Hades

Hades is often misunderstood. In our modern culture he may seem a god of death, something to be feared, but not so for the Ancient Greeks. His role was more of a guardian and final judge on the merit of a mortal life. His duty is not to take lives but to ensure the souls of the dead reach their rightful resting place in either Tartarus (a place of torment for mortals who betrayed Greek concepts of honour), Erebus (for those who led dull, uneventful lives) or the Isles of the Blessed (paradise for heroes and exemplars of Greek values). For champions of Hades in Age of Legends, their time is spent ensuring all, rich and poor alike, receive proper funeral rites. It is the Greek way that this normally takes the form of publicly punishing those who leave the dead unburied, a message all Greeks can understand.

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