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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Title Proserpine Date 1874

Persephone is Goddess of the Underworld, wife of Hades, the beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus.

Deity Title: Queen of the Underworld, The Maiden
Deity Symbol:  Pomegranate, Seeds of Grain, Torch, Flowers 
Home Plane: The underworld (Hades), Sicily, Mount Olympus
Deity Level:
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Aliases: Proserpina
Superior:  Zeus
Traditional Allies:  Demeter, Hades , Zeus, Melino√ę, Dionysus
Traditional Foes: Undead
Divine Artifact: Crown of Judgment:
Servitor Creatures:
Sacred Animal: Deer
Signs of Favor:
Cleric Alignments :
Specialty Priests:
Holy Days:
Portfolio: The underworld, springtime, flowers and vegetation
Domains:  Law, Death, Underworld
Favored Weapon: Hammer, sickle
Favored Class: Cleric, fighter
Favored Race:
Duties of  the Priesthood:
Major Cult/Temple Sites:
Benefits: Favored classes gain Improved Initiative as a bonus feat.

The Lore of the Gods Book One: The Greek Gods

Lead Designers Steven Creech and Kevin Ruesch Lead Editor Steven Schend Creative Director Jim Butler Art Director Todd Morasch Artwork Aaron D. Siddal

Rembrandt (1606-1669) Title The Abduction of Proserpina, detail circa 1631
Rembrandt (1606-1669) Title The Abduction of Proserpina, detail circa 1631

Persephone’s wedding story provided the division of the seasons, giving us the sweetness of spring and the bitterness of winter. Hades did not woo the beautiful Persephone but rather abducted her while playing and picking flowers with Oceanus’s daughters and took her to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the cold-blooded king of the Underworld but her mother, Demeter, stricken with depression, neglected her duties and allowed no sprout to grow and demonstrated her anger by punishing the earth¬ís inhabitants with bitter cold and blustering winds.

Until Persephone returned to her mother’s side, the earth would suffer. Zeus, noticing this, appealed to Hades. On his behalf Hermes entered the kingdom of Hades and negotiated a compromise between the (usually cold and selfish) Hades and the (usually loving and caring) Demeter. However, Hades tricked Persephone into eating six seeds from a pomegranate, thereby binding her to the Underworld, because no one can eat or drink in Hades and then leave. All involved agreed that Persephone would to spend 6 months of the year with her husband Hades , and the other half the year with her mother, Demeter.

Artifact of the Gods that the Avatar may possess:

Crown of Judgment:

This crown was a gift from Hades to his wife signifying her status as Queen of the Underworld. The crown is small and delicate, much like a tiara, and adorned with small gems reflective of Persephone’s beauty. When given to a being favored by Persephone, it grants the wearer the following powers (20 th level):

Languages Spoken: Can communicate with any creature capable of language.

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