|“||You say you need a navigator. You need my permission. I say you need neither. It is time to choose a direction. A wind that blows aimlessly is of no use to anyone.||”|
Auster was the wet, storm bringing wind of late summer and early autumn. Auster dwelt in Aithiopia, the southernmost realm in the geography of myth.
Jason Grace has had daily audiences with Auster, the Roman god of the south wind, in connection with the crew requesting being able to proceed on their way to Epirus. Auster is naturally capricious and indolent, but yet seems increasingly disinclined to cooperate with Jason. Meanwhile, Jason has been thinking that he misses Camp Half-Blood and that he never really fit in at the more formal, traditional, even hidebound Camp Jupiter, and that he may have been changed irrevocably by his time at Camp Half-Blood. When Auster finally agrees to meet with him, Jason accepts this, and Auster changes to his Greek counterpart Notus and decides to send Argo II on their way.
|“||You know, people accuse me of being fickle. Some days I am the scorching wind, the destroyer of crops, the sirocco of Africa! Other days I am gentle, heralding the warm summer rains and cooling fogs of the southern Mediterranean. And in the off-season, I have a lovely place in Cancun! At any rate, in ancient times, mortals both feared me and loved me. For a god, unpredictability can be a strength.||”|
–Auster, in The House of Hades
Auster has been described as a fickle and unpredictable god. He is prone to getting distracted and telling stories when heroes come to him for help. Jason Grace was mildly annoyed by this trait, preferring his hot-headed Greek aspect. Auster also treats Aquilon as his enemy.
His beard was made out of clouds constantly popping with lightning and raining down his chest soaking his sand colored toga. He had shaggy white hair wreathed with a crown of steam.
Notus, his Greek counterpart, is a fiery, hot-headed god. While quick to anger, Notus is more meticulous than his Roman counterpart.
- In The House of Hades, Auster refers to Aquilon in his Greek form, Boreas, not his Roman form, which is the form he would've known him as.
- The country Australia derived its name from Auster.