Story of Hades
Hades is the god of the underworld. He was given this task, not by choice,
but because he was the last to pick a land to rule. Nonetheless, Hades was well-suited
to rule the dead. He was violent, loathed change, and was given to slow black
rage. He was very attached to his collection of souls, and would never let any
of them leave, except in extreme cases where he made exceptions. An example of
this would be the story of Orpheus where Hades makes a “deal” with Orpheus that could allow him to take
Eurydice, a girl who had been taken from him, back up with him, out of the underworld. This deal is revoked however, when Orpheus could not defeat the temptation to look behind him, which
was the one term in their agreement.
The underworld is made up of many fields and different areas. When a soul
is brought over the Styx river, it continues on to the field, Tartarus.
The dead lived here, awaiting trial by the judges, who would direct them to where
they would stay for all time. Terrible punishments awaited those who greatly
displeased the gods, like an unquenchable thirst for the rest of eternity, for example. Others,
who were just average, not too good, not too bad, were sent to the Field of Asphodel where they would wait—for nothing.
Those of unusual virtue were sent to the Elysian Fields, where it was always
holiday, the air was full of music, and these happy spirits also had the option of being reborn on earth. A special part of Elysium, called the Isles of the Blest, was where those who had been reborn three times,
and had gained Elysium three times, lived. Hades, himself, along with his queen,
Persephone, lived in a great palace made of black rock. The palace grounds and
surrounding fields were called Erebus.
Husband to Persephone