When Artemis was a young goddess, she went to her father Zeus and asked him to grant her a wish. Artemis wished to stay forever a wild maiden hunting throughout the woods, and she also wished never to have to marry. Zeus consented, and gave her 50 nymphs as companions, and a pack of hounds to hunt with her. She caught herself four hinds with golden antlers and harnessed them to her silver chariot.
When the moons light fell across hills and valleys, Artemis hunted with her hounds and nymphs. After she finished hunting, she would bathe in a quiet pool. Horrifying misery would come to the mortal who saw her there.