In "Looking Death in the Eye"
|Portrayed By||Kate Hodge, Belinda Waymouth, Theresa Healey|
|First Appearance|| XWP "Death in Chains"|
HTLJ "Regrets... I've Had a Few"
|Last Appearance||XWP "Looking Death in the Eye"|
|Also Known As||Messenger of Hades|
|Brother(s)||Hades, Poseidon, Zeus|
|Sister(s)||Hera, Hestia, Demeter|
If Celesta is captured and/or restrained no mortal can die and those marked for death will stay in the land of the living. Celesta carries a candle with an ever-burning flame. If the flame were to die, Celesta herself would cease to exist and there would be no death. She was captured by Sisyphus when he feared his own death. He planned to let her candle die so he could remain immortal but Celesta was rescued by Xena and Gabrielle (XWP "Death in Chains").
Years later, Athena demanded that Celesta kill Eve. Celesta refused, as it was not Eve's time. Shortly thereafter, she was captured by Xena and her tears (which put mortals into a death-like sleep when consumed) were extracted in an elaborate plot to convince the gods of her and Eve's death (XWP "Looking Death in the Eye").
Hercules first encountered Celesta when he accidentally killed Bartoc. Years later, Celesta came for Bartoc's younger brother Jaris and Hercules convinced her to give Jaris one day to sort out his business before death. During both their encounters, Celesta expressed an almost maternal fondess for Hercules and told him that she and many other Olympians were proud of him.(HTLJ "Regrets... I've Had a Few").
Since Celesta is the Goddess of Death/Death personified she is a powerful Olympian Goddess with the powers&abilities of all Gods have like:
Immortality: since she is a Goddess Celesta has the ability to live infinite life span as well as immunity to all sorts of diseases.
Invincibility: Celesta is invincible to all sorts of weapons (swords,axes,crossbows) as well as all magical powers from the Gods although these powers can hurt her but not kill her.
Atmokinesis: All Olympians has the power to control and manipulate the weather bring out storms , tornadoes ,rains and Lightning.
Healing: Celesta has the ability to heal wounds but she can't heal mortal wounds , Celesta as well as the rest of the Gods has to blessed by Zeus himself or Athena's blessing to do so.
Pyrokinesis: Celesta has the power to control and manipulate fire by throwing it from her hands.
Portal creation: Celesta has the power to create portals to other Dimensions as well as controlling the worlds she creates.
Teleportation: Celesta has the ability to teleport to any place whatever she sees fit either on earth or Olympus.
Superhuman Strength: Celesta super strength can send people flying as well as gods.
Energy Blasts: Celesta has the power to shoot powerful Energy blast capable of killing mortals and hurting Gods.
Telekinesis: Celesta has the ability to move objects & mortals with her mind.
lightning: All Gods has the ability to shoot lightning capable of killing mortal to hurting other Gods
Time Manipulation: All Gods has the power to manipulate time but they need Zeus's consent first.
Invisibility: All Gods have the power to make themselves invisible to all mortals they can't be seen or heard by them.
Conjuration: Celesta has the powers to conjure anything or any being she wants.
Shapeshifting: Celesta has the ability alter his appearance to take whatever form he likes whether mortals or monsters or Gods.
Touch Necrosis/Necromancy: Celesta has the power to touch mortals and they instantly dies or whoever Mortal touches her even if it's not their rightful time they instantly die.
Collecting Souls/Necromancy: Celesta has the power to collect the Souls of the Deceased Mortals who's Rightful time had come .
Flying: Celesta has the power to fly to wherever she wants to and she is always seen Hovering/levitating few feets above the Ground
- Celesta is original to the Xenaverse and in fact bears no resemblance to any character in Greek mythology. The personification of death is a god named Thanatos, a son of Nyx (Night) and Erebus (Darkness). Thanatos shared his duties as the guide of souls with his brother Hypnos (sleep) and with Hermes. Though Hecate possesses the ability to enter and exit the underworld as she pleases, she was never actually associated with death, being more properly a goddess of crossroads, liminal spaces, and ways between.
- Celesta consistently refers to Hades as her "brother", however, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia are the only children of Kronos and Rhea, thus Celesta being Hades's sister without being the sister of the other five would be impossible. A similar problem occurs with Hecate, described in HTLJ as Hera's sister.
- The name "Celestea" is a variant of "Celeste" which derives from the Latin word for "heaven." "Celesta" (ce-les-ta, cel(e)-sta) as a girl's name is a variant of Celeste (Latin), meaning "heavenly." More info can be found here. In ancient Greek, it would be rendered as Κελεστη.