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|Title||God of the Dead|
|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.
Ambrosia[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.'
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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