In Greek mythology, Echidna (/ɪˈkɪdnə/; Greek: Ἔχιδνα, "She-Viper") was a monster, half-woman and half-snake, who lived alone in a cave. She was the mate of the fearsome monster Typhon and was the mother of monsters, including many of the most famous monsters of Greek myth.
According to Hesiod, Echidna was born in a cave and apparently she lived alone (in that same cave, or perhaps another), as Hesiod describes it, "beneath the secret parts of the holy earth ... deep down under a hollow rock far from the deathless gods and mortal men", a place appointed by the gods, where she "keeps guard in Arima". (Though Hesiod here may possibly be referring to Echidna's mother Ceto's home cave instead). It was perhaps from this same cave, that Echidna used to "carry off passers-by".
Hesiod's Echidna was half beautiful maiden and half fearsome snake. Hesiod described "the goddess fierce Echidna" as a flesh eating "monster, irresistible", who was like neither "mortal men" nor "the undying gods", but was "half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin", who "dies not nor grows old all her days.
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After the Titans were defeated, Typhon was imprisoned within Mount Etna. She and her children were spared by Zeus. When Kratos meets Typhon and asks for help, he refuses saying that Zeus imprisoned him but give freedom to Echidna and his children and that if he helps him. Zeus will kill Echidna.
Powers & Abilities
- Immortality: As a Titan and Goddess, she is immortal. Only a sufficiently powerful weapon or an extremely powerful being can kill her.
- Poison: She can kill her enemies with her venom. Her victims can turn insane and crazy when they are poisoned.
- Beauty Embodiment: Echidna is a half beautiful maiden, like a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks.
- Echidna did not aid the Titans and Kratos in the second Titanomachy.
- Like Demeter and Hestia, Iris, she has made no appearances in the GOW franchise.
- She is not mentioned by her husband in the game, but in the novel he mentions her and his children.