She is the Greek goddess of war, the patron of strategy and discipline?a differing answer to her brother, Ares, who represents the bloodlust and raw violence of war. Her name is Athena. This goddess was said to have struck her spear on the ground that inhabits the now legendary city of Athens, causing an olive tree to sprout which still stands today. Like her familiar, the owl, which embodies her wisdom, Athena exemplifies all that is virtuous and cunning in conflict and serves as an inspiration to those modern female warriors who blaze the path in warfare. She is ferocious in nature. She is the protectress of life.