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Athena swears the Stygian oath. According to Hesiod, every god who swears falsely by the river Styx is punished by being plunged into some kind of coma. He or she will be lying flat, without voice and without breathing, for one year. Then he/she will be cut off from the assemblies of the gods, forbidden to take part in their counsels and festivals for nine years (and this is described as an even harsher trial than the coma) before he/she is accepted again.

There is a scene in the Iliad where Hera swears the Stygian oath and lies. She assures Zeus that she has nothing to do with Poseidon helping the Greeks against Zeus's command (but in fact she made it possible by seducing Zeus and divert his attention from the battle field. It was her plan all along). It is a bit unclear whether Zeus knows that she's lying or not, but she's never punished for it. He just says something like: "If this is true, then go and do what I tell you".
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Impressively done! This is a great kind of closure for their situation and Athena's loss :)
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thanks! Yes, it needed something like this.
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very welcome!
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Athena is awesome in her dramatic warrior stance. And aw, Pallas, so loyal to her family :')
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I had been looking forward to draw this page. ^^
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
It was successful :)
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Starlace Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
Pallas is so cute on this page :3
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Thanks! ^^
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bhut Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Maybe so, but Athene was never a liar, for all of her flaws (Arachne & Medusa, eh?). I really think that she'll stick to her oath without any punishment.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Yes, Athena doesn't make promises she won't keep. She may have her flaws, but she's not a liar.
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bbb35 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
The River Styx oath, a BIG Doozy of a Promise.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Oh, yes.
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bbb35 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Which is why I don't use it in promsies I can't keep ;p

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Vanessa: So, how many times has Zeus made the promise not to cheat on you by the river styx?

Hera: 6 times, after the six time when Eris painted penis's on his face, he opted to just normal promise me. That way when he broke it, there'd be no consequences.

Vanessa: PFFF!! Obviously he thinks he's married to a different Hera, Queen of the Gods.
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Apponya Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Writer
I think Hera actually having sex with her husband was so rare, her lying was ignored in celebration.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Haha! Maybe.
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madamethome Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Her little friend is so happy that Athena will protect her family and town.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
As happy as a dead can be. ^^
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ks-claw Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love Athena's pose in the oath panel <3
Still, nine years can be a long time, whether you're immortal or not.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thanks! I worked hard with that panel. It was supposed to be really epic.

You're right. I forget sometimes that most of the gods actually were quite sociable and that it must have been painful to be cut off from the rest of the family for nine years. The coma probably passed in a blink, since they weren't fully conscious anyway.
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ks-claw Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah, for all they knew, they had a long nap. When you're a sociable family like the Greek Pantheon though, that has got to feel miserable. You say they weren't allowed to join in on counsels and festivals, but would this also mean that they would be avoided outside of those? I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case, but eesh.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
It says that they are "cut off from all part of the everlasting gods", so I guess that means that they would be totally avoided for nine years.
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ks-claw Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ouch. Yeah, that oughta do it when it comes to teaching a lesson.
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DarkLunarangel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
That is such a sweet smile on her face. It's beautiful. Whoa, the Stygian oath sounds like deep stuff right there.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Oh, yes. The Stygian oath is really serious stuff.
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Ciara12 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Oh my. The Stygian oath! Such an important oath! And such an impressive panel!

Huh. I wonder why Hera wasn't punished. I always thought it was the Styx that enforced the oath, rather than the gods.
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A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thank you!

It is very strange that Hera could swear falsely without consequences. But she didn't have a cup of water from Styx to pour when she swore the oath, she just swore by Styx' name. Maybe that's the explanation, if it was the powers of Styx who enforced the oath? Or maybe this is just an another example of the contradiction of Greek mythology...
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