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Imagine standing in a wheat field in Kansas. Forever.

Grover Underwood, in The Lightning Thief

The Fields of Asphodel (also known as the Asphodel Meadows) is a section in the Underworld where indifferent or ordinary souls who lived a life of neither good or evil are sent to live after death. It is said that after his death, Daedalus was assigned to create roads and overpasses in the Fields of Asphodel, to ease the traffic.

Description

The Asphodel Meadows is the realm of neutrality where the souls of people who are neither good nor evil go. The majority of all souls go here once they are judged.

It is said that all souls that are neutral are to drink from the River Lethe before entering the fields, thus losing their identities and memories, thus becoming something similar to a machine. Hazel Levesque is the only person known to have not lost her identity and her memories despite entering the meadow. This might be due to the fact that she is the daughter of Pluto, the Roman god of Underworld. Though the blind prophet Tiresias was also able to retain his old life when speaking to Odysseus.

The fields are a somewhat negative outlook on the afterlife for those who make little impact during their lives.

Neutral souls go there if they choose to go through the "EZ Death" train line at the gates to the Underworld, instead of accepting judgement. It is sometimes said that it was a plain of Asphodel flowers, which were a favorite food of the dead in Greece.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief

While Percy Jackson was on a quest to rescue his mother, Sally Jackson, and retrieve Zeus' Master Bolt, he sees the Fields of Asphodel. The realm was filled with the souls of the neutral people. It also seems like 'a never ending field in Kansas', according to Grover Underwood. It is very dark, there is little noise, no light, black grass, stunted black poplar trees, and some fallen stalagmites.

When Percy sees the field, he considers it to be very depressing. He sees it as a field packed with people, but there is no electricity, no noise, no light, no beach ball over the crowd, and the millions of people in the crowd "are just milling around for a concert that will never start."

The Demigod Files

The Sword of Hades

When Percy, Thalia Grace, and Nico di Angelo go to find Hades' stolen sword, they walk through the Fields of Asphodel. Nico uses his sword to clear a path through the shades.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Daedalus was asked to build a road at the Fields of Asphodel so it would prevent Underworld traffic.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Hazel official

Hazel, an escapee from the Fields of Asphodel.

When Hazel Levesque has a "blackout" to when she sacrificed herself to prevent Alcyoneus from rising, she was placed before the judges, who were going to send her to Elysium and her mother, Marie Levesque, to the Fields of Punishment. Hazel did not think this was fair, so the judges modified the punishment and sent them both to the Fields of Asphodel. While Hazel remembered who she was (being a daughter of Pluto), her mother most likely did not, and Hazel never saw her again. Nico di Angelo eventually found Hazel sitting next to a poplar tree while looking for his sister, Bianca di Angelo, but she had been reborn, so Nico took Hazel out of the fields and to Camp Jupiter. Frank Zhang shared this flashback with Hazel and it is here that he gives Hazel his burned stick that is connected to his life.

See also

Underworld
Underworld: DOA Recording Studios | Doors of Death | Door of Orpheus | Elysium | Erebos | Fields of Asphodel | Fields of Punishment | Hades' Palace | Isles of the Blest | Judgment Pavilion | Persephone's Garden | River Lethe | River Styx | River Acheron | River Phlegethon | River Cocytus
Tartarus: The Mansion of Night | Hermes' Shrine

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