modern greek gods au


THE MODERN OLYMPIANS (females & males)

There is something dangerous about a teenage goddess. These abnormal, peculiar youths. One possesses a skilled tongue, silky and delicious, yet so dangerous, curled in a pool of poison. Another only wakes at the howling of her huntresses and another could make the world quake, her wit as her only weapon. One is beautiful and indispensable, she feeds the world with lies and burning ashes. Another tie souls to each other, leaving them to rot and decay together until only one survives and another became so sad and overpriced that she became something no one could receive, no one deserved. These girls were queens, rulers amongst men and feral beings that slowly learned, by the centuries, how to tame their darkness.

Artemis aches for freedom
as her golden limbs touch the earth
she feels the earth shrink away
and knows she can do nothing
to stop it

Zeus dreams of the past
when life was too big
and money did not always mean power
but he is powerful
so he must thrive

Ares fights for a future
with blood in his mouth
and war in his hands
for people may change
but strength is forever

Persephone feels lost
life in her sun-bleached veins
but death on her tongue
it is the shadows
that welcome her home

Hades remains still
for how do you live on
when death is your reign
and you must be eternal

—  Do the gods exist because we need them or because they are scared what will happen if we don’t  (l.e.h)

so i was thinking about another modern au where the greek gods have had to adapt to modern society and so they’ve picked up mortal jobs and hobbies and interests and i got really into it.

hermes is a late night comedian, since that’s the way that most information is transmitted nowadays, and he still gets to poke fun at his siblings.

poseidon is a high powered eco lawyer. he works on high profile cases along the lines of the bp oil spill. he has beach-side houses all over the world and enjoys thrill-seeking outdoor activities like cliff jumping and cave diving. 

hades teaches high school english, along the lines of the dead poets society. he lives near his school and brings his dog to school every day. he loves teaching british literature like shakespeare and john donne. his wife comes to visit him and they eat lunch together every day in his office, which always has flowers in it. 

apollo works as a librarian at a university, and he moonlights as a slam poet. he teaches archery at the local YMCA and stays in on weekends with a mug of tea and a good book or movie.

vesta makes ceramics professionally. she feels most at home among the wheels and glazes and kilns of her workshop. there are always candles lit in her apartment that don’t seem to go out. she loves hosting dinner parties for her friends, who are her true family. 

dionysus works as a bartender. he owns a vineyard on the side but lets other people handle the corporate side of things. his favorite part of acting mortal is getting to know the people who come to his bar and connecting with them. he never forgets a face and he has a wall of pictures of his favorite customers behind the bar.

athena teaches middle school social studies/history because she’s discovered that she really enjoys working with children. at this age she can impart wisdom upon them and teach them logic and reason before they are too swayed by the opinions of the world.

zeus is a con artist and art thief. he never stays in a city for more than a week, but he has someone new in his bed every night. he frequents casinos and clubs and owns a villa out in California which is filled with more famous works of art than he ought to have.

hera is a very bitter and sarcastic wedding planer, like james marsden in 27 dresses minus the journalism bit. she is most famous among celebrity circles for having just the right “touch” when it comes to decor and menu planning and floral arrangements. she charges a ton but can work magic, from short-term planning to getting the bride’s wishes just right. she doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage but it has bought her summer homes in hawaii and costa rica so she’ll sell the idealized vision.

aphrodite runs several dating sites like eharmony and okcupid, but also some like ashley madison that facilitate affairs because she rules more over the sexual side of things than the love side, despite her image to the former. she loves rap and hip hop and takes kick-boxing classes and always looks like she has makeup on. she anonymously supports planned parenthood because she wants to support safe sex and allow people to find the information and resources they need. 

artemis owns a climbing gym and leads outdoor climbing adventures for her clients and also her buddies. she has tons of tattoos and piercings and a secret love for pop punk music like fob and p!atd. on the weekends, she runs lgbtqia+ support groups for children and teens in her neighborhood, and always lets them climb for free in her gym.

hephaestus owns a tattoo parlor and has a reputation for the most lifelike tattoos that always seem to be exactly what someone had in mind, as if he magically could see their thoughts. he’s a total teddybear and has a penchant for classical music and teaches at-risk children in his city how to repair bikes and cars on the weekends.

Today on “Mixing AUs”

 What about a modern day greek gods AU with punk!Alec as Hades? :D

Punk!Alec with glasses trying to decipher the name of the dead because the three Fates have terrible handwriting

Punk!Alec being deeply offended whenever comments on his underworld palace as ‘depressingly dark’ because it’s ‘tasteful black’

Punk!Alec pouting because mortal never believe that he his indeed the rule of the underworld. 

And whoever gets the role of Charon having the hobby of singing cheesy pop songs, but not having quite the talent for it, but Alec doesn’t have the heart to tell them.

I blame annlightwood and perihelial

the golden twins ; apollo & artemis

« the sun and the moon. dearest brother and sister, opposites and incomplete. their love for each other is brutal, yet hidden under a veil of stars. they rarely agree on anything, really. one shining bright in the sky, the other guiding lost souls in the dark. but you know what they say about twins; they are two sides of the same coin. a golden coin. »

Poseidon, the god of the Sea, whose smile is worn, but friendly.

Poseidon, who teaches classes at local pools, teaching children to swim, and amusing them with the old laws of the sea, the lore, the superstitions. He is all patience for the children who struggle to stay afloat, all kindness to those afraid of the deep end of the pool.

Poseidon, who tells the tales of great heroes long ago, of noble ships and noble crews. Of the many adventures that were had to uncharted lands, to distant, far-off islands. The children listen, eager and sad. They know there are no such uncharted lands, not anymore. No distant island yet uncovered.

But he would make new lands, he thinks, as he, from the deep end, watches a small boy struggle with his fear. He would dredge up islands from the depths of the sea, unlock the vaults of the deep and let up the monsters from them. He would do all this, if some crew of heroes were to strike out across his waters again. He would do all this, and more.

The little boy swims towards him, and he smiles and holds out an arm.

Perhaps one day, they will.

Proposal (5) Masterlist

part one, part two, part three, part four

30 Kisses For 30 Years - theaterkidlester

Summary: It’s Phil’s thirtieth birthday and Dan is determined to give him thirty kisses. Meanwhile, Phil’s been having domestic thoughts.

A Birthday to Remember - phananddragonsfics

Summary: It’s Phil’s 30th birthday, and instead of waking up to his celebratory pancakes, he finds Dan missing and instructions for what seems to be a scavenger hunt. What will be his surprise when he gets to the end?

Adventures Of A Black Velvet Box - daniactuallysnuffledthatpopcorn

Summary: Phil wants to propose to Dan in Japan.

A Festive Quest - outerspacehowlters

Summary: Phil has a plan. After their incredible 2016, he wants to make this the best Christmas he and Dan have ever had. And how does he plan to do that? By customising 24 different Christmas crackers, all hints leading up to a Christmas neither of them will ever forget.

Be The Phil To My Dan - extrememehowell

Summary: Dan proposes on stage at Vidcon, in front of the fans and fellow youtubers that didn’t even know they were together.

Dan and Phil versus the world (ao3) - realismandromance

Summary:  In an alternate universe (where Poe the cactus survived), Dan and Phil revisited Japan after TATINOF. Now they’re back in London, but something’s changed, leaving Dan tense and restless. Maybe they’ve been so busy selling Dan and Phil™ all these years that they’ve forgotten how to be themselves. Storytelling has a way of seeping into real life, but it only confounds things when you start to believe it.

Daniel James Lester - wilfullystrange

Summary: A big surprise.

Easter Surprise - isitcoldinhereisitjusthephan

Summary: A fluffy little thing about a ester egg hunt Dan has Planned for Phil.

Everlasting Moment - super-icy-phan

Summary: Phil plans to propose to Dan at the boncas and all the youtubers were in on it.

Gamos - snowbunnylester

Summary: Phil manages to get himself cursed by the God’s again, but this time he won’t tell Dan what he did wrong, and Dan’s left to figure it out for himself. Modern Day Greek Gods AU.

I Give My Whole Heart To You - crescendohowell

Summary: Phil is incredibly nervous to be proposing to Dan. It’s something he’s dreamed of for so long, he can’t help but ramble a bit as he asks Dan to marry him. But spending forever with Dan is something Phil is sure he isn’t afraid of.

Once I was 30 Years Old - outerspacehowlters

Summary: Phil’s 30th birthday brings a flood of growing up-related anxieties, much to his dismay. Dan, however, knows just how to fix it: by recreating the day they met, swapping out Manchester for London–and with a surprise Phil never sees coming.

Phil Lester: Marriage Proposal Expert (ao3) - Full_Moon_Lover

Summary: Or the five times Phil tried to propose and the one time Dan did.

sayyes.exe - queenofallcorgis

Summary: Dan isn’t pleased when Phil downloads a new .exe file on his computer for the gaming channel. It quickly becomes his favorite game. Proposal!fic

Sky Coloured Canvases - viiktorss

Summary: For Dan, the sky has always been his favourite thing to paint. The way it changes its colour throughout the day along clouds adorning its glory. Until he saw the sky in the man’s eyes.

The Notion of Us - princesslexi763

Summary: Five Times Phil wanted to propose, and the one time he actually succeeded.

Those Four Words - butterflyphil

Summary: “You absolute fucking prick.”

What dreams are made of - succubusphan

Summary: A surprise liveshow shows what the phandom always hoped to see but thought impossible.

You Can’t Say That Over Skype! (ao3) - notinclinedtomaturity

Summary: It’s late on a Saturday night and rather than relaxing with a bottle of wine and anime like we want to be doing, I’m sitting in from of my iMac in my room on skype with Phil, who is sequestered away in the office, working on our book on a shared google doc.“So I definitely think we should have a PINOF page. We can talk about how it’s our origin and kind of our legacy and everything and—oh hang on.” I disappear from the shot of the webcam and rummage through my bottom desk drawer. Finally, I lean back up into view and proudly hold up a wrinkled sheet of paper.Phil leans closer to his webcam. “What’s that?”I press the paper closer to the webcam to give Phil a better view. “It’s the list of questions we wrote for the original PINOF.”

YouTuber Whispers (ao3) - PastelPhanime

Summary: The day was October 19th, 2021. Dan and I were planning on going over to Joe’s house to film a giant edition of YouTuber Whispers with him, Louise, Connor, and Troye.



And so he goes to Earth and does an art degree because obviously he’s fucking amazing at art but once he’s done that he’s like um what now — so he does every arts degree he can find (accelerated courses, obvs) which keeps him busy for a few years

But then he’s bored again and he doesn’t know how to do what he loves without being the best, which is actually pretty depressing because he literally cannot get any better

Then he stumbles across a street artist who specialises in anti-government graffiti and he TOTALLY DOESN’T GET IT so he’s like explain this to me mortal how is this art

And eventually he falls in love with this street artist but he doesn’t want to be a dick like his dad so he’s all nah I’m gonna woo them so hard, earth-stylee

So he’s like Erato help a bro out here because obvs he is bezzers with the Muses (he directed their choir but I bet they just messed about and got drunk and inspired really random people by accident which actually goes a long way towards explaining Britain’s Got Talent)


But it totally works (but only because he’s terrible at poetry and the street artist finds it adorable)

ALSO ALSO ALSO: They have no idea who Apollo is which makes him super annoyed because he has like 20 degrees by this stage - at least - and this artist is like lol you’re on the streets now what’s your tag?

So love is born and all the other Muses are so pissed that he didn’t ask their opinion when wooing this dude/lady/other that they curse him to dance for a whole week nonstop, and his new love nearly cracks a rib from laughing


asked by mysteriousbooklover

king and queen; crown and sword; ruler and beloved. there were things looming in the underworld. souls amongst corpses and flowers amongst ruins. a somber kingdom built in cold bone and black ashes. it was often called « the kingdom where nothing was born », where light never dared to set a foot. well, that is, until persephone. because the day persephone set foot on this burnt bewitched ground, the day she held the ruler’s heart in her palm, almost burning at the warmth of her sun-kissed skin, a flower bloomed under her feet.”


Modern Aesthetics: Athena

“you are ten percent horror - don’t worry,

don’t worry, i’ve seen it.
you want to tear things apart,
watch them bleed and put them
back together again.

twenty percent of you craves that pain,
that sharpness that only you and your blade
can bring. you’ve pushed it down.
i know it’s hard. it’s okay. breathe for me.

twenty five percent of you is courage.
you don’t think you’re strong?
i’ve seen you take in that one more
breath when you’re sure it would be easier
just to stop. you can do this. i trust you.

fifteen percent is love, and you’ve
told me you love me, but i need to
hear it a few dozen times before
it starts to sink in. i love you,
honey, i’ve watched you
struggle and i’ve watched you
grow and i know you could
drown me, devour me with that

thirty percent is holy.
you claim you can’t see your
divinity, can’t feel it, but god,
i feel it every time i touch you.
you were made to be worshiped, darling,
and i’m happy to take up that task.” (x)

8/? aethestics 

⤗ Apollo

Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis.


Modern Myth Aesthetic: Hades

fear clings to her like static. it crackles around her like a spark. a spark. that’s all it takes to light up the dark. you are that pin-pick of light to her, you drew her like moth to flame. now she clings to you like static, like fear, hoping on hope that someone can save her. before she’s lost to the darkness forever.

“Wow, that’s incredibly obvious” 
“…Yeah, thanks for that”

Eren owns a flower shop and Armin’s shirt is a Game of Thrones joke 

Modern Hades/Persephone Eremin AU, or, “The God of the Underworld leaves his house in his pajamas to grace the mortals with his presence and also touch his husbands butt.” 

Hades, the god of the Underworld, whose work is never done.

Hades, whose business is booming, whose stack of paperwork hasn’t shrunk for seven eons.

Hades, who now and then will take the pilgrimage up Olympus, and, on the other side of the clouds, admire the dusty thrones, the empty banquet hall. Sometimes he will even take a seat, a seat long coveted and no longer desired, now that the mountain has been abandoned.

He sleeps in his office six months out of the year. He works most of the time, and reads when he can, and sometimes stares at the wall for hours, maybe days, until the grayness of his days brightens a little and he finds the strength to keep working.

He wonders, briefly, what became of the others.

He wonders, briefly, if he’ll see their names on a form one day.

Business is good.

Modern greek gods au

Apollo talking about how you need to vacinate your kids
Hades telling everyone that the stuff they watch on supernatural shouldn’t be imitated
Artemis explaining how the amount of people you do/don’t have sex with doesn’t determining your self worth
Aphrodite telling everyone that regardless of their gender it’s perfectly fine to enjoy being feminine