "You hypocrite. Don't pretend she was anything other than hot meat to you."
Woden: "Wow. You really don't like me. You don't even know me."
Dionysus: "I know enough. I'm out."
―Dionysus and Woden argue about Tara's death[src]
Dionysus: "Hey-- I'm not a fighter. I'm not even a lover. I'm a dancer."
Sakhmet: "Weak. I'm a lover. And a fighter. And if you really annoy me... A killer."
―Dionysus and Sakhmet fight[src]

TriviaEdit

  • In addition to being the symbol of acid house, Dionysus' badge is also the symbol of Watchmen.[2]
  • Kieron Gillen has described Dionysus as "the closest WicDiv has to a saint", and is the character that causes him to think “I wish I could save you.”[3]

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kieron Gillen on Tumblr
  2. Writer Notes: The Wicked + the Divine #8
  3. Day 3: WicDiv Challenge - Tumblr

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