|“||A Greek vase appeared on the table. It was about three feet high and a foot wide, glazed with black-and-white geometrical designs. The ceramic lid was fastened with a leather harness.||”|
Pandora's Pithos (also known as Pandora's Jar or Pandora's Box) was once the "home" to all the evils of the world. When curious Pandora opened it, all the evils that hunt mankind escaped and made life worse for humans. It is currently owned by the goddess Hestia and only one more spirit remains inside; the spirit of Hope, Elpis.
Pandora's Pithos was given to Pandora, the first woman created, who in turn was given to Epimetheus by the gods. It was really a punishment for Prometheus for taking fire from the gods. They knew he would get angry if he saw his creations being tormented. So they gave Pandora the jar and told her not to open it no matter what. Percy remarked in The Last Olympian, that Pandora must have been "totally ADHD" like him and the curiosity was probably killing her. When Pandora did open the jar and everything evil that mankind is tormented by, such as lies, murder, treason, and all bad spirits and ideas escaped from that jar. The first Empousa was also released. Only Elpis, the spirit of hope, remained.
When Prometheus meets with Percy, he gives him the pithos. At the time, only Hope was left in the jar. Prometheus told Percy that Elpis must be given permission to leave, as only a 'child of man' can release her from the pithos. He tells Percy that when he is ready to surrender to Kronos, he should open it, giving up hope. Although Percy puts it in the hotel's safe, it follows him around, and appears whenever he is at his weakest, tempting him to open it. Percy later gives it to Hestia as an offering, stating that she was the last and most important Olympian, as "hope survives best at the hearth."
- Most mortals call it a jar or box, rather than a Pithos, an Ancient Greek storage jar.
- Prometheus is clueless as how the word box/jar came about, but admits that "Pandora's pithos" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
|Personal Weapons:||Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Maimer | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Sword of Hades | Reyna's Spear | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius|
|Magical Items:||Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | The Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle|
|Spoils of War:||The Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia|
|Items:||Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden Drachma | Mark of Athena | The Pax | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books|
|Blessed Metals:||Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron|