|Primordial Deity of Night|
|Family||Chaos (parent) |
Tartarus and Gaea (siblings)
Erebos (brother and husband)
|Eye Color||Any Color|
|Hair Color||Any Color|
|Greek/Roman form||Nox (Roman)|
Nyx was the goddess of Night. She is a shadowy figure in Greek mythology but from the extracts about her, it can be gleaned that she was a figure of great beauty and power. She was the female personification of the night, and a daughter of Chaos. In her chariot, pulled by two dark horses, she carries the mantle of night. Her Roman form is Nox.
Nyx was born directly from the void of Chaos, and was the one of the first Protogenoi hence her many siblings. She was married to Erebus (Primordial God of Depth and darkness) who is also her brother and had many children with him. She is an incredibly powerful divine being, as she was a Protogenoi, and has four siblings: Gaea, Phusis, Erebus, and Tartarus. A myth that supports her power is when Hypnos, the minor god of sleep and her son, fled from Zeus because he put him to sleep on Hera's orders, so she could give great misfortune onto Hercules. Zeus found out about his involvement and chased him. Hypnos fled to his mother Nyx whom Zeus obviously respected as he held his anger at bay, not wishing to offend Nyx. Another myth is that Nyx's daughter, Hemera (day) left Tartarus when Nyx entered it, creating night and day. According to some Greek articles Chaos did not exist and Nyx, in fact, was the first divine Entity, promoting her power and importance even more. Her son Moros (Doom) is mysterious as well, and is believed to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, as he drives all things to their ends. One example is that Zeus cannot defeat her, another being that the Moirae (Fates) serve her. She also helped Gaea and Kronos in the coup to take down Ouranos, creating a Scythe which can fragment the immortal essence, since Nyx is the goddess who knows the secrets of immortality
Nyx had many children:
- Hemera (Day) In other myths she is sister of Nyx.
- Aether (Upper sky)
- Epiphron (Prudence)
- Thanatos (Non-violent death)
- Hypnos (The sleep)
From Partenogenesis (by herself):
- Hesperides (Nymphs of sunset, in other myths are daughters of Atlas)
- Momo (Satire)
- The Moirae (Fates)
- Apate (Deceit)
- Ponos (Hard labor)
- Moros (Doom)
- Oneroi (the thousand personifications of the dreams)
- Keres (fates of violent death)
- Charon (Ferryman of Hades)
- Philotes (Love and friendship)
- Geras (Old age)
- Nemesis (Retribution)
- Eris (Discord, though most say she is the daughter of Zeus and Hera)
- Oizys (Distress)
- Styx (Boundary between life and death. In other myths its daughter of Oceanus and Tethys)
- Achlys(Death mist)
- Lyssa (madness)
- Umbrakinesis: As a goddess of night she has divine authority over darkness.
- She has control over destruction.
- She has control over the fear in others and control of others.
- She is much more powerful than the Titans, being the one of the first known deities.
- She has control over death and the immortality.
- The very first ruler of the cosmos was Erebos who gave the 'scepter' to his wife Nyx and together they ruled everything in creation. Later it was given to Gaea and Ouranos, before it went to Kronos and Rhea and eventually ended up with Zeus and Hera.
- The symbol of Nyx is a star in a crescent moon which is quite similar to the symbol of modern Islam and the flag of modern Pakistan and Turkey.
- In the Illiad there is a reference to Nyx having power over men and gods alike, and Hypnos seeking refuge with her for he had angered Zeus, even tough still angry Zeus let him be for fear of angering Nyx instead.