|“||Lord Kratos do not leave me!||”|
Apherite or also known as Poseidon's Princess is a minor character and unwilling ally of Kratos in God of War III. She is a lover as well as a slave of Poseidon, being chained up in his personal quarters.
Poseidon's Princess is a young, half-naked woman. Her breasts are exposed by her outfit. She wears a tiara in her hair and is always barefoot.
Kratos meets the princess in Poseidon's Chamber, where she is crying for help. As Kratos makes his way over to her, she declares that she does not want help from him, probably fearing the Spartan's brutal reputation. Regardless, Kratos cuts her chains and leads her through the hallways, even saving her from falling into a pit of spikes, only to use her to hold up a crank that keeps two doors open. After Kratos heads through the doors, she is crushed by the weight of the crank. Kratos can return to observe her remains, as her feet stick out of a pool of her own blood in the crank's shaft.
A letter from Poseidon is found the chambers of his princess. The letter reads:
Dearest beloved, I ask your forgiveness for making you the subject of my rage. It is not you who angered me so, but my brother and his refusal to harness the great power he hides within the labyrinth. A storm is brewing and Zeus provides Olympus with no harbour. Only the comforts found in your arms give me rest.
-Your Lord, Poseidon
The letter displays traits of an abusive relationship. Rather than take responsibility for what he has done, Poseidon blames his anger and mistreatment on Zeus. The princess is treated as an object to unleash anger upon.
- Although commonly known as Hecuba Maneros, thanks to an article in Playboy Magazine, this name has never been officially confirmed.
- After saving and eventually killing the princess, the player unlocks a Trophy called I didn't do it... But I wish I did!, which is a sexual innuendo referring to her skimpy clothes, cuffed hands and large exposed breasts. This trophy was removed from the remastered version of God of War III for the PlayStation 4 for unknown reasons.