Mortals are living creatures that are able to die, like demigods, humans, or animals. While several monsters and nature spirits take the form of mortals, they are not actually mortal as they go to Tartarus and eventually reform upon their deaths. Most ordinary humans, however, play only minor parts in the series, with the major exceptions of Sally Jackson and Rachel Elizabeth Dare.
Notable mortal races
Humans are the inhabitants of Midgard. They occasionally have children with gods (both Norse and Greco-Roman), known as demigods, that exhibit powers directly related to those of their respective divine parent.
Most humans cannot see the world of the gods due to a force known as the Mist, which hides the true nature of things and adapts what humans will see to something they can understand and comprehend. For example, if a human were to see a demigod battling a monster, they would think they are seeing a delinquent attacking a normal bystander or a child being assaulted by a thug. Certain humans, however, can see through the Mist, though it is never made clear why this is possible. The ability seems to be inborn and is most often found in those that have special destinies. Children can also occasionally see through the Mist, most likely because their minds and imaginations more readily accept the supernatural and unexplained.
Humans were supposedly very happy in the beginning, during the time called the "Golden Age" of Kronos' rule. It is said they wanted nothing and lived in perfect bliss. This, however, was a lie and propaganda put forward by Kronos. The rule of the Titans was tyrannical and chaotic, and they saw humans as insignificant vermin and treated them as such. Kronos himself used mortals as a source of cheap entertainment, or as "appetizers," as Chiron put it. Humans during the Golden Age were innocent and non-violent, but despite their pure nature would have quickly succumbed to the chaos of the Titan rule.
Things improved for humans after the First Titan War, when the Olympians came to power. At first the gods were neutral toward humanity's fate, but after a while they came to warm up to them. Humans society began to evolve and grow under the order of the Olympians, with their advancement being sped up significantly by Prometheus' gift of fire. The gods, though initially angered by his act, soon took it upon themselves to guide and protect humanity. Despite their self-righteous attitude of superiority towards them, the gods are deeply connected to and even dependent on mortal society and follow the flow of power in the mortal world, residing in whatever country the flame of western civilization shines brightest.
- Main article: Elves
Elves (or Alfs) are the inhabitants of Alfheim. They have a low tolerance for what in not perfect, including their children. Elves once practiced magic and were great archers, but now they spend most of their time looking at screens watching pixie videos.
- Main article: Dwarves
Dwarves are the inhabitants of Nidavellir. They have similar tastes in music as humans do. They occasionally have children with gods, known as svartalfs (dark elves). Unlike the other mortal races, dwarves have a matrilineal culture, so they refer to each other in relation to their respective mothers.
Other mortal races
- Main article: Demigods
While demigods are the offspring of a god and a human parent, they are still considered mortal as demigods do not live forever and can be killed. Several demigods during the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series are killed in battle when the Titan army marched on Manhattan and others were killed during the course of the series. Demigods are not normally affected by the Mist, but can be tricked by it if the magic is strong enough (such as the Labyrinth, Mount Othrys or when Hera stole Jason's memories).
- Main article: Legacy
A legacy is the name given to a descendant of a demigod. They sometimes have the abilities of their divine ancestor, but this is not always the case. They are more common at Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp allows demigods to grow and raise a family within the safety of their borders. There are a few Greek legacies, such as the Zhang family, however they never attended Camp Half-Blood and it is unknown if any Greek legacies have even tried to find the camp.
- Interestingly, demigods call humans "mortals", which is ironic as demigods are mortals themselves and can die like any other human being, though this is most likely in the attempt to differentiate themselves from regular humans.
- There are several ways for a human to become immortal. One of the most common is for a woman to become a Hunter of Artemis. But there are other ways, such as being granted immortality by the gods or simply finding ways to avoid Thanatos.