|“||Rhea stood by and watched as her children were devoured one by one. But when the time came for the last of her children to be eaten, she was unable to bear another such loss, and devised a trick to save the baby Zeus.||”|
In Greek mythology, Rhea was a daughter of Ouranos and Gaia, and one of the twelve Titans. She wed her brother Cronos, and gave birth to the first six Olympians: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia. Her husband, in fear of being overthrown by his children, ate them, an act which Rhea detested. She hid away her first child, Zeus, from Cronos and used a stone as a substitute.
God of War IIEdit
In God of War II, Gaia tells Kratos the story of Cronos and Rhea. As she tells the story, it shows Rhea sending the baby Zeus to safety with the help of an eagle, then tricking her husband Cronos into swallowing a stone disguised as Zeus. Rhea is the grandmother of many of the Olympian Gods and the demi-gods born to her children.
Both her status and whereabouts are currently unknown but because she protected her youngest child from Cronos and didn't take part in the Great War, It is possible that she is still alive.
It is unknown what powers Rhea may possess, or how powerful she is, as she hasn't displayed her powers in the series. However, given her status as a titan, she was probably immortal and as powerful as the other titans.
- Unlike most other Titans, who are depicted as giant, ancient beings, Rhea is shown as resembling a normal-sized human, and possesses a surprising beauty. No explanation for the difference in size is given. However, one interesting note is that Helios, who is a Titan who sides with the Olympians, is also human-sized, and does not appear to be able to change size like some of the other gods (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Ares). In addition, Hephaestus, an Olympian, is depicted as physically huge, though still much smaller than the Titans. This can mean that Titans can shapeshift as well.