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Ancient Greece

Millennia ago, Prince Cephalus of Phocis was considered to be the greatest hunter in the land. One day, while he was hunting in the gloom near sunrise, the Olympian goddess of the dawn Eos became bewitched by Cephalus' beauty and abducted him. Cephalus was a faithful husband to his wife Procris and rejected Eos' advances, although he kept a gift that Eos gave him: a javelin made of light that never missed its target. The bitter Eos returned Cephalus to his family but placed a curse upon the couple.[2][3]

Cephalus and the death of Procris

Cephalus eventually came into possession of a divine hunting hound named Laelaps (created by Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods) that always caught its quarry, and spent years hunting the Teumessian Fox. However, one night Procris overheard Cephalus talking about a "dawn" in his sleep and, fearful that he had been unfaithful to her, secretly followed him into the woods while he was on a hunt. Cephalus heard rustling in the nearby bushes and assumed it was game, inadvertently striking and killing his wife with his javelin. Once he realized what he had done, the distraught Cephalus threw himself to his death in the Ionian Sea.[2][3]

Modern Times

Years later, Zeus reincarnated Cephalus as the master tracker known as the "Huntsman" by endowing him with a fraction of his own divine power. Cephalus became Zeus' personal huntsman and, over the centuries, was periodically summoned by Zeus to track down special quarry (most often errant Olympians) that Zeus did not want to hunt himself.[2]

In modern times, the Huntsman was sent by Zeus to bring Hercules from Earth back to Olympus.[4] He was recalled by Zeus after seeing the nobility of the Sub-Mariner who had risked his life for Hercules in battling the Huntsman.[5]

He was sent by Zeus to recover Hercules and Venus from Earth when they refused to marry Hippolyta and Ares, which led him to clash with the Champions of Los Angeles.[6]


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Cephalus was empowered by Zeus and endowed with a fraction of his divine might when freeing him from the Underworld. Zeus gave him immortal skill to track his victims and the power to create terror in the one he stalked.[4] Much of Cephalus' strength came from his spear/staff, the physical embodiment of his lords power which he could recall back whenever he hurled it.



He was accompanied by his Shadow-Hound (Laelaps), who possessed claws of burning ice.[4]


Huntsman's Staff: The Huntsman wielded a mystic polearm which gave him his divine powers. Having and bestowing him with many abilities such as summoning or creating mystical creatures under his command.[5]

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