“Ten years, Athena! I have faithfully served the gods for ten years! When will you leave me of these nightmares?”
Born and raised in Sparta, Kratos was monitored, like all other younglings. During several tests, those that were deemed fit were to stay in Sparta to be trained as Spartan protectors, while those deemed unfit would be sent to the mountains, sealing their fates. Kratos, already feisty and aggressive at his young age, along with his brother, Deimos, trained, and dreamed of joining the Spartan army when they grew up. On an ill-fated day, when the young brothers were training outside their home, the city was raided by the Olympian gods, Ares and Athena, and their army of centaurs, in search of the Marked Warrior. Ares, seeing Deimos’ birthmark as a sign of the prophecy, snatched him away. In anger and desperation, Kratos attacked the god to save his brother, only for Ares to smack Kratos back in to a pile of wood, leaving him with a scar over his right eye.
Insulted by the mortal’s defiance, Ares raised his sword to kill Kratos, but was stopped by Athena reminding him that they had what they were looking for. Before leaving, Athena apologized to Kratos, and disappeared into flames. The loss of his brother left an indelible mark on Kratos, as he vowed to never falter again. In honor of his brother, Kratos had himself tattooed in the exact image of Deimos’ birthmark.
As he grew into adulthood, Kratos became a respected member of the Spartan army. He married Lysandra, who bore him a daughter, Calliope.
Author: Papertoys Clemper