|“||Evil? It is not evil that I bring Spartan. I bring the might of the Persia and the Sacrament of Purification.||”|
God of War Series
Chains of Olympus
After threatening a pair of helpless women who were trapped in a cell, he is confronted by Kratos, in the Stronghold of Attica, who battles him. When the King is disarmed and thus helpless against his powerful opponent, he pleads with Kratos to spare his life in exchange for anything. The Ghost of Sparta refuses his bribe saying "I won't take your riches, but I will take your life!" The Spartan then proceeds to grab a chest filled with gold and crushes the Persian`s skull, Kratos also then obtains the king's Efreet power upon defeating him. With the death of the Persian King and the Basilisk, Attica was saved and the Persians retreated.
Powers and Abilities
The king possesses great strength due to his size. During his battle with Kratos, the king wields a gigantic falchion-like sword, which he can also engulf in fire, this makes it deliver more damage. He defends himself with a large shield called a Peltarion. The king has the power to summon the Efreet, a large flaming demon that smashes the ground and creates a ring of fire that damages enemies that are caught in it, this power was then taken by Kratos.
- Though it's not directly stated, the nameless, fictional King of Persia in Chains of Olympus is most likely based on King Xerxes (Persian: خشایارشاه) I, famous for the war he fought against the Spartans in 480 B.C.
- The Persian King's sword sounds nearly identical to the Blade of Artemis in God of War.
- Historically, Xerxes' father Darius I also fought against Greece at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C.; however, Spartans did not participate in the conflict at Marathon, making it less likely that Darius is the one represented in the game.
- The Sacrament of Purification that the king mentions is likely Zoroastrianism, the main religion of the Persians of that time period. The king seemingly not only intends to conquer Greece but also introduce Zoroastrianism to the Greeks.
- It is unknown how the Persian King obtained the Efreet, as it is of Arabic mythology and not Persian. Perhaps the king had conquered the Arabic lands and found the Efreet there.
- Later on when Kratos first encounters Charon, one of the heads he is carrying looks very similar to the Persian King.