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King of the Underworld, God of the Dead

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HADES (Άδης) is the King of the Underworld and God of the Dead, whose Roman counterpart is Pluto. He is the eldest son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea, and is the husband of Persephone whom he kidnapped from Earth. In some myths he is the father of Morpheus, the god of dreams. Hades spent his childhood in his father's stomach, along with his brother, Poseidon, and his sisters, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera

Hades was envisioned by the Greeks as a callous but honorable being. The Roman considered Pluto to be a more benevolent god who was associated with fertility as well as death and riches.

The descent to Hades is the same from every place.

–Anaxagoras

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History and Myths

Hades was lonely, and wanted a wife. He spied Persephone one day, in the fields with her mother Demeter, and decided he would have her, admiring her (in other cases, Hades was riding his chariot over the Earth. When Eros saw him, he shot a golden arrow into Hades. Persephone was the first one he saw, resulting in 'love at first sight'). He soon fell in love with her, and plotted on how he would get her. After obtaining the permission of Zeus he decided to kidnap her. Persephone was innocently picking flowers with some Nymphs in a field in Enna when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the Earth. Later, the Nymphs were changed by Demeter into the Sirens for not having interfered. Life came to a standstill as the devastated Demeter, goddess of the Harvest, searched everywhere for her lost daughter. Hecate, Goddess of magic, eventually told Demeter she had heard Persephone screaming that she was being kidnapped. She then stopped working the Earth, and the land didn't flourish.

Hades was determined to make Persephone love him, and tried in many ways. She hated him at first, for snatching her away from her mother, but she soon revealed that her mother wasn't around, as she had never been away from her before. He very much wanted her love and tried to buy it with many gifts at first, but then took to spending all of his day with her, trying to make her happy.

Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. However, it was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend an eternity there. Before Persephone was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades convinced Persephone to eat six pomegranate seeds, knowing they would eternally connect her to return to the Underworld and force her to return for six months each year. This explains why we have winter. Some versions of the myth have Persephone eventually fall in love with her new husband in return, and other at least say that she respected him and her new powers as Queen of the Underworld.

When Demeter and her daughter were united, the Earth flourished with vegetation and colour, but for six months each year when Persephone returned to the Underworld, Demeter mourned and the earth once again became a barren realm, thus creating seasons.

In the Underworld, Hades has dominion over the dead and demons. He is one of the Big Three rivalled only by his brothers Zeus and Poseidon. He naturally wields all demonic power and is able to use it for many effects including throwing black fireballs, (which turn any thing they touch into a liquid), summoning endless waves of the dead to fight for him, shadow manipulation (umbrakineses, etc. Hades' son, Nico di Angelo, is able to use many different underworld powers, Hades has the same powers, but extremely more advanced). Many times he is shown using dark energy as a shield or an attack. He is immune to electricity, being geokinetic and the fact he survive the lighting strike at that killed Maria De Angelo and incinerated an entire city block. He is able to manipulate Stygian iron, like his son Nico. Has all the natural abilities shared by all gods, immortality, superhuman strength, speed, senses, durability, agility, healing, endurance, teleportation/extremely rapid flight, transformation and invulnerability (except to Celestial Bronze, Stygion Iron, Silver, and Imperial Gold).

Vital Statistics

Titles

King of the Underworld
God of the Dead
God of Riches
The Rich One
The Silent One
The Hospitable One

Gender

Male

Status

Immortal

Species

God

Affiliation

The Underworld
The Olympians

Weapon

Hades' Sword
Hades' Staff

Home

The Underworld

Roman Form

Pluto

Appearance

Varies

Family

Father

Mother

Spouse(s)

Siblings

Hestia, Demeter & Hera [ sisters ]
Poseidon & Zeus [ brothers ]

Demigod Children

Immortal Children

Zagreus [ son ]
Makaria & Melinoe [ daughters ]

Lover(s)

N/A

Other

N/A

Scope/Powers

Patron Of

The Underworld, The Dead

Symbols

The Helm of Darkness / Sceptre / Cerberus / The Drinking Horn / Keys of Hades / Asphodel

Sacred Animals

Dog / Horse / Ram / Screech Owl

Sacred Plants

Orchard / Cypress / Mint / White Poplar / Asphodel

Assumed Powers

  • Possesses the natural abilities of a god.
    • Immortality
    • Omnipotence
  • Dominion over the Underworld
    • Control over the creatures of the Underworld (i.e. Hellhounds, the Furies)
  • Necromancy
    • Skeletal Soldiers
    • Manipulating the dead, death, the life-force and souls
  • Minor Pyrokinesis
    • Hellfire
  • Minor control over darkness
    • Shadows
    • Utilization of the Helm of Darkness

Trivia

Trivia

  • Hades is also referred to as "The Rich One", "The Silent One", and "The Hospitable One".
  • Due to his role as lord of the Underworld and ruler of the souls of the dead, he was referred to as Zeus Katakhthonios ("the infernal Zeus")
    • Interestingly, in Mycenaean Greece, there wasn't a concept of Hades, the underworld was ruled over by Poseidon who was also the King of the gods in Mycenae along with his other roles as the god of the sea.
  • Hades's mother Rhea is the only one who has always loved him unconditionally.
  • Hades is Kronos's firstborn son, and thus, the eldest one of the Big Three.
  • As the god of wealth, Hades is the richest Olympian of all.
  • The dwarf planet, Pluto, is named after Hades's Roman aspect.
  • His Roman name Pluto, derived from the Greek title Plouton, means "the Rich One."
  • Hades is considered to be a stern and fair god as well as one of the more passive Olympians in real mythology. He is more peaceful in mythology in his Roman form than his Greek form.
    • Indeed, the Camp Half-Blood series, unlike several other modern depictions of Hades, is more faithful to his mythological personality. Rather than showing him as a sinister and malevolent demoniac monarch of sorts, like his father Kronos, Hades is more often a neutral character, with a great appreciation for justice and morality.

God/Goddess of the Month Awards
Hades won the God/Goddess of the Month Poll competition for January 2012.

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