Lance and Scythe
- "She didn't even stop to tell me her diabolical plan. One second we were waiting for the usual monologue and the next my entire fleet was just gone."
- – Lance Starchampion
- "Destroying Orion isn't the only thing I want to do. But yeah, that's the main thing."
- – Artemis
As the story goes...
Philosophers sometimes talk about "The will of the universe", a consciousness above that even of the gods. We may never know if the universe has a will, but we do know it has an immune response. When foreign matter streaked over the skies of Valhalla, the response was an antibody of celestial proportions. As the name Orion was spoken, Artemis came into being, although she would not call herself that for many years.
Born Mary Washington in West Plaza New York, she was a voracious reader with a love for strawberry ice cream. While Mary had a relatively normal childhood, her parents sometimes wondered why she would stare silently into the night sky for hours or read stories of the goddess Artemis killing the hunter Orion over and over again.
Mary was too eager to confront her opponent. At the first sign of her powers manifesting, she opened a wormhole intending to stride into Valhalla. Instead, she emerged in the vacuum of space. Struggling for survival, she fought to maintain a cocoon of atmosphere siphoned from nearby worlds. In desperation she ripped the core from a nearby star to forge her armor, extinguishing her first solar system. From there she traversed the dangers of the universe, careening through the Tri-Nova, ending Starchampion's fleet, and imploding the Leviathan of Eons, to name a few. Once ready, the completed Artemis arrived in Asgard.
In Valhalla, Artemis is still subject to the rules of local gods and tries to complete her destiny in The Tournament itself. Sensing a common frustration, Nix has taken her under wing and the two often spar to hone their scythe skills. As Orion's reputation grows in the arena, Artemis wonder if all of Asgard might be too infected to save.