The great thing about the world of demigods is you can always count on a powerful female warrior to show up whenever evil rears its ugly head. Sometimes you can even count on four, or five, or an entire army of Artemis’s Hunters to storm into battle at any given time, which is why it’s prudent not to let memories of a dearly departed one fall between the cracks of history.
A Herculean Grudge
Zoë got her start on the road to heroics while tending Hera’s Garden of the Hesperides. It must have been a pretty boring job, because the minute Hercules arrived to snatch some of Hera’s golden apples, Zoë jumped at the opportunity to help him out. But, like so many women before and after her, Zoë received no credit from the demigod. (Though if we were a legendary hero and needed help accomplishing something as simple as picking a few apples, we wouldn’t announce it, either.)
Call of the Hunt
Harboring a great resentment for Hercules—and by extension, all male heroes—Zoë hung up her gardening gloves and joined the all-female Hunters of Artemis. In exchange for swearing off men forever, she received the gifts of eternal youth, near-immortality, and invulnerability. That would be an easy deal for many of us to make.
A Lack of Grace
Zoë eventually became Artemis’s lieutenant, always on the hunt for monsters and giants, and also for new members of her secret club. She tried to recruit Thalia Grace, and when she failed, Zoë developed a resentment toward the spoiled, no-nothing demigods of today’s generation (Notice a pattern here?). Years later, when Artemis herself went missing, it must have stung when Zoë was forced to help Thalia, Bianca di Angelo, and their dumb boy companions. That quest wound up being a complete disaster for Zoë for a number of reasons, not the least of which was another male demigod who thought he knew more than everyone else.
Turns out Hercules and Percy Jackson actually had very little in common, other than the whole, you know, gender thing. For one, Percy proved to Zoë that he was capable of sacrifice and compassion after Bianca died on Zoë’s watch. Zoë eventually paid for her mistake by bearing a venomous bite from her old dragon pal, Landon. The poison wouldn’t overtake Zoë until after her final confrontation with her father, Atlas, a battle that would ultimately free Artemis. We all know what happened next. And now, barring clouds and air pollution, you can see Zoë’s tribute constellation in the night sky.
No, not that one. The one that looks like a huntress. No, not that one either. You know what? Forget it. Just look it up.