Empousai are monsters in Greek mythology under the control of the goddess Hecate. They are known to feed on the blood of men and were sometimes thought to be vampires.
HistoryEditEmpousai were the beautiful daughters of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. They feasted on the blood of seduced men as they slept. Empousai were created by dark magic, animal, and bronze.
Empousai are pictured as wearing brazen slippers and bearing flaming hair. The name was said to mean "one-footed." This is because they are a one-legged hybrid, with a donkey's leg and a celestial bronze prosthetic leg. The legend of vampires is based on empousai.
There is species of Hecatean demon called an empuse or empousa. The empusai were sent by Hecate to guard roads and devour travelers. According to some, empusai ran and hid, uttering a high-pitched scream at the sound of insults.
There were two Empousai masquerade as cheerleaders named Tammi and Kelli at Goode High School. Percy manages to kill Tammi with his celestial bronze sword, Riptide, with the assistance of Rachel Dare, a mortal who can see through the Mist, but Kelli bursts into flames and escapes. The heroes later encounter Kelli in Daedalus' workshop who brings in the ghost of Minos, Daedalus' arch enemy, and Nico di Angelo, but she is soon killed by Annabeth Chase when she blocks Percy's attempt at reaching Riptide after it was knocked out of his hand.
An Empousa holds Prometheus' arm as they approach Percy under a flag of truce. The Empousa mentions that she was one of the spirits released when Pandora opened the pithos containing demons and disease. She later bares her teeth at a Hyperborean Giant.
Empousai are shown to be extremely beautiful and seductive women. An empouai's true form is a woman with flaming hair, white skin, red eyes, fangs, and one prosthetic bronze leg and one donkey leg. This form is used to drink the blood of men they enchant.
Empousai are known to prey on young men to feast on their blood. With their stunning looks, they can make a man fall under their spell to incapacitate them. They can also offer a kiss to the young man in hopes of having him come close to her so she can drink her victim's blood. In some cases, if the man has enough willpower, like Percy and Luke Castellan, then he can snap out of the spell. Their true form can paralyze a man just by the sheer sight of them. They use this form to drink blood, but it can also seduce men as Tammi yelled, "Now, come, give me that kiss!" in this form. However, this could simply be a type of taunt toward Percy, as no one in their right mind would kiss an empousai's true form. Some Empousai may know that people are watching them in dreams, since Kelli bit Percy out of his dream.
- Unnamed empousai, who appeared in The Last Olympian with Prometheus walking under a flag of truce towards Percy.
|Species:||Centaur | Cyclopes | Dragon | Drakon | Empousa | Giants | Harpy | Hyperborean Giant | Ichthyocentaur | Karpoi | Laistrygonian Giant | Pegasus | Skolopendra | Stymphalian Birds | Telekhine|
|Friendly Monsters:||Argus | Blackjack | Briares | Chiron | Don | Ella | Festus | Gleeson Hedge | Grover Underwood | Hippocampus | Mellie | Mrs. O'Leary | Ophiotaurus | Peleus | Scipio | Tyson | Tempest|
|Enemy Monsters:||Agrius and Oreius | Arachne | Basilisk | Charybdis and Scylla | Chimera | Chrysaor | Clazmonian Sow | Colchis Bull | Echidna | Euryale | Geryon | Joe Bob | Kampê | Manticore | Medusa | Minotaur | Nemean Lion | Polyphemus | Sphinx | Stheno | Typhon ||
|Neutral Monsters:||Cerberus | Erymanthian Boar | Gray Sisters | Gorgons | Furies | Flesh-Eating Horse | Gryphon | Hippocampus | Siren|