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Everyone has ghosts, deaths that you regret.

–Melinoe, to Percy in The Sword of Hades

Melinoe is the Greek goddess of ghosts (often confused with Hecate, wandering the earth every night with a train of ghosts who scare anyone in their path. She is the daughter of either Zeus or Hades and Persephone.

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The Sword of Hades

Melinoe shows the demigod Ethan Nakamura the way out of the Underworld. On the appearance of Percy JacksonThalia Grace, and Nico di Angelo takes on the form of the latter's mothers to confuse and torture them. However, they didn't fool Percy, who breaks the illusion. He swings at her with his sword and she dodges, only to be hit by Thalia with an arrow. She then vanishes into the fog.

Personality

Melinoe is dissatisfied with Hades's rule over the Underworld and the fact she cannot haunt the mortals of the human world by day. She opted for Kronos to rule, as she was promised that she would be able to haunt whenever she wanted. Her somewhat nasty personality could have been brought on by the bitterness of her parents seemed to not take much interest in her, which could also have prompted her switching of sides.

Appearance

Persephone

Persephone, her mother

Melinoe is a goddess of frightening appearance. Her left side is black and hardened like a mummy and her right side is pale and chalky as if she were drained of all her blood. Her eyes are empty black voids. She wears a golden dress and a golden shawl.

However, seeing Melinoe in this form is unlikely, as, being the goddess of ghosts, she can appear as whoever she wants. The illusion is so strong that even when normal, her immediate victims still see her as the ghost.

Abilities

Melinoe has the standard powers of a goddess. She is considered to be a strange minor deity.
Hades creepy!

Hades, her master

  • Necromancy: As the goddess of ghosts, Melinoe has divine authority and absolute control over the dead, though to a somewhat lesser extent than Hades.
    • She can call forth endless waves of the dead to fight for her.
    • She can destroy Skeleton Warriors and physically grab a ghost.
    • She can put the dead to sleep and silence them with a gesture.
  • Emotional Shapeshifting: When she hunts people in their nightmares or if a person directly confrontes her, Melinoe can take on the appearance of the dead people in a person's life. She uses guilt and anger from the person as an ally or as an advantage in battle, intending to destroy them. Melinoe has been known to transform into Beryl Grace and Maria di Angelo, while confronting Thalia and Nico respectively.

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Etymology

  • Her name means "Dark Thought" in Greek.

Trivia

  • Melione's actions are said to be the reason why dogs bark at nothing at night.
  • She and Babi, the Egyptian god of Baboons, are wandering Underworld deities disseminating negative emotions at night.
  • Melinoe's appearance is similar to the Norse goddess Hel since one-half of their body is withered and the other half is pale. They also share scope as an Underworld goddess.
  • It's unknown exactly who Melinoe's father is, though its important to note that the Orphics believed that  Hades/Plouton and Zeus were the same god. This is because Zeus was portrayed as having an incarnation in the underworld identifying him as being Hades, leading to Zeus and Hades essentially being two representations and different facets of the same god and extended divine power. [1][2][3]
    • The Orphic Hymn to Melinoe references this by mentioning that Persephone was impregnated upon the bed of Zeus Kronion in the Underworld by the River Cocytus. The idea of defining Zeus as Hades has been present in Ancient Greek literature from Homer to Nonnos.[4] Hence the Orphics stating Zeus Kronion impregnating Persephone in the form of Plouton, was just a reference to Hades having a role that links him to being both Zeus and Plouton in the Orphic Mysteries. 

References

  1. The God Who Comes: Dionysian Mysteries Revisited by Rosemarie Taylor-Perry (2003), Algora Publishing, ISBN:978-0-87586-213-2
  2. Images of Eternal Beauty in Funerary Verse Inscriptions of the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Periods by Andrzej Wypustek (2013), BRILL Publishing, ISBN:978-90-04-23320-1
  3. Early Greek Myth by Timothy Gantz (1996), Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN:978-0801853609
  4. Virgin Mother Goddesses Of Antiquity by Marguerite Rigoglioso (2010), Palgrave Macmillan Publishing, ISBN:978-1-349-38159-3
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Minor Characters: Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Sally Jackson | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Michael Yew | Ethan Nakamura
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
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