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Zephyros is the Greek god and personification of the gentle west wind. He is the god of spring and serves Cupid. His Roman counterpart is Favonius.

History

Zephyros was born to the Titans, Astraeus and Eos. In Greek times, he dwelt with Boreas in the Thracian mountains. Like many gods, Zephyros had a share of romantic escapades despite his marriage to either Khloris or Iris, becoming the father of several immortal children. In regards to Khloris, who was a nymph of the Isles of the Blessed, it was said that he gave her dominion over flowers and essentially made her the goddess of flowers. With Iris he had a son, Pothos, the god of romantic longing, desire, and yearning. He also served as an attendant to Aphrodite.

At some point, Zephyros fell in love with a mortal man named Hyacinthus, who he found "quite extraordinary." After finding Hyacinthus with Apollo, playing a game of quoits, Zephyros accidentally killed Hyacinthus in a jealous rage. As the mortal died, Apollo transformed him into a flower, a hyacinth. Aphrodite's immortal son Eros offered Zephyros protection, on the condition that he would work with him forever.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief

Annabeth Chase tells Percy Jackson that Zephyros sent her down from Olympus on orders from her mother to be raised by her father.

The Last Olympian

During the Battle of Manhattan, Zephyros was among the Anemoi who defended Mount Olympus against the attacks by Kronos' forces, led by the Titan Hecate.

The Heroes of Olympus

The House of Hades

Jason Grace identifies the god as Favonius, his Roman form, while Nico di Angelo identifies the god as Zephyros, his Greek form. Zephyros tells the duo that he does not care if the duo calls him Zephyros or Favonius because the split between Roman and Greek does not affect him, as he is a minor god.

The Blood of Olympus

During the Seven Heroes of Olympus' final battle with the Giants in Athens, Zeus rode into battle on a huge golden chariot, with Zephyros and his three brothers (in equine form) pulling it.

The Trials of Apollo

The Hidden Oracle

Zephyros is mentioned several times by the Greek god Apollo throughout the book. Apollo states that he regrets blaming Zephyros for Hyacinthus' death. Later in the book, Zephyros swept up the remains of the dryads who had sacrificed their life for Apollo. This led Apollo to conclude that Zephyros had finally forgiven him after centuries of rivalry. He also helped Apollo, who had lost his archery powers, accurately shoot an arrow into the Colossus Neronis' ear.

Appearance

He has a deep tan and curly black hair. He wore a red tank top, Bermuda shorts, and huarache sandals with wings that were a combination of russet colors. He also carries a jagged bronze sword.

Abilities

  • It is presumed that he has the standard powers of a god.
  • Aerokinesis: As the God of the West Wind, he has divine authority and absolute control of the air, though not as much as Aeolus.
    • He can ride the air currents, making him fly
    • He can generate and control wind
  • He is able to move at incredible speeds, even faster than the gods teleportation.

Trivia

Forest

The creek named after him

  • The west wind was said to be the most favorable of the four.
  • Zephyros was said to be the bringer of the Spring Winds.
  • He has close ties with his brother, Boreas as both lived together in the time of Greece.
  • He was also called Zephyr.
  • The creek that runs through the forest in Camp Half-Blood is named after him.
  • He is the wind god that appears in the left-hand side of Botticelli's painting, "The Birth of Venus".
  • Zephyros was said by Annabeth Chase to have sent her down in a golden cradle to her father when she was baby, by her mother Athena.
  • The spelling of Zephyros's name differs between the two series. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, his name is spelled Zephyr. In The Heroes of Olympus, his name is spelled Zephyros. It is unknown whether Rick Riordan purposefully decided to change the spelling of the god's name or not.