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It’s okay if you don’t get it. But I want you to know, Emmie didn’t give up your divine gift lightly. After sixty-odd years together with the Hunters, we discovered something. It’s not how long you live that matters. It’s what you live for.

–Josephine to Apollo in The Dark Prophecy.

Josephine is a Greek demigod daughter of Hecate and a retired Hunter of Artemis, along with her wife, Hemithea. Both of them, together with their adopted daughter Georgina, are the current caretakers of the Waystation, a safe haven for refugee demigods, satyrs, and all sorts of immortals.

History

Early Life

Josephine was born to Hecate, the Greek goddess of magic and crossroads, and an unknown mortal man.

In the 1920s, Josephine disguised herself as a man and encountered several gangsters such as Al Capone. She functioned as the in between between the aforementioned gangsters and various African American bootleggers.

Time with the Hunters and Meeting her Wife

Sometime after this, she joined the Hunters of Artemis. During her service there, Josephine met and fell in love with her fellow Huntress, Hemithea. Both decided to part their ways with Artemis on good terms in 1987, and live their regained mortal life together.

Operating the Waystation

At an unknown point after leaving the hunters, Josephine and Emmie married and found the Waystation, a safe haven for demigods and nature spirits in Indianapolis, Indiana, and become it’s caretakers under the supervision of Britomartis, the goddess of traps and nets, and aid those passing their either with a safe haven for the night or helping demigods have a normal life in the mortal world.

Adopting Georgina

Seven years before the events of The Dark Prophecy, a ghost named Agamethus arrived at the Waystation with an infant girl that the wives adopted and named Georgina that they raised as their own daughter.

The Trials of Apollo

The Dark Prophecy

Josephine first appears in one of the Waystation's workshops. She shows Leo Valdez and Apollo how the Waystation works and shows them to their rooms after dinner. When Apollo and Calypso return after liberating Heloise and Abelard from the Indianapolis Zoo, she helps the now mortal sorceress to the infirmary.

The Tower of Nero

She is seen teaching mechanic skills to Georgina when Apollo visits after regaining his godhood. She tussles Leo’s hair when the son of Hephaestus calls her a good teacher and mom.

Appearance

Josephine is described as a African American woman in her sixties with umber skin, a square-jawed face, and buzz-cut gray hair that shimmered like frost. She was muscular with broad shoulders and dark, well-sculpted arms. Jo often wears a wielding mask.

Personality

Josephine is overly friendly and enthusiastic with a love of machines. She deeply cares for her spouse Hemithea and her daughter Georgina. She also treats all the residents at the Waystation as part of her extended family.

Abilities

  • ADHD: Like most demigods, Josephine possesses inborn supernatural battle reflexes and senses that she uses to analyze the fighting style of her opponent.
  • Dyslexia: Her brain is 'hardwired' for Ancient Greek.
  • Mechanical talent: Josephine is very skilled at building and analyzing complex mechanical systems. In fact, she set up a system of weapons around the Waystation that helped Emmie drive the Blemmyae away when they first attacked Apollo, Leo Valdez and Calypso.
  • Fighting: Being a former gangster, Jo is a fairly accomplished fighter.

  • Mystiokinesis: As a daughter of Hecate, she can cast and manipulate magic. Her specialty is magical construction.

  • As a Hunter of Artemis

    • Immortality due to being one of Artemis' hunters (except if she falls in battle or breaks her oath).
    • Expert archer and skilled with hunting knives.
    • Highly skilled hunter.
    • Can make a bow appear or disappear at any given time.
    • Highly skilled at tracking.
    • Highly skilled healer.
    • She has silver colored aura.
    • She is naturally stronger and faster than a regular mortal, demigod, or nymph.
    • She usually has the upper hand in battle because of her fighting powers.
    • She can talk to wild animals.

    Trivia

    The Trials of Apollo
    Core Series: The Hidden Oracle | The Dark Prophecy | The Burning Maze | The Tyrant's Tomb | The Tower of Nero
    Main Characters: Apollo/Lester Papadopolous | Meg McCaffrey | Peaches | Leo Valdez | Calypso | Grover Underwood | Piper McLean | Jason Grace | Reyna Ramírez-Arellano | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Nico di Angelo | Will Solace | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
    Secondary Characters: Percy Jackson | Chiron | Austin Lake | Kayla Knowles | Hemithea | Josephine | Georgina | Lityerses | Trophonius | Gleeson Hedge | Mellie | Chuck Hedge | Medea | Jason Grace | Herophile | Crest | Lavinia Asimov | Don | Tyson | Ella | Tarquin | Luguselwa | Claudia | Janice | Blaise
    Minor Characters: Sally Jackson | Thalia Grace | Mrs. O'Leary | Festus | Cade | Mikey | Harley | Connor Stoll | Miranda Gardiner | Cecil Markowitz | Ellis Wakefield | Sherman Yang | Damien White | Malcolm Pace | Paolo Montes | Valentina Diaz | Germani | Agamethus | Olujime | Phillip McCaffrey | Hunter Kowalski | Sssssarah | Prickly Pear | Aloe Vera | Joshua | Naevius Sutorius Macro | Incitatus | Tristan McLean | Bombilo | Aurum | Argentum | Julia | Jacob | Poison Oak | Screech-Bling | Annabeth Chase | Elon | Mamurius Veturius | Mimi
    Olympian Gods (Greek & Roman): Zeus/Jupiter | Hera/Juno | Poseidon/Neptune | Demeter/Ceres | Ares/Mars | Athena/Minerva | Apollo/Apollo (Roman) | Artemis/Diana | Hephaestus/Vulcan | Aphrodite/Venus | Hermes/Mercury | Dionysus/Bacchus | Hades/Pluto
    Minor Gods: Nero | Commodus | Caligula | Iris | Britomartis | Styx | Terminus | Lupa | Terpsichore | Harpocrates | Cardea
    Titans: Rhea | Leto | Mnemosyne | Helios
    Monsters and Magical Creatures: Python | Nosoi | Karpoi | Palikos | Myrmekes | Colossus Neronis | Blemmyae | Gryphon | Carthaginian Serpent | Scythian Dracaena | Cynocephali | Centaur | Cyclops | Yale | Satyr/Faun | Strix | Dryad | Dragon | Pandai | Eurynomos | Skeleton Warriors | Zombie | Raven | Amphisbaena | Troglodyte | Tauri Sylvestres
    Related Content: Rick Riordan | Percy Jackson and the Olympians | The Heroes of Olympus | Demigods & Magicians | Camp Half-Blood Confidential | Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio's Journal | Percy Jackson Demigod Collection | Un Natale Mezzosangue
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