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Take me into your molten core
Oh fiery, dark and passion filled king
I have walked the shadowy passageways
Of my becoming, burning wings.
Golden starry angel of space
I light your realm, all love, all grace
Illumination to cast the dark
From the world and from our hearts
Devour me and I shall rise
Spring beauty, wild flower eyes, your joy
A crowned, beloved prize.


"Hades, meaning "the unseen", was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. In Greek mythology, Hades is the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea. According to myth, he and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the cosmos, ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. Hades was also called "Plouton", meaning "Rich One", a name which the Romans Latinized as Pluto. Symbols associated with him are the Helm of Darkness, the bident and the three-headed dog, Cerberus."

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galaxcardinal's avatar
looks more like ares really.
zyanitevp's avatar
Love the changes you made on this one- he seems far more dangerous now, but still exudes calm.  Nice balancing act!
JaniceDuke's avatar
Thank you! :D I'm much happier with him now :)
MarinaRed's avatar
I'd like to see Persephone, too, please. This one is just too good!
JaniceDuke's avatar
Persephone and Hades may make an appearence at some point in future :)
JaniceDuke's avatar
Watch this space ;)
RyanDV's avatar
is a great work, is a great versionLove , i'm curious to see he without the mask...Winner 
JaniceDuke's avatar
Haha, I think he's probably quite handsome under there ;) Cheers :D
BlueFaedou's avatar
FABULOUS WORK !!!!!
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LeanneMWilliams's avatar
Incredible!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!
LeanneMWilliams's avatar
You are very welcome, you have an amazing gift :-)
JaqDHawkins's avatar
Excellent work, as always. :)

He's rather tasty actually...
JaniceDuke's avatar
Thanks! And yes, yes he really is... :devilish:
Very nice, its refreshing to see Hades not all dark and gloomy
JaniceDuke's avatar
Thank you :D Yes, I wanted to make him more as I felt him to be.
stuntedsanity's avatar
Beautiful work - nice to see Hades represented as humanesque rather than demonic. And certainly that pose has plenty of godlike swagger.
JaniceDuke's avatar
Cheers :D There are a few things I'm not happy with that I may go back over in future, but I'm very pleased with the overall feel.
That's stunning, both visually ans symbolically.
I hope you will do one for Apollon someday!
JaniceDuke's avatar
Thank you :D Hopefully will at some point.
Keeping my fingers crossed since there are so few depictions of Him here!And you are so talented!
Moontessa's avatar
I like the feeling you've given to him, more energetic but calm and composed at the same time. It's a pity the people often picture Hades as someone really gloomy and passive. Also your Cerberus for sure is an interesting one ;)
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