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The Hesperides are the Greek nymphs of the sunset and partially the ocean who tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world, located near Mount Tamalpais. They are the daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

History

The Hesperides guard the Garden of the Hesperides, to keep thieves from stealing Hera's golden apples. Hera doesn't trust them very much, and had a dragon with one hundred heads, Ladon, guard it.

There are currently four Hesperides, as Zoë Nightshade had betrayed her family by giving Hercules a weapon and aiding him in stealing the golden apples. She became a Hunter of Artemis after being disowned.

The Hesperides sing to the people that come to their garden, and convince them to dance with them. They will then 'dance' the person to death, unless it is a man. The Hesperides are fond of men, as they are not allowed to leave their garden and rarely get to see any men.

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Hercules stealing the golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides.

Appearance

In The Titan's Curse, the Hesperides were described to look very much like Zoë, being gorgeously beautiful yet dangerous. They had caramel-like skin, silky black hair that tumbled loose around their shoulders, and glassy black eyes that were like volcanic rock. They all wore white Greek chitons. Percy also noted that he never realized how beautiful Zoë was until he saw her sisters.
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Zoë Nightshade, a Hesperide.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse

The Hesperides appeared when Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, and Zoë tried to get to their friends through the garden. Despite Zoë's greeting them as her sisters, they denied kinship with her and tried to persuade the three of them to turn back, warning them that they will be no match for Atlas, and even pulled the Ladon card. Zoë retaliates by waking Ladon with a shout, and calling her sisters cowards when they chided her for insanity. As she distracted Ladon to help Percy and Thalia evade it, the Hesperides disappeared, but not before the oldest of them called Zoë a fool.

Known Hesperides

  • Zoë Nightshade (disowned, later became a Hunter of Artemis)
  • Erytheia
  • Aegle 
  • Hesperia
  • Arethusa

Trivia

  • Though they were the daughters of Hesperis or Nyx in some myths, Zöe claims her mother to be Pleione, a minor goddess of the sea.
  • The name means originating from Hesperus, the evening star Venus.