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Narcisss' Hand Mirror
Narcissus

Origin

Narcissus

Type

Hand mirror

Effects

When a person sees their reflection in the mirror, the mirror causes that person to become either extremely beautiful (if a woman) or extremely handsome (if man). If the holder of the mirror sees another person's reflection in the mirror, the holder sees them as a rival for attention.

Downsides

If used to make themselves beautiful/handsome, they become narcissistic to the point of starving to death. If used to view another's reflection, the holder's jealousy leads them to murder their rival to get rid of the competition.

Activation

Seeing their own or another person's reflection.

Collected by

Unknown Warehouse 13 Agent

Section

AxMu-888

Aisle

Perseus-1395

Date of Collection

11-13-12

[Source]


OriginEdit

Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning "sleep, numbness," in Greek mythology was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeoti who was renowned for his beauty. He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him.  Nemesis saw this and attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself.

In the story "Narcissus and Echo", a nymph named Echo falls in love with Narcissus, who is so proud, he disliked others who loved him. He rejected Echo, causing her to die of heartbreak. Certain versions of this story include the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, witnessing Narcissus' rejection, and she cursed him to fall in love with his own reflection.

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