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.