Pegasi are winged horses. They have been known to come in a variety of colors from white, black, brown and even mixed colors (ex: brown and white). They are named after the original Pegasus and are his offspring. The most notable Pegasus in the series is Blackjack, Percy Jackson's pure black Pegasus.
- 1 History
- 2 Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- 3 The Heroes of Olympus
- 4 The Kane Chronicles
- 5 Demigods & Magicians
- 6 The Trials of Apollo
- 7 Characteristics and Traits
- 8 Known Pegasi
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Trivia
The name Pegasus (plural Pegasi) comes from the Greek word for spring. Legend tells how the first Pegasus sprang from the neck of the Gorgon Medusa slain by the demigod Perseus. He was the son of Medusa and Poseidon, and wherever his hoof struck the ground, a spring flowed. The Pegasus flew to Olympus and brought thunderbolts to Zeus.
Blackjack is on board Princess Andromeda as Luke Castellan's forced steed and is the first pure black pegasus Percy had ever seen. He escapes when Chiron and the Party Ponies come to the rescue of Percy, Annabeth, Tyson and Grover.
Percy gets a pegasus riding lesson with Silena Beauregard, daughter of Aphrodite. It is also mentioned that the pegasi (mostly Blackjack) go to Percy to get him to help them with their and other sea creatures' problems. Afterward, Blackjack helps Percy with traveling, including chasing after Zoë Nightshade, Grover Underwood, Bianca di Angelo, and Thalia Grace to assist them in their quest to save Artemis and Annabeth Chase.
Percy visits the stables. Percy calls Blackjack and four other Pegasi to transport himself and his friends back to Camp Half-Blood.
Percy uses Blackjack as his transportation in the Battle of Manhattan. Later, when Percy told Silena that anyone that could get along with Clarisse has talent, she takes a pegasus and flies back to Camp Half-Blood to try and convince Clarisse and the Ares cabin to help fight the forces of Kronos. Percy also tells her she is the best pegasus rider at the camp. Porkpie and Guido assisted too along with the other Pegasi from Camp Half-Blood, but Guido was injured after flying Percy and Annabeth to save Rachel Elizabeth Dare after Olympus was saved. Rachel also takes Blackjack after the battle and rides him back to camp.
Reyna has a peanut colored pegasus called Scipio which she uses during Camp Jupiter's Roman War Games and later in battle fighting Polybotes' army. He is the only Pegasus at Camp Jupiter, due to belonging to a Praetor, however, it is likely that Jason has one.
Later on, when Percy, Hazel, and Frank enter the Amazon territory, they witness a pegasus being shipped off somewhere due to it being purchased.
Reyna rides a pegasus named Scipio to Greece, and upon landing, she is forced to put it out of its misery, due to severe gryphon injuries.
Pegasus himself appears to give Reyna, Nico, and Coach Hedge a ride to Camp Half-Blood. He grants this favor because of Reyna's great friendship with her deceased pegasus, Scipio. Pegasus brings with him Blackjack, Guido and six other pegasi to help transport the Athena Parthenos. After Pegasus departs, Blackjack is severely wounded by Orion but ultimately survives. The remaining pegasi complete the mission of transporting the Athena Parthenos to Half-Blood Hill where Roman eagles, instead of attacking, fly in to aid them. Following the battle, Guido chooses to adopt Reyna and becomes her new steed.
Looking out from Brooklyn House at Manhattan, Carter Kane recalls Amos telling him that Manhattan has other problems and that magicians tend to stay out of it. One time, Carter believes that he saw a flying horse, presumably a pegasi, in Manhattan while looking out at it, but his sister had laughed at the idea.
During the Battle of San Francisco Bay, Caligula and Commodus ride up on chariots pulled by pegasi with amputated wings. After the emperors are killed by Frank Zhang and Apollo, the former god releases them and requests a ride to New Rome. After some conversation, one of the pegasi, dubbed One Eye by Apollo, agrees while the other, Short Ear, leaves. One Eyr transports Apollo close, but leaves him to walk the rest of the way due to the danger of Tarquin's undead army.
Following the battle, the wounded pegasi are found by Reyna with Thalia's help and she convinces them to allow her to treat their injuries.
Characteristics and Traits
Pegasi are strong, winged horses from the Greece and Roman Empire. They are brave, loyal creatures. Their wings are large and feathered, and the color of their coat is varied.
- A pegasus is mentioned flying around Manhattan in Rick Riordan's other series, The Kane Chronicles.