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Map Of Hades by Ncj700 Map Of Hades by Ncj700
You might come back, because you might return,
again today, I wait for you.
You don't know, you don't know how much I'm hurting,
even as I sing this song.
If I were to chose between you and the world.
Even if everything is taken away from me,
if it's for you, I'll be alright.
Day or night, I'm thirsty for love; my unseemly promise to forget you makes me cry again,
can you hear me?
The only thing I want from you is you; without you, I can't do anything.
If you hear this song, please come back, come back...


A map of ᾍδης (the greek underworld, Hades) for a myth-inspired fanfic I;m hoping to start in the future. I needed a map of it so i could figure out what happened where, but I didn't like any of the ones I found, so I made my own, cause I have waaay too much free time and an overactive Imagination I'm awesome XD

It's also practice for a map of another Fic I'm planning, that has about ten chapters in progress (this one a mix of Tangled-original Rapunzel fairy tale-Anastasia-the swan princess) that I also need a map of to plot a journey.

Overview of the places:
:bulletblack: Palace of Hades
Exactly as the name suggests. The home of the god of the Underworld, Hades, and Later his wife Phersephone (presumably). It also had extensive and lavish gardens (yes, things grow in the Underworld).


:bulletblack: Plains of Judgement
Where the souls of the dead would be judged and later be sent to the three realms of the dead based on their life's actions.


:bulletblack: Charon's Crossing
The ferry crossing from Erebus for the souls of the dead. Relatives of the dead would leav a coin in the mouth of the dead person to pay the Ferryman, Charon.


:bulletblack: Marshes of The Styx
Where the five main rivers of the Underworld, Plegethon, Styx, Cocytus, Lethe, and Acheron met.


:bulletblack: Cerebrus
The Three-headed dog that guarded the enterance to the underworld. A spirit of the dead could pass it freely, but the guardian would attack anyone else who dared to enter the dominion of Hades.


:bulletorange: Erebus
Where the dead would await passage from Charon before they were sent to the plains of judgement on the other side of the Styx Marsh. The ferry man would charc=ge them one obolos for the journey.


:bulletorange: Elysian Fields
Also known as Elysium, Elysion, the Elysian Fields were initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was initially reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life.


:bulletorange: Asphodel Meadows
The Asphodel Meadows is where the souls of people who lived lives of near equal good and evil rested. It essentially was a plain of Asphodel flowers, which were the favorite food of the Greek dead. It is described as a ghostly place that is an even less perfect version of life on earth.

Some depictions describe it as a land of utter neutrality. That is, while the people are neither good nor evil, so are their lives treated, as they mechanically perform their daily tasks. Other depictions have also stated that all residents drink from the river Lethe before entering the fields, thus losing their identities and becoming something similar to a machine.

This somewhat negative outlook on the afterlife for those who make little impact was probably passed down to encourage militarism in Greek cultures as opposed to inaction. In fact, those who did take up arms were believed to be rewarded with everlasting joy in the fields of Elysium. The only hero that has come through it is Hercules, because it is the only entrance to Tartarus.


:bulletorange: Tartarus
In classic mythology, below Uranus (sky), Gaia (earth), and Pontus (sea) is Tartarus, or Tartaros. It is a deep, gloomy place, a pit, or an abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering that resides beneath the underworld. Plato wrote that souls were judged after death and those who received punishment were sent to Tartarus. Like other primal entities (such as the earth and time), Tartarus is also a primordial force or deity.

Tartarus was used as a prison for the worst of villains, including Cronus and the other Titans who were thrown in by Zeus. Uranus also threw his own children into Tartarus because he feared they might overthrow him. These mishaps included the "hundred-handed-ones", the "cyclops" and the "giants"


:bulletorange: Groves of Phersephone
A grove of willows and black poplars growing along the coastline, marking the enterance to the Underworld, as mentioned in Homer's Odessey: '...When giving Odysseus instructions on how to find the entrance to the Underworld, Circe told him to look for the Groves of Persephone with willows and poplars growing near the shore of Okeanos.'


:bulletblue: River Styx
The River of Hate, and the main river of the underworld. The gods were bound by the Styx and swore oaths on it because the goddess Styx supported Zeus during the war with the Titans, and was the first to aid him. In her honour, her name was made a binding oath by the gods.


:bulletblue: River Phlegethon
The River of Fire, one of five main rivers in the Underworld. Plato describes it as 'a stream of fire, which coils round the earth and flows into the depths of Tartarus'. It was parallel to the river Styx. It is said that the goddess Styx was in love with Phlegethon, but she was consumed by his flames and sent to Hades. Eventually when Hades allowed her river to flow through, they reunited.


:bulletblue: River Cocytus
The River of Lamentation, another of the five main rivers.


:bulletblue: River Acheron
The River of Sorrow. It is also a real life river located in the Epirus region of northwest Greece. Its source is near the village Zotiko. It flows into the Ionian Sea in Ammoudia, near Parga.


:bulletblue: River Lethe
The River of Forgetfulness, the last of the main five rivers. Also known as the Ameles potamos (river of unmindfulness), the Lethe flowed around the cave of Hypnos and through the Underworld, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. Lethe was also the name of the Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, with whom the river was often identified. It bordered Elysium


:bulletblue: River Eriandus
Another river in the underworld.


If any mythoogy fans see any errors (especially in the placing of the rivers, because those are confusing as buggery), I'd really appreciate some corrections. I love mythology, but havent had much chance to look into it very deeply, so any improvements will be welcome :)

To be clear, I did not draw the mountains and stuff - they were amazing cartography brushes created by :iconstarraven:

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Drawn With: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Bamboo Tablet, Derwent A5 Sketching Paper (165gsm), Staedtler Triplus colour pens.

:music: Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine, Beg Your Pardon - Josh Pyke, We Were In Love - T-ARA, Ciggarettes and Chocolate Milk - Rufus Wainwright
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Critique by The-Psychid The-Psychid/critique/729616079">Dec 1, 2012, 11:40:15 AM
VISION: 4/5; Though not visually appealing to the point where it's one of the single greatest things I've ever seen, it looks just attractive enough. I especially like the whole "medieval" feel you've put into this, from the font to the texture itself.

ORIGINALITY: 4/5; I'm not sure if anyone has done something like this before; but if they have, then it probably won't be as quality-approved as this.

TECHNIQUE: 5/5; You've certainly done what it took to give this submission that "medieval" feeling (what with this being Greek mythology and all).

IMPACT: 4/5; Though this may be targeted to those who are interested in Greek mythology, I'm sure those who aren't familiar with it will soon gain interest after seeing this.
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Critique by PsychoCyclone95 PsychoCyclone95/critique/1016427884">Sep 9, 2014, 4:38:21 AM
Finally! Someone else here who studied the realm of the Grecian afterlife! Thanks again for the meadows. I always knew they existed, but I could never remember the name. I am sure that the gods of Olympus, Hercules, Hades, Charon, Persephone, or the souls of the dead would love a copy of this map and good luck on your Fanfiction. Sincerely Yours, PsychoCyclone95 P.S. Which god would you pledge your soul to if you could? For me, it would be a tie between Hades, Hephaestus, Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus, Thanatos, Morpeous, and Hypnos. P.P.S. I am planing to publish some mythology-related fanfictions myself, any tips, hints, or ideas?
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killercrabcake Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually working on this myself.  The rivers are a mess in the myths, which I've spent the most time on to remain as true as possible to the myths.  Not sure if your still interested in corrections, since this is 2 years old, but I can definitely help you with the rivers if you want.  

For the most part, the geography of the underworld isn't really laid out in detail, so the location of everything but the rivers works fine.

Nice work on the map :)
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smartguy776 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Like the map.well designed in my view.
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Katara-Nightray Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
This is awesom
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akitabrilia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Writer
omg this is really helpful! I am trying to write a story about underworld and get a little confused on the geography... until I stumble upon this : ))
thanks so much for making this :heart:
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heart-of-oyster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Where did you hear about he Eriandus River? I'm a mythologian and I have never heard of it.
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killercrabcake Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was curious too, so spent time looking it up.  It's actually the River Eridanus/Eridanos, which is a river mentioned occasionally in various myths.  The Roman poet Virgil decided to list it as one of the rivers of the underworld in the Aeneid.  It is the only time it is listed as a river of Hades.  
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Ncj700 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found a mention of it on some other maps I used to get an idea of where the rivers connected, and I found it mentioned on a website I've unfortunately lost the link to. (I clicked various things and found it somehow...). I wasn't sure about it but since it was mentioned I put it in.
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