|“||Erinys, the daughter of Thanatos, the God of Death. Pain given form, evil given life.||”|
In Greek mythology the Erinýes or Eumenídes, or Furies or Dirae in Roman mythology, were female chthonic deities of vengeance or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead. A formulaic oath in the Iliad invokes them as "those who beneath the earth punish whosoever has sworn a false oath". Burkert suggests they are "an embodiment of the act of self-cursing contained in the oath".
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Erinys had been searching for Kratos since the destruction of Atlantis, killing his Spartan brothers as a warning to cease his bloody quest. His search had led him to the Aroania Pass in the Mounts of Aroania, where he encountered Erinys across the bridge and began to battle her. She first fought the Spartan in her humanoid form, until she had her wings cut off as Kratos, the new and present God of War, gained the advantage. She quickly grew a new pair of wings and healed herself, then flew away in to the distance and returned as a monstrously giant bird with thick armor. In seconds, she broke the bridge and left Kratos no choice but to slide down the broken debris and land on her back as she flew to the sky.
While in the air, she released him and she flew down leaving him to fall after her. After landing on her back again Kratos stabbed the beast on the back of the neck with his blades engulfed with Thera's Bane, the armor's only weakness. Mortally wounded, Erinys crashed into a forest below, this left her in a vulnerable state, as she had reverted to her humanoid form, giving the Spartan the chance to finish her off. As Kratos' came near to finally end her, she made a final attempt to kill him, which had ended with the Spartan easily disarming her by having her left arm cut off and tearing off her wings. Kratos then held her by the head, powered his blade and stabbed her through the chest from behind, killing Erinys. He then grabbed the Scourge of Erinys from her severed arm and made his way towards Sparta.
Her death brought sorrow to Thanatos, who tries to avenge her death by murdering the brother of her killer.
Powers and Abilites
As Thanatos's daughter, Erinys is a deity and as such possesses superhuman levels of strength, speed, endurance, etc. She has large wings which gives her flight abilities and has sharp claws. She also appears to have some degree of regenerative capacities, as she was able to regrow her wings after Kratos had ripped them off. She can also create voids to attack Kratos or to summon a number of large birds to attack him.
Erinys can also transform into a gigantic, raven-like armored beast. In this form, her armor is very hard and can only be broken using Thera's Bane.
- In Greek Mythology, Erinys was another name for Demeter. However, commonly, Erinys was not a single deity but actually many deities, called Erinyes (also called The Furies), and sometimes daughters of Nyx, and sisters of Thanatos.
- Although at various points in Ghost of Sparta, she refers to herself in the first person plural, probably suggesting a play on the source of her inspiration.
- No indication of who her mother was is ever mentioned.