Avatars of S.H.A.Z.A.M.

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Long ago in ancient Greece there arose six mighty individuals who became Avatars of incredible magical power, each wielding a unique gift that became part of who they were. Each of them hailed from an alternate reality and each chose to fight for their new adopted home after losing their own.

Sophia - The Avatar of Wisdom

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Like her father, brothers and allies, her real name was unpronounceable by any human tongue so she chose to go by Sophia, which means Wisdom. Born into royalty, she grew up into a pampered life as a Princess. However, Sophia had a heart to one day become the Queen of her land despite her older sister being next in line for the throne.

Living in a primarily matriarch society, Sophia was powerless to prevent the assassination of her older sister. The events that followed proved to be the greater trial, however, when the younger sister was accused of murdering her older sister. Fortunately, after a thorough investigation was made into the matter, Sophia was cleared of all charges and the real killer was brought to justice.

Sophia was crowned the new Queen shortly after her trial was completed and one night she dreamed of asking for Wisdom to rule her people with the same benevolence as her mother did. From that day forward she became the Avatar of Wisdom.

Magic Powers & Abilities: Sophia was extremely intelligent and wise who excelled at war strategy and giving her troops courage just before entering a battlefield. Aside from that, she was also credited for many wise sayings that were transcribed onto a scroll so that tales of her wise words would spread to other lands. Sophia's special magical power of Wisdom also included the ability to invent useful technology. On her alternate Earth, she invented the catapult, gunpowder, aqueducts and much more.

Hermokrates - The Avatar of Speed

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Like his sister, Sophia, his name was unpronounceable by human tongue so he took the ancient Greek name of Hermokrates, which means the Power of Hermes.

Hermokrates grew up as a Prince but knew he would never rule since he lived in a matriarchal society where men can be Princes but never Kings. On the night his sister, Sophia, became the Avatar of Wisdom, Hermokrates became the Avatar of Speed when he wished upon a falling star so he could run as swift as the wind in order to end the war that plagued their land.

Magic Powers & Abilities: Hermokrates could run as swift as the wind and beyond. While not a common power he displayed, he could also fly through the air like an eagle but far faster.

Alcaeus - The Avatar of Strength

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Alcaeus's name means Strength and, unlike his sister and older brother Hermokrates, he was born with his gift.

While Alcaeus was physically the strongest man on the planet on his alternate Earth, he was morally weak and quick to anger thanks to his great strength making him rather arrogant. His parents tried their best to raise their son with the right principles but it was hard to control a growing child with the strength to rip apart a lion with his bare hands.

Unlike his brother, Alcaeus wanted nothing to do with the war that plagued their lands and just wanted to have fun at parties. He would often use his great strength to impress all who would watch, but if angered he would often misuse his gift by killing those who wronged him.

One night, Alcaeus would lose his wife, his children and everything he held dear. Even his great strength was taken from him. As he lay in prison, he recognized his own weaknesses like he had never known them before and he repented of the wrongs he had committed. After Hermokrates rescued Alcaeus from prison, he went on a personal journey of penance and redemption in order to become the Avatar of Strength once again. He succeeded on becoming worthy of his power and went on to become one of the greatest legends his world had ever known, but his life would always be marked by some of kind tragedy until one day he would die an old man. Alone.

Magic Powers & Abilities: Alcaeus had immense strength that enabled him to easily shatter any chain that held him or even crack a mountain in half. He never tested the upper limits of his gift because he did not feel he needed to. Alcaeus was also extremely durable as no ordinary blade or arrow could pierce his skin but only magically enchanted ones as well as those made of exotic metals (i.e. such as Adamantium).

Zephyros - The Avatar of Lightning

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The name Zephyros means 'the west wind' and like his son Alcaeus, he was born being the Avatar of the Weather.

Zephyros joined the army when he became of age and served in the great war, becoming a war hero in the process as well as to his people. He went on to win many more battles as he fought for the freedom of his nation.

When Zephyros eventually came to the worn torn country of ancient Greece, he immediately took up the fight for freedom and justice as he wielded his great powers to strike fear into the hearts of men and monster alike.

Zephyros was the father of Sophia, Hermokrates and Alcaeus. While he was very proud of his daughter and older son, he verbally clashed many times with his youngest son, Alcaeus.

Magic Powers & Abilities: Zephyros commanded all aspects of the weather, including the ability to summon lightning from the clear blue sky or generate it from his hands or eyes.

Archimedes - The Avatar of Change

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Archimedes hailed from another country and his name meant 'Master, to think and to plan'.

Originally an assassin sent to kill Sophia's older sister, he changed his mind when he had fallen in love with her. Another assassin was sent and Archimedes's love of his life was killed before he could get to her. A trial was held and the killer was put in prison where he died from a batch of poison that was placed in his drink by Archimedes himself.

After Archimedes came to grips over the death of his beloved, it was Zephyros who convinced the former assassin to give up his ways and become a priest in order to seek penance for all the lives he took as a killer. He agreed. But after Archimedes came into the ancient Greek world he took up his bow and weapons to once again fight but this time as a legendary hero who fought for the people.

Magic Powers & Abilities: As the Avatar of change, Archimedes could change his form into any human he desired; be it man, woman or child. He could even change the sound of his voice to mimic others with perfect accuracy. He could also change his form into various kinds of animals in order to gain their abilities to aid him in combat.

Methodius - The Avatar of Courage

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The name Methodius means 'Pursuit or Method'. The man behind the name became the Avatar of Courage after he had marched with his army against an enemy that outnumbered him five to one. Methodius died with his men on that fateful day, but so too did his enemies.

Methodius's story may have ended there on that bloody battlefield if he had not been resurrected by a mysterious being with the power to heal. Finding himself as the Avatar of Courage, he found himself fearless but without an army to command. Methodius went home, hailed as a hero for saving his people from being enslaved.

Once Methodius came to ancient Greece, he learned tales of Leonidas and how their lives were eerily similar to each other.

Magic Powers & Abilities: Methodius cannot be shaken or fear anything once he started using his power either on himself or others. He could also use this power to send him into a berserker rage that increased his natural abilities by as much as 10x, becoming an almost unstoppable super-human warrior on the battlefield.

The Avatar of Power

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Once Sophia, her father, brothers and allies died their magical powers were collected in Stones of Power that were created from a native metal from their own alternate Earth called Eternium. A council of mages then hid these stones deep underground in a cave in order to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Over the centuries, these stones of power would occasionally sense a worthy individual and grant them all the powers of the Avatars of S.H.A.Z.A.M. Each letter on the six stones started with the names of the Avatars that wielded such fantastic powers, granting a worthy man or woman with the magic power to carve out a legend of their own.

The current Avatar of Power is Ethan Durant AKA Captain Nova.

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