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Persephone and Hades!

Just wanted to do some chara design with these characters

I always really liked the myth of Hades and Persephone when I was younger, it was like a mythological Beauty and The Beast for me. I was a big greek mythology nerd before. Also trivia fact: my name take is root from Persephone first name -the one she had before she came in the underworld- Cora!

If you don’t know this myth it’s the story of Hades god of the underworld falling in love with Persephone -the reason may change, my favorite is that Aphrodite and Eros didn’t like the fact that Hades was such a cold heart refusing to fall in love so they strike him with one of Eros arrow-  and kidnapping her. into the underworld so she become the Queen of the Underworld -it’s not the entire story but it’s a bit long to explain-

ACOWAR References

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite references in ACOWAR because it really does make the story way more fun! (These are mostly my own observations/ideas and nothing too official). 

I’ll add more tomorrow when I have time… but off the top of my head I remember:

  • Koeschi: probably from the Russian folk tale Koschei the Deathless
  • Stryga: the same name as that main chimera on Notre Dame!
  • Vassa: a reference to the Russian folk tale The Firebird and Princess Vasilia (although her story also sounds like it’s blended with Swan Lake). So that would mean that Koeschi is her kidnapper…
  • I got serious Exodus vibes from Nephelle’s story
  • Lord Thanatos. lol
  • Thesan, the Etruscan Goddess of dawn
  • the Morrigan (which still makes me so happy)
  • Andromache
  • pretty sure Azriel is named after Azrael, the Angel of Death
  • Madja the healer: I read about an ancient Egyptian archeological site where they found a healer’s body and named her Madja but maybe that’s a total coincidence
  • not sure if Dagdan is a reference to The Dagda but that was my first thought… especially the association with the cauldron
  • Idk if Elain is a reference to the Arthurian legend where Elaine the Fair (or The Lady of Shallott if you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan) dies of unrequited love… but that kind of fits.
  • the Myrmidons: I’m taking this in the Achilles context
  • Eris, the Greek goddess of discord
  • I think the Illyrian stuff is obvious but there’s that
  • Helion’s probably a form of Helios, the Titan god of the sun
  • I totally googled this after a certain plot point: Lucien means “light/illumination” and that’s rather fitting haha. He’s also a prince in Persian mythology buuut I don’t think that really fits.
  • the Naga
  • And this is old news but still makes me sad when people don’t know it, so: the ancient Scottish ballad of Tam Lin
  • Ouroboros!
  • and then there are the obvious influences in earlier books of Beauty & the Beast, Hades/Persephone, Cinderella (with how she had to pick the lentils out of the fireplace before she could go to the “ball” in ACOTAR), East of the Sun West of the Moon, etc…

Ok I feel like I’m forgetting a ton and I know I’ve read about a Brannagh before, so let me think on a few and add more later! I just love mythology and how many reference Maas can throw into one book.

Friendly (lovely) reminder

Just Imagine Tale as Old as Time playing while Feyre and Rhysand dance at Starfall

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I'm a sucker for classic love stories

Hades and Persephone

Orihime and Hikoboshi (Tanabata)

Psyche and Eros

Romeo and Juliet

Belle and Beast ( Beauty and the Beast)

Orpheus and Eurydice 

Deirdre and Naoise (Deirdre of the Sorrows)

Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (Story of Taj Mahal)

Artemis and Orion

Scheherazade and King Shahrya

There are a lot more like Guinevere and Lancelot or Tristan and Isolde but these were the ones I liked best. Then there’s Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester but they fall into another category :)

*These photos aren’t mine. The one I used for Hades and Persephone belong to sandara on deviantart. The others I found in Google image