Calliope was the Goddess of Epic Poetry and one of the nine Muses in Greek Mythology. She inspires creativity in directors and producers, then devours them once their play is done and their vision is realized.
One of nine Muses sired by the deities Zeus and Mnemosyne, she and her sisters Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania, inspired creativity and passion for different themes of theater. As the Muse of Epics, Calliope was attracted to stories of journeys, death, rebirth and trials. After inspiring her chosen director, she would consume them after the play was complete.
In Fan Fiction, Calliope became attracted to the amateur school production of Supernatural that was being adapted into a stage musical. Manifesting a version of the scarecrow (meant to be an adaptation of the Vanir), she abducted the drama teacher and a disgruntled student who both threatened to put an end to the play. When Sam and Dean attempted to stop her scarecrow from taking the director during the play, Calliope sent Sam to the school's basement where she had stashed her previous victims and revealed herself to them once Sam woke up and subsequently pinned him against the door. While she was busy conversing with Sam about the Supernatural story, the kidnapped girl and the drama teacher conspired to distract her, causing her to release Sam and enabling the two to get the stake back to Sam, who used it to stab Calliope in the back, killing her.
Powers and Abilities
Calliope possesses abilities similar to most deities, though some were unique to her.
- Immortality - It was implied that Calliope had been alive for many thousands of years, probably since the Greek civilization.
- Invulnerability - Calliope was not subject to disease or any other natural causes of death. She was however thrown off guard when she was hit over the head but didn't express any pain over it, just annoyance.
- Telekinesis - She easily slammed Sam against a door with the power of her mind and with no visible effort.
- Teleportation - She sent the drama teacher, a student and Sam to the school basement.
- Conjuration - She could create creatures based on characters and props from the play to inspire and protect the director.
- Blessed Wooden Stake - A stake of unidentified wood with an unspecified blessing was capable of killing her, causing her and any manifestations to explode into purple goo.
- In Greek mythology, she is one of the many children of Zeus, who was killed in Remember the Titans.
- Her dress is covered in Borage, also known as Starflower, which she leaves at the scene of her attacks.
- Borage is a very early anti-depressant; it was called euphrosynum by Pliny the Elder for its ability to bring joy, merriment, and drive away dullness and melancholy. Such aspects that are appropriate to represent her as a muse of plays.
- The book used to distract Calliope was Homer's Odyssey. Ironically, the start of the story traditionally has a prayer from Homer to Calliope called the 'Invocation of the Muses".
- When Calliope is killed, her body blows up into purple goo. In Psychology, purple is said to be a color that encourages creativity, which is appropriate considering she is a muse.
- The flowers shown in the episode, to include the one in the book shown here, are not of borage. Even the text included describes dendrobiums, a species of orchid.