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Nyx


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In-Game Information
Title Goddess of Night
Alias/es: {{{alias}}}
Gender: Female
Birthplace: {{{birthplace}}}
Species/Race: The Primordials
Misc. Information
Family Member/s: *Chaos (parent)†
Current status: Unknown
Location: {{{location}}}
Behind the Scenes
Voiced by: {{{voice actor}}}
Appears in: God of War: Ascension (statue)

Greek MythologyEdit

Nyx (Ancient Greek: Νύξ, "night") – Nox in Latin translation – is the Greek goddess (or personification) of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of other personified gods such as Hypnos (Sleep), Charon, and Thánatos (Death). Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty - even Zeus himself avoids provoking her 'maternal' wrath.

She is found in the shadows of the world and only ever seen in glimpses. In Hesiod's Theogony, Nyx is born of Chaos, With Erebus (Darkness), Nyx gives birth to Aether (Brightness) and Hemera (Day). Later, on her own, Nyx gives birth to Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), the Oneiroi (Dreams), the Hesperides, the Moirai (Fates), the Keres, Nemesis (Indignation, Retribution), Apate (Deceit), Geras (Old Age), and Eris (Strife) and others. In his description of Tartarus, Hesiod locates there the home of Nyx and the homes of her children Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death). Hesiod says further that Hemera (Day), who is Nyx's daughter, left Tartarus just as Nyx entered it; when Hemera returned, Nyx left. Nyx had an affair with Ouranus giving birth to Lyssa (Madness), Philotes (Friendship, Love), Moros (Doom, Destiny), Momus (Blame), Oizys (Woe, Pain, Distress).

In the Iliad, Hypnos, the minor god of sleep, reminds Hera of an old favor after she asks him to put Zeus to sleep. He had once before put Zeus to sleep at the bidding of Hera, allowing her to cause Heracles (who was returning by sea from Laomedon's Troy) great misfortune. Zeus was furious and would have smitten Hypnos into the sea if he had not fled to Nyx, his mother, in fear. Homer goes on to say that Zeus, fearing to anger Nyx, held his fury at bay, and in this way Hypnos escaped the god's wrath.

God of War: AscensionEdit

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Statue of Nyx

Nyx is one of the oldest and original Greek deities, therefore she fought during the great war of the Primordials. As Nyx has not made a direct appearance in the series it is difficult to determine if she survived the primordial war or not, although there was a gargantuan statue of her through a portal (leading to another dimension, probably) at the Statue of Apollo where she was seen giving light during the Trials of Archimedes.


TriviaEdit

  • According to Greek Mythology, even Zeus, the King of the gods, feared her 'maternal' wrath.

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