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In many different myths and legends, the raven had become associated with dark and evil things, such as trickery, ill omens and death.
In the God of War seriesEdit
God of War: AscensionEdit
In the public demo, after defeating the Hecatonkheires for the first time, Kratos ends up in a sewer. As he leaves the sewer, we see several prisoners in cages, hanging above an abyss. As Kratos climbs his way to temple, we see how a raven causes one of the cages to drop, sending the unfortunate prisoner to death.
God of War: Ghost of SpartaEdit
Throughout God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kratos encounters flocks of Ravens, who serve as winged servants of Erinys and Thanatos. They frequently appear in flocks, and attack Kratos by quickly swooping at him, and delivering fast, weak attacks. Kratos can instantly destroy these winged adversaries by grabbing them, throwing them to the ground, and crushing them with his foot.
God of War IIEdit
Raven is a gigantic black bird. Ravens attack Kratos during both times when he's flying on the Pegasus. The Raven can quickly fly itself into Kratos and the Pegasus, forcing them to fall into a tailspin which Kratos must then quickly recover from. Kratos can slay a raven by slamming head on into it, leaping onto its back, and finally grabbing and breaking its neck.
- The Raven as a giant bird in God of War II, is more likely based on the Persian myth of the roc (Rukh), a giant bird able to lift elephants. Another possible but less likely inspiration could be the Thunderbird that appears in certain North American indigenous peoples' history and culture.