Ummmmm why does Wills page say
'He and Travis Stoll then went to rob a store for mortal medical supplies'.
Like that's what he told Travis NOT to do!!
Ethan is one of the most underappreciated characters in the Riordanverse I think. I know he only appeared in 2 books, but people don’t acknowledge his morals and understanding we saw throughout the Battle of Manhattan enough.
When Ethan got to CHB, he wasn’t claimed, he was stuck in the Hermes Cabin and felt as if he was a nobody. Ethan just wanted to be recognised, and he wanted balance. He traded his left eye to his mother Nemesis, and she promised he would one day restore the balance.
Percy and Luke were fighting during the Battle of Manhattan, both of them believing they were right, but really it depends where you stand. Ethan had the right idea, here's something he said in BotL: ‘There’s no right side. The gods never cared about us’
At the end of TLO, Ethan had the chance to be recognised, and, in the words of Kronos, he would receive ‘rewards beyond measure’. However, he realised the destruction that Kronos was causing, and even though he knew it would probably lead to his death, he went against Kronos anyway. Even his dying words were: ‘Deserve better… if they just... had thrones’.
I kind of wish Percy acknowledged his death more, Percy’s inner monologue hardly said anything about his death except that it happened. He wanted to make a difference for all the demigods who were feeling like they weren’t appreciated, and the minor gods who didn’t have thrones.
Ethan is one of my favourite characters ever and I wish we got to see him in more books. That’s all, thanks for reading :)
P.S.-Happy birthday Frank and Grover!!
*NOTE BEFORE YOU READ THIS: I think I read to much into things because I am a nerd*
You know the part where Percy is going up the elevator to Mount Olympus and the elevator music is "Stayin' Alive"? (P.S. I don't know why Rick Riordan is obsessed with annoying elevator music, between Olympus and Hotel Valhalla...)
So anyway, I did some research, and found several spots where Stayin' Alive relates to PJO...or rather how PJO relates to it (it was written in the 70s I think):
1) We can try to understand/The New York Times' effect on man (7-8) - well just to point out here that if mortals witness a battle/explosion they just put it as a freak weather storm, so I guess this line relates to how whatever the mortals say goes...
2) Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother/You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive (9-10) - So I just thought this could relate to Percy's family...Tyson and Sally were obsessed with protecting Percy and stuff...and by the way they DO stay alive
3) Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking/And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive (11-12) - Like I said, I think I'm reading too much into this, but oh well. This relates to the Battle of Manhattan, no explanation needed.
4) Got the wings of heaven on my shoes (18) - This was actually the first connection that I made, because of the flying shoes that were supposed to drag Percy into Tartarus
So there you have it! The rest is mostly a repeat of the verses/pre-chorus/chorus, so I didn't put it here.
Lyrics here: https://genius.com/Bee-gees-stayin-alive-lyrics
Tell me if you find any more connections below!
Ka77tr1 the Nerd
Friendly reminder that Hazel gave her life once she realized what she was doing
Friendly reminder that Piper once set Coach Hedge's pants on fire
Friendly reminder that Percy fell into Tartarus with Annabeth because he wouldn't let go of her
Friendly reminder that Nico actually went up and expressed his feelings for Percy in front of Annabeth and they were all cool with it
Friendly reminder that Sally murdered her ex who abused her and her son
Friendly reminder that Gabe got an award for being the "ugliest lawn decoration" or something like that
Friendly reminder that Percy's birthday was the same day as the Battle of Manhattan
So... I was rereading TLO earlier, and I found it strange that, before they discovered silena was the spy, they kept referring to them as 'he'. I don't know about anyone else, but that really annoyed me. Can't you say 'they' instead? Maybe I'm just paranoid, but still...
So now that we've discussed Camp Jupiter I'm going to talk about how disorganised Camp Half Blood is and why they are not an effective team.
(REMINDER: The purpose of these posts isn’t to force an opinion on you. It’s to simply raise awareness. This will contain spoilers for The Last Olympian, so if you haven't read said book I'd advise against reading this.)
Firstly, I'd like to discuss the issues with their teamwork and Clarisse's inability to comply with the Senior Councillor's decision. Due to a petty argument over a war chariot Clarisse and her cabin-mates decided that they were not going to help fight with her 'family of demigods'. This shows how childish things can influence the campers' decisions without second thought. It also shows lack of loyalty and general common sense on the Ares cabin's behalf. The fact that they left their 'family' to fight a war that they clearly needed help to win due to an argument over something completely irrelevant is absurd. I think that this shows us that they aren't really family, and would be willing to sacrifice others for trivial things.
Camp Half Bloods relies too much on prodigies such as Percy and Jason. They can't fight for themselves because they have people to do it for them. This results in pathetic fighters and ultimately a higher body count. Because they are so helpless without people like Luke, Annabeth, Percy and Clarisse, it also means that without those people to help them manage their camp they would be in chaos. Chiron doesn't help much either, we see him give near to no aid to the demigods when in need. This is not how a mentor should behave, especially in serious situations such as fights.
They complain about the low survival rate and yet they do nothing to change this. Training for them is optional and this is not good; readers can plainly see this just by looking at the mortality rate. They have a lax nature and the only fight related content we see is in games and character v. character scenes (ex. Percy and Luke). There are no training scenes and this is done on purpose to get Rick's point across. They don't care. In comparison to Camp Jupiter, they look lazy. Think about the different ways they were described. As soon as Percy entered the camp he noted how rigid their hierarchy was and how strict the regiment was too. Everything is coordinated unlike Camp Half-blood and this is exactly why they are lacking. Their lackadaisical nature is overshadowed by the strict schedule at Camp Jupiter.
During the battle of Manhattan, Camp Half Blood couldn’t have won without the efforts of Luke and Camp Jupiter. Firstly, Luke. Luke’s sacrifices proved him to be the hero that the prophecy spoke of. In case you didn’t know for some reason, he stabbed himself in his Achilles heel, below his left armpit. He died from the injury and therefore saved the campers’ lazy butts. By killing himself, as the host of Kronos, he also scattered Kronos’ presence so that he would hopefully never form a consciousness again. Secondly, the efforts of Camp Jupiter. In The Lost Hero it is clarified that Mount Othrys was not defeated because of Camp Half Blood’s sloppy job in Manhattan, but rather due to a lethal attack from Camp Jupiter led by Jason. The Gods simply lied to the campers, and they believed it right away.