Campe was a chtonic female dragon (drakaina) in Greek mythology. She was also called Nymph of Tartarus, and was responsible for keeping the Hekatonkheires and the Cyclopes locked in Tartarus. She was the female counterpart of Typhon.
Campe had the head and upper body of a beautiful woman, the lower body of a dragon, and the venomous tail of a scorpion. She also had snakes coiled around her ankles and the heads of various beasts in her waist. After the Hecatonkheires and the Cyclopes were imprisoned by Uranus and he was overthrown by his son Cronus, the new king of the gods decided to keep them in Tartarus rather than free them. So, Cronus gave Campe the task of guarding them and making sure they do not escape from their prison. However, when the Olympians started their fight against the Titans, Zeus slew the dragon in order to free the Cyclopes who helped him in his battle.
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