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Cassiopeia

By Pierre Mignard - Web Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1016729, Cassiopeia
By Pierre Mignard – Web Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1016729
  • Gender – Female
  • Race – Human
  • Occupation – Queen
  • Religion – Hellenic Pantheon
  • Allies – 
  • Enemies – Poseidon
  • Abode/ Base of operations –  Aethiopia
  • Nationality –Aethiopian
  • Languages – Greek
  • Alignment –
  • Affiliation (s) –
  • Significant others – Andromeda (Daughter), Cepheus (King, Husband)

Cassiopeia, the wife of Cepheus, the King of Aethiopia, beautiful, arrogant, and vain, and these latter two characteristics led to her downfall. The boast of Cassiopeia was that both she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than all the Nereids, the daughters of Nereus, the sea god. This brought the wrath of Poseidon, ruling god of the sea, upon the kingdom of Aethiopia .

The sea monster Cetus, on Poseidon‘s instructions, was to destroy the land. Trying to avert such a fate, Cepheus and Cassiopeia consulted a wise oracle, who told them that the only way to appease the sea gods was to sacrifice their daughter. Accordingly, Andromeda was chained to a rock at the sea’s edge, and left there to helplessly await her fate at the mercy of the sea monster. But Perseus arrived in time and saved Andromeda. Poseidon considered that Cassiopeia should not escape punishment entirely, and placed her in the heavens in such a position that as she circles the celestial pole she is upside-down for half the time.

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