Spring is on the horizon, but for those truly disturbed individuals who wish winter would never end, now’s the time to start praying to Khione, Greek goddess of snow. She left a cool impression in The Heroes of Olympus, but in case you need a refresher, here’s what you need to know about everyone’s second or third favorite ice queen.
As the daughter of Boreas, god of the North Wind and winter, Khione can come across as somewhat cold. And we’re not just saying that because of her ice powers. Let’s just say that Boreas’s idea of romance with Khione’s once-mortal mother Oreithyia involved “spiriting her away.” Or, as law enforcement would call it: kidnapping. That kind of hurt can have a lifelong chilling effect. Thankfully, Khione didn’t inherent her father’s taste for abduction as courtship. Speaking of . . .
Don’t Call Her Hot
Khione was briefly pursued by both Poseidon and Apollo, two of the more eligible godly bachelors. Being the object of so much divine affection eventually went to Khione’s head. The adoration of two gods made her, like, sooo much cooler and more desirable than Artemis. As if Artemis would be jealous that her twin brother thought Khione was cute. For the record, we have it on good authority that Artemis doesn’t think about Khione at all.
The Cold Might’ve Bothered Her Anyway
Khione’s botched attempt at feuding with Artemis may be attributed to insecurity about her own place within the Greek pantheon. Considering how Greece isn’t exactly known for its heavy snowfall, it’s no surprise that Khione never achieved rock goddess levels of worship. Even Hera has referred to her as “D-list.” At least Leo thought she was cool . . . before she betrayed Olympus in service of Gaea and almost killed Piper. Not the best strategy to win over fans.
The Great White North
These days, Khione is presumably chilling with her siblings in the arctic wilderness of Canada. No one really knows what she’s been up to since she failed to overthrow her father. We hope she’s cooled off since then and isn’t causing trouble. Yet, we can’t help but feel that every time a car gets stuck in a snow bank, or school isn’t closed despite inclement weather, she’s subtly enacting her bitter revenge.