|“||You can see the light, it is changing you, it is time to lay your fears to rest, the light reveals the truth, the power of forgiveness comes from within. To be forgiven you must find the power to forgive yourself.||”|
–Lysandra, in Kratos' Psyche
Lysandra was a Spartan woman who became Kratos' wife and mother to his daughter, Calliope. Though Kratos had many women in his time, he felt truly connected to her and considered her his soul mate and true love. Lysandra was also the only person who did not fear him during his service to Ares, and on more than one occasion questioned her husband's reasons for the reckless slaughter of many innocent people.
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After gaining praise all over Sparta, Kratos found Lysandra, fell in love, and married her. Together, they had a daughter, Calliope, who was later found to suffer a horrible skin disease which made her weak. According to Spartan Law, Calliope would have to be thrown into a chasm to die. Kratos defied the law, however, and he completed a long and arduous journey to find the elixir known as Ambrosia, which held the power to heal his daughter. In an act of compassion, the King of Sparta allowed Kratos to cure Calliope with the Ambrosia, after he was persuaded by Lysandra. Calliope was then cured, and Kratos was promoted to the title of Captain.
DeathLysandra and Calliope were both brutally slain by a blind and enraged Kratos during his attack on a village of Athena's followers, when he killed all, including them, inside the Temple of Athena during a blood frenzy. Kratos continuously sought forgiveness and peace for his actions that day.
The Furies' Illusion
When Kratos broke off his blood oath to Ares, The Furies captured him and attempted to force him back into the service of the God of War. Tisiphone attempted to deceive Kratos by using an illusion of him being commended by the King of Sparta with Lysandra by his side, but the Ghost of Sparta saw through it upon noticing the ring on the King's finger, which Orkos had told him to use as a totem to identify what was real or not. He broke the illusion by kicking Tisiphone/The King of Sparta in the stomach.
The Furies later attempted another illusion: That time, Alecto posed as Lysandra and attempted to seduce Kratos. But once again, Kratos saw the ring on her finger and realized that it was another illusion. Shifting between her form and Lysandra's, Alecto attempted to bargain for Kratos' service in exchange for living in that illusion. Kratos defiantly refused, the illusion broke, and Kratos begin his final battle with The Furies.
As the battle drew to a close, Kratos began to choke Tisiphone, who transformed into Lysandra. That briefly made him hesitate, but Kratos shook it off and continued his assault.
Lysandra and Calliope both reappeared many years later as a cruel illusion that was forged by Ares, in an attempt to defeat Kratos during their final battle. Kratos proved stronger than Ares though, and defended them against his doppelgängers. That was to no avail, as Lysandra and Calliope were killed again when the Blades of Chaos were commanded to impale them again by their master, Ares.
In God of War II, when Kratos was grabbed by the Kraken, he then had a vision in which he saw his wife in a field with the view of a burning Sparta down below. He pled forgiveness to his beloved, but it was revealed that Gaia actually spoke to him as Lysandra, and told him how he must go on and defeat Zeus.
During his final battle with Zeus, Kratos retreated deep into his own Psyche, journeyed through its darkness with the aid of Pandora, and finally managed to forgive himself for killing Lysandra and Calliope.
- Lysandra's name was never given or mentioned in any of the games. However, in issue #1 of the God of War Comics, her name was finally revealed.
- She was finally credited as Lysandra, instead of simply "Kratos' wife," in God of War: Ascension, where she was voiced by Jennifer Hale.
- Lysandra's personality at first seemed odd for an ancient Spartan woman, as she greatly detested Kratos' rampant warmongering and slaughter. While Spartans were encouraged to be ruthless, Lysandra specifically accused Kratos of fighting for personal glory, which was looked down on in Sparta.
- Unlike Calliope, she was not seen in the Elysium Fields in God of War: Chains of Olympus, though it was highly possible that she had resided there. If that was true, then she would have been the second person that Kratos didn't kill there as he never brought himself to kill her again.
- It was possible that Lysandra could have been named after the wife of Alexander V of Macedon.
- Her name meant "liberator" or "emancipator." Additionally, it was the feminine form of Lysander, which was the name of a famous Spartan General during the Peloponnesian War. Lysander was also the name of one of the Athenians in William Shakespeare's Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- In God of War III, after Kratos found a mental image of Lysandra in his psyche, he was liberated from his guilt of killing both her and Calliope.
- Lysandra, along with Calliope, appeared at Kratos' death in Bit of War.
- Alecto took the identity of Lysandra in God of War: Ascension in one of the hallucinations that was created by The Furies.
- Lysandra appeared in the Super Bowl Trailer for God of War: Ascension, 'From Ashes'.