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The primordial god of the sea from Greek mythology. Not much is known about him, but he is credited as the father of many old sea gods and fearsome sea monsters that still exist and rule over the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea to this day.
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Pontus was the ancient Greco-Roman primordial Deity of the sea. Pontus was the father of several sea deities as well as most of the sea creatures.

Overview

Pontus was the Lord of the Sea before his title was taken over by his much younger brother/nephew, Oceanos, and eventually his nephew/grand-nephew, Poseidon. However, Pontus was the most powerful of all the Sea Lords, since he was literally the personification or spirit of the actual sea, rather than being just a deity of the sea.

Pontus was more considered be just the personification of the Mediterranean Sea, and the god’s named can be translated as “the road”, an indication of the importance of the Mediterranean as a highway for goods, as well as a provider of food. 

Appearance

Pontus was usually depicted as a large head with a water-colored gray beard rising out of the sea. He had a pair of horns on his head that were similar to crab claws.

Personality

Powers & Abilities

Pontus was one of the first beings to emerge at the dawn of creation, making him an extremely powerful Primordial God, on par with Gaia and Ouranos.

  • Abyss Manipulation: Being the personification of the sea and the watery abyss, Pontus is capable of manipulating everything related to water including the primeval waters itself, to the point where he is able to create anything from absolute zero, much like the void but on a lesser scale. Doing so is what allowed him to create entire kingdoms as well as many planes of existence.
  • Future Prediction: He can look into the future by sensing the ripples in the ocean of time to determine the various outcomes and disturbances in reality by sensing where the timeline flows. However, He is inferior to Chronos in this aspect.
  • Hydrogenesis: He can form water out of nothing and at any place at any time, As he is the personification of the seas.
  • Oblivion Manipulation: Being able to manipulate the primeval waters, he is capable of dissolving everything to their original state doing so is what allowed to reduce several lesser Old Ones to their original state of being orbs of chaotic energy.

History

Pontus was Gaia's son and was born in the void state of the Void, at a time before anything ever existed.. His wife is the second primordial deity of the sea, Thalassa. Poseidon, king of the sea, wed Pontos' eldest granddaughter Amphitrite. Pontus like the primordial beings Gaea and Ouranos, he existed since the beginning, when everything came to be.

With his mother, Gaia, he fathered Nereus (the Old Man of the Sea), Thaumas (the awe-striking "wonder" of the Sea, embodiment of the sea's dangerous aspects), Phorcys and his sister-consort Ceto, and the "Strong Goddess" Eurybia, who represented having power and mastery over the seas. She could even control the winds, which helped boaters move on the waters, and the showing of constellations, which navigators used back then as a map to travel the seas.

Their third and forth child, Phorcys and Ceto, had together gave birth to monsters that included the Graeae, three old, grey sisters who shared one tooth and one eye; their names were Dino, Enyo and Pephredo. Phorcys and Ceto also gave birth to the Gorgons; they were Stheno, Euryale, and the most famous of the three, Medusa, a winged monster with venomous snakes for hair.

With the sea goddess Thalassa (whose own name simply means "sea" but is derived from a Pre-Greek root), he fathered the Telchines and all sea life. The Telchines were a mix of different things; they had flippers in place of hands and the head of a dog. Some of these individuals included Argyron, Megalesius, Nicon and Skelmis.

His son, Nereus, was the father of the sea nymph Thetis, who was the mother of the famous Greek warrior Achilles, a hero of the Trojan War whom Homer wrote about in the Iliad.

Myths and Legends

In a Roman sculpture of the 2nd century, Pontus, rising from seaweed, grasps a rudder with his right hand and leans on the prow of a ship. He wears a mural crown, and accompanies Fortuna, whose draperies appear at the left, as twin patron deities of the Black Sea port of Tomis in Moesia.

Quotes

You foolish Olympian. Did you actually think that you could sway the Leviathan? She, who is the empress of the all lifeforms that dwells in the waters, equal to me as ruler of all seas and oceans. You should be lucky that she let you go after that Atlantean offering, otherwise I would had to interfere to save Atlantis which I entrusted to you.
Pontus harshly berating Poseidon for trying to woo The Leviathan.

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