|"Lord of the Dead"|
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As the power of death, Hades stands apart from the standard run of the Olympians - he's the dark half they don't usually acknowledge, because, for all their faults, they embrace life with a passion. Though he's the oldest of them (or perhaps because he's the oldest), Hades has been entrusted with the responsibility of watching over the dead. It's not a job he particularly likes, but his personality seems remarkably well suited for it.
Long ago, the god of death abducted Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and before she was rescued from his clutches, she ate of the food of the realm. Thus it is that Persephone must spend half her time in the dreary Underworld, ruling at Hades' side, and half in the exuberant world of Olympus above.
Hades himself doesn't take much of an interest in anything except for Persephone. He's content to sit and brood and watch the gray of the Waste, gaze on the shuffling masses of countless dead, and set forth punishments decreed by the other Greek powers on those who dared to steal glory from the gods.
The Underworld is typical of the Gray Waste: lifeless and dull. The Rivers Lethe and Styx flow through it, promising forgetfulness and oblivion to those who sample their waters, though few dare. In the center of the realm is a palace of gray marble, and in the audience chamber sits Hades and Persephone, waiting to deny supplicants their hearts' desires.
Three proxies decide the fate of spirits that end up in the Underworld: Rhadamanthys, Minos, and Aeacus. But they don't go out on missions to other planes. If Hades sends other proxies out on tasks, the unknown agents obviously pursue their hidden agendas with extreme subtlety.