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Hades is the underworld in Greek mythology. It is named after its ruler.

During the Hades Chapters, much information about the underworld is revealed. Such as, Asphodel flowers growing there; the rock ceiling with stalactites with water dripping off them; the horizon decorated with rivers wind and churn; a lack of sunlight, but a supernatural glow to everything; and how stalagmites form conventional buildings and also incomprehensible shapes.

Features[edit | edit source]

River Styx[edit | edit source]

Souls first end up at its riverbank, where Charon waits to ferry souls across. Its banks are peppered with gemstones and silver.

Walls[edit | edit source]

Tall stone walls carved into bars, which surround the realm of Hades. Described as an empire of rock, gemstones, and metal.

Pastures/Frontier[edit | edit source]

Inside the walls, crocus and grape fields and pastures for cattle and sheep are visible. Patrolled by the border patrol to prevent souls from escaping.

Courthouse of the Dead[edit | edit source]

Has the shape of a temple but the grandeur of a palace, with gemstones encrusting the walls. Contains a hall where souls are sentenced to their eternal fate by the three judges.

Asphodel Meadows[edit | edit source]

Destination most individuals are sentenced to (men of little glory). The guards in Hades IV describe it as a place where people exist as if they were still alive.

Asterion and Geryon's House[edit | edit source]

Asterion mentions spending his days in Asphodel sharing a housing with the mythological Geryon. The minotaur refers to his roommate as his cousin.

Elysian Fields[edit | edit source]

Destination heroes are sentenced to, described as a place lacking in tragedy. It is implied in Ch 6 that it is literally not visible from the Asphodel Meadows.

History/Culture[edit | edit source]

Asterion was sent here after his death. He is unsure whether or not it still exists.

Apparently has its own fighting style, which Lord Hades himself taught to Asterion.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

The labyrinthine rivers mentioned refer to the 5 rivers of the underworld: the Acheron, Cocytus, Lethe, Phlegethon, and Styx. These rivers converge on a marsh at the center.

Theories[edit | edit source]