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Background

Sedna is the goddess of the sea and marine animals in Inuit mythology, also known as the Mother of the Sea or Mistress of the Sea. The story of Sedna, which is a creation myth, describes how she came to rule over Adlivun, the Inuit underworld.

In one legend Sedna is a giant, the daughter of the creator-god Anguta, with a great hunger that causes her to attack her parents. Angered, Anguta takes her out to sea and throws her over the side of his kayak. As she clings to the sides, he chops off her fingers and she sinks to the underworld, becoming the ruler of the monsters of the deep. Her huge fingers become the seals, walruses, and whales hunted by the Inuit.

In another version of the legend, she is dissatisfied with men found for her by her father and so marries a dog. Her father is so angry at this that he throws her into the sea and, when she tries to climb back into the boat, he cuts off her fingers. Her fingers become the first seals and she becomes a mighty sea goddess. When she is angered, the shaman travels to wash and comb her hair for her, after which she is placated and releases the animals to the hunters. In other versions, she's unable to comb her hair because she lacks fingers, so a shaman must brush it for her.

Other versions of the legend depict Sedna as a beautiful maiden who rejects marriage proposals from the hunters of her village. When an unknown hunter appears, Sedna's father agrees to give her to him as wife in return for fish. Sedna's father gives Sedna a sleeping potion and gives her to the hunter who takes her to a large nest on a cliff, revealing his true form: a great bird-spirit (variously described as a raven, a fulmar or a Kokksaut/petrel-spirit). She wakes surrounded by birds. Her father attempts to rescue her, but the bird-spirit becomes angry, causing a great storm. In desperation, Sedna's father throws her into the raging sea. Attempting to cling to the kayak, her hands freeze and her fingers fall off becoming the creatures of the sea. She falls to the bottom of the sea and grows a fishtail.

Sedna is kidnapped or deceived by a different bird creature in yet another version. Her father then leaves in his kayak to rescue her from the floating ice-island where she is imprisoned while the bird creature is away. The creature, enraged by her disappearance, calls to a spirit of the sea to help him. The sea spirit locates the kayak with the two humans aboard and creates huge waves to kill them. Her father throws Sedna overboard in the hope that this will appease the angry god. Sedna clings to the kayak but her father grabs a little ax and chops three of her fingers off before striking her on the head. The three fingers each become a different species of seal. The stroke to her head sends Sedna to the ocean floor where she resides, commanding the animals of the sea.

Powers and Stats

Tier: Unknown, at least Low 7-C

Dimensionality: 3-D

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality (Type 1), Large Size (Type 2), Regeneration (High-Low; she could regrow her fingers), Underwater Breathing (Type 2), Water Manipulation, Non-Physical Interaction (She could imprison the souls of the living[1]), Animal Manipulation (She has control over animals so that she could have them stay away from the fishermen to starve them[2]), Limited Biological Manipulation and Life Manipulation (Upon having her fingers cut off they turned into sea creatures such seals, whales and walruses[1]).

Attack Potency: Unknown, at least Small Town level (Her fingers were large enough to turn into whales making her at least 180 meters tall so she should be able to due this via her sheer size)

Speed: Unknown, at least Supersonic (Via her size)

Lifting Strength: Unknown, at least Class K (She should be able to carry blue whales due to her size)

Striking Strength: Unknown, at least Small Town Class

Durability: Unknown, at least Small Town level

Stamina: Unknown

Range: Hundreds of meters

Standard Equipment: None notable

Intelligence: Unknown

Weaknesses: None notable

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Reference

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Sedna Cycle: A Study in Myth Evolution by H.N. Wardle
  2. "Representing the Sea Woman" by Jarich Oosten and Frédéric Laugrand
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