The Lightning Thief
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I saw visions of grape vines choking unbelievers to death, drunken warriors insane with battle lust, sailors screaming as their hands turned to flippers, their faces elongating into dolphin snouts. I knew that if I pushed him, Mr. D would show me worse things. He would plant a disease in my brain that would leave me wearing a straitjacket in a rubber room for the rest of my life. (5.152)
The gods are hardcore, and they can be pretty dark. Mr. D is the god of wine – how lovely! Wine means good times, celebration, festivities, right? Well, apparently, there are other sides to wine-drinking that are downright awful, and Mr. D shows Percy these scenes through his eyes. The gods seem to rule everything good and bad about their power or element.
"Imagine the world in chaos. Nature at war with itself. Olympians forced to choose sides between Zeus and Poseidon. Destruction. Carnage. Millions dead. Western civilization turned into a battleground so big it will make the Trojan War look like a water-balloon fight." (9.102)
This is what we've got to look forward to if Percy doesn't complete his quest. No pressure, Jackson. When the gods fight, the humans fight. The two worlds are interconnected. And given how much power the gods have, the results of war will be far more dangerous and gruesome than we humans can ever imagine.
A new set of ropes leaped out from the top and bottom of the beds, wrapping around Grover and Annabeth's ankles, then around their armpits. The ropes started tightening, pulling my friends from both ends. (17.150)
Man, the monsters don't stop coming do they? Here, Crusty is about to stretch Grover and Annabeth to death, just for the sake of fun. These monsters sure are creative – no measly swordfights for them. They kill demi-gods through stretching, turning them to statues, sicking their Chimera on them, and wielding fire-tipped whips.