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Hecate

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GenderFemale

FamilyPerses (father)
Asteria (mother)
Circe, Lou Ellen, Naomi and Lamia (daughters)
Alabaster C. Torrington (son)
Hecate's Cabin members (children)
Empousai (creations)

Eye colorGreen (Son of Magic)
Black (The House of Hades)

HairBlack (Son of Magic)
Blonde (The House of Hades)

SpeciesGoddess
Titaness

AffiliationOlympians
Titans (formerly)

StatusImmortal

AppearancesPercy Jackson's Greek Gods
The Sea of Monsters (mentioned)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (mentioned)
The Last Olympian (mentioned)
The Lost Hero (mentioned)
The Demigod Diaries
The House of Hades
The Blood of Olympus

Portrayed byNone

I am the goddess of the Mist. I am responsible for keeping the veil that separates the world of the gods from the world of mortals. My children learn to use the Mist to their advantage, to create illusions or influence the minds of mortals. Other demigods can do this as well. And so must you, Hazel, if you are to help your friends.

–Hecate to Hazel Levesque, in The House of Hades


Hecate is the daughter of the Titans Perses and Asteria. She is the Greek goddess of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, crossroads, trivial knowledge, and necromancy. According to The House of Hades, she is also the goddess of the Mist. She also represents the dark side of the moon, or the Harvest Moon, and is associated with many things including childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, and sometimes even change. She can stay on Olympus, in the deep sea, in the Underworld, and also on Earth. Her Roman counterpart is Trivia.

History

First Titan War

Hecate was a third-generation Titaness born to Asteria and Perses. She sided with the Olympians during the First Titan War, and was allowed to retain power after the Titans were defeated.

Abduction of Persephone and the First Giant War

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The abduction of Persephone, which Hecate overheard

When Persephone was abducted by Hades, Hecate was in a nearby cave and overheard the former's screams. She immediately rushed to help, but upon arrival, Persephone was already taken to the Underworld. Hecate sensed that someone was abducted, but couldn't identify who it was or the kidnapper, as her magic was weak during the day. Unsure of what to do next, the Titaness decided to wait until nightfall to gather more information through her spells. However, both Zeus and Hades were covering up the abduction with stronger magic, preventing Hecate from learning more about it.

After ten days of searching, Hecate found Demeter calling for Persephone in the area around her cave. The magic goddess immediately pieced together what had happened and met with Demeter, sharing her belief that Persephone had been abducted by an unknown god. This made Demeter even more distraught, and feeling sympathetic, Hecate offered to help by using her torches to light the goddess' journey through the night. During the day, Hecate returned to her cave to rest, promising to help Demeter again after nightfall.

Eventually, Persephone was reunited with her mother, and as reward for helping Demeter during her search, Hecate was given place in the Underworld as an attendant to Persephone. The Titaness was more than happy with this arrangement, as the darkness of the Underworld made it a better place for working magic.

During the First Giant War, Hecate was opposed by Clytius. She defeated the giant by setting him alight with her torches.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Sea of Monsters

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Circe, a daughter of Hecate

Hecate does not formally appear in the book, but is mentioned to be the mother of Circe.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Hecate does not formally appear, but it is mentioned by Dionysus that she has gone over to Kronos' side. She also sends two of her empousai (Kelli and Tammi) to attack Percy Jackson.

The Last Olympian

It is mentioned that Hecate uses her magic to cloak New York City and prevent mortals from entering or leaving. She also sends magical lights towards Olympus, though the nature of these lights are unknown as the wards of Olympus and Aeolus' wind minions repel them quickly.

At the end of the book, Hecate's cabin at Camp Half-Blood is under construction, along with those of many other minor gods. Her cabin is made of magical stones that, if dropped, would either explode or turn everyone within a half mile radius into a tree.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

Hecate is mentioned as being the mother of Lou Ellen, the head counselor of the Hecate Cabin.

The Demigod Diaries

Son of Magic

The goddess makes her first appearance and it is revealed by Alabaster C. Torrington, her most powerful child, that she was forced to rejoin the Olympians in order to keep them from killing him. She also lost more children in the Second Olympian War than any other god. When Lamia, who has allied herself with Gaea comes to kill Alabaster, Hecate steps in and saves them from each other's magic. She decides to restore Alabaster's companion, Dr. Howard Claymore, in Mistform so that he may watch over her son while he is in exile.

The House of Hades

She made Hazel Levesque choose her path in the three gates in the Mist. It is revealed that she found the spell that resulted in Hazel's birth.  Hecate promised to obscure the progress of the Seven, but said that Hazel needed to learn to manipulate the Mist. At the climax, she fights by Hazel's side against the Gigante Clytius. Together, they defeat the bane of magic.

Personality

A lover of solitude, Hecate's true nature is very much unknown. She spends a great deal of time in the Underworld, being a close friend of Hades and Persephone especially. She apparently resented not being honored by the demigods since she supported Kronos in the Second Titan War. Since her children have been given their own place at Camp Half-Blood, she has given up her grudge against Olympus, but seems protective and worrisome of her children, many of whom were lost, captured, or embittered by the experience of the second Titan War.

Appearance

According to Rick Riordan's website, Hecate is usually dressed in dark robes, holding twin torches (all the better to see you and burn you with, my dear). She is accompanied by a she-dog and a polecat, which used to be her enemies before she morphed them into animals. In later times, Hecate was pictured as a woman with three heads, or three entirely different forms for morning, noon and night.

In The Demigod Diaries, she is described as being dressed in white robes with ornate silver designs, like runes or alchemy symbols. Her dark hair barely came down to her shoulders. There is a green shimmer that surrounds her like an aura. Her face is like a Greek statue—pale, beautiful, and ageless.

When Hecate appears in front of Hazel Levesque in The House of Hades, she uses the Mist to form three blurred, smoky images of the same woman moving in unison. Once in the center of the courtyard, her three forms merged and solidified into one young woman in a dark, sleeveless gown. Her gown seemed to ripple as if the cloth was ink spilling off, her golden hair is set in an Ancient Greek style high-set ponytail. Carrying two old-fashioned reed torches, she was accompanied by a black Labrador retriever and a polecat. She was described as "beautiful, but deathly pale." Just her presence makes the area she is in engulfed by magic and strong condensation of the Mist.  

Trivia (Roman form)

Hecate can change into her Roman counterpart of Trivia. As Trivia, she becomes more disciplined, militaristic, and warlike. While Greeks envisioned her as a powerful and mysterious being, for the Romans she was the "Queen of Ghosts" because of her role of guarding the borders between the human world and the realm of the dead. In The House of Hades, Hecate claimed that she had no Roman aspect, that she was always Hecate.

Abilities

  • She possesses the standard powers of a goddess.
  • Mystiokinesis: As the goddess of magic, Hecate has divine authority and absolute control over magic.
  • Necromancy: As the goddess of necromancy, Hecate has divine authority and absolute control over the dead, though not as much as Hades.
    • She can call forth endless waves of the dead to fight for her.
    • She can destroy Skeleton Warriors.
    • She can put the dead to sleep.
    • She can silence the dead with a gesture.
    • She can physically grab a ghost.
  • Mist Control: As the goddess of the Mist, she has divine authority and absolute control over the Mist, and a swirling column of pure white Mist surrounds her when she is present.
    • She can create illusions.
    • She can create false memories.
    • She can make monsters invisible or have them be seen as something else.
    • She can hide locations.
    • She can summon Mistforms.
    • She can disguise people.
  • Prophecy: As the goddess of magic, Hecate can see multiple futures that could happen therefore being able to predict prophecies as well.
  • In mythology, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades gave her power in all three major realms (sky, sea, and the Underworld).

Family

Hecate is the daughter of Perses and Asteria.

Children

Partners Children
Helios Circe
Mr. Ellen Lou Ellen
Mr. Torrington Alabaster Torrington
Unknown Lamia
Unknown Naomi


Other Relatives

  • The sorceress Medea is descended from her.

Trivia

  • The English word "trivia" stems from Hecate's Roman counterpart, Trivia.
  • Despite having a Roman form in mythology, she stated that she was always Hecate. However, this could be because she is not affected by the Greek/Roman split.
    • The goddess Trivia is sometimes viewed as a separate deity, patron of travelers and crossroads. In the case of Hecate, her Greek name is spelled Hekate with its Latin (and English) form being Hecate.
    • Trivia is Latin for three roads. This term is sometimes used to refer to Diana (Artemis) when she stands at crossroads
  • As revealed in Son of Magic, Hecate lost more children in the second Titanomachy than any other god. 
  • Despite having children in the series, Hecate was a virgin goddess in some myths.
  • "Trivia" refers to obscure knowledge which Hecate/Trivia presided over.
  • Dogs, polecats and frogs are her sacred animals.
  • She is symbolized by twin torches, a key, rope, dagger, and three crossroads.
  • Her name means "will" but at the same time, if we consider her name's spelling and pronunciation, it means her that operates from afar, her that removes or drives of, the far reaching one or the far darter.
  • According to Roman Mythology, her Roman counterpart, Trivia, used to kidnap young maidens, whom she later changed into Nymphs.
  • Hecate appears as a character in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
  • It was stated in The House of Hades that Hecate is in fact a Titan, thus implying that her children might not be considered demigods proper.
  • She is known to her empousai as "The Dark Lady".
  • In The Son of Magic, Hecate is described with black hair and green eyes, like her son Alabaster Torrington. In The House of Hades, her hair is blond and with black eyes. However, since she is a goddess, Hecate's appearance can change at will.
    • This can also support a theory of Hecate being the triple-Faced goddess, thus having three separate appearances and personalities.
  • Her Egyptian equivalent is Isis. 
  • Even though she is one of the few Titans who supported the Olympians in the First Titan War, she is treated as a minor goddess which angers her and is probably the cause she sided with her Titan relatives in the second Titan War.
  • Hecate is the first Greek god to fight against her Gigantes counterpart (Clytius).

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References

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Minor Characters: Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Sally Jackson | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Michael Yew | Ethan Nakamura
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | The Sea of Monster (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus
The Heroes of Olympus
Core Series: The Lost Hero | The Son of Neptune | The Mark of Athena | The House of Hades | The Blood of Olympus
Main Characters: Jason Grace | Piper McLean | Leo Valdez | Percy Jackson | Frank Zhang | Hazel Levesque | Annabeth Chase | Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano | Nico di Angelo | Gleeson Hedge
Minor Characters: Rachel Elizabeth Dare | Thalia Grace | Octavian | Fleecy | Dakota | Ella | Tyson | Mrs. O'Leary | Arion | Hylla | Echo | Bob | Calypso
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Hades | Ares | Demeter | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus
Minor Gods: Achelous | Aeolus | Boreas | Keto | Khione | Thanatos | Iris | Hypnos | Hecate | Nemesis | Mithras | Notus | Triptolemus | Zephyros | Serapis | Kymopoleia | Nike
Roman Gods: Jupiter | Juno | Neptune | Pluto | Mars | Minerva | Ceres | Lupa | Bellona | Fortuna | Janus | Terminus | Vulcan | Mercury | Pomona | Aquilon | Hercules | Cupid | Auster | Favonius | Letus | Victoria | Orcus
Giants: Enceladus | Porphyrion | Polybotes | Alcyoneus | Ephialtes | Otis | Damasen | Clytius | Mimas | Orion | Hippolytus | Thoon | Periboia
Undead: Echo | Gray | Lityerses | Medea | Midas | Narcissus | Otrera | Phineas | Sciron
Primordial Gods: Gaea | Tartarus | Ourae | Nyx | Chaos | Ouranos | Akhlys | Erebos | Hemera | Elpis | Spes
Companion Books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Demigod Files | The Demigod Diaries | The Son of Sobek | The Singer of Apollo | The Staff of Serapis | Percy Jackson's Greek Gods | Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes | The Crown of Ptolemy

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