One of the major points of Beyond The Impossible is the existance of gods. Despite sharing the names, they may differ significantly from their mythological counterparts.
The Milky Way galaxy is populated by thousands of planets under their absolute rule, but Earth has been completely cut off from their domain for the last few thousand years. While not exactly magical in nature, gods have vast mind-over-matter powers.

The known universe is ruled by the Nine Gods, the leaders of the three existing pantheons: Greek, Egyptian and Sumerian.

 


GREEK GODS

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While not exactly Greek (they are far older than any known civilization), they have inspired Greek and sometimes Roman myths.
Most of the Milky Way galaxy, which they call the Olympian Galaxy, is ruled by Zeus and his family.
Rule over the rest of the local universe is shared with his brothers Poseidon and Hades.


 athena athena-color Athena
First appearance: Issue 2
Profile: the goddess of knowledge and war; she gives Noriko all the knowledge of humanity. Her sector is on the other side of the galaxy and is considered the only democracy in the Olympian Galaxy.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

hephaestus hephaestus-color Hephaestus
First appearance: issue 13 (name only) / issue 64 (appears)
Profile: the god of technology. Earth lies on the border of his sector, which is almost entirely devoid of life: Hephaestus rules through the Talos robots with the intent of eradicating organic life.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

demeter Demeter
First appearance: issue 22 (name only) / issue 28 (appears)
Profile: the goddess of the harvest, Vesta’s green-haired sister. Earth lies on the border of her sector, which she rules with an iron fist.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

aphrodite Aphrodite
First appearance: issue 24 (name only) / issue 135 (appears)
Profile: the goddess of love and sexual pleasure. Very protective of her subjects but otherwise uninterested in galactic policies. While she has several origins in Greek mythology, in Beyond The Impossible she is the daughter of Zeus.

mars Ares
First appearance: issue 39 (flashback only) / no appearance so far in the main series / first appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: the god of war. His sector is on the other side of the galaxy. He’s partially responsible for Vesta’s exile

hermes hermes-color Hermes
First appearance: issue 50 (name only) / issue 52 (appears)
Profile: the god of traders, tricksters and thieves. Scheming and dishonest, he has a love-hate relationship with Noriko: he loves to tease her, she just hates him.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

artemis artemis-color Artemis
First appearance: issue 29 (name only) / issue 55 (appears)
Profile: the goddess of the hunt. She has little interest in ruling her sector, where there’s only one rule: “don’t #### with Artemis”. She has a very one-sided interest in Noriko.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

persephone persephone-color Persephone
First appearance: issue 51 (name only) / issue 54 (appears)
Profile: the queen of the underworld. Daughter of Demeter and Zeus, happily married to Hades, Persephone is a mean-spirited, green-haired foul-mouthed rebel.Portrait by KodamaCreative (click for full size)

themis Themis
First appearance: issue 52 (name only) / issue 54 (appears)
Profile: the Goddess of Divine Justice, responsible for keeping peaceful relationship between ruling gods. Considering the state of the Olympian Galaxy, she’s really bad at her job.

dike Dike
First appearance: issue 54
Profile: the Goddess of Mortal Justice, who is definitely even worse at her job than her mother Themis

hekate Hekate
First appearance: issue 40
Profile: the triple goddess. One of the few Olympians that are not descendants from Kronos, she has an intense distaste for mortals. She has one mind but three bodies: a young girl, a grown woman and an old crone

 nike Nike
First appearance: issue 51
Profile: the goddess of victory and Athena’s trusted lieutenant

apollo Apollo
First appearance: issue 53 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series / first appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: the sun god. His sector is on the other side of the galaxy; brother to Artemis, enemy to both Ares and Athena

hera Hera
First appearance: issue 57 (name only) / issue 195 (appears) / first chronological appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: the goddess of marriage. Vesta’s blue-haired sister, she’s the queen of the galaxy, ruling with her brother and husband Zeus

zeus Zeus
First appearance: issue 2 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series / first appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: the god of lightning and king of the galaxy. The brother of Vesta, he exiled her from Olympus and confined her to Earth over two thousand years ago. A progenitor to all current Lampyrian and father to most of the gods ruling the various sectors of the galaxy, he also hid Earth from his children believing the planet  has a greater destiny to fulfill

kronos Kronos
First appearance: issue 2 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: Vesta’s father. He devoured his children and ruled the entire local universe for million of years, before being dethroned and possibly killed by his son Zeus

hades Hades
First appearance: issue 80 (voice only) / issue 191 (appears)
Profile: god of the underworld, happily married to Persephone. Had a close relationship with his sister Vesta before her exile.

eris Eris
First appearance: when you realize who she is, you’ve been reading about her for some time
Profile: goddess of strife and a lot of much worse stuff. Daughter of Zeus and Nix, she’s the black sheep of the Olympian family (which is really, REALLY saying something). Something of a nemesis to Vesta for thousands of years and generally bad news.

gaea Gaea
First appearance: issue 18 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: Vesta’s grandmother. One of the Primordial Gods that supposedly already existed at the time of the Drylon. Claims to have either discovered or created Earth over four billion years ago

nix Nyx
First appearance: issue 140 (name only)
Profile: Eris’ mother. One of the Primordial Gods that supposedly already existed at the time of the Drylon.

dionysus Dionysus
First appearance: issue 57 (name only) / issue 135 (appears)
Profile: the god of wine and debauchery. His sector is considered “the ultimate free state” where everything is permitted, meanind the Dionysus spends most of his time between drinks and orgies leaving the space mafia called the Guild to take care of everything.

selene Selene
First appearance: issue 162
Profile: the goddessof the Moon, daughter of Titans executed by Zeus for being Kronos followers. She’s been holding a grudge against his family for ages, and she doesn’t think much of mortals either.

tyche Tyche
First appearance: issue 163
Profile: the goddess of destiny and luck, daughter of Hermes and Aphrodite. One of the youngest gods, not much is known about her except she seems to have inherited her father’s love for scheming

enyo Enyo
First appearance: issue 166 (name only) / issue 206 (appears)
Profile: the goddess of war, sister of Ares and daughter of Zeus and Hera. Almost as dangerous as her brother.

hebe Hebe
First appearance: no appearance so far in the main series / first appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: the goddess of youth, youngest of Hera’s children

hercules Herakles
First appearance: no appearance so far in the main series / first appereance in Untold Tale of Vesta
Profile: technically only a demigod but as strong as a real one, son of Zeus and a mortal woman

Poseidon
First appearance: issue 34 (name only) / issue 200 (appears)
Profile: brother of Zeus and Hades, absolute ruler of the Andromeda Galaxy which he calls the Aegean Galaxy

 


EGYPTIAN GODS

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Known to reside outside of the Olympian Galaxy, they are older than the Greek gods and have fought them in several occasions.

Currently ruled by Ra, Isis and Nephthys.

Ra
First appearance: issue 18 (name only) / issue 200
Profile: leader of the Egyptian pantheon and probably the oldest non-Primordial god. One of the more alien gods, taking humanoid shape only in the rare occasions he interacts with lesser beings.

Isis
First appearance: issue 195
Profile: sister/wife of Osiris, one of the three rulers of the Egyptian pantheon and the most active. She used to rule a portion of what is now the Olympian Galaxy, and unlike the rest of her pantheon she still has interests there

Nephthys
First appearance: issue 198 (name only) / issue 200 (appears)
Profile: the widow of Set. She rules her own galaxy and is one of the three official leaders of the Egyptian pantheon, but she’s generally considered under the complete control of Ra and Isis

Osiris
First appearance: issue 18 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: known to be much older than even Kronos

Anubis
First appearance: issue 154 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: invaded Poseidon’s galaxy more than sixty years before the start of the series

Set
First appearance: issue 200 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: brother of Isis and husband of Nephthys, he was killed a long time before the start of the series

 

 


SUMERIAN GODS

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The oldest generation of gods, even older than the Egyptians. They ruled the Milky Way several millions years ago, having left behind a few abandoned planets.

Currently ruled by Marduk, Inanna and Ereshkigal

  Marduk
First appearance: issue 159 (name only) / issue 200 (appears)
Profile: supposedly the ruler of the Sumerian pantheon, considered at the very least just as powerful as Zeus himself

  Inanna
First appearance: issue 135 (name only) / issue 200 (appears)
Profile: the goddess of war and sex, sister to Ereshkigal.

  Ereshkigal
First appearance: issue 159 (name only) / issue 201 (appears)
Profile: the Sumerian goddess of the underworld, ruler of her own galaxy. Acknowledged by Athena as being one of the most powerful and dangerous gods in the entire universe

Tiamat
First appearance: issue 159 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: one of the Primordial Gods that existed at the time of the Drylon, defeated by Marduk and imprisoned in the Dragon Tomb

Namtar
First appearance: issue 122 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: Lord of Disease and Plague, he had a kingdgom in the current Olympian Galaxy. One of the planets under his domain holds the coordinates of the Dragon Tomb

Enki
First appearance: issue 159 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: father of Marduk and possibly the creator of the first mortals

Apsu
First appearance: issue 159 (name only) / no appearance so far in the main series
Profile: one of the Primordial Gods that existed at the time of the Drylon, killed by Enki