Ananke-spoiler "Once again, we return."

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"I'm going to open everyone's eyes. I'll show them all. There are no messiahs."

Cassandra Igarashi, previously known as Urdr, the Norse Goddess of the past and fate, and one of the three Norns, and a reporter who investigated the 2010s Recurrence. Initially skeptical of the Pantheon's claims of divinity, she later joined their number as a god, though she remains critical of their behaviour. She is symbolised by a tree with many branches and roots.


Cassandra is a trans woman who has a Masters in Comparative Mythology, and wrote her thesis on the Recurrence before becoming a journalist. Assuming a normal rate of progress through education, this suggests she is aged at least twenty-two.

Synopsis Edit

The Faust Act Edit

On 1 January 2014, Cassandra interviewed Amaterasu after her performance, and expressed doubt about her claim of godhood, as she had seen the gods perform and did not feel anything. After Lucifer miraculously killed two gunmen who opened fire on the group, she commented to Cassandra that they had hidden their miracles to avoid scaring people. Cassandra attended the trial after the incident and witnessed the Judge Holmes murder.

Cassandra then met Laura at the National Portrait Gallery, and agreed to help with her investigation because she was intrigued by the idea of exposing a supernatural cover-up. She believed she had connections which would allow her to contact the Pantheon. The two continued a joint investigation until Lucifer's escape and subsequent death led to Laura becoming reclusive.

Fandemonium Edit

After Lucifer's death, Cassandra became rich from selling the footage of her final moments. At Fantheon, she agreed to help Laura continue her investigation. At one of Dionysus's parties, Cassandra was disturbed as she could not hear any music even though everyone was dancing. Woden, who was similarly unaffected, then approached her and offered her an interview with Ananke.

Halfway through this interview, Ananke announced that Cassandra was a god, and her transformation into Urdr took place. She then transformed her two-woman camera crew into her fellow Norns, Verdandi and Skuld.

Shortly after her incarnation, Urdr used her divination powers to resolve her investigation into the interview shooting, identifying the shooters as Duncan Ackford and Tom Wilkes.

Urdr's first performance took place at Ragnarock 2014. Just after her performance began, she was attacked by Baphomet, but The Morrigan intervened and Urdr was not harmed. She continued with her nihilistic performance, but was upset that the audience responded enthusiastically, failing to understand her message. She withdrew to her trailer, but Laura followed her and comforted her. Soon after, Laura, Inanna and Tara all appeared to die under mysterious circumstances.

Commercial Suicide Edit

After Tara's death, Urdr confronted Amaterasu about her privilege and cultural appropriation, which had long been a sore point for her. Amaterasu transported the two of them to Japan, where they began to fight. Amaterasu turned into a massive artificial sun in the sky above Hiroshima, which outraged Urdr, and she immediately told her how offensive she was being. They resolved some of their difficulties, and Amaterasu left, abandoning Urdr and the Norns in Japan. 

Rising Action Edit

Urdr was able to return to England, however, as on 24 September, she met Persephone (a miraculously still-alive Laura) in front of the ruins of her old house. Persephone used her powers on her to explain that Ananke had attacked her and was responsible for Inanna's death. She also showed her the events surrounding her survival and attempted to recruit her in her plan to take down Ananke. Urdr refused to participate, telling her to go to the authorities instead, but was unable to stop the attack from happening. She eventually stepped in when Amaterasu asked her for help, and managed to calm down most of the gods so they could ensure Minerva's safety. They found her as she was about to be sacrificed by Ananke and battle ensued. Ananke was captured and claimed to be motivated by wanting to stop the Great Darkness. The gods were not receptive to her pleas. Persephone then killed Ananke, ignoring Urdr's pleas to leave her locked up in the Morrigan's cage. Not wanting to send Persephone to jail, she agreed to Baal's plan that they would call it self-defence, though with a great deal of frustration.

Imperial Phase (I) Edit

Following Ananke's death, Urdr's main goal was to figure out the purpose of the mysterious machine Ananke was using to sacrifice Minerva. She worked so hard she completely forgot about New Year's Eve. However, all she discovered was that a small device kept beeping, and that Woden had built the bomb Ananke sent to Persephone's gig. She and Persephone confronted him about it, but things quickly got out of hand and Persephone almost ended up killing him. He eventually promised to give up the Valkyries and help Urdr with her research.

It became clear that the Great Darkness was indeed a threat when they kidnapped Minerva rather suddenly. The gods held a Pantheon meeting to discuss how to face this new threat. While some, such as Baal and Amaterasu, argued that fighting the Great Darkness should be their main priority, Urdr insisted that they should instead focus on researching all the mysteries relating to the Recurrence, the Great Darkness included. Both groups were overruled, however, by Persephone and her allies, who decided that they didn't care about the Great Darkness and therefore should be able to do whatever they wanted.

Urdr continued her work anyway, and was joined by Woden and Dionysus who, unbeknownst to her, had fallen in love with her. They planned a gig in order to gather enough energy to power the machine and investigate its true purpose. She also asked David Blake for help, and in discovering more about his personal life, came to the conclusion that Woden was actually Blake's son, Jon. Meanwhile, Sakhmet went on a killing spree and Urdr attempted to track her down, both by using her divination powers and by requesting the Morrigan's help.

Imperial Phase (II) Edit

The gig went ahead anyway, but was disrupted by Woden knocking out the Norns and hijacking Dionysus' hivemind in order to gain control of the crowd. By the time Urdr regained consciousness, Dionysus had been rendered brain-dead by the Valkyries. Woden's mind control didn't work on the Norns, and he quickly scarpered when it became apparent they weren't going to submit to him. Urdr attempted to call Persephone for help, but she was already embroiled in a battle with Sakhmet, who was eventually killed.

At the end of an already chaotic day, Urdr and Persephone started up an argument, which resulted in them discovering a secret lair hidden in the depths of Valhalla. A boy was being kept prisoner there by Woden. He revealed that his true identity was Jon Blake, David Blake's son, and that he had been forced to join the Pantheon as the god Mimir. He had been unwilling to cooperate with Ananke, however, and so his father took his place by assuming the identity of Woden. He had been kept a prisoner in Valhalla for all this time, forced to make weapons for his father and Ananke. Blake entered the lair and trapped them all behind bars. After he left, Persephone confessed to Urdr that the reason she had been so destructive was because she felt responsible for her family's deaths, and Urdr comforted her. They then attempted to free Jon, but discovered his head detached from his body.


Cassandra is a Japanese woman with short, dark brown hair and brown eyes. She typically wears black clothes and square-framed glasses. Since becoming a god, she wears her hair slicked back, with white streaks on either side. She also wears a great deal of black make-up around her eyes, which turn white when performing miracles. She continues to wear black clothes, though with the addition of a cloak.


Cassandra is often sarcastic and sceptical when discussing the Pantheon, and always searches for an ulterior motive. She says that her scepticism arises from bitterness, as she studied the Recurrence and was disappointed by the reality of it. Cassandra is inquisitive, argumentative, and passionate about fighting for the truth.


Laura WilsonEdit

Laura asked Cassandra for help with her investigation, and although Cassandra was irritated by Laura's fannish admiration of the gods, she found Laura's connection to Lucifer useful. Over time, the two began to see each other as friends.


Lucifer took a mutual dislike to Cassandra, who saw her as a 'bitch' after Lucifer made a comment on her trans status. The two worked together reluctantly, but frequently exchanged verbal barbs, and Cassandra continued to resent her even after Lucifer belatedly apologised.


Amaterasu had an interview with Cassandra; even though the interview went poorly, she was friendly to Cassandra when they later encountered each other. Cassandra was very bitter towards Amaterasu however, wishing for her to refer to herself by her believed given name "Hazel", for she felt her acceptance of the title as a Japanese Sun god was racially insensitive.

Dionysus Edit

Urdr is close friends with Dionysus, and worries about him. Dionysus is in love with Urdr, though it is never stated whether she's aware of this or not. Later on, she is upset when Dionysus is proclaimed brain dead.


Cassandra had a particular dislike of Woden due to his fetishisation of Asian women.

Verdandi & Skuld Edit

Prior to becoming Urdr, Cassandra relationship with her two assistants was one between subordinates and boss, where the two of them would obediently follow Cassandra's orders during their interviews and projects and typically follow her around and differ to her decisions when at work. The two of them were shown to be typically quite the most of the time and allow Cassandra to make the decisions for them without much complaint.

However upon incarnating them as fellow Goddesses, Urdr was shown to have become much more intimate with them mentally due to now sharing a hive-mind connection with the two of them, as seen where the two of them refer to her as "Mistress" and are shown to still follow in their typical dynamic prior to godhood. However it was later revealed that they were simply not just Urder's servants but in actuality are her girlfriends and were later hinted to be in a polygamous relationship with each other.

Powers & Abilities Edit

Cassandra has shown very little of her powers so far, but they have been shown to include:

  • Power Bestowal/Hive Mind: Her first display of power was seen when she realized her companions were fellow Norns, Verdandi and Skuld, helping them ascend to godhood in turn. The Norns are very much led by Cassandra (Urdr) and as such act in a hive mind, at times in a similar manner to Dionysus.
  • Divination: As the Norns are known for being the gods of fate, they have the ability to seek out the truth. Urdr, Verdandi and Skuld are typically able to divine whatever information they desire by conjuring golden thread-like energy, as seen where they were able to find out the information on Lucifer's attackers by divining their identities and attempt to divine the purpose of Ananke's machine. The Norns are also capable of locating whoever and whatever they want wherever they/it is on the planet, with the sole exception being if they are hidden or being hideen in The Underground. Cassandra used this ability to find the location of The Creature and locate the hidden living heads of Lucifer, Inanna and Tara. However, this ability is limited by the fact that Urdr would need to ask the right "question" to locate things or get the right information, as seen where Cassandra could not locate any information or location of the "Great Darkness" because she "asked" where it was, resulting in her finding nothing. Upon her asking "Find whatever generated the Great Darkness", Cassandra immediately divined the location of the Creature with little trouble.
  • Telekinesis: With a finger click the trio were able to open the doors of Valhalla.
    • Flight: During their encounter with Amaterasu the Norns were capable of flight, within what appeared to be a protective field of some kind. They were also shown flying in issue 22. Later as seen during Laura's rescue of her, Urdr and the other Norns where able to carry and levitate a now depowered Laura with them by wrapping a golden thread of energy around her.
  • Energy Generation: As seen during her incarnation and whenever she uses her miracles, Urdr (Cassandra) is able to create and manipulate golden thread-like energy, seen using it for offensive, auxiliary and defensive purposes.
  • Disintegration: Cassandra in combination with the other Norn's is able to destroy something in a near-molecular level like she did with Woden's DJ booth which also blasted him backwards as a side affect of this power which was used in extreme anger.
  • Performance: When Cassandra and the Norns perform, everything, including themselves, appears black and white, with various phrases and thoughts being expressed to the audience. This effect once caused the audience to cheer, much to Cassandra's own annoyance.


Urdr is based on Urðr, one of the Norns of Norse mythology. Urðr is Norn of the Past, and along with Verðandi, Norn of the Present, and Skuld, Norn of the Future, she lives under the world-tree Yggrasil and decides people's destinies.


By Cassandra

"Do you know what I see? Kids posturing with a Wikipedia summary's understanding of myth."
"You do realise what you're suggesting? We look into this, we're looking for someone with these...extra-normal abilities who's willing to kill and then cover it up. That's conspiracy! That's Watergate with superpowers! That's...fuck me, that's just about irresistible."
"Fans. Heh. You know what the word "fan" derives from? Fanatic."
"This is going to go all Orpheus and the Maenads."
—Cassandra attends Dionysus's party[src]
"There's no music! I repeat! No music! What are you all fucking dancing to?!"
—Cassandra is unaffected by Dionysus's powers[src]
"Oh, this is a scoop. Even the headmistress doesn't like the fake god."
—Cassandra on Baphomet[src]
"You know, the answer to most of my questions seems to be "a wizard did it"."
—Cassandra interviews Ananke[src]
"It's still...bullshit. Even if everything is true. I'm going to open everyone's eyes."
—Cassandra on godhood[src]
"What? Do you think we're going to fight? Fuck! Who do you think we are? The culturally appropriative Avengers?"
—Cassandra to Amaterasu[src]
"You are a literal artificial sun above Hiroshima! Fuck! Are you even aware of how offensive this is?"
—Cassandra confronts Amaterasu[src]
"You depresses me to know that someone, somewhere, is wanking over this."
—Cassandra is confronted with Laura fighting a giant Valkyrie[src]
"Fucking stop this! You all claim to care about Minerva, right? Time to prove it. What we're going to do is put down our weapons. Dio--get the civilians to go home. Then we all go downstairs... If Ananke is trying to kill that weird little girl, we miracle up more weapons and stop her. And if she's not...oh, I don't fucking know. We'll work that out when we get there."
—Cassandra stops the battle[src]
"I do have a new working theory though... See these things? I think they're pizza cutters."
—Cassandra about the buzz-saws of the machine[src]
"Someone else being right is very annoying."
"Oh great. Walking through walls into crap Narnia. I hate this Chthonic bullshit."
—Cassandra in the Underground[src]
"Crap. Crap. Crappity shitfuck."

About Cassandra

"You know, I've had the misfortune of watching your tedious videos. And I was wondering...are you actually called "Cassandra", or are you just another hypocritical little parasite?"
"It is a poor critic who says that a lack of effect on them implies all others are insincere in their love."
"You are of the Pantheon. You will be loved. You will be hated. You will be brilliant. Within two years, you will be dead. You sit with your sisters, beneath all creation. She who spins the thread of life. You are the queen of seers, all-seeing. Of what is. Of what must be. Of what must not be concealed."


Cassandra: "I've been to see every single one of you gods, and you know what? I don't feel anything."
Lucifer: "And this is different to normal how exactly?"
―Cassandra and Lucifer[src]
Cassandra: "What they do. When they speak the tongues. That's a lie. It does nothing. It means nothing."
Laura: "You're wrong."
Cassandra: "You are so fucking doomed."
―Cassandra and Laura[src]
Cassandra: "She could lie. Satan does that."
Laura: "People do that."
Cassandra: "Point."
―Cassandra and Laura debate Lucifer's veracity[src]
Cassandra: "Don't you think it's a little...egotistical?"
Baal: "Please. When you're as good as I am? This is humble."
―Cassandra question's Baal's mural[src]
Cassandra: "Is shit still being flung fanwards?"
Laura: "Cassandra! Yes! She's just set fire to a truck full of riot police!"
Cassandra: "Great. Now I can get footage of "fuckwit Satan goes apeshit in North London.""
―Cassandra and Laura discuss Luci's rampage[src]
Laura: "I'm signing later. Check the schedule."
Cassandra: "Oh fuck off, superstar."
―Laura mistakes Cassandra for a fan[src]
Woden: "So...Cassandra. You know what your dream job is?"
Cassandra: "Ending this conversation."
―Woden and Cassandra[src]
Cassandra: "If you're going to go all high fantasy on me, you should know I'm a China Mieville girl."
Ananke: "Do you want to be smart or do you want to know things?"
―Cassandra and Ananke[src]
Cassandra: "Do you hate me?"
Laura: "I'm really happy for you."
Cassandra: "Including the dying?"
Laura: "Except for that."
―Laura comforts Cassandra[src]
Amaterasu: "I've had enough of you! Do you even believe in Shinto? Have you ever even been to Japan? Does anyone even realise you're Japanese until you tell them?"
Cassandra: "Privilege check: the idea that everyone can afford to travel to their country of ethnic origin is highly problematic, rich girl."
―Amaterasu and Cassandra[src]
Cassandra: "Listen...if you ever liked anything I ever wrote, you have to know're doing it wrong."
Amaterasu: "I didn't choose this. This has to mean something. Everything happens for a reason."
Cassandra: "Nothing happens for a reason."
―Cassandra and Amaterasu[src]
Persephone: "We're going to storm Valhalla and save Minerva. Are you in?"
Cassandra: "Are you fucking crazy? We are little better than children overdosing on divinity. Miracles? I wouldn't trust half of you to turn bread into toast. You have evidence against Ananke? This is not your Count of Monte Cristo moment. Go to the authorities. Bring everyone in! Now! We do not play god."
―Persephone attempts to recruit Cassandra's help[src]
Amaterasu: "Cassandra! Ananke killed Mini's parents! She almost killed me! She's a baddy! You have to come!"
Cassandra: "I know. Laura fucking Wilson told me about...wait. Why did you come to me?"
Amaterasu: "Because you're the grown-up."
Cassandra: "It's worse than I thought."
―Amaterasu and Cassandra[src]
Persephone: "How's it going with... the machine?"
Cassandra: "Well, we made a major breakthrough... This goes "beep"."
―Persephone and Cassandra[src]
Cassandra: "I feel stupid."
Dionysus: "Hey, you're feeling something! That's a start."
―Dio and Cassandra, dancing[src]
Dionysus: "Stop. Don't look around. Stay with me. Is it the dancing? Didn't you dance before?"
Cassandra: "No. Not my thing. Growing up was hard, for obvious fucking reasons. I mean, it is for everyone, but the dissonance between how I felt and how I was treated? I could never relax. Not in this world. It's not right."
Dionysus: "That's you all over: This world isn't right?"
―Dionysus and Cassandra[src]
Cassandra: "I think Amaterasu's body is made of hubris with trace elements of W, T and F. I can't believe Dionysus agreed to throwing a party. This cult thing is... culty."
Woden: "Says the god of prophecy about the god of the sun to the god of Valkyries and all manner of other shit."
―Woden and Cassandra at Amaterasu's party[src]
Dionysus: "Hey, Cass! Stop! This won't help!"
Cassandra: "Punching her in the face would help."
―Dionysus tries to calm down Cassandra[src]
Persephone: "You're taking this calmly."
Cassandra: "I'm not sure there are enough profanities in the universe."
―Persephone and Cassandra discover the entrance to Woden's lab[src]




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