The Desert of Lost Souls is the open desert just east of Athens. There may have once been a city in the Desert, since there are many ruins in it, but it was completely covered by its sands through endless time.
After the first Titanomachy, Zeus captured his father Cronos and enchained Pandora's Temple upon his back. He then exiled Cronos in the Desert and condemned him to forever wander the desert while carrying Pandora's Temple, until the desert sands rip the very flesh off his bones from his body.
In God of War: Ascension's multiplayer, the Desert of Lost Souls serves as one of the battle maps. It features Polyphemus, the giant cyclops, as a boss. The scenery is a ruined city in the middle of the Desert, with Polyphemus enchained in the center of it.
The map features fire and spike pits as traps.
When the gods intervene, the Spear of Olympus fell from the sky, if a player can secure the spear, they can wound Polyphemus and have a chance to finish off the cyclops.
Trial of the GodsEdit
The Desert also serves as one of the three maps of the Trial of the Gods mode. Warriors start at the bottom of the map and must destroy altars to summon enemies, and then kill them. Enemies such as Satyrs, Harpies, Elephantaurs, Feral Hounds, Wraiths, Satyr Generals, Megaera's Minions, Fire Taloses, Ice Chimeras and Amazons can be found in this map. After killing each horde of enemies, players can progress through the map, destroying more altars and fighting more hordes.
As the player(s) reach the "top" of the Desert, the place that is right in front of Polyphemus, they destroy the final altar and kill another horde. However, Polyphemus won't be there until the final round. After doing this, they must enter a small portal, which will take them back to the bottom area to start all over again. At each time players do this, they beat a round. There is a total of 5 rounds per match, which means that, to win a match, players need to go from the bottom to the top part of the Desert 5 times, killing all the enemies on the way.
After getting to the top for the last time, Polyphemus will be there, trying to attack players with his hands while they fight some monsters. After the enemies are killed, the Spear of Olympus will fall from the sky. A player must get it, fire a spear at Polyphemus to stun him and then go to his head to finish him. By killing Polyphemus, the match is won.
Athena sets Kratos in a quest after Pandora's Box, the item he needs to kill Ares. It is located inside Pandora's Temple and it's its greatest treasure. In order to reach the Temple and the Box, which are still on the back of Cronos, Kratos must venture through the Desert and complete some tasks.
First, he has to search and kill the three Desert Sirens, monstrous women who live in the Desert and threaten its travellers with magic powers. Killing them will release their souls and open a door to a ruin, leading to another part of the Desert.
The Titan Horn, at the end of these Desert Ruins, is the only way to bring Cronos to whoever wished to brave the dangers posed by Pandora's Temple. It is guarded by some Sirens. Kratos uses the Horn to call Cronos to his direction and then jumps to his back, climbing to the Temple.
Cronos was moved from the Desert to Tartarus with Pandora's Temple still enchained on his backs. Although the Desert is not mentioned in this game, it is safe to assume that it no longer exists, having been drowned in Poseidon's flood.