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Charon

Charon

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Charon

Charon is the grumpy old Ferryman who transports the souls of the dead into the Underworld by taking them across the River Acheron or the River Styx. Don't thank him quite yet: this was not a free service our man Charon was offering. You could only hitch a ride with the Ferryman if you had an obolus (a coin) to give him. Otherwise, you had to wait on the banks of the River Acheron for a hundred years until Mr. Grump would take you across. Make sure you bring exact change! You also weren't welcome on Charon's boat if you hadn't had a proper burial: in that case, you'd be doomed to wander the earth as a ghost, which the ancient Greeks thought was a fate worse than death. But the Greeks wised up: they were pretty obsessed with proper burial, and – don't forget about the fee – they would always place a coin under the tongue of the recently deceased.

Basic Information

NameCharon
NicknameKharon, the Ferryman, the Boatman, O Captain My Captain
SexMale
Current cityUnderworld (pretty darn close to Hades)

Work & Education

OccupationOccupation: Ferryman of the Dead. No big deal.

General Duties: Taking the souls of the dead into the Underworld by ferrying them across the River Acheron (and/or the River Styx)
EducationNight School

Beliefs

Political viewsHades for King

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsErebos and Nyx
ChildrenAbsolutely not
FriendsThanatos
Hades
EnemiesLet's be honest: nobody really likes me all that much.

Relationships

Relationship statusSingle. It's kind of tough to meet people down here.

Favorites

Quotations"The hasty and the tardy meet at the ferry."
– Arabian Proverb

"Indigestion is – that inward fate which makes all Styx through one river flow."
– Lord Byron

"Don't pay the ferryman until he gets you to the other side."
– Proverb

"Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality."
– Emily Dickinson
BooksHis Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
"Because I could not stop for death" by Emily Dickinson
The Aeneid by Virgil
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Frogs by Aristophanes
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
"Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
MusicRow, Row, Row Your Boat
Come Sail Away
by Styx
All Aboard from The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim
The Cave by Mumford and Sons
The Ferryman by the Dubliners
Boat on the River by Styx
Good Feeling by Flo Rida
Skeleton Dance
Thriller
by Michael Jackson
If I Die Young by The Band Perry
MoviesGrumpy Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
The Ferryman
O Brother Where Art Thou?
River Styx
The Walking Dead
Charon
Dead Man
Pirates of the Caribbean
series - all of them!
Underworld Series (especially the first)

Activities & Interests

LikesThe Navy
Gondolas
Regattas
Windsurfing
Log Flumes
Rubber Duckies
Slot Machines
Dislikes
ActivitiesBoating
Ferrying
Rowing
Paddling
Um... Boating
Taking Money from Dead People
Making People Suffer
InterestsNumismatics (the study of coins)
Maritime Archaeology
Thanatology (the study of death, named after my buddy!)
GroupsCoin Collectors
Styx Fan Club
The Ferrymen's Union
Slot Machine Enthusiasts
River Acheron Yacht Club

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