There was a time when harmony reigned on Mount Olympus, but everything changed with the arrival of Eris, the Goddess of Discord. With her mesmerizing beauty and her ability to instill anger in anyone, she quickly became a feared and respected figure. The gods found themselves entangled in unpleasant events that left Mount Olympus in a constant state of tension.
The beginning of the end came when Eris meddled in the gods' choices of who would lead the next great battle of the gods. She threw a golden apple into the assembly of gods, with the inscription "For the most beautiful." Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena then competed for the title of "The most beautiful." Eris knew that this choice would be extremely divisive and that the dispute would result in discord among the gods.
Hera represented the wisdom and authority of a ruler over the other divinities, while Aphrodite represented the sensuality and passion of love. On the other hand, Athena was the pure embodiment of intelligence, strategy, and warfare. The three were powerful and beautiful, but the golden apple could only be given to one. She knew that the choice would result in discord, but the outcome was even worse than she had imagined.
The three goddesses, now openly at odds with each other, turned against one another, using all their powers to destroy the others and prove themselves worthy of the golden apple. The accusations and insults between them were so extreme that Zeus himself, the king of Olympus, was horrified by the aggression that had taken hold.
The chaos that ensued, with violent battles on Olympus, forced Zeus to take drastic measures. He summoned a meeting of all the gods and told them that the only solution would be to send the goddesses to Earth, where they would have to give the golden apple to the most beautiful mortal chosen by Zeus. While there, the goddesses would have their magic limited to prevent unnecessary destruction.
Thus, Eris and the other goddesses were sent to Earth, where they were met by the unmatched beauty of Paris, the prince of Troy. The three goddesses attempted to convince Paris that they were the most beautiful and deserving of the magical apple, offering him gifts and promises. Hera promised power and wealth, Aphrodite promised the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, while Athena guaranteed military victory.
In the end, it was Aphrodite who persuaded Paris to choose her as the most beautiful and receive the magical apple. Eris's work had been done. Paris's choice triggered the Trojan War, which was one of the bloodiest and longest-lasting wars in history.
Eris watched from afar as the battle unfolded, satisfied with her creation and the discord she had created among humans. She now knew that her influence on history was a force to be feared, and that discord would always bring devastating consequences.
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