Aurora is a 16 year old girl who has no home, her parents died when she was too young to remember. As an orphan she was both, encaged in a parentless existence and she had the freedom to do whatever she wanted. From infancy through about 10 years of age, Aurora stayed near the Ocean. Her father, Poseidon, meet’s her each year, for her birthday. For her first 6 years of life, she lived from foster home to foster home. She was given a pearl beaded necklace, by Poseidon, to keep in contact and allow her to speak directly to Poseidon himself. The necklace was created to disintegrate into dust when Aurora turned 12. Due to the powers of the necklace, Aurora never felt completely abandoned. Poseidon told Aurora, the ocean was her home, whenever she felt in-danger “head towards the ocean, you will be safe here.” Aurora had a foster family, which cared for her. But she left them when she turned eight. She desired a stronger connection to her real father.
The first time she entered water she was able to swim. Her body felt as though she was on a permanent adrenaline high, her blood was pumping much more vigorously than normal, but her mind was completely calm and focused. She spoke to her father on a number of occasions; trying to understand her connection to him (as much as an eight to nine year old could understand).
Poseidon told her stories of himself and some of his children. Aurora learned of Percy Jackson, Cyclopes (including Tyson), Triton, Theseus, and Polyphemus. Polyphemus guarded the fabled Golden Fleece, which now resides in Camp Half-Blood, just past Half-Blood hill, protecting its borders. Theseus attempted to protect Half-Blood’s being sacrificed to King Menos. Triton, a lesser God with similar powers to Poseidon, is the heir to his throne. Tyson was a friend of Percy Jackson, one of Poseidon’s most known children, and he (Tyson) was a Master Blacksmith. Briares, a Hecatonchires or ”Hundred Handed One’s”has continued to teach the Cyclops and children of Hephaestus & Athena ancient method’s of blacksmithing and craftsmanship long forgotten. These stories only bring Aurora closer to Poseidon, increasing her thirst to know more.
Through the age of 10, Aurora learned to manipulate water to her will, and has learned to control some weather changes, mainly creating fog and moderately changing the temperature around her. She is virtually impervious to injury while in contact with water. She has the ability to call forth the powers of the ocean, though the extent of her individual oceanic prowess has not been completely tested. The more powerful or encompassing her summoning the greater the risk on her life it evokes. Aurora is able to speak to all oceanic kind, and has a strong pact with most. The only land animals she can communicate with are horse-kind, as Poseidon is the creator of horses.
Prior to Aurora’s 12th birthday, Poseidon told her about the importance of Half-Blood hill, while there he would officially ‘claim’ her as a daughter of Poseidon. She became anxious and a bit confused on why she must go to Camp Half-Blood, opposed to being granted access to Poseidon’s Castle under the ocean. She heard stories of Briares and Tyson, and desired to meet them immediately .
When Aurora was 12, as predetermined the pearl necklace disintegrated. Aurora was worried she would never have a connection with her father so she kept the ashes of her necklace in a small leather bag, whenever she felt alone she could always pull it out and feel close to her father. The disintegrated necklace smelled strongly of the ocean, it looked like regular beach-sand, but it gave off an aura that made her feel close to Poseidon. Nevertheless fear over came her. She was now alone, and thrown into the ‘wild’. She felt abandoned and wanted to experience the ocean and life as much as possible. She stayed near the ocean for the next two years, finding comfort in it. Slowly she began to desire absolute excitement, like an adrenaline junkie; she clung to life as best she could. Hang Gliding, Bungee Jumping, and Ice Climbing were the beginning of her adventures. She tried to stay near water as much as possible, just in case. Hang Gliding over the ocean, Bungee Jumping over rivers, and Ice Climbing (Ice being water) all gave her ease of mind.
As she became older she began experiencing even more dangerous sports. When she turned 16 she went as far as Australia to a mountain area, known for dangerous rock faces and cliffs. She found a guide to find some of the most dangerous rock faces in all of Australia. The guide told Aurora that very few people tried the cliff of Kurndi, a cliff face that six people have died on that year and if she died she would make seven, his attempt at humor to lighten the mood. He noticed that Aurora had a very serious face and looked perhaps too serious. As he attempted to give her the safety harness and equipment she turned it down and told him that she was interested in free solo climbing. The guide looked dumbfounded and asked if she was certain she knew what she was doing. Aurora ignored the guide completely and walked through the narrow passageway to reach the beginning of the cliff face. Aurora stopped at the base and closed her eyes. Her eyes remained closed for a few moments, as though staring though oblivion, imagining the excitement-to-be. Slowly she began to grin in absolute euphoria. A dry dreadful heat was beating down on her face. She began sweating as she climbed. She was now about 500 feet in the air. As she looked down, everything was starting to appear small and insignificant. She found a small opening in the cliff face. She decided to take a short break. She was again absorbing the excitement of the ‘adventure.’ The wind started to blow and she continued to climb; she grabbed the rock-face more aggressively. Aurora was now more exited than ever. She climbed faster and faster. The faster she climbed the harder the wind seemed to blow. Aurora started to notice the wind seemed abnormally powerful, almost too powerful. She continued to climb now over 3000 feet up in the cliff side, she was about halfway up. All of a sudden a gust of wind kicked one of her hands loose and she swung out and was holding on only by her left hand. A small tweak of doubt crossed her mind, regardless she decided to keep climbing. Wind kept picking up. It began to rain little by little; she grew strength from the water and began to climb faster and faster. She was now jumping from rock fixture to rock fixture. She was now over 4000 feet up, the wind began to pick up even more, and the rain came down faster and faster. She could now see the top; it looked like there was about 500 feet to go. A huge cold front came over and the temperature plummeted. The cliff face started to freeze over. Anyone but a child of Poseidon would have fallen off by now. Amazingly she had enough control over the water that she was able to keep climbing. She climbed faster and faster. Wind picked up more and more, slowly she began to loose grip. Somehow she couldn’t control the water well enough and she became somewhat apprehensive. She was completely empowered by the rain but it didn’t seem to be helping as she was finally growing tired, the strong winds were draining her. Winds were moving over 50 miles per hour; they slowly started to overpower her. She slipped and fell, plunging towards the rocks below with her last bit of strength she attempted to brace her fall by summoning a gush of water below. *Smack* It seem to work or else she was dead. Aurora seemed to be able to brace her fall, or though she suspected. Warmth traveled down her back. Before she knew what happened she lost consciousness, due to her being so exhausted she was unable to quickly heal even though she was in contact with water.
She woke up and was surrounded by Oceanids and Mermaids. Somehow she was alive. Aurora was approached by Amphitrite. Amphitrite told Aurora how Poseidon had been worried about her dangerous lifestyle, and how Amphitrite took it into her own hands to respect his children, if it was in her best interest. “In an attempt to save you from yourself, I had to bring you here.”
Aurora replied, “You almost KILLED ME!”
“You are lucky I stepped in at all, I could have let you keep to your self-destructive path and you would have eventually become so overzealous you would have killed yourself,” she retorted back. “I don’t have time to play word games with you or tell you how much your father actually cares for you, but realize this you are not yet mentally prepared for what lies ahead.” And in that same instance Amphitrite disappeared and Aurora appeared on the beach, the same beach that her necklace disintegrated on.
Aurora immediately became furious at how she was being treated, LIKE A CHILD. Thinking to herself, “I am sixteen now! Why am I being treated like a baby, I have been on my own forever!”
Furious, she takes a long needed swim in the ocean; one of the few things that allow her to relax. Two weeks later, Aurora decides to head-out looking for “Camp Half-Blood” in search for answers. She knows that Half-Blood Hill is a place where many other half-bloods like herself reside, perhaps she can find comfort with them, like her father told her over four years ago. She only knew that Camp Half-Blood was in Long Island, New York. Since she was currently around Australia, she decided to take the water to the West Coast. She hitched rides from sea creature to sea creature, occasionally from whales and dolphins, but primarily from a few Hippocampi. She arrives in the night, on a beach in southern California.
Aurora was completely revitalized by the ocean; she begins her travel across America. Out of nowhere large bright illustrious white birds, perhaps eagles dive out of the sky. Aurora looks again, and it appears larger than an eagle, it has hooves and a tail, but still has wings. Immediately she hears a voice, confused she realizes she can hear it’s the thoughts. It is a horse of some kind, reason being why she can speak and understand it. A horse with wings, it must be a Pegasus! Aurora hops on his back and they begin to soar through the air. They traveled faster and faster, higher and higher, they were above the clouds and moving faster than a plane. The faster they went, the closer and tighter Aurora stayed to the Pegasus, increasing their aerodynamics and ensuring she isn’t blown off the Pegasus’s back. They crossed, Nevada, then Utah, and entered Colorado, taking a break. The Pegasus was starting to tire, and so they decided to rest. They camped next to a river, due to the comfort this gave Aurora. The sky was Zeus’s Domain. She remembered stories about how Feuding Gods often transferred to danger for their children. Since the Gods fought together against the Titans, most of the feuding and bickering has ceased. This made it far safer for Demigod’s to travel wherever they needed, as long as it wasn’t blatantly disrespectful to that god’s realm, though the underworld may still be off limits, hmm.
Throughout the night she woke up in a sweat due to a dream of a girl trapped in ice. She felt a magnetic pull to discover why she was having these dreams. She knew exactly what the girl looked like and from the dream she knew where it was located. The girl had blue eye’s, she was wearing a blue tank-top, brown cargo shorts. Aurora could feel she was powerful. Her curiosity helped in spurring her interest in finding this girl. She was near a stream, so Aurora could pinpoint her exact location, even without the dream. She told the Pegasus to come back this evening, as she would have a guest.
Immediately, she began to have that thirst for excitement. She needed to find this mystery girl in ice. She followed the stream. The forest became darker and darker, until she could barely see in front of her own face. Without sight, there was no way to know what was in front of her. She stayed within the confines of the water for protection, just as her father told her. Slowly a glow peaked across the forest. There was a light glow of yellow and blue intertwined. Sheer mystery lied before her. The water gave her great speed and she was moving much faster than any animal she knew. The excitement was building up inside of her, as she closed in on the source of the light, she began to slow down. Aurora was now grinning with absolute euphoria. She could not contain herself, the intensity of her stare was downright blood thirsty, and one would have thought she was a daughter of Ares in the midst of battle. Aurora approached and entered the meadow, and looked around just outside of the water. She realized she was out of the water and realized, the girl must be submerged. She dives into the water, and sees a massive glacier-like containment. Aurora closes her eyes, water begins to twist and rush all around her, quickly she opens her eyes placing her right hand on the ice, and it shatters. The girl is completely limp sinking deeper and deeper, not moving anywhere but down. “She must be unconscious,” Aurora thought to herself. She rushed to her aid, as fast as she could, and leapt out of the water with the girl. She appeared to be unconscious or dead. Emotions started to bubble inside of Aurora, confusion and frustration began to overcome her. Why was she dead if I was supposed to come save her?! The forest began to darken, Aurora became confused and angry. The forest floor began to slowly freeze, killing everything in its wake. Her eyes began to tear as rage overcame her; absolute confusion was interfering with her natural judgment. In a flash two arrows soared past her, one blue and one orange. Both cracked through the ice. A warm glow came out of the arrows as they struck the ground. The ice slowly melted, starting from where the arrows made contact. The forest began to light up as if being healed from underneath the ice. The ice completely melted away, and Aurora realized the girl was opening her eyes. Aurora now completely exhausted realized there was a note on each of the arrows.
Note on the blue arrow:
Take my Daughter, Evelyn, with you. Take her to Camp Half-Blood.
Note on the orange arrow:
Take these fruits, they will quickly nurse Evelyn back to acceptable health, but she still needs time to rest her mind, time you do not currently have.
As the notes told her, she gave the fruits to Evelyn and color re-entered her face. She looked exhausted, but now was able to stand. Aurora gave her the last bits of fruit and in minutes she looked almost perfect. Evelyn looked at Aurora in suspicion. Before either of them was able to speak, they both realized the ground was shaking. Something approached something large and dangerous. Bolting down were two harpy. They appeared half-woman and half-bird. The body appeared almost completely human except, instead of arms were wings, from the knee’s down were legs covered in feathers, and talons for feet. They moved quickly both on the ground and aerially. Aurora was still exhausted from releasing Evelyn from her prison and her temper tantrum. Quickly Evelyn surveyed the area, in an effort to view her options. She ran and grabbed Aurora, noticing she was in to way ready to protect herself, she was worn out. Quickly Evelyn moves Aurora next to the water. The harpy dive bombed past both of them. Knocked Aurora into the water and Evelyn into a tree. Aurora begins to move around, she begins to look around to see what happen. She notices dead patches of forestation and realized what she did. While Aurora was in self denial, Evelyn was busy with the two harpies. Evelyn sensed her surroundings and took in the essence of the forest and she began to run around. She is more agile and about as fast as the harpies, but doesn’t have the ability to fly. She must utilize her ability in stealth and weaponry. Evelyn pulled out her small curved dagger. She lunges and misses the Harpy completely. Both harpies dive towards her, she reaches out with her blade nearly hitting one of the harpy’s wings. Unable to reach the harpies with her dagger, she thinks about her bow, and it appeared in her hand. A quiver appears on her back and she pulls an arrow out, knocks it, and prepares to fire. She darts past the harpy, both moving in opposite directions. The harpy looses track of Evelyn. She runs about 30 yards into the forest. The harpy’s lower their guard, thinking she left. The harpy’s begin to turn their focus to Aurora. The moment they turned away and arrow pierced right into one of the harpies, right into its chest. The second harpy staggers backwards, looking for where the arrow came from. Before the second harpy is able to react, a second arrow flies towards it piercing its skull. It disintegrates, as Aurora emerges from the water. Aurora now appears to be completely revitalized. Heavy footsteps still seem to be approaching.
“What else could be after us,” Aurora wonders.
In a flash two pegasi, swooped out of the sky. Without the need for convincing both Aurora and Evelyn mounted. They crossed Kansas and Missouri before either of them spoke.
They thanked each other for their help, Aurora to Evelyn for rescuing her from her ice prison, and Evelyn to Aurora for protection from the harpies.
6 hours later, they arrive in New York hoping for a sign… Two powerful Half-Bloods should draw quite a bit of attention, though they don’t really desire any since their last encounter with the two harpies.