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|Dante Gabriel Rossetti (18281882) Title Proserpine Date 1874|
The Lore of the Gods
Book One: The Greek Gods
Steven Creech and Kevin Ruesch Lead Editor Steven Schend Creative Director Jim Butler Art Director
Todd Morasch Artwork Aaron D. Siddal
Goddess of the Underworld, wife of Hades, the beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Persephones wedding story provided the division of the seasons, giving us the sweetness of spring and the bitterness of winter. Hades did not woo the beautiful Persephone but rather abducted her while playing and picking flowers with Oceanus's daughters and took her to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the cold-blooded king of the Underworld but her mother, Demeter, stricken with depression, neglected her duties and allowed no sprout to grow and demonstrated her anger by punishing the earths inhabitants with bitter cold and blustering winds.
Rembrandt (16061669) Title The Abduction of Proserpina,
detail circa 1631
returned to her mothers side, the earth would suffer. Zeus,
noticing this, appealed to Hades. On his behalf
Hermes entered the kingdom of Hades
and negotiated a compromise between the (usually cold and selfish) Hades
and the (usually loving and caring) Demeter.
However, Hades tricked Persephone into eating
six seeds from a pomegranate, thereby binding her to the Underworld, because
no one can eat or drink in Hades and then leave. All involved agreed that Persephone
would to spend 6 months of the year with her husband Hades
, and the other half the year with her mother, Demeter.
the Gods that the Avatar may possess:
was a gift from Hades to his wife signifying her status as Queen of the Underworld.
The crown is small and delicate, much like a tiara, and adorned with small gems
reflective of Persephones beauty. When given to a being favored by Persephone,
it grants the wearer the following powers (20 th level):
ward at will
deeper darkness at will
Hold monster at will
Spoken: Can communicate with any creature capable of language.
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