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"You know what else isn't fair? Dying before you're fourteen."
—Minerva[src]

Minerva is the Roman Goddess of wisdom, strategic warfare, poetry, medicine, commerce, weaving and the crafts, and one of the gods of the Recurrence. Represented by the symbol of an owl, she is known to have appeared in the 450s, 1920s and 2010s Recurrences. She and Ananke are linked, with Minerva being the "Maid" referenced by Ananke when the rules were laid down for the Recurrences by Ananke and her sister 6000 years ago. It is later revealed during the 1923 events that each Minerva takes on the persona and memories of Ananke in each ritual by killing the previous Minerva. This would mean she has been present for each Recurrence and is the only Recurring god throughout all the cycles to be incarnated each cycle alongside Persephone.

HistoryEdit

Minerva's incarnation was sometime in 2013. She moved into Valhalla with her parents, who started to profit financially from her newfound status as a god. For example, at Fantheon she sold personal blessings for £100 each, at her parents' behest. She was present when Brunhilde attacked Woden and used a miracle to push Brunhilde out of the way, seriously injuring her. Minerva was visibly shaken about this, and was comforted by Baal. She later visited Brunhilde in hospital.

After this incident, Minerva became extremely upset and bitter about her short life span. She also started to become suspicious about the events surrounding Lucifer's imprisonment and death, and questioned why Woden didn't make a cage for Lucifer when he was able to make one for Morrigan.

The night before Minerva's thirteenth birthday, her parents came to her bedroom to wish her goodnight, and laid out her schedule for the next day to a projected illusion of a sleeping Minerva. This included promotional appearances and a birthday party they were charging admission for. At the time, Minerva was sneaking down to see The Morrigan, who had promised her a secret present. The Morrigan told her the truth about Ananke's treachery and propensity for murder, turning Minerva against her. She then let The Morrigan out of her cage, and they ran into Baphomet, who had come to rescue Morrigan. Morrigan decided Minerva should go with them, but Minerva insisted they take her parents with them, delaying Baphomet's plan. They came face to face with the Valkyries and Baal, and a fight ensued. Persephone, who had been working with Baphomet, arrived and rescued them, taking them to the Underground.

They were joined there by Dionysus, who Minerva met for the first time. They discussed Ananke, and Minerva voiced her suspicions about Ananke's actions. However, they were joined by Minerva's owl, which led Baal, Sakhmet and Amaterasu directly to their location. A battle broke out and Minerva was taken away by Amaterasu back to Valhalla. Once there, Ananke murdered her parents in front of her and dragged her away to Woden's machine, where she prepared to sacrifice her. Her actions were interrupted, however, by the arrival of the rest of the gods, who united against Ananke and tied her up in Persephone's vines. Persephone, unable to contain her fury, killed Ananke in an act of brutal violence. They decided they would call it self-defence, though Minerva felt uncomfortable with lying.

Following these events, Minerva moved with Baal and Persephone into the Pantheon's new headquarters in the Shard. With her parents dead, Baal became her legal guardian. Minerva became wary about Baal and Persephone's newly established relationship and, in a display of protectiveness, warned Persephone not to hurt him. She also expressed resentment about being left to die by Amaterasu. She then appeared to be kidnapped by a shadowy creature Baal implied was the Great Darkness.

AppearanceEdit

Minerva has short blonde hair, partially dyed red and put up in two buns, blue eyes and light skin. She formerly wore a red military jacket and large, round tinted glasses.Now, she seems to favor short pants, large t-shirts, and goggles. When performing, she wears a pair of owl-like wings.

RelationshipsEdit

AnankeEdit

Minerva previously followed Ananke's instructions and was comforted by her about her impending death. She later went against Ananke, having discovered that she had been deceiving them. As of Issue 33, she seems to have been still receiving influence from her.

BaalEdit

Of all the gods, Minerva is closest to Baal, who is very protective over her. Baal is now her guardian.

Minerva's parentsEdit

Minerva was exploited by her parents, who used her status as a god for financial gain. Despite this, Minerva seemed to care deeply for them, and was horrified when they were killed.

The MorriganEdit

As Minerva learned more about the nature of Ananke's plans, she became closer to The Morrigan, eventually helping her escape and joining [1] side against Ananke. This relationship mirrors the one she had in the 1920's Recurrence with the Morrigan.

PowersEdit

Most of Minerva's abilities have yet to be shown, but some feats have been shown:

  • Enhanced Wisdom: As a Goddess of Wisdom, she has shown herself to have considerable high-levels of Intelligence and intuitiveness, being able to see the flaws within Ananke's plans. The extent of this is still unknown.
  • Force Generation: She has been shown to generate and manipulate an extremely powerful force that she used as a force blast/push to cripple Brunhilde to the point of hospitalization. The nature of this ability is unknown but it appears wind-based.
  • Performance: She has been seen performing but the nature of her performances is relatively unknown.

PossessionsEdit

  • Owly - Minerva owns a robotic owl named Owly granted to her by Woden, which she insists is a "prototype Owlphone from a Silicon Roundabout start-up".[2] It possesses various functions:
    • Video recording and projection
    • Imagery/hologram projection
    • Teleportation; even to the Underground, something only underworld gods were thought to be able to do
    • Pinpointing Minerva's location
    • Flight via its mechanical wings

Past RecurrencesEdit

450s RecurrenceEdit

Minerva appeared in the 450s Recurrence. Ananke claimed Minerva was lost searching for the Library of Alexandria, but Lucifer claimed Ananke was responsible. Minerva most likely survived and killed the previous Minerva taking on Ananke's persona following the disposal of Lucifer's body in the Tiber.

1920s RecurrenceEdit

Minerva appeared in the 1920s Recurrence. She arrived on Lucifer's island alongside Woden and Morrigan. She is treated as a young child by the other Gods who attempt to shield her from the murders that are occurring on the island. Once the Darkness Plan is revealed, she goes to the lighthouse alongside the other Gods to confront Woden, Set and Baal. In the ensuing chaos, she kills Set as revenge for murdering Morrigan. Later the same night she appears to kill herself in an explosion triggered jointly with the three other remaining gods, Amon-Ra, Susanoo, and Amaterasu, at Ananke's prompting.

Minerva survives, shielding herself from the godly powers of Amaterasu. Susanoo also survives, but his head is removed by Minerva and sent to a crypt below Lucifer's mansion, where she and Ananke then walk to. The heads of the Morrigan, Set, and a previously unseen Persephone are sitting on an altar, with Susanoo's head in the middle. Ananke feebly protests against Minerva enacting the ritual. In response, Minerva blows up Ananke's head, killing her before she enacts the ritual, sacrificing the heads of the Gods and endowing her with a power manifested in lightning and skulls appear in her eyes. Her persona as Ananke is established. This Minerva would be the one who conversed with Robert Graves in the 1940's, which would have made her 30 or 40 at the time.

MythologyEdit

Minerva appears to be based on the Roman goddess of wisdom. Maybe. We don't know. Ever since #33, we've been kinda running around crazy. Charlie, get back here with those files on Baphomet's abs. I mean it, Charlie.

QuotesEdit

By Minerva

"Don't worry. Plenty of time to go out when I'm older."
—Minerva sulks after the events of Fantheon[src]
"It's okay to be scared, Baphomet. I know we're gods, but we're only human. It's going to be okay."
—Minerva attempts to comfort Baphomet[src]
"Yeah, it'd be nice to think that Ananke was just lying... But for some reason my life experience hasn't left me an optimist, Baal."
—Minerva schedules her death day[src]
"No, I'm not going to fall apart. I'm not going to be another teenage cautionary tale."
—Minerva[src]

Dialogue

Minerva: "Tell me. Tell me it's going to be okay."
Ananke: "It will be, sweet child. It will always be okay."
―Ananke comforts Minerva[src]
Baphomet: "What's wrong with Shirley Temple?"
Minerva: "I'm going to die. We're all going to die. So lose your sarcasm, when you're just worm-food!"
―Baphomet and Minerva[src]
Minerva: "Look at me do my big sad eye thing. Sad eyes, Baal! Look at them! And my big pouty- "
Baal: "Enough! You win!"
―Minerva persuades Baal to let her see Morrigan[src]
Morrigan: "You snuck away. Mistress Morrigan is pleased. You show... wisdom."
Minerva: "You know, I'm getting pretty tired of all the Minerva-is-goddess-of-wisdom jokes."
―Minerva visits Morrigan[src]
Persephone: "How do you know this?"
Minerva: "I'm at the start of the hormonal rollercoaster you're hurtling down. I see things more clearly than you. Plus: Goddes of wisdom. Duh."
―Minerva talks to Persephone post-hangover[src]

TriviaEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Issue 18
  2. Issue 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 Writer Notes: The Wicked + The Divine #4
  4. The Wicked + The Divine: Dress to Impress