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Title Tortured Soul
Relations Bouldy (Bestie)
Affiliation Shade
Voice Andrew Marks
Within the depths of Tartarus reside the most wretched of all the shades who linger for eternity within the Underworld, whose Lord and Master is especially unkind to those attempting to cheat death.
~ Narrator

Sisyphus is a former king sentenced to an eternity of punishment within Tartarus for attempting to cheat death. He succeeded twice, each time only temporarily before the consequences caught up with him. His punishment is to roll a boulder up a steep hill; the boulder, however, always rolls back down the hill before he reaches the top, despite his best efforts. The Furies - and Megaera in particular - torment him as he attempts to push the boulder, though with Zagreus' recent escape attempts, they appear to be slacking on this particular duty.

In spite of his never-ending punishment, Sisyphus is generally good-humoured and polite, having had ample time to reflect on his deeds in life. He refers to his boulder as "Bouldy", treating "him" as a friend and confidante, and speaks quite casually with Zagreus, whom he typically calls "Prince Z. (Zed)"

Zagreus can sometimes encounter Sisyphus taking a break from boulder-pushing while making his way through Tartarus. During these meetings, Sisyphus will offer Zagreus a choice between Health, 30 Darkness or Obols. He can only appear once during each escape attempt. Sisyphus is immune to damage, though he will respond if Zagreus takes a swing at him or Bouldy regardless.

Affinity[edit | edit source]

If given Nectar, Sisyphus will give you the Shattered Shackle.

After 5 bottles of Nectar, further gifts will be locked until you complete his favor.

After completing his favor, giving Sisyphus Ambrosia will give you Companion Shady in exchange.

Favor[edit | edit source]

Sisyphus' favor involves lightening his sentence.

This involves speaking to Sisyphus, Megaera and Hades about lightening Sisyphus's sentence. After doing so, the Knave-King's Sentence can be purchased from the House Contractor (for 7 Diamond).

After this is done, Sisyphus may be given Ambrosia the next time he is encountered in Tartarus.

Completing Sisyphus' favor also completes the End to Torment prophecy in the Fated List of Minor Prophecies.

Codex entry[edit | edit source]

Codex.png '...Most of those who earn the highest form of punishment in Tartarus committed acts I hesitate to commit to the page, though Sisyphus is an exception to the rule. He earns the Furies' lashes for the crime of having once outsmarted the Lord Hades; cheated Death! A reckless plan, although he executed it, and bought himself a little extra time. Though now he pays for it, heaving that boulder constantly. And yet, the act of doing so for some interminable length of time seems to have imparted on him a certain kind of outlook on his life, such as it is; one that I may well do to study in my own ample supply of time to spare. For how is it that this knave of a forgotten king, stripped utterly of his nobility and subjected to a cruel torture for eternity, can show such grace? Sometimes I think the Master's carefree son takes after him. But they have seldom met; not since the Master finally understood his son would show this shade no cruelty at all.'

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Additional notes[edit | edit source]

For additional information on Sisyphus that does not pertain to Hades, see Wikipedia's article: Sisyphus