Character: Poseidon is known for having a huge trident with him all the time as a weapon. He is the god of the sea, and also the god of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. His features include: six-pack abs, long grey beard, and long grey hair, similar to Zeus.
Plot: One of the many plots in this book was when the gods overruled the titans. They had a never-ending war. Finally, the gods realized they had to change something. So they got the cyclops to make them long-distance weapons so they could strike from afar. Luckily, this idea worked. The gods overthrew the titans and ruled the world.
"The poor prisoners were forced to work without any break-- no water, no sleep, no food, nothing. The Hundred-Handed Ones spent their time at the far end of the yard, quarrying stone blocks from the hard volcanic floor." When I learned about this at Camp Half-Blood, it reminded of the horror of slavery in the 1800s.
"Zeus had packed that jar with a gazillion evil spirits. They spewed out and spread across the world, bringing misery, sickness, athlete's foot, famine, bad breath, and death to the human race. Suddenly being a human was a thousand times worse than it had been before and it had never been easy." This relates to modern society, because people create problems that are unnecessary and sometimes unsolvable. For example, pollution, which is hurting Gaea and causing problems for people.
Theme: A common theme in many of my stories is that they are very foolish. I think that it makes them more like humans in the way that they are imperfect and make plenty of mistakes just like we do!
Setting: The Underworld is the place where the Ancient Greeks were presumed to go after death. It was split into 3 areas: one for heroes, one for average people, and one for villains. The worst people went to Tartarus which is under the main section. It is also where Hades lives.
Setting: Olympus is the place where the gods have their council. It is also where the gods live. It is called Olympus because it stands on Mount Olympus. The only god who is not allowed there except once a year is Hades. It is often depicted as a a bunch of buildings on rock hills. Some people think it was more modern though.
"Of course, since Persephone was declared off-limits, all the male gods noticed her and thought she was incredibly hot." This shows that gods are like humans in the sense that they want what they can't have.
Character: Hades is the god of the Underworld. His weapon is a cap that makes him invisible and strikes fear in his enemies. He is often depicted as wearing armor and a helmet, but when he's not he's assumed to have blue fire instead of hair or some say he has black hair.
"Sure, she was pretty. She had her mother's long blond hair and Zeus's sky blue eyes. She didn't have a care in the world. She was sure the whole world had been invented just for her pleasure. I guess when your parents are both gods, you can come to believe that." This reminds me that people who are born privileged can be more full of themselves.
"Kronos stood about nine feet tall, which was runty for a titan." I include this detail in my book because it reminds us all that everything is relative to the observer. For example in this case he's a small titan, but he would seem super large to us.
"In the beginning, I wasn't there. I don't think the Ancient Greeks were, either. Nobody had a pen and paper to take notes, so I can't vouch for what follows, but I can tell you it's what the Greeks thought happened." I start my book with this quote because it shows that even though people weren't there to record it the Greeks decided it was what happened. It also amazes me that they were able to keep it alive so long until they could write it down.
"[Hera] and Poseidon had a sit-down and decided that Zeus was getting out of control as a leader. They plotted the first ever Olympian rebellion." This relates to our present day world because when a country or any group of people don't like their leader they attempt to overthrow him.