Hades Picture

Concept art for a book project I have going on.
In Greek mythology, Hades ( ᾍδης or Ἀϝίδης, "the unseen", for his helmet could turn him invisible) was the eldest son of the Cronos and husband of Persephone. Ruler of the the underworld, the unseen realm to which the souls of the dead go upon leaving the world as well as any and all things beneath the earth.
He is called also Aidoneus, the ruler of many, and Plouton (Πλούτων "the rich one"), Clymenus ("notorious"), Polydegmon ("who receives many"), and Eubuleus ("good counsel" or "well-intentioned").

Hades ruled the dead, assisted by others over whom he had complete authority. He strictly forbade his subjects to leave his domain and would become quite enraged when anyone tried to leave, or if someone tried to steal the souls from his realm. His wrath was equally terrible for anyone who tried to cheat death or otherwise crossed him, and in just a few occasions he allowed certain people to leave the underworld.
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