Hades: Mythic Age - ~1550 BCE
As the Titans' influence and power grew, the Titan Kronos chose to bestow his essence upon six followers. Hades was given the powers of obfuscation and insight, allowing him to comprehend great mysteries and given a helmet that would make him unseen. All this allowed him to become Kronos' Spymaster.
However, after the imprisonment of the primordial Gaia and Hestia, Hades began to conspire against Kronos. His efforts were halted as he was also imprisoned when he was found conspiring with three of his other spirit-siblings. While Hades and his other siblings sat in Tartarus, Hades' spirit-brother Zeus evaded capture thanks to the help of Rhea. For many years, Zeus made allies and fathered his own powerful children before leading a strategic strike against the Titans. Zeus broke into Tartarus and freed his spirit-siblings, including Hades.
After the prison break, Hades used his abilities to spy on the Titans, gaining intelligence against their enemy in the upcoming conflict. In the final battle, Hades joined Zeus and Poseidon in taking down Kronos.
After the defeat of the Titans, the Gods imprisoned those Titans that survived, stripping them of their excess essence in the process and divvying those extra powers up among the gods to fill roles that best suited their personalities and existing skills. Most of the gods agreed that Zeus should be their king and Hera, his queen, and so it was. Hades took control over the Underworld, as a God of Death and Mysteries.
Following the division of power, Hades began a secret affair with the daughter of Demeter, Persephone, having fell in love while they were gathering intelligence against the Titans. When the two decided to marry, Demeter was quite upset over the matter. Persephone nearly gave up on the whole relationship, but Hades introduced her to the Gardens of the Underworld and had her taste a Stygian Pomegranate. The sweet taste of the fruit was enough to convince Persephone that there was beauty in the Land of the Dead.
Hades and Persephone had three children, including one son known as Zagreus. By all rights of such an esteemed birth, the young God Zagreus should have been afforded all the luxury he could imagine, but his birth was a cursed one, having drawn in the tainted Stygian essence of the Underworld, which complicated his infancy. Despite his health issues, Zagreus lived to childhood and began to show an aptitude for using the same essence that plagued him. Hoping that fostering this gift would allow recovery from his frailty, Zagreus began to shadow Hades.
While Hades was accompanied by Zagreus in Tartarus, three Titans broke from their prison and knocked Hades aside. Before the god could get to his feet and arm himself, the trio of Titans tore young Zagreus limb from limb before his father's eyes. In his rage, Hades cast the Titans into oblivion. Afterward, among the cheers of the remaining imprisoned Titans, Hades cradled his dying son and wept. When the Thanatosi came to collect the boy's spirit and give him death, Hades used his powers to keep them claiming his son's spirit, thus unnaturally preventing Zagreus the mercy of death.
The Quorum of Six called an intervention to discuss Hades' abuse of his duty. Though the Gods agreed that Hades was in the wrong, Zeus chose a compromise instead of risking Hades' eternal ire. Using the dark magic of Hecate, Zagreus' heart was removed and made into a potion. Semele of Nysa, a willing priestess, then drank the potion, becoming pregnant. Just three days later, Semele gave birth to a fully divine child, dying in the process. In honor of her sacrifice, Hades renamed his reborn son 'Dionysius,' meaning 'God of Nysa.'
Hades: ~1550 BCE - 476 CE
Hades played a significant role in the adventures of many Greek and Roman Heroes. He partook in many Wild Hunts to bring fugitive Titans to justice. Through it all he remained devoted to his wife and queen.
During the Reign of the Romans, Hades took on the identity of Pluto to further his cult. But when Rome began to fall to Christianity, Hades aided the plans to leave Earth and settle a new world to continue their cult.
Hades: 476 CE - Present
Since the transition, Hades has worked hard to adjust his domain to work within the new metaphysical properties of Elysium. Because of this devotion and his talents, Hades is often called upon by his brother Zeus to handle the most sensitive inquiries and undergo vital missions.
Most recently, Zeus has tasked Hades with investigating the recent heretic movement in the Nation of Thebes known as the "Broken Book."
- Elder God Physiology: Hades was endowed with Titanic essence which made him immortal.
- God of Mysteries: This was Hades' first endowment (and remains among his most overlooked). With this power, Hades is aware of all acts of deception in his presence. Few mysteries can withstand his abilities of discernment. Hades can also turn himself or objects invisible at will. He can lend this ability out to others by endowing it upon his old war helm.
- God of the Dead: Hades' necromantic power allows him to sense death, suspend pending death, cause accelerated rot or decay, and control disembodied souls.
- God of Wealth: Hades has divine insight into the ebb and flow of economies and is able to perfectly assess the monetary worth of a mortal or object in his proximity. He can also convert one form of wealth into another currency or trade commodity of relative equal wealth.
- Ruler of the Underworld: Hades was appointed the indisputable Ruler of the Underworld in a sacred oath by the Quorum of the Six. As a result of this decree, his word is law within that domain. While Hades has dominion over the few residents and souls within the Underworld, he also has command over Thanatosi - Underworld spirits that regularly enter the realm of mortals to recover the souls of the deceased.
- Warden of Tartarus: Hades personally controls the keys to the prison of Tartarus and any wishing access to that plane must do so with Hades' permission or be foolish enough to attempt to steal the keys.
- Keeper of the Bident: With this relic, forged by the Titans and enhanced by Hephaestus, Hades' power of the Underworld is magnified. While in the Underworld, Hades can reshape the very essence of that reality. Beyond, it serves as one of the Divine Keys for entry into other realities.
- Adamant: Weapons made from Adamant inflict serious wounds on the gods which are not easily healed and can be easily fatal.
- Ambrosia: Without a regular diet consisting of Ambrosia, Hades' ichor begins to revert to blood, ceasing his immortality.
- Ancient Laws: As a cosmic being, Hades is bound by arcane rules.
- Duty: Hades is stubbornly strict in his devotion to his family and takes his assigned duties very seriously.
- Nektar: Without a steady diet consisting of Nektar, Hades' internal essence loses its potency and his power wanes substantially.
- Worship: Both Ambrosia and Nektar are converted from the psychic energy derived from worship. As a result, maintaining the worship of the Olympian cult is of utmost importance for Hades and his family's health. In his realm, Hades treats heresy as threats against his family's life.
- Physicality: 6 - World Class / Superb
- Occult: 7 - Legendary
- Weaponry: 6 - World Class / Superb
- Expertise: 6 - World Class / Superb
- Range: 6 - World Class / Superb
- Strategy: 8 - Paragon
- TOTAL: 250
- RANKING: Ultimate Threat
Trivia and Notes
- One of the most famous hellhounds is also one of the oldest. The creature Cerberus is a three-headed divine hellhound, born of Echidna and Typhon, and remains the beloved pet of its master Hades. Cerberus is an exceptional beast that is not only one of the oldest, largest, and strongest of the hellhounds, but also each of his heads has a ferocious power not common to most hellhound breeds. For these reasons, Cerberus is often regarded by some occult scholars to be a cousin to the species rather than an actual hellhound.
- He and Poseidon killed Perses, the Titan of Destruction, on his throne.
- Heraphon served him and Persephone for a couple of centuries after his rebirth.
- Much of Hades' biography is related to one of Roy's other projects NeOlympus.
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