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Danaë, the Imprisoned Princess

Danaë, the Imprisoned Princess
  • Alias: The Gilded Prisoner
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Noblewoman, Mother
  • Religion: Worshiper of the Olympian Gods
  • Allies: Her son Perseus, trusted servants, some local villagers
  • Enemies: King Polydectes, those who wish to exploit her for her beauty
  • Abode/Base of Operations: The tower of her captivity, later Argos
  • Nationality: Greek
  • Languages: Greek
  • Alignment: Lawful Good
  • Affiliation(s): Mother of Perseus
  • Significant Others: Perseus (son), Acrisius (father), Dictys (protector), Zeus (father of Perseus)

Danaë is a luminous figure bound by the threads of destiny and divine intervention. Born to the regal lineage of Acrisius, King of Argos, Danaë’s life unfolds under a cloud of prophecy. Foretold that a grandson would bring about his demise, King Acrisius condemns her to a fate of isolation, locking her away in a bronze chamber. Yet, as a mortal encased in confinement, her spirit remains unbroken, her heart a beacon of yearning for freedom and the truth concealed beyond her gilded prison.

A distant rumble of destiny echoes through her dreams, heralding the arrival of Zeus, the mighty ruler of Olympus. With divine desire aflame, Zeus descends upon Danaë in a golden shower, a surreal fusion of godly presence and mortal form. From this union, her life is irrevocably altered as she carries the fruit of a forbidden love – a son, Perseus, destined for greatness. A mother’s love fuels her determination to ensure her son’s survival, even as shadows of peril cast their looming embrace.

Guided by a tenacious spirit, she navigates treacherous waters of betrayal and danger, her innate courage illuminating her path through the darkest of trials. Her bond with Perseus grows into an unbreakable force, a testament to her unyielding love and the uncharted power she possesses. The tale of Danaë weaves together strands of resilience, love, and a pursuit for self-discovery, her journey standing as an emblem of the intricate dance between destiny and personal choice. As she faces divine prophecies, motherly devotion, and the revelation of her own untapped potential, Danaë’s story epitomizes the timeless struggle of individuals against the weave of fate.

Danaë by Gustav Klimt, painted 1907. Danae
Danaë by Gustav Klimt, painted 1907.

Medium humanoid (human), neutral good

Armor Class 10 Hit Points 27 (6d8) Speed 30 ft.

10 (+0)12 (+1)11 (+0)14 (+2)16 (+3)18 (+4)

Saving Throws Wisdom +5, Charisma +6 Skills Insight +5, Persuasion +6

Senses passive Perception 13 Languages Common

Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Noble Birth. She has advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks when interacting with nobles or those familiar with her story.

Captive Spirit. She has resistance to psychic damage.

Maternal Instincts. She can cast sanctuary once per day without expending a spell slot. Wisdom is her spellcasting ability for this feature.


Inspirational Presence. She can use her bonus action to inspire an ally within 30 feet of her that can hear her. The ally gains advantage on their next attack roll, ability check, or saving throw before the start of her next turn.

Guiding Words (Recharge 5-6). She can speak a few words of encouragement to an ally she can see within 30 feet of her. The target ally can immediately reroll a failed attack roll, ability check, or saving throw.


Dress of Resilience. While wearing this elegantly crafted dress, shegains a +1 bonus to her Armor Class and saving throws.

Pendant of Maternal Protection. This enchanted pendant provides her with an additional 10 hit points. Additionally, she can use her reaction to grant an ally within 30 feet of her resistance to all damage until the start of her next turn. This feature can be used once per long rest.

Roleplaying Danaë

Danaë, once a princess of royal lineage, found herself imprisoned within an enchanted chamber by her own father’s fear of a prophecy. She exudes an aura of regal grace and inner strength, having endured years of isolation with an unwavering spirit. Her keen insight and maternal instincts drive her actions, often inspiring those around her to strive for their best. Danaë’s connection to divine forces and her selflessness make her a beacon of hope in times of darkness.

Lair Actions

On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), she can take a lair action to inspire her allies:

Inspiring Words. She speaks words of courage and wisdom, granting all allies within 30 feet advantage on their next saving throw until the start of her next turn.

Legendary Resistance (1/Day)

If she fails a saving throw, she can choose to succeed instead.

Sample Encounter

Danaë could be encountered within her enchanted chamber, her gown shimmering with an otherworldly glow. She might ask the adventurers for help in freeing herself from her captivity or provide them with insights and wisdom they need to face their challenges. Her presence and the radiant aura around her could bring comfort and encouragement to the party, offering them a moment of respite in their perilous journey.

Currently in the World

Danaë, a fair and delicate woman with a regal bearing, is currently seated within a lavishly furnished chamber. Her auburn hair cascades in gentle waves around her shoulders, and her expressive eyes hold a mixture of determination and vulnerability. Donned in a simple yet elegant gown, she appears both dignified and somewhat confined, as if trapped by circumstances beyond her control. Despite her imprisonment, her spirit remains unbroken.

Surrounded by opulent furnishings, the room she occupies is adorned with intricate tapestries that depict scenes of ancient heroes and gods. Soft light filters through a large window, casting warm hues across the chamber’s luxurious fabrics and polished surfaces. Danaë’s mood is a mixture of hope and concern, for she is aware of the prophecy surrounding her son Perseus and the uncertainty of their future. Yet, a quiet resolve glimmers in her eyes, a testament to her strength as she navigates the challenges that fate has placed before her.

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