From Olympus to Hades 2: Exploring the Mythological Origins of the Game’s Characters

From Olympus to Hades 2: Exploring the Mythological Origins of the Game’s Characters

Hades 2, the highly expected sequel to the critically acclaimed roguelike Hades, has captured the hearts of gamers and mythology enthusiasts alike. Supergiant Games has once again delved into the rich tapestry of Greek mythology, weaving a captivating narrative that pays homage to the ancient tales and breathes new life into them. As we launch on Melinoë's journey to confront the sinister Titan of Time, Chronos, we are introduced to various characters, each with their fascinating mythological origins.

Important Character List

Melinoe

The protagonist and Princess of the Underworld, Melinoe, comes from Orphic literature rather than mainstream Greek myths. She was considered a goddess of ghosts, night terrors, and funerary rites.

Hades 2 - Melinoe

Hecate

Melinoe's mentor, Hecate, was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, the moon, ghosts, and underworld creatures. She watched over entrances, haunted locations, and crossroads.

Hades 2 - Hecate

Chronos

The primary antagonist, Chronos, was the primordial god of time in Greek mythology. He was later conflated with Cronus, the Titan father of Zeus.

Hades 2 - Chronos

Eris

The goddess of strife and discord, Eris famously instigated the Trojan War by tossing a golden apple inscribed "To the fairest" between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.

Hades 2 - Eris

Nemesis

As the goddess of retribution, Nemesis embodied divine vengeance against those defying the gods or natural order. She punished Narcissus for rejecting Echo's love.

Hades 2 - Nemesis

Moros

Personifying doom and inevitability, Moros inspired Prometheus to gift humanity with the spirit of hope (Elpis) as an antidote to despair.

Hades 2 - Moros

More Returning characters

Returning characters include Zeus, Hades, Persephone, Aphrodite, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Dionysus, Hermes, Poseidon - Gods of Olympus in Hades 2, and many others from the original game. Supergiant has deftly woven iconic Greek gods and more obscure mythological figures to create a rich tapestry in Hades 2. The game pays homage to the ancient sources while putting its unique spin on these timeless stories.

One aspect that particularly resonated with me was the game's portrayal of the complex relationships between the gods and their mortal offspring. The dynamic between Heracles and his vengeful stepmother, Hera, for instance, poignantly reflects the intricate familial dynamics that permeated Greek mythology. Supergiant Games' ability to capture these nuances and weave them into the gameplay experience is a testament to their dedication to authenticity.

What next?

As I delve deeper into Hades 2, I find myself constantly in awe of the care and attention paid to each character's mythological origins. From the awe-inspiring power of Chronos, the Titan of Time, to the enigmatic presence of Circe, the witch of changing, every encounter feels like a tribute to the rich tapestry of Greek mythology. Supergiant Games has truly outdone itself, creating a game that not only entertains but also educates and inspires players to explore the ancient tales that have captivated humanity for centuries.

About The Author
Basearena author Jakub Pflug

Jakub Pflug

Jakub, a software engineer by trade, has been a skilled gamer obsessed with interactive media since his first experience with a Nintendo 64. Balancing his software projects with a commitment to games like Quake 3 and Minecraft, he writes insightful articles about hidden gaming gems and hardware reviews.