PJO: Desperation
Eight years, eight long years. Humanity is at its brink and horrors run rampant across the globe. Only a select few can stand and fight now. Only they can take the place of those who have fallen.
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THE GOOD:

1. Amazons- Female warriors. While real women in Greece were secluded indoors, unable to vote let alone fight, one mythical race rejected male dominance: the Amazons. The Amazons lived in Pontus (the north coast of modern Turkey) and other remote, legend-misted regions around the Black Sea. Here they formed societies where the women ruled and men either did the domestic work or were excluded altogether. Above all, the Amazons fought, invading many territories and even founding cities such as Ephesus (on the Aegean coast of modern Turkey.)

2. Briares - Son of Uranus and Gaea, called Briares by the gods and Aegaeon by men. Briares, one of the three Hekatonkheires, had 50 heads and 100 arms like his brothers. According to Homer, he successfully aided Zeus, with his brothers, against the Titans.

3. Calypso- Nymph daughter of Atlas and the Titaness Tethus, who lived on the magical island of Ogygia. Calypso was banished on this island to suffer from constant love spells to all the men that were sent to Ogygia. However, these men were always needed elsewhere and so Calypso would go through constant heart break.

4. Centaurs- Dangerous wild creatures who were half-human (from the waist up) and half-horse (from the waist down). They are depicted as party-animals raging about with paintball guns in the PJO series.

5. Cerberus- Huge black Rottweiler, twice the size of a wooly mammoth, with three heads. The hound of Hades who guards the entrance to the Underworld and prevents the dead from leaving.

6. Cherry-Color Cows - Red cattle sacred to Apollo on the Triple G Ranch.

7. Chiron- The wise, aged centaur who tutored heroes such as Jason as children. Chiron was regarded as a great educator, and was also reputed to be learned in medicine, astrology, and astronomy.

8. Cyclopes - One-eyed giants who lived on a distant primitive island where they kept sheep. They worked wonderfully in metal workshops and were cousins to the Hekatonkheires. Also immune to fire. Some are good, others are bad.

9. Dryads - Nymphs who lived in groves and forests. There were many types of dryads, each associated with a different sort of tree. Although dryads could leave their trees, a dryad's existence was bound up with her tree; if the tree died, then the dryad died with it. When a tree was cut down, its dryad could be heard screaming, and might exact revenge if not appeased by proper prayers and sacrifice.

10. Erymanthian Boar - Thirty-foot-high wild boar with tusks the size of canoes. Can move extremely fast, so better used as a form of transport than confronted head on.

11. Fates- Daughters of Nyx (night) who embodied the inevitable fate for every human being. Also known as the Moirai, they were three in number: Clotho, who spun life's thread; Lachesis, who represented the element of chance in everyone's life; and Atropos, inescapable fate. Even the gods - even Zeus himself - were not entirely free of their powers, having to accept what was fated.

12. Gray Sisters - Three hideous hags, gray-haired from birth, who were related to the Gorgon sisters. Also called the Graiai ("crones/old women") in Greek, the Grays Sisters' names reflected their horrific appearance: Deino, or Dread; Enyo, or Horror; and Pemphredo, or Terror. They had writhing, snake-like hair, gnashing fangs, and a deadly glare. But as they only had one eye and one tooth between them, which they had to take turns to use, they were vulnerable. The Gray Sisters are usually sought out for their infinite knowledge of knowing everything, past, present and future. But they don't usually give out this information so easily. Heroes were known to snatch their eye or tooth for them to reveal the next stage in their quest.

13. Hekatonkheires - (Hundred-handed ones) Giant gods of violent storms and hurricanes and elder brothers of the Cyclopes. Each had a hundred hands and fifty heads. Ideal to have on your side when assaulting enemies with rocks.

14. Hippocampi - Sea creatures with the front half of a horse and the back half of a silvery fish, with glistening scales and rainbow tail fins.

15. Janus - God of doors and gates, and beginnings and endings. From Saturn, Janus received the gift of seeing both the past and future. He is most often depicted with two heads facing opposite directions, and is accordingly representative of the progression of time and transitions, as well as peace and war.

16. Naiads - Nymphs who lived in fresh water, especially in streams and brooks. Like other nymphs, they were generally benevolent and were often worshipped by human beings. Though not always immortal, the had very long lives, and remained always young and beautiful.

17. Nereids - Fifty sea nymphs, or mermaids, daughters of the sea nymph Doris and Nereus, the old man of the sea. The Nereids lived in the depths of the ocean, and loved to play amid the waves.

18. Nymphs - Minor female divinities personifying aspects of wild nature. They came in many different guises. All were beautiful and forever young, and so loved by both men and gods.

19. Ophiotaurus- "Bessie." A sea creature with the front half of a calf and the back half of a serpent. It is said that if anyone burned the entrails of an Ophiotaurus they would attain a power so great that it could destroy even the Gods.

20. Oracles - Immortal women who were maidens in purity and able to create prophecies of young heroes destinies. Oracles were usually posted in the Greek gods temples and were always asked of their predictions.

21. Pegasi - Immortal, powerful winged horses that were created by Poseidon.

22. Peleus - Guardian dragon of Camp Half-Blood. Huge and coppery-scaled, he sleeps coiled around the pine tree at the top of the hill.

23. Satyrs- Exuberant, mischievous, exclusively male creatures who had a goat's horns, pointed ears, tail, and cloven hooves, but were otherwise human. They were among the followers of Dionysus the winde god, and were often drunk and always chasing women - both mortals and nymphs.

24. Talos - In the Cretan tales incorporated into Greek mythology, Talos or Talon was a giant man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders by circling the island's shores three times daily while guarding it.

THE BAD:

1. Aethiopian Drakon - A giant African serpent with rows of sharp teeth.

2. Agrius and Oreius (Bear-Men) - Twin sons of a human and a bear. Eight feet tall, with furry chests, claws for fingernails, and paws for feet, snout-like noses and sharp canine teeth. You might remember them as Luke Castellan's henchmen.

3. Antaeus- Son of Poseidon and Gaia. Antaeus was a giant of great strength so long as he maintained contact with the ground. Once lifted into the air, all his strength vanished. He would challenge passerby to wrestle him; he would kill them and take their skulls to use as building material for a temple to his father.

4. Arachne- Daughter of a Lydian dyer, who rashly challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest. The tapestry Arachne wove depicted the scene of Athena's contest with Poseidon with such brilliant realism that the goddess, jealously enraged, destroyed Arachne's works. Athena then turned the weaver herself into a spider. From then on all spiders take revenge on Athena's children.

5. Atlas - Titan punished by Zeus for joining the "revolt of the Titans" by having to stand forever at the world's western edge and support the weight of the heavens on his shoulders.

6. Carnivorous Sheep - Sheep the size of hippos on Polyphemus's island, which eat other animals.

7. Charon - Spectral boatman who ferried the spirits of the dead across the River Styx to the Underworld. He demanded payment of one obol (a small coin) from the dead for this service.

8. Charybdis and Scylla - Whirlpools (Charybdis) and rocks (Scylla) had once been beautiful nymphs but were transformed, Charybdis by Zeus and Scylla by Circe. Charybdis was one of the monsters who guards the Sea of Monsters. To stop sailors from entering, she sucks up the sea and everything in it. Scylla was the other monster who guarded the Sea of Monsters. She had six heads on long necks which reached down and plucked sailors from their ships.

9. Chimera - Huge monster with the head of a lion, a blood-caked mane, the body and hooves of giant goat. It's tail is a ten-foot-long diamondback snake which grows out of its shaggy behind. Breathes fire.

10. Clazmonian Sow - Enormous winged female pig with flamingo-pink wings that destroys all in its path and belches poison gas.

11. Crab - Ten-foot-tall monster crab with mottled blue and green shell and nasty pincers longer than a man's body.

12. Echidna - Monstrous snake woman with a human head and snake-like body. Has a forked tongue, vicious fangs, green scaly skin and the eyes of a reptile.

13. Empousai- Monsters that took the form of beautiful women (Or in Percy's world, cheerleaders.) with one leg of brass and the other of a donkey. The empousai were sent out by Hecate to frighten travelers, but if a traveler insulted them, they would feast upon their flesh.

14. Flesh-Eating Horses - Frightening horses that eat the flesh of other creatures and live in great piles of horse poop. Ideal for garbage disposal, but a challenge to clean out.

15. Furies- The Furies, or the Erinyes, are three cruel earth goddesses of revenge and retribution. They are terrifying-looking creatures with horrible features. Their breath burns and poisonous blood drips from their eyes. Their heads are wreathed in snakes. In Greek myths the Erinyes were sisters. Their names were Alecto (The Angry One.), Megaera (The Grudging One), and Tisiphone (The Avenger.). They punished crimes such as murder and injusticem, and they were reputed to continue punishing a sinner, even after his death, until he showed remorse.

16. Geryon - Medusa's grandson, a much-feared giant who lived on the island Erytheia. Geryon had three bodies, including three heads with human faces and six arms, and took the form of a warrior. He owened a magnificent herd of red cattle that can breathe fire as well as the flesh-eating horses.

17. Gorgons - In Greek mythology, the Gorgon (plural: Gorgons) was a terrifying female creature. It derives from the Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful." While descriptions of Gorgons vary across Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying gaze that turned those who beheld it to stone.

18. Harpies- Three terrifying half-human creatures who had scaly wings, sharp curved claws, and long flowing hair. Flying faster than any bird, these daughters of the monster Typhon would descend with shrill cries like vultures at feasts to snatch away the food and break up the party.

19. Hellhounds- Huge dogs from hell, with black fur, glowing red eyes, massive strength and speed, and the ability to appear and disappear at will. Almost all are unfriendly to demigods with the exception of Mrs. O'Leary, pet to Quintus.

20. Hesperides- Daughters of Hesperis, goddess of the morning star, and the Titan Atlas. The Hesperides, who numbered three to seven depending on the version of the tale, were famed for their wonderful singing, and guarded a tree of golden apples given by Gaia (earth) to Hera.

21. Hippalektryons - Creatures with the front half of a horse and the back half of a rooster. Their rear feet have huge yellow claws and they have feathery tails and red wings.

22. Hydra - A scaly monster with nine heads, each one diamond-shaped with a mouth lined with jagged teeth. Each mouth spits poison. If one of its heads is severed, the hydra grows two heads in place of the lost one.

23. Hyperborean Giants - Thirty-foot tall giants with blue skin and ice-gray hair.

24. Kampe - A creature with the top half of a woman and the body of a dragon. The dragon body is twenty feet long, black and scaly, with enormous claws and a barbed tail, like a scorpion's. Kampe's legs and hair sprout vipers.

25. Ladon- Enormous, many-headed dragon that guards the golden apples of the Hesperides sisters. Has hundreds of heads.

26. Laistrygonian Giants- Eight-foot-tall cannibal giants with tattoed arms, yellow pointed teeth, leather armor. Carry heavy, spiked clubs.

27. Lydian Drakon - Poisonous giant serpent with scales harder than titanium and eyes that paralyze.

28. Maenads - Manic, intoxicated female followers of the wine god Dionysus. Maenads took part in the drunken orgia (orgies) on the moutainside outside Greek cities, dancing alongside the god of ecstasy to the sounds of drums and flutes. It was death to any man to stand against them.

29. Manticore - Has the body of a lion, a human face and a leathery, spiky tail which shoots out deadly thorns, like crossbow bolts.

30. Medusa- One of the three Gorgons. Medusa and her sisters Stethno and Euryale had wings, bronze claws, and glaring eyes, and their horrific appearance alone was enough to turn all who looked on them into stone.

31. Minotaur - Half-man, half-bull monster with immense strength.

32. Nemean Lion- A lion as big as a pick-up truck with silver claws and golden, glittering fur. The Nemean Lion's hide was so thick that normal weapons - arrows, swords, clubs - were useless against it.

33. Oceanus - Titan, and the all-encompassing Ocean.

34. Pit Scorpions - Deadly insects about the size of a hand. Can jump up to fifteen feet, and their stingers pierce through clothes. Their poison can kill within sixty seconds.

35. Polyphemus - A very large and mean Cyclops that owns a herd of carnivorous sheep. He lives on an island in the Sea of Monsters.

36. Procrustes - Gigantic brigand who lived on the Isthmus of Corinth and preyed on travelers. Procrustes forced his victims to lie on special beds he had made, and if his victims proved too short for these "beds of Procrustes," he would stretch them until they fitted; if they were too long, he hacked off their limbs.

37. Prometheus - A Titan that differed from his often mindless brothers in his cunning "forethought" (as his name implies). Neutral in the war between the Titans and Zeus, Prometheus was admitted to Olympus - but secretly he hated Zeus. He tricked the gods in eating a bull's repellent meat and gave humans the gift of fire. Enraged, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock in the Caucasus Mountains, where a vulture devoured his liver. Every night Prometheus' liver magically grew back, only to be eaten again the next day.

38. Python- Ancient female earth serpents (or drakon).

39. Scythian Dracaenae - Dragon women with green scaly skin, yellow eyes and two tails instead of legs. These creatures wear full battle armor with a shield on one arm and a deadly lance in the other.

40. Sirens - Beautiful faced women with birdlike bodies, fish tails and womanly busts. The three Sirens inhabited an island near Scylla and Charybdis, where the shores were extremely dangerous. Any who listen to their alluring songs will literally be sent to their doom. Anyone who hears the Sirens' sweet song will begin to hallucinate their perfect paradise and frantically try to reach the Sirens' shore where the Sirens will begin to eat their victim alive.

41. Sphinx - Monster with the body of a huge lion, a serpent's tail, wings and the head of a woman. Huge paws have claws like stainless steel. The Sphinx lived outside Thebes in central Greece, terrorizing travelers with baffling enigmatic riddles. Those who did not pass her tests were usually eaten.

42. Stymphalian Birds - Man-eating demon birds with evil, beady eyes and razor-sharp bronze beaks. Reputed to strip anything they attack to bones. They usually travel in large flocks and can only be defeated by horrible sounds.

43. Tantalus - a cursed king who offended Zeus by attempting to steal the ambrosia served at the divine feasts of the gods and giving it to the mortals. To punish these crimes, Zeus chained Tantalus in a pool with a fruit tree just above his head. Whenever Tantalus tried to eat any of its fruit, the tree was raised out of his reach. Whenever he bent to drink any water, it shrank away from him.

44. Telekhines - Six-foot tall sea demons who are metal-workers and make many of the gods' weapons. Have the faces of dogs, with black snouts, brown eyes and pointed ears. Their bodies are sleek and black with stubby legs which are half flipper, half foot. Their humanlike hands have sharp claws. Resemble a cross between a kid, a Doberman pinscher and a sea lion.

45. Teumessian Fox - In Greek mythology, the Teumessian fox or Cadmean vixen, was a gigantic fox that was destined never to be caught. The fox was one of the children of Echidna. It was said that it had been sent by the gods (perhaps Dionysus) to prey upon the children of Thebes as a punishment for some national crime.

46. Typhon - An enormous monster once trapped by the gods under a mountain. Human-shaped with mottled green skin, human hands, the talons of an eagle and scaly, reptilian legs. Once released, Typhon caused swathes of devastation by creating typhoons.

9/2/2010 . Edited by Wolf Passion, 9/2/2010 #1
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