She called herself Gaia. Here’s a fact for you: Chaos literally means the Gap. the valleys. which unfortunately developed a living personality.BEGINNING AND STUFF T HE I N THE BEGINNING. Eventually Chaos got less chaotic. the whole enchilada. I wasn’t there. was Chaos – a gloomy. But she could also take on 1 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. A lot of nothing. Nobody had a pen and paper to take notes. either. if you can call it that. so I can’t vouch for what follows. but I can tell you it’s what the Greeks thought happened.pdf 1 23/06/14 3:27 PM . I don’t think the Ancient Greeks were. At first. the Earth Mother. Now Gaia was the actual earth – the rocks. and we’re not talking about the clothing store. soupy mist with all the matter in the cosmos just drifting around. Some of its matter collected and solidified into the earth. there was pretty much nothing. the hills. The first god. Maybe it got bored with being all gloomy and misty.

I could really go for a sky. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. And it would be nice if he was also a handsome man I could fall in love with. Gaia dreamed him up to look like that. 2 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. he looked like a tall. because I’m kind of lonely down here with just these rocks. yeah. that’s another spelling for Uranus. Ouranos could take human shape and visit the earth – which was good. because the sky is way up there and long-distance relationships never work out. sometimes dark with glimmering stars. Above the earth. Sometimes you’ll see pictures of him holding a zodiac wheel. The sky named himself Ouranos – and. Hey. Like Gaia. but it might explain why Ouranos was so cranky all the time. Why he didn’t choose a better name for himself – like Deathbringer or José – I don’t know. buff guy with longish dark hair.pdf 2 23/06/14 3:27 PM . It just sounds wrong. He wore only a loincloth.’ Either Chaos heard her and cooperated. After a long time alone. or Gaia simply willed it to happen. curly black hair and a serene smile on her face. There’s pretty much no way you can pronounce that name without people snickering. She liked to walk across the earth – which was basically walking across herself – in the shape of a matronly woman with a flowing green dress. Gaia looked up into the misty nothing above the earth and said to herself: ‘You know what would be good? A sky.P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S humanlike form. representing all the constellations that pass through the sky over and over for eternity. You’ll see that soon enough. and his skin changed colour – sometimes blue with cloudy patterns across his muscles. Don’t blame me. The smile hid a nasty disposition. the sky formed – a protective dome that was blue in the daytime and black at night. In physical form.

Soon it created all sorts of other problems – and by that I mean gods. Happily ever after? Not exactly. Chaos also created Eros. It thought to its misty. had a daughter named Hemera. . Water collected out of the mist of Chaos. the Pit of Evil. I know! How about a dome like the sky. but at the bottom of the earth! That would be awesome! So another dome came into being beneath the earth. That was fun! I wonder what else I can make. Chaos and Tartarus had a kid together (don’t ask how. but it was dark and murky and generally not very nice. and as you can guess from the name. somehow all by herself. which put some pressure on her relationship with Ouranos. This was Tartarus. in other words. who was the embodiment of Night. According to some stories. Then Nyx. Earth and Sky. you know. gloomy self. Hey. A bunch of other primordial gods popped up. . mommy gods and daddy 3 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. but if I tried to name them all we’d be here for weeks. . The problem was both Pontus and Tartarus liked Gaia. Those two never got along because they were as different as . . pooled in the deepest parts of the earth and formed the first seas. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. when he developed a godly personality. which naturally developed a consciousness – the god Pontus. Ouranos and Gaia got married. I don’t know) called Nyx. since it was always hidden from the light of the sky. who was Day. the god of procreation .pdf 3 23/06/14 3:27 PM . Part of the problem was that Chaos got a little creationhappy. he didn’t win any popularity contests. well.The Beginning and Stuff Anyway. Then Chaos really went nuts and thought.

lesser Cyclopes. First. Ouranos spent a lot more time hanging out in the sky. . The two of them started fighting. She named them the Elder Cyclopes. A few times. except hulking and brutish and in desperate need of a body wax. right? I mean. Gaia got resentful. As the kids grew older. Worst of all. once the Titans were born. each kid had a single eye in the middle of his forehead.pdf 4 23/06/14 3:27 PM . He didn’t help with the kids. Well. Plus. But that was much later. but they were much taller and more powerful. Other stories claim Eros was the son of Aphrodite. He didn’t visit. I know. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. but I do know Gaia and Ouranos started having kids – with very mixed results. I don’t know which version is true. She gave birth to triplets. . The problem: these new kids defined the word UGLY. These kids looked human. things started to go sour with Ouranos and Gaia’s marriage. Gaia and Ouranos tried to patch things up. he freaked. you’ve basically got your own reality TV show. right? Bad idea. They were as big and strong as Titans. with a family that big. When Ouranos saw the Cyclops triplets. We’ll get to her later. they had a batch of twelve – six girls and six boys called the Titans. Ouranos would yell at them and basically act like a horrible dad. and eventually they would spawn a whole race of other. Talk about a face only a mother could love.P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S gods having lots of little baby gods. Gaia decided maybe if they had another set of kids it would bring them closer . ‘These cannot be my kids! They don’t even look like me!’ 4 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. You’d figure twelve kids would be enough for anybody. Gaia loved these guys.

with good reason – but the Titans were scared of Ouranos and felt helpless to stop him. I have to keep it together for the kids.’ Ouranos growled. ‘You wouldn’t even be here if I didn’t –’ ‘Don’t test me. the Titans. She arranged a nice romantic evening – candles.’ ‘I hate you!’ Gaia wailed. They didn’t like their dad much either – Gaia was always bad-mouthing him. He bound up the Cyclopes and tossed them into Tartarus. A few 5 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan.pdf 5 23/06/14 3:27 PM . He stormed off and came back with thick chains made from the night sky’s pure darkness. ‘I’ve got plenty more chains of darkness.’ he snarled. ‘Bah! You will do as I say. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. No one else dared to oppose his orders. were almost adults now. soft music. Gaia threw a total earthquake fit. They felt bad for Mom. ‘How could I not be? I am literally above everything else. ‘Don’t you dare leave me to raise them on my own!’ ‘Don’t worry. but Ouranos refused to release the Cyclopes. Her first kids. I am the first and best of the primordial gods.’ ‘I was born before you!’ Gaia protested.The Beginning and Stuff ‘They are your children. but she didn’t see what else she could do. roses. right? Gaia screamed and wailed. Harsh. Gaia thought. you deadbeat!’ Gaia screamed back. Maybe I should give it one more try with Ouranos. which was the only part of creation where Ouranos wouldn’t have to look at them. They must have rekindled some of the old magic. ‘I am king of the universe!’ he bellowed. because by this time he was getting a reputation as a pretty scary dude. I won’t.’ As you can guess.

It didn’t matter to Gaia. Each one had a hundred arms all around his chest like sea urchin spines. Without a word. As if she needed more proof that her marriage to Ouranos was dead . ‘Your father is a complete !’ I don’t know what she called him. Gaia gave birth to one more set of triplets. when Ouranos marched over. Then she raised her arms and caused the ground to rumble beneath her. She loved their little faces – all hundred and fifty of them. . Clearly. that was pretty much it for Gaia. shaped it with her anger and created the first weapon ever made – a curved iron blade about three feet long. She’d barely had time to give them names. . ‘The instrument of my revenge. though. Well. The new kids were even more monstrous than the Cyclopes. ‘Behold. but I have a feeling that’s when the first swear words were invented. then showed her invention to the Titans. She called the triplets the Hundred-Handed Ones. She fixed it to a wooden handle made from a nearby tree branch. and fifty teeny. tiny heads clustered on his shoulders. took one look at them and snatched them from Gaia’s arms. he wrapped them in chains and tossed them into Tartarus like bags of recycling. She wailed and moaned and caused so many earthquakes that her Titan kids came running to see what was wrong.pdf 6 23/06/14 3:27 PM . I will call it a scythe!’ The Titans muttered among themselves: What is that for? Why is it curved? How do you spell scythe? 6 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. my children!’ she said. She summoned the hardest substance she could find from her earthy domain. She explained what had happened. the sky dude had issues.P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S months later.

you’d be good at killing Dad. make him not exist any more.’ ‘I’d love to kill Dad. the rules of behaviour were a lot looser. . honestly. One of you will kill him and take his place. explain this whole killing thing. ‘Don’t be cowards! It’s very simple. ‘Hey. ‘Ouranos isn’t worthy to be the king of the cosmos.’ said Oceanus.’ The Titans looked pretty uncomfortable. She was one of the smartest girls. I think you should do it. The Titans started mumbling and pointing to each other. Maybe you’ll feel better about your own relatives. we have a word for this sort of behaviour. to kill?’ ‘She wants us to exterminate our dad. with the sprinkles. . ‘I thought we were all immortal. like.’ ‘Uh.The Beginning and Stuff ‘One of you needs to step up!’ Gaia cried. in modern times. I will make you those cookies you used to like. ‘Like.’ Gaia snarled in frustration. Whichever of you does this will be the ruler of the universe! Also. Back then. so –’ ‘I’ll do it!’ said a voice from the back. no. whom he called Uncle Pontus. but he mostly hung out in the far reaches of the sea with the primordial water god. 7 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. We call it psycho.’ Now.’ Themis guessed. ‘So . knowing that the first family in creation was also the first dysfunctional family. You take this sharp pointy blade and you cut your dad into small pieces so he can’t bother us again.’ ‘Is that even possible?’ asked her sister Rhea. but I’ve got this thing I have to do. He was the oldest Titan boy.pdf 7 23/06/14 3:27 PM . Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. and she immediately got the concept of punishing someone for a crime. ‘What does it mean.

Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. He wasn’t the smartest or the strongest or the fastest.P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S The youngest of the twelve shouldered his way forward. I suppose when you’re the youngest of twelve kids. When he looked at you. but he’d already started growing his whiskers into a single spike that jutted from his chin like the beak of a raven. Kronos hated being ignored. Kronos was smaller than his brothers and sisters. The youngest Titan loved the idea of taking over the world.pdf 8 23/06/14 3:27 PM . either. When Kronos saw the scythe. He had his mother’s smile and dark curly hair. Alone among his siblings. you could never tell if he was about to punch you or tell you a joke. He didn’t look as dangerous as some of his brothers. for that matter. which was runty for a Titan. He had his father’s cruelty.’ he repeated. His parents probably didn’t even know his name. ‘I’ll do it. Kronos stood about nine feet tall. But he was the most power-hungry. ‘I’ll chop up Dad. but the kid was crafty. because he would fight dirty in their wrestling matches and was never where you expected him to be. He was tired of being the smallest and wearing all those stupid Titan hand-me-downs. his eyes gleamed. Neither did Gaia. He’d already got the nickname ‘the Crooked One’ among his siblings. he understood how much damage it could cause. The offer of cookies with sprinkles didn’t hurt. And as for killing his dad – why not? Ouranos barely noticed him. you’re always looking for ways to stand out and get noticed. He wanted that iron blade. His beard was kind of unnerving. He was young for a beard.’ 8 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. too. especially if it meant being the boss of all his siblings.

which one are you again?’ ‘Kronos. First.’ He managed to keep his smile. east and west.’ He turned to his siblings. ‘I will be honoured to kill for you. Ouranos is going to take revenge on all of us. who were all suddenly very interested in their own feet. ‘I’ll do the actual slicing and dicing. ‘Are you crazy?’ ‘Just pretend. But we’ll have to do it my way. . ‘Look. Tell him you’re sorry. But I’ll need some help. south. The eldest son. Just get him here tonight and act like you still love him. When I’m king. Hey.’ Kronos insisted. ‘Once he’s in human form and sitting next to you. and they weren’t liking the odds. Who’s with me?’ The girls were too wise to get involved in murder. I want you to trick Ouranos into visiting you. cookies and a chance to commit murder. . come on!’ Kronos chided.pdf 9 23/06/14 3:27 PM . ‘You are awesome! I knew I could count on you. guys. I’ll jump out and attack him. They made their excuses and quickly left. We can’t have any mistakes. Kronos could hide his true feelings. Tell him it’s all your fault and you’re going to cook him a fancy dinner to apologize. One-time offer.’ ‘Ugh!’ Gaia gagged. 9 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. I’ll reward those four! I’ll give them each a corner of the earth to rule – north. Mother. for a scythe.’ The others were silent. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. uh .The Beginning and Stuff ‘My favourite son!’ Gaia cried.’ said Kronos. ‘Oh. Four of you just need to hold him. They were probably trying to picture their shrimpy little brother Kronos taking on their huge violent dad. I’ll need four of you to hold him down and make sure he doesn’t escape back into the sky before I finish killing him. Oceanus. ‘if this goes bad.

‘We’re in. Ouranos showed up. He hadn’t brushed his hair or anything. He told them the plan. ‘So. Sorry .P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S chewed his thumb nervously. He was going to be the first.’ That left only four of Kronos’s brothers – Koios. being the earth) and she smelled of roses and jasmine. actually –’ Hyperion jabbed Iapetus with his elbow. for some. Kronos!’ he promised. . ‘Uh. four volunteers! Nice!’ Iapetus cleared his throat. ‘You can count on us!’ ‘Excellent. which was the first time an evil genius ever said excellent. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT.pdf 10 23/06/14 3:27 PM . Are you serious about making up?’ ‘Absolutely!’ Gaia was dressed in her best green sleeveless dress. nobody in the history of the cosmos had been lured into an ambush and chopped to pieces before. but that probably didn’t count as ‘black tie’ for a fancy dinner. He was starting to think he should’ve at least brushed his teeth. That night.’ Kronos said. His night-time skin was dark and covered with stars. She reclined on a sofa in the soft light of the candles and beckoned her husband to come closer. He took the scythe from Gaia’s hands and tested its point. Kronos smiled at them. Iapetus. uh. Her curly hair was braided with jewels (which were easy for her to get. Lucky 10 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. Remember. . ‘I got your note. amazingly. ‘I have to get back to the sea. Ouranos felt underdressed in his loincloth. drawing a drop of golden blood from his own finger. Was he suspicious? I don’t know. Krios and Hyperion. aquatic stuff. He wandered into the valley where he usually met Gaia and frowned when he saw the sumptuous dinner laid out on the table.

‘Hello.pdf 11 23/06/14 3:27 PM . ‘Come sit with me. ‘Because those little guys were UGLY. Kronos whispered from behind the nearest boulder: ‘Now. ‘I am okay with it. you’re okay with me wrapping our kids in chains and throwing them into the abyss?’ Gaia gritted her teeth and forced a smile. Hyperion had tucked himself under the couch (it was a large couch). ‘Gaia. the air god Aither (who was. and Iapetus was attempting to look like a tree with his arms out for branches. stretching him out spread-eagled.’ His four brothers jumped out from their hiding places. ‘So . who argued with each other every dawn and dusk. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. it had worked. tell them to release me!’ 11 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. He’d forgotten how beautiful Gaia could be when she wasn’t all yelling up in his face. a total airhead). my husband. The four brothers grabbed Ouranos. His only company was the stars.The Beginning and Stuff guy. mother and daughter.’ he grunted.’ Ouranos’s palms felt sweaty. Koios had dug a hole for himself and covered it with branches. . ‘And .’ Gaia patted the couch.’ ‘What is the meaning of this?’ Ouranos bellowed.’ Ouranos grinned and lumbered over. Each one took an arm or a leg and they wrestled their dad to the ground. . in fact. Also. As soon as he settled in. For some reason.’ ‘Good. he got lonely hanging out in the sky so much. Kronos emerged from the shadows. and Nyx and Hemera. . . Father. ‘You’re not angry any more?’ ‘Not at all!’ Gaia assured him. Krios had disguised himself as a bush. His iron scythe gleamed in the starlight.

when no one was looking. my husband. Besides. those stains were never going to come out of Kronos’s shirt. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. Most of the blood just splattered everything. . so you deserve no mercy. who wears a loincloth to a fancy dinner? I am disgusted!’ Ouranos struggled in vain. It was like the most disgusting cheap-budget horror movie you can imagine. and it’s called ichor. ‘How dare you! I am the lord of the cosmos!’ ‘Not any more. It hit Ouranos right in the . your own children will destroy you and take your throne. Blood was everywhere – except the blood of the gods is golden. They immediately fled into the darkness of Tartarus. If you’re a guy. imagine the most painful place you could possibly be hit.’ He brought down the scythe.P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S ‘HA!’ Gaia rose from her couch. . Seriously. . Droplets of it splattered over the rocks. ‘Beware! If you do this. Other drops of sky blood fell on fertile soil. and the stuff was so powerful that later on. well. uh . That’s the place. ‘You gave our children no mercy. what was your name again?’ ‘KRONOS!’ ‘If you do this. ‘I will curse you! Someday. .’ Kronos raised the scythe.’ said Ouranos. creatures arose from the ichor – three hissing winged demons called the Furies. Kronos chopped. and Ouranos howled in pain.pdf 12 23/06/14 3:27 PM . ‘Let them try. 12 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. where they eventually turned into wild but gentler creatures called nymphs and satyrs. just as you are doing to me!’ Kronos laughed. Yep. Kronos. you know what? I can’t even say it. the spirits of punishment.

Oceanus. since 13 Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. exactly. so the sky god could no longer appear on the earth and claim kingship. ‘I am so proud! Cookies and punch for everyone!’ Before the celebration. and . and all the Titans had a party. Iapetus became the Titan of the west. So he’s not dead. They basically exiled him into the air. . Iapetus got sick on the spot. well. Koios took the north.The Beginning and Stuff ‘Well done. you’ll see what came from that later. Hyperion got the east. which was the immortals’ favourite drink. Kronos gathered up the remains of his father in the tablecloth. if the sky was killed. his scythe dripping gold. Now you’re going to ask. but now he can’t do anything but be the harmless dome over the world. The others laughed and patted each other on the back. ‘Oh. Kronos kept his promise and gave his four helpful brothers control over the four corners of the earth. Anyway. He tried for a confident smile. my children!’ Gaia said. and Krios got the south. brothers!’ Kronos grinned ear to ear. My guess is that Kronos killed Ouranos’s physical form. Gaia named Kronos lord of the universe. Okay. The blood mixed with the salty water. why do I look up and still see the sky? Answer: I dunno. Kronos returned to the valley.pdf 13 23/06/14 3:27 PM . Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. for not helping with the murder. Maybe because he resented his eldest brother. so. . Kronos toted the stuff to the sea and tossed it in. Kronos lifted his glass of nectar. She made him a cool one-of-a-kind collector’s edition golden crown and everything. That night.

P E R C Y J AC K S ON ’S G R E E K G OD S kings should always look confident. though truthfully he was already starting to worry about Ouranos’s curse – that some day Kronos’s own children would depose him. Courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd 9780141355412_PercyJacksonAndTheGreekGods_TXT. because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that. Text copyright (c) Rick Riordan. backstabbing and cannibalism. In spite of that. he yelled. then read on.pdf 14 23/06/14 3:27 PM . ‘My siblings. stealing. a toast! We have begun a Golden Age!’ And if you like lots of lying.