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Oh! thou divine Nyx! how slowly thy chariot threads its way through the starry vault, across the sacred realms of the Aether and mighty Olympus.

Nyx is the primordial Greek goddess (and personification) of the night, her name means "the mother night."

Overview

Nyx is one of the Protogenoi, primordial Deities of Greco-Roman mythology. The protogenoi were the first entities or beings that come into existence, they form the very fabric of the universe and as such are truly immortal. Everything in existence is born of them, including the Titans and the Olympian gods. Unlike the Titans, when overthrown by the next generation of deities, the protogenoi didn't lose their power or position, for the very simple reason that they form the existence.

A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation born of Khaos and mothered other personified deities such as Hypnos (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death), with Erebus (Darkness). Her appearances are sparse in surviving mythology, but reveal her as a figure of such exceptional power and beauty that she is feared by Zeus himself. She was called the subduer of gods and men, and relates that even Zeus himself stood in awe of her. In the ancient cosmogonies Night is one of the very first created beings, for she is described as the daughter of Khaos, and the sister of Scotus, by whom she became the mother of Aether and Hemera.

Nyx, alongside her Primordial siblings, is born of Khaos. With Erebus (Darkness), Nyx gives birth to Aether (Brightness) and Hemera (Day). Later, Nyx gives birth to Moros (Doom, Destiny), the Keres (Destruction, Death), Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), the Oneiros (Dreams) (though they were mainly children of her son Hypnos), Momus (Blame), Oizys (Pain, Distress), Charon, the Hesperides, the Moirai, Nemesis (Indignation, Retribution), Apate (Deceit), Philotes (Friendship), Geras (Old Age), Eris (Strife) alongside many others.

Appearance

She is depicted as a goddess draped in long flowing black robes that are coated with the void of space and glimmering distant stars. Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power. In ancient art, Nyx was depicted as a either a winged goddess or charioteer, sometimes crowned with an aureole of dark mists. In later poets, with whom she is merely the personification of the darkness of night, she is sometimes described as a winged goddess, and sometimes as riding in a chariot, covered with a dark garment and accompanied by the stars in her course.

Nyx's main physical form has her appear as a fair-skinned woman with short white hair down to her cheek, with two huge strands on the back of her head that run to her legs. She has a mature figure and relatively large breasts. She wears a beautiful gothic dress, she usually covers her eyes with a helmet on her head. However, when without him it is revealed that their eyes appear to be purple or gray.

Personality

As a Primordial, Nyx's personality isn't truly describable as it can differ according to the entity.

According to her family and children, Nyx displays a motherly personality. She is seen as warm, caring and just a person who you can let your guard down around. Like her husband, she cares for all things that come under her care, treating them as she would her own children even if they aren't her children as shown with her attitude towards Hades, Hecate and others.

Like her husband, Nyx holds completely amorality to any mortal being or race as their troubles and woes mean nothing to a primordial beings like herself. However, Nyx has been shown to hold great animosity for most of humanity, despising what they are and what they did to her and her family. It is said that during the Great Flood, Nyx watched with utter glee as humanity was destroyed by God but accepted the fact that a couple were able to survive. Like her husband, she holds a grudging respect for humans. Nyx admits that their tenacity is what allowed them to survive for so long and become numerous species, stating that if they didn't learn to band together, they would have been wiped out.

Powers and Abilities

As one of the Protogenoi, Nyx is an extremely powerful deity feared by mortals and gods alike. Zeus himself feared her enough to retract all threats against her son Hypnos and regretted even touching Nemesis. She is stated to be one of the most powerful out from Protogenois, rivaled only by Erebus and Tartarus and suspassed by Chronos and Khaos

  • Primordial Entity Physiology: As a Primordial deity, Nyx is a very powerful entity. She is able to control, alter, create, and manipulate anything and everything in Creation unless a being equal or greater then her interferes. Due to being its personification, Nyx has full of the concept of the night which she also rules. For example, she was able to plunge her island in the Aegean Sea in an endless night and is able to cover herself with a black aura.
    • Nigh-Omnipotence: While not as great as Khaos or God, she does have supreme and absolute power over Creation. She was described as both omnipotent and unbeatable by those aware of her existence. Despite being limited, She still possess unimaginable level of power fully at her will. All of the power she possess won't backfire or drive her insane.
      • Conjuration:Nyx is able to create countless beings, realms and universes out of her primeval energy. She did this when she created her children
    • Nothingness Manipulation: Nyx is also the primordial being of nothingness and can manipulate its very essence to truly erase countless realms, universes and even primordials to absolute nothingness to the point no proof of their existence remains
    • Chaos personification: Nyx is both the physical manifestation and personification of chaos in the primeval void.
    • Darkness Embodiment: Nyx is both the physical manifestation and personification of darkness, the all-encompassing void which acts as the counterbalance to light. Her darkness is made of pure negativity, dark energy and lack of illumination. She can also essentially tap into the core of different forms of darkness itself to assert her dominion.
    • Flame of the Night: Nox's candles gather energy from all spells she and others cast. For every spell, a candle is lit. For every candle lit Nox gains more magical power.
    • Shadow Lock: Nox extends her shadow, rooting and crippling a single enemy in place and dealing damage over time. Nox must channel to maintain hold on the target, but may cancel this power early.
    • Siphon Darkness: Nox creates a void of darkness that silences all enemies within. After a short duration it explodes, dealing a mass amount of damage.
    • Shadow Step: Nox dashes forward, dealing damage to all entities in front of her. If she hits an ally, she leaps into their shadow, traveling with them. When Nox exits a shadow, she deals damage again in a radius around her.
    • Night Terror: Nox unleashes a vortex of dark energy that explodes on contact with an enemy , dealing damage to all enemies in range and applying damage over time. Enemies hit are also weakened, dealing less damage for the duration.
  • Divine Aura: Nyx can release and surround themselves in/with energy/matter for defensive and/or offensive purposes, possibly becoming almost untouchable and granting them various abilities/attacks depending of the energy/matter. divine auras may also give the user enhanced physical capabilities such as speed, strength and durability.
  • Extrasensory Perception: As a Primordial, Nyx is able to acquire information, knowledge, wisdom and experience by any means. She can see all things that are hidden from others and also has the ability to know things of the past, present and future.
    • Precognition: She have the ability to foresee possible futures and observe what may happen. As knowledge of the future invariably causes that future to change, visions of the future are subject to frequent shifting. While not being able to select futures or travel through time, these visions may assist in possible courses of action.
  • Uniqueness: Nyx has abilities/powers/traits so unique that they cannot be matched, absorbed, replicated or copied by others, granting them immunity to powers such as Power Absorption, Power Replication and Ability Learning. Nyx also has instinctive knowledge and ability in how to expertly utilize their unique abilities/powers/traits.
  • Primordial Particle Manipulation: She can manipulate primordial particles, which are the building blocks of existence. This power has two classifications, one being the single potentiality of all things, and the second "merely" being the basic unit of primordial energy and matter. She can manipulate the Primordial Particle, which is the initial state of all things. Even concepts such as magic, cosmic and primordial power, time, dreams, emotions. It all falls under one big category that is the primordial particle.
  • Immense Strength: As a Primordial Goddess, Nyx is able to go toe-to-toe and even surpass the strongest of beings with nothing but the force of her physical blows. Any level of weight she needs to lift or move is irrelevant as she can emit limitless amount of force that can repel an object of any mass. Nyx is powerful enough to take out the titan king Cronus along with his entire army without trouble.
  • Night Embodiment: As the Primordial Goddess of the night, Nyx embodies the concept of the night, the period of darkness between sunset and sunrise.
  • Night Manipulation: Nyx is able to manipulate the night-time, including how long a night lasts, cause night-time regardless of if the sun is not shining on that areas of the world or not. She have limited control over the moon and stars, darkness and the optical phenomena associated with the night-time.
    • Night: Nyx turns reality completely dark to where only she can see what's going on. Nyx becomes omnipresent with the entire darkness.
  • Night Empowerment: Nyx become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. during the night, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers. Nyx uses may be able draw sustenance from the night or even slow or stop aging.
    • Night Inducement: Nyx is able to induce night/nighttime in an area, regardless of which side of the Earth is facing the sun.
    • Eternal Night Inducement: Nyx is able to prevent the sun from rising, effectively creating a permanent night.
  • Animal Manipulation: Nyx can control animals behavior, they can set stampedes onto attackers, get animals to fetch things. The user can call forth hoards of rats or insects to wipe out a crop, or to encourage bees to replant it.
  • Darkness Manipulation: As the Primordial Goddess of the Night, Nyx has divine authority and absolute control over shadows and darkness though not as the degree of her brother and husband, Erebus. She can take form of a spinning dark aura and is capable of cover the whole area with the darkness of the night and destroying magic barriers.
    • Shadow Travel: Nyx can use shadow and darkness to travel, melting herself into the darkness and reappears anywhere else from the same element. She can also forcefully transport others away using the same methods.
    • Darkness Absorption and Dissipation: She can absorb and dissipate shadows with no restriction.
  • Spider Thread: She is able to transform the darkness into thin razor-shaped strings which take a shape similar to that of a spider's web. It can be used as a net to capture the target.
  • Early Blooming Spider Lily: She is able to change the darkness to a tendril-like form, wrapping around the target and lifting him up high in the air. Once at an appropriate height and distance, darkness explodes into several finely-developed flower spikes.
  • Devoured Space: She is able to manipulate darkness to shield herself, thus nothing may reach her.
  • Blackout Crush: Nyx creates an entire dimension made of pure darkness and traps the target inside. She then closes her palm, and the dimension shrinks, crushing whatever was inside.
  • Shadow Weaponry: Nyx could create a seemingly endless amount of weaponry from solidified darkness. These weapons possess the unique power of absorbing all the umbra-kinetic attacks they touch and could absorb parts of the darkness around their surrounding, making them a little brighter than usual. She can created multiple machine guns around his opponent and shot millions upon millions of shadow bullets toward them.
    • Darkness Shields: She can solidify shadows into virtually impenetrable shields, which are strong enough to deflect even Zeus' thunderbolts.
    • Darkness Infusion: Nyx can infuse objects (usually a weapon), beings or powers with darkness/shadow, empowering and energizing them and allowing the Nyx to manipulate their qualities and efficiency, allowing them to blind their targets or hide in shadows.
    • Shadow Mutilation: Nyx could can inflict damage to the opponent through their shadow, which may kill the target and potentially destroy the body in the process.
      • Darkness Mimicry: She​ is made up of or can transform their body completely into darkness/shadows. She transformed form is anatomically identical to their normal form, aside of being made of darkness/shadows, in which case, it contains all organs and is somewhat vulnerable to attacks. Alternately, Nyx can transform into homogeneous matter, without any part of their form being more important than the other.
      • Animated Shadow: She can transform their or other's shadows into living beings. As the rule of anything happening to the real body happens to the shadow, this ability may allow the user to manipulate the shadow and cause damage in reality by using it to attack. This means anything that happens to the shadow will be reflected in the true body; in short, a form of "reverse" shadow puppetry.
    • Absolute Darkness: She is able to create a field of absolute impenetrable darkness that completely negates sight and may also dull or even completely negate the other senses. They are potentially able to generate darkness so intense it can completely obliterate objects in its path.
  • Darkness Generation: She can generate and shoot solid bolts of pure darkness, and surround enemies into pitch black clouds of lightless space.
  • Dark Rain: Nyx snaps her fingers, and dark rains down from a dimension portal. Whatever comes in contact with the rain get's incinerated instantly.
  • Shadow Camouflage: Nyx can use shadows to cover herself in darkness to become invisible.
  • Overshadow: Nyx becomes the opponent's shadow and travels with them wherever they go. She can attack them while being intangible on a beyond conceptual level.
  • Marionette: Nyx could control the body of others by controlling their shadow. While under her control, the 'puppet' still retains their consciousness and could see the events happening around them in a third-person view. She could control multiple 'puppets' at the same time, and only lose control of them if she lost the sight of their shadow.
  • Umbrakinetic Combat: Nyx can fuse manipulation of darkness with physical combat to create a devastating form of martial arts. She can use both direct and indirect attacks, utilizing every patch of darkness or shadow available or create tools and weapons as needed.
  • Black Whip: Nyx is able to transform the darkness allowed her to create tendrils of black energy from her arms. These tendrils were excellent for grappling and increasing her mobility.
  • Dark Energy Constructs: Nyx can turn solidified dark energy into tools, objects, weapons and other items, create semi-living constructs and/or create structures/buildings of varying permanence. Nyx who have mastered this ability can use it for almost any situation, creating anything they need.
  • Shadow Constructs: Nyx could shape and solidify darkness to create various forms of constructs, from weaponry to equipment to even semi-living beasts.
  • Lunar Manipulation: Nyx can create, shape and manipulate all aspects of a moon/moons, including its gravity and the effects it has on the planet, reflective surface, time-keeping, etc. and use its lunar energy. Given that it is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, Moons prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day.
    • Lunar Constructs: Nyx can turn lunar energy into tools, objects, weapons and other items, create semi-living constructs and/or create structures/buildings of varying permanence. Nyx who have mastered this ability can use it for almost any situation, creating anything they need.
  • Astral Manipulation: Nyx can create, shape and manipulate astral energy, allowing them to project their astral form on physical plane and to the astral plane and interact there, see spirits, making spirits visible to others, astral trapping and potentially harming the dead. She can allow others to be able to use temporarily astral projection or block others from astral projecting, sending them back to their bodies if they had already projected.
  • Primordial Sky Manipulation: Nyx can create, shape and manipulate the skies of an ancient primordial nature. As opposed to regular Sky Manipulation, users of this power are deities, avatars, or living embodiment of the sky itself. As such, they can cause natural sky-related phenomena to manifest, such as creating auroras, calling upon lightning, make it rain, etc.

History

In the beginning there was nothing and then suddenly all came, being so different from nothingness, bothered him. The Nothing was Khaos and the All was God, the two of them waged a bloody war then to determine who would dominate the Void beyond all Voids. On his side, the Most High, also nicknamed The Shining, created four beings of immeasurable powers to help him. Khaos, on the other hand, created a legion of primordials, among them, the goddess of night Nyx and beside him, Erebus, the god of darkness, a pair of twins who helped Khaos in battles fought deep in the primeval pits. After the battle was over, Scotus and Nox mated and had several children, among which were: Aether, Hemera, Apate, Clotho, Eris, among many other Second Generation Primordial that make up the Greco-Roman pantheon.

In the beginning, there was the Khaos, and from Khaos came Erebus and Nyx, a pair of god twins who embodied aspects of the absence of light; Erebus was darkness itself and Nyx was night, being in some sense related to Ouranos - the starry sky. The pair of twins generated some new gods: Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death), twins just like their parents, after all death and sleep are similar, but not the same, similar to night and darkness. They also had Aether (light) and Hemera (day), between others.

One account that details Zeus' fear of Nyx is when Hypnos, the god of sleep, reminds Hera of an old favor after she asks him to put Zeus to sleep. He had once before put Zeus to sleep at the bidding of Hera, allowing her to cause Heracles, who was returning by sea from Laomedon's Troy, great misfortune. Zeus was furious and would have smitten Hypnos into the sea if he had not fled to Nyx, his mother, in fear. In fact, the king of the gods was fearful to the point where he held his fury at bay and in this way Hypnos escaped the wrath of Zeus by appealing to his powerful mother. He disturbed Zeus only a few times after that always fearing Zeus and running back to his mother, Nyx, who would have confronted Zeus with a maternal fury.

Nyx lived in Tartarus with her daughter Hemera. During the day, Nyx would leave Tartarus (while Hemera was returning) and fly up out of the Underworld and bring Erebus together making it night time. When Nyx came back to Tartarus, Hemera left and scattered Erebus thus, revealing Aether and making it day. Later Eos the goddess of dawn came along and gave them a break. After that when Hemera arrived, Eos would leave then Nyx would leave.

Myths and Legends

Versions of her birth and origins vary, but one interpretation has her as a creator goddess, laying a silver egg that produces the gods responsible for the creation of the world. Khaos didn't exist and Nyx was the first divine Entity, promoting her power and importance even more. One example is that the Moirai, her daughters serve her. Orpheus ascribes to her the generation of gods and men, and says, that all things had their beginning from her.

Quotes

How can you stop me? How can you do anything but watch? I am mankind's first darkness. I am midnight and moonrise. I am a primal being, greater than gods... What are you?
Nyx to Zeus.
The moment man devoured the fruit of knowledge, he sealed his fate... Entrusting his future to the cards, man clings to a dim hope. Yes, the Arcana is the means by which all is revealed.
Nyx
Step into the shadows and lock down your foe. Snuff out their flame in an instant.
Nyx.
Don't fear the night, embrace it!
Nyx to Hades.
What lurks in the shadows...
Nyx.
You can't hide from me!
Nyx.
My darkness will live on...
Nyx to Zeus.
Night will always return...
Nyx to Artemis.
There's a reason people fear the night, come find out for yourself!
Nyx to a deity.
I'll expose the darkness from within you!
Nyx to a Seraph.
Do you really think you can overcome the night?
Nyx.
You are never truly alone in the dark!
Nyx to a Vampire.
Interesting!
Nyx to Lailah.
Have a timeout and think about what you've done!
Nyx to Nemesis.
Your light can't extinguish the night!
Nyx to Ra.
I brought you into this world, looks like I took you out!
Nyx to Thantos.
Try not to step out of line again!
Nyx to Zeus.
Who turned out the lights? Oh... yes, that was me!
Nyx.
Set up an ambush here!
Nyx to her fellow Primordials.
I'm the one who knocks! I meant Nyx- I mean, Nox! Ugh!
Nox in her Crimson Eclipse form.
Oh, you must've met Nyx then. She's a nice person, if not a bit cold and unsociable. Not a fan of knock knock jokes of any kind so try not to make one in front of her.
Hermes.
So fragile is the line between sleep and death, the difference only waking with the dawn. In that darkness she reigns, as the sun sinks below the horizon, as stalkers hunt their prey, as shadows thicken to consume the light. She is primal in a way that even the mightiest of Gods must fear, for she is the Goddess of Night, Nox, and from her was born all the certainties of life.
Friendship and Love, Sunsets and Dreams, these are the Gods of inspiration. Nox is mother to them all. So too is she the mother of misfortune: Doom and Blame, Deceit, Strife, Woe and Death. Nox must love and protect all her children equally, as any mother would. They are her calling and her curse; her greatest pride and deepest shame. It is for her children she has now come to war.
Clothed not in black, but blackness, Nox is rarely seen. She glides between the light, just at the edge of vision. A specter. Even the God of Thunder is known to fear her, for Nox could steal his whispered breath and send him to a sleep eternal where dreams do not exist and no one ever wakes with the dawn.
Nyx's Lore.
Aeneas sacrificed a black-fleeced lamb to Nox (Night) [Nyx], the mother of the Furiae (Furies) [Erinyes].
Virgil, Aeneid 6. 250 ff (trans. Day-Lewis).
From Chaos and Caligine [were born] : Nox (Night) [Nyx], Dies (Day) [Hemera], Erebus, Aether.
From Nox (Night) [Nyx] and Erebus [were born]: Fatum (Fate) [Ker], Senectus (Old Age) [Geras], Mors (Death) [Thanatos], Letum (Dissolution) [Moros], Continentia (Continence), Somnus (Sleep) [Hypnos], Somnia (Dreams) [Oneiroi], Amor [Eros]--that is Lysimeles, Epiphron, Porphyrion, Epaphus, Discordia (Discord), Miseria (Wretchedness), Petulantia (Wantonness), Nemesis, Euphrosyne, Amicitia (Friendship) [Philotes], Misericordia (Compassion), Styx; the three Parcae (Fates) [Moirai], namely Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos; the Hesperides Aegle, Hesperie and Aerica.
Pseudo-Hyginus, Preface (trans. Grant).
Two demon fiends there are, called by the name of Furiae (Furies) [Erinyes], whom darkest Nox (Night) [Nyx] brought forth at one and the same birth with hellish Megaera, breeding all three alike with the twining coils of serpents and giving them wings like the wind . . . the spawn of Nox (Night).
Virgil, Aeneid 12. 848 ff.
Dewy Nox (Night) upon the Hesperian shore has reached her goal [departing from the sky as dawn breaks].
Ovid, Metamorphoses 2. 142 ff (trans. Melville).
Nox (Night) came on, and laid to rest the cares of men and the prowlings of wild beasts, and wrapped the heavens in her dusky shroud, coming to all with kindly influence.
Statius, Thebaid 3. 406 ff.
O Nox (Night) who castest thy mantle over the toiling earth and heaven, and sendest the fiery stars on their divers roaming courses, gracious refresher of the mind, till the next sun shed blithe upspringing upon faint mortality, thou, kindly Nox . . . Ever shall this house throughout the circling periods of the year hold thee high in honour and in worship; black bulls of chosen beauty shall pay thee sacrifice, O goddess! And Vulcanus's fire shall eat the lustral entrails, where-o'er the new milk streams
Statius, Thebaid 1. 497 ff.

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Trivia

  • Her name means "night" in Greek; the alternate spelling "Nox" means the same in Latin.
  • While Erebus likes any kind of tea, she seems to like any kind of coffee.
  • Versions of her birth and origins vary, but one interpretation has her as a creator goddess, laying a silver egg that produces the gods responsible for the creation of the world. Chaos didn't exist and Nyx was the first divine Entity, promoting her power and importance even more. One example is that the Moirai, her daughters serve her.
  • Nyx is a shadowy figure in Greco-Roman mythology but from the extracts about her, it is gleaned that she was a figure of great beauty and power.
  • In Greco-Roman myth, Nyx and Erebus were born from Khaos (Earth's preexisting state of disarray), the two gave birth to Aether (light) and Hemera (day).
    • Ironically, Nyx and Erebus are primordial aspects of the absence of light, but both created light.
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