|“||I am the darkest. Wars and strife! I have caused all manner of death!||”|
–Eris, in The House of Hades
Daughter of Nyx and Erebos, Eris was feared for her unforgiving and wrathful nature. Though despised by the Olympians, they respected her power regardless. It is Eris who drives the conflicts and disputes of both gods and men.
The Judgement of Paris
When the Nereid Thetis was married to Peleus as a reward for his undying devotion to the gods, only Eris was not invited to attend the celebrations on Mount Pelion, as a wedding is a joyous occasion and strife would not be welcome there. Offended, she snuck into the dining hall and threw a golden apple that was inscribed: "For the fairest" in the midst of the gods. Every goddess claimed the fruit for themselves and the decision came down to three: Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera. Zeus was made the judge but he feared the prospect of having to judge the goddesses. Instead, he named Paris of Troy to preside over the three who each tried to bribe him for the apple:
- Hera promised him rule over Asia.
- Athena would give him wisdom in battle.
- Aphrodite offered him the hand of the most beautiful woman in the world.
Paris ultimately chose Aphrodite and with her aid, he wooed Zeus' daughter, Helen, and returned to Troy with her. Indignant, both Athena and Hera swore vengeance on Paris for scorning them and would play major roles in his downfall. Unfortunately for Paris, Helen was already married to Menelaus, king of Sparta, who initiated a series of events that would destroy not only Paris and his family but his people as well. The events that would follow are remembered as the Trojan War.
During the war, Eris rode into battle on the side of the Trojans alongside Ares and Enyo. It was at Troy that she became known as the Lady of Sorrow. In one battle, she fought in the defense of Aphrodite’s son, Aeneas, but otherwise roamed the battlefield to spread bloodshed and carnage among the fighters.
Her name was mentioned when, after receiving a call, Hermes redirected it to Eris at customer service, suggesting the goddess works for him.
It is mentioned that Travis and Connor Stoll pulled a prank on the Aphrodite's Cabin based on Eris's trick with the Golden Apple. They placed a Golden Mango in the cabin with the words "for the hottest" on them, leading to the cabin fighting against each other for the mango, which was only painted gold.
Eris appears with her siblings and Nyx who confront Percy and Annabeth. She saw herself as the darkest of all the children of Nyx because she brings wars and strife.
Eris wears a black toga, her eyes gleam, and she is described to have a smile like a serial killer. In her human form she appears as a slender woman with pale skin in a black dress with long, straight hair and blood-red lips.
- A Hissing Snake: This symbolizes fear and evil
- Burning Torches: This symbolizes the devastation caused by war
- The Poniard: A small thin dagger used for stabbing (also stabbing in the back)
- Golden Apple: Her sacred fruit and the fruit she threw into Mount Olympus to start the Trojan War
- African Blackwood: The pure-black wood is associated with the goddess
She possesses the standard abilities of a goddess.
- Discord Manipulation: As the goddess of strife and discord, she has the ability to create discord and initiate conflict.
- Chaos Manipulation: As the goddess of Chaos, it is likely that Eris can create, shape and manipulate the chaotic forces in the universe.
- Umbrakinesis: As she is one of Nyx's children who claimed to cause all darkness. She along with Geras and other children of Nyx displayed this ability to make the area darker to prove they are the darkest child of Nyx. Her extent in this ability is unknown.
- Confusion Manipulation: Eris, as the goddess of chaos, strife, confusion and discord can, more than likely sense and manipulate the confusion of herself, people, animals and other creatures, whether by increasing, decreasing, causing or otherwise channeling confusion, even manifesting the emotional energy to physical level.
As her Roman counterpart, Discordia, she becomes more warlike and militaristic.
- Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is named after her.
- Eris, a genus of spiders, is named after her.
- Eris is frequently associated with Enyo, twin sister to Ares.
- The literal meaning for Eris is "strife".
- In many Greek myths, Eris was the daughter of Zeus and Hera.
- The religion Discordianism is named after her Roman counterpart, Discordia.
- The word "Discord" derives from Discordia, the name by which the Romans referred to her.
- Her Egyptian counterpart is Apophis.
- Her Norse counterpart is Loki.