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    God of War: Plot Summary (Supremely Badass Final Copy)
    Completed: 6/7/2005
    
    Contents:
    
    Who I Be?
    The Origin of the Gods 
    The Contest of Athena and Poseidon
    Pandora's Temple
    The Origins of Kratos
    The Battle with the Barbarians
    The Ghost of Athens
    The Assault On Athens
    Pandora's Box
    Escape from Hades
    Final Battle
    The End of a Journey
    The Fate of Kronos the Titan
    Thank You To...
    
    -Who I Be?-
    
    I am the Headcrook, also known as The Head of the Crooked Party. Aside 
    from writing videogame fanfiction, I'm also a devoted gamer and 
    recently, I borrowed God of War from a buddy of mine. The storyline 
    intrigued me so much I decided to write a plot summary of the game. 
    This text has major spoilers, so you've been warned. If you have any 
    questions, please send all questions, corrections and other to 
    headcrook@yahoo.com
    
    -The Origins of the Gods-
    
    In the beginning, Chaos, an amorphous, gaping void encompassing the 
    entire universe, and surrounded by an unending stream of water ruled 
    by the god Oceanus, was the domain of a goddess named Eurynome, which 
    means "far-ruling" or "wide-wandering". She was the Goddess of All 
    Things, and desired to make order out of the Chaos. By coupling with 
    a huge and powerful snake, Ophion, or as some legends say, coupling 
    with the North Wind, she gave birth to Eros, god of Love, also known 
    as Protagonus, the "firstborn".
    
    Eurynome separated the sky from the sea by dancing on the waves of 
    Oceanus. In this manner, she created great lands upon which she might 
    wander, a veritable universe, populating it with exotic creatures 
    such as Nymphs, Furies, and Charites as well as with countless beasts 
    and monsters. Also born out of Chaos were Gaia, called Earth, or 
    Mother Earth, and Uranus, the embodiment of the Sky and the Heavens, 
    as well as Tartarus, god of the sunless and terrible region beneath 
    Gaia, the Earth.
    
    Gaia and Uranus married and gave birth to the Titans, a race of 
    formidable giants, which included a particularly wily giant named 
    Kronus. Gaia and Uranus warned Kronus that a son of his would one day 
    overpower him. Kronus therefore swallowed his numerous children by 
    his wife Rhea, to keep that forecast from taking place. This angered 
    Gaia greatly, so when the youngest son, Zeus, was born, Gaia took a 
    stone, wrapped it in swaddling clothes and offered it to Cronus to 
    swallow. This satisfied Kronus, and Gaia was able to spirit the baby 
    Zeus away to be raised in Crete, far from his grasping father.
    
    In due course, Zeus grew up, came homeward, and got into immediate 
    conflict with the tyrant Kronus, who did not know that this newcomer 
    was his own son. Zeus needed his brothers and sisters help in slaying 
    the tyrant, and Metis, Zeus's first wife, found a way of administering 
    an emetic to Kronus, who then threw up his five previous children, 
    who were Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. Together they 
    went to battle against their father. The results were that all of his 
    children, led by Zeus, defeated Kronus and condemned him to the Desert 
    of Lost Souls.
    
    Thus, Zeus triumphed over not only his father, and his father's family 
    of Giants, he triumphed over his brothers and sisters as well, dividing 
    up the universe as he fancied, in short, bringing order out of Chaos. 
    He made himself Supreme God over all, creating a great and beautiful 
    place for his favored gods to live on Mount Olympus, in Thessaly. All 
    the others were left to fend for themselves in lands below Mount 
    Olympus.
    
    Zeus made himself God of the Sky and all its phenomena, including the 
    clouds as well as the thunderbolts. Hestia became goddess of the 
    Hearth. To his brother Poseidon, he gave the rule of the Sea. Demeter 
    became a goddess of Fertility, Hera (before she married Zeus and 
    became a jealous wife), was goddess of Marriage and Childbirth, while 
    Hades, one of his other brothers, was made god of the Underworld. 
    Zeus married his sister Hera and among the offsping that they had, 
    two were natural rivals: Athena, goddess of wisdom and purity and 
    Ares, the God of War.
    
    -The Contest of Athena and Poseidon-
    
    Long ago in Greece, King Cecrops established a city. It was predicted 
    that the city would become very famous and prosperous. Many gods wanted 
    to become the special patrons of the city. In the end there were two 
    contestants left--Athena and her uncle, Poseidon, the god of the seas.
    To resolve the conflict each one was supposed to give some kind of a 
    gift to the city, and whoever presented the greater gift would win the 
    contest. Poseidon made a water spring appear in the city and promised a 
    strong navy to the city. Athena made the olive tree. She told everyone 
    how olives could be used for food, for cleansing, offerings, to light 
    fires, and many other uses. Athena won the contest and the city was 
    named Athens in her honor.
    
    -Pandora's Temple- 
    
    The three chief gods, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon appeared before an 
    architect named Pathos Verdes III, self-proclaimed 'loyal subject and 
    chief architect of the gods' (i.e. religious zealot)  and ordered him 
    to build a temple to house Pandora's Box, a powerful artifact with 
    enough power to kill a god. The massive temple itself is located on 
    the back of Kronos, who was ordered to carry the temple chained to 
    his back until he dies. 
    
    While building the temple with his two sons, the elder son dies first 
    and the second son follows his brother into the Elusyian Fields. With 
    his two sons gone, Verdes begins to lose faith in the gods. It all 
    comes to a head when he has a heated argument with his wife and ends 
    up killing her by plunging a knife through her chest. Before 
    committing suicide, he leaves a note explaining his actions and of how 
    he felt betrayed by the gods he once served. 
    
    The first of many who tried to retrieve Pandora's Box was a unknown 
    Greek soldier who had died within the temple. As a result of this 
    screwup, the gods cursed him to forever watch the temple's gates and 
    open them to anyone who think they can brave the temple's traps and 
    retreive Pandora's Box. So far, no one has succeded and the soldier 
    ends up throwing their dead bodies into a giant funeral pyre so they 
    can be recycled to be used as enemies inside the temple, earning 
    him the name 'The Body Burner.'
    
    -The Origins of Kratos-
    
    Most people don't know the origins of Kratos, but he wasn't 
    originally Spartan. He was born out of wedlock, a product of his 
    shunned mother and his father, whom he will not know of until later 
    on. However, his mother kept his father's identity a close secret. 
    Because Kratos was an illegitimate son (or in other words, a bastard 
    child), rumors of who Kratos' father ran rampant and became more and 
    more brazen. Fearing for her and Kratos' life,  Kratos and his 
    mother fled their village and moved to Sparta. During this time, 
    Kratos' mother gave birth to a second son. 
    
    For most of their childhood, Kratos and his little brother were 
    inseperable. However, when the Spartans came to recruit the boys 
    into military service, that all changed. Those that were physically 
    and mentally fit were sent into the Spartan military. Those that were 
    weaker were sent to the mountains outside Sparta to fend for 
    themselves. Kratos' brother, unfortunately, was part of the weaker 
    bunch and was sent to the mountains. He died soon afterward and was 
    raised in the Underworld. He now spends his time brooding over his 
    older brother's betrayal and plans on getting his revenge on Kratos.
    
    Kratos grew up and became a commander in the Spartan army. He started 
    off with fifty men, which swelled over to over a thousand soldiers. 
    Fighting for the glory of Sparta, Kratos' methods were insanely brutal 
    and ruthless. Durning this time, he also married a Spartan woman and 
    fathered a daughter. Despite his reputation as a war-happy commander, 
    only his wife was brave enough to face his mood swings and fury. His 
    daughter, depite being scared of her father, loves him dearly. Also a 
    devoted follower of the gods, Kratos' protector is Athena, goddess 
    of wisdom and puitry.
    
    -The Battle with the Barbarians-
    
    Undefeated in battle, Kratos faces his greatest challenge. From the 
    east, a massive barbarian army emerges, threatening Sparta, as well as 
    all of Greece. Kratos and his men were sent to deal with the incoming 
    menace, hoping to expect a easy victory like so many before them. They 
    were sadly mistaken. Despite the discipline of the Spartan forces, 
    they were not ready for the savagery of their opponents. The Spartans 
    put up a good fight, but the barbarians royally own the Spartans, 
    slaughtering them mercilessly.
    
    Kratos and the head barbarian face off. After several moments, Kratos 
    is about to get his head bashed in with a giant war hammer when in 
    desperation Kratos calls for assistance from Ares. Sure enough, Ares 
    hears Kratos' pleas and saves his life by decimating the barbarians 
    that were killing his men. As for Kratos, he had a special gift for 
    him: the Blades of Chaos. Forged in the fires of Hades itself, Kratos 
    receives his weapons from Ares, painfully chained to his wrists as a 
    reminder of his servitude to the God of War.
    
    Back to the battle, Kratos tested out his new weapons on the chief 
    barbarian. After decapitating his enemy, he and his forces began 
    to serve Ares, carrying out his will with extreme prejudice, 
    slaughtering anyone and everyone who was against Ares.
    
    -The Ghost of Sparta-
    
    In his quest for power Kratos makes his ultimate mistake. Under 
    orders from Ares, Kratos and his men - emboldened by the God of 
    War - attack a small village whose temple was dedicated to Athena. 
    Kratos arrives at the temple entrance, where the village Oracle 
    warns him not to enter, for the price he pay will be EXTREMELY 
    dear. Ignoring the Oracle's pleas, Kratos shoves her aside, kicks 
    the door down and starts hacking down villagers left and right.
    
    The screams of his two final victims bring Kratos out of his 
    bloodlust. To his horror, he discovered that he had just murdered 
    his wife and daughter in cold blood. Ares appears to him, telling 
    him that he was on his way of becoming a great warrior. With his 
    wife and daughter gone, nothing can stop Kratos from being Death 
    incarnate. Full of remorse for what he has done, Kratos cremates 
    his wife and daughter. 
    
    Upon exiting the burning temple, the Oracle confronts Kratos. 
    Because of the extremity of his crimes, Kratos is cursed to bear 
    the ashes of his wife and daughter onto his skin, giving him the 
    appearance of a ghost, and as a mark to let everyone know who he 
    is and what he has done. Thus, the legend of the Ghost of Sparta
    was born. Because of Ares' deception, Kratos has a new goal in 
    life: eliminate the God of War.
    
    -The Assault of Athens-
    
    For the past decade, Kratos has been fighting his own demons, as 
    well as those in physical form, in hopes that Athena and the 
    other gods would forgive him of his crimes. While travelling 
    through the Aegean Sea, Kratos encounters legions of undead 
    soldiers, as well as the serpentlike Hydra amid several wrecked 
    ships. Poseidon lends a helping hand by giving Kratos the 
    powerful technique: Poseidon's Rage. After killing the Hydra 
    and its spawn, Kratos accquires the Captain's Key...and shoves 
    the Captain down into the throat of the dead Hydra. 
    
    While Kratos has his hands full with scores of undead and Hydra, 
    Zeus calls forth Ares and Athena, the latter warning him of her 
    brother's impending invasion of Athens. Although the gods can't 
    personally interfere, Athena and the other gods can use Kratos 
    on their behalf.
    
    Resuming his travels through the Aegean Sea, Kratos is plagued 
    with constant nightmares of his family's slaughter at his hands. 
    Wine nor the company of women cannot erase the horriffic 
    memories from his mind. He prays to the statue of Athena who 
    tells him that if he succeeds in stopping Ares from wrecking her 
    namesake city, then the gods will forgive his past sins. 
    
    Arriving in Athens, Kratos disembarks from his ship and is 
    personally greeted with Ares' welcoming commitee of monsters. 
    He hacks his way through the city and while making his way 
    through the city (and seeing Ares wrecking shop with his 
    minions, not to mention yanking Medusa's head off to use as
    a weapon, thanks to Aphrodite), he is greeted by the Oracle 
    of Athens. However, Harpies show up and kidnap the Oracle, 
    forcing Kratos to progress through the city. Here, he is given 
    the power by Zeus himself to use the Sumpreme God's 
    thunderbolts as weapons.
    
    En route to the Oracle's Temple, Kratos encounters an old man 
    digging a grave in the midst of Ares' assault. For a senile 
    old man, the Gravedigger knows a lot about Kratos. Kratos 
    catches up with the Oracle at her Temple and rescues her from 
    becoming a red stain on the pavement. She then reveals the 
    item that has the power to kill a god - Pandora's Box. All 
    Kratos has to do is go through the Desert of Lost Souls, 
    summon Kronos and succeed where everyone else has failed in: 
    conquering the Temple of Pandora and coming out with Pandora's 
    Box.
    
    -Pandora's Box-
    
    Exiting Athens with the intent of killing Ares and saving his 
    sanity, Kratos travers through the Desert of Lost Souls. By 
    elminating three Sirens, whose irreisistable song leg unwary 
    men to their demise, they lead the way to Pandora's Temple. 
    He summons Kronos by blowing on the Horns of Pandora, who 
    lumbers over to him. Kratos grabs a loose piece of rops, 
    swings across Kronos' face and latches himself to the massive 
    side of the temple. It takes him three days to reach the summit.
    
    The decomposing, zombielike Body Burner is still at work, 
    burning the bodies of the fallen that the Harpies bring to him. 
    Skeptical that Kratos can do the impossible, he gives the Spartan 
    a word of warning and urges him to return home. Kratos refuses 
    and enters the temple. He enters the temple and while making his 
    way through the massive structure, two more gods give Kratos their 
    aid: Artemis, the maiden goddess of the hunt, who bestows upon 
    Kratos her weapon which bears her name; and the Lord of the 
    Underworld itself, Hades, who gives Kratos the power to summon 
    the spirits of the dead to help in his battles.
    
    Kratos then goes on to passing the three challenges to gain access 
    to the upper levels of the temple: The Challenge of Atlas, Poseidon, 
    and Hades. Once he finds his way to Zeus Mountain he faces new 
    traps, as well as new enemies. Despite these setbacks, Kratos hacks, 
    slashes and breaks his way to his ultimate goal: Pandora's Box.
    
    Athena congratulates Kratos on doing the impossible: he is the first 
    human ever to retrieve Pandora's Box since its construction. However, 
    Ares also senses that Kratos was successful in his task. Not wanting 
    to see Pandora's Box used against him, Ares picks up a broken, jagged 
    piece of column and chucks it towards the Temple of Pandora. Kratos 
    is impaled by the column and he watches helplessly as several Harpies 
    take Pandora's Box as he dies.
    
    -Escape from Hades-
    
    Kratos finds himself in the Underworld, falling toward the Styx River. 
    He reaches out and ends up clinging onto the captain he had killed 
    earlier, who is clinging onto a huge bone pillar. Kratos stabs him, 
    pulls himself up, and knocks the captain into the blood red river. 
    From the bottom of the Underworld, Kratos carves a path of 
    destruction through Hades' minions and makes it to the highest point 
    of Hades' realm.
    
    A rope with a huge stone attached to it drops from above. Not one to 
    ask questions, Kratos climbs the length of rope and when he reaches 
    the top, he finds himself back in the world of the living. The 
    Gravedigger, with his insane digging, has saved Kratos from an 
    eternity down in Hades. With a message that the gods were rooting 
    for Kratos, he disappears. There is a possibility that the 
    Gravedigger was Zeus in disguise.
    
    While Kratos was making his way though Hades, Ares gained control 
    of Athens and has trashed the Oracle's temple. Kratos finds the 
    fallen Oracle in a pool of her own blood. She is surprised to see 
    Kratos alive but she says that Ares has won the battle. Kratos at 
    this moment could care less, since his revenge is at hand.
    
    -Final Battle-
    
    Kratos comes upon Ares, who is gloating to Zeus over his victory in 
    the Battle of Athens, as well as his bad choice in favoring Athena 
    over him. In one hand, dangling from a chain, is Pandora's Box. 
    Ares is surprised to see Kratos standing behind him. He is even 
    more surprised to see that he has escaped the Underworld. Ares then 
    mocks his father's choice of champions, assuming that Kratos was 
    not a threat. Once again, Ares underestimates his enemy, as 
    Pandora's Box is sent crashing to the ground, courtesy of a well-
    aimed thunderbolt from Kratos.
    
    Kratos opens the box and the power of the gods is unleashed on 
    him. He grows to Ares' height (about 50-75 feet tall) and prepares 
    for mortal combat. Area reminds him that all of his skills and 
    weapons were taught to Kratos by Ares himself. In a show of UNFAIR 
    sportsmanship, six spiderlike limbs emerge from his back as his 
    sword is at the ready.
    
    For a coward, Ares is a formidable opponent, but Kratos' resolve 
    allows him to win the first round. Always not one to play fair, 
    Ares sucks Kratos into his subconscious.
    
    As Kratos falls, Ares explains to him about the many ways how to kill 
    a man. But to Ares, the most effective way to kill a man is to break 
    his spirit. And for Kratos, that means he has to relive the moment he 
    invaded the temple and killed his family. He kicks the doors open and 
    his wife and child are there, alive. This time, they are surrounded by 
    numerous doppelgangers of himself. In a rage, Kratos vows that Ares 
    will never take his family a second time, that he has a chance for 
    some serious retribution.
    
    Kratos charges into the array of clones, defending his family at all 
    turns. The temple breaks away, but he fights on, using the extreme 
    ruthlessness he used while as commander of his Spartan troops. After 
    the extraordinary feat of singlehandedly defending his family, Kratos 
    declares to Ares that he has taken his family once, but not a second 
    time, and that the price he had to pay was not worth the power he 
    gained.
    
    Pissed that Kratos had given him the kiss-off, Ares takes his Blades of 
    Chaos from Kratos and uses them to kill his family...again. Kratos is 
    on his kness, lamenting the loss of his wife and child as he and Ares 
    are transported back to Athens. As Ares taunts Kratos and prepares to 
    deliver the final bow, Kratos sees the final gift given to him by the 
    gods: the Sword of the Gods, which was acting like a bridge. Kratos 
    avoids the blow, and grabs the weapon, telling Ares that he still has 
    allies with him. 
    
    The two enemies, one a god, the other a mortal, teacher and student, 
    square off. Now that he has the Blades of Chaos back in his posession, 
    Ares has some of Kratos' old attacks, but that didn't stop Kratos 
    from gaining the upper hand. Weakened by the constant assault, Ares 
    sees that his end is near. He reminds Kratos that he came to him in 
    his most desperate hour and that he was only trying to make him a 
    great warrior. Kratos flatly replies that Ares had succeeded, right 
    before running Ares through with his sword. Ares falls over and dies, 
    his godlike essence releasing in a massive explosion.
    
    -The End of a Journey-
    
    Athens has been saved and will be rebuilt. However, the nightmares 
    continued to plague Kratos. He pleads with Athena to take his 
    nightmares away. Athena says that eventhough his sins were forgiven, 
    they never made a deal for Kratos' nightmares to vainsh. Feeling 
    abandoned by the gods, Kratos makes his way up to the Suicide Bluffs 
    in an attempt to rid himself of his nightmares. He flings himself 
    off the cliff and into the waters below, hoping that his misery 
    would end with his death.
    
    The gods, however had other plans for Kratos. As Kratos sank into 
    the water, he felt a powerful force grab him and pull him out the 
    waters and back onto the bluffs. There, the statue of Athena spoke 
    to him, saying that a man like Kratos should not die after doing 
    the gods a great service. Also, due to the fact that Ares was now 
    dead, there is an opening for the position for God of War. Athena 
    opens a portal to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods and tells 
    Kratos to enter. As a added bonus, she gives him the Blades of 
    Athena, the exact opposite of the Blades of Chaos.
    
    Kratos does so and approaches the empty throne of the God of War. 
    Trophies from his past conquests hang on either side, one of them 
    happens to be Ares. Kratos takes his seat, as the new God of War 
    and for eternity as man goes to war with one another, they did so 
    under the watchful eye of Kratos, the God of War.
    
    However, Kratos was not satisfied. He had defeated Ares and 
    avenged himself and his family, but there was something missing. 
    Ever since he was a child, he never knew who his father was. 
    Tracking down his mother, who was on her deathbed, Kratos demanded 
    to know who was his father. Knowing full well of the consequences 
    if she told him, she barely got a word out before she transfrormed 
    into a monstrous beast, intending to make her son her last meal. 
    Putting aside the affection he had for his mother, Kratos executes 
    the beast. As she laid dying she uttered only one word before 
    passing on.
    
    "Zeus..."
    
    Zeus was Kratos' father. He was the son of a god. That made Ares 
    and Athena his half-brother and half-sister (Christ. Can't Zeus 
    keep his rolling thunder in his toga for one freakin' minute?!). 
    Now Kratos plan on getting revenge for the god who ditched him 
    and his mother. (Note: You really can't blame Zeus for abandoning 
    them. If your wife was the queen of the gods with an insanely 
    jealous temper, you'd watch you back too. Just ask Apollo, 
    Artemis and Hercules.)
    
    -The Fate of the Titan-
    
    Wait a sec...I almost forgot about ol' Kronos...
    
    Following Kratos' retrivial of Pandora's Box, the temple laid 
    silent as Kronos wandered the Desert of Lost Souls for another 
    thousand years before dying. The Legend of Pandora's Temple was 
    told throughout the centuries. And just recently, Pandora's 
    Temple - along with the huge bones of Kronos were discovered. 
    As the discovers will soon find out, the temple has many 
    secrets...as well as many traps. Also, as with the myths of 
    the past, soon a new hero will emerge... 
    
    -Thank You To...-
    
    The Man Upstairs, for giving me the skills to work on my 
    writing
    
    My best bud, for letting me borrow his game
    
    Sony, for making a kickass game up to par with Devil May Cry 3
    
    Last...ME!
    
    Thanks for reading this faq.
    
    Keep on gaming,
    
    The Headcrook 
    

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