Oh.... Okay Then
Right, so guys I was thinking about Percy Jackson (wow shocker) and I just had this thought, this realization, that both annoys me and makes sense. So you know how most demigod abilities take up energy, or hurt in some way? Percy feels this weird pull in his stomach, Will gets tired when he uses Apollo’s hymns while healing, Nico nearly died, I’m willing to bet this happens for all of them, like Leo getting insanely tired if he over exerts his fire powers, Jason getting sore muscles when controlling the winds, Piper loses her voice if she charm-speaks too often, things like that.
But I was thinking about it and I thought of something. Octavian convinced Apollo to give him the powers of prophecy because Apollo is a conceited fuck wit (but he’s still pretty) and he’s like YES I LIKE THIS IDEA OF BEING MORE POPULAR! SO he gives Octavian the powers of prophecy.
In the book Octavian is super pale and sickly looking, Will calls him anemic, and I was thinking, what if he looks like that because of the powers he’d been given? What if when he was younger he looked similar to Jason with dark hair, maybe tan, bright eyes and happy go smiley? What if at one point he’s a nice guy?
But then something happens. Maybe he feels useless, he can’t really do much, all his “friends” are strong and skilled, he’s just a legacy and who cares about those (no offense to legacies I’m just trying to make a point). So he comes up with an idea because hey, maybe if I can be useful they’ll make me praeter and they’ll like me!
But something goes wrong, the powers of prophecy are far to extensive and mentally exhausting for him to handle. What happened to May Castellan happens to him, but less drastic. Instead of becoming completely incoherent and innocent, he loses his sanity while keeping the emotion of rage. He uses the powers of prophecy and what he sees is so traumatizing he loses his mind.
It makes him sick, he loses weight, his hair loses its color and his eyes aren’t as bright and happy, his skin grows pale and at first his friends are so worried, then they realize he’s an asshole and maybe he’s always been that way he was just waiting and using them.
Maybe in the best Octavian was a nice guy, but the powers of prophecy ruined everything that made him Octavian, leaving a simple shell in his place.
Maybe Octavian was dead long before he actually died.