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|Title||God of the Dead|
Demeter (Foster sister/mother in law)
|Affiliation||House of Hades|
Hades is the god of the Underworld and of the mineral riches of the earth, the lord and master of the House of Hades, and the father of Zagreus. He is in charge of maintaining order within the Underworld, determining the placements and punishments of the dead, and hearing the petitions of shades that come before him.
Hades is stern, serious, and dedicated to his work. He is shown, in the Remembrances that play before some escape attempts, to have been strict and often cruel with Zagreus during his childhood. He employed Achilles to teach Zagreus fighting and give him more of a "firm direction in life". Meanwhile, Hades seems to have left much of the caretaking and raising of Zagreus to Nyx.
He is resentful of Zagreus' repeated attempts to escape the Underworld and greets his returns with scorn and mockery. Additionally, he will sometimes order shades to congregate near Zagreus in order to punish him (time trials). He berates Zagreus upon the prince managing to progress from Tartarus to Asphodel, from Asphodel to Elysium, and finally from Elysium to the Temple of Styx. After Zagreus successfully bribes Cerberus with a Satyr Sack to let him by without violence, Hades realizes that he needs to become personally involved and heads off Zagreus at the snowy grounds on the living side of the Temple's archway, having donned his Helm of Darkness and brought the spear that is the basis for his symbol to vanquish his son and banish him all the way back to the House. He is the final boss of the main game.
Affinity[edit | edit source]
Codex entry[edit | edit source]
Perhaps you think that he is undeserving of one's sympathies; but, he has some of mine, and I am grateful to him, that he chose me, and released me from an aimless death, and into his employ.'
Combat[edit | edit source]
Hades has two phases, each with their own set of attacks and abilities. During the first phase, he will disappear and reappear if Zagreus uses a Call, removing all status effects. He will also summon wretches when his health is at 50% and 20%. His attacks are as follows:
- Lunge: Hades moves towards Zagreus, piercing his spear.
- Spin Attack: With a wide-reaching range, Hades will move towards Zagreus' position, swiping his spear in a circular motion.
- Skull Cast: Similar to Zagreus' own ability, he can shoot a skull-shaped cast at him. If it hits Zagreus, it will remain on him for several seconds before dislodging; if the skull is not destroyed within 5 seconds, it will detonate a damaging wave within a large radius across the arena.
When he is brought to near death for the first time, he will pause for awhile as though defeated, before regaining his strength, refilling his health bar and starting his second phase by unleashing a damaging wave. This phase includes new attacks, as follows:
- Spin Attack: He now swipes his spear 3 times rather than just once.
- Brimstone Attack: He attacks with a Brimstone like laser, first in three directions, then in every direction after his health is lower.
- Vase Summon: He summons multiple vases before detonating them using a damaging wave, similar to the detonation from Skull Cast, creating a small zone of green hands where each vase was located. This counts as a trap and can stun Zagreus if he is caught in the area of effect.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
Zagreus: Hades has a bitter relationship with his son, considering him a disappointment. In the past, he had tried various methods to toughen Zagreus up and shape him according to his ideals. He is deeply displeased by Zagreus's attempts to escape.
Cerberus: Cerberus appears to be Hades's only genuine companion and reprieve from his endless work.
Nyx: Hades and Nyx manage the domain, they mostly tolerate and begrudgingly respect each other, though it seems that Hades holds some power over Nyx, as he controls the punishment of Titans and primordial gods. Nyx appears to have some kind of arrangement with Hades, to have avoided a similar fate for herself.
Persephone: Their relationship fell apart at some point in the past. Persephone left the underworld, while Hades hid the truth about her to Zagreus and forbade all mention of her in the House.
Olympians: Hades once fought alongside his Olympian siblings to defeat the Titans. Nowadays, he has a low opinion of the Olympians, and have cut off communication with them. In particular he seems to resent his brother Zeus due to past quarrels.
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