The Demigod Files is a companion book to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It was released on February 10, 2009. It contains three short stories that are all in Percy Jackson's perspective. The stories are Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot, Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon, and Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades. Another version of the book was released on January 7, 2010 to coincide with the movie: this version had a different cover with Logan Lerman who plays Percy in the film, holding the Master Bolt sitting on a ledge and eight pages of screen caps from the movie.
Contents of the Book
In the middle of the third story pictures of a few characters are shown. After that it also contains a preview of The Last Olympian, hinting at the fact that these stories took place between the events of The Last Olympian and those of The Battle of the Labyrinth. However, The Bronze Dragon has been proven to occur during The Battle of the Labyrinth, since the fireworks occur during both of them. Additional contents include interviews with some of the campers, a picture of Annabeth Chase's trunk, a map of Camp Half-Blood and various crossword puzzles with other activities. Riptide is on the cover, and behind it is Poseidon's trident. It also contains several interviews with the characters.
These are all the pages included in the book:
- Letter from Camp Half-Blood | 1
- Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot | 3
- Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon | 31
- Interview with Connor and Travis Stoll, sons of Hermes | 64
- Interview with Clarisse La Rue, daughter of Ares | 67
- Interview with Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena | 69
- Interview with Grover Underwood, Satyr | 72
- Interview with Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon | 74
- Map of Camp Half-Blood | 77
- Annabeth Chase's Camp Trunk | 80
- Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades | 83
- Olympian Crossword | 134
- Olympian Word Jumble | 136
- Twelve Olympian Gods +2 | 138
- Answers to Puzzles | 142
- Preview of The Last Olympian | 144
Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot
Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot is the first short story in The Demigod Files. Percy is in school when he hears strange noises and spots Clarisse La Rue outside. Clarisse is being attacked by arrow-throwing birds. Percy gets himself excused from class and goes to help Clarisse and find out why she is there. Clarisse is surprised, and not very happy to see him. After the two of them have defeated the birds, Clarisse reluctantly agrees to tell Percy why she is not at Camp Half-Blood. Clarisse reveals that she is supposed to be taking care of Ares' War Chariot, and needs to get it back to Ares' temple by sundown. However, her immortal brothers, Deimos and Phobos (gods of terror and fear respectively) have stolen the chariot. Phobos comes to taunt Clarisse and gives them a hint about where to find the chariot. Together, Percy and Clarisse must go to find the chariot at the Staten Island Zoo. On their way, they encounter Deimos, who is riding a sea serpent, but they quickly defeat both the god and the sea monster and continue on their way. At the zoo, they find the chariot and face the two gods again. Phobos and Deimos show Percy and Clarisse their worst fears. By overcoming the illusions, however, Percy and Clarisse easily defeat the two gods (it turns out that Phobos and Deimos are both extremely weak in battle without their powers of fear and terror). Finally, just as sunset is fading, Percy and Clarisse bring the chariot to Ares' Temple on the Intrepid, an aircraft carrier. Percy promises Clarisse that he will not tell anybody about her fear. He also tells her that in the vision that Phobos showed him--of what he feared most--Clarisse was included as one of Percy's friends.
The entire story of the Stolen Chariot can be read on Rick Riordan's blog. Below are the links to each part:
Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon
Percy Jackson and Charles Beckendorf are on the same team for capture the flag, and the two war god cabins (Athena and Ares cabins) and the Aphrodite Cabin are on the other. Beckendorf, a son of Hephaestus, has a somewhat awkward conversation about girls (as he has a not-so-secret crush on Silena Beauregard for three years), and thinks Percy should ask Annabeth Chase to the fireworks. They set off into the woods and stumble on a huge Myrmekes anthill. Silena and Annabeth capture Percy while Beckendorf charges straight ahead into the ant swarm as he tries to take back a huge bronze dragon's head, but immediately is bitten in the leg and has acid spit in his face. Percy, Annabeth and Silena want to rescue him but they need help so they take the metal head along to try to find the rest of the body of the bronze dragon which was once one of the camp's defenses against monsters before Thalia's pine tree. They finally get the monster started (a dragon with no wings) which is an automaton and get it to help Beckendorf. It blasts open the ants' nest and the ants all attack the dragon. Meanwhile, Percy, Annabeth, and Silena dart in the ant hill through tunnels and chambers full of weapons, armor, and jewelry and all a manner of other magic items as they find and get Beckendorf back out. When they come out and start fleeing, Beckendorf saves the bronze dragon from being ripped apart by the thousands of Myrmekes by activating its' ultimate defense system which causes the dragon to blast arcs of blue electricity from all over its' entire body. After the demigods finish watching the dragon drive the remaining Myrmekes back into their anthill the dragon spots them and turns berserk on them. Percy distracts the dragon until Beckendorf could jump on the dragon's back and temporarily deactivates it. Silena is very relieved that Beckendorf is alive, and when he asks her to the fireworks, she gladly accepts the invitation. Once they get back to camp, it turns out the Capture the Flag Game has not ended yet, and Annabeth puts them in Capture the Flag Jail. Percy and Beckendorf protest, but they wouldn't listen and get ready to go back to the game. Before Annabeth leaves to go back to the front line to fight for her team, she asks Percy out to the Fourth of July Fireworks, the biggest dating event of the summer at Camp Half-Blood, but she quickly leaves before Percy could answer. Percy and Beckendorf share a few lines about girls and it is revealed that the girls won the game, before the story ends.
Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades
For World Book Day 2009, Rick Riordan wrote a short story called Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades, a short book taking place between The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian. Persephone has called by tricking all three children of The Big Three (Percy, Thalia and Nico) into coming into the Underworld to retrieve Hades' new sword from a demigod spy who stole it. The problem is that Hades' Keys are in it, which lets anyone out or into the Underworld. Persephone gives them a magical carnation to track the half-blood, and when all the petals fall off, it would mean that the sword has made it out of the Underworld. Percy, Nico, and Thalia must retrieve the sword before time runs out. At first, Thalia refuses to help because the forging of the weapon is illegal. All the other gods (especially Zeus) must know it first and agree in its creation. Creation of a new weapon (and symbol) destroys the balance between the gods' powers. But the danger that the weapon implies can free the souls from the Underworld so she figured she must help catch the thief. They catch the thief after interrogating Sisyphus, fighting and killing a group of demons of disease, and crossing the River Lethe, the river of forgetfulness and having a run in with Melinoe the goddess of ghosts. The demigod thief is as they suspected Ethan Nakamura, but all the petals fall off the carnation because Ethan has raised the Titan Iapetus.
When Percy fights against Iapetus, he flings him into the River Lethe, thus causing the Titan to lose all his memories. Although Percy also falls in, he stays dry because of his powers, being the son of Poseidon. Percy tells Iapetus that he is his friend Bob and Iapetus believes him, and is now harmless. When they return to Hades and Persephone with the sword, something goes wrong. Hades is very unhappy about the sword's creation and leaves in anger, threatening Persephone never to disobey him again. They later find out that Persephone requested the sword against Hades' orders to equalize the power of the Big Three and that she had tricked them. Percy and Thalia return to the world above, but Nico stays behind to find Iapetus a job in the Underworld and to work with his father, Hades.
- The Sword of Hades short story appears at the back of The House of Hades paperback as a bonus.
- Iapetus threatens to cast the demigods' souls into "the eternal darkness of Tartarus". Ironically, after the events of Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades, he reforms and plays an instrumental role in helping Percy and Annabeth escape from Tartarus in The House of Hades.