A giant-hunter whose origin is unknown. He was either born from the earth, or a child of Poseidon and Euryale. Renowned for his handsomeness.
Oenopion, Dionysus' son, ruled the island of Chios on the Aegean Sea, overrun with wild beasts. Oenopion promised Orion his daughter Merope in marriage if he could vanquish the animals. He did, but Oenopion realized the enormity of the commitment he had made and devised a plan to keep his daughter, complaining that beasts still roamed freely. Orion was furious and got drunk and sneaked into Merope’s room. When Oenopion found out that his daughter had been violated, his father, Dionysus, told the satyrs to get Orion drunk again, and Oenopion plucked out his eyes when he succumbed to deep slumber. Orion consulted an Oracle which told him his vision would be restored if he sailed east to where Helius rose. He set off toward the island of Lemnos where he hired a guide from Hephaestus' forge, who brought him to the very edge of the ocean. After Orion's sight was renewed, he found out that the goddess of the dawn, Eos, was deeply in love with him.
Orion decided to exact revenge on Oenopion and ran into Artemis, a huntress who loved the chase as he did. Artemis' brother Apollo feared she would fall in love with Orion as Eos did, so he made a large scorpion hunt him down. Orion ran away after he found he could not kill the relentless insect. Later, Apollo dared Artemis to shoot a dark object floating in the sea. Artemis was pleased with her aim until she realized that her arrows had gone through Orion's head. In mourning, she placed his image in the sky, where he can still be seen in the stars with the scorpion close behind.