|“||From this night forward, the mark of your terrible deed will be visible to all. The ashes of your wife and child will remain fasten to your skin. Never to be removed.||”|
God of War
The Village Oracle is an African woman of a village that worshipped the Goddess Athena, though Kratos slaughtered the village on the orders of his then master Ares, who hated Athena for being favored by their father Zeus.
When Kratos had come face to face with her, the oracle warned him not to enter the temple as dark things would await the young Spartan. However, Kratos merely moved her aside and went on to kill all those inside the temple, including his beloved wife Lysandra and his daughter Calliope, who had been placed at the temple by Ares, the God of War. The oracle then laughed spitefully at the grieving Kratos, who was cradling the bodies of his slaughtered family.
After Kratos had exited the building and cursed Ares for his actions, the oracle had proclaimed that "From this night forward, the mark of your terrible deed will be visible to all. The ashes of your wife, and child will remain fastened to your skin. Never to be removed." With that curse the ashes of his deceased family would permanently cover his skin. This explained the origin of Kratos' infamous nickname "The Ghost of Sparta", and thus set forth the events that came later on in the series.
- The 24th Greek letter "Omega" that the Oracle carries around her neck is also the symbol that appears on the front cover of all the games in the God of War series, what could be foreshadowing that Kratos is the "end" for the gods.
- She is voiced by Susanne Blakeslee, the actress who also portrays the Oracle of Athens and later Gaia in God of War III.
- She was seen briefly in God Of War: Ascension, when Tisiphone disguised herself as the Village Oracle, saying: They were not there by chance, Kratos, before Kratos kills Tisiphone.
- It is likely after she curses Kratos, he consults her of how to atone his sin of butchering his own family. The oracle then tells him that he must serve the gods for a decade, similar to Hercules, since he too slaughters his own family unintentionally.
- It is unknown what becomes of her after that point, but it is likely that she simply dies of old age.
- It is unknown why Kratos didn't use his powers to remove the ashes once he became a god. It is possible that this was a development error or that Kratos kept the ashes to remind himself of his beloved family, however it could be that not even the powers of a God can rid him of the mark of his past sins.