|Golden Apple of Discord|
|Usage:||Used by Cynthia Fordman on Daimon Abigor in The Heart is A Lonely Hunter|
|Effects/Powers:||causes all sorts of chaos, discord and strife|
The apple of discord is a reference to the Golden Apple of Discord (Greek: μῆλον τῆς Ἔριδος) and in the Inferno universe, is a magical artifact first used in The Heart is A Lonely Hunter.
According to Greek mythology, the goddess Eris (Gr. Ἔρις, "Strife") tossed in the midst of the feast of the gods at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis as a prize of beauty, thus sparking a vanity-fueled dispute among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite that eventually led to the Trojan War (for the complete story, see The Judgement of Paris). Thus, "apple of discord" is used to signify the core, kernel, or crux of an argument, or a small matter that could lead to a bigger dispute. Eris was not invited to a wedding between Thetis and Peleus. Infuriated by this, she tossed a solid gold apple into the wedding. It had inscribed on it "TO THE FAIREST". All of the gods recoiled and most goddesses, but Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera fought over the title. They asked Zeus who it belonged to, and he responded to ask Paris, a mortal prince. They showed him the Apple, and asked the question, bribing him with gifts. He chose Aphrodite, and would cause war between the gods and mortals.The apple is an important symbol to Erisians aka Discordians who worship Eris.
In some later sources, Eris inscribed on the apple "for the fair" or "to the fairest" before tossing it. The most popular version of the inscription is ΤΗΙ ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΗΙ (Ancient Greek: τῇ καλλίστῃ tē(i) kallistē(i), Modern Greek: τη καλλίστη ti kallisti; "for/to the most beautiful"). Καλλίστῃ is the dative singular of the feminine superlative of καλός, beautiful. In Latin sources, the word is formosissima.
The Golden Apples are known in the Greek Mythology to give immortality to anyone who eats them. However, in the Inferno universe, this comes at the expense of loosing one's humanity. If on the other hand, it is used on an unwilling participant, it can lower inhibitions and bring to the surface things that the person infected buried deep, deep, inside.
- Agoroth: He gave the apple to Alietta and Cynthia to be used on one of their classmates at Point Dume Academy.
- Daimon Abigor: The apple is used on him in The Heart is A Lonely Hunter. It is unknown how it will affect him as of yet.