The Fates, Gray Sisters,
Enforcers, & Horae
- The Fates
- The Fates, also called the Moerae or the Parcae,
determined when life begins, when it ends, and what happens in between.
They were made up of three women:
|Clotho, who appeared as a maiden and spun the thread of life.
Her name meant The Spinner |
|Lachesis, who appeared as a matron and measured the thread of
life. She was the Caster of lots |
|Atropos, who cut the thread of life, and appeared as a crone.
Her name meant, Unbending Though the smallest of the three, she
is the most terrible.|
They were the daughters of Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (or of Zeus
and Themis). Some say that Zeus could intervene in their decisions and
that they could be manipulated, but in most myths they were eternal and
more powerful than any of the Gods. Another story says they are the
parthenogenic daughters of Ananke. In Delphi, they only worshipped Clotho
- The Graiai
- The Graiai, or the the three Gray Sisters, were beautiful. They were
described as "fair-faced and swan-like" but they's had gray hair from the
day they were born and they shared one eye and one tooth, but they lost
even that when Perseus stole their eye and later threw it in a lake.
Despite being so easily taken advantage of, they were very wise. Their
|Deino or Dread (or Terrible) |
|Enyo or Horror (or War-like) |
|Pemphredo or Alarm (or Wasp)|
They were probably goddesses worshipped by the swan cults (swans were
not just a symbol of beauty, but also of cunning and other darker
- The Keres
- The Keres are also called the Dogs of Hades. They are
associated with the Harpies and the Erinyes, and they are terrifying
creatures. They are sharp clawed creatures who dress in red and drink the
blood of their victims. They carry out the Fates' commands and are often
seen hovering around battle fields.
- The Erinnyes
- The Erinnyes (in English, the Furies) were some seriously fearsome
creatures. They were conceived when Uranus' spilled blood hit Gaia's body,
and were therefore older than any of the Olympian Gods. "These Erinnyes
are crones with snakes for hair, dogs' heads, coal-black bodies, bats'
wings, and bloodshot eyes. In their hands they carry brass-studded
scourges and their victims die in torment." It isn't a great idea to
mention their names in conversation, so instead you should call them the
Eumenides, or the Kindly Ones. There are three:
|Tisiphone, the Avenger |
|Megara, the Jealous |
|Alecto, the Unresting|
Their purpose was to torment sinners, which they did on Earth as well
is in Tartarus. The sight of one could cause insanity, and they often
drove offenders to suicide. Originally they punished only offenders of
patricide, matricide, or breakers of oaths, but after a while they
punished any sins. They lived in Erebus (Darkness) but traveled the
Earth constantly in search of transgressors.
- The Horae
- They were the Hours and made up of three women:
|Eunomia, or Order |
|Dike, or Justice |
|Irene, or Peace|
Another one was also often added, Capro, or Fruit. These
three immortals ruled law, justice, and peace. They also opened the Gates
of Olympus, letting in Immortals and keeping out ambitious idiots who
imagined themselves special.