REMINDER OF THE HOUSE OF HADES
I just recently read a discussion thread and I was surprised to see that many people agreed that Nico’s experience was the same as Percabeth’s, and some even claimed that Percabeth had it worse because Nico was a son of Hades, which “gave him an advantage”.
I’d like to just remind everyone that Percy and Annabeth’s journey through Tartarus was bad, yes, but they had each other, and they were helped by Bob the Titan, Damasen the peaceful but strong giant, and Small Bob, whereas Nico was really, truly alone. Now being a ‘son of Hades’ means nothing here, because Hades himself is mentioned to be afraid of Tartarus and would never go near it.
Some people also claimed that Nico didn’t go through the same Tartarus experience or met the same beings there such as Achlys or Nyx or Tartarus’ weak form unlike Percabeth, but that’s just a LIE. He mentions to have reached the Doors Of Death by himself, which meant he HAD encountered Achlys, who was mentioned to have seen so much pain and misery within him that there was little else she could do, and of course he had to go through Nyx’s palace to get to the doors as well, so he had to have encountered her too. And sure, he didn’t encounter the lesser form of Tartarus, but he DID encounter the TRUE FORM of Tartarus, and was overwhelmed by him AND the large number of monsters that he had to fight ALONE, whereas Percabeth and their friends had to fight TOGETHER.
And he did all that BY HIMSELF. No good titan, no peaceful giant, no small Siberian tiger, NO PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. He was, I repeat, REALLY, TRULY, A L O N E. And after all these years we still give him too little credit for that.
AND it doesn’t end there, because afterwards he gets trapped in a bronze jar, which was SUFFOCATING HIM, so he had to put himself in several Death Trances to survive. The kid was given NO BREAKS WHATSOEVER for a long, long time and it just makes me sad that people often forget.