The Sea Goddess has been in shackles for too long. Her rage and power are uncontrollable.
|—Fairytale Detective, The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide|
The Sea Goddess, whose real name is Thalassa, is a minor character who appears in the eighth Dark Parables game, The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide, and its bonus game, Trusty John and King Bluebeard.
The patron goddess of seafaring men, Thalassa's imprisonment at the hands of King Alexandros lead her to curse his kingdom and his entire family.
It is possible that Thalassa is based on the primeval spirit of the sea, Thalassa.
Appearance and Personality
Thalassa has the appearance of a beautiful woman with long, dark blonde hair, bright blue eyes and a pale complexion. She wears a long pale blue dress with intricate gold detailing. Strangely, old depictions of her show her having white hair.
Her demeanor can vary from peaceful and serene, to malicious and unmerciful, depending on her mood.
Like other Goddesses, Thalassa has been around since the beginning of time. Being able to control the seas and create storms at will, she has been worshiped by seafaring men and grants them special protection. She also has many animal familiars whom she loves deeply; one of these familiars was a goldfish that died at the hands of a greedy former fisherman. In retaliation for the goldfish's death, Thalassa cursed the man's tinderbox so that anyone who used it to gain three wishes would be cursed to be its slave.
Thalassa befriended King Alexandros of Prasino and assisted him in many battles against the Kingdom of Kokkino. As their friendship grew, she eventually trusted him with a powerful relic called the Staff of the Ancients.
However, the King was led astray by Chancellor Cassius and decided to betray the Goddess. He used the Staff to imprison Thalassa and used a blood binding ritual to bind her to his will, forcing her to serve his Kingdom. Infuriated by this betrayal, the Goddess cursed Alexandros and his family, turning the King into a monstrous crab, and his daughters into mermaids.
In order to break her curse and regain their humanity, she made each of his daughters locate a specific elemental orb. For the King to regain his humanity, he needed to use the five orbs to power up a machine that would strengthen and focus the Goddess' power. It took centuries for King Alexandros and his daughters to fulfill these tasks, but they did manage to do so.
The King had undoubtedly hoped that the Goddess' increased strength would further his own aims, but such was not the case. Once her power was magnified by the machine, Thalassa broke free of the chains holding her in Prasino and unleashed her fury on the very seas she once protected. Purple poison raged through the water and into the air above, swirling with all of the Goddess' pent up rage and frustration.
With the help of the Fairytale Detective, King Alexandros undid the blood binding ritual he'd done, freeing the Goddess from the final bonds held on her. Now placated, Thalassa calmed the raging storms and cleansed the seas of her poison. She disappeared from sight in a burst of fresh-water.
Powers and Abilities
- Water Powers: As Goddess of the Sea, Thalassa can control water itself. She can shape the water into huge watery vortexes and spouts capable of great destruction. She can summon floods to consume whole kingdoms, and use the water as windows like the mermaid fountain in the temple garden. She can also breathe underwater.
- Storms: Through the use of wind and water, Thalassa can create powerful storms, cyclones, and hurricanes.
- Magic Bubble: Thalassa forms a magic bubble around Prasino, protecting the kingdom from the miles of seawater above and around it. It also allowed creatures of land and sea to live within it, meaning fish can breathe and swim through the air like birds, and humans can breathe and walk as if they are still in the surface world.
- Purple Poison: Her poison is capable of killing sea life on contact. She can spread it through water and it is capable of infecting plant life in the sea, turning it a bright purple color. Mermaids are immune to this poison.
- Battle Prowess: When she wishes, she is able to assist in battles fought on the seas.
- Scream: When angry, the Goddess can emit a powerful shriek, one strong enough to knock the Detective off her feet and even cause the rock to break.
- Magic: The Sea Goddess could cast spells and curses. She turned King Alexandros into a crab-like monster and his five daughters into mermaids. Thalassa changed the tinderbox into a powerful wish-granting artifact and cast the curse which made whoever used their third wish, they would then be forced to serve as the tinderbox's genie until the next wisher. Her sorcery also granted her the power to teleport (only once she was free) and levitate.
- Immortality: The Sea Goddess could live forever without growing old.
- Curses: Thalassa can curse people, having cursed an entire family to be bound to the sea and cursed the Tinderbox.
- King Alexandros (former friend)
- Naida (cursed victim, deceased)
- Calliope (cursed victim, deceased)
- Theresa (cursed victim, deceased)
- Althea (cursed victim)
- Daphne (cursed victim, fate unknown)
- Prasino (patron land)
- Kokkino (patron land)
- Goldfish (friend/familiar, deceased)
- King Bluebeard (follower, deceased)
- Greedy Fisherman (indirect cursed victim, deceased)
- Kokkino King (follower, deceased)
A King's Folly (from The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide)
There was once a noble King who was embroiled in a war with a rival kingdom. He had the grace of the Sea Goddess on his side, and she offered him her Staff of the Ancients to wield in battle. As his power grew stronger, so did his thirst for more. With the advice of his trusty Chancellor, the King went through a Binding Ritual, which imprisoned the Sea Goddess and her powers for his favor only. The heartbroken Sea Goddess cursed the King to live an immortal life with the face of a sea monster, forever chained to his sunken castle. He realized he had been betrayed by the Chancellor, the enemy's planted spy. The Goddess gave him only one possible cure, in the form of five elemental orbs. The King's daughters, themselves transformed into mermaids by the curse, roamed the waters in search of the orbs. Centuries passed and only the last orb remained to be found. But as time passed, the King's obsession with a cure obliterated his compassion, until his soul became as wretched as his face.
The Wrath of a Sea Goddess (from The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide)
Thalassa, the patron Goddess of seafaring men, protected the islands' ships. Among her charges were two rival kingdoms: Kokkino and Prasino. When a young King of Prasino ascended the throne, and the war between the kingdoms grew fiercer, he made overtures to befriend the Goddess. As they grew closer, she showed favor to his battleships and gave him her own Staff of the Ancients to wield in battle, but greed soon poisoned their friendship. The young King wanted dominance over the resources and trading of the sea, but he also coveted the power and guardianship of the Goddess for his own kingdom. The King and his trusted Chancellor devised a way to imprison the Goddess' soul, deep within the caverns of his island. Relying on Thalassa's trust in him, the King easily tricked her and enslaved her to his kingdom. Deceived, Thalassa seethed with hate as she was forced to do their bidding. She vowed revenge on the Prasino King and his descendants and waited for an opportunity to unleash her revenge.
The Jealous King (from Trusty John and King Bluebeard)
Bluebeard's father, an ancient Kokkino King, was renowned as a just and honest ruler. He had only one secret, shared with not one other soul: his Forbidden Chamber. The chamber held a painting of the beautiful Sea Goddess that he worshiped and adored all his life. Before he died, he made his adviser swear an oath that his son should never enter the room; if he did, a curse would befall the entire kingdom. As soon as the throne was his, Bluebeard sent his father's adviser to Prasino as a spy, hoping to gain knowledge of the enemy kingdom's secret weapon. The adviser had barely left the palace when Bluebeard entered the Forbidden Chamber. As his father had foretold, the beauty of the Sea Goddess in her portrait clouded his mind and his judgment. He married four times, taking the life of each young wife when she discovered the forbidden room. Bluebeard's kingdom slowly deteriorated, along with his sanity.
The Curse Is Born (from The Thief and the Tinderbox)
On a very misty day in a kingdom far away, a fisherman caught a goldfish who was no ordinary fish but a familiar of the Sea Goddess herself, who loved all of her animal companions very much. The fisherman had heard ancient tales of magic, so he made a deal with the goldfish: if she fulfilled three wishes, he would set her free. The goldfish agreed and brought him riches untold, true love, and the throne of the kingdom. With three wishes granted, the goldfish expected the fisherman to fulfill his end of the bargain. But the former fisherman had become a greedy King and couldn't part with such powerful magic. He put the goldfish into an old tinderbox until he needed more wishes, and it wasn't long before the goldfish died of sorrow. When the Sea Goddess heard about her friend, she was heartbroken and cursed the King's tinderbox to punish his greed; anyone who kept the tinderbox until the third wish was fulfilled would end up its slave, forced to obey another's wishes.
- Thalassa means 'sea' in Greek.
Quotes by the Sea Goddess
- "Complete the element machine, and nevermore shall you have to wear the face of a monster, and be shackled to this underwater kingdom."
Quotes about the Sea Goddess
- "Is this the Sea Goddess? No wonder she's so revered - she's scary!" - Fairytale Detective
- "The Sea Goddess has been in shackles for too long. Her rage and power are uncontrollable."