"Spartan... witness the end!" - Persephone


Persephone, the queen of the Underworld

Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Persephone (Περσεφόνη) was the personification of the earth's fruitfulness and was also the Queen of the Underworld. She was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was usually portrayed robed, carrying a sheaf of grain and smiling with the “wikipedia:Archaic smile:Archaic smile” of the Kore of Antenor.

She was an innocent maiden who was abducted by Hades while she picked flowers in a field with Nymphs. Demeter searched everywhere for her daughter, until she was informed by Helios of what happened. The seasons changed because of Demeter’s depression, and mortals began to starve because their crops were dying. Cries from the hunger forced the gods who heard their anguish to confront Zeus. Angered by Hades, Zeus demanded he return Persephone, sending Hermes to retrieve her. Before doing so, however, Hades tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds, which would force Persephone to return to him for a season each year.

In God of War: Chains of Olympus

In God of War: Chains of Olympus, Persephone grew bitter from caring over the fallen and allied herself with Morpheus and Atlas to destroy the world, ending her sorrow. She was first confronted by Kratos in the Underworld, while chasing his daughter Calliope. He demanded to see his daughter, but Persephone told him he could only see her again if he was worthy of the Elysium Fields. She tricked him into stripping himself of his weapons, so that he may be with Calliope once more. Persephone then revealed her scheme to Kratos, taunting him over the fact that he could do nothing to stop her. As he tried to attack her, she merely blasted him away.

Kratos gave up the chance to be with his daughter to regain his powers and weapons so that he might be able to stop Persephone. As she traveled to the Pillar of the World, Kratos followed behind her. She sensed him and transformed, gaining heavy armor and a pair of dark wings. She flew off, but Kratos was right behind her, and they battled atop the pillar. Persephone was eventually defeated by Kratos, who was able to kill her. In her final breath, she told Kratos that his suffering would never end.

Powers and Abilities

In her final battle with Kratos, Persephone displayed numerous types of special abilities. She has the power to fly with great speed thanks to her set of wings. She can deliver diving strikes at Kratos wit her fists, and she can also summon large rocks of debris to hurl at him. In the second phase of the battle, she has the ability to throw projectiles at Kratos, and shoot a large beam of energy at him.

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