Hades is the god of death and wealth. While his brothers Zeus and Poseidon rule the sky and the sea respectively, Hades is the ruler of the underworld and has some control over the earth as well. Unlike his fellows in the pantheon, he does not reside in Olympus, but makes his home in the Stygian darkness of Hades. He is also known as Pluto in Rome.
Hades's clerics tend to share their patron's dour, gloomy demeanor. They officiate at funerals and annual rites in honor of departed ancestors. In contrast to most Olympian festivals, these are solemn affairs.
VestmentsClerics of Hades often wear black robes.
TemplesTemples to Hades are usually built underground, in caves, or at least sunken so their floors are below ground level. They tend to be dark and windowless, creating an atmosphere of gloom reminiscent of the underworld's darkness.
Unlike some deities whose portfolio includes death, Hades is not particularly malicious or hateful toward the mortals whose souls come to his realm. Death, he teaches, is the lot of all mortals, the thing that sets them apart from deities, and it must be accepted even if it brings grief.
Hades appears as a large, powerfully muscled man with gray skin. He has a bushy black beard and black eyes, and he wears gold jewelry symbolizing his control over wealth. Hades was often portrayed with his three-headed guard dog Cerberus.
Hades is one of the six children of Cronus and Rhea.