|Title||Queen of the Underworld (formerly)|
Cerberus (former Pet)
|Affiliation||House of Hades (formerly)|
Persephone is the goddess of seasonal change and vegetation (particularly grain), and daughter of Demeter. She was the wife of Hades but has since left for the world above. She was noted to be a stately and kind woman in her time as Queen. She is Zagreus' birth mother.
Following her departure, Hades forbade all mentions of her in the House, and as such she remains a figure of mystery. She is known only from a flashback sequence triggered by Zagreus sleeping in his room, and from conversations between Zagreus and Nyx. Her mother Demeter will also confide in Zagreus regarding her daughter. She reveals that Persephone's father was an ordinary mortal and a farmer, and that she called her Kore, although she took on the name Persephone. She left her mother at some point in the past, and Demeter departed from Olympus in a vain attempt to search for her. Demeter seems to pay no heed to rumors surrounding her disappearance, even doubting her brother Helios when he told her that Persephone journeyed to the Underworld. On the other hand, Hades is unsympathetic to Zagreus' attempts to pry more information about his mother, although he does mention that she despised the name Kore.
Before the events of the game, nobody in the House except for Nyx and Hades themselves knew that Persephone was Zagreus' mother; by the start of the game, everyone in the House has learned that this is the case. The Olympian gods are, however, still unaware of this fact at the story's start, and do not know Zagreus' true motives in escaping the Underworld.
Little is known regarding Persephone's appearance. In one conversation, Thanatos mentions that Zagreus inherited her eyes.
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Codex Entry[edit | edit source]
Persephone does not have a Codex entry.
Letter to Hades[edit | edit source]
|“||Hades: I can no longer tolerate my life here in this place. So, I am leaving, even if it kills me. I won't be returning to Olympus. If there is a place where I belong in this world, it must be somewhere between heaven and hell. Perhaps it's on the coast and has a little garden. Take care of Cerberus; I shall miss him.||„|
Interestingly, she does not mention Zagreus in the note at all and instead wishes well for Cerberus. It is the narrator who accidentally tells Zagreus that she was related to him at all, providing him the revelation that spurs Zagreus to escape from the House. Nyx, who was left to care for Zagreus after Persephone's departure, mentions that this fact of his lineage and her and Hades' lies tell him only half the truth.
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