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And Kratos fell into the Underworld. The River Styx beckoning below. The current strong enough to carry even the strongest mortal to his eternal resting place.

Gaia.

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Kratos swimming in the River Styx after Gaia's betrayal.

Greek MythologyEdit

The River Styx is the main river of the Underworld in Greek mythology. Its ferryman is Charon, who ferries the souls of the dead across the river.

It is also in this river where Achilles' mother, Thetis dipped her son Achilles to stay invulnerable in battle. In some myths, Styx is considered a God in its own right.

In the God of War SeriesEdit

In the God of War series, Kratos comes to the River Styx several times, which is commonly depicted as a river of blood.

Chains of OlympusEdit

In God of War: Chains of Olympus, on Asphodel, Kratos comes to Charon's docks on the river, where he fights him. As the river spells instant death for all who touch it, Kratos needed passage over it.

God of WarEdit

The River Styx is also seen towards the end of the first God of War, as Kratos must escape the Underworld, by crossing the Path of Hades over the River, to return to Athens and kill Ares.

Ghost of SpartaEdit

Styx is again encountered in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, but this time through a mirage that King Midas had, the 'Styx' that Midas saw was actually a river of molten lava, the king thought that he was dead and that it was the River Styx itself, he placed his hand in the lava and subsequently burned it off.

God of War IIEdit

In God of War II, during the fight with Icarus, both he and Kratos fall into the Great Chasm, to the Underworld, where Atlas is seen holding the world, and the River Styx below. After Kratos rips the wings off from Icarus, the crazed man falls to his death into the River, while Kratos lands safely near the titan. Then, as the Spartan tries to escape back to the surface, he must avoid falling to the river.

God of War IIIEdit

Finally, in God of War III, after defeating Poseidon, Kratos falls off Gaia's back, from Olympus to the Underworld. This time, he is able to swim in it, though the cursed souls that there are on the river attack him, and drain his life, magic and destroy his Blades. Later in the game, Kratos kills Hades after absorbing his soul with the stolen Claws of the latter, and after this point, he is able to swim in the river without being harmed, since he now possesses the soul of a god.

TriviaEdit

  • During the first God of War, while escaping from the River Styx, one can see people who have died falling into the river, and some of these people are on fire.
  • The River Styx is depicted as being a river of blood in God of War: Chains of Olympus and in God of War. However, God of War III depicts it as being a river of murky black water, with tormented souls swimming through it.
    • This is probably due to the developers realising a previous mistake, since, according to Greek myths, it was the river Phlegethon that was composed of boiling blood (or fire), while the Styx was composed of swampy water.
    • It could also be due to location, with the Styx being calmer near Hades' Palace, far from where the dead arrived in the Underworld.

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