Persona 3 Personae Listing

This section details the Personae chosen for the main characters and supporting characters in the game. It is by no means a complete list, but rather more of a starting point.

 

Orpheus Name: Orpheus
Origin: Thracian and Greek mythology
Associated Character: The Protagonist
Original Artwork: Not yet available

Information: The original story of Orpheus was adopted by the Greeks from the nearby area of Thrace. He is the patron of both the lyre and the art of song. Most famous tradition positions Orpheus as the son of Oeagrus, King of Thrace, and Calliope, muse of poetry.

Design: There are a couple of notable aspects of Shigenori Soejima's Orpheus design in Persona 3. First, he carries a giant lyre. In mythology, this was designed for him by Hermes as a gift from Apollo. This lyre contributes to his legend of being associated with poetry and song. His gift of song was said to be beautiful enough to charm man or beast.

Second, one of the stories of Orpheus involves his death at the hands of angry followers of Dionysus. They first threw sticks and stones at him, but his beautiful song proved able to stop even inanimate objects. Enraged, the followers attacked Orpheus head-on and tore him into pieces. His head and lyre floated down a nearby river, still singing their songs, until they arrived at the island of Lesbos. His head was buried there and the Lyre carried off to heaven by the Muses.

This proves interesting in the design because there are clearly too aspects to him: one, his body is completely mechanical and two, his head appears to be real. A crimson cloth wraps his neck area, which would contain the most obvious wound. It would seem that the Persona Orpheus is based upon his appearance after his demise.

Extended Information: Wikipedia

 

HermesName: Hermes
Origin: Greek mythology
Associated Character: Junpei Iori
Artwork: Click

Information: Hermes served many functions within the religion of the ancient Greeks. Most importantly, however, he was the god of boundaries and the travelers that cross them. This may be taken in a literal and not so literal sense, as he oversaw the transfer of money and goods as well. As such, he also became the god of thieves.

In many instances, he was also the messenger of the gods to mortal men. The Romans eventually adapted this god as Mercury, giving him several other traits in the process.

Design: Hermes and Mercury are often shown bearing wings in some form. In Persona 3, the design transforms these from natural looking wings to very wiry, mechanical designs. At first glance, it would appear that the large, metallic "wings" are attached solely to Hermes's wrists, but they are also infact attached to his ankles. As such, the design mimics both the traveler's cap and sandals Hermes/Mercury is known for.

Extended Information: Wikipedia

 

IoName: Io
Origin: Greek mythology
Associated Character: Yukari Takeba
Original Artwork: Not yet available

Information: A priestess of Hera that was lusted after by Zeus. She resisted his advances, but was eventually driven towards him by her own father. Zeus tried to hide this strained relationship from his wife, Hera, but she continued to be suspicious. In an effort to hide Io, Zeus transformed her into a white female cow.

Hera demanded Zeus hand over the cow as a present. He complied and Hera gave Io the task of watching over a great creature known as Argus. However, Zeus commanded the god Hermes to kill Argus. Upon doing so, Hera then forced Io to wander the earth for all eternity as gadflies stung her incessantly into insanity.

As luck would have it, however, she met Prometheus during her travels promised that she would one day regain her human form and be the ancestor of the great Hercules. Eventually she made it to Egypt, where Zeus returned her to her original beauty. There she gave birth to Zeus's son, Epaphus, and married a great Egyptian king.

Design: Shigenori Soejima's design shows Io chained into an odd chair of sorts. On closer inspection, it is obvious that this "chair" is in the shape of the head of a female cow; eyes, nose, ears and horns are all present. This design mimics the story of her courtship by Zeus that was outlined above. The chains could symbolize her resistance to Zeus's strong advances, requiring her to be restrained against her will.

Extended Information: Wikipedia

 

PolydeucesName: Polydeuces
Origin: Greek mythology
Associated Character: Akihiko Sanada
Original Artwork: Not yet available

Information: Along with Castor, Polydeuces is one of the noted sons of Zeus. He is also known by the name Pollux. Together the twins were referred to as the "Disocuri". Most notably, for Pollux at least, was the fact that as one of Jason's Argonauts. He defeated king Amycus in a boxing match on their travels.

Design: The association of Akihiko and Polydeuces makes sense largely because they are both noted boxers (although you'd not guess that from the image). This also explains his muscular structure and armor.

Extended Information: Wikipedia

 

 

 

Penthesilia Name: Penthesilea
Origin: Greek mythology
Associated Character: Mitsuru Kirijou
Original Artwork: Not yet available

Information: An Amazonian queen, daughter of Ares (god of war) and Otrera (ancestress of the Amazons). On a hunting trip, she accidently killed her sister, Hippolyta, with a spear. This accident caused her so much grief that she desired only death, but as an Amazon, rules dictated that she should only do so in honor on the battlefield. As such, she decided to fight on the side of the city defenders in the Trojan War. It is said she was killed by Achilles in battle.

Design: The most obvious connection with the original Penthesilea is simply the crown she wears. In connection with the warlike nature of the Amazons she carries two blades, one significantly longer than the other.

Extended Information: Wikipedia

 

 

Lucia Name: Lucia
Origin: Catholic and Orthodox Christianity
Associated Character: Kazabana Yamagishi (Fuuka Yamagishi)
Original Artwork: Not yet available

Information: A Christian martyr and the patron saint of blindness. She was revealed as a Christian to a magistrate of the Emperor in Syracuse, who commanded her to offer a sacrifice to the Emperor. In refusing, they tried to take her away but found her immovable due to her being filled with the Holy Spirit. She was stabbed in the throat, but still spoke. Her final punishment involved the gouging out of her eyes, but she could still miraculously see.

Design: Lucia's eyes and neck are wrapped in bandages, covering her eye and dagger wounds. In addition, her lower half is a blue globe that is several times bigger than her normal frame. This is most likely supposed to refer to the story of the Holy Spirit filling her to the point that she was heavy as a mountain.

Extended Information: Wikipedia