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Type: Mystic realm Environment: Hellish Usual Means Of Access: Magic Dominant Lifeform: Demons Prominent Inhebltsnta: Pluto, Persephone
Comments: Pluto rules Hades, the Olympian underworld,
or realm of the dead, where the spirits of the Olympian
gods and those of their worshippers went to dwell after
death. Hades is actually a pocket dimension accessible both
from Earth and from Olympus.
Spirits usually arrive in Hades on the border of the river
Styx, which has as its tributaries the rivers Acheron, Cocytus,
Aornis, the flaming river Phlegethon, and Lethe, whose waters,
when drunk, induce loss of memory. The ferryman Charon conveys
the arriving spirits across the Styx. They then pass the
guardian Cerberus, who can take the form of a gigantic humanoid
warrior or of a savage three-headed dog. The arriving spirits
pass through the dismal Asphodel Fields to a section called
Erebus, where the palace of Pluto and Persephone stands.
Near the Palace newly arrived spirits are judged by the
shades of the mortals Aeacus, Minos, and Rhadamanthys, and
are then sent along three paths. Those who were neither
truly good nor truly evil in life are sent on the road back
to the Asphodel Fields. Those who were evil are condemned
to Tartarus, a dark place of terrible punishments; where
the Titan warriors are confined. The virtuous travel the
path to Elysium, a beautiful and peaceful realm where they
dwell happily. Elysium and Tartarus may be separate pocket
dimensions from that of Hades proper.