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In the time before the Titans, before the Gods of Olympus, a great battle was waged. The wrath of the Primordials, the very beings who forged the Earth, raged out of control for an eternity. And from this rage, this madness of war, the Furies were brought forth.

Gaia

Ouranos and Ceto, personifications of the sky and ocean, fighting each other in the war that created the Greek cosmos.

Statues of Primordials.

The Primordials, also known as Primordial gods or Protogenoi, were the very first race of gods / beings that came into existence, predating both the Olympians and Titans. They were huge in size and their appearances were elemental and cosmic, and they were similar to the Titans. Most Primordials are stronger and more powerful than the Olympians, including Zeus.

Primordials fighting

It's said that before the Titans and the Olympians, a war broke out between the Primordials, the beings who forged the Earth. Their war was so massive it caused many natural disasters that created the Earth and the Universe. From the rage and madness of their war, the Furies were born. The best-known Primordials are Chaos, Gaia, Ouranos, and Nyx. Morpheus, Charon, Thanatos, and the Sisters of Fate are also Primordial deities. They are just seen alongside the Olympian gods and acting along with them.

The in-fighting and the great wars among the Primordials is what resulted in the total creation of the Universe and also what caused the birth of the Furies. It was possibly a war larger than the Titanomachy. The red female Primordial whose blood created the Furies may be Nemesis, goddess of vengeance and retribution. These titles make her the probable mother of the Furies.

Greek Mythology

In Greek Mythology, the Primordial deities (also known as the Protogenoi) are the first entities born into existence; they form the very fabric of the Universe and as such are incredibly powerful, and since they are gods, of course they are immortal. (for the most part)

The Primordials included Chaos / Khaos (Space/Void), Calligo (Darkness/Nothingness), Chronos (Time), Aether (Light), Nemesis (Vengeance / Retribution), Ananke (Necessity), Erebus (Darkness), Scotus (Deep Darkness), Eros (Love), Gaea (Earth), Hemera (Day), Hydros (Primordial Waters), Nesoi (Islands), Nyx (Night), Eris (Strife), Ophion (Serpent), Ourea (Mountains), Phanes (Procreation), Pontus (Water), Thanatos (Death), Tartarus (Underworld), Ceto (Sea), Thalassa (Open Sea), Thesis (Reality), Ouranos / Uranus (Sky), Moros (Doom), Oneiroi (Dreams), Momus (Blame), Philotes (Affection), Geras (Aging), Hypnos (Sleep), Apate (Deceit), Oizys (Distress), the Sisters of Fate and the Keres.

These deities are a group of all - powerful gods from which all the other gods descended. They preceded both the Titans, the descendants of Gaia and Uranus and the Olympian gods. Most are the children of Chaos, the Primordial void god and also the potential very first god from which all of creation and the Universe came from. Chaos is said to be the god that precedes the Universe.

In the God of War Series

Greek Era

It's said that before the Titans and the Gods, a war broke out between the Primordials, the original beings who forged Greek cosmos. Their war was so massive it caused many natural disasters which created it. From the rage and madness of their war, the Furies were born. Among the Primordials, the most prominent ones are Chaos, Gaia, Ouranos, Erebus, Nyx, Eros, and Tartarus. In some beliefs, Morpheus, Charon, Thanatos and the Sisters of Fate were also considered to be Primordial deities despite usually being seen as Olympian Gods in most cases despite their immense power.

Norse Era

In the Norse world, Ymir was said to be the first sentient being in the land of Norway preceded the Norse Gods themselves. He was eventually killed by Odin who later used his body parts to form the realm of Midgard. Surtr is also a Primordial since he was born not long after Ymir's rise to existence, he forged the stars and breathed warmth to the cosmos by his mere existence, he's fated to destroy Asgard in Ragnarok right before Odin and Thor managed to kill him with their combined force.

Powers & Abilities

Little detail is available about their history as well as the full extent of their powers in the series currently. Given the nature of their battles though, we can assume and speculate that the Primordials all possessed the following abilities:

  • Immortality - The Primordials had the potential to live forever and could only be destroyed by beings of equal or greater power. They are personifications of the eternity of nature and the universe.
  • Invulnerability - The Primordials were impervious to mortal harm and could only be harmed by one another or beings of greater power. They are beings of pure elements and cosmic, not bound by the weaknesses of flesh, blood, bone, energy, and soul.
  • Vast Divine Powers - As the creators of the world and the entire universe, the Primordials possessed astronomical cosmic and elemental powers. Given the fact that they predate the Sisters of Fate, not even Fate itself holds sway over the Primordials. They are also older than The Furies, though it is unknown if the Furies could be of any challenge to the Primordials; although considering how Kratos, a mortal demigod, was able to single-handedly kill all three of the Furies, it's very likely that the Furies would be no match at all for the Primordials. Indeed, the Primordial God of Death Thanatos proved to be more powerful than Kratos even after he had become a god, pressuring both him and his brother Deimos, also another powerful demigod, and even killing the latter and it's only due to Kratos's rage that Thanatos ultimately fell to his hands. The Norse Primordials are likewise shown to be more powerful than any other god of their realm, with Ymir only falling to Odin and Surtr being capable of fighting Odin and Thor and destroying Asgard before falling.
  • Absolute Strength - Their size and mass contribute to their astronomical superhuman strength and durability, making them more likely to be superior to Titans, Olympians, and any other creature less than a Primordial. This makes them possibly the strongest beings in the God of War (Greek) universe.
  • Unlimited Stamina - The Primordials are not subject to fatigue. They could wage war for centuries without rest or relent.
  • Near-infinite Durability - The Primordials are beings of pure elemental and cosmic forces. They are flawlessly indestructible and are capable of withstanding powerful blows and colossal amounts of pain for billions of years without showing any signs of exhaustion.

The Primordials were the most powerful gods, most of them stronger than all the Olympians including Zeus and the Titans like Cronos. Chaos was the most powerfull of them all. And some of them were also stronger than Ouranos.

Known Primordials

Greek

  • Chaos: the original Primordial void and embodiment of Life.
  • Gaia: the Primordial embodiment of Earth.
  • Ouranos: the Primordial embodiment of Sky.
  • Ceto: the Primordial embodiment of Oceans.
  • Ourea: the Primordial embodiment of Mountains.
  • Tartarus: the Primordial embodiment of Abyss.
  • Erebus: the Primordial embodiment of Darkness.
  • Eros: the Primordial embodiment of Love.
  • Nyx: the Primordial embodiment of Night.
  • Thanatos: The embodiment of Death.
  • Sisters of Fate: The Goddesses of Fate.
  • Hydros: The embodiment of Primordial Waters.
  • Nesoi: The embodiment of Islands.
  • Thesis: The embodiment of Reality.
  • Chronos: The embodiment of Time.
  • Aether: The embodiment of Light.
  • Ananke: The embodiment of Necessity.
  • Hemera: The embodiment of Day.
  • Scotus: The embodiment of Deep Darkness.
  • Eris: The embodiment of Strife.
  • Ophion: The embodiment of Serpent.
  • Phanes: The embodiment of Procreation.
  • Pontus: The embodiment of Water
  • Thalassa: The embodiment of Open Sea.
  • Nemesis: The embodiment of Vengeance.
  • Moros: The embodiment of Doom
  • Oneiroi: The embodiment of Dreams
  • Momus: The embodiment of Blame
  • Philotes: The embodiment of Affection
  • Geras: The embodiment of Aging
  • Hypnos: The embodiment of Sleep
  • Apate: The embodiment of Deceit
  • Oizys: The embodiment of Distress
  • The Sisters of Fate
  • The Keres

Norse

  • Ymir: the First sentient being in existence.
  • Surtr: the Primordial force of Fire.
  • Nornir: The Goddesses of Fate.
  • Auðumbla: the primordial cow and wife of Ymir.

Trivia

  • Unlike the Olympian Gods, whose deaths cause natural disasters and calamities in whatever they reign over, when a Primordial is destroyed it creates natural landscapes and forms new parts of the world, such as the oceans for Ceto or the skies for Uranus.
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